Club Half As Small As You: Week 13

January 19, 2009 7:00 am

Welcome to week 13 of the HASAY challenge! Not sure what HASAY is? Read all about it here.

Today’s guest poster is Debbie from Buzzin’ By… With Thoughts On The Fly. Debbie never fails to crack me up and we’ve had a stalker relationship going on for months now. I’m content with us stalking each other so I don’t see any reason to change things. Debbie’s HASAY workouts are unconventional but hilarious. Have a read:

Motivation. We can do it. Yes! We Can! To borrow the catch phrase from Barack Obama who will be sworn in as the 44th President of the United States tomorrow, Yes. We Can! We can step it up a notch. We can do more than we’ve been doing. We can walk a bit farther than we have been. We can do five more sit ups than we’ve been doing. And ok, fine, dammit, we can say no to that chocolate chip cookie.
I’ve been settling for “well, my jeans still fit” and that would be fine IF I were the weight I needed to be and all I needed to do is maintain. But maintaining where I am now just isn’t cutting it – far from it. So, I’m slowly kicking it up a notch. I am … are you ready for this? … doing sit-ups. They aren’t even REAL sit-ups, but they are working. I lay on the bed with my legs hanging off and do sit ups that way. While I’m laying in bed at night watching television, I’m throwing in a round of sit-ups then too. And I’ll go into a sit-up and just hold it for as long as I can … OUCH. And my stomach muscles are literally screaming at me. And they aren’t screaming compliments either. They are pretty pissed off. They LIKE just lounging around waiting for the next cookie. They don’t like this idea of doing work. So they scream. Loudly. I’m trying to ignore them and focus on my motivation.
My motiviation? Health? Yeah, yeah .. sure. But the real movitivation? I recently reconnected with a girlfriend from high school. She was maid-of-honor at my first wedding. I got married and moved one way and she went on with her life in a different direction. It’s been THIRTY years since we’ve seen each other. And we’ve got a lunch date set for March 14. We’ve emailed back and fourth a couple of times and have each warned the other that “I’ve gained some weight since the last time I saw you.” And I’ll admit it right now … my motivation is that I want to be the thinner of the two of us. Oh, come on … you would feel the same way. I know you would. I certainly can’t lose everything I need to by March, but I do want to be the thinner of the two of us. Shallow? You betcha. Do I care? Nah.
It’s like going to a class reunion I suppose. I don’t have class reunions. When I was in 11th grade, my counselor told me I only needed one credit to graduate. I chose to take the class in summer school (six weeks of a two hour class versus another year in school) and graduated a year early. Which means I don’t have a graduating class … class reunion … never had senior week … no prom. I was 16 years old when I graduated from high school. The friend that I am meeting in March did the same thing.
After that, my motivation is summer. Thighs that rub together in the summer are nasty. They sweat. They chafe. They make your shorts scrunch up to your crotch all lopsided and you constantly have to ‘adjust’ while you’re walking. Four steps … adjust. Four more steps … adjust. You THINK you can adjust discreetly, but someone ALWAYS sees you. Always. So you try to find ways to just have the shorts fall back down to where they are supposed to be without adjusting by trying to walk a few steps with your legs spread wide apart because, hey, that’s not nearly as conspicuous as grabbing hold of your shorts and pulling them down. Sometimes when I get caught doing that, I try to make it look like I was dancing and really this just makes everything worse because now people aren’t sure if I’m doing the legs spread apart so my shorts would fall walk or if I’m doing some sort of obnoxious Elaine Benes dance.
And when you’re not adjusting your shorts, it’s underneath of your boobs that’s sweating and you’re constantly pulling on the bra. Yep .. my summer motivation in a word is “adjust.” I don’t want to adjust any more.
Fall and Winter motivation in a word? Food. Yep … my motivation is to have enough wiggle room in my weight so that if I want to have an extra slice of pie at Thanksgiving, I can. I want enough wiggle room in my weight so that I can gobble up all the Tollhouse cookies I see.
OK then, I want enough wiggle room in my weight so that I can have SOME Tollhouse cookies without feeling such terrible guilt after I eat them. (It sure would help if I could feel the guilt as I were reaching for the cookie instead of after I eat it.)
So, come on. Tell us your motivation. Not what you’re supposed to say, but what your motivation really is. Because curious minds want to know.

“Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.” -Albert Einstein

FoN from Kids and Daiquiris Monday update here. Friday update here.
Amy from Amy’s Annotations. Monday update here.
Michelle from Michelle’s Blog Monday update here.
Kirsty at My Life For The World To See
Tina from Teeny Thoughts Wednesday update here.
Sandie from Sandie Simply Says Monday update here.
Cyndi from The Adventures of HarryJack
Lisette at The Coupon Queen of Corning
Leslie at Captain Crazy Wednesday update here.
Christy from Heavy On The Caffeine
Kimberly (Sheilamaiden) is from Your Basic Dare To Be Great Situation Friday update here.
Keely from The Un-MOM – Sunday update here.
Lisa from Boondock Ramblings Monday update here.
Kristy at Mommy in Pink

Ali over at Aloicious: Life in the SLC Tuesday update here.
Jen at Coconut Belly Tuesday update here.
Kat at Mother Fonker
Heidi at The World According To Heidi
Kiki from Kiki’s Corner
Lindsay at Rock and Roll Mama
Laufa from Morgan Madness Sunday update here.
DeeMarie from My Life In A Nutshell
Carrie from Colepack Sunday update here.
Cellobella from Redsultana
Jenboglass from Steenky Bee Monday update here.
Jen from Sprite’s Keeper Monday update here.
Heather from Geez Louize!!! Tuesday update here.
Mrs Bear from Outnumbered Two To One Monday update here.
Debbie from Buzzin By … With Thoughts On The Fly Guest Posted this week!
Beth from Drastic Measures Thursday Update Here.
Elisa from Fairy Flutters
Brenda from Seriously Mama
Cape Cod Gal from Diamond in the Rough



  1. Laufa

    Good motivator, I can’t remember the last time I didn’t have to adjust. It might be easier to let it all hang out. You know you have seen those very oversized women, that are trying to wear small tops and bottoms. They seem to not have a care in the world. Keep up those sit-ups!!

    Laufas last blog post..HASAY Spin

  2. Sprite's Keeper

    My motivation is a healthier second pregnancy. No, I’m not pregnant. I just want to be in a good spot when I DO get pregnant the next time.
    Great post, Debbie!

    Sprite’s Keepers last blog post..Spin Cycle: What if the Spins are coming in?

  3. Sammanthia

    Ya’ll make me feel so lazy on Mondays… I need to jump on the HASAY bandwagon and do something about the fact that I’m getting squishy.

    Sammanthias last blog post..Happy Birthday, Carter…

  4. mrsbear

    Dude, I hate the walk and adjust. Stupid thighs. You’ve motivated me. That and wanting to be thinner than all my high school friends. 😉 Have a great week HASAYers.

    mrsbears last blog post..Excuses, Excuses, Excuses – A HASAY Update

  5. Sandie

    My motivation isn’t much different then yours…I want to look HAWT at Amanda’s quince (in other words…I want to look awesome in front of the ex-wife!).

    Sandies last blog post..HASAY Update: Week 3…OK, maybe Hannah Montana doesn’t rock

  6. Sarah

    Great post! My boyfriend and I just decided on an indoor waterpark for vacation this Summer!! So that means swimsuits! Ahhh Enough said. Good luck with being the skinnier friend!! : )

    Sarahs last blog post..Music Memory Monday

  7. phhhst

    The picture was beautiful. The video clip hilarious. I had a friend in high school with a similar toast…
    “Here’s to you and here’s to me, but if we ever disagree, then fuck you and here’s to me.”

    phhhsts last blog post..Hope and Change

  8. Beth

    Number One motivator: the positive and encouraging words from my Husband. I’ve heard those words at least twice in my life and they worked great.

    Beths last blog post..HASAY Guest Post Today

  9. Captain Dumbass

    My muffin top is looking more like a coffee cake. Motivation is great and all, but I need a drill sargent.

    Captain Dumbasss last blog post..May The Cheese Be With You

  10. Keely

    Hey, maybe you should show your high school friend this post for a little friendly competition.

    That’s motivating, right?

    Keelys last blog post..Spay and neuter your pets, kids, lest they spawn one like this

  11. DeeMarie

    I need motivation. I’m working on it… Yes I can!!

    DeeMaries last blog post..What If…

  12. Julie@Cool Mom Guide

    Um…..I’m a little jealous…I’m all about stalking you. I wish my stupid friggin’ computer wasn’t broken and the H didn’t suck donkey balls and just sent a good replacement instead of a broken one,leading me to have to use this shitty one until the new (broken) one is fixed. I can only get online when tied to my router, so I can’t play while the kids zone on TV anymore. Wah! I’ll properly stalk you in 7-10 business days.

    Julie@Cool Mom Guides last blog post..Guest Post on Grammology!

  13. Lisette

    “Motivation. We can do it. Yes! We Can!” I thought you were quoting Bob the Builder at first … (laughing my fat butt off) “Can we fix it, yes we can” LOL… until of course I read on. And I would so be trying to lose weight if I was meeting with an old friend after that amount of time. I hate going to visit my parents and having to stop at a store down there. I am always afraid of running into someone I know and I’m like huge now after having the kids. I used to live and work there in 2005, and I was pretty darn skinny. But of course I would complain about those extra 10 pounds. What I wouldn’t give now to be at 150 pounds… daydreaming…….

    You can find my update at

    Lisettes last blog post..HASAY update

  14. Kelly

    Sprites Keeper has a motivation similar to one thats swirling round in my head at the moment. I would like to have a baby in the next couple of years and I don’t want to be a heffer when I get pregnant or i’ll never lose the weight, the task will just be too huge.

    Kellys last blog post..Doctor, doctor….

  15. carrie

    great motivator!!!!
    Didn’t I sucome to pressure adn agree to guest post? When is that?

    carries last blog post..Sensory Seeker – Spin Cycle

  16. Kirst

    Awesome guest post! You’ll notice my names missing from the list because I’m hanging my head in shame I gained a pound back. karma’s a bitch! Was teasing a friend from another site about his 1lb gain from a hob nob cookie binge. Dang it! Will blog Monday.

    Kirsts last blog post..DJ Kirst lay dem funky rhymes down (fricky, fricky, fr… whateva!)

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