Awww Shucks

31 Jul

I have to say that I am not really comfortable accepting compliments.  I feel like I should down play anything that I am complimented on as to not seem cocky or full of myself.  You can ask my husband because he would get frustrated with me for not accepting his kind complimentary words with ease.

That being said, compliments of course make you feel good about yourself, and I would be lying if I said that I do not like hearing them especially related to my weight loss and fitness dedication.

Those little encouraging words give you a little lift in self esteem and are really powerful to keep you motivated.  I think it is motivating for different reasons, but a big one for me is I don’t want to make a liar of you.

As crazy as that sounds, I want what you say to me to be the truth not just momentary truth, but period end of sentence truth.

The occasional question from co-workers, who are oblivious to my lifestyle change, about how much weight I have lost, or my husband randomly saying you look so skinny (thanks dear…nowhere near skinny, but I will take it and be proud!) are enough to make me kick tale and take names during my workout.

Knowing how good we all feel when we receive these kind words, I challenge you all to do two things this week.

  1. Graciously accept compliments that come your way.
  2. Do your best to extend compliments to others that you see working to improve themselves.

Those kind words go a long way!

You look marvelous!

7 Responses to “Awww Shucks”

  1. Laina July 31, 2012 at 6:15 pm #

    Excellent post. You reminded me of one of my better Learning Experiences. When I was in college, majoring in music, I didn’t know how to take a compliment AT ALL. After a concert somebody complimented me on my performance and I did my usual “well I screwed up here and here…blah blah blah” thing and one of my professors overheard me. He quietly took me aside later and said, “You know, when somebody compliments you, all you are required to say is ‘Thank you.’ That’s it.”
    It’s stuck with me ever since (20 years now…). So simple, so perfect. I’ve been trying to follow his advice ever since. 🙂 Thanks for your post today, and letting me ramble down memory lane!

    • chirpybleu July 31, 2012 at 7:52 pm #

      That is a great story! Thanks for sharing! What instrument did you play? My husband is finishing up his doctorate in Music Composition. He played saxophone during his undergraduate and masters.

      • Laina July 31, 2012 at 9:33 pm #

        I played flute. Still do, on occasion, too.

  2. L @ Trying Not to be Fat August 2, 2012 at 10:45 pm #

    I’ve gotten better at accepting compliments, it took a while! But a smile and a “thank you” is enough!

    • chirpybleu August 5, 2012 at 7:34 pm #

      Very true! Thanks for the comment and for reading!

  3. missionmightymom August 8, 2012 at 4:05 pm #

    I’ve noticed a lady in my gym that has been training fiercely with a trainer. Her legs are gorgeous. Thanks to you, I will tell her just that tomorrow:)

    • chirpybleu August 8, 2012 at 4:15 pm #

      Awesome!!! I am sure it will make her day!!! Thanks for reading!

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