...have you ever gotten a compliment from someone and then immediately apologized afterwards? Or tried to downplay it as much as possible? I'm so guilty of this and it's so unnecessary. Especially genuine, kind compliments from people. Examples:
"Wow, you ran a marathon? That's amazing - you must be a great runner!"
"Oh, no, it's not that hard. And I ran really slowly. I'm definitely not a serious runner!"
"Vanessa, you look great in that outfit! Cute dress!"
"Ugh! Not at all. I look like a mess. I got it on sale. I don't know how to put on makeup."
I know this bugs Tim the most. He'll give me a sweet, sincere compliment and I'm too busy deflecting attention to appreciate the kind words. Blargh. I'm going to try to work on truly accepting compliments. Turns out people are kind of nice and want me to be happy. Fancy that!
Tonight I had limited time for a workout so I recruited Tim for a speedy, high intensity ass-kicking workout We pretended to be happy afterwards:
But let's get real. Posing for that picture was even exhausting. Feeling a little more like this:
The workout was only 35 minutes but it was probably the hardest I've worked in my life. I ran a grand total of 6 minutes on the treadmill - and only for a minute at a time. But the speed was in between 9.5 and 10.3 each time. My legs got to experience sub-6 minute miles and they loved it. Shame my heart would stop after longer than 1 minute at that speed.
Tim and I took turns running our little hearts out for a minute at a time, and then in between did push-ups, planks, walking lunges and crunches. Holy cow it was hard but I loved having a buddy. Thanks Tim! I know I only made it up to 10.3 on the TM because I like competing with hubby! ;)
Do you take compliments well? How do you deal with positive comments?
I rarely just accept them. I think the best way to react is just "thank you." I'm curious - do you always return the compliment? I feel like I do that too, but it's not as genuine if people just repeat it back to you!
Do you run faster/workout harder if someone is watching? Or if you're competing?
Oh, heck yes. If no one is watching I don't see any reason to push myself THAT much. But someone looking over my shoulder at my speed at the gym? WATCH OUT.