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"I didn't even recognize you!"


Thursday, June 20, 2013

My job requires occasional travel. This past week, I had to travel to Phoenix, where I know quite a few people but haven't seen them since the end of February.

It was at the end of February that I REALLY started to note that I was losing weight. My size 18 pants were constantly falling off my butt. XL shirts were loose and diaphanous; I had more energy and my knees and feet didn't hurt. I could see past the rolls of belly fat to see my lap and lower abdomen (seriously, that STILL throws me for a loop!!).

It is no wonder then when I arrived in Phoenix that I got quite the reaction from several people I knew! One lady gaped at me, grasping for a way to politely mention my new body. THREE TIMES, people have told me that they didn't recognize me. One gentleman walked past me and ignored me - when I met up with him later in the day, he apologized and said he didn't recognize, so big was my change! Another said he was like, "No, that can't be Carolyn...no, wait, I think that is!" And yet another mistook me for another person until he did a double-take.

And then the best one - my own aunt, who sees me infrequently (busy schedules and all), saw a picture of me from February and asked, "Who is that?" I was very happy to report that was me. She may have been embarrassed not to recognize her niece, but I saw it as another sign that I had truly shed the Fat Girl and embraced the New Healthy Me.

Now, normally, I might be offended at these above instances, but I know the reason that they didn't recognize me - and that makes me HAPPY. I am insanely happy to be healthy and active and comfortable in my skin. I love how I look and I love how I am able to do so many things that would have hampered me a year ago (namely, my job!).

And really, I don't want to be recognized as the Old Me, the Fat Me, who was overweight, unhealthy, and hopeless, who had given up trying to get better, who was constantly succumbing to her food whims. I want to be the New Me, the New Me that embraces her wonderful body and loves it enough to treat it right with good food, plenty of water and rest, and exercise. THAT is the woman I want people to recognize.
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RADIATIONMAMA 6/30/2013 10:13AM

  Congratulations!!!!

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LRSILVER 6/24/2013 4:44AM

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LORI2562 6/23/2013 11:24AM

    Feeling your weight loss in your cloths is a great feeling. Learning to love what you see in the mirror, fantastic. But something must be said for that feeling of gratitude when others notice and comment. It gives you that "yep I did it" feeling!

Congrats!

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BESSHAILE 6/23/2013 7:50AM

    You're attitude is so good - and so generous. and just you wait till someone says "You used to be fat? I don't believe it". That's something to look forward to.

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KBLASEN 6/22/2013 1:01PM

    I love where your own relatives don't recognize you emoticon

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IMAVISION 6/22/2013 9:17AM

    Reading your account put a huge smile on my face. I am so very happy for you & wish you the will of God over each moment of your life.

God bless!

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SOOVERMYSELF 6/21/2013 10:00PM

    What a wonderful ego boost! I can't wait to be anonymous!


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TORIAMAE 6/21/2013 8:41AM

    WooHoo! What a way to celebrate the new you!

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SNOWYOGA 6/20/2013 11:14PM

    I'm with Dibanana! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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A-DAY-AT-A-TIME 6/20/2013 10:41PM

  Good for you!

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DIANE7786 6/20/2013 10:20PM

    Congratulations on your weight loss success! I had similar compliments when I reached my goal. Write each one down because they are fun to remember later. People have short memories. Soon even people who watched your transition will forget you were heavier.

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BHEALTHY4ME1 6/20/2013 9:50PM

  How much fun is that? I hadn't seen my sister-in-law for a year & at a family gathering I went up & gave her a hug. Everyone cracked up because she gave her sister a look that said "Who is hugging me?" It's amazing that we can transform ourselves so dramatically. Keep up the good work. It is always worth it. emoticon

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 6/20/2013 9:49PM

    That's so great! emoticon

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JADED_CHICK19 6/20/2013 9:38PM

    Congrats! I cannot wait till I'm in the same place you are at! You have done such an amazing job!

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SKAHONEY4U 6/20/2013 9:31PM

    What a great story, I look forward to that happening to me!!!

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TRYINGTOLOSE64 6/20/2013 9:29PM

    Don't you just love comments like that!?!

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DIBANANA 6/20/2013 9:04PM

  I want to be where you are! Congrats!

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