Thursday, February 07, 2013
My mother has a great metaphor to visualize the fat that she is losing. She says to picture a pound of butter on the table. If you lose a quarter pound, imagine taking away a stick of butter and that is how much weight you lost. Butter is the perfect visual because it is what I imagine the fat looks like in my body - a greasy, goopy glob of gelatin.
Today's workout was real work. I was sore from yesterday's Zumba class and every step felt like a mile. So I started visualizing the fat melting away. If only it were that easy...but still every step is a step closer to that goal weight and the visual helped to keep me going.
I remember watching an episode of the Biggest Loser a couple years ago in which the participants had to run carrying sandbags that weighed as much as the weight they had lost. It's hard carrying all this extra weight around. So when I struggle to keep up with the skinny girls in Zumba I have to remind myself that I'm probably carrying 60 or 70 pounds more than they are so really they probably couldn't keep up with me!
So it's time to focus on keeping up the hard work to melt away the fat. Every pound lost is a pound of butter that I don't need to carry around with me and lift during my workout.