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#442: Drive Your Way to Weight Loss Success

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Two days ago I drove about 140 miles to visit a friend. The Interstate was three lanes each way. I usually drive in the middle lane so I have a clear view of all of the road ahead of me.

What does this have to do with weight loss?

Just this. As I progressed toward my goal, some cars (trucks, SUVs, etc.) passed me on the left going exceedingly fast emoticon, some passed me on the right at a slower pace and I passed a number of cars that were plodding along, barely maintaining the speed limit emoticon. It got me thinking about our weight loss journeys.

Some people will experience a rapid weight loss, like the cars that flew by on the left, some a little slower loss, like the cars that passed on the right, some will simply maintain their weight at whatever level, good or bad, it is and some, like those of us in the center lane, will experience a steady weight loss that pales in comparison to others but is nevertheless sustainable and achievable, maybe a pound a week or so.

But we can't compare ourselves to others, just as it would not be wise for us to try to match the speed of the fastest car that passed us. Heck, WE'D be the ones to get the ticket, wouldn't we? emoticon. We have to find our own pace and keep it steady and continuous.

Just as we do not cover 140 miles in the blink of an eye, neither will we lose 20 or 50 or 75 pounds overnight. But, just as we progress on our drives a mile at a time, so can we progress on our weight loss, one pound at a time.

So, when you think of your weight loss journey, picture driving on a highway and seeing the short white stripes that separate one lane from another. As they flash by in your mind, imagine they are each 1/10th of an ounce, one after another until you have traveled to a one pound loss.

Then, just as you travel one mile at a time in your mind, aim to lose one pound at a time, then one more and one more until you arrive at the goal that is your destination and you grab the checkered flag for winning your race emoticon.

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    What a great analogy - and wonderful sentiment!! You have a fantastic and healthy 2011!!!!

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    3712 days ago
    I suppose we are all happy to be in the race one way or another. Whether you are first or last, doesn't matter as much as hanging in there! Its all about staying ON TRACK ! emoticon

    Have a Wonderful New Year Lou, Victoria
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    3713 days ago
  • LESLIES537
    Awesome blog! Sometimes I feel like I'm driving a motorized scooter, like in Dumb and Dumber, lol...but as long as I'm moving forward I'm fine at whatever speed it is! emoticon
    3713 days ago
  • TEDYBEAR2838
    I'm with you for 2011.

    Stop beating ourselves up over every little slip-up.

    Let's celebrate the Victories!

    emoticon HAPPY NEW YEAR 2011 emoticon

    I'm wanting my checkered flag in 2011! and lunch with you.
    3713 days ago
    Spot on, Lou! We're all unique and our good health journeys will reflect our individualities (hm, is that a word?). We drove all day from Ohio to Virginia yesterday so your blog is timely! Thank you! Vikki
    3713 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5178852
    I'd be in the turtle lane, creeping along and watching out for pot holes!

    Wave at me when you pass me on the highway, OK?
    3713 days ago
    Wise words, Lou, right out of Scripture. We're exhorted: Do not compare yourselves among yourselves. And with VERY good reason! Excellent blog. That's a long ride to visit a friend. I hope you had a wonderful time!!
    3713 days ago
    That is a emoticon analogy and it's a never ending highway because once we reach goal we will still have to maintain. You're right WE CAN DO IT!!!
    3713 days ago
  • no profile photo CD6400103
    WOW Lou amazing how you put things in perspective!
    Every goal you achieve is a step forward, it doesnt have to be a weightloss it can also be that you eat more fruit in a day or that you did some extra exercise.

    Thank you!

    Have a great new years eve and happy 2011!!
    3713 days ago
    thank you once again for keeping it realistic, have a wonderful week emoticon emoticon
    3713 days ago
  • JRSGIRL1995
    Reading your blog helped me get things back in perspective..Thanks!
    3713 days ago
    Great analogy, Lou,

    And then there's the Oasis, where you get off the highway for a rest stop. But you always eventually get back on! The Oasis is no place to camp out forever! You're from Des Plaines, or somewhere in that area, so I know you know what the Oasis is!

    Have a healthy New Year!

    3713 days ago
    Lou, I love the analogy. I've been thinking about my weight loss as 'just a pound' and find that I'm more at peace at the pace (whatever it is) that I'm going. "Just a pound" is a great way to get there.

    I read a posting earlier this eve, where someone suggested we post in a journal our 'small successes' - such as, I chose to eat more veggies today than yesterday, or whatever my success is. Re-reading those successes will be a huge motivater to keep going and keep going. I'm going to try journalling like that.
    3713 days ago
    I am taking this very much to heart. I will reach my goal just not as fast as some, and maybe a bit quicker then others. Like you always tell me, one pound at a time is what it is going to take. Happy New year my friend.
    3713 days ago
    Love the analogy, Lou... Although I would prefer my weight loss to be more like a emoticon , my speed has been more like a emoticon . I'm o.k. with that though (well, I'm telling myself this) because I will get to my destination just the same.

    Thanks for the blog and the reminder...and bravo on your weight loss so far!
    3713 days ago
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