Dear Exercise Gear Manufacturer,
We need to have a talk, you and I. I fear you are under the delusion that only skinny people exercise. Or maybe you come from another planet, a planet where a size ten is considered extra large.
On planet Earth, a ten is a medium. Perhaps you could size your exercise gear accordingly. If I can go to the store and buy a shirt and pants in extra-large that fit, I should be able to walk over to the exercise section and find an extra-large that fits. It should be that simple.
I don't want to order online or go to a specialty store. I don't want to pay fifty- dollars for something I'm going to sweat in and make stinky. Give me a bloody break. I might be fat but I'm not fifty-dollars worth of material fat.
Not only do I want pants that fit, please take my build into accord. My legs may be skinny but I have a three kid belly that would do the Pilsbury doughboy proud. No amount of crunches or miles logged per week will change my permanent "bump." So please don't design the pants to squeeze my belly like a boa constrictor bestowing the kiss of death. The pants need to gently hold me in while allowing me to breath. Breathing is very important when exercising, don't you think?
And your t-shirts could be cut a bit longer. They don't need to hang just above the belly. I'm not trying to impress anybody while I'm out exercising but I don't wish to make them double over with laughter either.
I am not the only cake-loving fat girl out there huffing and puffing along at the speed of a turtle with a broken leg. There are more like me. I'm quite sure of it.
If we could wear something cute while we are out there sweating, we would be most grateful. Who knows, you might even make some money. Imagine that!
Carolyn (one fed up Mom)