About Fogdog's Weight Loss

Don't Focus on the Goal...

If you've followed this blog you know that I've struggled for many years with improving my health. I've finally reached a point where I've managed to maintain a small amount of success. Now it's time to take the next step, but I believe it requires a new way of thinking.

Instead of trying to get healthy, why not shift focus toward learning how to build healthy habits instead. Follow me as I try to teach myself how to Engineer healthy habits that will allow me to take my health to the next level. Let's see where this experiment goes!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Weight Loss and Fortune Cookies

If you are trying to lose weight, chances are you’ve opened up a fortune cookie or two in your day (I know I have).  I love fortune cookies!  What better way to end a dinner than by receiving a semi-sweet cookie that contains a secret message and some lucky numbers that could change your life forever?

I take fortune cookies very seriously; just ask my family and friends.  You cannot be given your fortune cookie, you have to choose it (unless of course you are last in which then everyone chose yours for you).  When you get your fortune you must choose to eat the cookie (to make the fortune come true), or discard it (thus negating whatever news you learned).  Of course then there’s special circumstances like double fortunes in one cookie, accidentally eating your fortune, and (gasp!) the rare occasion you get a fortuneless cookie.  I could go into all the rules around special circumstances, but better to probably just get back to the point.

Cookie fortunes come in all different styles.  They can be light-hearted, clever, funny, and sometimes even downright puzzling.  I received a fortune once that read “Because of your melodic nature, the moonlight never misses an appointment!” HUH?

So why am I writing about fortune cookies?  Glad you asked but first a little background…  Last week I was invited out for lunch at the local Chinese place.  As I promised myself that I would remain committed to a strict diet for the first month, I politely declined (Small Victory #17).  A friend who knows me well commented “Cmon, you don’t want to miss your opportunity to get a fortune do you?”. 

As hard as it was to turn down a fortune from a fortune cookie (I should claim a bonus victory), I still declined, but then I couldn’t stop thinking about fortune cookies.  Anyway, I decided that instead of going to a Chinese restaurant I would simply write my own fortune cookie fortune.  So I did just that; I sat down and wrote out my own fortune cookie fortune.  Then I took it a step further and made a page on my blog called “fortune cookie” and I posted it there for all the other folks who are currently being deprived of fortune cookie fortunes. 

However, a fortune cookie page on a blog isn’t very worthwhile if there’s only one fortune.  That’s where you come in.  I’m thinking everyone should have an opportunity to write a fortune cookie fortune.  After all, we are all re-writing our fortunes every day when we try to improve our health.

So if you are interested, write a fortune cookie fortune about weight loss or healthy living (or really anything as long as it is tasteful).  Send it to me; either put it in the comments below or email it to me at fogdog77@gmail.com.  I’ll post it on my fortune cookie page along with a link back to your blog.  Who says you have to get Chinese food in order to get a fortune cookie?

Stay Strong!

[Photo: Flickr / Maza]

9 comments:

  1. Ooh, that sounds like a great idea! I have a fortune posted on my wall at work that inspired me, so I'll have to email it to you once I get back to work late next week. It really inspired me, but I can't for the life of me think of the exact wording right now. Great post!

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    1. Send it to me when you get back. I hope all goes well for you. You've been out for a while I bet you are going a little stir crazy.

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  2. This is such a great post! I love this idea. "Do not give up, the beginning is always the hardest"

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    1. So true. I'll be sure to pull this one out and post it sometime around Feb 1 when all the new bloggers start to fade. It's up on the page with a link, thanks for sharing!

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  3. I'm in!! Now--I gotta think of one. :)

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  4. "The key to unlock all of your hopes and dreams can be found within you."

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    1. I knew I would see one from you Sean, thanks for sharing. I'm not sure I've found my key yet, but I've touched on it a few times. Your fortune is on the page with a link back to your inspiring blog.

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  5. Love your idea..I am going to think of one now...

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