What I Have Been Waiting For

January 10, 2008 · 13 comments

I've not had much success over the last six weeks or so.  But I'm not letting that get that down.  Still, times have been a little tough.  I've been in need of a pick-me-up.  Yesterday I got into our Chicago office at 8:30 and talked to one of my managers for a while in his office.  Then after I went back to my desk he came over and we talked about a few more things.  Then, just as he was about to go he said:

"John, have you lost some weight?"

And so there it was!  The unbiased compliment I have been looking for.  I just about fell over myself thanking him for noticing.  Damn, that felt good.

Now technically an argument could be made that it was in fact not truly an unbiased comment.  He and I have talked about his own attempts at losing weight and he knows that I had a desire to do the same (although I hadn't mentioned to him that I was actually doing anything about it).  Also, as my network manager it's certainly possible he has stumbled across this website and was playing it coy.  If you are reading this, fess up!

That said, I do believe it was unbiased and it felt great.  I'm about to go workout in my hotel gym, and his compliment will help fuel that workout and diet for the rest of the week.

Just need to focus on building some momentum and generating another one of those great compliments.

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Steve v4.6 January 10, 2008 at 12:01 pm

Well hey, there you go! People are noticing. Was it unbiased? Unless the guy was asking for a raise or your season tickets, absolutely. No need to analyze- enjoy!

Vilma January 10, 2008 at 12:12 pm

I completely agree! Congrats on your 1st… this is just the start as they will keep on coming!

mikster January 10, 2008 at 7:12 pm

Sounds like your on your way…. congrats!

Trisaratops January 10, 2008 at 7:17 pm

Congratulations! I’ve lost 55 and I still crave compliments. I don’t know why it is so important to have people notice, but I think it is because it is hard work and we want people to say “Hey, you’ve worked hard and it has paid off. You are hot. Good job!” or something. :) I agree that you should just enjoy this compliment, biased or not. I am so large, and my loss has been slow, so many people can’t tell, but as soon as I hit 50 pounds, I was telling everyone at work. It’s something to be proud of! Your progress photos are great!

TB-Milwaukee January 10, 2008 at 9:38 pm

Enjoy each compliment and thank whoever it is for noticing. They will end sooner than later and it’s great motivation when they happen.

This week at my WW meeting I was the biggest loser (75 pounds) and I had everyone asking me questions and it felt great!

Michelle January 10, 2008 at 11:59 pm

Yeah John! How exciting! Enjoy the compliment and let that fuel the fire!

Thomas (twofatbrothers.com) January 11, 2008 at 6:55 am

That’s really cool. Nobody has commented on my weight loss yet, but I just started. I hope when I dive below 200 someone will say something.

John January 11, 2008 at 1:59 pm

“Just need to focus on building some momentum and generating another one of those great compliments.”

When I was in college I had a t-shirt that for some unknown reason compelled the women around me to desire to rub my chest and compliment it. Perhaps I could loan it to you, provided I could find it. HA! Wait, are you married? If so, your wife might not be too happy.

Chubby Chick January 11, 2008 at 2:42 pm

Wow! Congrats on the compliment! Isn’t it amazing how something like that can give one such a boost! :)

John T January 11, 2008 at 8:21 pm

Way to go John!

Those compliments feel SO good, don’t they?

Cammy January 11, 2008 at 10:47 pm

Hi, I’m just finding your blog, and I’m highly impressed by your successes! Congratulations! Compliments are wonderful, whether biased or unbiased. Someone wanted you to feel better about yourself, and that alone matters.

One of the things that’s hardest for me to do (and to remember to do, for that matter) is to compliment myself. I hope you’ll remember to pat yourself on the back now and again for the remarkable progress you’ve made.

Skinny Guy January 12, 2008 at 12:25 pm

Unbiased or not, it’s something you’ve been waiting for and now that you got it, you can draw on it and the many more to come to help you stay on track. Good for you!

GeorgieGirl January 12, 2008 at 7:09 pm

Sometimes it’s hard to accept a compliment for what it really is… a compliment. Say thank you, feel good about it, and don’t question it. You more than deserve it! Yeah! It feels good, doesn’t it!

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