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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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DIETER27 8/1/2013 10:02PM

  what an encouraging blog / great emoticon

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ITSME_1223 8/1/2013 9:56PM

  That was a great testimony. You knew what you were getting into when you started of for the store. You persevered through the heat and extra weight you were carrying. You are right, 30+ pounds ago you were feeling that way every day. Keep going! I feel inspired by your story. emoticon

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ONLYTEMPORARY 8/1/2013 9:56PM

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LITTLEBRUNO 8/1/2013 9:51PM

    Your story was #1, really well written and #2, a very real picture of the burden of extra weight. Thank you for sharing.

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HETZ51 8/1/2013 9:51PM

  Most excellent adventure. You opened yourself up to a challenge by walking to WalMart. You met the challenge and went on. Way to go!!

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CHARTHESTAR 8/1/2013 9:42PM

    Great post.
the weight that we used to carry on our body amazes me. To put it through all of the stress everyday for a Twinkie (or whatever was your downfall. Mine is pastry's).



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JAMER123 8/1/2013 9:38PM

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It is amazing to find out just how much weight we carry in bags and to look back at our accomplishments and know we carried that on our person. That is the weight we can't just set down when we want but the groceries are!!! Enjoy the feeling. It's great!!

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BOMBSHELLY 8/1/2013 9:38PM

    What an inspiring revelation! Good for you!

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BETZYGIRL 8/1/2013 9:15PM

    emoticon What an encouraging blog to read! I will have to remember to try that some time, help me to remember "from whence I came" that will encourage me to "keep on keeping on"! Thanks so very much for sharing!

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QUES2HEALTH 8/1/2013 9:13PM

    What a rewarding way to see the positive changes you have made! Way to go!

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HRIGGS72 8/1/2013 9:05PM

  Such an inspirational read. Thanks!!!!!

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MOOSINGAL50 8/1/2013 8:51PM

    I, too, love to walk. I can't wait to hit that "AHA" moment when I am not carrying so much extra weight around. Thank you for an inspiring post. emoticon

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MAREE1953 8/1/2013 8:34PM

    Congrats on your "aha" moment--I always think of my knees, and how happy they must be to carry less of me around. Best wishes for continued success in your health and fitness goals!

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NUNYABIZINESS 8/1/2013 8:34PM

  Thanks for sharing. Very inspiring. I am also a walker and many in town did not know I owned a vehicle because I walk everywhere. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK YOU ARE AN I SPIRATION!

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MAYBER 8/1/2013 8:13PM

    Thank you for sharing your journey an amazing feat of determination
best wishes as you continue to strive toward your goal
one day at a time
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CIRCULARPRAISE 8/1/2013 8:05PM

    Fantastic, inspirational post. Thanks for sharing it.

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SALLYCECILIA 8/1/2013 8:00PM

    I loved your blog today. I also think about the extra weight that we carry on us when I carry two 20# bags of cat food out to the barn. What a relief to put it down. Thank you for sharing.

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TPETRIE 8/1/2013 7:55PM

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VILLAMARIA 8/1/2013 7:55PM

    I enjoyed your blog. Thank you for sharing

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PROVERBS31JULIA 8/1/2013 7:45PM

    Wow, that is an interesting way to look at the results of your changes!

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JUDE262 8/1/2013 7:38PM

  I'm putting Jeff's story up on my cupboard. I'm trying to take off weight because I had lung cancer and with less lungs to work with I run out of air fast. I had lost 30lbs after Chemo, but have put them back on this year. Jeff is an inspiration and I'll be rooting for him on his journey. With every pound lost I walk easier. emoticon

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DOINGNOTTRYING 8/1/2013 7:37PM

    Way to Go! And thank you for sharing - it reinforces for me the act of enjoying all the health benefits of the 20 lbs I have lost and am stopped on. I will continue but every time i get frustrated at lack of progress I will think of one thing that is easier now and be grateful too.

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FLUFFYLADY143 8/1/2013 7:29PM

  You are an inspiration, Jeff. In the last 2 years I had increasing shortness of breath with exertion. Having a family history of cardio-vascular problems, I thought my heart was in trouble. After extensive tests of my heart and lungs I found out they are just fine. and it is some asthma that I can control with a rescue inhaler....I'm the one who has fallen from exercise, like walking 2 miles a day, and the increasing weight I was carrying was the problem I was shocked and depressed when the cardiologist suggested I start some exercise program and lose 50 pounds!!
I never suspected how much weight I was carrying because I never weighed myself. I just started wearing looser and looser clothes thinking I was "getting comfortable." I plan to eat more sensibly and not weigh myself very often just to see how it goes.
Thanks for you story,
Fluffy

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LINDAINALABAMA 8/1/2013 7:27PM

    I love the idea of weight in a backpack. emoticon

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JANEATT 8/1/2013 6:57PM

    I loved your message. I, too, am a walker. I had the same sort of epiphany a couple of weeks ago when I dumped the bag of fertilizer in the lawn cart and labored to spread it on my yard. Way to go! Keep up the GREAT work!

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KAREN_303 8/1/2013 6:47PM

    enlightening!

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TOMKATKAHSEY 8/1/2013 6:28PM

    That's really a great accomplishment! Especially in heat and humidity!

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CHRISTYAC78 8/1/2013 6:12PM

  I have been thinking about doing the same thing. There is both a Kroger and Wal-Mart not far from where I live. You just inspired me to stop putting in off and do it. Thanks bunches.

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REDHATSHAPELY1 8/1/2013 5:45PM

    Awesome trip to Walmart to shop! You can be proud of your effort .
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TRUNKJUNK 8/1/2013 5:36PM

    Awesome blog - thanks for sharing

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MCFITZ2 8/1/2013 5:30PM

    Super. Gives emoticon you a lot of resolve not to put it back on.

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PATJ7084 8/1/2013 5:20PM

    well done emoticon

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GRUMPYSGAL 8/1/2013 4:59PM

  Hope you drank lots of water in the process.

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MAVERICK59 8/1/2013 4:54PM

    Congratulations on your amazing weight loss.
I enjoyed your blog.
I don't think I could physically carry in my arms or on my back the weight I have lost to date.
It is fun to think about how far we have come in our journey towards better health.
Best of luck to you.

Belinda

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JMADAMS3 8/1/2013 4:44PM

    I Loved your entry! Gee - I never thought of weight the way you described it! Keep up the walking! Keep pressing on - Hope you find your hippie bands too!! lol

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FISHING88 8/1/2013 4:29PM

    What an inspiring post! You are also a very good writer. Keep sharing your encouraging thoughts!

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2013SWEETJANE 8/1/2013 4:26PM

    Kudos not only on a blog well written, but on trudging up that hill in the heat AND carrying a backpack, also! I look forward to the day when I can look back at having lost some of my "body baggage" and have an experience like yours. (Well, maybe not in the HEAT, though!).

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ALIDOSHA 8/1/2013 4:15PM

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IAMAGEMLOVER 8/1/2013 4:10PM

    Wow--what an aha moment. I live on the third floor and have no trouble climbing the stairs now. I even carried my own new television set upstairs last night.

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WOOFGANG 8/1/2013 4:06PM

    One of the coolest and as is trendy today, most "ah ha" moment blogs I have ever yet. We DO get used to "stuff" and accept it when we shouldn't. Thanks for writing about this, really makes me think.

And congrats to both on your combined weight loss!

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AMARILYNH 8/1/2013 4:03PM

    Great insight!! emoticon

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MRSTABER 8/1/2013 4:02PM

    AWESOME blog!

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NANAGO1204 8/1/2013 3:33PM

    Good job...well written! I will sometimes pick up a 20 pound sack of something and hold it for a bit...just to feel what is no longer hanging on me. It does feel good to remember and feel the difference. emoticon emoticon

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TINY67 8/1/2013 3:18PM

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ONCEUPONABOD 8/1/2013 3:15PM

    Great blog Jeff! :o)

I too enjoy a good walk! In regards to perspective, I have two kids, a 10 yr old son and a 6 yr old daughter. The amount of lbs I need to lose is equivalent to my son. There's some perspective! Aack! No worries though, the "battle of the bulge" continues and walking is where I always begin. There are NO EXCUSES for not getting out and walking! One step at a time, right? ;o)

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MAHVELOUSONE 8/1/2013 3:11PM

  Great job, keep up the good work. I like walking too. I have recently started to walk in the mornings, and I am trying to start an evening routine. Your blog has helped encourage me to keep at it. Thanks! emoticon

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MAHVELOUSONE 8/1/2013 3:10PM

  Great job, keep up the good work. I like walking too. I have recently started to walk in the mornings, and I am trying to start an evening routine. Your blog has helped encourage me to keep at it. Thanks! emoticon

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JSEATTLE 8/1/2013 3:06PM

  Yay!! Keep on walking, it is the best low-impact exercise. I love to walk with my Mom.

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CORNERKICK 8/1/2013 3:06PM

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DCWIPF 8/1/2013 3:04PM

  Very cool testimony about the difference your weight loss makes! Great way to translate the extra "baggage" we carry with your bags you carried home. Great focus and encouragement for the rest of us who are stlll on the journey! emoticon emoticon

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