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Non-scale Victory . . .

Saturday, February 06, 2021

at least I think so! Those of you who have read my other blogs know that I have "thunder thighs" and struggle with that. Here in Mexico, most women have thin arms and legs. IF they carry weight, it's usually in their belly area. Honestly, among the indigenous people where we work, most are too poor to carry extra weight anywhere. That makes me a HUGE EXCEPTION to the rule (please, no emphasis on "huge"). Even when I was thin, I still carried weight in my legs.

About a week ago, when we were driving through a city, a woman crossed the street in front of me. I remember thinking she had larger legs than most here do, but said nothing. Then Hubby said, "Look at her. She has bigger legs than you do!"

Well, that seemed like a huge compliment to me . . . since I view all of them as having smaller legs than mine. Even when he said it, my reaction was, "Do you think so?" At the end of day I felt like I had scored BIG!!!

Later, I got to thinking that Hubby still referred to my legs as big--just that a Mexican had BIGGER legs than mine. Was it a compliment or not? I say YES! First time that's happened in 15 years here!

P.S. I recall when we lived in Peru, they were even tinier--also short! When we had an American team come to help, I would go home and tell Hubby how delighted I was that even if for ONLY 1 week, I was no longer the largest woman in all of Peru! Am I bad?

There we go again . . . that bad habit of comparison! I try to only compare myself to me.
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    It is a victory for sure!!
    Keep up the great work you are doing :)
    177 days ago
  • no profile photo CD16260615
    I picked up from your last blog you were a missionary. Thanks for explaining where!
    I never thought about how missionaries look to the people around them before! I attended St. Paul Bible College. Which is now Crown College. There were loads on MK and PK and people training to go out as missionaries. I thought of tons of things but never that!
    Woo hoo for NSV!
    177 days ago
  • SHARON10002
    Congratulations on that NSV of thinner thighs. emoticon
    178 days ago
  • JAMER123
    I don't think you were bad. You were making an observation as many others do. Yes ago when we were driving to my MIL's town, stopped at a convenience store to use the BR. A mom brought a little boy into the restroom and he asked her, "Mom, why does that lady have such big arms." Neither of us could give an answer but the observation of a 4 yr. old is statement enough. I had not realized a large portion of my extra weight was in my arms and still is.
    178 days ago
    Yes, it is best not to compare ourselves to others. What a hard habit to stop though!
    178 days ago
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