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Compliments are Nice, but a Whap up Side the Head is even Better

Thursday, June 20, 2013

A while ago, I wrote a blog about trying to roll 45 pounds (representing my current weight loss) around my neighborhood.

I couldn't carry it, and I never should have even tried. I couldn't even roll the box over the hose. It had taken a lot of effort just to get all the weight outside.

So fast forward to the compliments. I am starting to get compliments from all over. Last night it happened on my walk, in the dark at 10:00 p.m. Okay that one was probably a little weird. But today, I attended a monthly support group meeting. At least half of the people made it a point to come up during our luncheon to make a comment about how great I look. I even sparked one lady to come to Spark People.

And now for the Whap Up Side my head. I asked our President's wife how he was doing, referring to his health. She thought I was asking about his very noticeable hernia which doesn't appear to have a solution. He was fine, but I FINALLY made the connection with the 45 pounds in the rolly box. Ever since extensive abdominal surgery in December, 2008, I have not been allowed to lift anything over 10 pounds. Yet I was lifting, carrying around, 61 pounds that I am no longer having to deal with.

I guess I'm lucky I didn't give myself one of those hernias! Just another image to keep me on the straight an narrow while I lose the last 24 or 34 or 44 pounds and move into maintenance!

And as if that wasn't enough of a motivation, when I got home, I read this featured blog.

Now I REALLY have the visual cue!!
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    Excellent visual pictures. I'm tempted to keep a special 25 lb "something" where I can see it and pick it up, when I need a clear reminder of what I want to lose.
    1793 days ago
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    1794 days ago
    I am so happy for you. I know it feels great when others notice the hard work you do and what that has accomplished ! emoticon

    Using the visualization for the weight we have lost is a great tool too emoticon
    1795 days ago
    EXCELLENT blog post!! (I'm touched you mentioned my blog in it - thank you!!)

    Keep up the fantastic work!!
    1795 days ago
    A reality check - can be so eye opening.......
    1795 days ago
    I agree. I know I could use a good whap every now and then. Works wonders.
    Congrats on your loss.
    1795 days ago
    I'm trying to remember what it was I read. They say that for every x amount of (over)weight we develop an x amount (weight) of muscle. I'm not sure but I think the ration was something like 1kg of muscle for every 8 kg of overweight.
    So our body develops muscle just to be able to carry our overweight.
    1796 days ago
    Pow! Right upside the head! Works every time. lol!
    1796 days ago
    You make me smile AND you inspire me to keep going. You are exactly what SparkPeople is all about. THANK YOU!


    1796 days ago
  • POPSY190
    When we flew recently I could hardly lift my case which was well within the 23lb limit!
    1796 days ago
    Thanks for the visual image and the nod to CAROLYNSUTTON's featured blog.
    1796 days ago
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  • FINAL4
    Interesting that today at work I received a package in the mail for one of the faculty members. It was about the size of a roll of paper towels but weighed considerably more. I realized quickly that it was a teaching aid - a 5 lb chub of fake "fat" that we all decided looked like the top of pineapple upside down cake.

    As it sat there on my desk I lifted in several times and felt rather stunned. I may have an extra 15 to 20 of these lugs hanging off my 5'7" body (used to be 5'8").

    I felt sad that I have accepted this situation for so long.
    1796 days ago
    Thanks so much for this! I hadn't read that blog -- I appreciate you pointing the way to it.

    I've lost over 40 pounds. That's about the weight of a 5-gallon bottle of water. I can lift that, but I sure can't carry it for long!
    1796 days ago
  • BOPPY_
    Great work.

    Keep pushin'!

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    1796 days ago
    I know when I buy a bag of dog food for the largest dog I have, it is a real job to get it inside the house!
    1796 days ago
    emoticon emoticon and may I add a visual:

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    1796 days ago
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