The Last Straw!!!
Clothes shopping was a particularly unpleasant experience for me with one afternoon sticking in my mind more than others. I was in a store in Croydon looking for a pair of trousers but couldn’t find my size on the rail, the sales assistant serving me radioed through to the stockroom to ask ‘’Have we got these in a 42 waist regular?’’ All the customers within earshot looked round to see who wanted trousers in THAT size and gave me a look somewhere between sympathy and disgust…..that was definitely a low point for me!
I decided after that day that I wasn’t going to go through that again, and would be able to walk into a store and pick up clothes in regular/smaller sizes off the rack (my shirt sizes at the time were 19 inch neck for casual or XXL for T-shirts!)
From that point on, my main driver was to use every single negative I came across along my journey as a spur to help reach my goal. So in essence – Turn every negative into a positive!
It got worse before it got better!
For instance, when I mentioned to one of my gym buddies that I was going to drop from 19 stone to 13, he laughed so hard it made me doubt I could do it, but I filed that memory away in the back of my mind and used it as a driver to help motivate me towards the goal! I eventually lost 7 stone (I now weigh between 12 stone and 11 ½), and my friend was one of the first people to congratulate me and say he had underestimated my determination.
I had a similar experience when I bought the ‘’Insanity’’ workout programme. Again I generated a few laughs, and a few comments like ‘’that’s not for big-boned fellas like you!’’ or ‘’Good luck with that mate, ha, ha, ha!’’ Well again, I completed the programme 3 times, also completed later variations of the programme (Focus T25 & Insanity Max30).
I could go on and on with instances of friends and family being unsupportive, but I’m sure you’ve got my point!
Never let negative comments/people get you down during your transformation journey. You will get these along the way; the best thing to do is use them as motivation to achieve your goals!
Hi, Lou here, I'll be sharing my thoughts and insights via my blog regularly, so please stay tuned!