When I hit the gym it often feels as though everyone around me becomes an instant expert. I can appreciate the desire that they have to help the heavy girl get fit, but sometimes I just want to be left alone to do what I showed up to do.
Some of the unsolicited “advice” I receive is absurd. Someone once told me to drink 600 oz. of water per day. Today someone told me to hang upside down so the blood would start pounding inside my head which would eliminate the desire to eat. At other times they share good advice, but what makes it okay to walk up to a stranger and tell them how to fix themselves?
It seems as though people simply hang out at the gym or lose a little (or a lot) of weight before instantly becoming a self-proclaimed expert. And while I can appreciate the good intentions that accompany the advice most of the time, unless they’ve been in my shoes, I don’t want to hear how easy it is if I just do this or that.
Has this ever happened to you? If so, how did you handle it?