Yesterday was a GOOD Monday. Yes, you read that correctly and yes, it is possible to have a good Monday. If you follow me on Twitter, you might have seen me tweet the following:
If that doesn't make a Monday pretty darn tolerable I don't know what does ;) Clearly Katy Perry and I have the same hair/eye color and that's where that comparison stops, but gosh darnit I was excited someone noticed I've lost weight. I almost hugged said coworker when she said that. I'm definitely on my way, and it's definitely taken a lot of work.
I've lost around 16 pounds since I was my 'biggest' ever, which was probably last year around Thanksgiving and I'm feeling better than ever. Clothes are fitting me that I haven't been able to wear in years; that gross, bloated feeling is something I'm forgetting; workouts are a regular part of my life… I truly feel like I've made a lifestyle change! Even with the hip pain I've been dealing with, I'm still making it a priority to stay active and I'm still making it a priority to eat healthy things.
Do I crave pizza and cake just about every day? Yes, absolutely. Will I eat those ever again? Oh yes, absolutely. But not yet, I'm not there yet. For now I'm doing what's best for this body and it's finally starting to pay off. Seeing the number on the scale go down feels AMAZING, but having someone actually notice and point blank say, "You've lost weight, haven't you?" feels even better. I still have weight to lose and goals to meet so that's still a priority over cake. Although I have been pinning a lot of dessert recipes lately… apparently I'm living vicariously through Pinterest? Oh, dear! ;)
So the point of this post? Well, I'm not sure there was one in particular, but I will say this: If you feel like complimenting someone on something, anything at all, DO IT! I try to be really vocal and tell people when I like something they're wearing, or their haircut is adorable, etc… even if it's a perfect stranger.
I have probably embarrassed Jared a time or two, like when I go out of my way to tell a random woman I love her Minnie Mouse purse (It happened last week at the Yankee Candle store) but hey, why not speak up?! Why not make someone feel good on that crappy Monday, or Tuesday or Friday? My girl Erika blogged recently about how everyone overuses the words creepy and awkward and she was spot on: It's called being friendly! Adults can do that and there is nothing creepy or awkward about it, I promise!
You never know when just a few kind words could make a difference in someone's day or week.
I challenge you to compliment a stranger this week!