Living ~400lbs

… and believe me I am still alive

May 2010

  • May at Living ~400lbs

    Happy (almost) June! Here in Seattle it’s not so much “summer” as “late spring”.   Yes, some of the rosebushes are starting to bloom, but we haven’t had a day yet over 75F.   Lots of gray skies, and hey, I don’t have to worry about watering the plants since the sky is doing that… Continue reading

  • Music Monday: Atlantis

    I’m not a space geek per se, but even I noticed the space shuttle Atlantis made her last trip – which reminded me of Marian Call‘s song “Good Old Girl” (lyrics) from her album Got to Fly. Continue reading

  • Seat Belt Extenders: Not just for airplanes

    You know how you get used to your life and forget things other people take for granted? Yeah. Listening to Lesley & Marianne’s Fatcast I started thinking about how life is different for superfat folks than it is for those size 24 and below.  I shop in different catalogs, I have a seat belt extender… Continue reading

  • Thankful Thursday

    [a not-always-weekly exercise in gratitude] 1) Upcoming 3-day weekend. 2) Being able to ask for help. 3) Taking time for breakfast. 4) I do have clothes that fit and know where to buy more if I need them (and I caught up on Fatcast yesterday). 5) Exercise is continuing to mean that walking is just walking,… Continue reading

  • Living 400lbs: Short form

    It took a year and a half, but I finally have an “elevator pitch” for my blog. “My weight is a big scary number that freaks a lot of people right out. Want me to demystify it for you?” Not that I necessarily need one, but there it is ;) Continue reading

  • Music Monday: Fear

    Flame can yet inspire Teach your heart a song that’s bolder Throw your fear upon the pyre Let it rise as something new So you think you don’t burn bright enough? I tell you it’s not true — Burn It Down by Vixy & Tony This video has Vixy & Tony performing this song with… Continue reading

  • So, um, hi. How’s your weekend?

    At the moment I’m in a fullish coffeehouse listening to Vixy & Tony perform Seanan McGuire‘s Wicked Girls Saving Ourselves :)  I have the remains of my mocha and just finished an openfaced pesto-and-cheddar sandwich. Earlier I went to the Seattle Sounders game downtown.  Since the man of the house works a little less than… Continue reading

  • Thankful Thursday

    [a not-always-weekly exercise in gratitude] 1) A close friend was rear-ended; the car is probably totaled but friend is only sore (and yes, got checked out by the doc to be sure). 2) Other friends have survived their respective moves. 3) Work is less boring this week.   Much more busy, but less boring. 4) Bacon-wrapped… Continue reading

  • Question: Friends?

    This was originally on Formspring — after Heidi’s post on friendship I thought might be interesting over here. My question–are most of your friends fat or thin? Do you find “fat” to be common ground? Not currently.  Most of my local friends are average-sized.  (Of course, most people are average-sized. I think it’s a math… Continue reading

  • Music Monday

    It’s been 20 years since Jim Henson died; this tribute video is set to Tom Smith’s song “A Boy and His Frog” (lyrics). It’s sad but sweet — bring tissues. If you don’t want to cry, or if you want a stop-crying help, here’s “Close Your Eyes” (lyrics) by Daniel Glasser with an ASL interpretation… Continue reading

  • Jeans and big bellies

    Today I am wearing jeans.   This is abnormal. It didn’t used to be — like many American girls, I grew up wearing jeans.  After college, working at  a major software company, jeans were like a uniform.   I wasn’t one the guys, but wearing the same clothes helped me fit in: jeans,  a t-shirt… Continue reading

  • Today’s Logic Fail

    Researchers found that kids who have higher BMIs tend to do a little worse on treadmill tests than thinner kids…if they’re from “lower- or middle-income neighborhoods.”   The difference goes away if they’re from the more affluent neighborhoods. Lead researcher Dr. Tajinder P. Singh, of Children’s Hospital Boston, speculates that [K]ids from affluent neighborhoods have… Continue reading

  • Thankful Thursday

    [a not-always-weekly exercise in gratitude] This week I’m especially thankful for: Croissants that I can tear apart and dunk in my coffee. New laptop :) Daylight past 8pm – makes evening walks more enjoyable. Geeking out on this ‘how bras work‘ graphic (in The Wall Street Journal of all places!) The man of the house, who… Continue reading

  • Mother’s Day

    As the Mother’s Day ads have passed, I am relieved to say that it wasn’t a hassle.  If anything, I alternated between vague feeling of “It’s not my problem” and “I don’t have to do anything”. If you don’t already know: I am not a mother; my mother is dead; my grandmothers are dead.  I… Continue reading

  • Plus-size Shops: Thin Models, Strange Names

    This is something we get so used to seeing that after a while it hardly registers. Sociological Images did a great post with images from Woman Within showing how size 12-14 clothes on size 8-10 models looks … really loose and shapeless.  This is why I’m glad to see Lane Bryant using some larger models… Continue reading

  • Monday…trying to wake up

    I’ve mentioned I live in the Seattle area.  Not sure if I mentioned that I grew up here, or that my earliest memories of a woman singing rock (not pop, rock) or playing guitar was Heart. It was another way of learning that women can be the star and not just the star’s girlfriend. This… Continue reading

  • Why Don’t I Diet?

    Simple: There isn’t a proven, permanent method of weight loss that works for all (or even most) people. Yes, most dieters lose 5-10% of their body weight in the first few months.  They then regain some or all in the long term.   This has been shown by a number of studies, including studies run by… 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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