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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.

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.

Now I REALLY have the visual cue!!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
MARILYNROBERT 6/23/2013 11:07AM

    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.

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SNOWYOGA 6/22/2013 4:05PM

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FUNLOVEN 6/21/2013 10:52AM

    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

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SWEET_CAROLYN 6/21/2013 10:16AM

    EXCELLENT blog post!! (I'm touched you mentioned my blog in it - thank you!!)

Keep up the fantastic work!!

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MARGARITTM 6/21/2013 6:52AM

    A reality check - can be so eye opening.......

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GBSLIM 6/21/2013 3:59AM

    I agree. I know I could use a good whap every now and then. Works wonders.
Congrats on your loss.

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CHRISTASP 6/21/2013 12:46AM

    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.

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LESLIELENORE 6/21/2013 12:09AM

    Pow! Right upside the head! Works every time. lol!

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_RAMONA 6/20/2013 11:32PM

    You make me smile AND you inspire me to keep going. You are exactly what SparkPeople is all about. THANK YOU!


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POPSY190 6/20/2013 9:28PM

    When we flew recently I could hardly lift my case which was well within the 23lb limit!

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PATRICIAAK 6/20/2013 9:20PM

    Thanks for the visual image and the nod to CAROLYNSUTTON's featured blog.

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L*I*T*A* 6/20/2013 8:57PM

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FINAL4 6/20/2013 8:00PM

    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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AJDOVER1 6/20/2013 7:45PM

    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!

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BOPPY_ 6/20/2013 7:25PM

    Great work.

Keep pushin'!

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NELLIEC 6/20/2013 5:44PM

    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!

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JEANNETTE59 6/20/2013 5:24PM

  emoticon emoticon and may I add a visual:

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