I read a blog this morning written by a woman who's lost a significant amount of weight. She walks daily and sees overweight women walk by her wearing their exercise clothes, obviously attempting to stay fit and maybe even to lose weight. She notices they avoid making eye contact, and she fights the urge to let them know she was once very much like them and understands. I have experienced this too, so I felt compelled to leave a comment. I thought I'd share it with everyone here. This is what wrote:
My congrats to you, and wow, can I relate to your words! For the past 15 years, ever since I began eating the Zone diet, I've been walking almost daily on a portion of the Rails to Trails system in CT, which passes very close to my neighborhood. I walk by those same women (and men, too), and I also suppress the same urges to speak to let them know I’ve been there and I understand. You see, I lost 100 pounds all those years ago, and I've kept it off. No one would ever guess that this body of mine had once grown beyond fitting into a size 22.
I say “Hi” to everyone who passes me, even those who turn their heads away from me they pass by, and it's been good. The responses vary from none at all, to a smile, to a greeting and sometimes even some kind words being exchanged. That one friendly little word breaks the ice, it acknowledges the other person and it can sometimes even be the start of a long friendship. I've made some good friends walking on those trails, and even had opportunities to eventually share those words of hope, understanding and "I've been there”.
My best to you, and keep walking!