I really do have the smartest, wittiest, most erudite (but not pretentious), caring AND helpful readers/commenters. And sadly, sometimes some of what you guys say gets lost in the shuffle. I do read and enjoy every single comment you guys make (and don’t worry about correcting me – I’m all about the learning! So call me out if I need it!) You all deserve more, I think. So today I’m posting some questions/ideas posed by you that I thought warranted more discussion.
(The pics? Have nothing to do with anything except that they are both simultaneously mesmerizing and cringe-worthy. Love it.)
Also, in my probably-not-qualified-to-give-an-opinion opinion, don’t sweat it about fruits. It’s already awesome that you’re able to satisfy your sugar wants with fruit. I don’t mean to be sexist, but in the conventional thinking of gender roles of the primal hunter/gatherer society, the men hunt, and the women gather. If that is true, then it’s very likely that women consumed far more fruits/veggies than men.
Q: Is there a gender discrepancy in the Primal theory? Should men and women adopt this lifestyle differently?
I work out. I have no problem with that. Sticking to an eating plan is a bigger challenge for me. But I have found in the past that I get frustrated. I work so hard to stick to an eating plan, stay in my calorie range, and I don’t see any results…Makes it very hard to stay motivated.
Q: I can’t tell you how many times I have said this exact same thing (and heard it from so many of you!) What do you guys do to stay motivated through plateaus?
Personally, I’m MUCH more bothered by the fact that in so much mass media today the kids all seem so disrespectful of their parents and the humor comes, so much of the time, from insult jokes directed at loved ones.
Q: Since when did snark become the soul of wit?
My rule for a while now has been “People look like what they do, not what they say they do, when it comes to health and fitness claims.”
Q: On one hand we have this from a doctor. On the other hand we have people who say they do their darndest to eat right and work out and are still overweight. What say you?
The average size for women in the US will ALWAYS be a 10. The reason being, a size 10 is the middle of a manufacturer’s size spread. For efficient fabric cutting, you need the same number of sizes off to either side of the median size (the default is 10). Long story. Anyway, this is why sizing evolves. As women get heavier, the dimensions that constitute the “average size” will increase to match their increasing girth. This explains why we’re not wearing clothes sized to match people who lived in the 1800’s.
Lately, the situation has become markedly worse resulting in so called “vanity sizing” because young people today are much heavier when we were their ages and since they buy twice as many clothes as we do, their financial pull has the weight (no pun intended) to alter the average size manufacturers cut.
In sum, manufacturers are cutting to the mean of consumers buying clothes. It’s not due to vanity sizing that if your dimensions haven’t changed in 20 years, that you’re buying two sizes smaller than you did then. The issue is that the *average*, the mean today, is two sizes larger than we were 20 years ago. The solutions are to:
1. Get your kids on a diet
2. All of us older folks to buy a lot more clothes
3. Buy more expensive clothes. Wealthy people are thinner. If designer and bridge lines didn’t size to their core customer, they’d be out of business. I guarantee a RL purple label size 10, is two sizes smaller than a size 10 at the Gap.
She follows it up with a second explanatory comment:
As a pattern maker in the industry for 25 years, I’ve had time to think about it. Plus, I’m obsessed with the history of body sizing and anthropometry.
I’ve written a great deal about this. A book’s worth in all it’s ramifications. I need to aggregate them and put them in one place. At the close of this entry, you’ll find a list of most of them if you’re interested in pursuing the topic.
Q: Now that you have it from an actual pattern-maker’s mouth (so cool!) – Does this change at all how you feel about the garment industry? The skinny mirrors at Banana Republic?
When I ride my bike or go spinning, I wear padded liners from REI. Underwear with padding! How much better can it get?
Q: Who knew there was such an invention???
I expect your answers typed out in essay form and handed in to me no later than Monday;) Have a great weekend all! I will be camping with the hubby & kids so if I don’t answer your comment right away, it’s because I’m busy chasing my monkeys out of the fire pit.
Thanks to all of you! My life wouldn’t be half as interesting without you:)