What Does Your Extra Weight Look Like?

extra weightWhen you’re carrying some extra weight on your body, it’s easy to get used to it. You develop coping mechanisms that allow you to function without being painfully aware of what’s bothering you every minute of the day.

Of course, at certain times you’re more aware of it than usual.

  • Like when you’re shopping for clothes and looking in the dressing room mirror.
  • Or when you’re worried about fitting into an airplane seat without spilling over into your neighbor’s seat.
  • Or when you get winded going up a simple flight of stairs.

But on an everyday basis, if you spend most of your day sitting at a desk, you may not be aware of what you are literally carrying around all the time.

I think it’s good to give yourself a wakeup call. And become sensitive to what it means to have an extra 10 or 30 or 75 pounds on your body.

Look around your house or go to the grocery store and pick out some items that weigh close to the same amount of weight you’d like to lose.

Think of a bag of kitty litter… pick up that 10 or 20 pound bag to see what it feels like.

Look at four sticks of butter, a mere pound. Picture yourself having 40 of those sticks, 10 pounds, stuffed into your pockets all day long.

I’m no wimp but the bags my dog’s food comes in, 25 pounds each, are heavy to lug into my car trunk.

Now, visualize that all day, every day you have extra weight on your body, you are ‘carrying’ something extra with you all the time. Day and night. Up and down the stairs. In all your social interactions. At work.

It’s extra.

You don’t need it.

Physically, things would be easier if you dropped your extra load.

Left it by the curb.

Let go of what was slowing you down and not adding to your life.

Carrying around extra weight all day every day packs a big cost.

Are you willing to keep paying?

This week, I challenge you to look and find some physical equivalent of the weight you’d like to lose.

And put it in front of you.

Carry it around for a period of time.

Become very aware of what that extra weight feels like on your body, and how good it feels to put it down.

Conversely, as you begin to release your body’s extra weight, it helps to look at the physical equivalent of what you’ve lost, to remind yourself of what you are no longer carrying around.

And how much better you feel.

Sometimes we all need a reminder of what we get used to.

We stop seeing it.

We can’t feel it.

Making it physical makes it real again.

And that helps us have the motivation to do something about it.

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4 Responses to “What Does Your Extra Weight Look Like?”

  1. Kay says:

    Whoa! This really made things more real for me, Cookie. I would never make a conscious decision to carry around a 25-pound bag of dog food (and then some!) everywhere I go. I would never want to burden myself that way. Yet, that’s been the extra demand I’ve put on myself. Not beating myself up for it. I understand how it got there. Just feeling way more self-compassion and desire to unburden myself. Thanks so much for your powerful message!!

  2. Many moons ago, when I used to own weight loss centers, when women would lose weight, we would pull out something that was the equivalent of what they had lost. When they picked it up and realized what they used to be carrying around on their bodies, it was a very powerful moment.
    Thanks for reading, Kay.

  3. Kelly Hoffman says:

    Dear Cookie-

    Ditto on what Kay said – for me it is 9 10-pound bags of potatoes I’m carrying around. There was something so eery about seeing that potato graphic, and it (hopefully) clicked with my brain for you to show it to me that way…

    Thank you,
    Kelly 🙂

  4. Wow Kelly, just picturing all those potatoes! How can you create a small reminder for yourself?