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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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    Oh Pixie,
    How funny life can be. I've often wondered about this hoodie. I remembered it from way back when. It's sad and a bit funny how life is. I thought is was so pretty too. But, I understand the fitting properly thing and being the right type of style for our individual body types. The hoodie has served a great motivational purpose for you and for that it was worth it. Thanks for the update!

    Big Hugs,

    Jane emoticon

    1926 days ago
    Way to go!
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  • DONNA5281
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    1926 days ago
    Ahhhh if you don't like the hoodie now you are never going to like it.

    I have had clothes that I just knew I was going to love when I lost weight, NOPE, not true, my body changed and the clothes did not suit me.

    Just saying, don't hang on to it for your motivation if it does not bring you joy.

    Out it would go if it was mine. You are doing so great, you make us all know, we can keep on this journey.

    Hugs Mary
    1926 days ago
    Oh, it is such a good way of motivating us to get the blood pumping!! I've had a size 12, straight skirt hanging up in our bedroom for a long time and I keep looking at it from time to time! I'm not giving up! I will fit into it perfectly one day! Just think how you've gone down from a 3X to a large!! Wowzers!! That is so miraculous! You see, my goal way back was to get into a tight size 12 skirt and once I would be in that and feel good, that's where I'd stay. So, I'm getting there, but slowly! You are too, sweetie! We'll get there! Thanks for you inspiring quotes! I love them!

    Karen emoticon
    1926 days ago
    That hoodie was certainly money well spent. I think it's awesome that you are able to find your motivation from within now. You have come so very far on your journey.
    I am so very happy and proud for you.
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    1926 days ago
    I was interested to read about visualisation and how it can help a person to achieve their goals. I reckon I'd better try that then!
    1926 days ago
  • ELLIE381
    Great blod Pixie! It is wonderful that the hoodie was so motivational though. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1926 days ago
    Thanks for the motivation. I have my Thunder Shirt that I am using as my inspiration. Same basic idea - spent way more than I usually would and it is more fitted than I would like. Can't wait until it looks good on me. I took a before pic in it, and I know the after will feel amazing. I am hoping some day it will even be too big.

    Thanks again for your blog!

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    1926 days ago
  • AME4IT
    That's exciting to have had the motivational hoodie. emoticon I know you can do this.
    1926 days ago
    Thanks for sharing this. I love all the images you include with your blogs!
    1926 days ago
    Great blog title, sucked me right in! I'm challenged when it comes to visualizing, but I work on it everyday. You're doing great, keep going!!

    Have a great day,

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  • THOMS1
    Very good blog. You may be able to wear that hoodie as a cover up when you go to the beach this summer but, if you don't it is still your motivation and good to have around when you need a helping hand. emoticon
    1926 days ago
    Oh, such a wonderful story! Sorry the hoodie is not to your liking but it certainly served a great purpose. Love the quotes. You rock!
    1926 days ago
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