Tuesday, July 24, 2012
When I started this journey, I had to move three pounds of butter to my freezer because it became very apparent that we wouldn't be eating them any time soon. Coincidentally and thankfully, I had just (only) lost three pounds after two weeks and I was wondering why it wasn't coming off faster since I was working so hard.
I held the butter, three pounds stacked together and it suddenly hit me that the butter was exactly what I'd lost. A pound of butter is a very substantial thing. A measurable thing. If you hold it in your hand and imagine it on your body, it's amazing how much more you can appreciate a loss of ONLY a pound.
It's funny that when we gain a pound, it's very significant. We can obsess over a pound of weight found but often, we dismiss the loss of a pound. All over this site there are blogs and comments that use the word ONLY when discussing weight loss. We're all guilty of it but I believe if each pound lost had you pulling out a pound of butter and imagining it on your body, we might all be quicker to celebrate the loss.
I've lost 26 pounds in three months and the last time I was at the grocery store, I detoured past the butter and did a quick count. Let me tell you, I wouldn't want to be carrying those 26 pounds of butter around for long. It's a very large, heavy pile of butter!
Hopefully, if anyone catches me bemoaning a loss that is ONLY.... They'll remind me of that butter :)