Archive for April, 2011

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healthy.

April 18, 2011

If there’s one thing I dislike, it’s having the boundary between my personal life and my work life blurred. There are all sorts of situations where this might happen. And sometimes, its unavoidable and you just have to go with the flow. But there are other times when work should be work and the rest of my life should be mine. My specific situation in this case is getting unsolicited health advice – in other words, being forced (or guilted) into healthy habits.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for being healthy and promoting healthy lifestyles. If companies want to make smoking counseling and Weight Watchers programs available to their employees, that’s fantastic. If you want to put healthy food options in the cafeteria or display nutrition information, that’s also great. But I don’t need to be told in a company meeting that milk is better for me than soda, that I shouldn’t eat cookies every day, that I can save X calories if I don’t get a bun with my cheeseburger. And I don’t want large signs to indicate which is the healthy lunch option versus the less than ideal (but you know more delicious) option. It creates a terrible, unnecessary judgement (and I judge everyone).

See, we’re all adults. If I choose to eat something unhealthy and I’ve got the nutrition information right there for me to look at, then I’m making that choice. If I’m a smoker and I’ve heard all the facts, it’s my choice to keep smoking. Personally, I love french fries, and cream soups, and fried anything, and cheese. But I am well aware of what some people think when I want to go to McDonald’s to get chicken nuggets. Just as I’m aware those people don’t know I go to the gym 5 times a week, or that I take multi-vitamins (kinda), or that I rarely have dessert or sweets in general. Because all they’ll see is that I eat terribly.

It is not my company’s job to convince me to be healthier. Even worse, any discussion of healthy options and weight usually leans toward the “don’t be overweight” line. Which quite often comes across as “lose weight”. It never just focuses on “be healthy”. It will never target other unhealthy habits. Well, I don’t need to be told to lose weight and I don’t need to give up my hamburgers.

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heels.

April 11, 2011

All girls look better in high heels. Exception being when the girl is so uncomfortable or her heels so high that she can only teeter around looking like she’ll fall over – then she just looks uncomfortable. But even then, if she stand still, she’ll still look good. My friend commented that she thinks guys don’t notice shoes enough that heels are worth it. I, however, firmly believe they notice the difference – they just don’t know it’s the shoes.

Now all that being said, it seems like maybe I should wear heels more often. Because I hardly ever do – even when I’m dressing up. This happens for several reasons. First, I usually plan to be on my feet for an extended amount of time. Dancing, walking significant distance, standing for hours – not fun activities if you’re in uncomfy shoes. Second, I don’t like being too tall. And since I’m average height, if no one else wears heels, then I”m too tall. Third, heels + snow + ice is just asking for trouble. Fourth, even if reasons 1-3 weren’t an issue, I just don’t go that many places where I need to dress to wear heels. It would look awkward, despite the fact that I would look awesome.

Anyway, I did have to go shoe shopping the other day though. For heels actually. But my high heel buying was somewhat thwarted when I learned that the shoes that will stay on my feet without straps are size 5.5. For anyone who doesn’t realize, that’s quite small. As in “most stores don’t carry many 5.5 shoes” small. On the positive side, this means I can buy almost all my shoes on sale. On the down side, well, there’s a lot of shoes I can’t buy. And so I have somewhat given up on my plan to wear more heels.