|Imagine 25 two pound blocks of cheese - 50 pounds,|
along with a few more I already carried
I gained a pound a week that year - yes about 50 pounds in all - as 'jelly' from sitting around in casts slowly became muscle - the physical therapist promised the muscle is there!
She told me to think about my priorities - did I want to walk or not?
Visualize a pound -
a pound of sugar,
a pound of tomatoes,
a pound of butter...
what do you see as a pound?
|3 medium tomatoes = 1 pound|
Those pounds have stuck. She promised I could worry about subtracting them later.
I never stopped 'worrying' about subtracting them until I read Isaiah 55:2
"Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness."
|two substantial fish fillets |
are less than one pound
"what do I delight in?"
A favorite food is fish,
and I adore blueberries - why buy candy when I can buy berries?
|1/2 pound of fresh peas|
I am sure I would die
without fresh peas.
|1/2 pound of hot dogs|
Some things are obviously better for me and others maybe not.
|I love creamsicles - each 4.5 ounces - 4 are only a bit more than a pound|
Reading Isaiah was an answer to private prayer and I began to place my attention on eating and doing the things (in the ways) that bring health and accepting my body for all the ways it is wonderful and functional.
|1/2 pound cherries - not counting pits!|
My desire was/is to be more healthy and 'able'.
Several years have passed.
I may have subtracted 10 pounds - maybe ...
|Two pounds of cheese - half a pound for each arm and leg ...|
A pound or two added or subtracted is not easy to see on a body.
|2 pounds of some cereal |
goes a long way
And not all pounds are equal.
|This snack WEIGHS |
significantly more than the
same snack that is not
saturated in oily garlic!
Some things may seem like treats
but satisfy hunger, or cravings,
with fewer ounces and calories.
|5.5 pounds of whip topping|
|5 lbs of potatoes|
one quarter of a pound.
A quarter pound seems impossible to notice until you think of it as a stick of butter - melting off a 1/4 pound at a little bit at a time is not unrealistic.
How many small indulgences -
can subtract those unnoticed pounds?
|are these really only a couple ounces?|
And which occasional indulgences provide more satisfaction
|I am amazed that it takes THREE bags of these to make 2 pounds - so 1 1/2 per pound|
for the least or greatest caloric expense?
|1 pound bag of potato chips|
We all have favorites - what are yours?
I may notice ten pounds I carry. You likely won't.
You may notice ten pounds you carry. I likely won't.
|Two, Ten, and Five pound bags of flour|
Would we notice 20 pounds?