Living ~400lbs

… and believe me I am still alive

September 2008

  • Hey, it’s the 30th!

    And I have met my goal of posting on every weekday so far.  W00t!  :) Oh, and if you’re curious about what I’m doing with the colors: I’m trying to mirror the seasons.  Where I live, most leaves are still green…but some are turning gold.  So green fading to yellow is the current idea.  :) Continue reading

  • Day in the Life: Getting Dressed

    [One of the occasional series of posts about my typical day.] One of the great things about working in software is the dress code.  Most of my (male) coworkers wear jeans with tshirts or polos.  “Dressy” for them is a buttondown shirt.  Slacks and sweaters fits in fine.  If I’m meeting with clients I may… Continue reading

  • Clothes Shopping at ~400lbs!

    This is a list of stores / catalogs that I’ve bought clothing from in the last few years.  Certainly there are other sources of supersize clothing out there, but this is where I’ve acquired mine :) Continue reading

  • Being Fat and Fit

    I found this on an “expert q&a” on exercise on the New York Times site with Steven Blair, an exercise researcher and former president of the American College of Sports Medicine. Can someone be fat and fit? Yes.  We began in 1995 to look at fitness and fatness as predictors of mortality, separately and together.… Continue reading

  • Day in the Life: Oh, THAT

    [One of the occasional series of posts about my typical day.] THAT is something I sort of want to skip over.  In fact, it is one of the reasons I’m not using my name on this blog…I somehow doubt this would be the ideal post for a potential employer to read ;) So far, in… Continue reading

  • HAES book: BMI & Politics

    In her book Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth about Your Weight (reviewed here) Linda Bacon recalls her days as a PhD candidate. This was also when the BMI standards were lowered, and, coincidently enough, her mentor, Judy Stern, was a member of the NIH Obesity Task Force.*  When I expressed my surprise of the standards… Continue reading

  • Day in the Life: Shower, Chafing, & Jock Itch

    Ah, the morning shower.  Warm water to get the kinks out, bright overhead heat lamps to help wake me up, and the daily question: shampoo & condition or just rinse & condition? To explain: I have naturally curly hair, which is also naturally fragile hair, which I’ve made more fragile by coloring it. Some recommend… Continue reading

  • HAES book: “But not dieting is harmful, right?”

    You may have read about the study Linda Bacon conducted comparing a standard diet program with a nondieting, “Health at Every Size”-style program, or my post about Bacon’s book (Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth about Your Weight) yesterday. This is a story from the book that I wanted to shout from the treetops.… Continue reading

  • Linda Bacon’s Health At Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight

    Linda Bacon earned a master’s in psychotherapy, with a specialty in eating disorders and body image, and worked as a therapist before going back to school for a master’s degree in exercise science. Then she completed a doctorate in physiology, with a focus in nutrition and weight regulation. (There’s a reason this book’s 326 pages… Continue reading

  • Supportive Shoes Rock

    This is from an article on sports injuries, but I thought it generally relevant: Many foot injuries are, in fact, the result of wearing the wrong shoes or the wrong shoe size. Continue reading

  • Inspiration

    Fillyjonk at Shapely Prose reminded me today of one of the immediate inspirations for this blog: Lesley at Fatshionista’s post “THIS IS 300: Taking Pictures, Being Personal, & Weighing 300 Pounds“. One thing that reading some obesity research has given me is to realize that yes, I am an oddity (and there’s nothing wrong with… Continue reading

  • …and the other reason why I exercise

    It’s called, “Use it or lose it.” Last fall* I pulled a muscle in my right leg.  Kept up my daily walks, pulled it again – or maybe pulled another muscle.  This aggravated the occasional pain I would have in my right knee, and added some hip and thigh pain too. By November I was… Continue reading

  • “Do the math”: Exercise & Weight loss

    It’s something you commonly see. Example: “The average person walking half an hour a day would lose about 13 pounds a year”. Recently a study actually had sedentary folks start exercising an HOUR a day, 6 days a week for a year. One would think they’d lose, what, more than 13 pounds on average, right?… Continue reading

  • Small update

    I had been slacking on working out this week.  (Something about starting this blog that eats up my free time… !)   But after writing the post about the aerobics tape last night, I went ahead and did it this morning. It felt good :) The suprise is that I’ve been feeling kind of congested /… Continue reading

  • Day in the Life: Aerobics

    I don’t do this every day.  But if I’m doing it, it’s before my shower. I use a copy of the Women At Large: 30-Minute Workout I picked up years ago. I do make a few modifications.  Such as: I often sit during the first few starting stretches. This is because I’m not exactly a morning person… Continue reading

  • A bit more on asthma….

    It’s been great hearing that others have run into the “You mean it’s asthma, not just that I’m fat?” experience.  Thought you would be interested in this, from the American College of Physicians Home Medical Guide: Asthma …. Main symptoms of asthma: Wheezing: May occur with or without shortness of breath in response to a… Continue reading

  • Fat Women Have Sex Too!

    Researchers looking at women age 15-45 (divided into the BMI categories of normal weight, overweight, and obese) found a shocking result: The investigators found no significant differences among the weight groups in sexual orientation, frequency of sexual intercourse, the number of current partners, age at first intercourse, the number of lifetime male partners, or the… Continue reading

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Former software tester, now retired heart patient having fun and working on building endurance and strength. See also About page.

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