Size Healthy Contest

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on February 17, 2010

Good’ay mates!

Great hockey game last night. It is so nice to have some of my favourite Canadian players all on the same team!

I received a great response to one of my answers in yesterday’s FAQ post.

Someone asked me what size I am and I responded, ‘Size Healthy’

Since I recovered from disordered eating, I have tried to stay away from numbers. I never liked the number on clothing. It is so inconsistent and it varies so much by the store. I could walk into a clothing store and leave upset because I wasn’t the size I thought I should be. Some stores have vanity sizing and in some stores the clothing runs really small. You just can’t win!

I think it is important to realize that sometimes the number really is just a number. The number on my clothing does not reflect how happy I am. When I was struggling the most with my eating disorder and when I was the smallest in body size, I was also the most unhappy I have ever been. A small number on one’s clothing does not necessarily equal happiness.

The tag on my pants now reads healthy because I know that I am being good to my body and that is all that I need. I know that the size my body is at today, is the size that it should be. I eat when I am hungry and I stay active and challenge my fitness. My confidence has also gone way up since I started being nice to myself and not expect perfection.

I thought it would be a really fun idea to write this message on my pants!

I took a black permanent marker and went to town. It was actually really liberating and fun…

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Size Healthy Contest:

I thought it would be fun to have a little contest today!

My challenge to you is to take a permanent marker, write ‘size healthy’ on your clothing tag(s)!


1) Email the picture to me: angela [at] Make sure the subject says SIZE HEALTHY CONTEST.


2) Post about it on your blog and email me the link to your post: angela [at] Make sure the subject says SIZE HEALTHY CONTEST.

The prize:

THREE lucky people will receive a gift certificate worth $15 CAD for Glo Bars!!! Draw will be random.

Contest ends: Friday Feb 19th, 2010 at 8pm EST.

I’m going to have a big size healthy blow out post after the contest is over featuring your pictures!


I’m curious about your thoughts on these questions:

  • Do you think there is too much pressure on women today to attain that size 0 or even 00?
  • What do you think about vanity sizing?
  • Have you ever been asked by someone what size you are?

The next time you are asked what size you are…you can say with a big grin on your face ‘SIZE HEALTHY!’ :)


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Heather (Heather's Dish) February 17, 2010 at 12:01 pm

I LOVE THIS. I will be emailing you my picture shortly and have a post up a little later. You’re so encouraging!


Christie @ Honoring Health February 17, 2010 at 12:02 pm

What a great contest!

I do think there is too much pressure on women to be the perfect size, whatever in the heck that is and I think vanity sizing just perpetuates it.

Yes and it always bothers me. I’m just not sure why it matters.


Jenny February 17, 2010 at 12:03 pm

I’m going to do this right now!! (after my comment)

I think sizes in stores are awful. I know that depending on the store, my sizes can be wayyy different, so I try my best not to pay attention to them. It’s still discouraging though, I think just because of the mindset that is out there today. But since starting my recovery, I have become so much healthier in my thinking about clothing sizes. I look at some jeans now, and think, “wow, I feel sorry for the girl who can wear those.”

Size healthy is a wonderful sentiment :)


Jocelyn @ Peace.Love.Nutrition February 17, 2010 at 12:04 pm

Love this idea!! I was the same way with my disordered eating- I was my thinnest but not my happiest! Can’t wait to see all the photos- would submit mine but I’m in Puerto Rico for the week : )


Estela @ Weekly Bite February 17, 2010 at 12:04 pm

What a great idea!!! I’m going to enter :)


Diana February 17, 2010 at 12:05 pm

Yes there is far too much pressure to be a size 0 or 00!!
I don’t really care how stores size their stuff. Like you say – I know I’m the size I should be!
I have been asked my size before – It doesn’t really bother me and I answer truthfully.
I think this is a GREAT idea and I will be marking and photographine tonight!!! I hope I win!


Sara February 17, 2010 at 12:05 pm

What a great idea!!! I struggle with my “size” all the time. Sometimes I feel really good going into a store only to find out that my “size” has not changed or it’s even gone up and it makes me so upset (grrrr).

I’m still struggling with this


Ashley February 17, 2010 at 12:06 pm

Ohh my word…I’m just imagining you inbox in a couple of hours, lol ;) I have pants that vary up to THREE’s quite ridiculous! I also go by how my jeans feel..and not by the scale. Love this!


Kelsey February 17, 2010 at 12:06 pm

this is the best idea ever!


Emily February 17, 2010 at 12:07 pm

i think it’s hilarious (in that sad way) that one of the size descriptions is “normal”. what is normal, anyway?
i do get asked what size i am, but only because i’m detoxing and healthy-ing up my lifestyle all the time and i have a lot of long distance friends who are supporting me.


Mandy February 17, 2010 at 12:07 pm

Love it!

I can totally relate going into a store and coming out upset. My “size” can differ by four sizes depending on the store. Frustrating…


[email protected] Two Lives, One Lifestyle February 17, 2010 at 12:11 pm

I love the idea~ I will do this later when I’m at home! I think there is a lot of pressure for a certain size and can admit to feeling that pressure. There is a size I have in my mind that I don’t like to buy although I know it’s totally silly. We all hold weight and muscle differently so there is no way a pants size can be a universal metric of a body. I haven’t bought new pants in awhile (for budget purposes), probably since I really started reading blogs and internalizing the body acceptance message that is so prominent. I am training for a MARATHON- does it matter if I’m a 2 or a 10!? My body is letting me do amazing things!


Carrie February 17, 2010 at 12:13 pm

I’ve never felt pressure to be a certain size in clothes, but I’ve certainly wanted to change the shape of my body before. At this point in my life (I’m 35), I just focus on maintaining good habits. I can’t change my genetics but I can do my best to stay healthy. I try to remember how lucky and grateful I am for a body that works. :)


Stacy Cina February 17, 2010 at 2:03 pm

I’m with you. I’m 37 and though I’m healthy and fit, size just doesn’t matter anymore. I just want to have healthy habits for a healthy mind, body and spirit. People get so caught up in their weight and physical health, they forget about the spiritual health that should come with it. About a year ago, I was the thinnest I’ve ever been due to some health issues. I didn’t like how I looked and was shocked when my girl friends would tell me how good I looked….I was miserable.


Stacy Cina February 17, 2010 at 2:05 pm

And sizes are so nonstandard now how can they mean anything? I have 3-4 different sizes in my closet – by the same designer/clothing company…


Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg February 17, 2010 at 12:16 pm

Such a great post!!! You’re so right– my size can vary SO much from store to store. It’s not about numbers, it’s about the way you feel!


Nikki T February 17, 2010 at 12:16 pm

Lovin’ the SIZE HEALTHY idea!!


Chloe (Naturally Frugal) February 17, 2010 at 12:17 pm

Awesome idea Angela! I love how you are embracing what is right for YOUR body, instead of an arbitrary number on a clothing tag. What a wonderful idea.


Angela February 17, 2010 at 12:17 pm

I love this I’m going to be doing this for sure!


Brooke February 17, 2010 at 12:18 pm

I love this idea!!!! I have struggled with eating disorders for a very long time. I am now in recovery but when I was in treatment and bought new clothes the first thing I did was cut out the tag that had the size in it. Only downfall to that is I have forgot what size they were and had to try on different sizes at the store when I bought new ones. However, it was well worth it to not have the size staring me in the face every day. I am off to go write “SIZE HEALTHY” in my jeans!!!!


Ashley February 17, 2010 at 12:22 pm

This is a great idea! After I recovered from my ED and went up a size, I was devastated. I felt so overweight already; unfortunately, since I was between jobs I couldn’t afford to buy any new pants, I also had to keep wearing my too-small clothes which only added fuel to my “I’m so fat” fire! Now that it’s been a year I realize that the size I was at was unhealthy and that I look better at this size…at the beginning, it was a nightmare.
I absolutely hate the idea of a size 0, not to mention 00. Why doesn’t it start at 1?!?! The idea that 0 is “perfection” is ridiculous. It’s completely unhealthy for most people! I was a 0 in middle/early high school, but *surprise*, once I finally grew hips they became impossible to fit into.


Ameena February 17, 2010 at 12:23 pm

What a great idea. There is definitely a lot of pressure to stay in the single digits! You know what is interesting? Sizes in Canada are much more realistic than here. A size 2 here equals an 8 in Toronto. I am always amazed at the number I wear there versus here.


manda michelle February 17, 2010 at 1:08 pm

what?? i am shocked to hear that!!! i had no idea the huge difference. i can see why people would be upset about the sizing issue. just goes to show that size doesn’t matter one single bit. they can put any number on a pair of jeans, but you’re body is the same shape.


Tiffany February 17, 2010 at 12:29 pm

I love this contest!! So inspiring! I am going to get my “size healthy” on when I get home from work tonight! Woohoo!

As a small and short woman, I feel pressure within MYSELF to be a size 0 or 00, in addition to outside pressure. I’m 5’1″ and I’m afraid that people would think differently of me if I were anything larger than a 0. When I was at my smallest and most unhealthy weight, I was indeed a 00. I now realize that was too small, even for a tiny petite woman. I do wear a 0 now in some stores, but I also fit into a 2 at others, and am at a much healthier weight. I go by how my clothes of various number sizes fit, rather than what number it actually is. Thank you for bringing this up!


liane February 17, 2010 at 12:37 pm

I will do this tonight when I get home :)
I’m a little afraid for you and your inbox, it’s going to be a crazy scene today with all the (fantastic) pictures flooding in!

PS. I love my GAP Long and Lean jeans. LOVE THEM!


LindsayH February 17, 2010 at 12:39 pm

that is such a great idea! you can actually get custom-made clothing labels (like for people who have etsy shops and stuff to put in their wares), that would be such a cute idea too!


Meredith February 17, 2010 at 12:40 pm

I googled vanity sizes to learn more about them and got a list of standard sizes for bathroom vanities lol..

I love the size healthy idea! I find that I notice the discrepancy in sizing the most when I shop at Winners. The numbers on the clothes are soo useless, you’ve got to eyeball everything to tell if it’ll fit. Annoying.


Meredith February 17, 2010 at 12:53 pm

Vanity sizing actually reminds me of the controversy over nutritional information/recommended serving size on food labels. Both use unrealistically small portion/dress sizes to make people feel better about what they’re buying, and play into an unhealthy focus on the things we consume!


Kristin February 17, 2010 at 12:44 pm

I just love reading Oh She Glows because it always makes me feel goof about myself! You are so encouraging, Angela! I don’t feel pressured to be a size 0. I think I sometimes put those pressures on myself but no one in my life projects that onto me.


Angela @ A Healthy FIt February 17, 2010 at 12:45 pm

What a great idea! I am always so hung up on a number even though I know how silly it is. Can’t wait to take a sharpie to my tags and also post on my blog!!!


Shannon February 17, 2010 at 12:50 pm

I love your improved labels! I have been asked what size I was before, and it really bummed me out. It was the first phone conversation between my (then) future college roommate and me. We were getting along really well, and I was so so excited to meet her, up until she asked what size clothes I wore. I was a good deal heavier then and probably wore a 16 or 18, and was way too embarrassed to say that. I said something about being “big” and she said “oh, like a 12?” I was so embarrassed – how do you tell someone who’s never seen you that you’re heavy? Fortunately she is NOT a superficial person (she was just wondering if we could share clothes), and we are still best friends now, 9 years later.


Lauren February 17, 2010 at 12:51 pm

Vanity sizing just KILLS me. When I go in a store and end up buying a size 4 in jeans despite that fact that I know I DO NOT wear such a size, it doesn’t make me feel better about myself in the least. It makes me feel about a million times worse, because I feel like I’ve just been coddled. It’s as if the company has held my hand, patting me on the head, and said in the most sugary voice possible, “It’s okay sweetheart. We see that you’re not tiny. But how about we just play pretend for today? Using your imagination is fun!” But it isn’t fun; it’s not fun at all.


Jenn @ Livewellfit February 17, 2010 at 12:56 pm

What a fabulous idea!!! I will be posting on this TODAY! :)

Vanity sizing, sizing in general is something I wish we could do away with! If I had the money, I would hire a tailor to come and custom make all of my clothing! That way my only size is MY SIZE! It’s me, my body, my size regardless of what that means to anyone else.

I can remember at my lowest size when I was struggling with such disordered eating that I bought the smallest size jeans you could in GAP. I came home, put those guys on and never felt more horrible about my body. 20 pounds earlier I would have told you that if I ever reached that small size…life would be perfect. Well, life was actually much worse at that size.

That was a turning point for me but it took another 8 years for me to fully recover from my disordered eating. my heart goes out to all the ladies and gents out there struggling with similar battles. Size means nothing. Balance, health and peace of mind is what really provides your soul the happiness it needs!


Christy February 17, 2010 at 12:58 pm

What a great idea! I used to get hung up on the size number on the tag, but over time I learned that if it fits you properly, you will look your best.

I have been cutting the size out of my pants in case I have a bad day and see a number I don’t like. From now on I will be using your method :)


manda michelle February 17, 2010 at 1:02 pm

I don’t feel pressure to be a size 0, because I know my body type and for me to be a size 0 I would have to be hospitalized I’m sure. But I always want to ‘lose weight’. I have never been satisfied with my size and know I can be healthier, which is why i read blogs as encouraging as yours! I think I put the pressure on myself to be healthier, not just smaller, but I am definitely a victim of marketing and its hard to look past it in real life. Ie, i have 3 brothers and all three of them have always had GF’s who are underweight super skinny. seriously.

I think vanity sizing sucks when you go to a store that doesn’t do it! lol.

The only people to ask me my size have been sales associates at stores. I wouldn’t be offended if anyone did though, and I’m sure only my closest girlfriends would ask, and i have no shame in telling.


Sarah February 17, 2010 at 1:04 pm

What a wonderful idea! I read your post last night, and gave you mental applause for saying “size healthy”! I’m going to do this to my pants tonight!!

Also: the 2nd to last picture you have there, it looks like the style of your pants are “Chewy” which made my laugh into my soup!


Mellissa February 17, 2010 at 1:08 pm

I love the size healthy! But… as a smaller person who happens to be a 0/2, I am HEALTHY. I just happen to be small, I workout to be healthy, I eat (A LOT!) and that is my natural size. I have had people say very mean things about my size, especially when younger and I was very thin.

Please remember that there are people who are small and healthy. I do not have disordered eating, I eat what I want and try to live my healthiest life possible.


Kristen February 17, 2010 at 1:10 pm

Size “0” confuses me…does it mean no size? I’ve never understood how there can then be a size even smaller than “0”…

But that’s beside the point. Love the size “healthy”. I’ll have to start marking my clothes :)


walnuts February 17, 2010 at 3:08 pm

haha it is funny to call it 0… like “so small she doesnt exist”.
i know some women are naturally a 0 and healthy that way so i dont want to hate on that. but for the rest of us who are healthy at a larger size, if you want some amusement, just ask a guy what he thinks of “size 0”.
we are so wrapped up in sizes and measurements its funny to realize that its such a foreign concept to guys. we discussed it in one of my classes and the guys were like “what? what do you mean 0? how can a size be a 0? does that mean the girl is microscopic?”


Susan February 17, 2010 at 9:31 pm

I totally agree with the above point, I think it’s women that put pressure and competition on other women to be the smallest size possible. Men don’t care and seem to like women of all sizes etc.


Amanda February 17, 2010 at 1:16 pm

OMG… I am doing this as soon as I get home! I struggle with this. So badly I can’t get myself to go buy new jeans. I need them in a bad way but the thought of having to pick “my size” makes me well want to curl up into a ball and hide. I mean I am hiding from myself since no one sees the size of my pants but I just can’t get myself to the store. I have needed jeans for months!
People always think I am smaller than I am, so when they say “oh what size are you, like a zero” it makes me think that I should be a zero (which I totally am not). I feel ashamed at my big size because they think Im smaller.

:) thanks for the awesome advice!


Kate February 17, 2010 at 1:17 pm

This is such a great idea!!! I absolutely love it!

I think there is a huge pressure on women to be a size zero jeans. Since overcoming my disordered thoughts, over the years I haven’t been concerned with numbers either. I don’t even own a scale!

Vanity sizing, I believe, could be making the issue worse. It’s like saying “you should be this thin in real life but you’re not and you’re a failure.” Maybe not that extreme but possibly for some!

I actually haven’t been asked by someone what size I am, I’ve been told and they were way off (thinking I was smaller than I am). It upsets me because I don’t base who I am on the size of my jeans and don’t want other people to do it either.


Jessica @ The Process of Healing February 17, 2010 at 1:23 pm

LOVE this post!!! I think that it’s a fantastic idea! Sizes are so inconsistent… I hate vanity sizing actually. I don’t even know my size because it changes based on where I’m shopping. I think there is major, major pressure on girls to be a size 0… it’s ridiculous. And size 00? There are very few people that small (naturally so) and it’s silly to try to attain to that.


Paige @ Running Around Normal February 17, 2010 at 1:28 pm

Such an awesome concept and contest! I’ll totally participate! I’m size healthy :D


Ashlei February 17, 2010 at 1:30 pm

I love this post! I used to be completely obsessed with sizes and weights and all that jazz that the media is always talking about, but you’re right, when I was at my smallest I was at my most unhappiest as well. Small size does not equal most happy! Thanks for this amazing post (and the cool contest too!)


Miriam February 17, 2010 at 1:32 pm

Size 0… even with bones and skin and no muscles, I’d never fit into size 0. And I don’t mind. Really. And I am not comparing myself to anyone, I put all my energy on working to be happier, stronger, healthier, better… towards myself. Nobody ever asked me what size I wear and I’ve never asked anyone either, it is really the last of my worries to care about other people size! My sister (who is a year younger than me) is very much thinner and smaller than I am, I don’t care : I always go shopping with her and I never find myself comparing or been somehow ashamed of asking for a jeans a couple of sizes bigger. We’re both healthy, we’re both sexy : different frames! Been healthy = confidence = sexiness! Rock size healthy!


Emilyeatsclean February 17, 2010 at 1:39 pm

I love, love, love this!!!! Good for you!!! I also love that if you look at all your tags….they already said…long and lean, curvy, regular/normal…..all those sound great to me too!!!!!



td February 17, 2010 at 1:44 pm

I think it’s neat that most of your clothes (at least the size healthy ones!) are Made in Canada. It’s pretty hard to find Made in USA clothes unless I hit up the pricey stores like Barneys. Even the Gap stuff in the US are mostly imports from China/Mexico/etc.


Mrs. LBD February 17, 2010 at 1:47 pm

Angela, thank you for doing this. I actually was a size 0 a year and a half ago and was so happy to be emaciated, despite my failing health. My recovery has brought 20 lbs. back on my body and I am back to the curvy person I was before I starved myself. Every day I look at the size label on my skirts, and feel bad about the hundreds of dollars of size 0 clothes in my closet that don’t fit anymore.

Thank you- I needed this.


Ally (Exercise and Pies) February 17, 2010 at 1:55 pm

I’m in recovery from an ED as well and it’s a long AND hard process. I go to therapy weekly and I love the ‘healthy size’ campaign you have going on.

I know what size I am now and it’s not the Abercrombie 00 I though would bring me happiness (i threw it out don’t worry) but half of my pants actually have the size cut out of them. I donated my ED sizes and i’m at a healthy size now… its hard not to fall victim to sizes and sometimes I do get down on myself but i’m so much happier these days. I still slip up, but its not about perfection, its about progress.

I love your blog and this just confirmed that you are an awesome role model


Katie @ Health for the Whole Self February 17, 2010 at 2:03 pm

Such a great idea! When I was working on recovering from my disordered eating, I cut the tags out of all of my clothing so I would stop obsessing over the numbers. It made such a difference!


Michelle February 17, 2010 at 2:05 pm

I love, love, love this idea! I definitely wrestle with size and my weight a lot. I always say that it doesn’t matter and that I’ll cut the size labels out of my clothes when I get them, but that number really does mean a lot to me. Which is so silly, because it’s meaningless! I’m taking the plunge when I get home!


Karilynn February 17, 2010 at 2:06 pm

I have recently come to the conclusion that size is SOOOO overrated. I used to imagine there is a perfect size and have to admit that after a year of losing weight.. changing sizes got me giddy. NOW I know that life isn’t about your size… neither is weight loss. I changed my focus from “Losing weight” to GAINING HEALTH!! And that’s where I’m at! I LOVE THIS CONTEST!! Isn’t being healthy what its REALLY about?


Ellen February 17, 2010 at 2:17 pm

Apparently I am a size 2 at Old Navy! Their sizing is wack!


Veronica February 17, 2010 at 2:23 pm

I really like your “size healthy” idea because my healthy is different than your healthy. I’m short with curves, you seem taller than me and have a leaner shape – both are perfect. It is unrealistic to compare our pant sizes because our bodies are shaped differently. I really like “size healthy.” Totally using it :)


Jenna February 17, 2010 at 2:24 pm

youre so full of wonderful ideas!! i love this! the sizes are so crazy! Its very frustrating! You feel so great buying pants at old navy (they run large) and so f*t and *gly buying pants at Guess, bcbg (their sizes run SMALL) its just craziness….


Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine February 17, 2010 at 2:33 pm

I LOVE THIS IDEA! I’m so sick of the “size” emphasis. I’m pretty thin, and I’ve had so many people asking me what my size is…an acquaintance of mine actually pulled my tag out once when I wouldn’t tell her what it was! Can’t wait to do this!


Cole February 17, 2010 at 2:39 pm

I LOVE this post! I think size is ridiculous and we should all just focus on nourishing our bodies and not stressing ourselves out on little details that don’t matter


Amy @ Everything is Homemade February 17, 2010 at 2:42 pm

Such a great idea! I have to remember to do this when I get home tonight (after my healthy workout!).


Not Your Aunt Bea February 17, 2010 at 2:49 pm

My professor in nutrition class always reminded us to stay a healthy, strong size and would (amidst the BMI calculations, determining calories, etc.) remind us to think of our clients that way too! She would always ask, at what size did you feel healthy? strong? confident? Great way to see it!


Gillian February 17, 2010 at 3:02 pm

There is a gorgeous size 8 TV presenter who did a documentary on what it takes to become a size zero. It is really mind opening and very depressing to see how much some women put at risk to be a smaller size. She starts to feel dumber, lonely, distant from her family, and all she thinks about is food. At the end of the documentary she is angry towards it all. You can check it out here:


Jil February 17, 2010 at 3:03 pm

LOVE this!! Amazing contest. It’s true — your size doesn’t define you. Having worked in retail I’ve seen how women REFUSE to go “up” a size even if the clothes will flatter them…especially when the clothes in my store ran at least 1 size small. I also love that you brought up vanity sizing!!


Tricia February 17, 2010 at 3:04 pm

This is awesome!

I’m definitely going to say that I am a size healthy from now on! Whoohoo!


Jenn @ Livewellfit February 17, 2010 at 3:06 pm

This was so fabulous!!!!


Jess @ Truly Into Fitness February 17, 2010 at 3:11 pm

You are simply amazing. I will post a blog with the picture tonight and probably do a video about it, as I already told you on twitter.
Our societ is so obsessed with numbers and it’s hard to get away from it but positive posts like yours make us AWARE of it and I love you for it!


Katie February 17, 2010 at 3:48 pm

This is a wonderful idea and message, Angela! I sometimes feel down when it comes to my body image, especially when buying jeans. But, you are right…there is no one right size for everyone and stores are ALWAYS different with their sizing! I am going to participate in this challenge, for sure! :)


KathyR February 17, 2010 at 3:57 pm

This is great. I am in!


Amy Gaskins February 17, 2010 at 4:06 pm

I think the pressure to be thin is terrible. i’ve struggled with anorexia for years and still struggle. That weight on the scale is EVIL!! I’m definitely going to do this I love the idea angela its great.


Julie February 17, 2010 at 4:17 pm

I’m pregnant for the first time….with TWINS (totally natural twins) and I’m just now starting to grow bigger which is slightly stressful. Instead of “size healthy” I might adopt “size pregnant” instead because I certainly won’t be this size for long! I like the idea, though, and have actually cut size tags out of my clothes for a long time. However, it’s come back to bite me. Depending on the brand, I wear different sizes. And when I want to remember what I size I wear in a particular brand (for online ordering purposes), I’m outta luck! Maybe keep a master list of brands and sizes under lock and key for online order purchases only.


Kristina February 17, 2010 at 4:19 pm

I will definitely be marking my clothes as “size healthy”! I love your challenge. I’ve actually dreaded shopping in the past because I didn’t know if the size I’d fit into would be the size I wanted to be… but I think I’m slowly letting go of that :)

My sister is a natural size 0 and she HATES IT! Everyone is always going on and on to her about how she needs to eat, and they’re always asking if she’s anorexic (which she’s not; she eats like a horse!!). I’ve learned that thinness does NOT equal happiness from her. She desperately wants to gain weight, saying she’s too thin!

I don’t think anyone has asked my size, but I did have a girl ask me how much I weighed once. When I told her, she responded by saying, “Oh my god, really, that much?? I thought you weighed a lot less!” Can you believe that?? I was like, sheesh, that was rude… sorry for having muscle weight :P


Lisa (bakebikeblog) February 17, 2010 at 4:31 pm

What an absolutely FANTASTIC idea !!!!


Lisa February 17, 2010 at 5:01 pm

This is a beautiful way to look at sizing. I know that sizing is completely messed up! Especially with designer jeans. I can be a 1 and then a 4 all in the same day! Does not make any sense. Size is not important, it’s how you look and feel in your body :) Great job I love it!


Catherine February 17, 2010 at 5:02 pm

What a great post – I am absolutely “re-sizing” all of my clothes tonight. I have definitely been asked what size I am before and it’s so uncomfortable, but I usually just say it doesn’t really matter and change the subject. Next time I’m definitely saying Size Healthy!!


Holly February 17, 2010 at 5:06 pm

Let me just start by saying that I discovered this website just recently and it has become one of my favorites! It is very motivating to see your dedication and strength! Currently, I am training for a marathon and it is helpful for me to visit the site for motivation-so thank you Angela. I will say I try not to be bothered by sizing in stores, but it can be discouraging when you need to grab 2-3 of a shirt or a pair of pants to try on because sizing is so whacky. Love the size healthy response-people were brutal in some of those open questions..yikes! :)


Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) February 17, 2010 at 5:20 pm

This is a GREAT idea! I will send you my pics soon =)

I do sometimes feel pressure to be a size 0/00, because I WAS once a 0/00. I thought I was healthy, because I was tiny, but I was NOT. I am fine with my size now, yet sometimes it still bothers me. But WHY? I am healthy! Sometimes we just need to put things into perspective. I eat well, I exercise, and my clothes fit (for the most part). Size doesn’t matter! Healthy does =)

You are truly an inspiration.

And I have had people ask me what size I am. Sometimes I reply, sometimes I don’t. Why does it matter to them, anyway?



Stacey February 17, 2010 at 5:43 pm

Great idea, every body shape is different. It’s about being fit and healthy.


Janna (Just Flourishing) February 17, 2010 at 5:45 pm

You are the inspiration queen. :)

There is absolutely so much pressure on women to be a size 0! I hate those numbers on clothing. They don’t mean ANYTHING!!!

As a dancer when I was younger, we would get measured for our costumes in front of each other. I remember that some of the really small girls would actually brag about their measurements. And those with “bigger sizes” would get so embarrassed… it was pretty awful.

So, horray for size healthy :)


Jessica February 17, 2010 at 5:52 pm

This makes me want to go home and cut off the tags on all my jeans. I think it would make a big difference!

I remember a few years ago in college, my parents bought me an expensive pair of jeans for my birthday. I showed them to my boyfriend before I put them on to year that night. He said “You wear a size X? I figured you would be smaller than that. My ex wore a size x and you seem like the same size.” It sucked. Thankfully I am not with him anymore.

Good post today!


Mae @ OhhMay February 17, 2010 at 5:56 pm

THis is so awesome!! I’m so going to a department store tomorrow with a magic marker and vandalizing their clothes. ;-) Muahhaha!!


[email protected] February 17, 2010 at 6:08 pm

What a great message! It took me a while to accept the fact that at almost 30, my womanly body will no longer fit into a size 4 intended for a 16 year old teen in a store intended for teens. Now I just try to find pants that fit! And with how all over the board sizes are in different brands, it’s a challenge to find one that fits, let alone care what size it is. And even then, when I find one that fits my thighs, I have to get them taken in in the waist because apparently my thighs and waist don’t match according to jean/pant designers :)

I see you like the Gap Long and Leans! I am a big fan of them as well.


Mo February 17, 2010 at 6:24 pm

I am always amazed at how self actualized all of you are! It’s awesome how so many of you have your priorities straight! Since the vast majority of you are a lot younger than I am, it makes me feel like there is real progress in women owning their own lives and health and not caving to society’s demands of us. And Angela seems to be leading this charge! Woohoo!

I hate to say that I still secretly care about my own sizes, but I do. Like Amanda, I have had people ask me what size I am…and then they throw out a number. And I will be bigger than that number and will internally fret. It’s insanity! I am MUCH more concerned with being healthy, but I have not yet let go of being semi-concerned with my clothing sizes. A work in progress still… :) I love the idea of size HEALTHY! I am adding that to my vocabulary!

Vanity sizing bugs me! How about the entire stores that do it? So wrong!


Heather February 17, 2010 at 6:26 pm

I definately think there is too much pressure on women to be thin. when I was younger I did some modeling, and was told, at a size 4/6 that I wouldn’t make it in NY because all the clothing is size 2, i am 5’9″ with big hips and I will never be a size 2! I used to hate it but now I am ok with it


Lindsay Perrone (goodiesgalore) February 17, 2010 at 6:57 pm

What a great and original idea!! With that said, I wont be participating because I know I am not healthy at my current size. I look forward to being comfortable filling in these tags.


Jen February 17, 2010 at 7:00 pm

As a ballet dancer, I do have to make sure I stay at a low weight. That said I am a 0 and yes, people always ask me how much I eat, what I weigh and what I wear. It bothers me so much, especially now that I have moved well beyond disordered eating and have finally found what works best for me (high-raw vegan lifestyle). I’m healthier (with a regular period) and happier because I don’t stress over food like I once did. However, I do think that outward appearances are over-stressed in our culture, and it’s disconcerting. If only everyone could be satisfied with their bodies – inside and out – all the time and not be burdened with any pressures from outside sources…

I’ve been a reader for a while now, but this is my first response. Great post – as always!! What a great idea to write in “healthy” in place of those numbers hiding in the closet.


Kailey (SnackFace) February 17, 2010 at 7:02 pm

This is SO FAB!!! I love, love, love this. I’m kinda with Heather up there. At 5’10” I was expected to be less than a size 2 for modeling. It didn’t look good on me! Now I’m definitely a size healthy. Thanks for this!


Jessica February 17, 2010 at 7:18 pm

I really think that this contest is so amazing, I am recovering from an eating disorder currently after losing more than 20 pounds in 2 months. Luckily I didn’t get to deep into it so I am able to bounce back, but it’s still a struggle sometimes.

* Do you think there is too much pressure on women today to attain that size 0 or even 00? Yes! So much, it’s not realistic for every woman to be a size 0. Yes, some people are naturally a size 0 and that’s great, but if they aren’t then it shouldn’t be a big deal.

* What do you think about vanity sizing?
I don’t like it
* Have you ever been asked by someone what size you are?

I entered the contest and will be emailing you my link now! :)


Run Sarah February 17, 2010 at 7:33 pm

Great post! I felt the worst when I was at my heaviest weight and wedding dress shopping. I was so depressed that I needed a larger size than usual, even my mom was upset. Looking back it was so silly and I ended up feeling beautiful on my day regardless of my size.


Jessica February 17, 2010 at 8:13 pm

I LOVE this!!!! Like you I was the least happy with myself when I was the smallest. I will be doing this tonight : )


Natalia February 17, 2010 at 8:26 pm

Oh Angela…this is a terrific post!! I love your idea of “size healthy” and I will definitely be sending you a pic. This is the first time I have left a comment on your blog, but this size business is very close to my heart. Much as I hate to admit it, I am obsessed with numbers……..I am also definitely going to write my own post on this, and link it back to your website. Great website.


Dawn February 17, 2010 at 8:30 pm

This is so awesome!! What an excellent idea! There are so many beautiful women and men in the world who don’t need to be identified by a number. Love this! :D


stace February 17, 2010 at 8:36 pm

I love this post. In life, it seems we measure our worth in numbers. How many calories we ate, what size our clothes are, how much we make, etc. I’m going to make it a point to live with a “size healthy” mentality. Thanks for the continued inspiration!


Jen February 17, 2010 at 8:58 pm

What a fantastic idea… and a little ironic because I am currently in the process of starting a similar project. I do a blog for an eating disorder support group at our church, . Just today I was working on plans for a project to target trigger places for those struggling with an eating disorder such as the mirror, refrigerator, waistband of our pants, and scale. In those places we plan to write, “you don’t define me.” How ironic that I would see this on your blog today as well! It’s wonderful to see someone promoting health and recovery from an eating disorder. I too am recovered and love my new freedom! Thanks so much for sharing!


Jolene February 17, 2010 at 9:22 pm

I have never heard of “vanity sizing” … what is it?

People ask me ALL THE TIME what size I am. I HATE it so much. They feel like because I am slim they can ask my weight, my size, etc. etc. I feel like I am under a microscope sometimes. When I eat something fattening, people often ask “how can you eat like that and stay so THIN?????” It is frustrating.

I eat healthily, and eat foods like chocolate etc. in moderation. How is that so hard for people to understand!!?

I really like this post, and your questions :-) Love the “size healthy” idea!


SP February 17, 2010 at 9:35 pm

I think “healthy size” is an amazing concept. It’s along the same lines of ditching the scale.

What do you weight? What’s your size?

I am so much happier these days when I know I’m eating healthy and taking care of myself. It feels SO GOOD. I do eat emotionally sometimes, but I don’t feel like crap after that. I realize that my body was probably craving it, and it’s my duty to feed it :)

I feel bad for other people who haven’t yet understood the idea of eating intuitively. Thank you so much Angela!!


Jessica @ WHY DONTCHA RUN February 17, 2010 at 9:37 pm

Awesome, awesome, awesome! I love this concept and have happily created a post on my blog to spread the word. :)


Heather (Heather's Dish) February 17, 2010 at 9:42 pm

Just posted about it in my latest post :)


Mary @ fit this, girl! February 17, 2010 at 10:58 pm

What a wonderful thing to see tonight, you are inspirational Angela!! I love Size Healthy!!! :)


Andrew Lowry February 17, 2010 at 11:16 pm

Impressed that so many of your clothes are actually made in Canada. So few clothes are nowadays.


Charlotte February 18, 2010 at 2:01 am

hahaha that last sentence in your post made me laugh out loud. this makes my day :)


Beth @ DiningAndDishing February 18, 2010 at 8:34 am

I’m 5’11 and so I know I will NEVER be a size zero…and I certainly don’t want to be! I totally agree that being a “size healthy” is what everyone should strive for…and that’s different for everyone.


Nicole McAllister February 18, 2010 at 8:36 am

I love this idea! I am going to do this today!!


AGS February 18, 2010 at 8:44 am

I can’t recall the last time I was asked my size other than by a store attendant. Why would anyone do that?

And, really, I’m shocked to see everyone’s responses — I can’t believe clothing size plays that big of a role in how you feel about yourself. You can see what you look like in a mirror, and you know your measurements, so who cares what the size is?


Antoinette February 18, 2010 at 10:01 am

I love your blog, but I miss how you used to talk more about vegan foods and recipe ideas!


Sophie @ yumventures February 18, 2010 at 10:10 am

What a great contest!! I will definitely have to give it a whirl =) I hate it when people ask me how much I weigh…I’m thin, but I’m really tall and have muscle, so the number is higher than I would like it to be! But I have had to accept that the number won’t go down because I am a “size healthy”, and I will now use that as a response: I am my healthy weight!

P.S. Long and Lean jeans are my FAVORITE! Rock on =)


en February 18, 2010 at 5:05 pm

Sounds like a great contest. I won’t participate – those globars have things in them that I can’t have…So if I won, it would just be a waste. :( So, no fun for me, can’t participate.

Good luck to everyone though! :)

I hope next time the prizes will be more fair for everyone.


Kristilyn (My 29th Year) February 18, 2010 at 5:53 pm

I think the only person I’ve been asked what size I am by is my mom … though I know that sizes vary from store to store, so as long as the clothes make me look good, I don’t care what size they are!

Of course, if you’re an impulsive shopper like me, it’s nice to know something like, “I’m a size small in tops”, and then you can just buy right off the shelf. LOL! I’m working on that! I really should save some money.

I love the Size Healthy idea!



Michelle February 18, 2010 at 8:40 pm

Hi Ange!! I just e-mailed you my pictures, except i realized I didn’t title my e-mail Size Healthy Contest because I just pressed “reply”!! I hope that’s ok!


Amy February 18, 2010 at 9:51 pm

My post will be up tomorrow at 11h45am! :)


ML February 19, 2010 at 7:03 pm

Ang, I think this is a great idea- but what about the people (like me) that aren’t a “size healthy”? I have been suffering from an autoimmune disease the past 4 years and it’s made me drastically underweight. I would love to be the old size I used to be but am not even close :-(
What do you suggest someone like me do to enter?


Micco February 20, 2010 at 10:33 am

So glad you extended the contest because, even though I did it, I didn’t have time to write about it until this morning!

I think this is suchhhhh a good idea.


Diana February 21, 2010 at 9:34 pm

I am too late to do the contest, but I still really wanted to participate so I made some jeans “size healthy” today…so fun! Thank you! :) Here they are:


Maria February 23, 2010 at 10:55 pm
“Thank You Angela for such an inspiring post!! If you haven’t checked out her amazing blog, do it now!!”


Saffity March 18, 2010 at 3:38 pm


I am totally going to write “size healthy” on all my clothes tags. I am so sick of women’s sizing for clothes, my hubby goes to buy a pair of pants and they’re measured in inches, he gets a 34 waist because GUESS WHAT!! his waist is 34″.

The fact that depending on what store I’m in I can fit a size 7-15 is just ridiculous!

This sizing issue has come to head with my mother who was the one who picked up my wedding dress. I needed a size 10, but she balked at the idea that I was in double digits so she got a size 8, which still fits but is a bit tight (I’m hoping that by doing the whittle my middle for myself that I’ll be ok).

Trust me, as a girl who was a size 0 until she was 23, it’s not all it’s cracked up to be, I never felt uglier or worse about myself. I was 95 pounds at the time and since gaining 55 pounds to be a healthy 150 for my 5’5″ frame, I have never felt sexier of happier with myself.

I just wish my Mom could see that and stop freaking out over numbers, especially since she has never had the will power to take control of her own weight issues, just just tried to control mine.

Thank you so much for this blog, I just found it through the Green Monster movement and SparkPeople, and I’m thrilled to be following you so that I can learn how to get my binge eating under control

Better to nab it early before it becomes an issue.

-Saff :)


Rosie April 19, 2010 at 10:23 pm

This is an old post but it made me happy to read it! I should start thinking about sizes this way. I guess I have/had disordered eating habits, too. They’re changing in a good direction, but preventative measures are necessary :) Thanks for the post!


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