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 itís the really good stuff, címon itís 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 Iím going to stay on track. He sort of chuckles but doesnít say anything else and wanders away.
Of course by the end of the day, other coworkers are coming by and asking if Iím 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 wasnít going to give in. Donít 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 didnít and Iím not going to be derailed.
I just donít understand why people feel entitled to comment or downright bully others because theyíre trying to be healthy. Of what concern is it to them whether I eat a piece of cake or not?
The worst part is Iíve lost more than 7 pounds in the 9 months since Iíve started in this job and no one has cared or particularly noticed. The only difference now is Iím so close to my goal weight that I'm making an extra concerted and conscious effort. I regret saying anything in the first place.