Thursday, August 21, 2014

Three Car Tires, 240 Sticks of Butter or 6 Gallons of Water

As stated in a previous post, I’ve mostly given up caffeine as a part of my journey.  Well, folks, I’ve officially ruined my life.  I can no longer have caffeine without it negatively impacting my sleep schedule.  I hadn’t had a diet coke in about three weeks and at lunch on Tuesday I decided to “treat” myself to one, no refills!  That one dang diet coke had me awake until almost midnight and resulted in a horrendous night’s sleep when I did finally fall asleep.  I was, however, able to accomplish so much when I got home from work!  The caffeine had me wired beyond normal.  I’ve had a hard time lately sitting still, I’m talking on days without caffeine.  I haven’t been traveling on weekends as much and I find myself so bored with watching TV on the couch with my dog.  I have to get up and do laundry, wash dishes, clean the bathroom, etc.  It’s great coming home to a clean house day after day!  I never considered myself a lazy person but this weight loss has really fueled me to constantly want to be moving.  Even after a tiring day at work, I struggle to make myself sit and relax.  In the past, it wasn’t rare on weekends for me to never get out of my PJs and not leave the house, besides to walk Oliver.   This got me to thinking about how tired my body must have been carrying all that extra weight.  Did you know that 20 lbs. equates to the weight of a car tire, 80 sticks of butter or 2 gallons of water?  I can’t even imagine myself carrying around 3 car tires right now but that’s what used to hang on my body 7 months ago.  That’s HUGE to think about!  No wonder I was uncomfortable all the time and would get out of breath easily. 

Wherever you are in your weight loss journey, Google things that equal the amount of weight you’ve lost.  It’s amazing to see the results!  It might help you quantify how far you’ve come not just in a number on the scale.  The next time someone asks me how much weight I’m down, I’m going to reply, “Three car tires, a bag of sugar and a human brain.”  BTW, that’s 68 pounds!

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