Happy Friday everyone!
I've been reading a lot of blogs lately (being unemployed does have the advantage of giving you FAR TOO MUCH FREE TIME!) Quite a few have had stories that dealt with body image--either the blogger's own concept or the one that society places on us, particularly women. I really thought this would be a good time to share a story about the attitude of some people.
After I left my job at Chrysler, I took a part-time position as a sales associate at a high-end women's clothing store. I worked (left the job last week, but that's another story!) with an interesting assortment of women. We were different ages, some single, some married, some thin, some average and some quite heavy.
One of the part-time girls shared a story with the rest of us about a customer she waited on. Now, I have to say that this girl is one of the sweetest people you'll ever meet. She has a bubbly personality, is very friendly and sincerely wants to help the customer find the right pieces for their wardrobe. If you've ever worked in retail you may know how tough this is, especially if you have sales quotas that need to be met. Well, this customer was not very pleasant. She was thinner than the sales girl but not by that much. This gal had a hard time finding something for this woman. Can't remember but I think she was looking for pants (sometimes impossible to fit perfectly). She brought the woman a pair of pants in a size 10--can't remember the reason for this, it may have been the only pair in that style.
Well, apparently the customer was very insulted. "What do these designer's think, that we're all obese and wearing size 10's or bigger?" OBESE?!?!?!?!?!?!? Well, this poor girl was stunned. "I'm a size 10. You think that I'm obese?" The woman didn't even have the decency to apologize and just walked away, looking just the tiniest bit embarassed by her comment. Believe me, plenty of people would LOVE to look like our size 10 sales girl.
What do you say to people who have the attitude that a normal size 10 is obese? Where did they get the notion that that is an abnormal size? Is it from the mags that show models who are wearing size 0's? COME ON, who wants to be a size 0?
I think it's important to remember why we're doing this challenge, whether we're trying to lose a pesky 5-20 pounds or a seemingly insurmountable number like 100-200 pounds. We want to be healthy! We want to feel good about ourselves when we go out with family and friends. We want to be able to shop for clothes and feel good when we put them on. Reason after reason after reason for why we're doing this.
Don't let people like that woman bring you down. Love yourself and know that you will get to a place you need to be. If you're a size 2--fabulous! If you're a 12--hey, good for you! If you're a 16--fantastic! It's not about numbers, it's about feeling healthy and loving you for who you are.
Embrace your curves and look forward to spring and summer no matter what size you are!
Love and well wishes always!