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Can you DROP a gallon of milk?

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Most of us are used to being called occasionally at work with the request, "Can you pick up a gallon of milk on your way home?" So, what do I mean by "Can you drop a gallon of milk?"

I once heard someone who was embarked on a weight loss journey describe it as dropping "x" gallons of milk. A gallon of milk weighs somewhere around 9+ pounds. So she just rounded it to 10. One day she realized at her current weight she was carrying the equivalent of 15 gallons of milk around all day, all the time.

Think about it. What if someone loaded you up with 15 gallons of milk and you had to carry it all day? Whoa. That would be hard.

Sometimes, when I've let the scale creep up on me, I'll pick up a half gallon of milk or a gallon (depending on how much it's creeped up) and I'll think, "If I focus on nutrition and not mindlessly eating, I can drop this and my running will be that much easier, comfortable and faster!"

I find the metaphor to be motivating. Just thought I'd share.
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    Thanks for the information. I'll remember this image to help me.

    This has been a "milk" week for us....our company left from our and 3 other houses. They each brought over a new or almost new gallon of milk and a gal of lacto milk... So I can visualize......
    1714 days ago
    I never thought about it that way...thanks for the new ways of thinking...

    1715 days ago
    I often think of that when I carry a 50lb chicken feed bag over my shoulder. I used to walk around carrying that all the time, well actually a bag of feed and a gallon of milk.
    1715 days ago
    What a great mental picture! Thanks for sharing!
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    1715 days ago
    I have done similar things with my dumbbells.
    1715 days ago
    Interesting metaphor, I usually talk about sacks of potatoes.
    1715 days ago
    Even though I CAN carry it, why would I want to? Getting around and just living life is so much easier without that extra burden.
    1715 days ago
    Thanks for posting that!! It's pretty amazing that we don't think of it like that more often. I'm carry around several gallons of milk that I would like to "drop".

    Eye opening!! Thanks again.
    1715 days ago
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