Living ~400lbs

… and believe me I am still alive

November 2009

  • Supersize Sales – Making it Big & Junonia

    Making it Big has an “Online Warehouse Sale” through midnight Monday night (Pacific time).  Most items are priced $19.95 – $29.95, but there are things at $9.95 too. Junonia is offering 40% off everything through midnight Sunday (Central time). Continue reading

  • NYT on The Biggest Loser: “Health Can Take A Back Seat”

    From The New York Times‘ article on The Biggest Loser today: Doctors, nutritionists and physiologists not affiliated with “The Biggest Loser” express doubt about the program’s regimen of severe caloric restriction and up to six hours a day of strenuous exercise, which cause contestants to sometimes lose more than 15 pounds a week. At least… Continue reading

  • What would you put into a Fitness for Life class?

    Everyone’s talking about Lincoln college requiring students with a BMI of 30 or larger to take a “Fitness for Life” class. What I’m wondering is, what would you like to see in such a class?  Not what is usually in such classes, or what Lincoln is including — what would rock your socks to see?… Continue reading

  • Feeling Better

    I caught up on sleep over the weekend.  This is good thing, since I turn into a bear of very little patience when I don’t have enough.  ;) I also realized yesterday that I’ve gone days without taking ibuprofen for my leg.  I passed “Not hurting all the time” a little over a week ago… Continue reading

  • Thankful Thursday

    (Yes, starting these weekly exercises in gratitude again — just under the wire :) 1) I took a Vacation.  My first full week off in over a year.   Even though I’m still limping.  Woohoo! 2) I’m adjusting to using a cane as needed, and discovering I don’t get more looks than usual with it. 3) …already… Continue reading

  • Oprah Mag printed the words “fat acceptance”

    Yeah, I’m kind of in shock too. It’s in the December 2009 issue. The Fat Fight in the “Connections” section, by Robin Marantz Henig and Jess Zimmerman.   Actually it’s a pair of articles: the first is by the mother, Henig; the second is by the daughter, Zimmerman. Henig discusses how she tried to be… Continue reading

  • Virtual Window Shopping: Zaftique

    [Looking at supersize / extended size clothing which is to say, clothing I can wear. Preferably modeled by fat people.] Zaftique carries a lot of sexy clothes.   Curves are emphasized; stretch (and lace and chiffon and velvet) is often utilized.   Not everything’s tight, mind, but a lot of it is.  There’s also a  sense… Continue reading

  • Airflight Update

    As it happens, I could get the armrest down on a standard coach seat.  There was definitely hip compression going on, it wouldn’t be comfortable long-term…but it was down. However… The man of the house has broad shoulders.  I mean, I have broad shoulders, and his are broader, and the two of us sitting together… Continue reading

  • Losing Weight Doesn’t Prevent Cancer?

    From an article on myths and facts in cancer prevention in The New York Times comes this interesting sidebar.   Specifically, among things that have not been shown to prevent cancer are: Exercise Fruits and vegetables Losing weight Low-fat diet So why are these so often recommended? “I think it’s wishful thinking,” said Dr. Susan… Continue reading

  • Checking in from the airport…

    …to say what the F is with airline personnel looking at me like I’ve sprouted an extra head for having purchased a second seat?  If I’m not obviously fat enough for the seats maybe it’s not that I’m so fat but that the seats are so small! Continue reading

  • A thought for the new week

    Recently, I read a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine in which 300 “moderately obese people” were followed on three different diets: the low-carb diet, the low-fat diet, and the Mediterranean diet (healthy fats, some dairy products, abundant fruits and vegetables). After the first five months of tightly controlled dieting, the dieters… Continue reading

  • ADA: Not all fat people get diabetes

    From the American Diabetes Association: In a recent survey conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of the American Diabetes Association, 2,081 Americans were asked questions to test their diabetes knowledge.  The results showed that several diabetes myths and misconceptions are common and diabetes remains a misunderstood disease. […] Myth: If you are overweight or obese,… 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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