Recently, I have had two friends who see me on a weekly basis express shock that I am still trying to lose weight. And I don't think they were just trying to be nice, either! Which leaves me wondering...are they really not seeing me, round stomach, large thighs, big arms and all? Or are they just remembering how big I used to be, and in comparison, think I'm so much smaller that I can't possibly need to lose anything else? It was kind of weirding me out, because I know that I'm no petite flower, by any means. I was sort of feeling like I had to defend my diet.
But something happened today that made me realize that it's all in the perception: After I finished my first workout today (more on that in another post), I was chatting with Linda, one of the cardio instructors. She was showing me a printout copy of food "blocks" and was offering, if I was interested (she wasn't pushy as all) to have Brad (the owner, and strength trainer) figure up how many of these blocks I could eat in a day. I think this is part of The Zone diet, although I'm not for sure, as I was a zoning out a bit after that workout (more later, I promise!). She said how it had worked wonders for her, along with the workouts, of course, and showed me some "before" pictures where she was kinda hefty. Not too bad, but still, compared to what she looks like now, big. I said that I was interested in the food block plan, as I had lost 60 pounds but was curious to see what this "block" plan could do for me...and it was funny, because I could see the gears in her head changing.
See, she saw me as an overweight person who was starting a fitness program, not as someone who has had some success with weight-loss and who is ready to step up to the next level. And that was just fine with me, because it confirmed what, deep down, I know...that I do still have a ways to go. So I'm not crazy. But my friends might be.