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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.

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  • MOLLYJ96
    People tend to make fun of others over things they don't understand or because they're just plain jealous. They probably are focusing on you because you remind them of their own failings at weight loss (or some other goal).

    So don't let it get you down... you're doing a great job! And you are soooo close. Just keep your head held high!
    1809 days ago
    Nice bunch of people your work with - NOT ! emoticon sticking to your plan. Many of us would have buckled under the pressure !
    1823 days ago
  • 2BEHEALTHY2014
    Good for you for sticking to your guns!
    1823 days ago
    Why do all meetings have to include cakes, cookies, or donuts? It seems that they all do. As far as your unsupportive co-workers, just ignore them, as hard as that is. They should mind their own business, but the fact is most people won't. It only gets harder the closer you get to your goal weight because everyone seems to want to weigh in on whether or not you actually need to lose the weight. Even if you had a note from your doctor telling the world that you still needed to X number of pounds people would still have an opinion saying that you don't. The fact is they don't want to face up to their own choices. You making the healthier choice forces them to realize they are making the unhealthy choice, and a lot of people don't want to deal with that. Congrats on sticking with your healthy choices. I hope you have a better day tomorrow.
    1824 days ago
    This happens to me all the time--family does it too. "Oh come on, you can splurge this ONCE." Yea, well that usually gets me off track. I agree with you. People need to be respectful of the struggle and challenges other have and not badger them when they say no.
    1824 days ago
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