Today, while riding the elevator up to the 9th floor in the building I work in, I got into a conversation with a lady who works on the same floor as I do. It went like this:

Her: Have you lost some weight?

Do I really need to say anything more than that? I think not but I’ll finish the story anyway.

Me: I’ve been trying.

Her: Well, I can tell. Especially in your face.

By now we’re at about the 5th floor but my spirits are already on 16.

Me: Thanks.

Her: What are you doing?

Me: I’m riding a bike 10 miles before I come to work each day and longer on Saturdays.

Her: (insert totally shocked face) What?! Are you serious?

Me: Oh yeah.

And we continue talking about my riding, how to start out slow and then build up endurance/time in the saddle, and so on. It was a great conversation and an even better way to start the day.

All of us have our ups and down associated with trying to lose weight, or get in better shape, but it’s comments like my co-workers that tell us that what we’re doing is making a difference.

A few simple words like hers can have the following effects:

  • They can lift our spirits. On our weight loss journey all of us have good days and bad days. Sometimes more of the later. A simple comment from a co-worker, family member, or friend can do wonders for our attitude and spirit.
  • They can re-energize us. Getting into the shape we want to get into can put a real strain on us physically. We’re killing our bodies to whip them into shape and it’s easy to sleep in, skip a workout, and get some more rest. A timely comment like hers can help us re-focus and re-energize.
  • They can push us to do more. Knowing that what we’re doing is making a difference is huge. We look at our own bodies so much that it’s hard to notice change. Especially if it’s small. Others can see those changes and them letting us know can re-invigorate us to continue what we’re doing or do more.
  • They can justify the sacrifice. Weight loss and better fitness doesn’t come without sacrifice. Cycling, running, swimming, or doing any sport, takes time and resources. There are times when we’ll feel like the effort we’re putting into our transformation isn’t working. Or it isn’t worth it. Someone telling us that what we’re doing is working can be all the justification we need.

What are some comments you’ve heard that have lifted your spirits, re-energized you, or motivated you to continue making the sacrifice to lose weight or get into better shape?

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