I've recently started working with a new team of people. People that don't know anything about me.
This team is young, dynamic, and if I must say very concerned about appearances and healthy living. You walk by their desks and instead of the typical coffee and donuts, they are eating tuna and broccoli, chugging it down with a protein shake.
They don't know that I work out 5-6 times a week. They don't know that I'm pretty disciplined with my eating habits. They don't know that I play volleyball and baseball. And most importantly, they don't know that I used to weigh 267 lbs.
They see a chubby girl.
I always feel like this:
We were out for lunch yesterday, and they started talking about burning off their lunch. I commented something along the lines of "I burned 600 calories at spin, and I have volleyball tonight so I'll be ok"
This was followed by a lot of surprised looks.
Later on in the conversation, the topic of Crossfit came up. I commented that I had just started doing Crossfit.
More surprised looks followed.
I get it. While I don't LOOK super fit, for all intensive purposes, I AM FIT.
Later on that day, I have a somewhat lengthy informal chit chat with one of the "surprised look" dudes. We're chatting about sports, healthy recipes, lunges, skiing, protein powder etc.
As I was getting ready to leave, he was looking at me kinda oddly. I called him out on it, and asked him why. I immediately assume it's something negative.
His reponse: "You're a super cool chick".
1. Be proud of your accomplishments and brag about yourself every once and a while
2. You are your own worst critic
3. Give people the benefit of the doubt; they're not always judging you
4. I am a pretty cool chick