Friday, April 18, 2008

Fat Girls Jog Too

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)


Anonymous Lael said...

Here Here!
Sing it Sister!
I hate those short little shirts

10:19 AM  
Blogger Roxanne said...


10:51 AM  
Blogger daysgoby said...

(whistling loudly and stomping my feet)

Absolutely hear hear!

10:58 AM  
Blogger badgerdaddy said...

I wish you were in the UK - that's a feature right there...

And as a fat bloke, I know right where you're coming from. x

4:43 PM  
Blogger MsCellania said...

Gosh, your signature line made me roar with laughter, though I'm not sure you made that pun on purpose!

I find that Life is Good t shirts are generously cut. What about Target for their workout stuff?

We have people here who run in short shorts and jogging bras that Really Shouldn't. But, more power to 'em. I never thought that they maybe just put on old stuff as they couldn't find new stuff that fit and figured "Screw it!" and formerly modest shorts are now skimpy shorts...

5:04 PM  
Blogger Caro said...

Lael - Those shorts make me shudder in fear.

Roxanne - Maybe we should start a club.

Daysgody - You can make the picket signs. LOL

Badgerdaddy - That would be a great place to hang my running shoes. I think some of us just genetically have a belly. My nine-year old is starting to look like a barrel on stilts.

Mscellania - Maybe they paid fifty bucks for that exercise gear and it shrunk in the wash. They decided to get their money's worth out of it anyway. :-)

7:47 AM  
Blogger Gingers Mom said...

Can I get an amen?!?!?!

9:10 AM  
Blogger Iamthebookworm said...

Thank you! Thats why I buy t-shirts in the men's department. They are longer and cover my hips and tummy.

7:17 PM  
Blogger Caro said...

Gingers Mom - AMEN!

Bookworm - You are a genius!

9:39 AM  
Blogger paula said...

I hate the stores that have the extra large size that look like they might fit an extra large 10 year old. Bastards.

Um...the clothes makers not the 10 year olds.

6:36 PM  

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