I'm still strugging with seeing myself as the world sees me. I try to think of myself as the guy that I want to be, not the guy I have always been. Physically, that is.
Yesterday morning, I headed off to the gym at the hotel. Afterwards, on my way back to the room, I got on the elevator and there was another guy on the elevator also in work out gear. On the next floor, a guy gets on and says "man, look at you healthy guys!" It was really nothing more than a passing comment. Just small talk for the three or four floors we shared the elevator.
It really got me thinking, though, that some stranger looked at me and thought that I was one of those healthy kinda guys. Well, I've never thought of me as one of those kind of guys. I want to be a guy like that, and I trust that my personal friends and family circles see me more and more like that guy, but this random interaction was as validating as much of the kudos that I've received from friends and relatives. The fat guy trying to lose weight is gone. The healthy guy getting healthier is here!