I heard something on the news last night that made my jaw drop and stay that way for probably a full minute.
"The average woman in America is now a size 14".
A size 14? Seriously?
A size 14 is kind of up there in the women's size charts. The store I work in sells sizes 2-16. I can tell you right now, size 14 is not the size that needs to be restocked the most often. For almost every woman I know, if they were a size 14, that would be an unhealthy size for them. I am not skinny by any means, never have been. I have been a size 12 and that was BIG (for me). I can't imagine being a size 14.
I do know that some women are on the tall side and sometimes have to wear a larger size than me but are thinner than me. I get that. I also know some women that are six inches taller than me but wear the same size as me or even smaller. So, does this news mean women are getting taller, or are they really getting bigger?
Is it the part of the country I live in that I just don't see size 14 as "average" around here? Is it the lifestyle I live that I just don't run into them? Are clothing manufacturers making their sizes smaller so women are actually having to wear a larger size? I remember a few years ago when the average woman was a size 10. If we keep at it, think what the number will be in the next few years. It seems like a shame to me. It doesn't have to be this way.
ON THAT NOTE...........................
I had to work a baby four-hour shift (in the middle of the day) today and all I kept thinking was, I seriously need to get some type of exercise in today! I was torn between taking Ellen out for a spin and burning lots of calories in a short time, or taking Boomer out for a run in the hills burning less calories in more time.
I chose Boomer!!!!
My favorite bridge at Garin:
We ran for a little over an hour. It was 80 degrees and muggy. I worked up a good sweat and felt much better when I was done. It was definitely the attitude adjustment I desperately needed. The creek is running fast right now. Oh, and the smells from the recent rain were wonderful. Sometimes I just had to stop, stand still and inhale deeply. Over and over. Such rejuvenation!