Losing weight is hard, but keeping it off is even harder.
Dear Ms. Strong and Brave,
I am looking at you. Just from the corner of my eye. I am trying to be discreet, can you tell?
I know what you’ve been up to. I have watched you for the last year. I see how you sweat. It isn’t from being nervous. I sweat too, but maybe you don’t watch the others around you. We are all sweating here, but you always seem preoccupied and quiet. I think you try to blend in with the crowd and not cause distraction. I understand this. Really I do.
I wish I could tell you that you don’t need to feel ashamed. Do I assume wrongly? Tell me if I do. You always wear the same baggy black clothes that cover your whole body. You have a beautiful body, don’t you realize this? You don’t need to cover it.
There are things I want to tell you. We meet each week, the same time, the same place. We stand next to each other, funny how our little habits are hard to break. And each week I walk in and think, “Yes, this time I am going to look at you in the eye and talk to you.” But I don’t. I lose my courage. How stupid to think this. I bet we could be good friends. I don’t want you to think I am staring at you because you are different, I am staring because I admire you.
I have watched you. It has been a year since you started here. You started with a crowd that isn’t easy to blend with. Sure, you have the biggest body here but who cares? I don’t see big, I see strong and brave. You walked in here to start your program and you haven’t left.
Was it your new year’s resolution last year to lose weight? To feel better? To get healthier? You are succeeding. I can see it. We did a year already of working out together at the gym, me and you.
This year I want to look at you in the eyes and give you that look that says, “Hey, we are doing it, you are doing it! Bravo!” That look of camaraderie. Maybe you will look back and smile. And understand.
You are doing it. Keep going. I am so proud of you. You should be so proud of you too.
(your work out buddy and potential future friend)