Thursday, February 9, 2012

Me and the Skinny Salesgirl

I'm going to preface this post with the fact that I'm not a skinny girl.  I'm not obese either. I'm actually in the range of the national average size of a woman.  I'm not fooling myself.  I can definitely stand to lose weight and get in better shape, but I don't stand out in the crowd because of my weight. That's why they call it average. (Of course, I don't want to be average but that's another post on another day.)

Over the course of 20 years I've tried many different diet pills and most of them have had a negative effect on me. The ingredients hoodia and phenethylaminemake make me jittery or nauseated and actually put me in a bad mood.  The natural diet pills with acai, green tea, etc don't have any negative effects but they definitely do not work. I don't know if Alli actually works because I quit taking it after I almost had a bathroom accident in a parking lot.  With Alli you have to be near a bathroom ALL the TIME and that's just not possible.  I've also tried getting a prescription for diet pills but no doctor is willing to give me a prescription because and I quote "Oh, you can lose it on your own."  Really doc, just one month prescription, please?!?!

3 years have gone by since I tried a diet pill. I thought maybe by now there's a natural version on the market that really works.  So I went to GNC to look for an appetite suppressant and this is what transpired:

After looking around GNC and reading at least 10 different labels I finally decided on a protein shake for women that was a combination of an appetite suppressant, vitamins, and a metabolism booster. I really liked that the product was GMO-free and had a list of ingredients that were familiar. There was no flavor listed so I held up the tube asked the salesgirl if she had ever tried the product.

She said she didn't like the product because it had too much sugar. I looked at the label and the only sugar I could find listed was honey. That really didn't bother me. I told her I was looking for an appetite suppressant that didn't contain the bad stuff like hoodia.

The salesgirl walked around the counter towards the wall of protein shakes and I followed hoping she had the answer. Instead of showing me what I asked about she started pushing the GNC brand Lean Shake.  She said it had less sugar and was lower in carbs.  I said yes, however the price difference is $15 and the label promotes meal replacement, not natural appetite suppressant and I didn't know what half the ingredients were either. Salesgirl said she drinks it for breakfast so she knows it tastes good.  I eyed the salesgirl's very thin frame suspiciously and my eyebrow shot up. I asked her what she was using it for and she told me she was in light weight competition. So now I'm wondering if the product actually works or if she is just working off every inch of fat for competition. She's got motivation. I'm looking for something because I don't have motivation.

I said "Yes, but I want an appetite suppressant and this is just a meal replacement."

Skinny said, "If you use the shake as a meal replacement then you don't need the appetite suppressant."

I looked at the obtuse, young girl and thought to myself, "This skinny chick doesn't understand that I need help with appetite control."  I've had my fair share of meal replacement shakes and after 2 hours I'm hungry again.  So I said "No, I really want an appetite suppressant."

Then she picked a shiny glass bottle off the shelf and handed it to me.  The glass bottle was so pretty and the golden pills inside looked promising.  It was called Ab Cuts. I looked at the price tag of $60 which made me think that this must really work.  I quickly read the label but it didn't say anything about appetite suppressant.


I held the bottle up and asked "What's this for?"
She said, "That's to help you get rid of the fat around your waist and thighs."
My mind screeched to a halt...should I be offended?
I quickly figured no offense since I'm asking about appetite control anyway.  It is what it is, right?
So I flipped the bottle over and it was only a combination of herbal supplements like borage oil and other oils which didn't seem worth the $60.  Skinny pointed out that it was on sale fo $30.  Nope, still not worth it.  Most of the oils listed is stuff I've already taken before. So I put the bottle back on the shelf and again said that I was looking for natural appetite suppressant and it didn't have to be in a protein shake form. Just need something to help me.  She insisted that the Ab Cuts was exactly what I needed and if I also used the Lean Shake to replace 2 meals a day it would help me with my problems.

Wait a minute...what does this skinny girl know about my problems?  Moreover, implying that my stomach and thighs are my problem.  I only told her I was looking for an appetite suppressant.  If there was a pill that would help me with my problems it would be call "Autism & ADD Away" or "Negative People Repellent" or "Forget My Stupid Mistakes" that I could slip into someone's cup.
I know I need to lose some LBs but she was making me feel like I was Jabba the Hut.
At that point I started to feel very uncomfortable and was thankful that another customer walked in.
I told Skinny to help the other customer while I thought about it.  Then I walked around pretending that I was thinking about it, turned the corner and shot out the door.
In the car I told myself I was being too sensitive about her comments and that she was just stating the truth about my hips and thighs.
But even if she was stating the truth it still cut me to the core.
It's times like these when I think about all the stupid stuff I said I was young.
I sincerely apologize to anyone reading this if I've ever hurt you with my words.

So I guess there's still no magic diet pill that has been invented yet and I just have to learn to live with the hungry feeling if I want to lose weight.


3 comments:

  1. Sales Girl is a tool! You are beautiful!

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  2. Please send me a bottle of 1,000 tablets of each listed below:
    * Negative People Repellent
    * Forget My Stupid Mistakes

    I'll repay you somehow :) Let me tell you about what I runs through my head when I have a less-than-charming customer service experience . . . oh wait, that would take all night!

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  3. Slim-Fizz is a distinctive appetite suppressant which contains the groundbreaking fibre Glucomannan, which is a natural soluble fibre derived from high quality fresh Konjac.

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