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When Others Notice - Part II: Rumblings at Work

Monday, May 07, 2012

I am almost at the 40 lbs lost this year mark. At this point, coworkers are stopping me all over the office to make comments. And frankly, they're adorable.

Instance # 1 - Last week, one of the older gals asks, "Shelby, are you losing weight?" I smile and tell her that I've lost almost 40 pounds this year. "Forty pounds? This year??!?" Haha, it was cute. People seem shocked at that amount in that period of time. But really, it amounts to a healthy weekly average. She asks what I'm doing. I say that I'm exercising and eating healthier. I talk about hitting ONEderland for the first time in 16 years and how I cried when I told my mom. She asks if I have a goal in mind. I say that I do and I'm about 50 pounds away from it, and that it's in the healthy BMI range for my height. Shock, once again. And then she says something that catches me off guard. "If you lose much more weight, you're going to look like a Barbie!" I had to laugh. Me? Looking like a Barbie? Adorable!

Instance # 2 - This morning, I walked to my boss' desk to drop off some paperwork. She noticed my new hairstyle and color today as soon as she came in, and wanted to comment further. She says, "I love it...and I love your outfit...and I love this!" she said as she pointed to my figure. Then brings up how proud of me she is and envious and all that jazz.

Oh, here's the new 'do! I got rid of the a-line cut to get it all back to one length so I can start growing it out again. Then I dyed it brown-black, because I like my hair when it's darker :)

Instance # 3 - This afternoon, I was entering the ladies' room when another supervisor was at the sink. "I love your hair! I love your outfit! I love your figure! I'm so jealous! You look so great!" Now, she's much tinier than I am, so this is hilarious to me. "I'm so proud of you." I'm just thinking to myself, 'Lady, may I please pee in peace?' LoL.

It's funny. I can handle the compliments with a simple thank you, but people feel the need to go on and on. Almost to the point where it's over the top. So I'm having to thank them a bajillion times. Though I guess that's really not a bad problem to have :)

By the by, I was going to give my boss the heads up today that I'll be leaving this year, but things kept happening, so I think maybe the universe is telling me to hold off just a little longer on letting her in the loop.

And the Boy still doesn't know about the move. He's been at an Army camp for training for the past week and posted on FB about an hour ago that he broke his phone on Saturday. I'm wondering what his reaction will be...

AND! An old elementary school friend who currently works for the State of CA told me about a job opportunity in her department, so she had me send in my app and she was going to talk to the hiring manager. My concern was being an out-of-stater, but she told me that in their last round of hires, the manager brought on two former State workers who were also out-of-state, which is exactly my situation (I worked for the State of CA for 3 years before I moved). Plus, she's gotten two of her other friends positions by giving the hiring manager a heads up :)

Keep your fingers, toes, arms, legs and eyes crossed for me y'all!
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    The new 'do looks great. I was going to award myself with a new cut and color when I reach my 5th weight loss checkpoint (160lb from 190), but that seems too far away. I think I'll move it to checkpoint #1. Just because it's summer and my hair is just too long, touching my butt, and literally makes my Head Ache when I put it up. I'm going to do something different, a short cut that I never had or thought I'd get. Not to short though. Anyway you look great ! emoticon
    1610 days ago
    your hair looks great!
    1628 days ago
  • ST4RG4Z3R
    Wow! You look fab!

    I got my first "notice" this week - a colleague asked me on Wednesday if I'd lost weight & it was great to say "Yes, 10 pounds so far", another colleague noticed today :)

    I'm planning on a hair cut next too - your new do looks great.

    Fingers crossed for good news on the job front.
    1628 days ago
    Fingers crossed, and now I am thinking of cutting my hair! lol
    1628 days ago
    LOVE LOVE LOVE the haircut - you look beautiful!!
    Best wishes foir the job applications - I can't walk now that everything is crossed!!!! What to do?????
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    1629 days ago
    Looking great- no wonder you garner so many well-deserved compliments -- take it all in! By the way, are you moving to Northern or Southern CA? I'm in Southern and can point out a few job leads dependent on your skill set/interests. Good luck! emoticon
    1630 days ago
    Well, no wonder you are getting so many compliments - you look fabulous!! Your hair looks great. The color is perfect for you!!
    I'll be praying for you to get the job. Keep us posted!! Can't wait to hear what the Boy has to say about it. I'll bet he'll be very excited!!
    1631 days ago
    You are a knockout! Great that you're reaping the rewards of all your hard work and smart choices (like that hair color - stunning!)
    1631 days ago
    LOVE the new hairdo! And the color is great for you! It sounds like the fates are at work for you, things have a way of working themselves out even when we keep sticking our fingers in and trying our hardest to mess it up! I have my fingers and toes crossed for you!
    I know what you mean about the compliments that start to feel like, "Ok, you've said this about a hundred times now, what can I say that won't sound like I'm bragging at this point?" I just smile and say "Thank you very much" anymore. And the questions are always the same. "What did you do?!", then the look of disappointment when they realize that they will actually have to do some WORK to get it there is NOT a magic pill for this, if there were I would have grabbed and run with it a LONG, LONG time ago! And there wouldn't be any overweight people any me on this one. Nope, no magic. But with a bit of work...wait...why are you walking away? emoticon
    1631 days ago
    I LOVE your hair. I'm getting mine cut and colored at the end of the month. Good luck!! :)
    1631 days ago
    LOVE LOVE LOVE the new hair do!!! It looks great on you! Definitely keeping my fingers, toes, ankles, knees, etc crossed!
    1631 days ago
    I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you! And I LOVE the new 'do!
    1631 days ago
    That is wonderful! I'm so happy to hear about all of the support you have at work. And that is exciting about the possiblities for a new job!
    1632 days ago
    First, you look awesome and it's no wonder your coworkers are noticing!

    Second, I am keeping my fingers crossed for your job!
    1632 days ago
    Best of luck with the new job prospect. Everything is falling into place :) I love the new hair do too.

    1632 days ago
  • JENNNY135
    Love your hair too. Keeping my fingers crossed that this opportunity works out. Would be such a relief.
    1632 days ago
  • TANYA602
    You look amazing with dark hair! So cute! I am way over the top impressed with your weight loss. I started a few weeks after you and am no where close to losing 40 pounds. But the inches are coming off, so I can't complain.
    I'm keeping my fingers crossed - having a job in place when you come back to Cal will surely make life easier!
    1632 days ago
    Wow, good luck with everything! It's the best when people really start to notice your transformation. Be proud of yourself and take it all in. You've earned it!
    1632 days ago
    The boy will love it. Looks great. It is nice to hear positive comments about how we look. Gives us more encouragement to continue.
    1632 days ago
    Everything's coming up Milhouse! How nice to hear that all of your hard work is being acknowledged! You look stunning.
    1632 days ago
    Go on with your bad self! :D
    This is fabulous!
    1632 days ago
    Congrats! Everything sounds so great!! Good luck with the job, perpetual fingers crossed!
    1632 days ago
    That is so cool that people are noticing and letting you know that they are noticing your hard work! I love the cut and color too! Keep on working on it. You are doing great and look great too!
    1632 days ago
    The cut and color are AWESOME. Dark brown really suits you well :)

    People around me haven't been commenting, and I'm kinda craving that, LOL. You're lucky!
    1632 days ago
    I am enjoying "when others notice" blogs. I love it that all you tell them is that you're eating healthy and exercising. It is like they are waiting on you give them a secret or magic potion.

    Again, "be humble?"...HELL NO! LOL

    We are proud to be your Spark Friend! Be proud of yourself! :-) Others will continue to notice!


    1632 days ago
    All sounds good to me! Life is falling into place - best wishes!
    1632 days ago
    It is so great that everyone is seeing how far you have come with your weight loss. Good luck with the new job. Great blog. Keep it up
    1632 days ago
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