Turning the corner on 50 (pounds down)
February 19, 2014 2:03 PM Subscribe
In the past year or so, I’ve lost 46 lbs - which was 25% of my body weight. I have a goal to lose 5-10 lbs more, which would put me at a little over 50 lbs gone - and a coincidentally good zone for my size. I’d like to do, have, or make something to commemorate those 50 lbs. Not a reward - but I want to have something in my home, maybe on shelf somewhere, that I can look at as a visual reminder of that number and the work I put in for it.
posted by raztaj to Health & Fitness (18 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I lost it pretty much entirely through implementing regular exercise 5-6 days a week, without dietary changes (I probably eat more than I used to on many days). I’m lighter, but tougher and stronger, and even though the lost pounds are nice, I feel really proud of myself for sticking with the exercise - a couple of 5k’s, various random-ass injuries, a badly sprained ankle, a couple skinned knees, a few scrapes and numerous bruises - always getting back up. I feel confident that I won’t gain it back, since 50lbs in slightly over a year is relatively slow. I’m not a yo-yo person, and this is the lightest I’ve been since half my life ago in high school. Because I didn’t make dietary changes, I haven’t deprived myself and am pretty sure I even raised my metabolism from the regular exercise (that I now really love and look forward to).
But even though I’m proud of the strength part, and the scale is secondary at best, It’s still a big enough number for me that I want to see it and remember it often. Not as a reminder about not regaining, but as a reminder of the many hours, gallons of sweat (and sometimes some blood) I put in to work hard it; I want to remember the *achievement* of those 50 lbs, not the fear of it.
But what? What might be a good or creative way of having a visual something reminder of that? Not necessarily something grandiose and obvious, but something that I can look at and remember that work, tucked away on a shelf or something?
[yeah, I know I haven’t reached 50 yet, but I know I’ll get there]