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Small Losses Do Add Up




I am one of those people who needs something more concrete than a number on a scale to get excited about. So I remind myself that every 8 pounds I lose is equal to a gallon of milk. Now, knowing how bulky and heavy a gallon of milk is, makes an 8 pound loss feel much more substantial and more emotionally satisfying that just a small movement on a scale. Small losses are significant, when you think about them in concrete terms.

More Information:

2 pounds = 1 quart of milk
4 pounds = 1/2 gallon of milk
8 pounds = 1 gallon of milk
20 pounds = 1 very large turkey

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  • It can also help to visualize a pound of butter, which is fat. One pound lost is like losing 4 sticks of butter. - by SHARON_I
  • I never knew this. Thanks for a concrete example. - by WORKINGSTIFF
  • new way to look at it . milk gallons . - by SUGARSMOM2
    I love having this physical representation of the weight I have lost. Some how not having to carry around almost 2 gallons of milk is way more significant that just thinking about the pounds alone. - by THEONEBLUEGECKO

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