When I lost 25 pounds last year (before gaining it back), I had made it clear to my family that I didn't want them telling anyone outside of our home (including extended family that we see every week) about my journey that I was starting ONCE AGAIN. I didn't want to hear the "here we go again" or "yay, good luck... one more time" as it would just make me feel like I was setting myself up for failure (which is the way I was feeling already). Therefore, I was feeling good about myself after I started eating right, working out and losing 25 pounds.
One day, my father-in-law, God love him, said "Shelley, there's something different about you. You look good." I remember how excited I was that he was going to say that he could tell that I had lost a few pounds, great job, keep it up... and then he said it "oh, that's it, I think you've done something different with your make up."
I just wanted to tell him that I had lost, but I think, at that point, it was too late. What he thought was a compliment, I took as being just short of one.
This time, I'm trying to be a little different with my journey. I'm not keeping to myself, but I'm not shouting it from the rooftops either (I will definitely do that after I become successful with my weight loss and healthier eating again).
It's funny because it's only been about 5 pounds and it's only my first week back on track, but I feel GREAT!!! I have been wondering though ... how long will it take for someone to notice a weight loss? Will I have to wait for 50 pounds for someone to notice or will someone catch a clue by my happier and more radiant self at 30 pounds? I wonder how it is for other people that have lost weight (and started with a bit more to lose such as myself)?
I think this time, I'll start telling people after I lose 20 pounds so I can get the feedback and encouragement that it seems as though I need. Then again, I don't know... this is ALL FOR ME!!!