Why does this bother me so much?
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Ok, maybe I just need to vent. I always bring baby carrots, a banana, a peach, an apple, etc. to work for my snacks between meals. Yesterday I forgot them and when I mentioned it my co-worker in the cube next to me said, "Oh, what are you going to do without your rabbit food?" She is always making comments about what I'm eating. I don't know if it's envy that I'm actually doing something about my weight (she is either morbidly obese or very close to it) or what.
She's the kind of person that will eat a rice cake but put 1/4 cup of peanut butter on it and think she's being good. Once we went to Chick-fil-A together and when she heard me order a grilled chicken sandwich with the side salad she got the same...only she put the ENTIRE packet of full-fat dressing (meant for one of their large salads) on her salad and then mentioned how the grilled chicken sandwich just isn't the same as the classic, fried chicken sandwich. Well no, it's not. She will drive around a parking lot looking for the closest space and if she can't find one she'll say, "Well, we'll get our exercise for the day parking a little farther." Don't get me wrong, parking farther is a great way to get more active but I wouldn't count it as my exercise for the day. I could go on and on with examples...
There is another woman in our office that has lost a great deal of weight through a lot of hard work; a nutritionist, exercise, etc. and she looks fantastic. I talk to her often about new recipes, gardening, yard work...things that we both enjoy and are healthy. It really irked me one time when our co-worker told her to not lose any more weight. To me that is something very personal...I would never tell anybody (outside my family-for fear of their health) not to gain more weight.
I don't know if it's just because I sit right next to her and we just get on each others nerves, but that rabbit food comment really just rubbed me the wrong way yesterday. I try to subtly encourage healthy changes in others but I don't feel like it's my place to nag someone into a lifestyle change. I almost feel like this woman is trying to hold others back from being healthy so that her health and lifestyle doesn't seem so bad.
Ok, done venting. Thanks for listening!