The Chocolate Pushers & The Critics
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
The other day, a coworker offers me some chocolate. No thanks, I tell him. He tries again, but it’s the really good stuff, c’mon it’s in my office down the hall. Irritated, because I had already declined once, I reply firmly, no thank you, I'm working on losing 7 pounds and I've been doing very well and I’m going to stay on track. He sort of chuckles but doesn’t say anything else and wanders away.
Of course by the end of the day, other coworkers are coming by and asking if I’m really trying to lose 7 pounds. Not in a supportive way.
Today, we had cakes and cookies brought in for a meeting. I went straight for the bottled water and nothing else. The admin objects, we ordered gluten free stuff just for you! So I told her that she should have asked me first because I would have told her not to! Then as people were eating, I got the dirtiest looks. At one point people were actually laughing at me.
I WAS MIFFED. I told one person that he could stare at me all he wanted because I wasn’t going to give in. Don’t get me wrong, if I had known in advanced and planned for it, I would have been all over the gluten free treats. But I didn’t and I’m not going to be derailed.
I just don’t understand why people feel entitled to comment or downright bully others because they’re trying to be healthy. Of what concern is it to them whether I eat a piece of cake or not?
The worst part is I’ve lost more than 7 pounds in the 9 months since I’ve started in this job and no one has cared or particularly noticed. The only difference now is I’m so close to my goal weight that I'm making an extra concerted and conscious effort. I regret saying anything in the first place.