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45 pounds and counting...an interesting perspective.

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Sunday, June 30, 2013

I'm a walker...always have been. I tell others my eyesight, or lack thereof, has been the driving force that has kept me hoofing it for most of my life. The truth of the matter is, I love to walk. It just relaxes me and helps me think.

Today I went for a walk for a very practical purpose. It was grocery day. Every other week, I make the 40 minute round trip trek to supplement my diminishing food stores. I might be changing my lifestyle to keep my weight down, but I still enjoy eating. I strapped on my headphones, pulled on my cap, and set myself off on a nice summers walk.

It was a hot day, and by the time I got to Walmart, I was already sweating and feeling the heat roasting me like I was in a slow cooker. I felt the air conditioner hit me like a whole bunch of too much, and grabbed my cart to settle in for a hunt for eggs, half and half, bread, and my hippie hair ties. (never found those. I'm picky about what I use for my pony tails). I wandered the store for a while gathering my stuff, headed for the checkout line, and stopped at a metal bench outside the store to pack my deals in my back pack for the trip home.

I started walking under the light cloud cover, and could feel the sweat which had cooled on my body now growing hot again, and the weight of my pack slowly begin to drag on me, pulling me down. As I walked, I could feel the bags in my hands pulling down on me, and the pack dropping lower on my back, following the pull of gravity, and it wasn't long before I felt hot, and sore.

The huffing and puffing started next as I ascended the steep hill back towards home. I had a moment of clarity. I wasn't sure how much weight I was carrying, but I made a pretty educated guess. I figured it was probably somewhere between forty and fifty pounds, about the weight I've lost over the past several months. I was hauling that weight again, only this time I knew when I got home, I'd be able to shed it, and feel light again. My pack suddenly felt a little lighter, (it probably helped when I to the top of the hill), and I put a bit more of a spring in my step, and started working harder to keep up with Billy Joel as he sang "Only Human" through my headphones.

When I got home, and finally unburdened myself, I decided to put my thoughts to the test. I got my scale out, and placed my backpack on it, and then weighed the bags in my hand. I found out I had been greatly mistaken. The combined total of my groceries and the back pack came out to only about 30 pounds and some change. I was stunned. I never remembered being that tired or huffy and puffy when the weight was on me, and I was sure what I was carrying had to weigh so much more.

It never ceases to amaze me what we as human beings can allow ourselves to get used to. I am proud of my indomitable spirit that has allowed me to push on for so long and do my walking with all that extra weight a year ago. I am more proud of that same spirit which has helped me to drop that weight, and made my life so much easier.

Between the two of us, netsue and I have lost a combined total of 100 pounds, and I am proud of how we pushed to do what needed to be done before, and how much stronger, better, and easier we have made things through our better choices now. 30 pounds was enough...I don't need to carry 45 to appreciate how far we have come. There's still more to do, but for today, I will take a moment to bask in the 'aha!' moment, and the feeling of freedom when I dropped that backpack and those bags, knowing that weight was no longer mine to carry.

J.A.I.
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LORIVIOLA 2/15/2014 6:31PM

    thanks for sharing

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CATNCAG 11/25/2013 5:29PM

    This is an incredible blog!
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BETTERME54 11/14/2013 3:39PM

    I am as slow as a turtle but I still get the message out to you, so my message is emoticon !, emoticon ! emoticon .

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HAFSAGABABS 9/4/2013 11:28AM

  Thanks for sharing.

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GOOSIEMOON 8/28/2013 9:17AM

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JOHNH677 8/26/2013 8:41AM

  You had me at always being a walker. It is the best way to just get into the flow and letting thoughts flow. And then realizing how much more weight I had all the time. Reading this just put me in a great mood when I was in the blahs.

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LIBRATAH 8/22/2013 8:58AM

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RAFFERM 8/21/2013 5:34AM

  It is an interesting perspective. When you stop to think what you used to carry all of the time!

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ZJAMEZ 8/18/2013 10:33PM

  Keep up the Great Work! You will get there! One step at a time! You are inspiring to me and others!

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FIRETRIED41 8/18/2013 5:52PM

    I loved this, continued success to you!! emoticon

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ZZY786 8/15/2013 10:01PM

  this was a very inspiring story emoticon

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IMAGIRL2 8/15/2013 1:16PM

  Great job!!!! emoticon

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MESANDEE 8/13/2013 11:08AM

    emoticon Thank you for sharing....I feel proud for you !!!!!!! emoticon

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ADAPTINGANNIE 8/13/2013 9:33AM

    Great way to look at things. Appreciate the perspective. Going to try weighting a bag of "stuff" to see what my wight loss feels like.
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TCJEAN 8/12/2013 12:54PM

    Thank you SO MUCH for such an inspiring and insightful blog!!! Keep on, keepin' on!!!
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WENDYH105 8/10/2013 8:46AM

    Terrific reminder -- and congratulations on your successes! Thank you for sharing with us all.

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SLIMLEAF 8/9/2013 9:54AM

    Excellent! Great blog.

and well done for carrying those heavy groceries home!



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15LOVEHARRY 8/8/2013 6:34PM

  It is amazing how much we carry around on our bodies. It feels so heavy as a package.

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SUNGIRL822 8/8/2013 1:57PM

  Awesome blog!!!! thank you so much for sharing

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TYYGER28 8/7/2013 4:42PM

    Awesome post!!! Very inspiring!!!!

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MCJULIEO 8/7/2013 11:50AM

    How lovely!

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TYYGER28 8/7/2013 8:59AM

    Awesome post!!! Very inspiring!!!!

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MOMMYOFTWINS01 8/6/2013 3:22PM

  Wow... I've carried groceries that way many times and I've never thought of my weight loss in that manner before. To read your blog post here is a real eye-opener for me. Granted, my grocery shopping transportation is now a bike with a basket, but my backpack is often filled full as well. emoticon for the motivation and new perspective.


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EBLOOMING 8/6/2013 1:39AM

    Very inspirational! emoticon You are a good writer and thinker to put this into words. I am sweating over 30 minutes a day. You are really making me ashamed to consider that walking.

Thanks for writing. emoticon

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HOOSIERNATIVE46 8/5/2013 3:20PM

    I will remember this. My son is a JeffAllen as well, so I will remember you and your trek. Every once in a while I think how much easier it will be when just a bag of potatoes is missing, or a superpail of flour. I use these as guides, because I know how hard they are to carry around. I have 1.5 superpails to lose. WOW what a way to think about this. You were just wise enough to document it.

thanks again jeffallen!

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SENIORSWIMMER 8/5/2013 1:57PM

    My posture is better. Have you noticed that? I notice when I'm slumping now. Didn't used to. I still have more to go too. Cars can be a blessing, but the upkeep is so expensive. Congrats on maintaining a simple, healthy lifestyle.

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JONEC14333 8/5/2013 1:34PM

    Thank you for your wonderful perspective! Congratulations!

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G33K10V3 8/5/2013 9:42AM

    It's funny, so far I've lost not quite 30 pounds on my journey and I was just thinking along similar lines this weekend when I was walking. I was thinking that my two barbell handweights weigh a little less combined than the weight that I have lost and that when I pick them up it feels so HEAVY and that is about how much less heavy my body is now and it makes me wonder how in the heck my poor body has been carrying around all this extra weight over these years.
Congrats to you two on your shed pounds and cheers to losing as much as you want and need to! Good luck!!! Thanks for sharing.

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AUDIEKRISTINE 8/5/2013 8:53AM

  Awesome! Thanks for sharing! :)

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COLLARN 8/5/2013 7:31AM

  Very Inspiring!

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NFLEISCHMANN1 8/5/2013 6:21AM

  Well written - articulate and encouraging. I, like many of us, struggle. I walk, as I listen to music, and carry my internal, used to it, extra weight. Your wise words have helped me face today with a bit more confidence and hope as I set out to walk, eat right, and take care of my soul and my body. Thank you.

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KHATITI 8/5/2013 5:37AM

    Well done! Thank you. You've inspired me to keep on going when lately I've been thinking of giving up. It's been pretty demoralising going out lately with my girlfriends who are all skinny size 8s & 10s in their shorts and mini-skirts while I'm stuck with trousers to hide my cellulite and baggy dresses to hide the mid-rif. After reading your blog I feel more determined to find everyday activity like shopping and turn it into exercise. emoticon


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BOBBYJUNE 8/4/2013 10:37PM

    great job. I enjoy walking home from work.a couple days a week.

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223DAISY 8/4/2013 3:43PM

    emoticon Keep on emoticon walking...

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GREEN-EYED-LADY 8/4/2013 11:01AM

    Great writer. I sold my car almost 5 years ago and walk to do grocery shopping also. I've lost 30 pounds so far. Really enjoyed your blog.

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DAILYCHOICES 8/4/2013 10:57AM

    Great perspective! Glad you were able to appreciate your "aha" moment. Congrats on doing such a great job losing the weight! Keep up the great work! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CATE195 8/4/2013 6:16AM

    Thanks for sharing and keep on walking. emoticon

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COCOONGIRL 8/3/2013 8:41PM

    Awesome!!! This gives me hope!!

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BIGBROTHER323 8/3/2013 7:10PM

    Way to go Jeff! Anyway, it's not about what we lost, but that we lost what was excess...that which we didn't need and was holding us back.

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LSROCK1 8/3/2013 5:26PM

  Thanks for sharing your story. Gives me inspiration to keep trying.


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KIMBERLY0916 8/3/2013 2:03PM

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it's a great feeling to realize how much one as lost. it's an even better feeling to be empowered with the knowledge of how not to gain it back!

i've shed 71+ pounds in a scant 1.5 years and I don't plan on gaining it back. I'm almost down to my pre-college weight!

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THECELSA 8/3/2013 1:40PM

    Thank you for sharing your story. Your journey serves as an inspiration to many of us who are on the same path. Kudos!

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MAGICHEIDE 8/3/2013 1:35PM

    Wow. Hit me where I live. Thank you for sharing!

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GRAMMAOFFIVE 8/3/2013 1:22PM

    Such a wonderful post. What a person can do when the mind is right.

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FIT40FAB50 8/3/2013 12:39PM

  What an Awesome accomplishment! Congratulations on your hard work. Just this week, I have gotten the courage to rekindle my journey to a healthy lifestyle and weight. Your story is an inspiration to not give up the fight!

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DAVILYN 8/3/2013 10:26AM

  Wonderful that you lost the weight. Like you said it is amazing what we allow ourselves to get used to. The weight comes on slowly when we are not mindful of what we eat. That is why we must be intentional in our lives every area because that is when we wake heavier from mindless eating emoticon

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LAKEZURICHDANA 8/3/2013 8:15AM

    What a good writer you are!

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