Living ~400lbs

… and believe me I am still alive

July 2013

  • Quotes: Persist

    “It is not enough to be well-intentioned; one must strive to put those intentions into action in a capable way. One must consider the effect his actions will have on others. Looked at like this, to persist in ignorance is itself dishonorable.” — Andrew Cohen “It is far better to grasp the universe as it… Continue reading

  • Nothing to Prove

    The Doubleclicks made this video for their song “Nothing to Prove” using video clips submitted by friends and fans.  (Some of those clips are also being posted at, with more being uploaded.) “Nothing to Prove” song lyrics are on their Bandcamp site, and The Doubleclicks talk about making the video on their main site. The song… Continue reading

  • Medical Equipment Size Limits

    This article focuses on the weight limits of air ambulances, but it’s depressing anyway. The overall message of the piece is to lose weight (which we all know works so well! And immediately!) Now, yes, most fat people aren’t very fat; most cutoffs are 300 or 350lbs; air ambulances appear to have lower-than-typical requirements. But… Continue reading

  • Genetics Affect Weight

    This New York Times article by Gina Kolata isn’t totally news to me. At least not this summary of a study published in a 1990 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine (bolding added): The work fascinates Claude Bouchard, a genetics researcher at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, La., because it might offer… Continue reading

  • Some Good Things

    Photos have surfaced on Flikr of Integrity Puget Sound & various Episcopal parishes in the Seattle Pride Parade. Things that happen in Seattle: Officers assisted a man who took an early morning office chair ride.  (No one was hurt.) A new Donna Andrews book, The Hen of the Baskervilles, has arrived. A new Stop Paying Attention comic! The… Continue reading

  • World Ending, Fat People’s Fault

    It’s amazing what fat is used to justify. Besides the increased health risks associated with obesity, we’re told fat people harm national defense, make global warming worse, and decrease workplace productivity.*  The “Oh, but we need to do something about obesity!!!” is trotted out to sell organic foods, free range foods, Whole Foods, books, TV… Continue reading

  • People Get Ready

    73-year-old Lester Chambers dedicates “People Get Ready” in memory of Trayvon Martin.  A white woman jumps on stage and assaults him. If you aren’t familiar with the song, here’s a recording of Aretha Franklin singing it: Imagine how folks would’ve reacted if Lester had sung Springsteen’s “American Skin (41 Shots)”. Continue reading

  • You’re SORRY? Oh fuck you.

    Dr. Peter Attia thinks about his former patient often, the woman who came to him in the emergency room at Johns Hopkins Hospital one night seven years ago. She was obese and suffering from a severe complication of Type 2 diabetes, a foot ulcer, which required an urgent amputation. At the time, Dr. Attia admits,… Continue reading

  • Saving Our Parents

    As adults, we try to develop the character traits that would have rescued our parents. — Alain de Botton I saw this on Tumblr and … yes.  I learned to manage my money better than my parents.  I looked for the body and size acceptance my mother sought for in diet pills and Ayds.  I avoid… Continue reading

  • Quote of the Day

    Mr. de la Rionda hammered away at the chain of events Mr. Zimmerman set off, he said, when he profiled Mr. Martin, got out of his car with a gun and followed him, despite the advice of the police dispatcher. “The law doesn’t allow people to take the law into their own hands,” he said.… Continue reading

  • All American Girl

    Melissa Etheridge song from her 93 album “Yes I Am.“ Continue reading

  • Itch, Itch, Itch

    Ever use a long-handled bath brush to scrub your back? Swap the brush for a dense sponge, and that’s basically the long-handled lotion applicator I got from Amazon. This morning I used it to put Aveeno anti-itch lotion on the itchy spot on the middle of my back. At bedtime I decided to try Benadryl… Continue reading

  • Fat Is So Puzzling

    Some things from the site search stats: how do you fly if youre 400 pounds Take a deep breath & flap your arms realll fast…. if you weigh 400lb you can live a year without eating I doubt it. were can i find gray plus size scrubs in 7x I suggest Plus Woman. scale that… Continue reading

  • Music Monday: A Talk With George

    “A Talk With George” is a song by Jonathan Coulton about the journalist George Plimpton.  Plimpton was known for writing about what it’s like for a “layman” to take on a pro boxer or go out for the NFL.  He also co-founded The Paris Review.  The song starts out with “what if George Plimpton wanted to give you some… 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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