“You look so skinny, how much weight have you lost?”
“Be careful, you don’t want to go too far!”
Yep, heard those ones before? Over the last year I’ve heard both these comments alongside many many others. I wasn’ fat before; I was a healthy size 12 but wanted to get rid of the last wobbly bits. So you can imagine there was a lot of the usual comments around not losing weight as I looked fine. But I knew what I wanted and just ignored them.
When it comes to fitness everyone has an opinion, especially if you’re seen hobbling around the office the day after leg day. Inevitably you get the usual comments of “That can’t be good for you if you can’t walk”. Ugh, I’m sure we’ve all heard that one before!
But if you want to progress with your fitness and especially weights training then you are going to get those days where you can’t even lift a cup of tea or get out of the car. It’s kind of enjoyable in a sadistic way! Opinions around diet inevitably get thrown into the mix and that’s another one to ignore. I probably eat much healthier and far more calories than they do but they’re still going to get their concerns across. As long as I feel good and healthy then that’s all that matters.
The skinny comment is also one that drives me insane. I’m not skinny, I’m toned, there’s a difference. Yes I’ve dropped a dress size but to me the most important numbers are the ones in my gym book, not the one on the scales; I love that Joe Wicks calls it the sad step because he is so right! Whenever I get that first comment about my weight, I point out to people that I weigh the same as I did a year ago. Yes I get on that sad step every so often but just so I can get a reference point for my lifting e.g. Squatting my own body weight. Otherwise that step is hidden away in a cupboard.
Everyone has opinions but I’ve come to ignore them because I love what I’m doing and I know what I’m doing (well my trainer does although I’m slowly learning!).
In turn you get the other more positive comments. “You look amazing!” “Your arms are so toned”. And that makes it worth it, even if sometimes you can’t lift your arms to wash your hair…