I saw a quote from motivational speaker Jack Canfield that struck a chord with me.
He said “What others think of you is none of your business.”
That’s easier said than done for many of us. I’ve been guilty of being a people pleaser in the past. There was a period in my life when I focused way too much on what people thought of me, and that censored so much of my words, interactions and decisions.
But I’ll tell you one thing. Embarking on this 100-pound weight loss journey, especially in the public eye, will teach you to grow some thick skin, or sink under the weight of other people’s opinions.
I lost close to 70 pounds before I started sharing my journey with News 3 viewers. I hesitated to do so, because I was so worried about what people would think about my journey.
Oh, she won’t keep it off.
Who does she think she is, giving out weight loss advice?
Or, what if I was out eating a treat meal and people called me a hypocrite?
I went on and on in my mind about what other people could say. Then, God used my Mom to speak into my life. She said, “Baby girl, if your journey helps just one person, who cares if a million people don’t like you?” She was right. Since then, I’ve made much of this health and fitness journey an open book. The highs, lows, good days, and bad days. The one percent of negative comments I get (I haven’t lost enough weight, or I share too much) is totally worth the 99 percent of positive, this is changing my life kind of messages and emails I get every week.
It’s an unfortunate fact that people will judge you on a weight loss journey (or on any journey for that matter). First they say you need to lose weight, and then turn their nose up when you’re eating a kale salad. Good Lord! No matter what you do, people will have something to say.
Galatians 1:10 says “Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people?”
In the end, only what you and God thinks matters. What others think of you, is none of your business.