This morning I grabbed a cup of coffee between spin class and a swim session. One of the YMCA employees stopped me at the coffee bar. Putting his arm around me he whispered in my ear, “The difference between how you look in your membership card picture and how you look now is incredible. I just want you to know you are doing a great job.” I try to forget that when my membership card is scanned, a humongous photo is displayed on the employee’s computer screen. I cringed at the thought of him seeing that photo of me carrying 68 additional pounds.
Upon receiving this compliment I wanted to go into great detail about how I’ve been playing with the same four pounds for about eight weeks. That I’ve been eating too many restaurant meals and the sodium is interfering with my weight loss efforts. I wanted to tell him that while I appreciate his remarks, I have a long way to go to be in the best shape of my life. But that would have ruined his moment.
Instead, I just smiled and said, “Thank you.”