So by now you know I've lost quite a bit of weight over the last year. I am now just shy of a total loss of 80 lbs. What is interesting to me is the reactions I have been getting from people. For the most part, the reactions have been very positive. I have had friends, neighbors and family members tell me how proud they are of me, how good they think I look, how my weight loss journey is inspiring them, etc.
However, I was not prepared to get some reactions that are less positive. I feel that certain people have removed themselves from my life a bit. I have people in my life who every time I see them will look me up and down (and I can tell that they are noticing that I've lost weight), but yet have NEVER said anything to me. I have people in my life who act like it's no big deal or like this has been an easy journey for me, which it most certainly has not.
The most negative comment so far came from someone at my Weight Watchers meeting yesterday. It is strange that it happened there; of all places. Someone asked me how I am still able to lose so consistently every week. I mentioned that all the running that I am doing is certainly helping me tremendously. Another woman who was sitting next to me responded in a very nasty tone: "Well, I run too and I gained this week, so you can just sit down and be quiet"! She wasn't even kidding...
Again, for the most part the reactions from people have been wonderful and positive. I am confused however by the reactions and statements (or lack thereof) from people who are close to me. I am not sure if they are jealous, threatened or just not used to the new me yet. Regardless of it all, I feel fantastic and can't stop smiling :-)