As we progress in our journeys to better health, we often find ourselves in situations where we want to start conversations with people that we do not know, but are suffering from being obese, Type 2, or some other malady that is in our past.
I figured it would be nice to start a thread where we can perfect and wordsmith conversation starters that can be used via messaging, email or in person that can help get the conversation started, without being totally offensive or politically incorrect.
This would allow people to review this thread to get ideas, before they go into social situations where these encounters may take place.
Here is an example that I developed quickly in the Facebook Forum earlier today; in this case, I used a “Permission Based” strategy:
“You and I used to have a lot more in common than you’d think. I used to struggle with health issues, weight loss, and many other things, as I weighed XXX pounds or kilos at one time. If you ever need someone too talk too, or would like to talk about my own individual experiences, I’d be happy to share with you. However, I don’t want to sound pushy and I don’t sell anything, and I most surely don’t want to ruin a friendship or business relationship, so please disregard me if this is offensive to you. I just want you to know that I’m available in case you’d like to ask questions, or just need someone to lean on or talk to in tough times.”