Monday, February 20, 2012

Each compliment is better than the last

For a while I was running out of things to blog about. I refuse to make this blog my complain fest about the things that bother me, and sometimes that makes it difficult to find things to write and talk about.

Lately I've had more and more random encounters. Some are strange and some make me smile. I had a strange one happen yesterday and I might tell you about that at another time. For now, I'm going to tell you about a totally unexpected encounter.

Let me set the stage for you....

It's President's Day, so I don't have to work. I worked out a little while ago and I've just been laying here on the couch, watching Dexter, and hoping for something interesting to happen. Then.....

My phone dings. It's the "someone is chatting with you on FB ding" and I was excited to know that someone wanted to talk to me!

The message was from an old friend. We knew each other through high school and have maintained a lot of mutual aquaintances through the years. Oh, and he hangs out with one of my sisters. Back in the day he was really buff. He was super fit and super active. Over the years he had  a few injuries; which led to a few surgerys; which led to inactivity; which led to some weight gain.

Anyway, the following is the conversation that we just had.

FRIEND: Hey Sarah
ME: Hey man, what's up?
FRIEND: If you sis didn't ruin it, I wanted to tell you something
ME: ?
FRIEND: Because of you and your weight loss, I have lost 30 lbs so far and have kept it off
ME: Oh wow! That's awesome!
FRIEND: I am really proud of you and what you have done and for what it's worth I just wanted to let you know you made a difference for me
ME: Wow. That's awesome. Good for you man. It shouldn't be hard for you to workout, you used to do it all the time. It's really weird for people to say that I motivate them.
FRIEND: It's the motivation for me. But I've really just eaten less and pushed myself harder at work
ME: Hey, whatever works! I think I'm going to have to write a blog about this.
FRIEND: It'd be a good idea
ME: Yea...
FRIEND: I just wanted to let you know. I felt that I should have said something a long time ago to you
ME: No prob, thanks man.
FRIEND: You deserve it.

Anyway....that's my totally make me smile ear to ear conversation/compliment for the day. I love any compliment I can get, but they are always better when I don't see it coming and it's from somewhere and someone I wasn't expecting.

I literally got up right after we stopped talking to write this blog.

Sometimes I feel like a jerk for talking about myself all the time, but then I remember that it's MY blog and if I want to talk about myself, I can! Honestly, sometimes I wonder what the hell I'm doing and why I'm putting in all this work. I see the difference on the scale, in my clothes, and in my energy level, but I still get frustrated when I think of the things I've been giving up to get to where I want. Then I get compliments and people say how much they notice and it makes it all worth it. It's kinda weird that I have to hear it from other people before it sinks in what a change I've really made.

Anyway, thanks to this friend for remotivating me. He said I motivated him, but he also put some drive back into me. Thanks man.


  1. that is so cool! Compliments like that are so much better the pretty compliments (although those are nice too).

  2. Yes it is your blog and therefore you may rant and rave as much as you want :D Although we do like to hear you are being praised for your commitment and determination :D

  3. That is awesome! (And may I suggest that YOUR blog can be whatever YOU want it to be? ) Blogging about it here sort of saves it for you, so you can come back and revisit the moment later- score!

  4. That is awesome!! Great news to share, have a good day.

  5. Unexpected compliments are always the best thing in the world! Totally deserved too!

  6. Dude - talk about yourself ALL you want. You have every right to!