I was thinking back about my weight loss progress, as I get nearer to it being official that I’ve lost 40 pounds, and I can’t help but think of people who haven’t seen me in a while. They probably would be surprised to see how much I’ve changed.
I had two such encounters over the summer. I saw my father-in-law for the first time in several years, and I saw the family of a good friend after a long time as well.
In both instances, the reaction wasn’t “Wow, you’ve lost weight!” But rather “Oh my God, what happened to you???”
It’s interesting that people thought something must be wrong, rather than thinking I did something right. As if it’s impossible for someone to lose weight and redefine, re-dedicate their life.
The truth is, weight loss is not impossible. It is not some crazy goal that only a select few achieve. With persistence and accountability, it can be done.
Maybe you’ll encounter someone who thinks you’re dying rather than just thinner. Maybe you’ll run into someone who is thrilled to see your progress. Either way, don’t lose sight of the fact of how far you’ve come. You are doing something for yourself that has positive, long-lasting impact on your life. Be proud! And keep going until you’ve reached your goal. I know I will!