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#438: The Magic of One Pound

Friday, December 10, 2010

Do you believe you can lose one pound? Sixteen measly ounces? Of course you can.

"Well, I haven't lost any weight at all this past month. So what about me?" emoticon

Sorry, the question did not ask if you had lost weight, the question asked if you BELIEVE you can lose one lousy pound.

And I think you can. So what if it takes a week or a month or longer? Do you believe you can lose one pound? emoticon

There have been a number of blogs again these past few weeks where the writer bemoans the significant amount of weight they want to lose. They do not seem to understand that they did not awaken suddenly one morning an extra 20 or 50 or 100 pounds overweight. And they consequently do not seem to grasp that losing that excess weight will also not happen overnight.

But it's like an old joke that has many versions: "How do you eat a steak?" Answer? "One bite at a time." We would choke if we tried to eat it all at once, just as we set ourselves up for failure if we set our immediate goal too high.

A successful salesman was once asked how many sales he needed to close to be the success he was. He replied, "One." But then added, "But I have to make that one sale 100 different times."

The reasons I chose bowling balls to represent the initial amount of weight I want to lose is because I can relate to them. I know how heavy those swinging 16 pounders are emoticon. I know, too, that if I lose a pound then I have lost 1/16th of a ball. When I do that four times I will have lost 1/4th of a ball and so on. It gives me a clear visual and consistent benchmarks of my progress.

But it would impossible for me to lose 16 pounds overnight. So every week when I weigh-in I aim for only one pound. Often, I am down more than that. I consider that a bonus. But I only expect to be down one pound. We all can lose one pound. Not in a week perhaps, but we can lose it nevertheless.

So the next time you get discouraged because you are seeing no progress, set your goal to lose one pound over whatever time it takes. Watch what and how much you eat, do what exercises you can and believe deep inside yourself that you can say goodbye to one measly pound. emoticon

Then, when you are successful, do it again. Sort of like the instructions on shampoo bottles to lather, rinse, repeat or like the salesman who sets a target on making only one sale, then aims to repeat that success.

Take things one healthy meal, one exercise, one positive day at a time and do what you need to do to wave bye-bye to that pound. When you do, savor the flush of success then set your mind and heart toward doing it again.

Soon, one day you will have also lost that 1/16th of a bowling ball, then 1/8th, then 1/4. From there you will continue to soar onward and upward. emoticon

Here's to your success. emoticon

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Member Comments About This Blog Post
    Thank you so much for putting it out there in laymans terms. I needed that! I seem to have stalled for the last month. No weight loss but, no weight gain!
    Thanks for the inspirational nudge.

    I hope this makes most popular blog, I think it will really help a lot of people. emoticon emoticon
    3724 days ago
  • REJ7777
    emoticon My goal is to lose 1/16th of a bowling ball! emoticon
    3726 days ago
  • no profile photo CD7275941
    Very motivational! It's nice to turn it into a concept rather than a number. emoticon
    3731 days ago
    3731 days ago
    Thank you Lou!! Wishing you a nice day!!

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    3732 days ago
  • SPARKIE1964
    Right on Lou! Until now, I've been losing a pound a month. That's better than gaining a pound a month! Had a good loss last week so maybe I am over the 6 month plateau.
    3732 days ago
    Just what I needed Lou.. emoticon advice for me to stay on the ball..um track. emoticon emoticon
    3732 days ago
    Yep, Lou. It only takes 1 pound 25 (or 30 or 40 or 50) times over to reach our weight loss goal! All we need to do is the footwork and leave the results to God!
    3732 days ago

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    3733 days ago
  • BOVEY63
    You always know the right thing to say - just when I need it (and I'm sure many others need it too).
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    3733 days ago
  • no profile photo CD6400103
    Lou, emoticon !

    it seems so simply how you write it down hahahaha

    I needed that!

    3733 days ago
    Awesome! I couldn't have said it better! You hit it right on the bowling ball! We have to stop living in the microwave world! LOL!
    3733 days ago
    Just like that 16 ounces of steak, if I look at just how long my journey is, I choke. I can't afford to do that, not with a challenge as big as mine (okay, or a hiney big as mine lol). One day of tracking I can do. One day of label reading I can do. One day of exercise I can do. Tomorrow? It can take care of the things of itself, at least that's what the Bible tells me. I believe it! Thank you for such a practical, reasonable blog. I love the way you think!
    3733 days ago
    Love you, Lou. You are SO GREAT at how you word things - always inspiring and encouraging, exhorting us to keep at it, to not give up, to take one more baby step, etc.

    I'm aiming for 1 measly pound at a time, then another, then another......

    Your encouragement (and good sense) help keep me going.
    3734 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5178852
    Dear Lou-

    I am on your team and I know you can lose the weight of your bowling ball. I will think in terms of ounces that add up to pounds.

    3734 days ago
    You are an inspiration! I am going to find something like your example for my visual reminder. Thanks for the great thoughts and ideas!

    3734 days ago
    Excellent, Lou! Thank you for a very clear exhortation and reminder that we need to be patient, focused and keep our eyes on the ball, um, goal! emoticon
    3734 days ago
  • TEDYBEAR2838
    I'm sure glad I have an 11 pound ball. I could not throw a 16 pound ball.

    Good blog, Lou, and lots to think about. WE do need to take it one ball, one pound at a time.

    Thanks for being such a great motivator!
    3734 days ago
    Awesome blog & just the sort of inspiration that I needed today. You're a STAR! Love ya, Dawn emoticon emoticon
    3734 days ago
    loved this blog, keeeeps me motivated, ty sooooooo much emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3734 days ago
    great blog
    3734 days ago
    Wonderful inspirational post, Lou!

    Pounds shed 1 at a time - great thought for maintaining a consistant effort.

    Savings add up 1 dollar at a time (compounded with interest - too bad we don't get interest in weight loss - or maybe we do, when our habits are well formed).

    I am re-learning the patience and progress with consistant daily effort, with my renewal of banjo lessons. Found a great clip on a fairly easy tune, but it's one note at a time, until a lick is mastered, out of maybe 16 that make up the song - a little time each day, I can see improvement.

    Anyone who ever took any music lessons might recall the repetitive effort that produces results.

    Rave on! emoticon
    3734 days ago
    Great blog! One pound at a time is the only way to think of this...trying to think of the whole thing is very overwhelming!

    I love your blogs, Lou!

    3734 days ago
    Each time I read one of your blogs it is like you have read my mind. thank you for such enjoyable reading. I lost one pound this week. I'm heading for two. One step at a time and one day at a time.
    3734 days ago
    So sweet! You must be one of the most thoughtful and kindest sparkers around.
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    3734 days ago
  • LESLIES537
    When you put it that way it almost sounds easy! Wait a minute...It IS easy! ONE measely pound?! That's totally achievable! Fantastic blog my friend. Loved it! YOU are emoticon
    3734 days ago
    Amen, brother! We can do this, one step, one pound at a time! And you know? I'm enjoying the journey, aren't you? emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3734 days ago
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