Friday, August 31, 2012
Ego boost from an odd source
It was an evening of double takes and non-stop compliments for us. I think every single person who said hello to us or was introduced to us by the Mr's mom had nothing but compliments, questions on how we lost weight and it was a huge and much needed ego boost. We hate to admit it but it feels a little vindicating to a degree to have a few people who looked down on us now walking a mile in our old wide width shoes. I don't wish massive weight gain on anyone (okay, maybe a few people but I'm trying to be nice) but I hope people who treated us less than in the past now understand that was not okay since they were the same weight or more when comments or looks were made to us. For once, I felt like some people were proud of us and it made us both feel a little less black sheepish.
We were gracious accepting compliments, stood tall and most of all, we finally felt confident and worthy. I know that we are all worthy of feeling good about ourselves no matter what weight we are but I think many of you can relate that feeling bad about yourself can translate to the outside without even realizing it. I now look at many pictures where I remembered thinking it was a good picture or that I was happy but my body language said something else. I haven't felt that proud of us and that motivated to keep on going in a while. Well, I'm always proud of him but I haven't felt that way about myself in too long. It's re-stoked that fire in me to just keep pushing and to make even more jaws drop the next time we see those people. That might sound selfish to a degree but given some family members resigned us to being fat and on the road to various health problems like they were/are. It's good to show them that no, we have no plans of joining the family destiny. That you don't need to be 20 years old to lose weight and hopefully inspire some of them to look within and realize they didn't have to accept the life they're living right now. I saw far too many canes, people sitting because they couldn't take standing for long periods of time and such and I just said a prayer for them all that they finally get the wake up call we were lucky enough to get. I mean, a funeral for someone dying younger than they should, should be a light bulb moment.
So while it was a sad occasion to gather together, I have to say I'm more excited than ever to keep going full throttle down this pathway.
Have you ever gotten an ego boost from an unconventional place?
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