|Me and my husband enjoying a cool drink during a hot day at faire.|
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I've had some people say some really weird things to me recently about my weight, and one particular comment is really bugging me. At an event at work a couple of weeks ago I was wearing a sleek, form-fitting dress that I felt I looked really good in. I received a lot of compliments and encouragement from the people who attended the event. A fairly close friend of mine pulled me aside, hugged me and told me I looked great but then said, "you were always beautiful to me because of who you are on the inside. Don't let your new shape go to your head or change who you are inside."
She elaborated a bit, making it clear she thought that my change in shape could make me stuck up, vain, unkind or something along those lines. It was if she was saying skinny people are not as nice as people who are overweight.
I've definitely changed on the inside - but that happened before I even started the diet! Liking myself and having respect for who I am is what gave me the confidence and belief to lose all this weight. And to be honest, accomplishing this drop in weight has made me even more confident in my abilities and proud of myself. I don't think any of that is a bad thing!
Two years ago I hid from the world. I never stuck up for myself and allowed people to dump on me. I was watching life pass me by instead of living it. The conversations I had with myself were never nice. I was an unhappy bump on the couch and I don't want to go back to that way of living or feeling.
Because I am able to love myself and appreciate who I am, it has made me more loving and accepting towards others. Each day is a new miracle instead of something to just get through. I mean, look at me in the photo above ... I NEVER used to smile like that .... ever!!
So yes, I have changed on the inside.... but I don't think the changes are anything my friends need to worry about. It's the changes on the inside that made the changes on the outside possible!
And I do admit that I am staring at myself in the mirror a lot these days, but it's not because of vanity. I am still amazed to realize that's ME in the mirror - the shock will eventually wear off.
Have a blessed week!