I know I've been bitching and whining about not noticing any changes and not feeling good about my progress. I'm not usually a whiner. I admit the weight loss journey has hit a rough patch on the enthusiasm level lately. However, life always seems to have a way to give you a reality check when you need it.
This past Saturday morning, I got up around 6:30 to go to Y to meet a good friend. When Jon's alarm went off, I was not a happy camper. But, I already promised I'd go and after taking Friday off, I also knew I needed to drag my lazy ass out of bed.
A short time later, we're on our way.
Me: "What the hell have I become? It's o'dark thirty on a Saturday and we're going to work out?"
That's a positive change, even if my bed and body doesn't think so.
After a while of working out on my favorite machine and chatting with my amazing friend, a man I've seen at the Y a number of times starts to walk by me. He's a big guy; he's obviously a trainer there or should be, I'm not sure which one to be honest. He gets just past me, stops short and turns around right near me. I don't know his name, so I'm going to call him PT (personal trainer).
PT: (looking very serious) I'm sorry, but I need to tell you something.
Me: Uhhh, ok.
PT: (smiles) I just have to say I see you in here all the time now and you are doing awesome!
Me: Huh? [Oh, aren't I the articulate one?]]
PT: You're in here almost every day and you are working it. I had to tell you you're doing an amazing job! Keep it up!
Me: (stammers) Thank you so much!
I look at my friend and give her this dumbass grin. She starts to tear up.
J: That wasn't even for me and I'm crying. That was incredible!
Sometimes you hear things when you truly need it. It's one thing when people who know and love you give you a compliment. It's a wonderful thing and I don't mean to discredit it. But, when a stranger says they've noticed, it made me stop and think.
I know it shouldn't. Why should the word of a stranger mean more to me than my own beliefs or what those I know say? I'm really not sure.
All I know is that the unexpected comment meant a lot to me.
I especially liked it because it didn't focus on how I look. The comment emphasized the work I've been doing. A non-scale victory!
I need to take a lesson from that.