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Only 12 Pounds

Thursday, March 04, 2010

In the grand scheme of things, 12 pounds really doesn't sound like much at all. I don't have much more than that left to lose to get to my goal, and honestly, at this point, it sometimes almost doesn't seem like enough to worry too much about.

Today, I got outside for a walk in the sunshine and decided to add 12 pounds to a backpack. It felt really light when I first put it on, and I debated whether I should increase it to 16 pounds instead, but decided to err on the side of caution, just to see how it felt. I am happy to report that I really could tell it, and that 12 pounds didn't exactly feel insignifcant by the end of four miles. I might even have a few sore muscles as a reminder tomorrow.

It made me think a little more seriously about visualizing that next 12 pounds that I need to lose. I've lost the equivalent of one of the little hand weights in the past couple of weeks. Somehow that seems more 'real' than a mere 3 pounds on the scale, which, of course, doesn't magically disappear from one area, and therefore, is a little harder to actually notice on the old body.

I've been trying to decide what my goals will be for an upcoming Spark team challenge, which runs Mar. 8 - Apr. 8. I think I might just have to focus on losing the equivalent of my medicine ball during that month.

One thing I am sure of -- I would much rather carry an extra 12 pounds in a backpack than inside my skin!

Well, phooey! I took a pic of the 6 lb. medicine ball and two 3-pound dumbbells that I used to weight my backpack, but I can't get it uploaded.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SEKSUNSHINE 3/7/2010 6:15PM

    You are doing great. It will go away, just taking it's sweet time. Can't wait to see you in a couple weeks! emoticon

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UGLYSHOES 3/5/2010 4:43PM

    That's such a great idea. I can't believe you actually wore the backpack, too. Ruby from the Style Network (don't know if you know her) has a vase filled with river stones. Each stone equates to a pound. When she loses a pound she transfers a stone to another vase. I like the idea of looking at your weight in a literal and visual sense.

See you soon! emoticon

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MSWEEZER 3/5/2010 12:24PM

    I too had to use visualization (or do) but I like 5lb bags of sugar. I see 7 of those and that is when I realize how much I've actually lost. It is truly amazing but oh so wonderful. You'll get there. I've no doubt!!! emoticon

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MOMMA2KND 3/4/2010 9:27PM

    I think about this everytime I have to carry my 5 year old anywhere! He is sooooo heavy, but he is actually almost exactly the same weight as what I have gained since he was born!! I actually need to lose about 2 of him to be where I should/want to be. I will be extra excited when I have lost enough that carrying him just puts me where I currently am alone!!

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LORETTA24 3/4/2010 8:04PM

    Loving it ... I don't think I'm up for it myself at this time. It sounds like a reasonable goal for me to work up to though. Thank you for sharing. Keep smiling sunshine. emoticon

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JENNNVA 3/4/2010 4:04PM

    That reminds me of when the Biggest Loser makes the contests run on a track with the amount of weight they have lost! And thanks - that gives me an idea to maybe run with some ankle weights to increase the intensity.

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CYCLEMEL 3/4/2010 4:01PM

    Love, love, love this!! What a great idea!! I'm looking at about 8 pounds until my goal of 135. Boy, those last few are the toughest to get rid of. I am so going to try this - I can just imagine how motivating this will be.


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RUSSELLORAMA 3/4/2010 3:45PM

    That's such a good idea, I think we forget about how it felt to carry that weight since we were so used to it! Thanks for joining the team challenge, by the way! I know you will achieve your goals!

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EARTHSEAME 3/4/2010 3:41PM

    Good point - carrying 12 pound under your skin or in a backpack makes all the difference in the world. emoticon

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COCOMAC7 3/4/2010 3:10PM

    Very cool idea! I today googled "picture of what weighs 16.8lbs" (what I've lost so far) and it's a baby's jogging stroler! So amazing to see where we've come from! Keep up the great work!

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