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Friday, July 05, 2013

Only: alone, solely, exclusively; merely.

Yesterday morning, I stood on my digital scale and said, "I only lost four-tenths of a pound."

I started thinking about my use of the word "only" in this capacity, because I believe that when you're changing your relationships with food and exercise, any weight loss is a good weight loss.

I recognize that weight will fluctuate day by day -- in fact, this morning's weight said I had gained back those four-tenths of a pound and added two-tenths more. I took that as a puzzlement and blamed it on the salt in the two pieces of Eckert's Restaurant's fried chicken and Country-style string beans (read boiled with bacon) I ate yesterday.

But it's the word "only" that I'm working on. Four-tenths of a pound is really nothing to be ashamed of -- in fact, a .40 daily weight loss multiplied by 7 days equals a 2.8 pound drop per week: nothing to sneeze at there, and worth crowing about.

So, starting right now, I'm going to work on limiting my use of this word "only" and applaud every tenth of a pound that comes off, because each tenth is just as important as the last.

How do you use the word "only"?
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  • MEEMOM33
    I used to do the same thing until I also realized that anything matters when it comes to losing those extra, unnecessary pounds. Some people laugh when I say that if I lose 2-3 pounds in just a day or two I can actually feel it. I don't know how to explain it but it's the truth. I'm happy to lost just a gram--not that I weigh myself that closely--because it's better than gaining anything. So when I wake up to find that I've "only" lost one or two tenths of a pound, I tell myself, "It's 'ONLY' gonna get better."

    Keep up the hard work, and good luck!
    1452 days ago
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