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Back With A Bang & Wall of Motivation!

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Friday, January 17, 2014

So I originally put in the title that I was "back with a vengeance", but it just didn't sound right. I just wanted something to show how empowered I am feeling, I am feeling back to my old (healthy) self and I just feel like I could RAWR! emoticon emoticon

I had a fabulous time in Vegas with my Gammie... we did several puzzles, some gambling, and definitely some eating. I had one day where I just had an "eat everything in sight day", but that was one day out of 6. In the past all 6 days would have been like that, so I'm happy about that part. While I was there, I found a cork board that I feel in love with. I thought what I could do is print up some of my "before" and "current" photos and put them on the board to remind me of where I have come from and how great I'm doing! I am very guilty of paying too much attention at how much farther I have to go and not giving myself enough credit for how far I've come. So Gammie and I printed up some great pics for the board.

I have never been someone who ever finished a motivational board. Now wait a minute, if you have one I think it is OUTSTANDING! It is such a great motivational tool, but for some reason it was never for me. I think that is because I would always do them wrong and put the wrong things on there. I put completely unattainable goals and so it just defeated me instead of inspiring me. (Example: No matter how much weight I lose, I will NEVER EVER look like Carrie Underwood emoticon). But seeing how far I have come was a great motivator and reminded me I want to finish what I started. I present to you, my Wall of Motivation!


Hanging to the left is a Cinderella halloween costume that I bought when I was probably 260 pounds. It is an extra large but does not currently fit. I always wanted to wear one of those "adult Cinderella costumes" but could never do it. As I get older, it isn't necessarily something that totally excites me anymore, but it was a goal and I plan to complete it! I added my Onederland banner to it, to always remember that exciting day. After I fit into the Cinderella outfit I will take it down and put up a goal pair of jeans for motivation.

Down low is my weight loss marble jars:

I have had these for a very very very long time. I have pink and purple hearts representing 1/2 a pound, large clear stones for every 10 pounds lost, and one huge pink diamond representing goal. I will tell you that I have not been the best at keeping up with moving the marbles, as it's been almost two years, but every month or so I will update the marbles to keep it current. When I first started the jars, my goal weight was 180, but now it has all the marbles for my new goal of 160.

And of course, the board:



On the left is some of my "before" photos and on the right is some of my current ones. The butterfly I just loved and it does really remind me that this a pretty big transformation that I am undergoing. I don't even recognize the girl in some of the "before" pictures. At the top I have a note that says 72 pounds down, 40 left to go! Each month I am going to update that and hopefully watch as my 40 pounds left dwindles down to 0. The great part about the board is I can change it any time. I have noticed like with the marbles, when you have something for a long time it becomes "just another piece of furniture" and you don't notice it... and I don't want the same thing to happen with the board. The best part is the wall of motivation is in my room and I see it while I'm in bed. So I will see it first thing in the morning and the last thing before I go to bed.

I made a decision while on vacation that I was done dilly dallying and that I was going full steam ahead. I lost the most weight in the most efficient manner when I made weight loss my #1 priority. I am lucky enough (or doomed enough depending on how you look at it emoticon ) that I am single and childless and live alone. All I mean by that is that I have no excuses... I only have to worry about myself, feed myself, I have all the time in the world for myself, and it is not taking away time from anyone else. So now is definitely the time to get the rest of this weight off and learn about maintenance. I have all the time in the world and this needs to be my number 1 priority... so that way if I am lucky enough to have a family someday, which is something I want very much... I will be able to try my best to find balance in keeping up with my healthy lifestyle and my family. That is one dream that I hope will come true one day.

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GRAMPIAN 4/6/2014 5:09AM

  Great! emoticon

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NASFKAB 3/12/2014 5:39AM

  awesome wall great way to go

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PATTYSPENCER 2/11/2014 12:14AM

    Great motivational wall!

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DARSHAN130 2/7/2014 11:51AM

    emoticon

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THESHELBSTER 2/1/2014 11:37PM

    I loved this. This is wonderful. you are amazing.

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SUPERSYLPH 1/31/2014 12:06PM

    Too cool! You're awesome!

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AMINACHRISTINA 1/29/2014 7:25AM

    I love your board, love the marbles, love the idea of picking out a piece of clothing you are aiming to fit into, then when you do, changing it for a new item of a smaller size... you certainly have thought all this through, to come up with so many ideas to keep you motivated. Congratulations on such a great effort. As for Carrie Underwood... I'm betting she doesn't have half the determination, positivity and dedication to achieve her goals as you've shown in this blog.
Keep up the great work, because not only are you achieving your own goals, you're also inspiring us to hang in there till we achieve our goals, one step at a time. emoticon emoticon emoticon
Amina.

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1DERLAND14 1/25/2014 3:24PM

    LOVE the motivation wall!!!!!!!!!!! emoticon

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BARBARAJ73 1/25/2014 9:20AM

    emoticon I like your motivators...!! Keep it up -

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NHEMBERGER 1/24/2014 12:40PM

    Great progress! Congrats!
I need to put a past pic of myslef beside a current so I can see how far I've come, 50 #s! Looks like a great motivator as well as a reminder.
Have a great weekend!
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JANETTEB553 1/23/2014 2:48PM

    emoticon Wow!

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LOOD1962 1/23/2014 12:24PM

    Love it. Keep up the good work. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SUPERDAD55 1/23/2014 5:17AM

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MARYJEANSL 1/22/2014 8:07PM

  It's a great wall! You will get there - all the best to you!

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EFFRAYECHILDE 1/22/2014 11:30AM

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G33K10V3 1/21/2014 2:35PM

    Great wall! I really love the idea of the marbles!!!

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FLMOMX2 1/20/2014 6:15PM

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BELIEVING-N-ME 1/20/2014 6:03PM

    Love your motivation wall and marble jar. I might borrow your ideals.

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PIGGYWAY 1/20/2014 5:53PM

  I JUST DON`T FEEL GOOD TODAY

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KWING517 1/20/2014 2:07PM

    I LOVE it!!!

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You got this!!! Keep up the great attitude!!

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MAPLECANDY3 1/20/2014 1:31PM

    I love your Cinderella custome! lol I have a super short orange plaid skirt I have to fit it - I don't really like it anymore and its no longer a fav but gosh darn it I WILL fit in it!

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DMSGLASS 1/20/2014 12:36PM

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SLIMLEAF 1/20/2014 10:32AM

    The motivation wall and marble jars are great ideas - I might have to copy them!

Best wishes on reaching your goal.

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CHICAT63 1/20/2014 6:38AM

    Awesomeness right here, here is to you and your continued success emoticon

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NEWTINK 1/20/2014 5:22AM

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BELLYDOG 1/20/2014 1:18AM

    I've been trying to come up with visual motivation for a long time. I like your ideas. Now if I can just find the right spot in my sewing room..... and a bulletin board.....
I really like the idea about the marbles. Hubby keeps telling me to get 3 ten-pound bags of sugar or flour and toss them around. Just to remind myself how I was carrying that weight around. But the flour attracts weevils and the sugar attracts ants. :(
Photos on a cork board will be better. Thanks for the inspiration.

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CORNERKICK 1/20/2014 12:29AM

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FUNZ81 1/19/2014 9:25PM

    Thanks for the inspiring message for all of us. emoticon

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MZLADY77 1/19/2014 9:20PM

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TMCDLURE28 1/19/2014 8:39PM

    Love your motivation board and all the idea's mention in your blog You have excited me to try same. Since i just starting seeing people like you make progress gives me the motivation to have same success. Thanks for wonderful blog

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MJEFFERSON23 1/19/2014 8:02PM

  emoticon for you!

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RUNNINDOWN 1/19/2014 8:02PM

    Love it! You go girl!!!

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EGMINGA 1/19/2014 7:54PM

    what a wonderful idea. best of luck on making your goal emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SHANNONY84 1/19/2014 7:42PM

    Great idea! And it looks fun!

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FIT@401 1/19/2014 7:40PM

    Great Idea with the jar of marbles. I love visuals.

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SAMMI-SAM 1/19/2014 6:26PM

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KIM22211 1/19/2014 5:45PM

    very cool idea. I did the same type thing with my jeans and kept going down in size as I went down!

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FRABBIT 1/19/2014 4:37PM

  What a great blog! Terrific motivation board. Glad to hear you had fun with your Grammie, including having the one day to eat everything.

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KYANN402 1/19/2014 4:33PM

    emoticon Love your wall of motivation!

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LAWANDMUSIC 1/19/2014 4:30PM

    I like your post. Thanks!

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 1/19/2014 3:17PM

    Great job

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JUNEAU2010 1/19/2014 3:16PM

    Totally know what you mean about not seeing stuff after a while. I had colored paper clips that I used just as you do your marbles. When I hit a long plateau and started gaining afterwards, I stopped using the clips.

Thanks for an inspiring blog1

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TAMMYR1967 1/19/2014 2:24PM

    What a great job you are doing. You are a real motivator as well. I really like the marbles in the jar idea.
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QUEENMOXIE 1/19/2014 2:19PM

    emoticon I think that you are doing fantastic...great blog!

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2B4EVERFITAT50 1/19/2014 1:42PM

    Great wall of motivation! Visualizing goals is so important. I've been trying to work on a vision collage but have been stuck. Now I think it's because it seems so permanent and that I have to get it "right" the first time. If I use a bulletin board and changeable items though, it can always be a work in progress. Love it! Thanks for sharing.

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REDQUEEN2262 1/19/2014 1:31PM

    thanks for this! Today, I am reviewing the old and creating the new goals for the year. I love how you did all of this. I think it is time for a board...... emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LAURIE-RN 1/19/2014 1:04PM

    I love the board! Congratulations on staying on track for most of your visit. That's awesome!

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TULLY46 1/19/2014 12:58PM

    You are doing great & It's awesome that you are coming up with ideas to help
motivate yourself. Also, it is a very important thing to find out what works for us
individually, just like you did in tweaking the motivation board so it helped you.
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ASYREETA 1/19/2014 12:49PM

    Great ideas! Thanks for sharing.

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AUDISP 1/19/2014 12:37PM

    Great post! I too like the marble jars, great idea. Glad you had a good vacation.


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