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New Motivation & New Challenges

Friday, April 17, 2015

I am a very visual person. In the beginning of this journey I did so many things that involved NSV's and other outside motivation. As the journey has gone on, I stopped doing it. I loved my weight loss marble jars because it was a visual reminder of how far I had come. Not only that but it was motivating to move the marbles from one jar to the next. Well when you aren't losing weight, it's not really fun anymore. emoticon

I have tried so many things with rewards and that simply doesn't work for me, but the visual motivation DOES work. So I got some fun stuff today, and I am excited about it. The excitement might wear off after a month, but hey as long as it works for now I'm happy.

So fun goodie #1. Marble jars, but instead of weight loss they are going to be for good or meh days. I originally was going to put good and bad, but bad is just so harsh. So I found that meh was more appropriate and not as depressing. ;) At the end of each day I will place a marble in one of the 2 jars. I feel it will motivate me to make sure that the good days are far out doing the meh ones.



I found this cute box at the dollar store and I decided at the end of each day I will write one good thing about the day or about myself. Something I did right or a good spot in the day. I will go back and read them when I am feeling meh.


Now these next challenges come from Lynn-LovesLife7, not myself! Nothing bugs me more on Spark than when someone else takes credit for someone elses ideas, so I just had to make that clear straight off. emoticon She has a video blog explaining the challenges that she was doing and they looked fun so I'm joining in. Her challenges were to use a ribbon for measurements. You cut the ribbon at your ideal measurement and you gradually watch as that ribbon gets closer and closer to fitting around you. She also said to pick some shorts or pants that were smaller and work on fitting into them.

So I have 2 shirts that I added, and 2 pairs of shorts. I also did the ribbon method for my waist and my gut where my belly button is. I have to tell you that with my hanging stomach, I am not sure how small I can get, but I do know that the weight has to come off somewhere.

So I cut the ribbon for my waist 3 inches smaller, and that will be my first big goal. For my belly button I cut it 6 inches shorter because I really feel like I carry so much of my weight there, that eventually it has to come off. I also didn't take into account how hard it is to take a picture of yourself with the ribbon, so in the future I will wait until my brother comes over to do it. emoticon

Goal shirt 1:

Yes, I can get it on, but it is tight and not one I'd want to wear to Disneyland just yet. That is the first goal.

Goal shirt 2:

^Sad face because it is just super tight, total sausage shirt ha ha!


These shorts are a 16, I don't put much value into sizes, but they don't fit but they could in the near future if I do the work. (I can currently wear a size 16 in some shorts, which proves sizes aren't consistent)



These shorts are a size 12. Yes they can not even be lifted over my gut, well of course not cuz they are way too small. This also shows how hangy my stomach is. I am not comfortable showing the flab in all it's glory, but with the tank top you can still understand where I'm at.


This ribbon is 3 inches shorter, I hope to lose 3 inches off my waist in time.


This ribbon is 6 inches shorter.

I think if I can really start to see the CHANGES, it'll motivate me. If I can pull up the pair of shorts a little farther each time, or not feel so sausaged into a shirt, that will be a great motivator. I have so many Disney shirts that I want to wear but am not there yet, but I know I can be. I also know that a ribbon doesn't lie, and as the ends move closer and closer together it'll prove I am shrinking.

I am very self conscious about my tummy (yes, that's why I'm obsessed with a tummy tuck LOL), so that was the best I could do with the photos, and even then I was not entirely thrilled to post them. But at the end of the day, that's me. emoticon
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  • KMRHODES1983
    These are great challenges and motivators!! I especially like the note in the box idea... :) You can do this!!
    2253 days ago
  • IDICEM
    Even though you are a bit uncomfortable doing this, it's a wonderful way to motivate yourself in a new way. Great and creative ideas, too. Congratulations for having the courage to go the extra step and take control.
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  • SNOWYOGA
    Thank you for sharing emoticon
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  • FREELY-LYNN77
    I'm proud of you for posting your photo, and you look good by-the-way. I think you are going to do a wonderful job with this challenge. I've looked at your blog over and over again trying to get that mo-jo jumping and I'm still struggling, but I reported my measurements with one ribbon only. I used the one I created for my thighs. I really want my thighs to come in at 24 inches and my tummy to come in at 26. That's going to take a lot of work and I know I need to get poppin'. But! Rest is the struggle, and a host of other things. It will happen. SOON I HOPE!
    I love all your photos and once again. You look great!
    2254 days ago
  • WALNUTT1961
    Great idea! Thanks for sharing!
    2255 days ago
  • IRISHF
    These are great ideas. I think I will join you in the ribbon! I'm going to do mine differently though, I'm going to measure my ribbon to fit me and then mark off one inch increments. I do much better when I go for smaller increments.

    Love the idea for keeping a box of what you did good each day.

    And the shirt! Usually I use a pair of shorts or jeans, a shirt is a good idea too.
    2255 days ago
  • SUGAR0814
    Great attitude! emoticon emoticon
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  • BONNIEMCC488
    Those are awesome motivators! emoticon
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  • VEG954
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  • LILLYROSEGRAM
    I love your and Lynn-LovesLife7's ideas. You both are so creative. I especially love your "those are the facts" and "here's what I'm going to do about it" attitude. Thank you for sharing your ideas and thoughts. Very helpful.

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  • PRNCSCUP1-2FULL
    I wonder how many pounds you will lose with the tummy tuck. I read someone else's response that you may not see great decreases in your stomach area and not to worry. I agree. I am thinking that because much of the fat is gone you may not see to o much shrinkage in your ab area. And maybe not with weight too due to saggy skin! But, keep going like you always do!! Carry on those traditions, motivate you any way you can and don't ever give up! I appreciate you needing time to be yourself and not blog, but I also read how motivating your blogs are for so many people and am personally happy when I can read one of your blogs!! Thanks!!
    2256 days ago
  • MOONGLOWSNANA
    I like the MEH term so much better than using the word BAD. Meh means"not the greatest" but BAD well, you're right, Bad is really harsh and depressing and non-motivating. MEH says " I have the chance to do better tomorrow" That's what it is all about!

    Glad to see you're motivated and staying with it!
    2256 days ago
  • BEACHCALSIX
    Great visual motivators and goals! Love the good day/meh days! Meh days can still be good days...just not AS good lol.

    I love your disney shirts too, they're all super cute! Seeing them fit looser and looser as time goes on will really motivate you!

    I'm doing the pants challenge that lynn posted too. I have one pair of black jeans that are super tight and I have a BAD muffin top.
    WE've got this!!

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    2256 days ago
  • LINDAK25
    Oh, you are so brave! Great ideas!
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  • DTPINNEY
    Love these ideas, I might have to try them too! emoticon
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  • WHYTEBROWN
    emoticon ideas!! I really hope that they keep you motivated!! emoticon emoticon
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  • SUBMOM2
    Thank you, Steph, for a much-needed boost this morning!

    I love the idea of the ribbon! (I'll let LynnLovesLife know, too!) My belly is my problem area for sure, and maybe this will keep me on track.

    I also like the jars. I recently made a list of things of things that help bring me out of a "meh" mood. It's good to have it handy and take action before a downhill slide begins!!

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    2256 days ago
  • SUSIEMT
    Okay!!! Great ideas! I just want to stress to you about the hanging stomach thing. I was never satisfied with myself until I had the surgery. Then it was another 6 months before all the swelling went down. My belly button was near my public area before the surgery and they had to make a new belly button and located it where it should be. I still look in the mirror and wonder! I had no idea that was where the belly button should be!!! So what I am really trying to say is do not be frustrated with yourself with the ribbon thing if you see no improvement.
    BTW I had a circumferential abdominoplasty. The scars are now just fading.

    You can do this Stephanie!!

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    2256 days ago
  • SNOWKC
    I love all of these!! I really might steal all of these ideas! I especially love the good and meh marble jars!!
    2256 days ago
  • BTRFLYDOG
    emoticon emoticon Glad you are getting your motivation back.
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  • BEATLETOT
    I hope these work for you. They are very cool, creative ideas!
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  • BETRHO48
    You have given me new inspiration. I like your non-scale visuals. Thanks for sharing.
    2256 days ago
  • KENTUCKYMEL14
    I love these ideas! I do have a couple goal shirts that I put on every so often to see where I am but I hadn't heard of the ribbon idea. I may have to steal that one too. I also really love your idea for putting notes in the box to help motivate you. My motivation has been a little slim lately (ha! I'm glad something is) so I'm always up for some good tips and tricks to get me through.

    It sounds like you're definitely on the right track and I wish you well while you reach your goals!
    2256 days ago
  • LINZEE118
    emoticon Steph! Just stopping by to say hello. I loved this blog. I'm still on track with 14 lbs. to go to leave Twoterville & enter into Onederland I'm getting closer! emoticon I did have a couple of small detours along the way. You know how that goes! At least when I go off track it only lasts for a few days instead of a few months. PROGRESS! emoticon Anyway one of my biggest weight loss tools this round with BLC has been motivation. I use the villes but I think I like the idea with the marbles in a jar & writing one good thing a day. I'm a visual person also. Wishing you all the best on you weight loss journey! Linda
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    Comment edited on: 4/17/2015 9:00:55 AM
  • MISCHAKEO
    These seem like great tools to help you. Anything that makes you feel successful and helps you stay focused is great. I like all of your ideas. The ribbon is a good one. I look forward to hearing about your excellent progress.
    2256 days ago
  • MALAMI518
    When I first started losing weight, I had lots of too small clothing in my closet. I picked out a couple of pairs of pants and a couple of shirts and tried them on and made notes on a card about how they fit. I would try them on once a month and update the notes. It was so motivating, especially when the card eventually read, "Wearing them!" I need something like that again, I think. I've been feeling very meh lately. I need to figure out what will bring back some enthusiasm.

    You are very motivating! If I keep reading your blogs, I am sure that I will find that spark again. Thank you for sharing!
    2256 days ago
  • BAHAMAMARG
    I love how you just keep going, keep searching for inspiration and anything that will get you to where you want to be. You are one brave lady!
    2256 days ago
  • BESSHAILE
    The first thing I noticed is that - even looking seriously and critically at yourself you still look happy. there's just nothing about your expression in these photos that looks like you don't love yourself. this is the way a mother looks at her child who needs help with school or learning how to catch a ball or whatever. tender, kind, and interested.

    I think the ribbon idea is fabulous. I have a pair of goal shorts and a summer top too. The shorts fit but the top only does when I'm at goal ... not a few lbs over goal. You've got tummy. I've got backfat. And btw, I don't think you are obsessive over the tummy tuck. I think you are realistic. With weight loss and exercise it will shrink but to eliminate it you'll need some help. It is your shining pinnacle goal.

    Love the motivators and I like it that you're creating a motivation box for those MEH times.
    2256 days ago
  • DESERTDREAMERS
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  • BABYBARNEY
    Good for you for re-motivating yourself with NSV...they do look like fun, since I like you are also visual by nature. Your photos will be great to look back on as you move forward...Best wishes!!!

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    2256 days ago
  • MISSUSRIVERRAT
    Love all your ideas. Very fun and creative !
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  • KIM22211
    got my yarn cut! And btw, you need to look into Diane Gilman jeans. You are not a 16!!! She has this superstretch jean that is pure amazing. But I must want you, go down at least 2 sizes. The nice thing about them is even if you lose weight, you can still wear them and they kinda conform to you. They are the most comfortable jean you have EVER in your life wore. They feel like you are wearing jogging pants! lol Love my DG2's
    2256 days ago
  • WENDYANNE61
    Wow - all those things are really fun and cool! Lovely to read that you are firing yourself up again!
    I made up a little thing on my computer whereby I give myself a yellow star on a calender for a good day, a pale grey cloud for a not-so-cool day and a big black cloud for a meh-day - I try to get as many yellow stars as possible in a week and this visual motivater has helped me make lots of better choices.
    2256 days ago
  • PENOWOK
    Great ways to measure your losses! I'm interested to see how well it works! I know that my waist is smaller when I am consistent about exercise and eating right! If I get sick, though or injured, I get flabbier pretty quickly.
    2256 days ago
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  • KIBAISREADY
    I'm glad to hear you found something to respark your motivation. I love those ideas. I hear you with being self conscious about the stomach area. That is one of my major issues too! I'm so glad it's going down now and so hope I can get it to go down even more. You make it happen girl and I look forward to hearing about your accomplishments! emoticon emoticon emoticon
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  • NASFKAB
    great ideas love the ribbon one great job you WILL be able to do it
    2256 days ago
  • KIM22211
    great idea. Now I am going to do that but I will use yarn instead so I don't have to go to the shed to get the Christmas ribbon! lol you wont see me posting pics though!!!! you are much much braver than I!
    2256 days ago
  • AAHMED61
    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Keep up the hard work n seeing you lifts my spirits too :) emoticon
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  • ZELLAZM
    Steph, I'm lloking forward to hearing about and SEEing your progress. I had to laugh when I read this because you are starting all these new motivational things at once. Sounds like me. Instead of one shirt or pair of shorts - 2 of each! You've motivated me to get my old skinny jeans out and hang them on the closet door like I did way back when. But two pair in two different sizes is also a good plan! Love the ribbon idea, too!
    2257 days ago
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