The crazy thing about what I’m about to tell you is that, unfortunately, this is not the first time it has happened to me either.
And I have NO DOUBT I am not the only person this has happened to.
Often, people regularly comment and have opinions just in general but also on our bodies. I should know, I teach a lot of group fitness and have experienced people commenting on my body regularly.
This story is worth sharing so that you remember, you are not alone and I want to help change the way you react to these situations, for your own benefit.
So here is my story.
Someone Asked If I Was Pregnant (And I Wasn’t) Here Is What I Did
A regular member of a class I teach at a local gym approached me after class with a beaming smile on her face. Asking me if I was expecting and looked at my stomach 🤰.
Just so we are clear, no I am definitely not expecting. So it is safe to say I was a little horrified. I giggled acknowledging the fact that this lady was about to be very embarrassed and I politely said no I am not.
She proceeded to tell me that I was much skinner before.
Now before we all get red faced and mad 😡, I genuinely believe she didn’t quite mean it the way it came out.
I wanted to share this story with you for a couple of reasons.
6 years ago, this comment genuinely would have upset me 1000% more than it did today. It would have made me reconsider every single thing I ate over the past week and the training I did. Feel self-conscious about how my body looks and what people think of me.
Don’t get me wrong. I still had my moment. I’m a fairly lean and active person, but bloating through my stomach is in fact an insecurity of mine. I told my friends, we had a good old laugh and a ‘get mad’ party about it.
I am also a lot more confident and happy with who I am now than I was 6 years ago. I knew a couple of things. I knew I had been regularly exercising and moving my body. I knew my cravings were a little higher than normal over the past few weeks. I knew I had really bad cramps when she mentioned it. I knew I was very bloated and that my body had been going through a lot of inflammation over the past week with my arthritis included.
So, when it comes down to it. Who cares what she thought.
I know where I am at and I am happy with that and that is all that matters. Our bodies are also constantly changing and things are happening on a daily basis.
I use health and fitness as a tool to feel happy and proud of myself. If you want to do that too and train with a purpose, I can help (I am a trainer after all). Send me an email and let me know what you are trying to achieve.
It meant, in that particular situation. I could laugh it off with her. Say I definitely wasn’t expecting and make a light hearted joke about wanting to find someone special before I could consider something like that. And let her know it was probably just a little bloating but thanks for being excited about the prospect of a tiny little “wanderer” 👶.
When it comes down to it, she wasn’t entirely wrong to notice that my stomach was definitely inflamed. Her comment on my body wasn’t hers to make but she noticed something and people notice things.
If there is one thing I want you to takeaway from this it is to focus on yourself and not worry or get disheartened by the people around you because how you react is more important for your health and progress then the right or wrong things people say.
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