Living ~400lbs

… and believe me I am still alive

July 2010

  • July Month-End

    Top 5 most-read posts: Wonder if Michelle Obama reads the New York Times Fluff: Oprah Magazine cover New Diet Drug: Qnexa On not buying clothes Diet Drug Side Effects Most commented-on posts: Wonder if Michelle Obama reads the New York Times Magickal Weight-Loss Necklace New Diet Drug: Qnexa Fluff: Oprah Magazine cover On not buying clothes Seattle Summer Some search… Continue reading

  • When You Get Used To People Not Having Your Size…

    …you don’t expect them to have your size.  It’s like, I don’t know, logic. As Red No 3 put it (emphasis added): See, what’s going on here [at Saks] is a bit of product testing. This is only being launched in one location. They see how it goes, and then decide how to expand. Its… Continue reading

  • Thankful Thursday

    [a not-always-weekly exercise in gratitude] Tomorrow is Friday. Tomorrow is FRIDAY. Tomorrow is Friday. I showed my dad the “chair squats” exercise on Sunday and he mentioned it would be easier if I lost 50lbs … and I stayed calm and “Every time I’ve lost weight I’ve regained it all plus more.  I decided to stop… Continue reading

  • Magickal Weight-Loss Necklace

    I saw this on LiveJournal and…OMG, people, it’s just sooo bad. The description: Magickal Weight-Loss Necklace Mineralogical weight loss? Why not, considering the associative benefits of this pendant of clustered gemstones: sodalite (to regulate metabolism), amethyst (to counter food addiction), obsidian (a cravings reducer), tourmaline (for energy), and clear quartz (to promote positives, dispel negatives).… Continue reading

  • Music Monday: My Hope

    Here’s a cheery song for Monday, featuring Molly Lewis aka sweeetafton32.  It’s called My Hope. The lyrics are on her bandcamp page. Continue reading

  • On not buying clothes

    I mentioned in my last post that I haven’t bought clothes in a while. My previous clothing purchase was a Sounders green item to wear to Sounders games, bought at my husband’s urging.  I bought bras in February.  In September 2009 I replaced 3 worn-out pairs of knit pants and some bras.  July 2009 I… Continue reading

  • New Clothes

    Okay, y’all, I did it.  I bought clothing.  I haven’t done this in ages. In mid-June, I got a pair of 4x gingham trim capris on sale from the local Catherine’s.  I got them in anticipation of warm weather, and I’m not thrilled with how they’ve shrunk.  They’re rather like leggings that end just below… Continue reading

  • Advair Users Beware

    FDA Alert: Some Advair Discus inhalers stolen from a distribution warehouse in 2009 have shown up in pharmacies. Lot numbers available at the link —- don’t use these particular lots. They may have been tampered with, have lost potency, been handled improperly. Note this is not a problem with Advair in general, just that certain… Continue reading

  • Seattle Summer

    Last summer, Seattle had record-breaking heat. This summer, Seattle has record-breaking coolness. Sure, it’s gotten up to 85F or 90F once or twice. At the moment it’s 10am and 55F degrees. It’s supposed to warm up to 85F this afternoon, but I’m still wearing cotton knit slacks and a v-neck t-shirt at work to avoid… Continue reading

  • Music Monday: Mal’s Song, Vera, and Browncoats

    This weekend was the annual charity fundraiser Can’t Stop The Serenity, which raises money for Equality Now.   The event comes out of and embraces Firefly fandom, but it’s also just plain fun. The Seattle screening also included a short concert of Firefly-themed music from Marian Call and Vixy & Tony, closing with Mal’s Song, which… Continue reading

  • We’re All Mad Here (and it’s okay!)

    If I leave my grin behind, remind me that we’re all mad here and it’s okay! This line is from SJ Tucker‘s song Cheshire Kitten, from her new album Mischief.  I first heard the song … a year ago? 18 months?  SJ sang it at a concert I attended.  I’ve loved “we’re all mad here… Continue reading

  • Thankful Thursday

    [a not-always-weekly exercise in gratitude] It’s Thursday and I’m thankful for: Being able to help friends with various. …while getting to play with their cats :) A relatively normal week at work. Got through June without getting sick. Benefits meeting at work reminded me that the man of the house and I are employed, enjoy medical/dental… Continue reading

  • FDA Advisory Panel Recommends NOT Approving Qnexa

    In an update, the FDA advisory panel reviewing the weight-loss drug Qnexa has voted to reject it. The final FDA decision will not be issued until October, but the advisory panel’s decision is usually key to their decision. In a 10-6 vote, a Food and Drug Administration advisory panel said they were concerned that Qnexa… Continue reading

  • Diet Drug Side Effects

    Let’s do a poll! More information: Alli side effects Alli possibility of liver damage Fen-phen FDA review of Qnexa (PDF) Limitations of adverse effects reporting Continue reading

  • New Diet Drug: Qnexa

    Patients on the highest dose of Qnexa lost an average of 8.9 percent of their weight after adjusting for the effects of a placebo. More than 60 percent of patients on middle and high doses lost at least 5 percent of their weight, compared with 20 percent for those getting a placebo. — NY Times… Continue reading

  • Wonder if Michelle Obama reads the New York Times

    From a New York Times article on how some anti-childhood obesity funding is cutting into funding for anti-smoking efforts: Jeffrey Friedman, an obesity researcher at Rockefeller University, notes that there are many assumptions about what will work — more healthful foods in schools, a soda tax, getting children to be more active. Yet no interventions,… Continue reading

  • Fluff: Oprah Magazine cover

    Does anything about this cover photo seem strange to you? My first impression was that Oprah’s middle was removed, leaving just her bust, arms, and legs.  What do you think? 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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