September 3, 2009
I've started noticing something about myself that I don't really like: I crave compliments. If I run into someone I haven't seen in awhile and she doesn’t comment on how much weight I've lost, I'm a little offended. I used to hate thinking that people were focusing on my body, but since losing weight, I've really started enjoying it when people tell me how good I look. I've realized, however, that while it’s fine to enjoy compliments, it's not okay to need them as validation that I'm doing a good job. I'm not losing weight for other people—I'm doing it for myself. And I can't let congratulations from friends, colleagues, or the girl who sells me coffee matter more than how I feel on the inside.