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Once Upon A Time...(36/41)

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Sunday, June 29, 2014



emoticon Once upon a time, a long long time ago, in a far away land... there was a girl named Stephanie who had lost her motivation. It didn't happen all at once, it was a gradual decline. It started with a bad day here or there, then it was every other day that was a bad one... and then emoticon Everyday was off track... she was eating and eating and doing the bare minimum in exercise, and she didn't even care that the scale was going up and up. She knew she had to get a grip and fast! If she could put on over 10 pounds in 6 weeks, what might happen in 6 months?!

emoticon So with the help of her coworker she set a Disneyland goal on June 18, 2014. Lose 20 pounds By August 19th, get annual passes to Disneyland. Easy enough right? It would be smooth sailing from there! Wrong! Just the second day of this "Disneyland plan" and she was eating out of control yet again. After that, she really started to take things seriously and was doing great. The good days were adding up and she started to feel unstoppable! emoticon emoticon

In a mere 30 days, she had 27 good ones to show for it. But then the storm hit. emoticon emoticon Some horrible machine gave her bad news that she wasn't ready for. emoticon This lead her to reach for fast food for comfort... she knew that there was no comfort to be found in that greasy food, but it didn't stop her. By the end of that day, she felt that she was in control, but she was wrong. The following day she had ANOTHER bad day... fast food wasn't involved, but it was a severe case of overeating. I guess she wasn't as unstoppable as she originally thought.

But instead of feeling defeated by these 2 bad days, she pulled up her big girl panties and she set out to make Friday a fabulous day, and fabulous it was! Her nutrition and exercise were spot on, which is pretty awesome for a work day! Saturday she really wanted to continue her bad habits, and desperately longed for something greasy. She gave into the cravings and did order something greasy... but here's the catch! She tracked it, she accounted for it... in fact she ate it slowly and enjoyed every bite. She was still on target for the day and that is what counts!

The morale of the story is no one is perfect, and at the end of the day we are all human. We are going to win some battles, but we are also going to lose some too. But if we can win more often than not, we can win the battle of the bulge in the end. Consistency is the key to success, and with the good days out numbering the bad days, we will be successful!

Today marks 36/41 for good days which is 87%! My rubber band ball is growing and I am getting smaller. (I earn a rubber band ball for each "good" eating day). Do I always do the right thing? Not even close, but do I always try to remember what is important and why I am here? You betcha. Even when I make poor decisions, I never lose sight of my goal to be a healthier me, and that is what keeps me going even when I really don't want to. emoticon

Here is the rubber band ball after 2 good days, a couple weeks ago, and June 28th:





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ANGELN325 7/31/2014 1:15PM

    Great story! I need to do something like that when I get to that point. Right now, I'm trying to think of how I get my motivation going for these small changes I'm trying to implement. Water I'm going strong and think I need a reward for that, but I need to come up with my own incentive plan for exercise.

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MRSRIGS1 7/22/2014 3:36PM

    Great story! Keep on pushing!

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AMYSNEWSPARK 7/18/2014 10:25AM

    Great blog!

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FRABBIT 7/7/2014 8:38PM

  Great story. thanks for sharing!

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HYATTI1 7/5/2014 9:15PM

    cute

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LEANMEAN2 7/5/2014 7:01AM

    It looks like you are very creative. Good blog.

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CICELY360 7/3/2014 11:21PM

  good blog

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SUNNYSIENA05 7/3/2014 10:22PM

    Nice story. You can do it! emoticon

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CEIL46 7/2/2014 6:59PM

    I loved this blog. A great perspective that I need to take to heart. I going to start my own rubber band ball.

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SPECIALGURL7 7/2/2014 4:26PM

    I really understand. Things can come at you so fast, but it can be conquered a day at a time.

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SARA-SMILE 7/2/2014 10:31AM

    emoticon My favorite kind of story! emoticon

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RUNNERRACHEL 7/2/2014 5:58AM

    Great story! Keep writing!! emoticon

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IMSOOZEEQ 7/2/2014 2:35AM

    I just happened to come across you blog and I have to ask if you have ever though of writing a book? I loved this blog! Very well written! You are such a superstar! Go back and read a few of your beginning blogs and see the difference. You have grown so much! Okay I wasn't talking weight! Don't slash me! lol

You know what I think as I share that with you all the time! You are so encouraging and I am re-inspired by this blog! emoticon

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NHEMBERGER 7/1/2014 8:21AM

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Woo Hoo Disneyland!
You can DO this!

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KEEPITUP62 7/1/2014 5:13AM

    Way to go! It sounds so familiar and I can relate. Your story is an inspiration and that I can certainly follow. Thank you for sharing.


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MISSY455 7/1/2014 2:12AM

    emoticon on the 87% emoticon emoticon

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JAVAJOEJO 7/1/2014 1:08AM

    Nice Blog Post. It is great to hear words emoticon from your heart and soul.

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DAWNDMOORE40 6/30/2014 11:21PM

    emoticon emoticon I love the positive attitude! You are a strong person with a will to succeed and as long as you keep that attitude you will go places! emoticon emoticon emoticon Who knows maybe Disney Land is in your future after all!

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FREECAL1 6/30/2014 9:41PM

  I can relate to good days and bad days but I know I have to get back on track so I pick myself up and get with it!

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JUSGETTENBY42 6/30/2014 9:15PM

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WILLPOWER2014 6/30/2014 9:15PM

    emoticon I really enjoy reading your blog,

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~KINDREDSPIRIT~ 6/30/2014 8:10PM

    You hit it right on the head. It's having more good days than bad and not giving up . It's realizing we're human and will have bad days. Thank you for your insight and sharing them. Good job and keep up your good work.

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NEWKATHYNOW 6/30/2014 7:57PM

    emoticon Thanks for sharing! I'm sort of in a motivational rut. Not gaining but not really losing either. Your blog inspired me! Thanks!

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MSROZZIE 6/30/2014 7:38PM

    emoticon blog! Stay focused on your fitness and weight management goals and you will continue to see favorable results for all your hard work and effort. Remember, you are worth the effort! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BUFFYSMOM2 6/30/2014 7:29PM

    Loved your blog! emoticon

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AMBER461 6/30/2014 6:52PM

  We all have our good and bad days, thanks for sharing.

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YVETTEB57 6/30/2014 6:31PM

    Well written. I enjoyed this blog very much! Keep at it!

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SWALSH329 6/30/2014 6:27PM

    your blogs are awesome. you are awesome. keep up the good work. :D

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AJB121299 6/30/2014 5:52PM

    nice

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CHARTHESTAR 6/30/2014 5:40PM

    great rubber band visual aid!

Has having a visual/ physical add to track your successful days made a difference?

I am thinking maybe I should try that. I know someone else used sticky notes- and while they are very visual. They would almost be to much after a while, I would thing.

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CHICAT63 6/30/2014 5:18PM

    You are AWESOME, that is all:)

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TIGERSIS78 6/30/2014 5:12PM

  Good for you! I love the rubber band ball idea, and I think it could work for me. emoticon emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 6/30/2014 4:56PM

    Great blog! Been there more times than I can count! And I love that rubber band ball!

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 6/30/2014 4:12PM

    Great post

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NHES220 6/30/2014 3:48PM

    Way to keep tracking towards your goal!

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JSEATTLE 6/30/2014 2:33PM

  I love hearing about your progress, and the visual of your rubber band ball. Keep it going and keep it growing!!

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