If you’re employed inside a staff atmosphere you’ll understand it’s not unusual for colleagues to have a whip-round to rejoice virtually any event or occasion – birthdays, births, marriages, even leaving the staff – so why not a big weight loss? Well one staff has achieved simply that and after we heard from one in all our discussion board members that his colleagues had purchased him a present to congratulate him on his new bod, we couldn’t wait to discover out extra, so we requested them a couple of questions on what they obtained him and why…
Major weight loss can rework your entire life and characterize a brand new begin each bit as a lot as any of the aforementioned milestones. When his colleagues witnessed the beautiful 100lb weight lack of MAN v FAT discussion board member pisces316 (aka Jeremy, ask him something on Talk) they felt impressed to recognise his achievement. The solely snag was, on this unprecedented scenario, they weren’t positive what to get him.
That’s not to say the staff weren’t used to the gifting tradition – removed from it, they inform us, they normally do one thing about as soon as a month to assist the staff bond. Unfortunately, if not unexpectedly, these occasions tended to revolve round meals. Eating is, in fact, a tried and examined social exercise that doesn’t alienate the non-drinkers, non-dancers and non-bowlers on the staff. However, Jeremy’s colleague Jeff – the man accountable for organising these slap-up dinners – was understandably involved that a night of gastric extra won’t be essentially the most prudent method to rejoice weight loss.
Jeff’s eureka second got here when he watched Jeremy heading out to his automobile and observed the newly slim man saved having to pull up his trousers1. As you’ll little doubt have guessed from having seen photographs of males standing in previous trousers that are actually far too massive for them, when males lose weight, their garments now not match. A brand new wardrobe doesn’t come low-cost, particularly once you’re on an extended journey – you can find yourself having to buy a couple of new outfits each few lbs. The reply was apparent then – Jeremy would wish some new garments to go together with his new physique.
But Jeff didn’t go at it like a bull in a china store. He was delicate to a few issues that you just’ll want to keep in mind should you’re pondering of doing this for a good friend or colleague – the primary being a query of style. Most of us can in all probability depend on the fingers of 1 hand how usually we’ve obtained garments as a present and really appreciated them. The resolution: they’d get him a present card he might use in numerous clothes shops and let him pick his personal new duds. As Jeff put it when he offered Jeremy with the reward, “some new hot clothes for that new hot bod”.
The different factor Jeff was delicate to was that Jeremy may really feel embarrassed to obtain such a present – not solely as a result of weight loss is a delicate topic for many people, but additionally as a result of in our society the place achievement of any type is mocked as usually as it’s celebrated, being singled out to obtain a present for something is bound to make most of us really feel uncomfortable.
Jeff handled this drawback by being discrete. For a begin, he solely approached a choose few – these he thought of shut pals of Jeremy – to contribute. This backfired barely when a few of these who weren’t approached took offence, however we nonetheless reckon it’s a good suggestion. If nothing else, as Jeff identified, asking everybody to contribute could make a present really feel like an obligation. He additionally determined to maintain the presentation of the reward low-key, asking the supervisor to name them to a convention room so Jeremy might be given the reward card privately.
What Jeremy ended up with was a not-to-be-sniffed-at $200 reward card to spend at T.J.Maxx2, Marshalls3 and Homegoods4 and a heat, fuzzy feeling at being recognised for his achievement. You can learn all about his response and the way our different discussion board members reacted to his story right here.
Here at MAN v FAT we have been massively impressed and, we’re not ashamed to say, greater than somewhat moved by this story, and we expect this could set a pattern. Let’s acknowledge and reward weight loss like we should always; discretely, perhaps, however emphatically, definitely – the extent of fanfare ought to clearly go well with the persona of the recipient.
We suppose a clothes reward card may simply be the right reward for a man who’s lost loads of weight, however with Christmas arising, now is perhaps a great time to revisit our record of important Christmas presents for males shedding weight – particularly because it lists a couple of potential pitfalls.
We’d love to hear your concepts about what sort of presents is perhaps appropriate and appreciated by the newly trim man, so why not tell us within the feedback or over within the discussion board.
1Jeff really stated Jeremy “kept pulling up his pants” however I modified it to trousers in order that our British readers might be assured we weren’t speaking about underpants.*
*Writing these notes was probably my most Alan Partridge second – I ought to level out that I’m at the moment studying his new ebook Nomad and which may have rubbed off on me…