Find your inner motivation
No one else can make you lose weight. . . .Make a list of what’s important to you to help stay motivated and focused, whether it’s an upcoming beach vacation or better overall health. Then find a way to make sure that you can call on your motivational factors during moments of temptation. Perhaps you want to post an encouraging note to yourself on the pantry door, for instance.. . . . Pick people to support you who will encourage you in positive ways, without shame, embarrassment or sabotage. . . . If you prefer to keep your weight-loss plans private, be accountable to yourself by having regular weigh-ins, recording your diet and exercise progress in a journal, or tracking your progress using digital tools.
“Mom, Mom, Mom, can I come out of my room? How long do I have to stay in the slammer?” Hollers Vinnie from his bedroom.
Vinnie’s mom glances over at Vinnie’s dad, “Al, Mike is not a good influence on Vinnie. Listen to his language.”
“Mikes a good guy, Marti. You know he’d be here in a minute if we needed his help,” says Vinnie’s dad, his eyes glued to the TV screen and a man and woman ready to parachute into the Amazon with only a Swiss jackknife and the clothes on their back.
“Pay attention, Al. I’m serious,” says Vinnie’s mom.
“Mom, Mom, Mom, are you in the house. If you don’t answer me by the time I count to ten Rupert says it’s okay if me and Dexter and Rupert to run away and live the rest of the summer at Joey’s house. One . . . two . . . six . . .”
“You missed three, four, and five,” calls out Vinnie’s mom. “Are you ready to talk about the play?”
“Can I pout for two more minutes before we talk? Are you mad at Sara and Joey and Larry?”
“No, I’m not mad at anyone. Yes, you can pout for two more minutes.”
“Yes, Vinnie,” says Vinnie’s mom knowing the questions are going to last the two minutes while Vinnie is pouting.
“How come Sara and Joey and Larry didn’t get put in the slammer?” asks Vinnie.
Vinnie’s dad glances away from the TV screen and looks at Vinnie’s mom.
Vinnie’s mom says, “I thought the courtroom play was very good until . . .”
“Until what, Mom?”
“Until you told Rupert to tell the truth and stop lying or you’d hit him in the head with the gavel.”
“I wasn’t telling that to Rupert, Mom. I was speaking to Mrs. Mavis. Remember you interrupted and asked Joey to object?”
“Well, yes. Joey was Mrs. Mavis’s attorney. He should have objected. Instead, you told me I was out of order and the next time I’d have to leave the courtroom.”
Vinnie’s dad whispers, “It’s what a real judge would say.”
“Whose side are you on? Al, quick, they’re parachuting into the jungle. You don’t want to miss this part,” says Vinnie’s mom.
Vinnie’s mom turns her attention back to Vinnie, “Well, when you found Mrs. Mavis guilty of everything, you asked Sara what she wanted for the penalty. Sara said she thought Mrs. Mavis could apologize and that was enough. You didn’t listen to Sara. She’s such a sweet girl, you need to listen her more often. Instead, you said, Mrs. Mavis has to clean all the toilets while Pete the custodian takes over her classes for two-hundred years.”
“I was going easy on her, Mom.”
“Vinnie, you’ve only been on summer recess for ten days. I’m going to think of something to keep you busy so you don’t get into trouble.”
“Can I help Uncle Mike? I heard him tell Dad he needs a bouncer.”
“Al, talk to Vinnie about working with Mike,” demands Vinnie’s mom.
Vinnie’s dad feels his attention drawn away from the Amazon jungle. He says, “Do I have to do it now? Bob and Karen have to swim across a river filled with piranha.”
“Mary, you need to talk to your son for me, please,” pleads Vinnie’s mom.
“Mom, I’m through pouting. Are you through talking to Mary?”
Were you taught that a preposition should never be placed at the end of a sentence? Ending a sentence with a preposition is a perfectly natural part of the structure of modern English. For example:
- in some passive expressions:
- The dress had not even been paid for.
- The match was rained off.
- in relative clauses and questions that include verbs with linked adverbs or prepositions:
- What did you put that there for?