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In Case You Have Doubts--a Little Challenge for You!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Have you been thinking about your weight loss as being a “drop in the bucket” compared to what you still have to lose? As you’ve been shedding a few pounds have you had doubts about whether it was making any difference to your body? I had an experience today that might help you to look at it in a little different way. I’ll get to that in a minute, but for right now I want to challenge you to find something around your house that is close to the number of pounds you’ve shed so far. It doesn’t matter if it is just a few or if it’s quite a few…just find something close to those pounds. For me, that is about 64 pounds (I hope it’s a few more this Sunday when I weigh in). I bet you can figure something out. A gallon of milk or water is about 8 pounds; a bag of flour is 5 pounds unless you buy it in bulk. Maybe a laundry basket full of wet laundry is 25 or more pounds. Okay, now I want to pick up your item and carry it around the house with you for a little while…you don’t have to do it for long, but take it with you to the bathroom or around the kitchen for as long as you’re able. Is it heavy and awkward to hang onto? Hard to handle and makes your back or knees hurt?

In some cases, you might not be able to pick it up! That’s what happened to me at the store today. Richard asked me to “pick up” some salt for the water softener. Actually he didn’t expect me to literally pick it up, but I tried. It was only 40 pounds, not the 64 I’ve shed, but I could NOT DO IT! I got it upright and almost had it up, but just couldn’t manage and decided we didn’t need it that badly yet. He can get it the next time we’re there, but a little light bulb went off for me. Before I ditched those 64 pounds I was hauling at least as much as 1 ½ bags of water softener salt around with me with every step I took. The same is true for you, wherever you are in your weight loss journey! Every ounce, every pound, every 10 pounds, whatever we have accomplished is so important to all of us. Wow…I could never hope to walk up the back steps to the house carrying that much weight, yet I was asking my body to do it with every step I took, not to mention what my heart still has to do each day. No wonder my back aches sometimes!

Our team has a great Sizzling Summer Challenge going on right now and it’s not too late to join if you haven’t already! But, even if you don’t, remember that it doesn’t matter if you aren’t the biggest loser or even the littlest loser in or out of the team challenge. What matters is that we work on giving our bodies a rest by shedding what pounds we can. Let’s all try to give our hearts and backs and muscles a gift of fewer pounds to haul around. I’m willing to keep working on it if you will all be there to help me along the way, and in turn, I promise to be there for you, too. Together we can do it, I just know we can!!

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  • JAMER123
    Way a great reminder of the weight lost & carrying it around. I can't carry the 82# but I have read here some fantastic ideas!! Thanks, Jeannie, for a fantastic and thoughtful blog!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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  • RETURNTOTHIN
    What a GREAT blog.... I know that I feel tons better and can walk further with a "spring" in my step since I "lost" (and certainly don't want to go hunting for it) that 60 pounds. I always threatened to keep butter boxes and stack them up to show how much I had lost. But lifting a 40 pound bag of salt is certainly an eye opener! You'll be in ONEderland before you know it... certainly in the summer challenge! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2305 days ago
  • IOWAGRAMMA
    You guys are great...imagine gifts of kitty litter for pets and fresh fruit and $$ to the food banks! What awesome ideas! One of you mentioned the Biggest Loser having segments on the program about carrying as much weight as they'd lost and dropping some off to signify what they'd lost. I don't watch the Biggest Loser, but it does seem like a real hands-on way to understand how much we're carrying around. emoticon for the great ideas! Jeannie
    2305 days ago
  • ESILBO
    GREAT BLOG JEANNIE, ITS A GREAT IDEA TO TRY TO LIFT THAT AMOUNT. I LIKE THE IDEA OF GIVING YOUR LOSS INTO SOMETHING. I THINK I WOULD GIVE MONEY TO THE FOOD BANK.

    I JUST LOOKED AT MY SUITCASE THAT I STILL NEED TO UNDO, ILL GO WEIGHT IT AND SEE IF I COULD WALK WITH THAT ALL DAY...LOL.I DOUBT IT.

    HUGS, HUGS
    LISE
    2305 days ago
  • VTMAID
    I think maybe for every 25 pounds I lose, I will donate a like amount of healthy food to the local food shelf. Very often people who use food shelves end up with the "belly fillers", you know, the pasta and potatoes, etc. I think maybe some fresh fruits would be a good idea!
    Hugs
    Karen
    2306 days ago
  • KADYSMOM11
    emoticon It makes a lot of sense! emoticon
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  • TORTILLAFLATS
    Jeannie, I just found your wonderful Blog. I am so impressed by your concept. I know I have heard it before but it sure was good to hear it again. Thank you. Also thank you for the mentioning of the challenge. I just wish that everyone who started would keep going. I know life happens sometime but it is almost always the same people that sign up, the same people that drop out and the same ones that finish. Wish I knew what to do to help keep them motivated.

    Hugs Gail, looks like we are rushing toward the 70 pound mark together. emoticon
    2306 days ago
  • SANDYW1945
    emoticon great concept.
    2306 days ago
  • no profile photo JAE_HENNINGTON
    I have lost 64lbs.. and you are so right, I cannot pick a gallon of milk. Losing weight for me is so slow. I cannot exersize as much as I need to or that I would like to. I am working concentrating on doing that which I can do and be pleased with that
    2306 days ago
  • LJCANNON
    emoticon When I reached 100 Pounds off, I donated 100 Pouunds of Kitty Litter to a Local Charity. Carrying in those 10 Bags of Litter in to the building was VERY Symbolic for me.
    2306 days ago
  • CJMOK1121
    Jeanie: Thank you so much, I had never really thought of doing something like that before, I have been so bad to my body about looseing and gaining it back just to have to carry it around again. Doing better from now on, Thank you again for sharing.

    CJ from OK.
    2306 days ago
  • HYATTI1
    Jeannie,

    Interesting concept on the weight loss. I have several times compared my weight loss to the meat that we take out of the frig. 3 lbs of hamburger or 5 lbs we buy and then separate into individual packages. To look at 5 lbs of hamburger meat and multiple that by 5 just seems so much. I know it's healthier with the weight, it's gone and you or in this case me...I am better for it. But, it is a very slow process and I do think about the negative side.

    Joanna
    2306 days ago
  • TXGRANDMA
    Great blog, Jeannie! They do this on the Biggest Loser sometimes. Quite amazing to watch! emoticon
    2306 days ago
  • EATVEGAN
    Great analogy. I'll remember it when I start thinking how far I have to go. This last time I hit a plateau, I reminded myself how healthy I'm getting. Not only that, even if the scale isn't moving, I can see a difference. We sometimes just give that scale or a number way too much power over us. Thanks for the great blog. emoticon
    Janet
    2306 days ago
  • THESLIMMERME1
    Something to remind myself of when I hit a plateau!
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  • BELDONDOG1
    Jeannie, as usual, a wise woman's words. When going to WW they always said that you should carry around a 10# bag of potatoes or 2 10# bags. As you said, such a thing is not an easy thing to do. I'm very proud of all the weight that we have lost--combined or individually. We are all getting healthier, not matter how you look at it.
    ((hugs)) Noel





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  • MOVEIT2LOSEIT42
    I needed this. I was feeling discouraged as I have only lost 11.8 lbs since starting 6 weeks ago. Now I am going to go find something that weighs as much as I have lost and lug it around for a few minutes.... hmmmmm..... I wonder how much my dog weighs..... emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2306 days ago
  • JILL313
    Jeannie, what a wonderful blog and I almost forgot how much harder it was just to move. I believe I've lost 50 or so pounds and I couldn't begin to lift that and yet I carried it around for too many years. I love your analogy and it's so true. All of us should be so proud of ourselves and each pound we've lost. I know I have a long lifelong Journey but I know in the end I'll be one of the Biggest Losers. Very well written and true blog. It makes me appreciate how kind I've actually been to my body recently.

    Love,

    Jill
    2306 days ago
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