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Tinkerbell, the Clap and Exercise

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Tinkerbell was growing weaker, her light fading, but when all the little children began clapping their hands, Tinkerbell sprang back to life.


Whether you believe in fairies or not, wouldn’t it be cool if, when we were starting to fade, a bunch of folks would come to our rescue and make sure we came back to life?

No, I’m not talking about death. I’m talking about exercise.

A full week has passed, and I didn’t make it to the gym once. I can come up with excuses, but that’s all they’d be. Except for the all-nighter, I could have made it for a morning workout, but I’m off my game this week, and could use some words of encouragement to get back to the gym.


We’re all different, of course, so we’re motivated by different things. For me, it’s usually great news, or something that makes me really happy and energetic. I’m trying to be enthusiastic about my daughter’s high school graduation next weekend, but the truth is I don’t make a big deal out of it. College graduation, now that’s something to cheer about. I’m happy for her, but more focused on what courses she’ll be taking in the fall.

Hmmm. Graduation would be a great excuse to buy a new outfit, maybe a linen dress. Still can’t go sleeveless, but maybe I can find a nice, white, linen dress and not end up looking like the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man in Ghostbusters.

The unofficial rule book states that cows aren’t supposed to wear white. Not supposed to wear horizontal stripes, either.  I’ve never bought into the argument that certain colors can make one appear heavier or thinner. I do believe how one wears said clothes makes all the difference in the world.

Frankly, if you look uncomfortable, I’ll be uncomfortable looking at you. And that happens a lot – people wearing things they have no business wearing, especially super-heavy women. Just go to the mall on any given weekend. The horror.


Listen, ladies: Just because it’s in the store doesn’t mean it’s OK to buy it.

But I’m getting off the exercise-motivation thing, which has been an issue this week. With this, I could use some advice. It’s likely I’m just feeling a little sluggish, a little drained, and just need a burst of energy to get me back on track.


Just share some advice. No clapping necessary.

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts. ~  Winston Churchill


Leslie J. Ansley is an award-winning journalist and entrepreneur who blogs daily for TheRoot. She lives in Raleigh, NC.

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