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Negative reaction to getting into shape

I have gotten myself back to my pre-pregnancies (3) weight and been working out. I've gone from feeling frumpy and out-of-shape at close to 160 pounds to fit and toned at 125. Its been alot of work. When friends saw me this summer and commented on how I looked, I wanted to tell them all about it and how I did it. I was so excited. Well, a friend pulled me aside recently and told me that people think that I"m pulling too much attention on to me. She said that I should just say "thank you" and nothing more. That people are criticizing me for this. I am so hurt. For years I've dressed to cover my body and just watched everyone else dress for fun. I never thought that I could look good again. I just don't get it. I thought that telling people how I did it would help them to get there too. I know that I always wanted to know how people did it so that I could do it too. I was never bragging. I was just excited. Its taken me along time to get my old body back...I deliivered twins at 212!!

Mon. Sep 27, 11:49am

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Plain and simple....they're jealous! lol. And maybe just keep your explanation short unless they ask?

But, I am very interested in how you reached your goal. Could you please tell? How long did it take you? And how tall are you? Thanks and congrats!!

Monday, September 27, 2010, 12:11 PM

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You are probably right that they are jealous. It just seems with all I've been through, that they would be happy for me.'s my story (you asked). I was always fairly trim. Then I turned 40 and had my son. Then at 43 I had my twin daughters (last weighed in at 212). After having the kids I got down to the 150's...then the 140's...then back to the 150's. Last year I was turning 50 and weighed in at almost 160. I felt out-of-shape and frumpy. I decided to lose some weight. I started running to train for a worked. I got down to 140...then I stalled out. I moved back to Illinois and stopped running. I started gaining again. Then I joined PT. With daily calorie logging and alternating run/walks with biking, it started to come off. I'm really good about logging...I think its that whole accountabiltiy thing!! Now I"m 51 and my husband thinks that I look better than when he met me!! My 6 year-olds think that I look liike "Barbie" LOL. Anyway, its been a long road and I didn't think it was possible. Funny, I"m crying as I write this because it means so much to me. Thanks for asking....I love to tell my story, not because I'm bragging, but because I figure I'm proof that it can be done. I just wish that I had discovered PT sooner!!

Monday, September 27, 2010, 12:46 PM

Add comment carried away and did not answer your other questions. I joined PT in April I've lost around 15 pounds in 6 months. Prior to that, I lost around 18 pounds in about 10 months. I am 5'6"&1/2.

Monday, September 27, 2010, 12:50 PM

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I always have to remember that my life is FAR more interesting to me than it is to other people. You know, ask them about how they are doing, and then if they ask you how you lost all that weight you can mention it.

You've done a tremendous thing and I'm not at all surprised at your enthusiasm. Congratulations! You DO deserve a pat on the back!!! But you have to accept that while this is an ongoing miracle to you, to wake up lighter every morning, it's something that other people mark down once ("She sure did lose a lot of weight -- good for her!) and then move on from. ("Does the dog need to go to the vet for another vaccination? Ack, the truck is already 200 miles late for its oil change!")

Monday, September 27, 2010, 12:51 PM

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Such a GREAT story!!!! And you're 50. This is great because maybe I can do it too.

Monday, September 27, 2010, 1:32 PM

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