I am lucky to work among encouragers. The 1000 Mile Challenge started at work, so everyone in the office is aware of it, even if they are not participating. Those of us that accepted the challenge each have our own methods for getting to the goal. We keep each other motivated with charts and a friendly competition.
For instance, yesterday one woman realized she'd slipped back more than she thought so she ran two miles at lunch. She lives very close to the office so she was able to go home, change in to running clothes, run two miles, refreshen a bit, and returned to work with some pink in her cheeks. I was proud of her, and also a little envious that she could look so good after a two mile run! We were all proud of her and told her so.
Our Executive Director, my boss, it about as excited as any non-participant. He's constantly asking us how many miles we have. He knows that I get a lot of steps in taking the long way around to where ever I'm going. I can get 200 steps in just going to the ladies' room if I do a lap around the conference room. He thinks it is great. He have even come up with a couple of ways for me to get in extra steps. He suggested more than once a lap around the parking lot. I've agreed as soon as it is warm enough, which could be today.
Every day, I get comments from various co-workers congratulating me on sticking with the plan. The conference room is being called "The Gym" by a few folks. One woman even asked why I wasn't walking down her hall. All in all it has been a very good experience. I am extremely grateful for those people. I know not everyone works in such an environment. But there is one fly in the ointment. There is one woman that is apparently irritated by this.
Initially, she made comments in jest, but they had a barb to them. I'm sure we've all experience that. Knowing that the laughter is not genuine, but to cover up the ugly truth. This woman has actually yelled at me as I've walked around the conference room. Although it is hurtful, I probably could brush it off as she is the only negative voice among the many, if I didn't consider her a friend. Nor is this the first time she's cast aspersions at my weight loss techniques.
If I were doing something harmful to lose weight, I realize it would take a true friend to stand up and point out the error of my ways. Trying to walk 2.7 miles per day is not harmful. I can only surmise as to what the problem is. I think it is because 3 years ago, I was bigger than her and now I'm smaller. She and I started plenty of diets/lifestyle changes/eating plans together in the time we've known each other. I have finally found success. I'm not quite to my goal, but I have managed to keep a large amount of weight off for a couple of years and I'm on my way to my goal weight.
I think that she's frustrated and angry about that. I think she's ruing the lost opportunities. I've tried to address it with her, but she denies it. This whole thing really is very hurtful to me. I felt as though we were genuine friends, but now I fear a fracture in the relationship. I'm not sure if it can be repaired.
I have stopped talking about my struggles with her because I remember how it feels to not be the one losing weight. I remember many times, hearing someone talking about needing to lose 10 or 20 pounds and think I'd love to have that problem. I don't want to add to her frustrations, but I can't live my life walking on egg shells. I know what I'm doing is the right thing. I can only extend my hand in friendship and hope that she is able to come around.
The ASTM recommendations have evolved over time to accommodate a very real trend: vanity sizing. Women don’t want to know their real size, so manufacturers re-label bigger sizes with smaller numbers. In 1958, for example, a size 8 corresponded with a bust of 31 inches, a waist of 23.5 inches and a hip girth of 32.5 inches. In ASTM’s 2008 standards, a size 8 had increased by five to six inches in each of those three measurements, becoming the rough equivalent of a size 14 or 16 in 1958. We can see size inflation happening over shorter time spans as well; a size 2 in the 2011 ASTM standard falls between a 1995 standard size 4 and 6. (This may also explain why smaller sizes are constantly invented. The 1958 standard listed 8 as its smallest size. The 1995 ASTM standard listed a size 2. In 2011, ASTM lists a standard for size 00.)