Fat vs. Muscle
Today my friend posted a link to a blog about building muscle on Facebook. I perused the blog post for a little bit. (It was a little ranty for my taste.) As I scrolled down the screen, I saw a comparison of fat vs. muscle. Here is a similar picture from a Shaklee consultant:
Wow. The point of the blog was to show how it is important to build more muscle to look more lean. As I took in the image, all I could think of was I have 31 extra of those 5 lb. fat models attached to my body. I looked down at my legs, and I saw a few 5 pound fat blobs on each leg. I looked at my left arm, and there was one there, too. Holy cow, no wonder I’m exhausted at the end of the day!
I have to admit, I am a little bit of a nerd. Scientific comparisons of fat work much better on me than the societal pressure to look “sexier.” When I realized that I lost 9 pounds, I wanted to go to the store and carry around 10 pounds of sugar to really wrap my head around the progress I had made. When you have lost 9 pounds out of 167, it feels like you have taken such a miniscule step. But then, as I walk around carrying 10 pounds for a few minutes, I really start to appreciate even the baby steps.
I think that it is often too easy to get overwhelmed by the length of our weight loss journey. There have been many times that I have wanted to give up. I am trying to really appreciate and visualize what each step is doing for me. Now, I know that I lost almost 2 of the fat blobs in the photo. I have lost almost 2 bags of flour. I think that celebrating the little wins is what is keeping me going.
What do you do to celebrate the small wins?