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TOPIC: The Summer of Awesome Adventures: an Otter’s Tale

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September 13, 2013 5:13 PM
Seventeen years ago, a child was born. Though Otter, the child’s mother, loved him dearly, having him caused Otter’s thyroid and pituitary to create a ruckus. Thyroid got very tired and decided to take a rest. Pituitary was supposed to wake Thyroid up, but was tired too and instead let it sleep. Otter got fat, very very fat very very quickly. Doctors 1, 2, and 3 checked to see if Pituitary was trying to wake Thyroid up, and when they saw that it wasn’t, they thought that Thyroid was working A-OK. They told Otter to eat less and exercise more. Otter tried. She lost a little bit of weight, but it took a very long time. Otter thought that she just wasn’t trying hard enough. So, she ate less and less and exercised more and more. After a long time, Otter was very sad and decided to eat as many donuts as she wanted, stop exercising, and just stay fat. This was not the right choice, and she got even fatter. At least the donuts were very yummy.

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Two years ago, Otter talked to a new doctor. This doctor told her that she should go see a special doctor, we’ll call her the EndoWizard. The EndoWizard was very smart, she didn’t only check to see if Pituitary was trying to wake up Thyroid, but she checked to see if Thyroid was awake at all. Otter was very relieved to see that she wasn’t only fat and lazy. She was fat and lazy, but being not only fat and lazy meant that maybe she could get less fat. A year later, she was still fat. But, silly Otter thought that she could just eat like she always had.. One day, she was walking down the stairs and became distracted by her garden (as often happened). Otter fell and hurt her knee. A new doctor, Mean Doctor, told her that her knee wasn’t broken, but that she had arthritis so she should lose weight so that it didn’t hurt as much. Otter was very upset. She thought that Mean Doctor made it sound so easy, but it wasn’t easy and it never worked.

That night, Otter thought about what Mean Doctor had said and realized that she had not really tried to get less fat since she saw EndoWizard and woke up Thyroid. So, she looked and looked for a way to count her calories, and found MyFitnessPal. Later that week she found that she was less fat! So, she counted her calories for another week, then another. After a month, she decided to try to exercise more. It was hard. But, she kept going and it got easier. Then Otter decided she wanted to be stronger, too. So, she started to lift weights.

At first they were little weights:

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But when those got too easy, she started using big weights:

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Otter loves adventures, but being fat and slow made it hard. So, when walking got too easy, she started running. It was very very hard. But, she got strong enough and healthy enough that she could go on adventures! At first she climbed hills, but then she started climbing mountains:

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Sometimes she took a backpack with her and went on adventures for days:

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On her adventures, she remembered how much she loved to swim. Otter found hidden lakes.

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When that got too easy, she went down big rivers:

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And started jumping off of cliffs:

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When that got too easy, she jumped off of bigger cliffs:

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She ended her summer of adventure very happy, and with one last adventure; running in Warrior Dash:

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TLDR: exercise is good, do it. Track your calories. Do increasingly difficult stuff to get fitter.

I also want to shout out to my amazing FL - while I would probably still have been able to get to this point without you, you have made it so much more fun and I loves you guys heart heart heart heart heart heart heart heart heart heart

For the guy who made my brutal/incredible workout ruytine: thank you thank you thank you. It’s working. I’m not naming you so that you aren’t inundated with requests and I can selfishly keep you to myself.
Edited by Otterluv On September 13, 2013 5:56 PM
September 13, 2013 5:14 PM

You are so amazing! I consider myself blessed to be your friendheart flowerforyou
Edited by Cranquistador On September 13, 2013 5:16 PM
September 13, 2013 5:17 PM
You have no idea how much I love your story...yay! go otter go!
September 13, 2013 5:17 PM
SUCH a great story, you are a great story-teller. Living life to the fullest, tackling challenges head-on.

Jumping off scary-high cliffs and hurtling down super fast rivers. Excellent.
September 13, 2013 5:24 PM
This is awesome and so are you.
September 13, 2013 5:27 PM
You rock. drinker
September 13, 2013 5:34 PM
YOu are a badass, and I'm so happy to be part of your friends list so I get to watch all your continued badassery.
September 13, 2013 5:41 PM
These pictures are amazing. Love this story
September 13, 2013 5:43 PM
I. Love. This. Story.

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September 13, 2013 5:43 PM
September 13, 2013 5:45 PM
***Sniff sniff*** you guys are making it VERY dusty in here. heart heart flowerforyou
September 13, 2013 5:45 PM
Awesome story. Just think, next summer's story is going to be even better.
September 13, 2013 5:47 PM
Best Otter story EVER!

Seriously, so proud of you and your progress! It's truly been a celebratory summer!
September 13, 2013 5:48 PM
I love this! Wonderful!
September 13, 2013 5:49 PM
Congratulations on all the awesome stuff you're able to do! The warrior dash and hiking look especially fun.

Oh yeah, and congratulations on the weight loss.
September 13, 2013 5:51 PM
Great story - can't wait for the sequel! Keep up the great work!
September 13, 2013 5:54 PM
I LUV your story and I LUV being your friend. heart

You rock, Otterluv. drinker
September 13, 2013 6:00 PM
Wowza. I am impressed, and kind of crushing on you. flowerforyou drinker bigsmile
September 13, 2013 6:01 PM
Wow, great story, I'm so happy you got everything worked out!
September 13, 2013 6:10 PM
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I am so proud to have you as a friend.

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September 13, 2013 6:21 PM
Reading all of this made me grin from ear to ear. This was amazing. Love the pictures and the adventures, the hiking, the splashing. So much fun.
September 13, 2013 6:30 PM
Yay for Otter!

Awesome story and success!!!

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Edited by PikaKnight On September 13, 2013 6:30 PM
September 13, 2013 6:35 PM
heart heart heart Damn, I loves me some Otter!! heart heart heart

Congrats on your success so far. I love following your adventures and I'm always inspired by your stories, your energy, and your confidence. Can't wait to see what's next for you.
September 13, 2013 6:42 PM
Otter, you are my personal superhero-crush. One day we must met for adventures!!
September 13, 2013 6:56 PM

Otter, you are my personal superhero-crush. One day we must met for adventures!!


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