Living ~400lbs

… and believe me I am still alive

January 2013

  • Weight Loss Myths

    Shakesville posted about this Gina Kolata NY Times piece already, but I wanted to highlight this: David B. Allison, who directs the Nutrition Obesity Research Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham […] sought to establish what is known to be unequivocally true about obesity and weight loss. His first thought was that, of course,… Continue reading

  • Series of quotes: Poor

    “Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed.” – Herman Melville “The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and… Continue reading

  • Smile

    This gave me a smile :)  What’s been a reason for you to smile lately? Continue reading

  • QotD: Inauguration

    “It is now our generation’s task to carry on what those pioneers began.  For our journey is not complete until our wives, our mothers and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts. Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law for if… Continue reading

  • QotD: Fat & Exercising

    I think a lot of people look to exercise to help them lose weight, and when they don’t lose weight immediately with exercise, they quit. They return to the couch, and they basically never move again. What is lost in that is that fitness is almost certainly more important than fatness. […] If someone starts an… Continue reading

  • What I do with asthma

    Advair inhaler, twice daily. Spirivia inhaler, once daily. Flonase nose spray, once daily. Singulair & antihistamine, once daily. Rescue inhaler, 2 puffs before exercise or as needed. Vacuum several times a week. Weekly wipe down surfaces in bedroom. Weekly wash sheets, comforter cover and pillowcases in hot water to kill dust mites. (Dust mites is… Continue reading

  • Things To Read

    From Dani Kelley’s “The body I have”: I stopped eating in the eighth grade. People complimented me on how much weight I was losing, how much prettier I looked, how much better I was. They didn’t know something was wrong until I started passing out. And when my eating disorder finally came to light, it… Continue reading

  • Being An Adult

    My favorite thing about being an adult — about having a nice home to live in and an amazing-and-wonderful-and-often-super-difficult job and a loving/working marriage and debt that I pay on time — is that I get to self-determine what my grown-up life looks like. Being able to choose to do (and yes, even to buy)… Continue reading

  • Harriet Brown on Weight Bullying by Parents

    [Discussion of bullying and weight punishments; feel free to skip.] Harriet Brown has a piece in the New York Times Well blog on “Feeling Bullied by Parents About Weight“: Parents and other adults who are “only trying to help” may do harm rather than good, as a recent study from the journal Pediatrics makes clear. It… Continue reading

  • What does fat acceptance have to do with health?

    Some of the recent discussion about health and fat got me thinking about fat and health.  Poll time!   (Yes, it’s multiple choice.) Continue reading

  • Conflating Dieting with Eating Healthy

    [Feel free to skip if you don’t want to think about dieting right now.] It’s January and there is the usual plethora of diet commercials extolling weight loss. Google “dieting” and up comes Special K’s “Healthy Eating Plan”! That said, it is a bit refreshing to see someone write: As a lifelong dieter, let me… Continue reading

  • In Which I Get Fangirly

    The most recent episode of The Big Bang Theory is a perfect example of what I hate and love about the show. Sheldon’s “talking to” Alex? Terrible. Not just terrible in what was said (which it was) but also out of character. Sheldon isn’t good at reading emotions or dating, but he isn’t cruel.  Sheldon… Continue reading

  • Today in Don’t Read The Comments

    Marilyn Wann takes on weight bias in healthcare in “Big deal: You can be fat and fit” on CNN.COM: …People are telling their stories of weight bias in medical care on websites like First, Do No Harm, This Is Thin Privilege and Obesity Surgery Gone Wrong. The National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance has been speaking out… Continue reading

  • Happy New Year!

    Hello and welcome!  I’m back at work with my new cartoon-a-day calendar (New Yorker cartoons) and new wall calendar (Pacific Northwest landscapes).  I even cut off some of the photos from last year’s wall calendar to decorate my cube.  Ready to work!  (Yes, I know it’s Wednesday, but today feels like Monday to me.  Yay four-day weekends!… 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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