Wednesday, March 13, 2013
It is interesting (sometimes annoying) to hear the reaction of people who are noting the difference in how I look now that I've lost 45 pounds. A common comment is "you're going to blow away" as if I've become a dandelion seed that is in some kind of danger of being at the mercy of the wind. I guess people mean well when they say, "I certainly hope you are not going to lose any more weight." Well, as a matter of fact I have not reached my target weight yet and so I do intend to lose three more pounds - maybe five (to make it an even 50 just for fun). If nothing else, I don't want to quit before reaching my goal after having worked so hard for five months to get this close. I am far from emaciated - another comment, "you're going to look emaciated." I'm not seeing any ribs yet - really emaciated? Admittedly my appearance has changed. Perhaps people mean well - giving a sort of back handed compliment. It's a reminder of how we don't always encourage each other well, or know what to do with positive change. I would rather celebrate the fact that my medical tests show remarkable improvement in cholesterol levels and blood pressure. I rejoice in the improved fitness - I can do exercises easily now that were torture in the beginning. This is all good. Why spoil it with words of caution? Why express fear that I will push to highly unlikely extremes like emaciation? Oh well, regardless of all that, I'm pleased with what I've accomplished. I picked up a 45 pound kettle ball at the gym yesterday and marveled that I have lost that much weight. I used to carry that many extra pounds around with me all the time. I have no regrets. This is a good place to be.