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sunrosa 09-04-2012 05:09 PM

Anyone tried this?
Having watched show Biggest Loser in the past - not so much now, as I'm not into the conflict and game-playing - I decided I would attempt on a small scale something they often do: To ask the contestants to do a challenge carrying the equivalent of all the weight they have lost.

I've lost 20-ish pounds and kept it off over the last couple of years and decided I should try it. Bought some bags of birdseed and put one 10 pound bag in my backpack and headed to the park to walk my regular 4 mile route. Holy Toledo was I sweating by the time I got done! And shoulders were REALLY tired.

I don't know if I could have carried the whole 20+ pounds that far or not. Granted, it didn't all come off my back - that weight was distributed over my body, but WOW. Did it make a difference.

Good workout. And a reminder of how good it feels to even lost that amount!

bjhans 09-06-2012 12:53 PM

I tried this with a friend who had lost 100+ #. It was just funny. It appears impossible to add that much weight . We tried sand, sewed into an old piece of clothing. Unable to lift it. Just think of carrying all that weigt around before you lost it. I have to lose 90#. Inconcievable. Maybe I'll add just a few per week as I lose it. If I can carry 90# around I'll have a lot of muscle.;)

dmartz 09-06-2012 12:57 PM

Good idea.
What a good idea. I'm going to do that next time I start to backslide.

sunrosa 09-06-2012 03:39 PM

I suspect we are stronger than we believe. But I still don't think I could do what they do on the show!

RunbikeSki 09-06-2012 09:56 PM

A while back when I hit a plateau and was bumming about not getting to my goal, one of the members here suggested I go to the grocery store and pick up a 20lb bag of potatoes and walk around the store to remind myself how much even a 20lb loss was.

I love this little exercise - thanks for bringing it back up!

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