Haters gonna hate... and I will not tolerate.

Hey ya'll! Time for another Monday update. I have been all over the place this week, with visiting family and working my tail off. I did a pretty good job of sticking to my weekly goals, but I slipped up here & there. I'm typing this as I'm eating a snack-sized-bag full of green jelly beans. (after exercising and eating a great salad for lunch - it won't kill me! ;]) I had fully intended to weigh myself this morning, and - like some kind of omen - my scale batteries were dead. I know I have to face the music sooner or later, but I'm going to be super focused this week - so hopefully that pays off!! :) I am actually thrilled to get back into running, particularly in the mornings. It's starting to look like spring here in New York City, & this morning I went on the most absolutely gorgeous run in Astoria Park. I feel so blessed to have the opportunities that I do and to be in good health all the while! That being said, I do have to address something that happened to me this past week. I was at my gym (which, by the way, is supposed to be known as a judgment-free zone...) when a young man went out of his way to tell me that I looked fat in my workout clothes. This was an unbelievable test - and testament! - to my new self-esteem. The old me probably would've been stunned silent, nodded my head, and cried in private once I got home. The new me? No way. I have worked too hard, both physically and emotionally, to be set back by yet another bully. I looked him in the eye and said, "I didn't ask for your opinion, sir, but I look much better in this outfit than I would have 50 lbs ago. I just ran 4 miles, and you're NOT going to ruin that for me." I wish I could've framed that moment on the wall. As disgusting as this man was for saying that to me, (I can only hope that he changes his public demeanor before karma gets to him) I previously have never had the courage to speak my mind like that. I am not a confrontational person, but this man had no clue what I have accomplished and what I will continue to pursue. I had to stand up for myself, and I did it without apology. After a lifetime of letting bullies win, I finally had the strength to tell one to sit down & shut up. That feels pretty awesome. My goals for this week are to continue drinking water before meals, to (when possible) wake up early enough to run in the morning, and to continue speaking to myself positively. I invite and encourage you to share any goals that you have with me, especially sharing in my quest of positivity. Let's make a difference, you guys. QUOTE OF THE DAY "Don't compromise yourself. You are all you've got." - Janis Joplin.

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