My Weight Loss in Dog Food

I have now lost 147 pounds.  147 pounds of dog food is a LOT of dog food.  Here’s me next to 147 pounds of dog food:

That’s a LOT of dog food that I’ve lost!  What’s in the pile:

  • Four 20-pound bags of Pedigree Large Breed Nutrition = 80 pounds
  • Three 20-pound bags of Pedigree Adult Nutrition = 60 pounds
  • Two 3.5-pound bags of Beneful Original Formula = 7 pounds
  • TOTAL = 147 pounds

I’ve used big bags of dog food as motivation tools since I started this weight loss endeavor.  After I lost my first 20 pounds, the next time I was at the supermarket, I just went into the pet aisle and picked up a 20 pound bag.  It was inspiring to see and feel what 20 pounds felt like, because I hadn’t yet many changes on my body yet.

After I lost 40 pounds, I went to the supermarket and picked up two of the 20 pound bags.  While I could physically manage to carry 40 pounds of dog food, it wasn’t easy – many because it was really bulky.  I remember thinking, ‘Wow, I used to carry this around on my body every single day.’  Then an employee came up and said, ‘Let me go get you a cart!’ and I politely declined, put the dog food back, and went on my way (probably towards the produce section).

After losing 60 pounds, I couldn’t manage to lift and balance 60 pounds of dog food, so I switched to kitty litter, because the 20-pound boxes have convenient handles, which made them easier to lift.  After losing 80 pounds, I didn’t even try to lift my weight loss – I just went to the dog food aisle and looked at four 20-pound bags on the shelf.  That was the last time I did a dog food comparison, until about a week ago, when I thought up the idea of taking this photo.

I know that my body has changed radically since I began this process, but there are days when I don’t see it or feel it.  Now, I have this photo – an amazing visual representation of me standing (squatting, actually) next to what I’ve achieved over the past 11 months.  It’s impossible to not see it or feel it now!

Keep it up, David!

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19 Responses to My Weight Loss in Dog Food

  1. Karen says:

    Amazing! What a great way to really see your progress! Keep it up!

  2. Sara says:

    FANTASTIC! That is such a good idea for a photo. Congratulations!

  3. Krystal Ary says:

    Wow, I never thought to use that as a visualization of the weight I have lost. I have lost 140 lbs myself. Keep up the great work!

  4. Heather Kaye says:

    That is a really cool post David. So creative, as always. Love it!

  5. That’s awesome! I remember when my friend Andrew measured his weight loss by pounds of butter. Any way to do it, when it’s over a hundred pounds its freaking awesome!

    • David says:

      Did he go out and buy all the butter? The butter would be a very impressive comparison… but expensive! Thanks for stopping by – welcome to Keep it up, David!

  6. Kali says:

    That is awesome! Great job!

  7. Tavi says:

    now, could you imagine carrying all that dog food on your back? Keep it up, David!

  8. Wow! What a picture! I never thought of using something tangible like dog food to see what my weight loss looks like (of course I haven’t lost anything dramatic like that amount of weight…yet! lol) I think the next time I’m in the grocery store I’m going to look at something I can compare my weight loss to and get an idea of what the lost weight ‘feels’ like.

  9. tommy riles says:

    great pic…were the halo bags too small?

  10. Anna says:

    Way to go David, I’m proud of you. I find it tough to loose ten pounds I can’t image 147. You look great.

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