Living ~400lbs

… and believe me I am still alive

February 2011

  • Plus-Sized Athletes (with heads)

    There’s a story making the rounds on “plus-sized athletes” reacting to the US “Let’s Move” campaign. The fitness community has embraced the first lady’s ‘Let’s Move’ program, but many health experts balk at equating improving health with lowering weight. Fat aerobics instructor Sandy Shaffer and physical trainer GeMar Neloms are interviewed.  Dr Kenneth Cooper, a longtime… Continue reading

  • What’s the fattest country in the world?

    Well, one question is, who cares?   Okay, we know the media cares, and legislators, and Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign. Dr Samantha Thomas recently posted about some myths popular in the Australian press, including that Australia is the “fattest country”.  (Hint: it isn’t.)   She also linked to some statistics, ranking countries by the… Continue reading

  • New HAES Study

    Science is not a sacred cow. Science is a horse. Don’t worship it. Feed it. — Aubrey Eben The new Health At Every Size paper, by Linda Bacon and Lucy Aphramor, is titled Weight Science: Evaluating the Evidence for a Paradigm Shift.   From the abstract: Current guidelines recommend that “overweight” and “obese” individuals lose… Continue reading

  • Sex or Thinness?

    Obviously it takes a certain kind of mind to ask 2,400 women if they would sacrifice a full year of sex to be skinny.  In this case, the mind works at  Fitness magazine. 51% of the 2,400 women said “Yes”. Now, I’m sure that some of those women interpreted “sex” to mean “sex with a partner”,… Continue reading

  • Is it a bad sign….

    If you’ve played so much solitaire you have a 66% win rate? Continue reading

  • Yelling Out The Car Window

    Today a young(ish?) male passenger in a car yelled something at me out of the car window. I was walking down the sidewalk at the time.* This isn’t common around here, perhaps because Seattleites are reserved (or unsocial, take your pick) — and/or because it’s the suburbs, so not a huge number of walkers anyway. I… Continue reading

  • Happy Valentine’s Day

    Wishing you hugs & love today — whether you’re hugging your pet, your stuffed animal, a friend, a lover, a child, or all of the above! Today I had lunch with the man of the house. Now I am smiling at the white roses I picked up yesterday and about to dive into my (American)… Continue reading

  • Ban Fat Marriage?

    Yes, I know that Dan Savage’s screed on banning fat marriage is trying to illustrate the point that gay marriage bans are ludicrous.   Fellow Stranger writer Lindy West has already responded with a solid “why fat hate doesn’t work” aimed at those who don’t want to get it, and I don’t disagree with it. However. I do… Continue reading

  • Tummy & Bra Liners & AmpleStuff

    For those who are tired of sweat collecting underneath their tummies, AmpleStuff is now carrying Tummy Liners made by Pambra of bra liner fame. I haven’t tried them, but Stilletto posted a review of the tummy liner, and  Notblueatall posted a review of both the bra and tummy liners. I’ve mentioned before that I use baby powder to combat… Continue reading

  • Interviews, Interviews

    I’ve been getting more job interviews lately.  Researching the companies I’m interviewing at and other interview prep is taking a fair amount of time.   One place I interviewed at Monday has called to arrange a second round next week, which is a hopeful sign. I am still not getting full lung function, but albuterol,… Continue reading

  • Knitting, Crochet, and Related Acts of Yarn

    I know people who knit or crochet habitually. As in, all the time. As in, they have trouble figuring out what to do with all their creations. I’m not one of them. I do know how to knit, mind.  Ditto crochet.  I think both are useful skills.  But what drives me to acts of yarn… Continue reading

  • Things to Read

    This is kind of a mishmash ;) If you’ve seen comments about “dickwolves” and PAX and wondered what it was about, JetWolf has a nice summary. Author Seanan McGuire addressed why fixing the US healthcare system is so terribly, terribly important this week.  Seanan has discussed why she needs health insurance here and here. Seanan’s new… Continue reading

  • On Decoupling Exercise and Weight Loss

    From obesity researcher Travis Saunders comes this excellent post on how Canadian public health efforts to increase activity work against their own aims by tying exercise with weight loss: [T]he average weight loss in response to a moderate increase in physical activity levels is very modest, and it’s likely that many people would see no weight… Continue reading

  • Feeling Like A “Bad” Fatty

    I haven’t been exercising.  I spent most of the weekend sitting or laying down. Sometimes I’d be breathing hard from the effort of sitting (compared to laying down).  Sunday I was so exhausted I literally laid down and cried. I’ve got a cold, which does not combine well with asthma.  Plus I was helping run… 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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