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…






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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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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