Haters are everywhere. It's hard to avoid the when you open your life up to the public on social media - blog, Twitter or Facebook. Having such an open forum allows anyone - and everyone - the ability to voice their opinion. While most of the Fitness/Heath community online is one based on support. motivation and love - there are some people who will sneak in ... and hate.
But online isn't the only place to find people who want to put others down - it happens in the real world as well.
For the most part, my friends and family have been extremely supportive throughout my weight loss and fitness journey. But every once in a while the nonbelievers and backstabbers shine through.
It starts with little backhanded compliments ... the self-deprecating comments that are really a slight at you ... the "why don't you just have some? you said you can eat whatever you want on Weight Watchers" ... the "do you really need to go to the gym again ... etc.
Have you experienced these instances?
If you haven't, I hope you never do.
But, more likely, we all have at one time or another.
The important thing is how we handle these haters...
My immediate reaction when I encountered one in person last week was to drop kick the person. Ha! Okay not really, just maybe in my head. :P
I was a little stumped on what to do. But, I just nodded along as they spoke - not letting on how the tiny comment they made had hurt my feelings.
Instead, I took my feelings out on the pavement. I took their words and channeled them into a workout ... and let me tell you! Wow, I felt more empowered on that run than I had in a little while. :)
Instead of letting the negative comments take me down, I chose to be the bigger person and remember:
I'm Freakin Awesome!
No one can take that away from me - or you!
We are making positive changes for ourselves.
We are doing this for us.
They may be projecting their own insecurities on to us. They may be jealous of what we have accomplished. They may be unhappy at work.
Whatever the reason ... don't let their words bring you down.
We control our own destinies!
How do you handle the haters?