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Compliments are Nice, but a Whap up Side the Head is even Better

Thursday, June 20, 2013

A while ago, I wrote a blog about trying to roll 45 pounds (representing my current weight loss) around my neighborhood. www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
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I couldn't carry it, and I never should have even tried. I couldn't even roll the box over the hose. It had taken a lot of effort just to get all the weight outside.

So fast forward to the compliments. I am starting to get compliments from all over. Last night it happened on my walk, in the dark at 10:00 p.m. Okay that one was probably a little weird. But today, I attended a monthly support group meeting. At least half of the people made it a point to come up during our luncheon to make a comment about how great I look. I even sparked one lady to come to Spark People.

And now for the Whap Up Side my head. I asked our President's wife how he was doing, referring to his health. She thought I was asking about his very noticeable hernia which doesn't appear to have a solution. He was fine, but I FINALLY made the connection with the 45 pounds in the rolly box. Ever since extensive abdominal surgery in December, 2008, I have not been allowed to lift anything over 10 pounds. Yet I was lifting, carrying around, 61 pounds that I am no longer having to deal with.

I guess I'm lucky I didn't give myself one of those hernias! Just another image to keep me on the straight an narrow while I lose the last 24 or 34 or 44 pounds and move into maintenance!

And as if that wasn't enough of a motivation, when I got home, I read this featured blog.

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Now I REALLY have the visual cue!!
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  • MARILYNROBERT
    Excellent visual pictures. I'm tempted to keep a special 25 lb "something" where I can see it and pick it up, when I need a clear reminder of what I want to lose.
    1436 days ago
  • SNOWYOGA
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    1437 days ago
  • FUNLOVEN
    I am so happy for you. I know it feels great when others notice the hard work you do and what that has accomplished ! emoticon

    Using the visualization for the weight we have lost is a great tool too emoticon
    1438 days ago
  • SWEET_CAROLYN
    EXCELLENT blog post!! (I'm touched you mentioned my blog in it - thank you!!)

    Keep up the fantastic work!!
    1438 days ago
  • MARGARITTM
    A reality check - can be so eye opening.......
    1438 days ago
  • GBSLIM
    I agree. I know I could use a good whap every now and then. Works wonders.
    Congrats on your loss.
    1438 days ago
  • CHRISTASP
    I'm trying to remember what it was I read. They say that for every x amount of (over)weight we develop an x amount (weight) of muscle. I'm not sure but I think the ration was something like 1kg of muscle for every 8 kg of overweight.
    So our body develops muscle just to be able to carry our overweight.
    1438 days ago
  • LESLIELENORE
    Pow! Right upside the head! Works every time. lol!
    1438 days ago
  • _RAMONA
    You make me smile AND you inspire me to keep going. You are exactly what SparkPeople is all about. THANK YOU!

    {{HUGS}}


    1438 days ago
  • POPSY190
    When we flew recently I could hardly lift my case which was well within the 23lb limit!
    1438 days ago
  • PATRICIAAK
    Thanks for the visual image and the nod to CAROLYNSUTTON's featured blog.
    1438 days ago
  • L*I*T*A*
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    1438 days ago
  • FINAL4
    Interesting that today at work I received a package in the mail for one of the faculty members. It was about the size of a roll of paper towels but weighed considerably more. I realized quickly that it was a teaching aid - a 5 lb chub of fake "fat" that we all decided looked like the top of pineapple upside down cake.

    As it sat there on my desk I lifted in several times and felt rather stunned. I may have an extra 15 to 20 of these lugs hanging off my 5'7" body (used to be 5'8").

    I felt sad that I have accepted this situation for so long.
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    1439 days ago
  • AJDOVER1
    Thanks so much for this! I hadn't read that blog -- I appreciate you pointing the way to it.

    I've lost over 40 pounds. That's about the weight of a 5-gallon bottle of water. I can lift that, but I sure can't carry it for long!
    1439 days ago
  • BOPPY_
    Great work.

    Keep pushin'!

    Lee emoticon
    1439 days ago
  • NELLIEC
    I know when I buy a bag of dog food for the largest dog I have, it is a real job to get it inside the house!
    1439 days ago
  • JEANNETTE59
    emoticon emoticon and may I add a visual:

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    1439 days ago
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