Living ~400lbs

… and believe me I am still alive

September 2009

  • A Change and Monthly Roundup

    I updated the “About Fat Acceptance” FAQ to reflect the comments that don’t usually make it through the spam filter.   Same URL; name is now “But…But…But…!” Most-viewed posts this month (as of this morning): Surgically attach mesh to tongue so eating is painful Day in the Life: Being the Grown-up Day in the Life:… Continue reading

  • Repost: Wellness Prescription

    A repost from January, inspired by Fillyjonk’s post quoting Three Men in a Boat. I got Connie Willis’ comedic time-travel novel To Say Nothing of the Dog from the library (and liked it enough to buy it).  It starts off a little confusing but is pretty funny, and full of golden age mystery fiction references. It also… Continue reading

  • Window Shopping: Sweaters

    [Looking at supersize / extended size clothing, which is to say, clothing I can wear. Preferably modeled by fat people] After weeks of highs in the 70s and 80s we’re suddenly experiencing … fall. I even wore a sweater to work today. I’ve been looking forward to sweater season this year.   Suddenly I don’t… Continue reading

  • Things That Make Me Go “Hm”

    With the fall TV season starting, it might be good to think about which TV shows you actually want to watch.  Kate and Marianne point out in Lessons from the Fat-o-Sphere that watching TV encourages you to compare your body to the people on TV – who with very few exceptions are underweight and fat-shaming,… Continue reading

  • Football Players and Fat

    It’s September and the American football season has started.  Considering how fat people are reviled in America, it’s fascinating how the biggest football players still receive the cachet of being professional athletes. I started thinking of this when I realized that the treadmills at Fitness World* allow me to enter my actual weight.  Then the mini-gym at… Continue reading

  • Thankful Thursday

    [Another weekly exercise in gratitude.] 1) The man of the house made dinner — patty melt for me, with minced onion & mushrooms mixed into the patty, and a chili burger for him.   Yum. 2) Successfully moving my sleep schedule earlier, so I get to work in good time and get enough sleep. 3) The cable… Continue reading

  • Surgically attach mesh to tongue so eating is painful

    Remember how they used to wire jaws shut to “enforce” a liquid diet? New “hotness” is to surgically attach a postage-stamp-sized piece of mesh to the tongue.   As the Chicago Tribune put it: The tongue patch, which is supposedly taking Southern California by storm — 10 people have it — remains in your mouth… Continue reading

  • Shopping: Bras, Bras, Bras

    (“Bras, Bras, Bras” to be whined in an intonation similar to the infamous “Marcia, Marcia, Marcia”) Sometimes I wonder if the bra I wear most is as supportive as they feel or if I’m just really used to them—in fact, I think a lot of bra comfort has to do with what you’re used to and… Continue reading

  • Rap and Talk Radio

    Yes, this is off-topic, but I thought this comparison of rap and talk radio was rather good, actually. This seemed like a good question to pose to a man uniquely situated to opine about the shaded part of the Venn diagram of rap and conservative talk radio. I’m talking about DJ Clayvis, né Clay Clark,… Continue reading

  • Friday Fun – Talk Like A Pirate Day ;)

    Tomorrow is Talk Like a Pirate Day — “That time in September when sea dogs remember / That grown-ups still know how ta play!” :) This video has the one and only Tom Smith singing his song Talk Like A Pirate Day (lyrics) with John “Ol’ Chumbucket” Baur and Mark “Cap’n Slappy” Summers, the creators of Talk… Continue reading

  • Thankful Thursday

    [Another weekly exercise in gratitude.] 1) Spent ~3 hours walking through exhibits at the state fair earlier this week with the man of the house and I felt fine  :) 2) Wonderful weather — low 70s, not too sunburn-y but not raining. :) 3) Two members of my chosen family started new jobs. 4) Yoga. 5)  I’m thankful for… Continue reading

  • Believe in Your Limitations, and They’re Yours

    Last week I posted some statistics about height and weight.  Partly it’s because the statistics surprised me a bit — I thought women were taller and heavier, on average, than they are.  I also thought it would be an interesting bit of data to discuss and think about. There’s something else, though.   I accepted the… Continue reading

  • Virtual Window Shopping Swimsuits

    [Looking at supersize / extended size clothing,  which is to say, clothing I can wear.  Preferably modeled by fat people] I’m looking forward to a sunny vacation in November.   So naturally I’m looking at swimsuits.  Even though I already have 4 suits. Okay, if you don’t want to know why I have so many… Continue reading

  • Day in the Life: Being the Grown-up

    It’s hard, but sometimes someone has to be the grown-up. Such as when a young girl (6 or 8 years?) at the grocery store points to me and whispers “Look at her!” and giggles with her similar-age companion. I met her eye and replied, “Yes, I’m wearing Sounders green* today for the game.  Do you… Continue reading

  • Supersize Sales and Sports Jerseys

    FYI: MiB has marked down some styles (including the brushstroke tee I was ogling earlier) and is offering free US shipping or $10 credit on international.  Use code FS49 at checkout. Expires Monday 9/14 at 11:59pm Pacific time. (MiB’s size range covers 2x-8x; not all styles come in the largest size.  I am in the… Continue reading

  • Perspective: Use It Or Lose It

    I recently discovered that the CDC has Anthropometric Reference Data (PDF), otherwise known as various body measurements (height, weight, waist, etc) broken down by age, gender, and percentiles. Personally I find this data fascinating.  The height tables, for example, were a wake-up call. At 68″ tall I know, intellectually, that I’m on the tall side… Continue reading

  • Thankful Thursday

    [Another weekly exercise in gratitude.] 1) Being able to tell a friend “H1Nerd1 isn’t as deadly as WLS” and she got the joke. 2) Short work weeks :) 3) Tylenol, because I have a headache and having ready pain relief is a goodness. 4) Having a ready supply of clothes that fit and are comfortable, even if they’re… 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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