Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Sometimes we have no clue how we are doing when we embark on a plan to improve our health until we see someone we haven't seen in a long while. I had that experience yesterday when I met a friend I haven't seen since last summer for a drink after work.
I received a call out of the blue yesterday during my lunch break from a friend I haven't seen since last June. She actually had a few free moments and asked me if I wanted to get together to shoot the breeze for a while. I was thrilled that she had called and made arrangements to meet her at a local restaurant after work so we could talk over a shared salad.
When I got to the restaurant, it was pretty cold and windy, so I was dressed in a big, fluffy coat and wearing the hood to protect me from the rain. We met just inside the door and were immediately brought to our table. It was then that we both had a moment to take off our coats and sit. I had my back to my friend as I took off my coat when I heard her say, "Holy crap! You look fantastic!"
I spun around to see who she was talking to and, to my surprise, she was staring at me. I was a bit confused at first, but she was very clear in her next question.
"How the heck much weight have you lost?"
I had forgotten how long it had been since I had seen her and realized she did not know I was "doing" SparkPeople. I told her my total loss thusfar (78 pounds since July 31, 2012) and shared how awesome the program was. She was a bundle of questions, all of which I answered and then wrote down the website for her use. After about 10 minutes of Q & A, the conversation took its usual turn as when we are normally together...family, pets, mutual friends, etc.
It was a very pleasant evening that reminded me that I need to be proud of my accomplishments and be mindful to acknowledge praise without minimizing it in my own head.