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"?