Are you prepared for change?
Thursday, June 16, 2011
I just read a message board post that got me thinking about my own history with weight loss. When I first came to SparkPeople over two years ago I did something incredible (for me), I lost over 40 pounds. Now there are a number of reasons that I stopped my progress and reversed course and put all of that 40+ pounds back on (then exceeded it), but what struck a nerve with me is the statement that the author made about how she didn't like the attention that she got when she had also lost weight before.
I too felt very uncomfortable with the attention that I received from all my family, friends, co-workers, and acquaintances about "How Great I looked!" or "How hard I must be working!" I wasn't prepared for it and I really didn't like it.
I have a completely different attitude about my weight loss this time. I actually am looking forward to the accolades from others. I AM working hard and I DO intend to look great (at least compared to where I started). So why shouldn't I enjoy the recognition from others when it comes. I will not let myself feel uncomfortable about it this time (I've only gotten a few of these comments so far this time). I will instead chalk it up to the fact that the hard work is paying off.
I think before I felt subconsciously as though people knowing that I was losing weight was them noticing that I was overweight. Well, I've come to realize something. I was 370 pounds, there wasn't anyone who met me that didn't already know! So now when they give me kudos for what I've accomplished, I think I will wear it as a badge of honor. I have done battle here and I am coming out the victor.
The funny thing is that what I've come to realize is that people are inspired by success in others. I know I am. That's why SparkPeople is such an important tool for me in achieving my goals. I see the great examples of those who have gone before me or are just now walking this path and I begin to believe that I too can do this. I have a long way to go in my journey, but someday I hope to also be an inspiration to those who will follow on this path to better living.
~Never Stop Moving