That was one of the first things my mom said to me when I landed in Bangkok a couple of weeks ago.
“You need to watch the middle-age spread.”
In the Chinese language, there isn’t a politically correct way of stating things like this. You can’t say, “Oh, you’ve filled out a little.” Or, “You’ve put a bit of weight.”
And, people in the Far East are just more direct.
What I love about it is that what they say is to the point. It saves time, and it’s not personal. It’s stating a fact.
Am I “fat” as we think fat is in the west?
Has my body shape changed in the past 6-12 months?
Yes, it has.
I had a really bad shoulder injury, which restricted what exercise I could do.
My hormones are all over the place as I approach menopause.
I have been busy building our businesses, and therefore, haven’t exercised as much as I could (injury, or no injury).
Yes, it does make you wince when someone speaks the truth, but there’s no point arguing, or trying to come up with an excuse.
Own it and move on.
Either choose to do something about it, or let it go.
What truth have you been confronted with recently?