Health Mascot: Fire-Breathing Unicorn

The challenge? Thirty health-related posts in 30 days, using prompts prepared by the folks at WEGO Health.

Day 24: Health Mascot. Give yourself, your condition or your health focus a mascot. Is it a real person? Fictional? Mythical being? Describe them. Bonus points if you provide a visual.

I totally blew Monday’s Health Activist Choice post. Bummer … and since I’m zonked right now, this one’s not going to be very long, either.

For my mascot, I’m going to cheat a little and borrow the unofficial mascot of my 2011 Golden Heart Finalist class, the fire-breathing unicorn.

Why? Well, one of my GH sisters, Tracy Brogan said it much better than I could, in this post, Lessons Learned from the Fire-Breathing Unicorns.

The two lessons that most apply to weight loss are “If you fall down, get back up” and “Always believe you can win.”

The proverb “Fall down seven times, get up eight” is right on the money. You have to get right back on track after falling off the diet/exercise wagon … or risk undoing a lot of progress by floundering around for weeks or months on end.

Similarly, you have to believe you can succeed if you’re to have any hope of actually doing it. There are so many things that can get in the way of your weight loss goals — the siren call of fast food, donuts, ice cream, fruity little drinks with umbrellas — that you have to believe in yourself and your ability to “just say no” to those biggest temptations. If you don’t, you’re lost before you even begin.

Plus, a fire-breathing unicorn is super-cool. It might look sweet and demure on the outside, but it has secret strength. 😉

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