Author: Living 400lbs

  • Three Things

    From an article on improving treatment of prisoners and staff in prisons to improve rehabilitation: Unlike in the United States, almost all incarcerated people in Norway are ultimately released, Roer said, which got officers thinking more about how to rehabilitate those who will rejoin society.“And we started to say, ‘What kind of neighbor do we […]

  • “Ask for Jane”

    A good article on women who were illegal abortionists in 1968-1973. Some of the stories she recalls are heartbreaking. They reflect a time when access even to birth control was limited; when a patchwork of abortion regulations meant that women with the economic means to travel could find care in states that allowed abortion, but […]

  • Things That Derail My Everything

    Doctor appointments, like the 3 I had in 2 weeks. (Mostly it’s because I emotionally freak out about it. I don’t like that but that’s what my body insists on right now.) Medical tests, like the ultrasound I had during the same 2 weeks. (See above.) Doing more physical things around the house, which for […]

  • Adapting to climate change by raising your house

    Like, on stilts. Marketplace – the NPR show that became a favorite commute listen and eventually a favorite podcast commute listen – discusses how a woman who spent $97.5k on her house ended up spending $100k (mostly from a FEMA grant) to raise it more than 8 feet. Half a dozen workers, drenched in sweat […]

  • Martin Luther King Jr Day

    Martin Luther King Jr Day

    It’s a holiday in the US to remember (and hopefully learn from) the life of The Rev Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • Doctors and dentists and blood, oh my!

    Last week I noticed my jaw was hurting a bit. Always in the same place. Was something wrong? It went away over the weekend, but came back on Monday. It was bad enough on Monday that I called the dentist. I soon had an appointment for Wed afternoon. In the meantime, I took a Tylenol […]

  • Day in the Life: Shower, Chafing, & Jock Itch

    These days I use the blow-dryer on crevices and wear tummy liners from More Of Me To Love instead of baby powder. (Yay not getting baby powder everywhere.) I like their bra liners too. I continue the use of antifungals as needed, usually in other crevices. Ah, the morning shower.  Warm water to get the […]

  • Day in the Life: Aerobics

    Day in the Life: Aerobics

    Since I wrote this there’s been a bunch of changes. I got an adapter that let me feed video from VHS to my computer. I made digital video copies of the various segments from the VHS tape. This lets me customize things a bit, such as doing a segment multiple times to work out more. […]

  • QoTD

    I have always been fat.

  • Day in the life: Thyroid pause

    Day in the life: Thyroid pause

    This post was originally written in 2015. These days I’m much more aware of what I call the “thyroid pause”, the 30-60 minutes that I to am wait after taking the thyroid pill, before I eat breakfast or take other meds. I often wake up, check the time, take thyroid, and go back to sleep. […]

  • QoTD

    [I]t’s fine to just eat, and not expect your food choices to work some particular magic on your body. “You get the time and the space to focus on your career, on your relationships, on social justice, causes you care about, changing the world—there’s so much more life available to you outside of [just thinking […]

  • Day in the life: Stretches (updated)

    I still stretch in the morning and evening, though not this full sequence. Usually I stretch whatever feels stiff and I bend over to touch the floor a few times. Last year we had a plumbing problem under the kitchen sink. Himself knew how to fix it, but didn’t feel up to the bending. I […]

  • Day in the life: Waking up (updated)

    This post was originally written in 2008. It’s one of the first I wrote for this blog. And it’s still pertinent! I’ve been using a CPAP for over 10 years now. I have problems falling asleep without it. Not because I snore or otherwise sleep poorly without it – because I’m so used to having […]

  • Happy 2023

    However this meets you, I hope you start the year looking forward to a life you enjoy!

  • Site updates today

    Mostly small things:

  • September 1, 2008

    That’s when I started this blog. At the time I was in my (early) forties, married, owned a home, and worked in software testing. Now I’m definitely in my fifties. I’m still married. We have a different home. I retired from the software grind. Instead of busing or driving to an office building, I’ve been […]

  • Yes, I’m rearranging

    It’s been years since I changed how the site looks. Hang in there.