Tag Archives: Weight Loss

mmmm love (Letter M)

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I love you M

EATINGS

  • Mandarin oranges – they remind me of my dad.  He used to buy them every year at Christmas time and we would eat them together
  • Mint & chocolate

WATCHINGS

  • Mamma Mia – such a cute happy movie, WITH Abba music.  Although, whoever thought that Pierce Brosnan should sing should be slapped
  • Alfred Molina
  • Ian McShane – totally loved him in Deadwood
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000 – this makes me laugh like nothing else.  I get giddy when I’m going to watch an episode.
  • Murder by Death – clever and funny
  • MacGyver – you know you all love him, don’t deny it  5 points for anyone who can tell me what his first name is, without googling it!
  • Moulin Rouge – costumes, music, total glam.  And Ewan McGregor
  • Midnight Madness – no one I know has ever heard of this movie.  I watched it over and over back in the 80’s and would crack up, and I still do.  I bought it from Amazon and it still makes me laugh. Fagabeefe!!!
  • The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack – Oh Captain!

READINGS

LISTENINGS

WEARINGS

  • Masks
  • Mary Janes

PERUSINGS

OTHERINGS

  • My momma!!!
  • Monkeys
  • Movie theaters
  • ModCloth – I can’t fit into any of their clothes, but they have the cutest items.  I bought a very cute thermos from this site

Book Review: The Fat Girl’s Guide to Life

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My review of “The Fat Girl’s Guide to Life” by Wendy Shanker

(And because I hate long blog posts without any pictures, I’ll throw a few pics in here to help the reading go down easier.)

Wendy Shanker decided to take back the word fat, and make work for her.  Her book is funny, informative, and honest.  It also has some amazing self-esteem discoveries, and it promotes being healthy and learning about self-love.  My only problem with it is that she sometimes contradicted herself and also repeated herself occasionally.

She writes about stereotypes, discrimination, clothing, self-esteem, sex, and even food.  She pretty much breaks it down, and lets the readers know it’s okay to be a fat girl.

Here are some of my favorite parts:

“If you ever want to make people visibly uncomfortable, just say the f-word (fat) out loud.”  It’s so true.   And yet it’s the word she’s chosen to use, and she’s quite fine with it.  If she says it first, what’s the point of anyone else saying it to her?  She also promotes eating well and working out and having a healthy body, but recognizes that there are different body types and metabolisms.

She also points out a little about food addiction…it’s not considered the same as being addicted to cigarettes or alcohol, because we need food daily, we can’t avoid it.  This is a good point.  (Ha, i actually typed pint…like pint of ice cream?)

“I don’t feel fat anymore (where fat=ugly, bad, worthless, lazy).  Now I am fat (where fate=the opposite of thin), but I feel….Fat.  It’s like, fat girls are embarrassed when they can’t find their size; but Fat Girls go up to the salesperson and ask for it.  Or, fat girls hide their bodies in big, drapey, shapeless clothes; but Fat Girls show off their cleavage and draw attention to their curves.”  We should ALL do this!!!

“I’m fat.  I assume I always will be.  I spent my whole life waiting to get thin so my life could start.  Now I realize that I can’t wait for thinness to arrive in order for my life to begin.”  I was actually lucky enough to realize this about 2 years ago, and it has helped me tremendously.  I have a friend that I wish could also realize….we all need to realize this.  We can’t wait for whatever we consider “wrong” with ourselves to be “fixed” before we deserve the life we want.

Dove's Real Beauty campaign. Photo: Courtesy of Dove

Regarding working out: “I don’t comprehend what people are talking about when they discuss endorphin rushes.  My body is covered with too much fat for me to notice much muscle definition.  Exercise doesn’t relieve stress, it doesn’t make me feel better.  It’s literally a pain in my ass.  But I do it.  Because I have to.”  YAY!!!  That’s exactly how I feel…except I don’t work out enough.

“Stop taking cues from others and let yourself set your standards.  Right now, try to honor the skin you’re in.”

“If you think someone will love you more if you lose weight, then your weight is not the problem.No one will love you more just because there’s less of you to love.”  Perfectly said

“As far as I know, Gwyneth Paltrow has not compared herself to me today, so I’ve decided that I will not compare myself to her.”  So basically simple yet so elusive, I love this statement.

While worrying about having sex with someone and that person discovering she is fat: “You’re fat and disgusting! What the hell did I just touch?  Is that even a body part that other people have?”  That made me laugh over and over again.

So, if you like non-fiction, want to learn some ways to appreciate who you are, no matter what your size is, read it.

In case of fatness, take the stairs

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See all my pretty pills that I take?  Know why I take them?  Mostly to be healthy and to not get sick.

That’s why I do most things really, to avoid bad consequences.

I fold the laundry (eventually) so that I’m not stuck wearing something too small or dirty for the day.

I empty the dishwasher (eventually) so that I can load it again so I don’t have to hand wash every dish and utensil when I want to eat.

I take my pills so that I can avoid possible health risks.  I take Vitamin D, fish oil, magnesium, some funky pills from my acupuncturist, fiber, and my metformin.  The metformin isn’t actually preventative though, it helps with my mock PCOS and has actually helped me, namely in clearing up my skin!!

You are probably asking why I’m telling you about my pill situation, and don’t worry, I’ll explain.  Can I just also add that taking that many pills throughout the day is NOT easy for me?  I’ve always had trouble swallowing pills, I have some sort of mental block.  I usually have to hold them in my mouth for a while, tilt my head back, then psych myself into swallowing.  80% of the time there is no problem.  The other 20% can be quite yucky.  I have to try to be quick with the ones that dissolve too quickly.

AnyWHOO…..so I take this pills to be healthy, and yet I don’t do the most important things to be healthy.  It’s like if I do something half-assed at least I’ll get half-ass credit?  I don’t exercise, I don’t eat all that great, I procrastinate and stress myself out….I put off being healthy.  And what’s the point of taking pills to be healthy when I could avoid a whole bunch of trouble in the future if I would just get off my butt?

I don’t like taking pills.  I don’t want to get diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, high cholesterol….I don’t want to have to take pills to deal with any issues I might have.  The metformin is MORE than enough actual medicine.  I am 36, and I am only pushing myself towards illnesses by doing (or not doing) what I’m doing.

apparently I thought you all wanted to see directly up my nose

I’m lazy, I admit it.  I don’t like exercise.  It makes me tired and wears me out, and I hardly ever get to feel those talked about endorphins.  And yet, I know, I KNOW,  that I need to do it.  I don’t like going to work but I do it.  I don’t like paying my bills, but I do it.  I don’t like doing….well, lots of other things, I just can’t remember them all now.  The point is I do what I need to do (for the most par.) I like to avoid unnecessary and painful situations, so why the firetruck can’t I get my body to the gym?

Argh…..I’m working on it.  I am, I have mental fights with myself all the time.  The body and the mind do not work well together.  They are like siblings that won’t share and only like each other once they both mature.

Hmm, writing this post actually helped me clear my head a bit, helped me put things in a bit of perspective.  So maybe the blog is helping.