Yesterday we were having a conversation in the office. A driver of ours had seen me walking on Tuesday, not my best day. I hadn’t eaten in 2 days due to an illness and my water intake was down as well. It was a slow walk but it was activity. He had seen me that day. So yesterday he makes this comment “You know if you actually want to lose weight you should power walk or run, you know.” I looked at him and nodded. Then he said “Really running is the best way to tone if you actually want to do something.”
I was offended by this, I actually thought (but did not say) “Do you know who I am? What I have done? Who are you to tell me how to lose weight?” Wow right? After the flash of anger (maybe a bit hormone driven) was gone and he left my sight, I calmed down and thought about what ran through my head.
Of course he doesn’t know who I am; to him I am an office worker. The bigger issue at hand is the big head I sometimes have on the topic of weight loss. I am successful at this, human but I have a decent handle on the weight issue. Also even if I have lost 120+ pounds I am still a fat person to random people. There is no ticker over my head that says, down 120.2 pounds. There is no badge that new people can see who just meet you. Sure your friends and family know but a stranger doesn’t.
People you just meet or family who you don’t see may just be trying to offer a suggestion. As long as it is not meant in malice, I should relax and keep things in perspective. What other things to we get offended by that if we stepped back we realize we are being an idiot?
PS. This is post number 99 for me...what should post 100 be about?