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The Big Shirt

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

I have a shirt that I used to wear when I was at my heaviest (or, as I like to say it: 60 pounds ago). It's really big, but back then, it was snug. OK I looked like the Michelin Man in it. It was really snug. But now, the shirt is hanging loose. It's about 4 sizes too big. Man I love that shirt! I'll never get rid of it. Why? Because it's the best reminder of where I've been, of the progress I've made. The other day, I had a weigh-in (insert doomsday music). I hadn't lost a single pound on the scale. Bummer! But when I had my fat measurement (which I highly recommend), we found out that I had actually lost 4 pounds of fat! The scale didn't budge because I had also gained muscle mass. These are good news. However, I was obsessed with the lack of progress on the scale. So I was a bit dejected to say the truth. But when I got home, I did what I always do when I'm not happy with my results: I put on the big shirt. It seemed even bigger than before, so I was happy again. And that is why I love the shirt so much. Sometimes, we are just a little too obsessed with instant gratification, we want to loose a gazillion pounds "right now", but we lose track of how far we've gone. Looking back to where we were might just be the best boost you'll get, the best motivaton, because this is YOUR progress, YOUR victory. Every pound lost is a pound that's no longer weighing you down, physically and mentally. And that is good. For me, it takes a huge shirt to remind me, for some, it's a picture pasted on the fridge door. Whatever works, use it to your best advantage. As for me, I'm keepeing the shirt and I put it on every now and then, whenever I need a boost. And it works its magic every time. Man I love that shirt!
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