Staff Health Challenge: Mariela's Motivation

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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!

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Mariela Rosario,

I'm a raging opinionista and I love to share my ramblings on everything from pop culture to food to stuff that makes me laugh & cry! I've worked in all types of media (TV, film, print) and was previously the online editor at Latina magazine before joining Mamás Latinas. On most nights you can find me working my way through my library of cookbooks or playing with my puppy Lola (my only child so far). I have a wonderful hubby who shares my passion for any and all kinds of travel. Together, we've formed a semi-professional wine drinking team.

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