Our expert says:
If I understand you, you are being bothered by the negativity of others ? And primarily your over-controlling mother ? Its unfortunate that you work in the same company, but you are married and presumably not living with her. Its unlikely that you will be able to change her behaviour - which she probably sees as only helpful and only meant to be in your own best interests. And at her age, such major changes in the interfering habits of a lifetime is unlikely.
Fortunately, that is not necessary. Firstly try wherever possible just not to inform her of things not her business - why tell her you have chosen very sensibly to start an exercise program ? Who cares what she thinks of the idea - its not her health you are improving, but your own. And when she does offer unsolicited and unhelpful advice, just ignore it ; listen with half an ear ( so you can choose suitable points at which to say : "Really ?" and "Uh-huh!", and pay not attention to it. Treat it like a neighbour's dog barking - something that doesn't deserve your attention let alone for you to worry about what is being said.
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