Living ~400lbs

… and believe me I am still alive

August 2010

  • Wicked Girls Pre-Orders

    You can pre-order Seanan McGuire’s next album, Wicked Girls.  Details are here.  The pre-orders will help finance finishing the album, and only 300 will be taken. Please note that she doesn’t have a definite release date yet. If it would bother you to not know exactly when it will be delivered, or to trust an… Continue reading

  • August at Living 400lbs…

    August!  Let’s see: Switched to a new layout. I’ve gotten more regular in my workouts, especially the strength training. Liss at Shakesville linked to me several times (which is very flattering!) If you’re curious, the most-read Living 400lbs posts that were written in August are: I’m squishy, but I’m NOT obese Michelle Obama: Let’s Harm… Continue reading

  • Music Monday: Sound Wave

    Yesterday I went to a Sounders game.  Besides the game, there was over a mile of walking to/from the stadium. Plus, our seats are on the 100 level, where everyone stands the entire game – so if you want to see the game you end up standing. Or, if you’re me, you sometimes migrate up… Continue reading

  • Deciphering studies: Absolute vs Relative Risks

    I thought this example Lisa Martinez made in the comments at the Well blog was one of the clearer examples I’ve seen for absolute vs relative risks. 100 women took ABC pill and 100 women took a placebo, which is not an actual medication. Of the 100 women who took ABC pill, 2 developed cancer… Continue reading

  • I’m squishy, but I’m NOT obese

    You may have seen today’s Pickles. Transcript: Panel 1: Nelson asks Earl: Grampa, are you obese? Panel 2: Earl: Obese? No, I’m NOT obese. Panel 3: Nelson: [pokes tummy, with a “squish” noise] Panel 4:  Earl: I’m squishy, but I’m NOT obese. This illustrates much of the “obesity” discussion. Earl knows he’s fat.  Earl assumes… Continue reading

  • Food as Medicine, or, Blueberries Prevent Death

    I’m not the only one who makes fun of the “food is medicine” “eat this and you’ll live forever or at least you won’t get cancer (maybe).” Am I? I’m not the only one who rolls my eyes at “superfoods” or who likes smoothies because they’re a quick breakfast, not because they’re “brain boosters“, right? Right?… Continue reading

  • Music Monday: Goddess

    I don’t know if it’s odd that I associate this song with going to work.  Songwriter SJ Tucker has noted that it was inspired by the beauties she’d seen working in coffee shops in Austin, TX. When playing a coffeehouse (as she is in this video) she often dedicates it to the people working at… Continue reading

  • Virtual Window Shopping: Tie Dye

    [Virtual Window Shopping is looking at supersize / extended size clothing that I think is nifty.  Preferably modeled by fat people.] I confess: I am in lust with this violet and black tie-dye tee.   Mostly I love the colors and abstract color patterning – I like that it’s not a uniform print, or if it… Continue reading

  • Thankful Thursday

    [a not-always-weekly exercise in gratitude] Not too hot today, so the HVAC system at work going out for most of the day didn’t lead to sweltering…. Helped the man of the house move some equipment that I distinctly remember was really heavy … only it didn’t seem that heavy when I was carrying it tonight. (The… Continue reading

  • Do you like Gina Kolata*?

    I’m not sure why Book Review: Ultimate Fitness by Gina Kolata is back in the top 10 most-read posts or why “Gina Kolata” is my #1 search term. I am curious though. Thoughts? *Yes I know “Kolata” is not her birth name.  Yes, I was making a pun on “Gina Kolata” and “Pina Colada”. If… Continue reading

  • Why I like Aravon sandals

    I love having sandals I can get on the treadmill with and not walk out of! Specifically they’re Aravon 3 Strap Sandals I got a few years ago. Today I felt like going for a walk.  Not wanting to burn in the sunshine I decided I’d try the treadmill despite my sandals.  I only did… Continue reading

  • Fat Acceptance Quotes

    “I support the radically simple idea that people should not be discriminated against, made fun of, restricted, or oppressed because of the size and shape of their bodies. Moreover, I believe that everyone has a right to dignity, respect, and self-love, and that jokes that denigrate fat people are just as offensive as those that… Continue reading

  • Music Monday: Love & Harmony

    I first heard Marian Call sing this song at a house concert in Seattle and I laughed hysterically.  It’s just the right mix of fun and pathos. Sorry, I don’t have the lyrics for this one. BTW: Marian is currently on a 50-state (and some provinces) no-label tour.  She’s playing house concerts, coffee shops, comic… Continue reading

  • Meds: There’s a Reason I Take Them

    It’s amazing how my morning can go from “bleah” and “moving sucks” to “this feels right pleasant” and “let’s get stuff done” just by taking my meds. The asthma meds in particular make carrying laundry up/down the stairs and changing sheets much easier, but the vitamin B12 and D also does a lot for my… Continue reading

  • When normal isn’t normal

    Yesterday Wendy published a 2-line poem titled “when normal isn’t normal”. i suffer from mental health is there something wrong with me You may or may not identify with this.   Yes, being fat can influence this.  There have been studies trying to determine if obesity is a mental illness (it’s not).   Being fat in… Continue reading

  • Thankful Thursday

    [a not-always-weekly exercise in gratitude] Being reminded I live in a Futuristic Sci-Fi World. My desk at work is now closer to a window. Something about “getting some natural light” is nice. Being able to take some time during the day to stretch. Fresh strawberries… Celebrating my 10th wedding anniversary this week with the man of… Continue reading

  • Fat Acceptance Quote for Parents and Teachers

    If you exercise as “punishment” for weighing too much, how can you learn to enjoy being active? If you eat salads only as a way to change the body you hate, how will you enjoy the wonderful tastes of fresh vegetables? Besides, if hating one’s body effectively motivated change, do you really think there would… 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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