Living ~400lbs

… and believe me I am still alive


  • Why Do I Need To Eat Every Day?

    Yes, I know it’s because I’m human and we operate best if we eat with a certain amount of “eat multiple times a day” and “eat a variety of foods”. But it’s frustrating me at the moment, and I’m venting, so deal. I know my pandemic experience has been a really good one. We have… Continue reading

  • Quote of the Day: Hunger, Food, and Self-acceptance

    [Discusses calorie counts, reference to dieting/WLS] I work with Michelle, The Fat Nutritionist, and she’s changed my entire life and my entire relationship with food. I was talking to her about hating myself for eating more often than I “should” […] She said my body requires more calories than I’m able to consume in one sitting… Continue reading

  • Breakfast Pricing

    Out for breakfast one day I noticed that both the plate of 3 pancakes and the dish of cut fruit are “one side”.   Different in quantity, nutrients and fiber.  Different, too, in shelf-stability of the ingredients and labor (mixing and cooking pancakes vs chopping fruit). But the same price. Says something about our food… Continue reading

  • QOTD: People Really Do Know How To Eat

    People really do know how to eat, otherwise we never would have survived as a species. We have internal regulation mechanisms to tell us when we are hungry and full, and to seek out a variety of foods for good nutrition. — Michelle, at her blog The Fat Nutritionist Continue reading

  • Semi-Random Update

    I am sitting naked on my couch, wrapped in an afghan. “Breakfast” this morning was a banana, 2 butterflake rolls, and a glass of diet Pepsi. My temp job is taking huge amounts of my time.  I will likely be working some today, for example. More permanent positions may be added in my group. I… Continue reading

  • Office Breakfast

    The man of the house had picked up a variety pack of instant oatmeal for a trip.  We didn’t eat it then.  Monday I brought it into the office with me. 2 packets in a coffee cup + hot water = hot breakfast.   I don’t eat it every day, but when I was too… Continue reading

  • Today’s Google Doodle

    Today’s Google Doodle is on Albert Szent-Györgyi, who is credited with discovering vitamin C. Growing up, I wished that one could just take pills instead of having to decide what to eat and thus avoid all the questions and pressures around “eating right”. I don’t wish that anymore. But I’m glad for beef jerky and… Continue reading

  • Culture Affects Science Reporting

    The bare facts in this piece on breakfast size are simple: German researchers studied the food intake of 280 obese adults and 100 of normal weight. The subjects kept records of everything they ate over two weeks, and were carefully instructed about the importance of writing down what they ate as soon as they ate… Continue reading

  • Things I Would Like To Not Care About

    I would like to not worry about: Whether a medical professional will consider my symptoms before making a diagnosis. Whether a job interviewer will not hire me because I’m fat. Whether the friend talking about her diet is doing so as a way of passive-aggressively commenting on my body size, eating habits, or perceived dieting… Continue reading

  • Things to Read: Scandals That Aren’t

    This bit on Fast Food Restaurants Not Single-Handedly Ending Child Obesity is hysterical.   Yes, some fast food restaurants pledged to make “healthier” choices available, and yes, they make some “healthier” choices available.  Is it really a surprise that you might have to, gasp, order the milk and apple slices instead of pop and fries?… Continue reading

  • Thankful Thursday

    [a not-always-weekly exercise in gratitude] It’s Thursday and I’m thankful for: I’m getting better at exercising regularly.  It’s having results in terms of feeling stronger & being able to do more physically. The rain is watering the yard for me. One less item on the to-do list :) …and the roses are still blooming. Fresh strawberries… 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

  • Jamie Oliver’s “Food Revolution”

    I didn’t watch the show. I wasn’t going to blog about it, for one thing. But this article Arun Gupta wrote at Alternet is fascinating, digging into the various federal and state requirements for school lunches, how both policy and kids’ tastes encourages the use of processed foods … and here I am, blogging about… Continue reading

  • Music Monday

    Heading back to work.  Went grocery shopping yesterday with an idea of breaking up my “lunch rut” a bit, so I have fresh fruit and veggies to jazz things up a bit. Anyway, here’s the music I’m listening to to psych myself up for work ;)   Ever hear This Train Is Bound For Glory?… Continue reading

  • Kraft Dinner Mix-Ins

    I think part of what turned me off to the Food Network’s “Semi-Homemade” cooking show, even before I heard the host’s voice, was the very concept of a TV show built around variations on store-bought / prepackaged food.   “People need to be told to do that?” and “God, how boring” where my thoughts.  … Continue reading

  • March Round-Up

    This is partly for me, and partly to show folks a little of what’s going on “behind the curtain”.  I’ve considered calling it “Best of Living 400lbs” but I’m not sure it’s really the best articles…what do you think? March’s most popular posts: On Acceptance Why paying attention to weight can be good “Every Little… Continue reading

  • The Notorious Salad of Doom

    In keeping with both the “music Mondays” theme and the “things that make me smile ’cause it’s Monday” theme, I present:  SJ Tucker, Betsy Tinney and Vixy & Tony singing Salad of Doom: Nom nom. ;) Edited to add a link to the studio version, now that the album is out. Or just click play: Continue reading

About Me

Former software tester, now retired heart patient having fun and working on building endurance and strength. See also About page.

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