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I'm not going to blow away!

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.
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    The only time in my life that i was thin, I got the same thing. My grandmother was the worst. "You look sick." That's what everyone wants to hear after they've struggled to lose weight!

    Keep up the great work!
    1928 days ago
    You are doing Amazing! Don't listen to all the negativity! You know what your goal is, so strive for it!
    1928 days ago
    "I'm not going to blow away!" Yet : )
    And who says blowing away is a bad thing??????? I'm sure dandelion fluff gets a whole new view of the world : )
    You're doing the right thing, stick to your guns.
    1929 days ago
    My mother the other day: "Well, just make sure you don't go the other way and get anorexic." Sure Mom, whatever you say. Would you like to check out my menu for the day?

    People are weird. You're doing it! That's great.
    1929 days ago
  • DJ9ERS
    You have found methods that work, have developed a plan, and have pushed yourself toward making yourself look and feel good.

    The other people are saying those things because they really lack the motivation to do it themselves, and they don't understand the commitment involved. They might even be scared to try.

    I, for one, am constantly impressed with you. Keep up the great work, and I am anxious to see you meet you goal. (I think you should shoot for 50 lbs)
    1929 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/13/2013 9:46:31 AM
  • KARENE10
    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon I think people mean well when they say things like"you're going to blow away"~I would take it all in jest. You are doing AWESOME!
    1929 days ago
  • SUNSHINE99999
    a great place to be. You are doing great so do your best to ignore those not so loving comments. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1929 days ago
    Forget the naysayers, you are doing awesome! Keep up the spark!

    Besides, you won't blow away in the wind, but you will blow THEM away with your success, motivation, fitness and perseverance!
    1929 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/13/2013 9:29:15 AM
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