Staff Health Challenge: Mariela's Motivation

I have a big trip coming up at the end of June involving about 15 of my besties and a bikini, so you would think that the horrors of having all of my closest friends seeing me half-clothed would be the kick in the pants I need to get my behind to the gym. But, perpetual procrastinator that I am, I'm always convincing myself that I'll just hit the gym tomorrow and sleep in today.

The fact that I am one of the busiest people I know doesn't help matters. I'm 28 and it has been YEARS since I've even really thought about my health and body in a serious way—between pursuing an MA in media studies and working full-time it just hasn't been a priority in my life. I joined this health challenge partly in search of that ever elusive motivation, and also because I know that we, as women, often put ourselves last on our lists of priorities. I decided a healthy mix of shame, a buddy system and inspired shopping were in order. So, I let anyone and everyone know I was joining this health challenge, joined a gym with my boy and bought an adorable and super sexy dress I knew I wouldn't rock until my body was just right.

It's not easy, but so far this combo seems to be working. I've lost 5 lbs since we started! When I'm working out and get to that point where I feel like I can't go on, I remind myself that one day I'll have Shakira's abs, Beyonce's legs and Michelle Obama's arms if only I push myself for that extra 5 minutes. A pipe dream? Perhaps. But if it keeps my butt in gear, I'll take it!