Living ~400lbs

… and believe me I am still alive

August 2009

  • Today is the last day…

    …the last day of the first year of this blog.  Part of me is surprised that I’m still blogging with no end in sight.  Part of me is surprised that so many of you are reading and commenting. As a grin, here’s some of the more interesting search terms I’ve seen recently: soda obesity — I… Continue reading

  • How Do You Comfort Sore Muscles?

    As littem noted today, sore muscles are a big reason to not exercise.  It’s not uncommon to start a workout program and end up pretty sore the day after exercising.  (Or to end up sore after going dancing or walking all over Disneyland.)  What to do? First, the bad news: It’s supposed to hurt some… Continue reading

  • Friday Fun: Callan’s Song

    This video is of SJ Tucker, singing Betsy Tinney’s “Callan’s Song”, aka The Ballad of the Boy Cat.  (Does cat sex require a “PG-13” rating or only “PG”?) This song has also been recorded by SJ & Betsy’s band Tricky Pixie.  The lyrics, album information, streaming audio, downloads, ordering info, etc are on their site. Continue reading

  • Fat Women Feel Uncomfortable Exercising. Film at 11.

    This isn’t new, but since I’ve been posting about exercise recently I thought it was relevant. A Temple University study of 278 women who were enrolled in an exercise-encouragement program comes this gem on comfort levels with exercise: The women completed a questionnaire when the study began and during three- and 12-month follow-up assessments. The… Continue reading

  • Newsweek: Fat and Healthy

    Lesley at Fatshionista linked to a good Newsweek article on fat hatred.   While reading it I noticed a related web exclusive by Daniel Heimpel* called Fat and Healthy: Why It’s Possible. Heimpel discusses some of the research on being fat and healthy (or not), citing Katherine Flegal’s study which found that being overweight decreased… Continue reading

  • Thankful Thursday

    [Another weekly exercise in gratitude.] 1)  Good music & dancing this weekend. 2) My lace-trimmed v-neck top. 3) Beautiful weather. 4) Being able to walk further and faster than I did a few weeks ago. 5) Getting adjusted to new schedule (shifting my days earlier a few hours) so that I’m not OMG SLEEPY all the time.… Continue reading

  • Alzheimers, Brain Size, and Fat

    Have you seen the story that older fat people have smaller brains than thinner ones, which has been previously linked with Alzheimer’s disease? Yeah.  There may be a correlation there, yes.  Future studies may bear this out. Has a link been noticed between weight and Alzheimer’s anywhere else? The Alzheimer’s Association does list weight as… Continue reading

  • Alli/Xenical and Liver Damage?

    From Monthly Prescribing Reference: The FDA has notified healthcare professionals and consumers that it is reviewing new safety information regarding reports of liver-related adverse events in patients taking orlistat, which is marketed in the U.S. as Xenical (from Roche) and Alli (from GlaxoSmithKline). The FDA has received 32 reports of serious liver injury, including 6… Continue reading

  • Another Logic Question

    I’ve read several stories on the new US life expectancy data.   The quick story? Life expectancy for white females born in 2007: 80.7 years Life expectancy for white males born in 2007: 75.8 years Life expectancy for black females born in 2007: 77 years Life expectancy for black males born in 2007: 70.2 years… Continue reading

  • Thankful Thursday

    1) Weather has mostly cooled off.  :) 2) Cozy dinners at home. 3) Tomatoes from our own garden. 4) Being able to be a friend, and having it reciprocated. 5) Not getting self-conscious and leaving the mini-gym at work when all the treadmills were busy. Continue reading

  • Links: Healthy Enough, Attractiveness, Photoshop

    This quote comes from a personal finance blog, but it ties into the “enough” conversation a bit: If one defines the word rich in non-monetary terms, the seemingly herculean feat of “getting rich” may be one of the easiest (and most valuable) accomplishments of one’s life.  What if “rich” is simply defined as “being content?”… Continue reading

  • What’s Enough Exercise?

    This started as a conversation over at Spoonforkfuls’ blog. living400lbs Says: […] One of my recurring issues with injuries is finding the line between working out too much and not working out enough…. spoonfork38 Says: Yeah, it’s that definition of ‘enough’ that gets me almost every time. I mean, enough for what, exactly? living400lbs Says: In… Continue reading

  • I just want you to have hope!

    Losing weight is possible!  Sure, it doesn’t work for most people, but it did for me!  You need to think positive!   Keep trying!   Some of us can lose weight permanently! Yes, and some people do win the lottery.  Doesn’t mean I’m cashing out my 401(k) to buy lotto tickets. Continue reading

  • Thankful Thursday

    [Another weekly exercise in gratitude.] 1) A week that is going well. 2) I can lay on my back for half an hour or more and not have it “lock up”. 3) The annual summer drought has ended, or at least is in a lull. 4) I now walk half a mile in 15 minutes (used to… Continue reading

  • Why Try Out for Biggest Loser?

    I’m at a disadvantage here, because I haven’t watched the show.*   I’ve had people suggest I try out for the show — often as small talk, but also as an “OMG you’d be great on The Biggest Loser!” (The latter I remember clearly, since it was from my boss.  I asked if she really… Continue reading

  • Questions about being 400lbs?

    Do you have questions you’ve been thinking of asking?   Ask here.  Some answers may turn into posts of their own, or will be answered here.  =) Continue reading

  • Administrivia

    The site has a few changes I thought worth noting! I’ve collected the “Day in the Life” series on a page. I also started a page to collect my exercise posts, since that’s turning into a series too. Enjoy :) 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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