Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Learning how to accept a compliment...

So, one thing I've noticed recently is that when it comes to my weight loss I'm really bad at graciously accepting compliments... I have even heard myself credit my progress and change in appearance my sweater (it is one of those sweaters that follows the 'What Not to Wear' rules and so is flattering and forgiving to my shape). How silly I must sound!!! I guess since I mainly see how much more I have to go instead of how far I've come the comments catch me off guard. And if engaged in a conversation about it, I usually say something to that effect -- that I have so much more that I have to lose. So, I'm learning that the best thing to do is just smile and say a simple "thank you".

The best compliments that I have received are the ones from people who I've inspired to start (or keep going on) their own fitness journeys. Just yesterday, my friend Kristen told me that she didn't want to work out but then thought, "I bet Laura is at the gym" and decided to go. I've noticed a lot of my other friends start getting serious about their fitness and weight loss goals. This fills me with so much pride. I have no problems accepting those kind of compliments :)

So, I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of you for being my cheerleaders and source of support. And thank you all for the kind words, even if I clumsily didn't know what to say at the time...

Happy Tuesday!


Meri said...

Took me a long time to be able to accpet compliments. Also took a long time to have my body image catch up to my actual body - I still thought I was huge even when I wasn't!

And now that I'm post-baby, I am amazed that my perception of myself hasn't reverted back. I find I'm genuinely surprised that I can't wear pre-baby clothes yet, despite the numbers on the scale (which tell me that there's NO WAY said clothes will fit yet!). I now think I am smaller than I am ... which is why it was back to weight watchers for me!

Will let you know how Thursday's weigh-in goes ... good luck with that fitness assessment!!! I will get back to the gym eventually!

Nancy said...

Aw, you are so sweet. AND you are doing a fabulous job. This blog never fails to inspire either. I was just thinking the other day how it is so hard to accept a compliment...what to do, what to say?! And then, I often wonder why I get compliments from some people and not others. I don't spend too much time on the latter thought. Anyway, keep up the good work, here AND out there.