Maybe this sounds odd, but I find the reality show, "Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders: Making the Team," to be very motivating.
I never watched it in its first season (it airs on CMT, Saturday nights), but caught it in its second season (last year) and was HOOKED. The third season started tonight (and reruns later this week), and I've already programmed it into my TiVo for the season.
I've never had any aspirations of being a professional cheerleader (or even a college or high school cheerleader--I was a "little league" cheerleader or whatever, back in my single-digit ages, but so was every little girl in our small town), so it's not about that. It's not about the boobs and hips and boots and big hair (although that's all delicious and delightful too). It's not about tradition or football or Texas.
I guess it's that the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders have always been sort of "the right proportions" for my mindset. They're not super-skinny stick figures with no meat on their bones, no curves, no woman-ness. (I'm not saying one has to be "curvy" in order to be a "woman;" I'm saying that I grew up being taught that my boobs were BAD and my hips were BAD and my dancers' thighs were BAD and if I could be built more like a boy I could be happy. And since my general body shape is never going to change *that* drastically, I prefer finding a way to get "okay" with having what I HAVE... and making it its healthiest.)
So, for me, seeing these HEALTHY, well-proportioned, WOMEN doing seriously physically grueling routines and dances just REALLY motivates me to know that I can be absolutely fit and healthy and HAPPY (take that, DAD) even with my boobs and hips and thighs being ample.
It's motivating to know that losing weight doesn't mean losing the shape of my body. Getting healthy doesn't mean changing my build. Being physically active and fit can come WITH boobs and hips and thighs (and big hair, for that matter--even though mine is really flat and straight).
Anyway, wasn't sure if anyone else was watching this show (or felt motivated by it), but I wanted to share my thoughts on it and put it on your radar if it sounds like something that could motivate you too. Yeah, it's the standard reality competition show with eliminations and dramatic cuts to commercial right before the big reveal and LOTS of tears. But I'm hooked and I think it has as much to do with my fitness goals as it does with "junk TV" that's fun to watch.
And I'm saying this today, celebrating having gone from 47-40-49 (bust, waist, hips measurements) to 42.5-34-44 so far this year.
Now THAT is worth cheering about, I'd say.