5 Bags of Flour
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
The other day a friend at work was talking to a couple of us about a conversation he had with his sister recently. She told him that she had lost 20 pounds, and he was so impressed that he exclaimed, "That's 4 bags of flour!" (Actually, he said "sugar," but I'm editing him for correctness, since sugar no longer comes in 5-pound bags.)
It's not that I've never heard this comparison before, but this particular time it helped more than any other because I've been feeling somewhat dissatisfied with my 25-pound loss. Maybe it's because I've never weighed this much before (to my knowledge, anyway; the first time I got very big I didn't weight myself for years). When you're more than 300 pounds and have half your body weight to lose, 25 pounds doesn't seem like very much at all. But 5 pounds of flour sounds like a lot indeed. I try to imagine taking my morning walk to the train with a 5-pound bag of flour strapped to each limb and another one on my back, and I really don't think I would make it. No wonder I never walked more than a couple of blocks!
What a great visual motivator this could be. I want to buy a bag of flour for every 5 pounds I lose, and stack all the bags in a corner where whenever I'm feeling like I haven't lost a lot, I can look at all the bags - or even try to carry them around! - and know what I've really accomplished. The problem is, that would be a huge waste of food! Do you think they would last a year and a half until I'm at my goal weight so I could donate them to a food pantry? Probably not.
For the life of me, I can't think of anything that's not food that comes in 5-pound packages and is large enough to work as a visual motivator. Does anyone have any ideas?