I've been working on this life changing journey since October. I have never liked elaborated praise. A simple great job and moving on with the conversation has always been what I can deal with. I talked to my pastors wife Marcy a couple weeks ago. She said if you put the work in take it you earned it. I said I'm not seeking the praise. She said, "You don't have to be, but because everyone is proud of what your doing they want to praise and encourage you." I guess I get it. It takes a while to stop being embarrassed. As in church today Pastor Larry was talking about what we've been through, changes that we've made, and any changes we want to make as we reevaluate our lives. He asked me to stand up so people could see what I'm doing physically. He also explained that I'm not just changing my body physically with exercise and eating healthier but growing mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
I encourage all of you with your goals to except the praise and encouragement and when someone comes to you and says I need help I want to change. To pay it forward and help. I'm so grateful for all the help, encouragement, and praise that I've been given. Don't get me wrong there will be those out there that will be angry and unable to express what they feel in joy for you. The help, praise, and encouragement from others out weighs that though. You also have to remember why you started your change. It wasn't for the approval of them. Keep going strong.
By the way I was in the mood to wear red today to church. So I couldn't find my 4x shirt. I went in my room and pulled out a shirt that i had bought about 5 to 6 weeks into my journey. It was a 2X. When I tried it on at the store I was a sausage roll. Literally! Earlier this week I tried on a 3x and it fit there was room in it. But not as much was in the 4X so I underestimated myself. I fit into the 2X comfortably. I didnt' feel like I was showing to much fat. Next, 1X, X-large, and Large. I don't remember wearing a large as a teenager. I think I was into an x-large. I can't wait until those days come and pass.