Fat Musings

fatphoto (31)This is me holding a pound of fat. Well, a fat replica actually. I’ve seen this visual before, but actually wrapping my phalanges around this bad boy made me ecstatic that I’m not carrying 85 of these fat clomps on my body anymore.

It also raises questions. For example, where did I hide all that fat? True, I owned a lot of black and flowy dresses–and several flowy black dresses–but still. I may not have been as clever as I thought. I think people had to notice.

Here’s the next question that hits me: how the heck did I carry it all around? When my children were young, just lugging around 20 pounds of baby made my back and knees hurt. But 85? Come to think of it, I think my back and knees did hurt, especially when I decided to try and exercise it off and took all those pounds for a jog. Good thinking. That could not have been easy on my joints. I’ve since learned that exercising it off is extremely difficult. In fact, you would have to burn 3,500 calories to burn one pound of fat. That’s a lot. Change really needs to begin with what’s going in your mouth–and in between your ears–with exercise as the back-up crew for maintenance.

Next question. By carrying all that extra fat, did I build muscle? I mean, when I go to Power and lift weights for an hour, I can see my biceps pop. Doesn’t it follow that just the act of carrying the fat builds muscle? All over my body?!

Welcome to my brain. I still don’t have an answer for that one.

And finally, you’ve heard that one pound of muscle weighs more than one pound of fat. How can that be? Isn’t one pound of anything and one pound of another thing still one pound? This last one warranted extra research so you probably know what I did next. I Googled it. Here’s the consensus. A pound equals a pound. The difference is muscle takes up less room. Check this out.

fat&muscleLooks like sushi, right? This explains why my shorts from last summer feel a little tighter this year around the thighs even though my weight is the same. Armed with this visual, and the idea that I like pink better than yellow in this diagram, I’m going to focus on getting that muscle in-house and finding another location (not on my body) for that fat.

One final thought. Next time somebody says, “I only lost a pound,” send them this. It really is an accomplishment.

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About jamieweilhealthcoach

I'm on a mind-body-spirit journey. At first, I thought health was about the physical body, but I'm discovering it's so much more than that. I've learned that it's more about serving and connecting with others than anything else. It's about being in the world in a blissful way. Before I blog, I meditate on what my readers need to hear--what will inspire them. Then, I write it. (www.getstrongblog.com)
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6 Responses to Fat Musings

  1. suecallaway says:

    That looks like the 5 pounds of fat replica

    Sent from my iPhone

    On Apr 15, 2013, at 3:24 AM, jamieweilhealthcoach wrote:

    WordPress.com jamieweilhealthcoach posted: “This is me holding a pound of fat. Well, a fat replica actually. I’ve seen this visual before, but actually wrapping my phalanges around this bad boy made me ecstatic that I’m not carrying 85 of these fat clomps on my body anymore. It also raises quest”

    • That’s what I thought, Sue, but when Whitney was doing the presentation she said, “Picture 9 of these around my body” so in my mind it’s 1! Then, when I Googled one pound fat images they looked about the same. Either way, Sister, I don’t want it on me! I did some muscle work today:).

  2. Janet says:

    I always appreciate a visual and you sure gave us one!! What also works for me is when I pick up something like a 5 lb bag of flour and feel a twigne in my lower back, I’m reminded that I once carried that around all the time.

  3. K says:

    I’ve been working on building muscle and I LOVE to see the definition in my arms and abs (but my thighs could use a little more work…!). Thanks for your (as always) thoughtful post! You are beautiful!

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