Sometimes we forget what a pound is. The picture is a pound of fat. Pretty gross isn't it? We forget that this pound was busy making us feel overweight. This pound of fat was busy causing problems in our lives. This pound was busy causing problems in our mind because of the things that we think about ourselves when we are overweight.
One excess pound may not seem like much, but look at it...Honestly look at it and try to realize what this one pound represents. Now look at the other pounds you have lost... For me, that is 50 pounds. If I had to carry around those 50 pounds again I don't know if I could do it. That would be like picking up a 50 pound sack of dog food, strapping it onto my body and walking around and doing my work. I really don't think I could do it. Not again!
I'm tired or being overweight. That is the main reason that I started this journey in the first place. I was just plain tired. When I look at that photo of that pound of fat, I can see why I was so tired. I had all of that "weighing" me down!
We have to remember that we are going to lose our weight one pound at a time. Even if we lose a bunch of pounds in between weighing ourselves, we still lose those pounds one at a time. And each pound makes a difference even if we don't see it.
I know that when I reach my goal, it will become a matter of maintenance for me. But I also have to remember that even now, I can't eat a bunch of junk and expect to feel good.
Prime example, last night I indulged in some potato chips. I didn't even pretend to tell myself that I was just going to have the "serving size." I was going to munch potato chips until I was sated.
I never did get sated, even after eating 5 ounces of chips, but I sure felt like—excuse my language—crap! My stomach did loop-de-loops most of the night and that was the "easy" part of it. I won't go into details, but suffice it to say that I did not feel well!
Will I ever do that again? Probably. I like potato chips. Will I eat that many again? I want to say "no," but I can't honestly answer that with a "no" because chips are one of my downfall foods along with soda pop. Will I try my hardest to keep myself away from that junk? You betcha! I don't want to go back down that path, because I remember it all too well.
Even though we all suffer from a forgetful mind now and then, it pays to remember where we have been so that we can make better choices for ourselves and with hope, teach others through our lives.
Until next time, be good to yourself and to others!