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!!