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Why “You Look Skinny!” Isn't Always Appreciated


I’ve gotten several compliments from family and friends about my weight loss since I began this journey back in January. The first thing out of their mouths, especially those I haven’t seen in a few months, are, “You look so skinny!” This of course doesn’t mean actual skinny, this means skinnier than I used to be since they are used to seeing me overweight.

During my plateau phase, when my sister said I looked “skinnier” than the last time she saw me, I told her that couldn’t be since I weighed the same amount. I was frustrated about stalling in my weight loss and her compliment fell on deaf ears. But then I realized maybe I should stop being down on myself and allow the positive feedback to motivate me.

While compliments are nice to hear and can assist in the confidence department, I shouldn’t let the response from others (or lack thereof) alter my perspective of how I see myself. What matters most is how I feel on the inside and that has been one of the greatest lessons I have learned so far.

Our 2012 Weight Loss Diary writer, Yasmin, is a 33-year-old web content producer who is looking to get healthy and love her body! Follow along on her year-long weight loss journey!

Who’s helping Yasmin? Tiara Coaching Life coach Alison Miller, Ph.D, nutritionist Keri Gans, R.D, and Equinox personal trainer Stephanie Pipia.


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