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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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KACEYSW 1/17/2013 10:01AM

    Great story! Thanks for the motivation!

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CINDYCHARLENE 1/17/2013 10:00AM

    Great blog Pixie! Your choice of motivation is an important part of reaching any goal. You have to start somewhere and your motivation was great in the beginning and now is an even greater one. You know because you have received the blessings of sticktoitiveness.

I know what you mean about ordering a dress from a catalog and finding the material flimsier than expected. That flimsy material may look good on a twiggy figure but it sure does show every bump and lump. As for myself if I ever did get twiggy figured, not that that is healthy and sure is the model image, I would not like that anyway. I'm not into the cling and fling mentality. I always say however, "what ever floats one's boat."
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NIKKIJ55 1/17/2013 9:59AM

    Great motivational tool though!!

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ROCKYCPA 1/17/2013 9:56AM

    Great way to motivate! Go get yourself a hoodie you like!

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CHRISBEM 1/17/2013 9:54AM

    I like this motivation idea

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LSIG14 1/17/2013 9:42AM

  Love the hoodie - it probably wouldn't look good on a thin me but I sure would love to try it. Great story. Thanks for sharing!


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KITTYCART8 1/17/2013 9:41AM

    Congrats! go get a new Hoodie!!!
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GIRLINMOTION 1/17/2013 9:38AM

    Way to go!

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NLYR20 1/17/2013 9:29AM

  Nice Motivation Strategy emoticon .

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TPETRIE 1/17/2013 9:26AM

  Great motivation. i love your blog. You certainly are an inspiration.

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JAZZII4 1/17/2013 9:17AM

    What a great life lesson, learned. Thanks for always sharing. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LOLABLACK69 1/17/2013 9:17AM

    I'm amazed by the amount of motivation that you have, and inspiration that you keep giving! :)


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MOMOSG 1/17/2013 9:16AM

    I've never been good at visualization. I think it's time to figure that one out. Thank you!

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BRENDA_G50 1/17/2013 9:16AM

    Hoodie looks good, too bad they used a low class of material for it...BUT, I'm SURE it will look good on you!!! emoticon

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WALLINMW 1/17/2013 9:10AM

  Boo on the hoodie. Yay for everything else.

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LTMURPHY7 1/17/2013 9:08AM

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GLINDAW 1/17/2013 9:07AM

    Great blog! I used to have a pair of my "skinny" jeans tacked on my wall for motivation. I'm sorry you don't like the hoodie now, but it sounds like it helped motivate you. emoticon

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HLOCHRIDGE 1/17/2013 9:04AM

    Maybe that is what I need - a motivation "Hoodie." Thanks for the blog!!!

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NEPTUNE1939 1/17/2013 9:03AM

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JILLIEWILLIE1 1/17/2013 8:50AM

    Nice! I actually bought a pair of caprices last fall on a sale rack using them as motivation, and track how I am losing. When I bought them I could pull them up to my hips. A couple of months, and pounds later (btw, I showed my DH how they fit the first time) I can pull them all the way on and almost zip them. I tried them on last week and they fit...to snug for me to actually wear in public. But I showed by DH and he said they'll be to big by the time spring or summer get here!
I hope you find the perfect motivation again... and you love wearing it!!
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JERICHO1991 1/17/2013 8:46AM

    Visualize. Thanks!

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NEWMOM20121 1/17/2013 8:44AM

    Love the blog. Thank you for sharing.

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MISSYMOOSE71 1/17/2013 8:27AM

    Sounds like time to go out & buy yourself something that makes you look amazing & feel great. You have accomplished SO MUCH. Sorry the hoodie was a disappointment but what a great motivator! Keep it as a memento but reward yourself with something else that makes you look & feel stunning. You deserve it!!! Great job! emoticon

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BALDWINJ_03 1/17/2013 8:27AM

    Great blog and quotes! emoticon

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MOMMY445 1/17/2013 8:22AM

    such a great blog! thanks for sharing,Pixie and have a wonderful day!

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DEBBYNATION 1/17/2013 8:16AM

    G R 8 idea!

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KCHRISTY6 1/17/2013 8:16AM

  I love your attitude and your sense of humor!

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SHERYLDS 1/17/2013 8:15AM

    well said.....
and as we get better ... our taste improves
because when we were 3X, the stuff that was available to us was so limited
we were used to settling for the familiar.

celebrate the new you...go for it

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INGMARIE 1/17/2013 7:57AM

    Great blog.Thanks , always good to read your writings.
Sorry about the hoodie, but it did for you what you wanted aso it was a good purchase anyway.
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VICTUS_GIRLANYA 1/17/2013 7:54AM

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KATHIC2 1/17/2013 7:45AM

  Love the quote! Sorry you were disappointed in the hoodie. I've been there.

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OFGREENGABLES 1/17/2013 7:37AM

    thank you for sharing your story! I hope you found something that you really love to wear.

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JANAMP09 1/17/2013 7:32AM

    Great Quote. Sorry the hoodie didn't fit but you handled it so well! Great attitude emoticon

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JANEMARIE77 1/17/2013 7:27AM

    that the right attitude on all thoughts great job love the quote at bottom thank you will go on my wall

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DAYSPRING-STAR 1/17/2013 7:25AM

    Thank you for sharing your story of motivation... It was just what I needed to read this morning to Spark my journey. I've been working on my vision of the "dream me." The quote you included in the end was the perfect topping to a delicious blog! emoticon

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KLEMIE 1/17/2013 7:18AM

    I have so many clothes in the back of my closet that my husband has bought me over the years. He would see something he thought would look good on me, and buy it. If it didn't fit, he would tell me to keep it for motivation. I guess it's time to bring one or two to the front of my closet for motivation.

Thanks for the tip, and Congratulations on your weight loss!

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HEARTS116 1/17/2013 7:17AM

    Congrats! Great job!
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SANDYCRANE 1/17/2013 7:13AM

    I think that the hoodie said a lot about how far you have come in your weight loss journey. The current hoodie I own is actually a sweatshirt jacket, navy blue. The fact that you picked a beautiful flowered one shows your confidence level. This was a great story and gives me pause to think about how I want to dress as my weight declines. You always give me something to think about and provide me with some much needed motivation.

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DAWNESS0404 1/17/2013 7:06AM

    It was very pretty in the picture! Im glad it helped you stay motivated though so it was worth it! Some clothes just dont look good on you no matter how weight you lose because of the material! I really like this idea though, I need to find something to buy and do the same thing!

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DMEYER4 1/17/2013 7:04AM

  congrats on losing enough to fit in the hoodie. I have a shirt in my closet my mom bought for my birthday last year but she bought a small and I am a medium. I cannot wait to fit in it. You have given me the inspiration to push harder Thank you

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CFMOSS 1/17/2013 7:01AM

    keep on going - you're doing great even if the hoodie isn't quite what you imagined.

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CJADERUN 1/17/2013 6:55AM

    Maybe you should frame it. emoticon

But, oh my gosh, that is too funny. It never matched up to ANY of your expectations--I'm so sorry!

BUT. I am very happy to hear about how much it helped--congratulations on all the wonderful changes your body has made, and congratulations for all you've done to get to this point!
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LISAN0415 1/17/2013 6:51AM

    I just bought something to wear when I lose 40 lbs, it will be coming in the mail, and was a bit pricey too, I hope I like it more than you like your hoodie... Yikes

Great job on the smaller sizes though! woooohooo!

Lisa

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PENOWOK 1/17/2013 6:32AM

    Great mental plan!! I'll have to think of something like that for a motivator for me. Thanks!

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WATERDIAMONDS 1/17/2013 6:20AM

    What a lovely, inspiring post. Congratulations on your progress, both physical and mental.
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