"We cannot be in agreement with all people. Whatever we do, we get a scolding from someone.” - culled from "A Donkey to Market (Cambodia version)"
"You are no longer Fat Mike” an old pal told me, they had once resolved to calling me Fat Mike even though I would have been boxed in as chubby instead of fat.
Over the weekend I shared a before and after picture depicting my progress in my weight loss journey. My sister had hinted that I should be prepared to receive all sorts of comments from praises to backlash. So I was ready. Lo' and behold I got mixed comments – some said I nailed it, some applauded me while others said I no longer look "sexy," and that I was too “skinny" and “malnourished."
I laughed off most of the comments. I explained to only one person, then realized I owed no one any explanations. Of all the comments none actually took into account how I feel, or if I am happy and content with myself.
This reminds me of the story of the man, the boy son, and the donkey. There are different versions of the story based on cultural backgrounds. I love the original and it goes:
The Man, the Boy, and the Donkey Fable
An Aesop's Fable
With a Moral"
Although I can't say I was obese I can say I was chubby. Was I a happy person back then? Maybe I was. Was I satisfied or happy about my body? In retrospect I would say no. It may not have occurred to me, but I wasn’t exactly elated about my weight. I do know that I have never been happier in my life about my life in general.
I have never been more conscious of my diet like now. My diet has never been richer with all macros. I eat, I just don’t indulge in binge eating or mindless eating. I sleep better, I have fought my insomnia heads on. I am more focused and driven, I have battled laziness, pushed and challenged myself which goes beyond the exercise. I am fit, I no long wind when I climb stairs, and my clothes fit the way it is supposed to.
Lastly, anyone who understands the concept of reducing body fat and gaining lean muscles will understand my journey. For people who don't I leave them to their ignorance. After all We cannot be in agreement with all people. Whatever we do, we get a scolding from someone.
The journey continues.