Are you what other people think you are? or Are you what you want to be?
Growing up I have always been surrounded by a loving family and very nice friends (touchwood). I was always overweight and most of the people around me knew it bothered me...so they were always very protective...people would tell me I have a broad structure and that I'm not really fat, or they would blame it on genes, we all love food it's in the family...friends would call me cute and the worst thing that I have ever heard was I'm pleasantly plump...not fat or anywhere close to being overweight. (I was obese..)
I'm not saying any one of them was wrong for doing what they did, in their own way they were just avoiding me from being hurt but in the process I started using each of these as an excuse to continue eating junk food and not exercising. I changed myself, I believed I was broad so I would never be normal like my other friends...I never even tried to control my eating because I believed my love of food was in my genes and I could not change it. I wanted to be normal...but I thought that was not even a possibility so I did not give it a try, I felt that if I would have not believed this maybe...maybe I would have started earlier, maybe I would have done things differently...recently I discovered I fit in the petite size ;) so from broad frame to petite..(LOL)
Growing up because I was overweight it was difficult for me to enjoy sports just because I could not keep up...again everybody including friends were very sweet to me and nobody really pushed me. I always admired people who played sports and enjoyed running but I thought I was the stay at home type of person always believing I was not athletic and I hated running...now I actually enjoy working out, running and I still love reading. Everybody including me is surprised :)
I think I made a big mistake by believing everything people said to me and using all that as an excuse not to change and get healthy...
Why not decide for yourself what you want to be instead of believing everything people say to you. Why not decide what is right for you instead of blindly believing everything you hear. I'm not saying your friends or family want you to be unhealthy it might be their way of protecting you...but you have to decide what you want to believe...
Have you ever felt this way? Have you ever stopped yourself because the everybody around you thought differently?
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