Over the last three and a half years, I have lost (as of today) a total of five stone and nine pounds.
I have learnt much along the way, but one of the things that I have most definitely found out, is that lots of people have an opinion about it. Whether you ask for it or not.
So here are some of my favourite things that people have said to me about weight loss and fitness, and my response. Sometimes real, sometimes only imagined…..
I feel sorry for your husband, based on how much time you spend in the gym.
Well, the last time I checked, he was making the most of having the remote control all to himself. And he can always come with me if he wants to.
I’m your fat friend now!
Yes. You are.
When are you going to stop?
Stop what? Stop getting healthier, reducing my chances of getting life threatening illness, improving my strength and resilience, feeling great about myself? Not any time soon.
It doesn’t suit your face. You are looking a bit haggard.
Erm, thanks for that.
You are going to get anorexic.
I’m probably not actually. Anorexia is a serious illness. I don’t have it. I am making my choices well with the support of a fitness expert.
I bet because you work out, you can eat as much as you like.
Yes. It works just like that. I am just off four my fourth Big Mac of the day.
You need to stop now.
Actually, the best person to decide that, is me.
You were fine as you were.
No, I wasn’t. I was very overweight, breathless, and heading towards serious health problems in the future.
I couldn’t be bothered. It’s boring. (usually about running or gym visits).
That’s you. Not me. And I go because I love it and it is doing me good.
I have a rule about those that have an opinion on my weight loss. If the person sharing their views also had a well-intentioned conversation with me about my weight gain, when I was obese and heading in the direction of all sorts of serious health conditions, I will listen to what they have to say. If they didn’t then I will take no notice.
And for the record, this adds up to precisely no people.