Everybody has an uneducated opinion about you. As I’ve told people about my weight loss goals, some have told me not to lose that much weight. That I’m fine just the way I am. That I’m starting to get skinny. You name it and someone’s probably said it or will say it.
While indulging in the foods I enjoy, I’ve gotten comments on how I’m not really into health. That by eating things I like or having a beer here and there that I’m falling off the wagon or not staying true to my commitment. They may not meaning anything by it. They may even mean well. But it’s demoralizing. It’s challenging when you make a public commit to health and everybody is watching what you do. Some wishing for you to succeed. Others waiting for the opportunity to tell you you failed.
At the end of the day, I’m happy with the progress I’ve made over the last month. It’s nice to be able to travel up a few flights of stairs and have no after-effects. It’s great to have someone walk up to me at the track and ask me about my workout because they’ve seen me there regularly putting in work and getting result. It balances out the absentminded negativity. And it’s that balance that will keep me going. I plan to be competing a year from now. That means there’s a long road ahead of me. My eyes are on the prize. Keep yours on yours. Don’t let the opinions of others get you down. Nobody else is rocking your shoes.
Slim Jackson is a Harlem-based writer and the Executive Editor for Single Black Male, an urban male perspective blog authored by a core team of six writers. Follow Slim on Twitter at @slimjackson for your daily dose of positivity mixed with a little bit of foolishness, and check him out at www.therealslimjackson.com.