This was written in September 2010. You can find it here.
On Tuesday last week, I was supposed to be home sleeping or watching a movie or doing whatever I please but I had to go to work and before I got to the office, I had to stop by at my boss’s house to pick up some things from her. When I got there, I saw a scale in her living room and decided to check how much I weigh.
I found out that I’d lost 4KG. I wasn’t overly excited but I was quite impressed with myself that I could lose some weight, no matter how small, by exercising.
So, I found it quite annoying when, on Sunday, all sorts of people kept jabbing my waist line and telling me how ‘fat’ I’d grown and how I was once slim and I’m like, I have never ever been termed slim or thin in my entire life. I mean when my mother was pregnant with me, they had to clear the market for her to pass! She said she was as big as an elephant!
But I am used to such things and such people. Sometimes, I let it wash over me and some other times it gets to me but I’ve learnt to shake it all off cos in the end, it really is between Adams & I.
I choose to focus on the little, important things.
Out of all these people so far, only one person (apart from my dear Adams of course) has encouraged me and in a way, this is kinda like a ‘thank you’ note to him.
Anietie Ukoh, thank you.
He didn’t say much actually, he just said, ‘Ij’ then ran both his hands down his own sides but I interpreted it thus, ‘Ij, look at your sides! They are looking slimmer and your figure is more defined’.
Now that is all the encouragement I need! He has been able to spur me on in this slimming-down-race and because he believes in me and encourages me, I am inspired to finish the race… lol
Once again, thank you, Anietie.
It just makes me wonder how I can encourage somebody else in any other area of life. You know, looking at the improvements made instead of just at what has not been done or accomplished.
It never hurts to say a good word to somebody… anybody.