As you lose weight, place your weight-loss equivalent in cans somewhere where you'll see it often. Bag up those cans and lift them each time you pass by. At the end of the month, donate your cans. If possible, carry them--even if it means parking a couple of blocks away. Actually feeling your loss by carrying it makes a huge impact.
As a variation, buy the canned weight you’d like to lose in the next month. As you lose, transfer cans from a separate bag. Lift both as you go by. The day the pounds-lost bag outweighs the other is especially motivating.
On days when your motivation sinks really low, put all the cans you’ve lost so far that month into a bag or backpack and wear it around for an hour, or better yet through a workout or hike. You’ll be reminded of just how far you’ve come. If you’re up for it, keep walking, right out your door and to the food bank. Leave those cans--that fat you lost--behind you for good.
Pledge of Honor
If you want to put yourself on the line, call your local food bank, soup kitchen, or animal shelter and tell them what you’re doing. Say, “I plan to donate the equivalent of how much weight I lose this month and would like to know what kinds of supplies you need right now.” When they say, “We’re desperate for baby food this month,” you’ll have that extra motivation of knowing that if you don’t stick to your program and stack up those cans, you won’t be able to give as much to those in need. Then stick to your pledge--don’t give more than you've lost when the month is over.
There are, of course, dozens of ways to use "Canned Fat" as motivation. Stack up a can each time you exercise or donate an hour of your time for each pound, for example. Be creative with those cans.
Where and How to Donate
Most communities have some sort of food bank, although some are small, often run from the basement of a church. Food banks tend to run low on canned proteins, fruits, peanut butter, and baby food. They are often most desperate in the summer and winter months, especially during the holidays. Homeless and women’s shelters also need food, as do AIDS outreach programs, elderly care programs and soup kitchens. Your local animal shelters are always in need, and this is an especially good option if your grocery budget is tight.