Inspiration, Motivation and a Fortune Cookie

So there I was. It was Friday night and my wife, son and I decided to go out for Chinese food. We went to one of our favorite local places because they have really great General Tso’s chicken. It was weigh-in day, and I had just reached 63 pounds lost. I was feeling great about myself and considered just having the whole dinner for a change (my readers know from this blog post that I usually cut my Chinese food in half to save Weight Watchers points).

We were waiting for a table, and I glanced at my phone. I was checking the weather to see what it was going to be like the next day to help me plan my weekend activities. I noticed at the top of the screen was a WordPress notification. When I looked at it, it was a notification that someone had linked to my blog. Mama Ames had linked to my blog and told all of her followers that they should come follow mine because she found me to be inspirational and a good friend.

I sat at the table, with tears nearly in my eyes. Here was a person who was mostly a stranger who considers me to be an inspiration, and who took the time to publicly tell about it. I was touched.

When it came time to order, I ordered my other favorite, Kung Pao Chicken, with some Hot and Sour Soup. When the entre and rice came, as I have done since March, I carefully them into two portions. I ate half, and had the other half boxed for tomorrow.

I was flying high by now. Then came time for the fortune cookie, and this was the fortune I found inside:


As I was writing this entry, a friend who had read about my weigh in texted me to tell me I had lost the equivalent weight of her 11 year old daughter, and how proud she was of me.

I think the universe is trying to tell me something here. I feel so incredibly humbled and awed by the fact that people are not only taking notice of my weight loss, but are inspired by it as well. I hear that phrase a few times a week now, and it is great.

I didn’t star this journey to try to impress or inspire anyone but myself. I was in this to make me a better, more healthy person. The fact that others are finding inspiration in my story motivates me to want to do more, and to do it better.

What is your motivation to keep it going?


  1. Honestly a big part of my motivation, especially when I first started was to relive everyone wrong, now it’s more to prove to myself that I can. I’m finally realizing that I do have to out myself first in order to be healthy and happy and able to help the other people in my life. I also do it for the holy crap she got hot and the cookies. Always the cookies. Lol kidding kinda. I know I’ll never be able to sit down and eat the whole box of Oreos at once, but to know that eating a couple as a treat won’t completely throw everything out of whack is pretty awesome.


  2. My motivation to keep going. Is in general being healthier, and hopefully getting rid of some of the health problems I have. Plus my fiancé is also a big motivation, he wants to travel and hike and all sorts, and wants me to do it with him, so I wanna get fitter and healthier for that, and the wedding I want to look the best I can on that day 🙂 good luck on the rest of your journey, I’ll be here cheering you on. 🙂


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