Common Cause of Discouragement?

Woman Standing on ScaleBack when my kids were much younger, I was invited to speak at a mother-daughter banquet. Before speaking, I made a comment about how easy it is to get discouraged. Then my daughter came up and sang a song with me about a common cause of discouragement for many of us. (This is sung to the tune of the hymn “Count Your Blessings”)  The ladies were expecting something serious, so this unexpected song was a FUN way to start our evening! I thought you would enjoy hearing the words of the song.


Verse 1
When upon your scale you’re weighing every ounce,
When you’re stepping off and feel your belly bounce,
Count your many fat grams, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what your food has done.

Count your fat grams, don’t forget a one,
Donuts, cakes and cookies seemed like lots of fun
Count your french fries – did you eat a ton?
Count your many fat grams, see what food has done.

Verse 2
When you think of others who are lean and slim,
Does your heart grow heavy as you think of them?
Count your Mr. Goodbars, every single bit,
And you’ll know the reason that your clothes fit tight.

Count your Hersheys, count them every one,
Extra cheese and chili on your hotdog bun;
Count your Snickers, don’t forget the Mars,
Count your Milky Ways and other candy bars.

Verse 3
So amid the dress shop as you try on clothes,
Polyester stretches, everybody knows;
Searching in your closet, garments hanging there,
All those pretty dresses that you used to wear.

Count your blouses, how your wardrobe grows,
Count the dollars spent on queen size hose;
Was it chocolates? Was it jelly beans?
Count the many reasons you can’t wear your jeans.

Verse 4
Are you ever burdened with a load of guilt,
Looking at the body that your food has built?
Scrounging in the kitchen see the foods you chose,
And you’ll know the reason you can’t see your toes.

Count your fat grams, praying as you eat,
Vegetables and fruit, and even lean fresh meat;
Count your fat grams, you’ll start feeling great,
Keep on counting fat grams, you’ll start losing weight.


***Just for the record, I know that we need healthy fats in our diets. This was just for fun! Unfortunately, I think the candy bars don’t fit into the healthy fats category! 🙂



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