Tonight I was out on my walk/jog (or as Erica puts it, my "wog") and a woman getting her mail said, "I just have to tell you, I see you every day when I'm coming home from work, and I think, 'I wish I had her determination.'"
Well, goodness. That's pleasing, isn't it?
It does take a certain determination to exercise FOR HEALTH, ANYWAY when the body isn't responding with aesthetic changes, and in fact increases appetite considerably to compensate for the Worrying EXERTION. It takes a certain---and I am just going to come out with the word, even though it's about myself---BRAVERY, to expose one's not-aesthetically-perfect body to teenaged boys who drive by in cars yelling out the windows "YEAH, RUN FATTY RUN!!"---and to people who don't yell it, but think it. It takes a certain deliberately-put-on-despite-not-feeling-it thickness of skin not to give up when it is made ABUNDANTLY CLEAR that it nauseates people to see fat people even WALKING ACROSS A ROOM---let alone EXERCISING, my GOD, the SWEAT and the JIGGLING, GROSS!!! Why don't they just STARVE themselves like NORMAL people??? It does indeed take DETERMINATION to keep exercising when people are saying that if other people were being HONEST they'd be THIN. It takes a certain OOMPH to continue exercising when other people assume that if you're fat, you never exercise and you don't know how to eat right.
There is not a lot of positive feedback for people who exercise but do not as a result of it become thin and "fit." The reaction at first is HIGHLY FAVORABLE ("Oh good, you're finally working on that problem!") but if the weight doesn't come off, the reaction can be aptly described as "Um, points for trying, I guess?"---with the obvious assumption that the person must be eating fast food six times a day to counteract the fitness that would otherwise present itself in the form of an Awesome Bod.
I guess what I'm saying is two things:
1) I'm pissed that "rockin' abs" is considered wayyyyy better than "determination."
2) I'm nevertheless so pleased to get praised for "determination."
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