He said it with such genuine conviction that I didn't have the heart to tell him how unflattering was his attempted compliment. I don't blame folks. On impulse, they want to encourage and uplift, and they're only saying the first thing that comes to mind as I approached. After all, I did, in fact, lose quite a bit of weight in my face. Sadly, my face has a high metabolism from active eating while my belly ponders the deeper questions of life. No matter how often I try to encourage my face to share his secrets with my gut, they're both content to keep the status quo. The next time I smile and say thank you, please know that moments after, my every contemplation includes a wrestling match between goodwill and hostility. Guess who wins?