Mini-Goals - Think you haven't lost that much?

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08-19-2012, 03:01 PM
I have a long way to go to reach my ultimate goal. Like most people I have smaller goals that I shoot for, like the next 10 or the next pants size, but I've found myself getting overwhelmed with the amount I have to lose occasionally and this is what I do that works for me, so I thought I'd share. I've lost nearly 35 pounds since May and have about 115 left to go. That last 4 months haven't really been so bad...I mean I feel good more than I don't, which is a nice change. I've had my slip ups and my cheats or the days I just didn't feel like going to the gym, but there was always a new day or a new hour even. So...I got a quarter of the way to my goal without being miserable. AND...I have cats, so there are always boxes of cat litter in my house that I can go lift (one in each hand 15 pounds a peice) and tell myself you've lost more than THIS and these are heavy!

So, in short...when you have a long way to go and you think you haven't lost that much in comparison...go pick up something that's that amount of weight and walk around the house for a few minutes. It really puts things in prospective for me! I can do this! I have made more progress in the last 4 months than I have in the last 10 years. I. CAN. DO. THIS! :)

08-19-2012, 03:25 PM
That's awesome! And a good way to keep the motivation going!

08-19-2012, 04:42 PM
Great advice and awesome attitude, kitten!! I feel overwhelmed at times too, now I need to find a 26few pound thing to lift :)
Keep up the good work!

08-19-2012, 04:53 PM
Thank you, I needed this reminder/encouragement!

08-19-2012, 04:59 PM
I can't even lift what I've lost so far. How in the world was I carrying it around all the time?

Only Me
08-19-2012, 05:53 PM
My 5yo weighs about the same as the weight I've lost this year. It is tiring carrying her around for a while. Doing it reminds me of why my legs/hips were so achy last winter.

08-19-2012, 07:49 PM
I absolutely agree! I've lost more than all three of my kids (6 y/o twins and 16 m/o) combined! It's an amazing feeling, and I kept track of it throughout my weight loss journey to stay motivated. Congrats on being a quarter of the way there!

08-19-2012, 11:41 PM
Wow, that is really excellent advice. As soon as I read your post I thought of the huge 50-pound horse grain bags I've carried and almost collapsed under. Those things are freaking heavy! To think I was carrying that around is crazy!

Congrats on your loss, and thanks for the eye-opening post!

08-20-2012, 12:10 AM
I love the idea of this! I do it all the time. I've lost more weight than my 2 1/2 year old. He's 31 pounds and lugging him around gets exhausting. I often wonder the same thing, how did I lug that around all the time?

Congrats on the 35 pound loss! :)

08-20-2012, 01:49 AM
I love this! I also like being in the grocery store, throwing a 10lb bag of potatoes at my hubby and saying "i've lost 3 of those" it really helps him put it all into perspective too!

great idea!

Strawberry Blond
08-21-2012, 11:04 AM
Great idea!

Thank you for sharing, and congratulations on your progress!

08-21-2012, 12:57 PM
I love this idea too! I need to go pick up (and put back) 10 pound bags of potatoes...or I can just get the cat litter I guess LOL.

08-21-2012, 07:54 PM
Wonderful motivation! I use bags of kibble. A bag of Kirkland Signature Adult Cat food weighs 25 lbs. I am almost there! I can't wait until I get up to the great big bags of litter they sell at Costco.

08-21-2012, 08:35 PM
Congrats and keep up the good work

08-24-2012, 10:06 AM
This is so true. Last week I picked up a 25 lb bag of garden soil. It made me think how in the world did I carry that extra weight earlier this year?

Great thread!

08-26-2012, 10:39 AM
Thanks for sharing!!!

08-26-2012, 11:18 AM
That would be my 16 year old DD :) I find it impossible to believe I used to walk around with that on my body - let alone get out of bed and do a days work! This is fabulous motivation at all stages. I like you had a large amount to lose. The 10lb increments really helped.
Congratulations on doing so well :hug:

Misti in Seattle
08-26-2012, 06:34 PM
I like to do that too... and also to look at someone's kids and realize I have lost the approx. amount that kid weighs. I google to find out the average weight for the age.

08-27-2012, 06:39 AM
that is an awesome idea.. ty

08-27-2012, 11:30 AM
What a GREAT idea!!! I really need to do this when I've had a rough week. Sometimes I focus too much on the bad week and struggle to look back and see how far of come.

08-31-2012, 02:50 AM
I'm going camping today so I will know all about carrying the extra weight.

The numbers can be so scary but once you believe in yourself it is so empowering.

08-31-2012, 06:05 AM
Thanks for sharing! Its so true! x