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Angry Fat Girls by Frances Kuffel

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

I really like to read anything about weightloss issues and ran across this book in the local library. Frances Kuffel is a woman in her 40s who rose to fame after writing her first memoir, Passing For Thin, that she wrote after losing over 100 pounds. I haven't read Passing for Thin, but hope I can locate a copy one of these days. In Angry Fat Girls, she has gained back a lot of her weight and is obese again. The other fat girls in the book are women she corresponds with on the internet via blogs, forums, and instant messaging. They all have lost and gained tremendous amounts of weight.

These women are veterans of 12-step obesity groups. I have never tried one of these groups and didn't know anything about them. It was interesting to read about abstinance as it pertains to eating and striving to live a life free of sugar and flour. These women seem to need this strict lifestyle to overcome their eating addicitons.

In my own experience, I never self-identified as a binge eater, and the bingeing these women describe was a little boggling: 1000s of calories consumed in one sitting, eating in the middle of the night, scarfing down large quantities of fast food in the car in parking lots, and eating whole cakes.

Reading this book made me pretty thoughtful about my own eating issues. It also made me wonder if I could ever lose a lot of weight myself. I have eaten way too much at a sitting in my life, just not as a lifestyle. I have knocked out a pint of ice cream (it's been many years since I did that though) all by myself. I have ordered food at a drive-through window and scarfed it down in the car even if I wasn't that hungry, just craving. So I could relate to those women to a degree.

If you like to read books on fat issues and are a woman, you might like to read this not-warm-and-fuzzy book. It will give you a lot to think about as Kuffel covers many dimensions of being obese, losing weight, and gaining it back.

Have you read any good or provocative books on this subject?

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KAREN608 11/10/2012 9:50AM

    I looked up the auther's name and found them on Amazon, used, 1 cent and 3.99 shipping. One had a Look Inside also so got to read a bit and sounds very interesting. It was cool that the author commented here!!!! and she does not have a Spark Page but wish she would, we'd all encourage her!!!!

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GUENAVIEVE 11/8/2012 11:51AM

    I'll have to check that out, thanks for the review. I can relate with binge eating, I could probably sit all day and eat. Food is my addiction and I feel like I'm always hungry. :(

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WILLITWORK1 11/8/2012 8:17AM

    these all sound interesting. I'm going to check them out.

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VENDOSSIS 11/7/2012 6:01PM

    I looked that book up on Amazon because you suggested it. And I'll have to look up the Hunger Fix too; that sounds interesting. Thanks for the book suggestions. Always looking for a good book to read.

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MERRY_XMAS 11/7/2012 1:31PM

    Thank you for sharing!

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 11/7/2012 1:23PM

    Thank you for the review. It sounds like a book I could benefit from.

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PAMPEEKEMD 11/7/2012 1:10PM

  Hey, thanks so, so much for reading my book!

It was republished in paperback as EATING ICE CREAM WITH MY DOG, which may help people find it more easily. PASSING FOR THIN is much more warm & fuzzy. ;)

A book I cannot recommend too highly is Pam Peeke's THE HUNGER FIX. It uses cutting edge science to create a threefold approach to food addiction in terms of food, exercise and brainy stuff. Turns out sugar destroys many of our feel-good/impulse control pathways so detoxing from it & getting the focus on foods rich in endocrine-friendly nutrients & exercise, as well as building a list of healthy fixes like listening to music, cuddling your cat, meditation and sunlight, can rebuild those damaged areas of the brain.

It's a wise, compassionate and very important book.

All best -- Frances Kuffel

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DETERMINED_ME 11/7/2012 12:52PM

    Sounds great...Will have to check into that.

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LOSINIT52 11/7/2012 12:46PM

    Sounds interesting. Apparently it is not available at my local library unfortunately.
Thanks for sharing. I will watch for it.
One diet book I enjoyed was The Beck Solution.

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MAHGRET 11/7/2012 12:14PM

    Thanks for the info.

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Spark on! I'm a team administrator!

Monday, November 05, 2012

I became the administrator for the "Over 50 with 50-99 pounds to lose" group. If you are a member, holla! I like this group because it is a large group with many active members and new members joining all the time. In the past I tried to be an administrator to smaller groups, but when the members are an inactive few, it is not very rewarding. Not sure what I will try to do with the group, but if you have ideas, please contact me.

I looked at the challenges, and I joined the one that said I'd make 7 posts a week. That will be a lot of team posting as I usually respond to people's blogs as my way of communicating with people. I feel like people put a lot into blogging and really appreciate it when people read and leave a note. But posting is more of a group thing so it will be fun to see what is on the group's minds.

If you are in this group, please try to huddle every day. It would be cool if 100 members huddled every day or even every week.

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GAYLLYNNE 11/8/2012 7:35AM

    Awesome!! emoticon

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MERRY_XMAS 11/6/2012 4:09AM

    Congratulations! I'm sure you are gonna do a great job!
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MOONSTORMER 11/5/2012 11:26PM

    well done! emoticon

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LOSINIT52 11/5/2012 10:40PM

    emoticon that is a large team because, let's face it, here are a lot of us in that boat. You are very positive and will be a great administrator .

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ROSIEPD 11/5/2012 9:07PM

    As I posted on the group, very happy to have you as an administrator (even though I am too new to really know what that means). You were the first person to respond and show me support, and I won't forget that. Thank you for being a SparkFriend! emoticon

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1EMMA2011 11/5/2012 8:57PM

    This is AWESOME you can use it on your resume! Let me know how I can support you! I'll try to huddle up every day. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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This and that

Sunday, November 04, 2012

Still on my prgram. I decided that I started October at 239 and ended at 233, so it wasn't much of a plateau after all. I hope I can get to 229 by Thanksgiving though. I continue to do what is right to make it happen.

I have a few neighborhood walks I make during the week. One is about 25 minutes and another is closer to an hour. It's beautiful so I don't mind getting out and feel proud when I finish (also sweaty and beat). I also do Leslie Sansone's Walk Away the Pounds in my living room. I'd like to find the perfect DVD for strength training for my age and fitness level. I read that strength training is good for firing up the metabolism. Bring it on!

I am trying to eat more vegetables, especially those that are in season, especially those that aren't super-starchy. I made the baked kale chips a few times last week and it's not the greatest snack, but easy to make and the flavor/texture grows on you. I ate a big salad of mostly greens at Ruby Tuesday today. I love a leafy salad! I made a stir fry yesterday with brown rice and shrimp. I like getting the variety of veggies in a dish like that: cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, snow peas, celery, onion, yummy! I'm going to roast a chicken over vegetables this week and the veggies will be potato, carrot, onion, parsnip, and celery. Roasted veggies are really good! I might even make them for Thanksgiving! My family loves zucchini. I keep making it because it's easy and a favorite even though it's really not in season.

Still getting in a lot of water. I pledge only 6 cups but usually get more. Some days it's hard to get even 6 though. Saw a suggestion to drink a glass of water first thing in the morning. This is a habit I've tried to foster, but for some reason I still don't do it. Let's all do our best and we WILL release these pounds!

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OFFICIALOLDY 11/5/2012 11:45AM

    I'm so happy that your plateau is a thing of the past! Six pounds is great! I bet your new outfit looked amazing. Keep up the great Sparking!

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SCHOOLCOOK2 11/5/2012 8:45AM

    I don't drink much of anything else, so water is not hard to get in. Pushing the veggies I struggle with some but trying to improve. Love my fruits. Right now my problem is eating enough. I have been stuck in the 180s and they think it is because I don't eat enough. That sounds funny but guess the body fights that also.

Good going on your journey. We will emoticon

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ANGRITTER 11/5/2012 6:52AM

    Well, you've got a plan. I think I am going to mix it up a little this month and try to find a workout DVD that I enjoy. I won one from SP in my second week on here, so I really should be doing some of them. I just wish my ankle were stronger first so maybe I can work on them and slowly build up to all the exercises.

I still look like a kickboxing clown when I do Coach Nicole's Cardio Kickboxing. I am so not coordinated!

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MOONSTORMER 11/4/2012 11:26PM

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LOSINGLINNDY 11/4/2012 9:43PM

    You are doing a great job with yo emoticon ur food. Eating all those veggies is great.

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PATRICIAANN46 11/4/2012 9:39PM

  You are doing a great job!!! emoticon

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KALANTHA 11/4/2012 8:31PM

    You have a terrific plan! Keep at it and those pounds will melt away!

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RETIREDMAMA3 11/4/2012 6:48PM

    Losing 6 pounds in one month is "Super". You seem to have a lot of determination and that is what it takes to reach your goal. I am sure you are going to do great and those pants will fit you just the way you want.

Sure hope you get your job too.

Good luck with both.


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REDSMIRK 11/4/2012 6:48PM

    Great Work!

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KENDRACARROLL 11/4/2012 4:40PM

    Check out SP for ST. They have quite a few options, plus they have a ST builder, where you can design your own ST routine.

6 lbs a month is not bad at all. Calculate it over a year - that's a lot of pounds.

Always looking to get more veggies, too. This week alone I managed to fix a roasted butternut squash casserole and also a sweet potato casserole. Delicious.

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LOSINIT52 11/4/2012 4:27PM

    I was thinking about starting some strength training this week myself. If you find a good DVD for ST I would love to hear about it. SP have some ST video clips. Maybe I will start there.

I also was interested in your kale chips idea. I tried kale just once and couldn't understand what would make any human being want to eat it. I know how good it is for you but uck! I love veggies as rule. I will give it another try this week maybe. You never know.

Thanks for sharing. It not only helps to keep you accountable, but it helps others.

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ROSIEPD 11/4/2012 2:50PM

    You are doing great! And you are super encouraging. :-) Congrats on the loss!

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DETERMINED_ME 11/4/2012 2:39PM

    emoticon You finished October strong, I suspect you will finish November strong as well.

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Great November 1st!

Thursday, November 01, 2012

It is sunny and cool here in the Deep South. Last night I resolved to go on a walk today, and I have accomplished it. I went for an hour! It isn't so bad when you have your headphones on and are rocking away while walking away the pounds.

My kids went to a halloween festival at our church. It is a big neighborhood event, but really it's too big to be much fun. So they didn't get much candy. I went out and scammed on the after-Halloween sales and bought them some of their favorites and put it at their place at the table. It's a lot of bounty. I'll try to leave it alone. There are some Almond Joy treats that only I like, so I'll eat that. Next year, I think I'll throw a Halloween party for them and their friends. They can wear costumes and have a good time.

I went to my interview. I don't know if I'll get it or not, but I'm glad I was selected for an interview. I don't know how it would be to teach at an alternative school with kids that are 2 years behind schedule and experiencing learning problems. I got an email about the Skype interview. They say my internet connection is too slow to do the job. I wonder if that means I won't get an interview after all. I would gladly upgrade my internet if I could get that job! I need to see about that.

One great thing about the interview, I put on a pair of pants that I bought in the summer. They were too tight, but I kept them hoping I could wear them eventually. THEY FIT!!! They fit without being too tight too! I felt pretty confident with the way I looked at the interview. I tried on mymy other pants I keep around to try on now and then to see how my weightloss is going, and I could get them on, zipped and buttoned! They are still a little too tight to wear all the time though so I keep on working on it. I have those pants in 3-4 colors and if I get a job, I can wear these pants to work--WHEN I get a few more pounds off. There will come a day that even these pants are too loose! It can happen if I never give up this new lifestyle.

One of my other Spark Friends wrote a good blog about how even if we lose only a quarter-pound each week, it's still 12 pounds a year and that is still progress. It's a marathon, not a sprint. Keep on sparking, y'all!

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MOVEITMARY 11/3/2012 12:47PM

    Congrats on your victories, both the pants and the interview. I hope your interview is fantastic!

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LOSINIT52 11/2/2012 4:47PM

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Congratulations on your nonscale victory. It is great that your scale is moving too and that you are having success.

Glad your interview went well,hope that your Skype interview also goes well and that you get the job. I am sure that would relieve a great deal of stress from your life.

Sounds like you are on a roll with Sparkpeople.
Do you use the food tracker? That seems to be my best tool.
Keep on Sparkin'

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KAREN608 11/2/2012 1:21PM

    So glad the pants fit!
I took a step and ordered some sweats in one size down,
as most of mine are worn out and very baggy.
I just hope they did not alter the size ranges and they are too small.
I would just have to wait longer to fit in them then?!
Since my weight had not changed in years, I do not own any smaller clothes.
My real goal is to fit in regular ladies sizes, off the rack, at the thrift store.
Then I could have anything I liked instead of looking and being disappointed
in the meager selection. Even the Dollar General clothes these days runs smaller
than in the past. Definitely time to downsize my body and stay that way.

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ROSIEPD 11/2/2012 10:34AM

    Congrats on the interview... and on the paints. It is definitely nice to put on clothes that didn't fit and be able to button them. I am still in my current size, but they already feel much looser. I have a pair of pants I am going to try on this weekend that are a size down from current. I want to wear things a little tight so I don't get all comfortable and cocky. ;-) Have a great weekend!

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    Hooray on the newly fitting pants!!! That had to help boost your "I feel great" confidence at the interview! Good luck!

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LOSINGLINNDY 11/1/2012 7:07PM

    emoticon The pants fit and the interview went well. My wishes that you are the one selected for the job.

I didn't know one could skype at the library.

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ANGRITTER 11/1/2012 3:35PM

    I hope you get the job, or maybe you can skype from the local library for that one interview. That maybe a choice for you. I wouldn't have thought about that but when I voted early it was at the library so the idea stuck. See if you can do that.

I got in a 2 miles walk today, although it was VERY boring... back and forth from the fence to the burn piles. I have 3 piles and all 3 need to be burned ASAP. They are way too big to put anything else one there, but I still have tons of debris to get up. Hope dad makes it down here soon and it isn't too windy!

Good luck! And great news about the pants! I love it when that happens!

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Just have to share!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!

I'm pretty excited today to report a pound down and a new all-time low since July! When people say it will happen slowly, they are not kidding because I have been losing at a snail's pace this month.

Yesterday, I ate the delicious fudge and some chicken for lunch (trying to avoid bread, pasta, and grains). I made some fish fillets from the freezer and accompanied them with brussels sprouts (I ate most of these as they are not popular with the family), orange slices, zucchini rounds, and mac n cheese. Also cheesy biscuits. I made a big meal because my son is playing soccer and has 2 practices on Tuesdays. I feel like he comes home hungry, but he was not hungry enough to do justice to the bicuits. They are still sitting on the counter today. Maybe they will eat them when they come home from school. I need another idea for preparing brussels sprouts if anyone has a way they like.

I also did Leslie Sansone yesterday. It is a pretty easy workout for those of us that aren't really into working out. It will get you moving for sure.

I got on the scales this morning and was glad to see a pound down! Yea! I proceeded to do my Leslie video, but I was not able to finish the whole thing--still sore from yesterday and feeling hungry. I was thinking about going on a trail after my interview this afternoon, but it will be pretty late, so I need to fly home to my kids.

I need to stop by Michaels to buy some yarn. I have taken up knitting (!). I haven't done a knitting project in a long time. Usually I lounge with the laptop on and I surf the net or play games of an evening. I am knitting instead. ONce I get my hands clean to knit and get it all spread out, I don't want to soil anything while knitting with greasy paws or falling crumbs.

I've also made a pledge to forego eating after-supper snacks. Now I just have herbal tea of an evening and NOT a carby snack even if it is just graham crackers, Greek yogurt, or a frozen fruit bar. Also I had gotten into the habit of saving calories to indulge these evening treats, but now I'm either not going to eat those calories or eat them sooner. I hope I can lose another pound before too long!

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MOVEITMARY 11/3/2012 12:51PM

    Slow and steady wins the race. Good for you for keeping at it!

I just pulled out my crochet bag, you are so right about keeping those hands busy. I can eat while using the computer, but not while using yarn. :)

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ROSIEPD 11/2/2012 9:18AM

    That's awesome! Congrats on the weight loss. Didn't you have a job interview? I hope it went well!

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IS1GAR 11/1/2012 9:01AM

Congratulations!!!! It has taking me a year and one month to loose 38 lbs, however, it took about 15 years to gain up to my max weight of 213 lbs (that was my hit bottom time) when I got serious with SP I had lost 3 lbs already but I didn't get motivated to exercise for the first 3 month, I have seen a big deference in my energy and my overall health. I have learned about nutrition and to exercise without injuries....and at 60 that is very important. For many people, they want to loose 40 lbs in one month, for me is to keep it off for the rest of my life, as many years as God wants me here.
Leslie Sansone is a great work out and keeps you motivated.
Is good to take knitting if that is what it takes to stop eating those night snacks.

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MOONSTORMER 11/1/2012 1:24AM

    well done!!

i LOVE brussels sprouts. i do them in the oven - cut in halves or quarters, coat with a bit of olive oil, salt and pepper. then roast in the oven until brown. SO delicious. i like to serve with some homemade garlic aoli. mmmmmmm, i think i know what I'M having for lunch!


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ANGRITTER 10/31/2012 3:18PM

    YAY! One pound always brings another one down quickly - like dominos. Not really, but it's a wonderful thought and today I am trying powerful thinking out since I gained 4 pounds and still haven't lost it. So by next week I am hoping it will be gone, but PMS is setting in and I can feel my body starting to bloat like crazy.

Not to mention I have binged on cereal - 3 bowls of it last night! I am losing my mind and it's stress eating that I am doing. I felt immediately horrible and overbloated as soon as a I mowed that cereal down.

Now that I know what I am doing I can plan a way to stop it!

So nothing but positive thinking on your interview day! You go out and get'em woman!

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KENDRACARROLL 10/31/2012 2:25PM

    Wow! I never thought about a pound as 4 sticks of butter. This is huge!
Congratulations on losing 4 sticks of butter :)
Happy Halloween.

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CREEKLADY1 10/31/2012 1:16PM

  Congrats on losing the pound! It's not always easy is it!

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TRUE2NDCHANCE 10/31/2012 1:08PM

    YAY!!! Congrats for losing a pound!! Thats alot if you think about it in terms you can SEE. 1 lb is equal to 4 sticks of butter / margarine. Sit 4 of those out on the counter and look at them, and know that is the amount of fat that has dropped off of you!!!

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