Another Portrayal of Progress and Letting Go

After my record loss of 7 pounds two weeks ago, I lost just 1 pound last week. Quite honestly, that’s a good thing. Had I lost more weight than that, I would have been concerned that there was some other underlying issue. I am anxious to see what the scale has to say when I do my official Friday weigh-in tomorrow, but am quite pleased with my 17-week progress of 54 pounds. Sometimes it doesn’t seem real. And at other times, it doesn’t seem like a big deal, considering how much more I want/need to lose. Earlier this week I was thinking it was about time to do another picture that physically represents my total weight loss thus far. Last time I used bags of dog food, but I was looking for something different this time. Today as I walked through the Fellowship Hall at church, I noticed that the United Methodist Women had left several quarts of Oak Chapel’s infamous mincemeat on one of the tables in preparation for our bazaar next week. I stared at the mason jars for a few minutes and then went into the kitchen to weigh one of the jars. The 1-quart jar filled with mincemeat weighed 2.5 pounds, so I stacked up 22 of those puppies, set the timer on my camera, and voila! I took my picture. As I look at the picture, I cannot imagine physically trying to hold onto all of those jars. This weight loss journey for me is so much more than merely losing weight … it’s also about letting go. Perhaps I will write more about that in future posts, but for now, I’ll just post the picture.

Until next time, peace …

Oak Chapel’s infamous mincemeat and jars representing my 54-pound weight loss

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5 Responses to Another Portrayal of Progress and Letting Go

  1. You look fantastic, Robin. .

  2. Becky J says:

    What a wonderful way to document how far you’ve come!

  3. Jean Gabl says:

    When you see it like that, whew, you can see what extra weight must do to one’s heart, one’s energy level, one’s ability to breathe, all that. I continue to encourage you in your journey. Go, Robin!!

  4. Elizabeth Feldman says:

    This is an awesome picture!

    But what do you suppose Miriam’s reaction would be if she saw those jars stacked in a single pyramid like that?


    “Enthusiasm is contagious. Be a carrier.” –Susan Rabin

    • Robin Dillon says:

      I thought of that, Elizabeth, as I was stacking them. I was very, VERY careful in my construction of the pyramid, using those engineering skills I learned in my undergrad work, measuring the height of the jars to make everything level. 🙂

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