Since I started using Spark almost 2 years ago, I have lost a dishwasher!!! What I mean is, I lost 91 pounds so far which is the weight of some dishwashers! See below for some pictures of objects & their weights! I actually lost 94 pounds, but then I gained a few back! Without the help of this website, who knows what I would be doing right now.
Random people tell me I am skinny now although I don't know if I believe them. I was shopping for clothes the other day, and a random woman started chatting with me. She asked me "Why do they have these stripes on so many clothes? They only look good on skinny women like you". It is still strange to hear someone say that to me about me! I struggle with how I look with my clothes off and sometimes with them on. I have bulges I wish I could magically make go away! Although I have lost 91 pounds so far, I still feel Big. What I try to keep telling myself, is that what -I- think of myself is most important. I need to continue to support myself & be proud of what I have accomplished so far. When I can, I give myself compliments. Caring about my myself, my actions, and my outlook is important to my journey.
When I lose weight now, I only lose .2 to .4 of a pound. 1/8 and 1/4 of a pound isn't very much compared to losing 2 to 5 pounds at a time. I wanted to do some more research about items that weigh less than a pound to help motivate me. If knowing I lost the same weight as a baby giraffe can motivate me to keep moving forward, then maybe knowing I lost the same weight as a normal serving size of chicken. A baby giraffe? Yes! On an old blog of mine, I posted some pictures of Things and put how much they weighed. One was a baby giraffe that weighed 80 pounds. I still joke around saying "I lost a baby giraffe". What actually motivates me is the fact that I DID LOSE THAT MUCH WEIGHT! Even though my mind is still not happy with how my body is.. I truly did lose 91 pounds. I am healthier and feel better than I did when I was in college.
All of these pictures are just to hopefully inspire Spark members to realize that any loss is amazing. For many of us, it is so hard to say NO to certain food and just as difficult to say YES to exercise. Even maintaining is great. and you know what? Even gaining weight is OK too. We all gain back some weight for different reasons. I gained back 6 pounds in 3 weeks!! But I looked back at how far I came, and I knew I could lose the weight again. As long as we keep pushing ourselves, we should feel proud! If you fall of the wagon, figure out how to get back up! It may be a completely different path than the one you took before, but the journey is important and unique to each one of us!
Even if we ate within calorie range for 7 days, exercised for 5 days, and drank 10 cups of water a day - there is no guarantee that we will lose weight that week. When I don't lose weight, I just remind myself that all of my healthy choices are important to my body no matter what the scale says! Maybe knowing some weeks I lose the same weight as a quarter pounder patty will help me feel satisfied with myself! Be proud of what you have accomplished so far. Losing 1 pound or 100 pounds is a great way to be a healthier you! =)
(I am not trying to advertise anything, I just used random pictures I found online! I tried to get accurate weights, but I may be a bit off. You can't trust the internet haha)