Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The Pinterest Dilemma


Pinterest is like the best and worst of all worlds. Because one second you're reading inspirational quotes...

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I hate inspirational quotes.  I'm horrible and jaded, sure, but also I tend towards practicality. I absolutely believe you can do almost anything if you put your mind to it, but I prefer prescriptive motivation instead of things that are like, "Dream magical dreams and magically they will come true because of all your magical wish dust!"  



Whereas I saw this posted yesterday and I want to print it out and tape it to my wall. It just says: 


DO THE WORK


Though I dislike contrived motivational things, I still find that Pinterest gets my "it takes a lot of work to succeed" motor running. 

Which is key. Because as I was saying: One second you're reading inspirational quotes about how awesome everything can be...


...and the next second you're staring straight into a photo of some amazing foodie concoction that involves everything delicious in the whole world. 

I totally made up "Individual quad-cheese lasagnas" but I want one right now. That's why I'm drooling in the picture, obviously.



And always the comments are like, "this is sooooo good!" and "this is so easy to make!" and you're like, "I could totally be a domestic goddess and make this and have my entire family worship me! I LOVE PINTEREST!"

(Mama has made something delicious (albeit invisible in this particular rendition) and the family lauds her! Dada is applauding, in case you were wondering what was going on with his arms. The baby is in a high chair, not walking on stilts. The toddler isn't sitting in her chair because she is never sitting. I don't know why the table doesn't have legs. The important thing is, Mama is wearing a crown.)


But then, just as you're wondering if you're going to make the 17-layer choco-cream-sugar-dip or the guaca-roni pizza bread sufflĂ© casserole, you are bombarded with all the cute girl clothes and images and styles and fashion ideas. 




The cutest outfit ever! Except not when you try to wear it on your current body.

(Horizontal strips aren't even slimming on slim people. Cute little jackets don't fit over giant melon boobs and even if I do find a jacket in my size, it ends up being wider than it is long. Which is defying laws of physics AND fashion. Also, boot socks are less attractive when you're short. The pair I recently ordered can be pulled up to my crotch and I'm not even kidding.)

The idea is good. The execution...not so much.

So. Yeah. 

I took a couple months off from my recent dieting gung-ho-ness because for lots of reasons (time and motivational management during the holidays, mostly). I'm not proud of it, but I only consider it a hiatus. I'm back on plan as of yesterday.

Which means I need strength. I love me some Pinterest, but I will really need help to focus more on the health and fashion posts and less on the CHEESE! ones. Totally doable, as long as I remember my own new mantra.

DO THE WORK.

Although Ghandi probably thinks I'm super great just as I am.





17 comments:

  1. HA!!! This is awesome... because it's totally true.
    Maybe start pinning some of the motivational fitness-themed pins?!
    Eh, who am I kidding, I have a board called Food Porn.

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  2. Actually, I think you're pretty super great just as you are, too! Although, if Ghandi said it to you, I'd definitely have him put that on a post-it note for sure.
    There were at least 7 things I found amusing in this post, so yay! (And really hope you didn't feel too swiped at from my previous commenting...)
    Also, I have a pinterest board just for things that strike my fancy of the cheese persuasion.

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  3. Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out.
    -Robert Collier

    He he he.

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  4. All I have to say about Pinterest right now is: Fuck cake pops.

    (Also, you're a stitch and a half. Of course.)

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  5. Pinterest has had a little more of my time than I'd like lately.

    And I just discovered it 2-3 weeks ago.

    I know. I'm behind in life.

    BTW. The drool was awesome. =)

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  6. I'm constantly forgetting about Pinterest, but when I do remember it I get quickly addicted.

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  7. Screw all the other bullshit and just listen to Gandhi! While of course, doing the work and eating superdelicious foodie concoctions...

    Oh, and btw, you've so totally made me want to check out pinterest now...

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  8. you say "giant melon boobs" like it's a BAD thing.

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  9. I pinned this to my "Things Worth Reading" board because I love it.

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  10. So much good funnies.
    I missed your videos, but I didn't want to make you feel bad about it, since I figured you'd get back to it when you could, and also I saw you were still posting other things, so I figured you were not unwell. ;-)

    And, I still haven't joined pinterest, because I need to avoid new timesucks. ;p

    I totally want to attempt individual quad-cheese lasagnas now! A single muffin-size seems too small though...jumbo muffin size, maybe? And I've never made lasagna in my life. But hey. ;p
    (Maybe I should start with a baked ziti? Eh.)
    I did make some awesome quiche this weekend...southwestern style. Yummeh.

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  11. I laughed out loud at your amazing drawing skills. Clapping Ish is awesome. Good to see you back!

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  12. Thank you, I needed that laugh. I now want a quad-lasagna I wish my table flowted and I apparently need a crown. also, I don't get all of the motivational sayings but I feel that if I unfollow the motivational saying post-er I will somehow de-motivate her. It is a dilemma, thankfully not of the horizontal stripey proportions.

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  13. Are you back on the Medifast, dear? Me, too! As of January 1. You can do this! And, GOD, I pray I can, too. - MomNom

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  14. I like that that you say {as|like} my friend thanks

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  15. you meant "Gandhi", right? Great post as always.

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