This is something I was talking about with Nate Dogg and thought I’d post to see if others have had similar experiences.
Shugart’s written how people closest to you can also be the ones who’ll try to sabotage you when you try to accomplish something.
Case in point – I used to be 225. There’s a guy who always got on my case about being overweight, even calling me “fatty” in an effort to get me motivated about losing weight.
Earlier this year I did the Velocity Diet and lost 25 lbs in 5 weeks. I gained the requisite 5 back, then went on a short V Diet, losing another 10 lbs. I didn’t tell my friend about it, figuring he’d see the results when I visited him later.
So I go up to see him and his wife. He sees me, remarks about the weight loss…but his comments are subdued compared to all the times the insulted me about being fat. Same thing with his wife – she remarked about how overweight I was when I was fat, but didn’t mention anything about the weight loss to me. I only heard about something she said through him.
He asked me about how I lost the weight, and after I told him, didn’t take it seriously. He kept calling it the “Flaxseed Diet” and when I kept reminding him about the weight I lost, would reply “Yeah, but it’s not a real diet.”
Same thing with an old boss of mine. When he saw me in the hallway, he’d remark “Why don’t you suck in your gut – oh wait, you are.” When I saw him after the weight loss, he didn’t say much of anything about it.
For the most part, there wasn’t a strong positive reaction. Some people even said they didn’t notice I had lost weight.
Ironically, the ones who said I didn’t need to lose weight were the ones who were the most excited about the weight I lost.
But the majority of people either didn’t have a reaction or minimized what I did, even though they kept rubbing in how fat I was almost every chance they got.
So, to those who finished the diet, what’s been the reaction from the people around you?