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03-05-2008, 08:24 AM
Oh my... so i had a horrible realization this weekend.

My husband and i were at Petsmart buying dog food for Oliver.... when i realized that i was trying to lose more weight than a giant 40lb bag of dog food.. which was heavy! I am carrying more than a big bag of dog food around with me all the time!

It really pushed things into perspective for me... and kind of freaked me out a bit... but motivated me! Imagine actually carrying around that bag of dog food all the time.... but... wait... it's like i am!

Anyone else have a moment like this?

03-05-2008, 08:47 AM
Great realization, and kind of sobering.

My realization didn't happen until after I'd lost a lot of weight. I have small dogs (20 & 25 pounds) and one day I realized I'd lost more than they weighed together!! wowsa!

When you lose the weight, pick up that bag again and see how heavy it is!!!

03-05-2008, 08:54 AM
Oh yeah, GREAT realization. It's something, isn't it?

Just like Heather, that realization didn't come til AFTER my weight loss. HAD I realized it earlier, perhaps my loss would have occured earlier :shrug: .

It is astounding, simply astounding to think that I was hauling around all that extra weight. I don't know how I did it. Or better yet - WHY :?:.

Anyway, I'm glad you've had this realization and I'm even happier to hear that you will use it as motivatin to spur you on! :cheer2::cheer2::cheer2:

03-05-2008, 08:58 AM
When I was heavier, I used to say that I would go jogging with anyone, but that they had to wear a weighted backpack so that we would weigh the same. Then they could see what it's like to be overweight.

It really makes daily life so much harder to be overweight. Climbing stairs, getting up from a chair, even just walking. :yes:

That's why when someone wants to start exercise while overweight, it's a good idea to start very slowly and with exercises or machines that aren't hard on the joints. It's easy to overdo. :faint:


03-05-2008, 09:01 AM
My brother & I are both losing weight, we've lost about 160 lbs together... :lol: We both started saying "Wow... that's a whole frickin' person!" When we're done losing, we'll have lost an obese person... We were both like "Holy... that's a lot."

I just imagine myself once I'm down at goal carrying around this adult in one of those baby backpack things. Ouch!

03-05-2008, 10:34 AM
I've lost 120 pounds and my husband between 50-60. That's ME at my current weight that we've lost! holy cow!!!!

03-05-2008, 10:45 AM
I try to find it exciting -- yes, I have to lose 100 lbs (my oldest son weighs about 109 and I couldn't pick him up if the house was on fire :dizzy:) but I look forward to getting that "extra person off of me" so I can run, play sports and wear nice clothes again. And, I also have a 50 pound little guy, so when I'm at 1/2 my goal, I have a visual to pick up as well!!

03-05-2008, 11:20 AM
I had a similar experience in the dog food aisle. But mine was more nutritionally related. My poor dog was allergic to EVERYTHING so I had to find food she could eat that wouldn't cause a reaction. How many hours did I spend pouring over the labels on a bag of food??? WAY more time than I did looking at the food I was putting into my own body.

I did so much more to keep her healthy and active than I did for myself at that time. It's my turn, now!

03-05-2008, 12:22 PM
I actually had the same thing, except I was at Costo lugging a 40lb bag of dog food across the store to put in my mother's cart. When I had put it in the cart (I was at about 205 lbs at that time) I thought about how much relief I felt after getting rid of it, and how great I'd feel after losing that 'dog food'(and then some!) off of my body. That's one of the things that got me serious about this weight-loss business.

M a g g i e
03-05-2008, 12:31 PM
One of my favorite Biggest Loser things is toward the end when they have to do a challenge while wearing the weights equivalent to what they've lost. It's really eye opening!!

Fat Pants
03-05-2008, 12:48 PM
What a realization, huh? I know exactly what you're talking about with those 40 pounder bags of dog food. Now multiply that by 2 and that's about how much weight I have to lose. It never FEELS like that much on my body, but it's astounding to actually hold 80lbs of weight in your hands. My husband has a set of 45 lb. weights that he uses for bench presses. 90 lbs... it's a real eye opener. I can't wait until I can lift even just one of those 45 lb weights and say "this is how much I've lost!"

What a great motivator.

Apple Cheeks
03-05-2008, 05:14 PM
I've only lost ten pounds so far, but when I pick up a 10 pound weight I think "Gosh that's heavy! And it was on my body!!" :eek:

I keep that 10 pound weight on my kitchen counter, now, as a reminder.

03-05-2008, 05:49 PM
It's fun checking your weight loss with familiar items. I am almost up to the 44 lb bag of Pedigree. I just bought one yesterday, and I could hardly get it in the trunk! Five more lbs!

03-06-2008, 12:50 PM

I had a moment like this when I was only seeing the scale move 1 lb at a time. I was thinking that this was not working and 1 lb was nothing...until I looked at a 1 lb container of potato salad... that is a lot of potato salad, so now I cherish each and every pound I lose.

03-06-2008, 12:58 PM
What a great idea. I am always struggling to lift my darling doggies food out of the pet store. So I'll think of that the next time I don't want to go to the gym or I want to binge.

03-06-2008, 01:35 PM
Lol! I used to work at Petco (where the pets go) and I would lift and fling around those 40lb. bags... I realized that I needed to lose two of them! Then I think about all that weight pushing down on my knees and other joints.
Didjaever has it right about cherishing each and every lb. lost! A lb. of potatoe salad at a time and b/f you know it - a whole bag of dog food gone!!

03-06-2008, 01:44 PM
yep yep yep--- when I start to get the ol' "but I've *only* lost this much" I pull up those images of people holding up those 5 pounds of fat models... and I look at that and go UGH---- I lost FIVE of those already!!! yuck yuck yuck-- so glad that's not IN me anymore!

My mom likes to take the pound of butter example. . . Put 5 boxes of BUTTER in your cart.. that's five pounds!!! that's a lot of butter! Then put more... every little loss you make, every "little 1 pound" is a whole box of butter. Makes you rethink things...

Better to take off a pound at a time then put ON a pound at a time!

03-06-2008, 03:26 PM
Not only have I lost 3 40# dog food bags, but because I'm lifting weights I can pick one up a whole lot easier!!! :strong:

03-06-2008, 04:28 PM
oh my gosh! imagine toating an ADULT everyone with you everywhere you go!!! LOL that's funny because I never thought of it that way! and it really does put it into perspective for me!! thanx..its motivating too! because who wants to carry a 40 lb bag of dog food OR a grown person around with them...because i have 100+ lbs i hope to get off of me ultimately. :)

Beach Patrol
03-07-2008, 02:24 PM
Interesting. You know a gallon of water (or tea or milk, whatever) weighs almost 10 pounds (I think it's 8.3 or somewhere there about) ... can you imagine carrying FOUR gallons of water everywhere you go? I'm tired just thinking about it! :faint: