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What I Learned From The Great Bod Pod Fiasco...

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Thursday, June 26, 2014



So first off, I'm not complaining at all that my Spark Blog was featured in the Spark mail, that is always an honor and privilege and always blows me away when it happens! But I do have to say I was a little embarrassed/mortified that my Bod Pod Meltdown ended up in the Spark mail. emoticon I wrote that in the heat of the moment, when I had gotten home from my Bod Pod testing, and my emotions were running high. I don't regret writing it and it needed to get out at the time.

Here is what I have learned just a short 12 or so hours later... there is always something good that comes out of the not-so-good, right? emoticon

#1. Spark people is soooo incredibly important to me. My initial reaction to my bod pod results was that I didn't want to talk about it. In fact, I didn't want to post anything about it. But I had already posted I was having it done and knew a few people wanted to hear about it. Plus, I have always prided myself in sharing the good, the bad and the ugly... if I were to only share the good it would be a very skewed view of my weight loss journey. I also didn't want to share the part where I ended up eating crap as a result of feeling so emotionally low, but I am glad I came clean about it. It was great accountability and now I can move forward.

#2. The support here is like no other! If I had not posted how I was feeling, I would not have received the support, encouragement and advice from all of you. EVERY comment meant a lot to me, and several actually gave me new perspective that I need so desperately at the time. emoticon

#3. I realized that the Bod Pod is nothing more than a machine. Not like our lovable Wall-E at the top of this post, this Bod Pod doesn't have feelings, it doesn't have a concept of NSV's, it doesn't understand that I have already lost 85 pounds and that I have gone down several clothing sizes. He knows numbers, formulas, and how to spit out those numbers. That's it. Obviously being my first test, I have nothing to compare it to, but I can imagine at my starting weight I was probably over 60% fat. So there are improvements here, I just don't have the starting numbers to show for it.

#4. Just as the scale should have NO power over my happiness, this machine shouldn't either. I joked (partial truth) with my brother that yesterday my life was emoticon's and emoticon's and today it was total DOOM and GLOOM. emoticon It felt like my entire world was turned upside down. I started off the day on a high, being down a pound weighing in at 185.6 and having the Bod Pod confirm I was actually 185.44... I thought that was pretty darn good. To go from that to fighting back tears was not a rational reaction, but it happened. It was also not a smart decision to allow my "old comforting tactics" to kick in. But I guess that goes to remind me that I'm human and I do screw up plenty. emoticon

So to ease my mind and put this behind me once and for all, here are some things the Bod Pod doesn't know about me:
emoticon I lost 85 pounds!
emoticon I have gone from a size 24 to an 18!
emoticon I am currently #25 Overall for BLC on Spark!
emoticon I have 34/38 good days since refocusing! (including my bad day for Wednesday)
emoticon I have lost 11.4 towards my Disneyland goal, 8.6 to go!
emoticon I walked over 5 miles at the Zoo, once a week for 3 weeks!
emoticon I am going to hit 2,000 Fitness Minutes for June for the 2nd time ever!

So take that Mr. Bod Pod, you are no Wall-E, and you don't care about me... so it's only fair I don't care about you. I have already paid for 3 sessions, so I will be back in about 6 months just because I'm not letting the $$ go to waste, but I will be better prepared for you... and no matter what numbers you spit out at me, I will not let you defeat me again. emoticon emoticon

To everyone who offered support and advice, I truly can not emoticon enough! emoticon emoticon
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MRSRIGS1 7/21/2014 4:57PM

    Thatta girl!! Thanks for showing us we can turn a rough experience into a positive way to look at things.

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HYATTI1 7/2/2014 7:54PM

    Sounds like you are accomplishing a lot. Good for you.

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WRITERWANNAB 7/1/2014 1:41AM

    Sometimes we will feel hurt & very down about being hurt; it's only natural! As long as you get past it & start to shine again, it'll be fine! emoticon

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REALITYCHECK86 6/29/2014 9:31AM

    YAY!! You deserve all of those emoticon 's

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KIM22211 6/28/2014 9:56PM

    awesome job you sure are going to be keeping me on my toes now!!

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DOILIEQUEEN 6/28/2014 7:59PM

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Can you explain "Bod Pod"?

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MSROZZIE 6/28/2014 7:08PM

    You take responsibility and have a great attitude, loved your blog! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BYYOURGRACE 6/28/2014 4:36PM

    What's a Bod Pod?

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GRAMPIAN 6/28/2014 2:58PM

  You have the right attitude. emoticon

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ANGELN325 6/28/2014 10:45AM

    Exactly and maybe the next numbers the bod pod spills out will show that you are improving in other areas you didn't know about before. This is just the base line or starting point in this moment of your life. I know what you mean about the comfort food. After being so good for so long, I binged this week. We are human.

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ROSEYJO1 6/28/2014 10:08AM

    I want to thank you for being so honest with us. I am just here, have not even made a good week yet, have not got my mind wrapped around what needs to be done. I had finally started a walking routine that ended with me cutting grass. Was starting to feel great!! Then I became sick, well 2 weeks later I am still housebound with bronchitis, unable to do much.
But reading your blog has once again inspired me with hope. I must admit I am scared that I will keep failing over and over again.
So PLEASE keep being honest with us so that those who are like me who are struggling just to take that first HUGE step have hope. emoticon I look forward to reading more about your success.

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GRLTAZ 6/28/2014 9:56AM

    emoticon emoticon And technically you are not 50% fat, so there ! Even a tenth in the right direction is still in the right direction. Keep pushing. I hear Disney calling.

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GINGERVISTA 6/28/2014 9:03AM

    After more than 6 years with SP, I KNOW I'll never live without it! It's too important, SO supportive & it's always the place I get what I need.
Thanks SO much for your blogs to reaffirm what we always get from the Spark Community: that a healthy life is MORE than a scale or other measuring device & that we always have just what we need here in SP. I emoticon it & appreciate you reminding us when we've gotten the urge to give up.
Props to you, gal, for your fabulous words!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LILHOBBIT29 6/28/2014 8:47AM

    Never concentrate on these machines in a big way! They are all about numbers! Good health is about how you feel in comparison to earlier on! Are u happier? More energetic!? More Excitable? More Optimistic? Can you fit more easily into and out of your clothes without struggling in the process? Can you fit smaller clothes now? Can you touch your toes, or at least hope to do so in the future?! These are good things to think about! :-)

Cheers to your brilliant journey so far!

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ZELLAZM 6/28/2014 6:01AM

    Just catching up on your whole Bod Pod saga today! My little post is going to get lost in all your comments, but I still want to say how awesome your attitude is. Disney, look out! emoticon

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AINBUXTON 6/28/2014 4:43AM

  your blog post has encouraged me to be positive and keep the overview - thanks!

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ILOVEROSES 6/28/2014 1:31AM

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BANNERMAN 6/28/2014 1:07AM

  Thanks for sharing.

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PATRICIAANN46 6/27/2014 8:43PM

  YOU are emoticon and WE are with YOU.......... emoticon

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-LORI-B 6/27/2014 8:41PM

    Great follow up Thanks for sharing. Can't wait for the next pod update.

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LADYGSC 6/27/2014 7:58PM

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MM11113 6/27/2014 7:57PM

    I never heard of a bod pod, and I will keep my distance. We are fragile creatures. I know I would have been upset, too.

Just remember, you have done a lot already, and that machine can only spew numbers.

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And, you are already recovering from it nicely!

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TEXASFILLY 6/27/2014 7:32PM

    emoticon blog! Keep up your great momentum! emoticon BB~

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SUSIEMT 6/27/2014 7:05PM

    Stephanie, You rule!!! I am so glad you did this and not me! Sorry about that but being an old lady I may have lost it entirely! I know your next test will be better. You are right though about the strength training. It is so important for more reasons than I can list here. (Besides being old I would have to look up the articles due to memory issues). Better days are ahead.

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EMMACORY 6/27/2014 6:32PM

    24 hours later ....easier to put it all into perspective. emoticon

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PENOWOK 6/27/2014 6:30PM

    Here! Here!! I totally agree!! You are more than any number that may not even be accurate! You are Steph and you are awesome~!

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 6/27/2014 6:13PM

    Inspiring post

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JSEATTLE 6/27/2014 5:51PM

  You are doing SO WELL, I know you will keep it going and make it to Disneyland. I just KNOW it! Your blog makes me happy. Thank you.

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TREE57 6/27/2014 5:21PM

    Go Steph!

You are so inspiring to us!!!!

I knew you'd grab that bid pod and show it who's BOSS!

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MOBYCARP 6/27/2014 5:02PM

    Welcome to being featured in the email again!

Many of us have noticed that the mental journey, adjusting to reality and learning what the numbers and measurements do and don't tell us, can be harder than the physical journey of controlling nutrition and getting some exercise. You just happened to write about it very well, in a way that speaks to many of us. So yeah, you deserve those featured blog post awards.

I wish you well in coping with your mental meltdowns, staying on track, and achieving your goals.

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NONNAOF2 6/27/2014 4:39PM

  You go Steph! Your mind is in a good place now, so keep it up and don't let the numbers drag you down. A size 18, wow!! I'm waiting for that size to come my way, too! :-)

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CHARTHESTAR 6/27/2014 4:36PM

    Great attitude! emoticon
We all have our moments but over all you come out on top!
I am proud to be your spark friend!

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SAPHRAEL 6/27/2014 3:43PM

    Nice follow up! Think of it as just another point of data. Either way, you'll still be here, putting in the hard work to achieve your goals.
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PROVERBS31JULIA 6/27/2014 3:26PM

    Okay so I have no idea where one goes or does for bod pod but in any case, we all need to learn to step back and say "that is only a THING...that does NOT reflect the real ME, the real WORK that I have DONE, and the NSV that I have achieved." Computers are rather dumb that way, and who knows, maybe some of the numbers were disappointing and maybe the "human operator error" was an overriding factor and you weren't aware of it??

Yay You!!


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