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Friday, September 24, 2010

Someone actually commented on my arm muscle today! I was picking somethng up and they squealed from across the room "OMG look at your muscles!!"

I just shrugged and threw them a bicep curl. Nope didn't actually.

I smiled demurely and said "Thanks I've been working out." Didn't actually do that either.

I blushed and muttered something and RAN outta there. Hmmm is this a normal reaction?

With the wonder that is retrospect I have come up with a thousand different ways to respond (the above are a tiny selection of these) and worst of all I have been trying to glimpse this wonder muscle in every passing window/mirror/shiny pot/stainless steel bench (the list goes on) and have been unable to actually see it myself!

Am having a think about what I might say if this happens again because it is important to be prepared.

On a side note:

Is it normal to yell "WOOHOO - you can do this!" to unsuspecting cyclists cycling up a particularly steep hill?

Is it also normal to enthusiastically congratulate children who have walked up a hill and are having a rest with their water bottles?

I'm thinking if you actually know these people it might be ok but for strangers who are "unsparked" this can come across as at the very least odd, at worst a little creepy...

Wish everyone had the spark we do!!
We can so do this!!!
Good job on walking that hill guys!!
Above all things which escaped my lips instead of just my fingertips today.

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    I would just say, "Thanks for noticing," and move on. Besides, if they're squealing OMG, it's all pearls before swine. Rock on!
    3853 days ago
    If I was encouraged like that going up a hill, it would make my day.
    3857 days ago

    Ironic, that we work toward improvement, seeking self-satisfaction as well as approval and admiration from others, and when we actually receive it, we react with deprecating feelings - worth a bit of reflection on our self image.

    I had some similar experiences pre-Spark, the first when I encountered a fellow whom I hadn't seen for about 6 months in the grocery, who exclaimed, "Wow! You've lost some weight!"

    Embarassed, I muttered "I've been trying to eat healthier and exercising a bit", when I had been going to the gym for 90 minutes a day, working hard.

    He said, "No, I'll bet you've lost 30 lbs - you look great!" Since he was a genuine kind of guy, I took it under consideration. When I did check the scale (which I wasn't doing regularly) I found he was right - 30 lbs down from my starting weight!

    I decided to enjoy my progress, and let the comments of appreciation encourage me to carry me on.

    Keep up the good work, be prepared to accept compliments graciously, and one day, you will suddenly notice, to your surprise, some very pleasant changes in your appearance.

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    3857 days ago
    I gave a thumbs up to 2 ladies walking yesterday... they were probably WTH? lol, we are spreading the spark! lol.. Good job on the Gun show you have been putting on! rofl....
    3857 days ago
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    lol I love this blog...i have found myself doing the same thing...i see people in the gym and want to leave them an omg way to go...and then i forget its not SparkPeople but real life lol.
    3857 days ago
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    love mezzoangel's suggestion!

    good for you spreading positivity in the direction of others... now to extend it to yourself!

    I have had a number of people comment on my overall weightloss this week and I feel compelled to tell them all about how I've not bothered with exercise or super-healthy-eating for a while etc etc... silly girl!

    And do keep looking for that thing everyone else is seeing - it's gotta be there!

    3857 days ago
    I've *finally* come up with a phrase that I can use in response to people's commentary, regardless of what their topic of choice is...

    "I'm a work in progress". I don't feel uncomfortable, I don't elaborate, I don't discuss goals. Just simply "I'm a work in progress."
    3857 days ago
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