So many people have been very kind to me with regards to my weight loss journey – hearing compliments reinforces for me what the scale says (versus my own mental image of what I look like, sometimes). But there have been some truly strange ones that have required significant effort on my part to keep a straight face…
1) Look at you!
This has to be my favorite. What does that even mean? I feel like this one could go either way – is it “Look at you, fabulous girl!” or “Look at you, elephant-look-alike!”? Best of all, it has come from a male relative at a seedy bar. That just lends it a bit of a creeper vibe.
2) You must be so close to goal!
“Wow, thank you, but actually, I have about 25 lbs. to go.” <—- met with completely blank stares, gaped mouths, and an inquiry into my mental health, ready to go. And I know that this will be the result of my response every time, but I feel like I’m committing the sin of omission if I just say “thank you.” Yes, I do have 25 lbs. left to goal. And maybe that is shocking to some, but these are the same people who had the same reaction when I told them that I weighed nearly 250 lbs. before.
3) Hi there skinny!
Once again, thank you, but I didn’t start this journey to be skinny. Really, I don’t want to look like a model – if your collarbone juts out enough to be used as a coat rack, you’re too thin. I always kind of pictured my ideal self as rather Amazonian – tall, muscular, curvy. So… call me “Xena” and I’ll take it as a compliment, k?
4) Your pants are getting so big! *tug on said pants*
Nekkidness in public is uncool. Really uncool, actually – so tugging on someone’s pants that are indeed too big is not really a great idea. Especially me, because (I’ll admit it) my choice of skivvies are not full coverage in nature – I’d prefer to keep my cheeks in my pants, please. Plus, pants are expensive. So if you think my pants are too big, ask my size and go buy me some new ones. I prefer Old Navy jeans, kthnxbai.
5) You’re like the incredible shrinking woman!
I actually really liked this one. It makes me feel powerful and small at the same time, lol.
These aren’t the only jaw-droppers I’ve heard, so you can bet there will be a Part 2 to this entry coming up sometime soon.