I’m on day 21 of no eating out! I haven’t had a fast food meal, a take-out burrito, or a dine-in bowl of pasta. Nada. I even turned down free, catered food at the office. There have obviously been some grey areas (milk shakes for instance, cause they’re drinkable), but I’m so proud of how far I’ve come this month.
My coworkers on the other hand, have had an odd reaction. I’ve really scratched my head trying to figure them out, honestly. Here are a few examples of what I’m talking about…
I came into the office with a diet soda in a McDonald’s cup, which I guess could imply that I ate there, but we’d only picked up food for my mom. The drink was merely a convenience from having to make another stop on the way to the office. One of the girls suggested that I was really pushing the boundaries of my rule. I’m thinking that I wrote the rules, I should know when I’m breaking them. But according to her, I’d found a loop hole.
In another instance, we had some really good Italian food catered for some weekend workers (myself included). Before it had arrived, I was told by another girl that I am certainly going to want to give up my plan, because their food is so good. I didn’t budge.
Can anyone explain this to me? These are great people, who have congratulated me on my weight loss so far. What is it about what I’m doing that turns them into doubters and saboteurs? Why do they feel the need to gloat about the good food we are getting? Or suggest that I’m failing when in fact I’m succeeding?
This is not the first time I’ve seen this. I can think of a handful of stories where someone making healthy choices was teased by those around who WISHED they could make the same good decisions. Heck, I’m sure I’ve even done that. I guess someone making bold choices, regardless of the reason, makes others uncomfortable. And then what happens? If you’re threatened, you try to bring the person down to your level – “Here Katie, try this lasagne. It’s so good!” or “You can skip your Saturday run just this once.”
I have to keep MYSELF from saying these things to me- I don’t need my friends saying them too.
Really though, I’m just guessing here. I would love to hear your thoughts!