Saturday, March 23, 2013
Sometimes non scale victories are implicit and subtle acknowledgments from strangers.
Back in my obese days, I loathed the thought of exercise. You'd never catch me with a thighmaster or a Jane Fonda workout video! I swore that I'd never eat carrots and celery for lunch.
"Life is too short to eat rabbit food!" was my motto.
Oh, how things have changed.
The other day I was in a shopping center. I stopped to browse a section of fitness videos that caught my eye. One of the store employees came up to me and said, "Looking for a new fitness DVD?" She was a young, pretty girl who herself was very fit. The way she asked the question was a snap judgment that I looked like someone who regularly enjoyed and had a collection of workout DVDs. We had a brief chat about the videos we liked, and our enthusiasm for fitness bands.
When I was in a kitchen shop, I browsed a selection of cast iron dutch ovens. The saleswoman and I talked about the things you could make in one. Somehow we got on the topic of bread baked in a dutch oven. She said, "I shouldn't eat so much bread because I need to lose a few pounds." She paused and then continued, "You don't have that problem, though." It caught me off guard. I responded, "Oh, we all have to watch what we eat." She smiled and nodded in agreement.
I still don't have a thighmaster, but I have a pilates bar. Jane Fonda workout videos have become Jillian Michaels instead. Carrots and celery aren't the only things I eat for lunch, but they are a part of lunch or a healthy snack.
"Life is too short to eat crap," is my new motto.
Sometimes I look in the mirror and all I can see are my flaws. While I don't base what I do on the opinions of others, it is nice that people who never knew me as overweight subconsciously acknowledge that I have transformed myself into what I wanted to be.
A fitness and health nut, and proud of it.