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The Motivation Hoodie

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013



Today is day 19 of my current "on track" streak!

Just before I started my first streak on March 1, 2012, I saw a really pretty hoodie in a catalog. It was kind of expensive, and definitely more than I normally spend on one piece of clothing. But it was so pretty, and I really wanted it! Hubby still had a job then, so I didn't feel bad for ordering it. I wore a size 3X at the time, but in order to motivate myself, I took a chance and ordered it in a size Large.



When it arrived, I eagerly tore into the package. It was just so gorgeous in the catalog picture...but I was slightly disappointed in the actual product. For one thing, the colors were not as dark as in the picture. In real life, they were a bit more muted. Another disappointment was the material. It just felt kind of cheap, to be honest. And it was a very clingy kind of material, which just didn't appeal to me. Still, I was happy to have that hoodie, and I looked forward to the day when it would finally fit me.

As I streaked along each day, eating right and exercising, I had times when my motivation would fade. During those times, I'd get the hoodie out of the drawer and try to imagine myself wearing it. I am very good at imagining things in detail, so I would visualize myself wearing it on a cool, clear day. It would be a good hair day (of course) and I'd be wearing that hoodie with a pair of jeans that had a zipper and a button, instead of my usual stretch pants! Perhaps I'd be wearing a pair of flat boots, with my jeans tucked into them. In my imagination, I looked pretty darned good in that hoodie! Sometimes, that mental image would really help me keep going on my streak.



As the months went by, I went down in clothing sizes, and got closer and closer to being able to wear that hoodie. I started to wear real jeans, not stretchy pants. I went slowly from from a size 3X t shirt to size L. And when I put the hoodie on...I hated the way it looked on me! Oh, it fits now, but the material is so clingy, it shows off all my lumps and bumps! Plus, its just too long, and it makes me look frumpy. Its just not flattering at all. And its pretty low cut, so I need to buy a cami or something to wear under it. But really...I just don't like that hoodie very much!

Maybe as I lose more weight and firm up some more, that will change. Or maybe I just need to wear some Spanx or something under it, lol.


Although I don't like the hoodie as much as I did when I first ordered it, I don't regret buying it. Even if I end up NEVER wearing it, it was worth every penny spent on it because it helped keep me motivated for so long! But I don't need a motivation hoodie anymore. I have changed my lifestyle, and I will keep this up forever because I love being healthy and feeling good. Its not about looking good in a particular item of clothing. Its about loving myself enough to take care of my health every day. They say good health is its own reward, and I can certainly attest to that!




"The best way to start living the life of your dreams is to start living the life of your dreams NOW, in every way that you can." (Unknown)
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WEGENERCS 1/17/2013 8:04PM

    Yeah, I did the same thing with leggings and a top something like the one you bought. Had the same experience. When I got into them, the styles today are soooo much more clingy than I'm comfortable with, along with the fact that there are areas that really don't look well with 'clingy.' Had the same reaction. What I bought served its purpose. Chuckles.....

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AMYPLEGER62 1/17/2013 7:25PM

    Look at all of the people that you have inspired and that related to your powerful message! emoticon emoticon

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TERMITEMOM 1/17/2013 7:11PM

    Wonderful story! Pixie, you never disappoint! emoticon

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SHERRY3969 1/17/2013 6:54PM

    Great motivational story!

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JANEDOE12345 1/17/2013 6:39PM

    What a terrific story your blog tells us! Thank you for a good read.

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CLAYARTIST 1/17/2013 6:05PM

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SIMOFDIM 1/17/2013 5:36PM

    Thank goodness for the motivational hoodie! And good for you for not needing it anymore! emoticon

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SASSYTHING52 1/17/2013 5:35PM

    emoticon im so happy for you im sure you will look great in it soon

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NAYKNITS 1/17/2013 5:08PM

    emoticon I think you've earned a better fitting hoodie =)

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OAKBORN 1/17/2013 4:45PM

    Great story! It really doesn't matter what keeps you going, as long as you keep moving toward that goal!

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SJKENT1 1/17/2013 4:40PM

    I have a sweater that I just had to have and like you, it was the size I wanted to be... took me awhile but I did get into it. So excited... never wore it, too clingy and made me itch. Glad I got it on sale for $10 at the time.

Life is funny... but it worked.

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SHOAPIE 1/17/2013 4:38PM

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VOLLEYGIRL77 1/17/2013 3:52PM

    Great story thanks!

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BARBARASDIET 1/17/2013 3:38PM

    Glad that it helped you.

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HAPPLYEVERAFTER 1/17/2013 2:51PM

    You deserve to go shop for the perfect hoodie! Cheers to you!


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PORTIAWILLIS 1/17/2013 2:27PM

    Just a quick note to tell you how much you encourage me. I have been having a rough week. Mostly family and money problems. I am learning even if my streak got stopped this week it doesn't mean I have to give up.Thanks for all your honesty and compassion to both yourself and others.

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PATRICIAANN46 1/17/2013 2:18PM

  Great story, Pixie...........
You always have such sound advice.......... emoticon

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PATTISTAMPS 1/17/2013 1:57PM

    Now that is a great story... And makes me think about my motivation.. Maybe I can buy that hoodie from you....LOL

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NITA-BERRY 1/17/2013 1:41PM

    That is a cool story. Everything is meant to be. Right now I'm regretting a purchase or two for similar reasons. I like your example.
emoticon High Five for my attitude check.

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MARITIMER3 1/17/2013 12:52PM

    The hoodie served its purpose, and you can now give it to the Salvation Army or some other organization. Probably someone else will love it.

I love your idea of focusing on the idea of wearing the hoodie, and looking great in it, to keep yourself on track. I hadn't thought of using a piece of clothing in that way, but I have a stretch denim jacket that DD#3 gave me last year for Christmas which I could wear if I wanted to look like a sausage packed in its skin, but which will look great 20lbs. from now... I'm going to hang it somewhere that I see it regularly and use it as an incentive.

You've got a great streak going... keep it up!
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SUSIEGKORN 1/17/2013 12:11PM

    I'm loving your idea of a Motivation Hoodie! I know you'll get there someday! Happy and healthy, wearing that hoodie!

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SUSIEMT 1/17/2013 12:02PM

    Yeah! I have some clothes in my closet that I used for motivation that I definitely need to donate! What was I thinking! Just like that commercial!

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3G1RLS4ME 1/17/2013 11:57AM

    Love the picture of the woman sleeping and measuring herself motivation enough for me thanks

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NEWCHINELO 1/17/2013 11:48AM

    I love your blogs . . . Your stories are so motivating.

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GRIZ1GIRL 1/17/2013 11:47AM

    Hmmm...that's what I need--a motivation hoodie! :) :) :) Thanks for the great blog entry...KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!

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DMSGLASS 1/17/2013 11:46AM

    emoticon for sharing!

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SKIRNIR 1/17/2013 11:32AM

    Loved the story and the motivation from a hoodie. For me, I need to now find a little black dress that I, a conservative dresser, is comfortable in and that makes my hubby go wow. I so want to occasionally dress up in something that makes me look thin. I went from a 18 to about a size 6 and have been called thin by a doctor who hadn't seen me before. Never thought of myself as thin.

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BABARR67 1/17/2013 11:29AM

    I agree with the poster who said that it is time to buy yourself something fabulous that fits you now! LOL Ideally something you can try on. I got a couple of hot tops in the teen section of Walmart of all places... Of course I had to buy them in a 1x bc they are teen sizes. But they look great... Congratulations.

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NILLAPEPSI 1/17/2013 11:23AM

    I find that I always need something to keep me motivated. So glad you can wear it even if you don't like it. emoticon

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BESCATS 1/17/2013 11:21AM

    Have lost my motivation lately, definitely need to find some piece of clothing that I want to fit into, and strive for that. Good blog Pixie. Congrats on all your successes. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LRB444 1/17/2013 11:20AM

    What an inspiration you are.

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615_HEATHER 1/17/2013 11:13AM

    I had a motivation dress several years ago--one I had eyed for months, then went on super sale, but they only had a size smaller than I wore at the time. I actually got to the point where it looked good, but the time I planned to wear it, I was horribly sunburned and it was not so flattering. Then I slowly started inching back to where I am today. I need to pull it back out after reading this. Thanks for sharing!

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SPARKGIRL811 1/17/2013 11:10AM

    Thanks for sharing! LOVE IT! And congrats on the weight loss! emoticon emoticon

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GOING-STRONG 1/17/2013 11:02AM

    Whatever works and whatever it takes... is worth it!!

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52114ME 1/17/2013 10:59AM

    What a great motivational tool.
Too bad you didn't like it in the end.
But wait........you went form a 3X down to a L. !!!!!
Way to go.

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LIVELYGIRL2 1/17/2013 10:49AM

  Enjoyed your story!

I can understand what you re saying, but maybe if you wear those tummy tucker jeans we women adore, it might sometimes hold in the rolls, lumps, and bumps ...

if not I'm sure you will find something else cute to wear, but it's really great that these things can stimulate us into action, but you don't HAVE to have it, now.

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HFAYE81 1/17/2013 10:46AM

    Awesome!! That hoodie was so worth it. Not because of how you could have looked in it, but because it has carried you this far!!! You don't need the hoodie now, you rock!! emoticon emoticon

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FAVORITEAUNT84 1/17/2013 10:41AM

    What an awesome story! Thank you for sharing. Funny how our 'perfect ideas' can turn out differently and we still survive, huh? emoticon

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NOTSOFLUFFYDAD 1/17/2013 10:37AM

    Nice Story

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JULIE700 1/17/2013 10:16AM

    Great story!

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SUGAR0814 1/17/2013 10:12AM

    emoticon Glad you don't need the hoodie for motivation any longer but now you can go buy something that makes you feel SEXY!!! Then do the supermodel walk where you go!! LOL

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