Thursday, November 17, 2011
Honey, does this dress make my butt look fat?
Every man knows his is a minefield of a question. Every woman will ask it, or something like it, sometime. (Yes you do ladies! Don't deny it! Every man here lives in fear of being asked a question like that.)
"Yes, dear. It looks like the rear end of a bus." Ok, she ain't lookin' for the truth.
"No, honey, you are same petite flower you were the day we met." Nope, she knows the truth.
Best answer: "No, dear, that *dress* does not make your butt look fat." What is not said: The french fries, and cheese burgers and cinnabon and Starbucks ... they make you butt look fat, but the dress is not the problem.
When I started WW, She (WMBO) booted me in the butt and ordered me to go. She went with me for a couple of months then dropped off. She didn't like "rah-rah" meetings because she does those at work. She also wasn't losing as fast as me.
In the intervening months, she has taken to her recliner every evening.
Recently she started WW Online. She had joined the YMCA but the convenient one wasn't health-club nice and the new health-club nice one wasn't convenient. So she joined Gold's Gym which is right down the street from her office. Every day for the last two weeks, she's been out the door at 5:00.
I gave her encouragement.
Then yesterday, over the course of the day, I commented on (1) counting points, (2) a WW Video on moving, and (3) asked her if she'd made any progress. It was the first time I have said ANYthing. (Noticing is minefield ... if she has lost, I'm "making a big deal." If she hasn't I'm "insincere." But if I don't notice, I "don't care." Hence the moving target.) Boy did I get in trouble. "If you don't stop bugging me, I may just quit completely." Those few thing came out over the course of the entire day!
Yes she has lost some weight. Yes I do notice. Yes she is satisfied with her progress. But geez.
Adaptability! The rules change. As a guy, I'm use to that. It is up to me to guess ... or know ... when they change and what the new rules are.