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A welcome compliment

Friday, October 30, 2015

I have always received compliments from my peers and others around me, some positive and others, though few, negative. They always tell me that I am loosing weight. And I like hearing that. Today was different.

I have a jogging buddy. This is strange, because we have only jogged once together, for about one mile. In all the other instances, we bypass each other and we just fist bump, and greet each other, nod, wave, etc, and we continue. We have the same jogging route and we should have been jogging together, but our times just do not correlate, not that we have tried very much for them to correlate. My jogging 'buddy' stays two houses down the road and therefore it should be easier than it is to jog together.

Well, today we 'bumped' into each other again. I was just about one mile from home, cooling down as I walked slowly, muscles screaming for me to rest, and I see him in front of me. He was beaming and he was just setting off for his jog. I stopped to say hi, and he made a comment. He said, 'Hey, you have lost a ton of weight. You are looking good. I am impressed'.

Now, if you see who told me, he is like 110lbs, really fit, slim, and the last I measured myself, about one month ago, I was 190lbs, fighting to loose another 20 lbs to my healthy weight. And I am right now in the middle of a plateau, with not much happening on the scale, though I am using faith to believe that there are so many positive changes on the inside, and the scale will catch up.

Needless to say, I beamed. It is as if it was the first time someone had ever complimented me. And it was welcome at this point because I was in desperate need of assurance given my plateau, and I was just not feeling it, though I had the discipline to get out 4-5 days a week and jog, sweat, cool down, stretch, and hope for the best.

Even as I wait for the scale to get in line, I am glad that my jogging buddy has seen the shed pounds. And he is proud of me. Yayyyyyy!!!!
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    When I went home and lived with Mom, a man that knew our family hired me. I was in the same class as one of his sons when we were in school. The man that hired me let his sons run the business and I could sense that my former classmate didn't like it that I was heavy, but when I lost weight, he was trying to get me to date his friends.

    Compliments when given after you have worked hard, are an encouragement to stay the course. Who knows, maybe some day he will ask for your phone number and call you to see if you are ready to go jogging. He sounds like a nice guy.

    Thanks for your nice compliment on my blog, "Watching My 600-lb Life online."

    Keep up your good work!

    1872 days ago
  • INSPIRED1314
    1874 days ago
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    Keep up the good work!
    1894 days ago
  • PUGLOVER1999
    emoticon on your persistence! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!

    Meanwhile, thank God for the right words at the right time! emoticon

    "Like apples of gold in settings of silver,
    Is a word spoken in right circumstances." -- Proverbs 25:11
    1912 days ago
  • 52BINCE
    I commend you for your hard work and diligence in your health n fitness routine.... You do for sure have earned that compliment, I also cheer you on to your goals and may your successes always be noticed...... !
    1912 days ago
    Hello...Spark People has become my support groups for you see I am a recovering grease-holic. Yes, it is true if you can "fry it" I can "eat it".

    Moderation is a very important key to being successful in our journey. One day at a time....Look for small victories...Look for non-scale successes.

    Spark People research has found that people who get involved in social teams tend to be more successful in their efforts.

    I want to personally invite you to join the SparkPeople's Official Healthy Habits Challenge Team. There you will find others that will support you in your journey and you will be able to help others as well.

    We have one of the best leadership team there is and we are here to help. YOU can DO this!

    Oh by the way...have you ever tried Fried cardboard, don't have much favor but a nice crunch....lol....Live life today.

    Remember: By Endurance we conquer-Shackleton

    John "Stay The Course"
    1912 days ago
    You can take this to the bank!...... excellent job you have done for him to notice and compliment like he did!..... go ahead and let that complement carr. you to even higher ground..... Keep up the good work in you will get to your goal weight!...... also thank you for commenting on my blog!....... emoticon emoticon
    1913 days ago
  • POSEY440
    emoticon Happy Halloween
    1913 days ago
  • -POOKIE-
    Great motivation!
    1913 days ago
  • BILL60
    It is indeed a great feeling. Enjoy it.
    1913 days ago
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    1914 days ago
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  • HOOTIE02
    I think it's great that he noticed an told you.
    1914 days ago
    I think a compliment from a "some what stranger" kind of means more. Not that you discount compliments from family of friends but you sort of expect that or become accustom to that from close relations.

    I had a kind of a similar exchange a few weeks ago at the health food store I ran into the manager who I hadn't seen in a while and she told me I looked great. I was floating on air.

    Congrats on the compliment you have worked hard and it's always a good feeling and can renew your motivation when some one notices.

    1914 days ago
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