Sunday, November 16, 2008

Sometimes you just need a little encouragement.

If you've read my blog before, you know all about my newish gym membership. It's great. I love it. I go 5 days a week.

But, as much as I recognize that I need to go so that I can be healthy again and lose weight, my mom just told me a couple of days ago that she doesn't think I'll continue to go. I'll get bored and quit.

And you know what? That little discouragement made me think that maybe that's what would happen. And it's not as if I have a history of quitting easily either. I'm generally a rather optimistic, never give up sort of a person.

Sometimes our thoughtless words strike someone a lot harder than we mean.

I was trying to work through this. I'm used to it. I get comments like this all the time from my parents. I think many people do. You learn to deal.

But, then, today at church, another member of the gym came up to me with the obvious intent to ENCOURAGE me. She was so impressed with how well I've been doing at the gym and how I just go to town on the treadmill and bike and told me so. We often meet at the gym just by chance since we both like to watch the same TV show while we walk. (Yes, the exercise equipment has TV capability!)

And suddenly, I lost that bleak outlook on my commitment to exercising. I'm sure she had no idea the effect of her words. Sometimes the most minor comment we make can change someone's day so much for the better. You just never know.


Speedcat Hollydale said...

You know, some people blurt out things that pop into their head without thinking. My Grandmother used to say some unbelievable things to EVERYONE. She had a sweet heart, and was such a giving person, but her blurts were legend.

She said to me as a kid at the Christmas table ... "You are so dam skinny, why don't you eat more ham"

I guess some folks are just that way. I think positive motivation really does come from within, and from above. Sometimes we need to take blurts with a grain af salt.

BTW .... LAUGHING at your comment about crazed morning bloggers.

HA HAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!! Did you really wait to comment??? tooo funny :-)

Hope you are having a great Sunday, I am in heaven! Peace, quiet, and no list of things to do on my day off. Ahhhhhhhh - very nice.

My grandaughter was over for the last few days. I LOVE her to pieces, but she wears me out more than a day at work. WOW!!!

Chris said...

Yeah, I try to let those comments just roll off me. I guess I just don't have a very thick skin. I'm working on that. :)

And I still love her just like you loved your grandmother. It just takes me by surprise sometimes.

I appreciate your words. Very much. Thanks. :)

And of course I waited to post! :) Crazed morning blogger indeed! EEEKS! That's ALL I need! :) I am being more than the usual careful these days since I just found out my birth mother and half brother and birth aunt are diagnosed as bipolar. I am NOT. I want to keep it that way. :)

I would agree that kids are more exhausting than a day at work... except that I am a TEACHER by profession. :)

I loved the picture of you and your granddaughter! I know exactly where she got her clown genes. :) That's so neat.

Have a terrific day!

Summer said...

My mom is a "blurter" too. I've started telling her when she does it, whether her blurt is directed to me or someone else. Sometimes if I'm feeling mean though-- I come back with something off the wall and equally as hurtful, like saying "did you change your hair?" with a scrunched up disapproving face (smile). Childish, I know.

You stay positive though, Chris. I'm proud of you. You've done so well. I wish I had your determination!

Speedcat is right. We should take that stuff with a grain of salt.

ALF said...

Moms definitely have a way of saying things that I'm sure they don't realize are as hurtful as they are.

I have gone running 9 days in a row now and I'm trying not to focus on that fact because if I do I'm sure I'll scare my motivation away.