We all love a compliment. Generally speaking, the best compliments are regarding our intelligence, sense of humor, and appearance... or so I thought. Today I received a compliment. I was jogging with my son in his bright yellow BOB stroller. It's something I've done with him almost everyday in his 2 years of life. We were doing our normal route through our neighborhood when I saw an elderly couple a few houses in front of me. As I jogged by I said "Good morning!" (because true runners are friendly when en route due to excessive endorphin release) and the man responded with "That looks like a tough workout." I replied with something like "He (referring to Jack) likes it." He then kindly said "Well, I admire you." After thanking him, I continued on with my run. I then got to thinking (because what else is there to do during a 4 mile run?!) about what an awesome compliment that was. This gentleman recognized my hard work and admires me for it. Talk about a self-esteem booster!
It's always nice to receive a compliment. To be told you're smart, funny or attractive is always fantastic, but I truly felt content being told I was admired, because it was genuine.
I wanted to share this encounter with you not only to toot my own horn, but to also motivate you. This man made me feel good about what I've been doing, so I want to keep doing it! Don't workout to just fit in your old jeans, or to be your pre-baby weight, because once you get there, what will your motivation be? Workout for the admiration, it's probably the best motivation to keep you consistent whether you're just starting out or trying to stay strong. So wherever you are on your fitness journey, go ahead and be admired!