She Can Lose Weight But You Can’t Lose That Ugly Personality

, , , , , | Working | March 26, 2018

(I have a medical condition that makes it hard for me to keep my weight down. For years, I’ve been able to keep myself around a size 12 or 14. Then, last year, I had a baby and went from a very active job to a sedentary job. Between the two, I gained 60 pounds: 25 from my son and another 35 after I had him. When my son was a year old, I got a new job. I have a coworker who has a lot to say about how I look.)

Coworker: *sees picture of me from before I was pregnant* “Oh, wow! You used to be really pretty.”

Me: “Um… Thanks?”

(We have a client send us 12 pints of ice cream for the office. We have about 15 to 20 people in the office on any given day. My coworker comes back to our area with an entire pint of ice cream.)

Coworker: “Are you going to get any ice cream?”

Me: “Oh, after lunch I might have a little bit.”

Coworker: “Just go grab a pint.”

Me: “No, thanks. I couldn’t eat that much, and I’m fairly sure it’s to share.”

Coworker: “Well, I mean, you’ve already let yourself go, so why not enjoy it?”

Me: *long pause* “Enjoy your ice cream.”

(My husband and I decide to join a popular weight-lifting gym and go three days a week. The first month is hard and I am always super sore.)

Coworker: “Why are you always so sore?”

Me: “I started working out. It will get better as my body gets stronger.”

Coworker: “Why are you doing that?”

Me: “I have a medical condition that causes me to gain weight really easily and makes me more likely to have diabetes and heart disease. Losing weight will make me a lot healthier, and it is the only known thing to help with the symptoms.”

Coworker: “Why are you always so negative? You should just learn to love your body!”

Me: “I do love my body.”

(Later, my husband and I have been going to the gym regularly for two months. I’ve been losing an inch a month around my stomach. One of our friends wants to do a diet for 30 days, so we decide to join her. I’m in the lunchroom eating my lunch.)

Coworker: “That looks good. What is it?”

Me: “Turkey meatballs, steamed carrots, and garlic cauliflower puree with caramelized onions.”

Coworker: “Cauliflower puree? I thought it was mashed potatoes.”

Me: “Yeah, it looks like it, doesn’t it? I’m on a 30-day diet, and I’ve cut out sugar, dairy, carbs, and starchy vegetables like potatoes. So, this is a ‘substitute’ for mashed potatoes.”

Coworker: “I hate diets; they always make you eat rabbit food, and they make you fatter in the end! You can’t keep them up, so why bother?”

Me: “Well… That is true with a lot of diets, but mine is only supposed to be 30 days, not forever. I’m also losing weight without the diet, so I’m just trying to reach my plateau faster.”

Coworker: “Take my word; you’re going to be eating gross food, and you’ll just end up fat, anyway. There is no way you’re going to keep it up.”

Me: “I’ve done this diet before. I would usually do it for ten days every six months just to help reset my eating habits and remind myself that I don’t need bread with every meal. I actually really like it, so I’m not to worried about it.”

Coworker: “Then why are you so fat?”

Me: “I’m going to eat at my desk. I have work to do.”

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