No matter the plan... we all Blog to Lose!
The NSV: I went two days in a row and I completely FORGOT my acceptable treat! I've successfully, so far, stayed away from sweets since Sept 2, limiting my only indulgence to my acceptable treat. But I think the limiting of sweets is working to kill my cravings, because I totally, utterly forgot I had a treat coming to me. For 2 days! I even have it in the fridge- almond milk chocolate pudding and a dollop of all natural, transfat and corn-syrup free whipped cream- called Tru Whip. It's perfect. It's not super sweet so it doesn't call to me, and I'm just fine with that!
The Vent: First, background to the vent. I have a long way to go yet in my weight loss journey- I lost 40lbs in 14 months, gain 10 back, and am trying to get the ball rolling downward again. But I am still a large woman: I have over 100 lbs to lose to get to my target weight. I'm proud of what I've accomplished and am determined to get to my goal one day.
However: my grumble is about people's frickin' attitudes. I'm so sick of people treating me like a pink elephant- meaning, EXTREME surprise to see me at the gym, having to over-enthusiastically praise me for being there. When I'm on a run, too many times someone has run past me and felt the need to say, Keep it up! You'll get there! As if I'm struggling. They aren't acting this way toward other gym-goers and runners.
Meanwhile, I am so proud of the fact that I can run 13.1 miles. I know I could go outside and do it right now if I wanted to- that's how fit I am. I am still heavy and it will take time, and some serious focus on my diet, to get to the point where I "look" like a healthy person. But I really wish people would recognize that healthy comes in all sizes, that there is no need to treat me like I don't belong by way of a backhanded compliment. This has been going on ever since I first took this large body out running, and I mostly just try to ignore it. But people need to realize that singling people out is a way of signaling to them that they somehow don't belong. Just be normal! I want to say to them, "Put your eyes back in your head, please."
And I guess I feel that their attitudes are negating the progress I have made. I think people need to realize you never know where somebody is in their health journey; never assume. Though I couldn't run faster, I bet I could run longer than many of those incredulous "complimenters", because I have been keeping my body trained for distance for two years.
This isn't important in the grand scheme of things, I just needed to vent because it's been really annoying me.