I got the “have you lost weight, because you look great” comment yesterday. I promptly went into a tailspin for many long minutes.
Have I lost weight? I don’t weigh myself, but I have been wildly busy with less time to eat. I’ve also been kind of stressed and my stomach is on the fritz.
Chances are, I probably have.
Next, I moved onto ‘wow, I didn’t realize my weight gain was so noticeable.’ And the ‘have I been looking fat and awful?’ crap. The old dialogue took over my brain – Must I desperately cling to any new weight loss? Do I need to lose more…?
That shit dies hard!!!!!!
Then, I wondered how to respond? Was it ACTUALLY a compliment – I know, of course, that it was meant as one. Is weight loss from stress actually good? Is it really best to weigh less than is natural for a 53 year old body?
Soo, I stood there for a few minutes, staring at the woman who made the comment. I’m sure she wondered what was wrong with me.
Finally, I smiled and waved and walked away. I didn’t know what else to do.