Living ~400lbs

… and believe me I am still alive

June 2009

  • Things to Read

    I liked this article on solitude vs loneliness.   I lived alone, or with a cat, for most of 9 years.  I learned a lot about self-reliance during that time, and also about how often the difference between solitude and loneliness is attitude.   I worked on alleviating loneliness with friends, my cat, and activities… Continue reading

  • Friday Fluff: Dream PE

    The Onion had a story about the majority of Americans forgetting their physical education skills.  Naturally, being The Onion, there’s a fair amount of ridiculousness: Many Americans claimed that once they finished high school, skills such as increasing joint mobility and building muscle strength were no longer necessary. “If something needs to get from one… Continue reading

  • Day in the Life: Returning to Fitness World

    (I think that’s my new name for the gym, and not just when I’m doing a body fat test.  ;) Yes, I’ve been putting it off.  Partly because I’m easily the largest woman I’ve seen there, partly because dealing with the tech during the body fat test did rattle me a bit, and partly because I… Continue reading

  • Thankful Thursday

    1) Being able to work remotely. 2) Noise-dampening headphones to keep me from killing the lawnmowers. 3) Summer solstice has passed.  The days aren’t actually shorter yet, but knowing they won’t get any longer helps. 4) My knee doesn’t bother me walking down and up hills as I go around the block.  (For those who… Continue reading

  • Spotted at the Bellevue Barnes & Noble

    Sorry for the crappy cellphone photo, but I was thrilled to see it FACING OUT.   :)  Yes, it was in the diet section. I reviewed Lessons from the Fat-o-Sphere here. Continue reading

  • Fluff: The Onion on Family Visits

    Nothing about weight per se, but my, how many times have you had this experience? KALAMAZOO, MI–A full 95 percent of the opinions held by Justin Wilmot, 26, were kept to himself Sunday during a Father’s Day visit with his family. “No one in my family really gets my worldview, so I find it easier just… Continue reading

  • Day in the Life: Overweight Without My Fat

    So I did the test “hydrostatic weighing body fat test”, which was also a trip into Fitness World, where fat is an enemy, working out is sacrament, and food is a tool to be used for the great god of Fitness. The tech was friendly and welcoming when I asked if there was an upper… Continue reading

  • Thankful Thursday

    1) Friends and family who listen to me whine about work and general stress. 2) We are at the peak of sunlight here … so it won’t be getting worse, and I will be (hopefully) getting better sleep in a few weeks. 3) Continuing fun with weightlifting. 4) Getting faster at walking. 5) I’m sitting… Continue reading

  • Fun with Search Terms

    WordPress tracks what people searched on that led them to this site.  “Living 400lbs” is probably the most common one and one I find amazing (people are looking for me!)  But some are a bit weird, anothers, well, deserve an answer. “i weigh 350 and i cant work” — Weight is not a disability.  Most… Continue reading

  • Meet the New Bras…

    …same as the old bras…only from a new store.  One that I’m not sure if I will order from again.  While it was nowhere near the ordeal Lesley had with Avenue, it was its own sort of Special. Bras ordered? April 26, 2009. I send email to check on bras? June 10th, 2009. Email returned… Continue reading

  • Most Fat People Don’t Get Diabetes?

    I’ve had it banged over my head for decades that “OMG you’re going to get diabetes!!!!”, so when I read this I was a bit flummoxed: Roughly 20% of the people with Type 2 diabetes are thin, and 75% of obese people never get it. All those years of worry, of dieting to try to… Continue reading

  • Thankful Thursday

    1) Back at the gym with its many different sorts of weight and cardio machines … 2) … and my knees are NOT hating me.  :) 3) Not getting embarrassed when I start sweating and breathing hard before my workout partner (who’s on the next treadmill over).  4) A good weekend away from work.  … Continue reading

  • Why Are My Eyes Rolling?

    If you want to join the eyeroll, read along.  If you’re had your fill of stupidity lately, feel free to pass… Continue reading

  • Rethinking Thin and Mindless Eating

    This Reason review of both Gina Kolata’s Rethinking Thin: The New Science of Weight Loss— and the Myths and Realities of Dieting and Brian Wansink’s Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think does something one doesn’t often see in writing about the efficacy of diets:  It recognizes that losing 10lbs is nothing like losing 100lbs.… Continue reading

  • Cheezeburger on “Flat Stomach” ads

    I Can Has Cheezeburger gave me a good laugh this morning:    So cute.  The kitty is probably keeping cool, too :) Continue reading

  • Notes on Sunday’s Web-Surfing

    A few notes on things I ran across on the web. Note 0: Fat asthmatics may need weight-based dosing.   Suddenly I don’t feel guilty that I sometimes need 3 inhaler puffs instead of 2.   Note 1:  “The Drink-8-Glasses-of-Water-a-Day is a myth” story has hit Fark.  Maybe doctors will get it soon?  Note 2: Some… Continue reading

  • Thankful Thursday

    It’s still Thursday on the US left coast ;)  1)  Seattle’s unseasonable heat wave is cooling off.   Maybe with rain?  2) The glow in my sweetie’s eyes while we ate dinner last night.   3) Got back to the gym tonight and had fun experimenting with weight machines.  Also did 20 minutes on 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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