I am getting on my soap box for a minute:
A prominent bioethicist is offering a controversial fix for America's obesity epidemic: "fat-shaming." Daniel Callahan, senior research scholar and president emeritus of the Hastings Center, makes the suggestion in a new article, "Obesity: Chasing an Elusive Epidemic." Callahan likens what he calls his "edgier strategy" to anti-smoking campaigns of recent decades.
Really? Is this really where the world is headed?! I find it amazing in a time when bullying is brought to the forefront in the media as a BIG problem it would honestly be even considered that it would be ok to “fat-shame”. And at what weight would it be ok to start doing this when more than half of the country is considered at least overweight? I am OUTRAGED that this could be even considered in this day and age. Shall we shame those who are too thin? Shall we shame those who do something that we find not normal?
Dr. Callahan feels that it will combat obesity the same way it worked to defeat the smoking of cigarettes. Personally I do not see the correlation. Smoking is a voluntary habit that is picked up at some time in life (really when was the last time you saw an infant take a drag?). Obesity has a more systemic fight. Some people are predisposed to being larger than others. I am not using that as an excuse to my figure but it sure did not help. (oh and I have seen fat infants/toddlers). Some people have illness or disabilities that throw hurdles in the way of staying thin. Children only can eat what their parents give them.
But ultimately the largest difference between cigarettes and obesity? You can’t stop eating. I can go cold turkey and not smoke. I can not decide to not just eat. (Well I can but it wouldn't be very healthy). So as we still must eat, you need to be taught what you should eat and how much of it you need to eat. There is never an okay number of cigarettes to smoke or a right way to smoke them.
Most obese people will indicate that they have some emotional eating problems. Does no one think that are emotions will go into overdrive when we are picked on and humiliated everywhere we go? Teenage girls will often report bullying about their weight as reasons they have eating disorders (bulimia/anorexia), does this seem the “better” way to go?
So government sanctioned fat shaming? No thank you.
(If you would like to read more of Callahan's article, http://www.thehastingscenter.org/Publicati ons/HCR/Detail.aspx?id=6184&utm_source =Vocus&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=P R%2B1-22-13)
I have "dieted" in the past and when I met my goal weight and did not have to "diet"¨ I ate myself past my original starting point. Why? Because dieting implies that I am denying myself of tasty food in order to reach a certain weight. That self-denial makes that food choice seem even tastier than it really is ...okay there may be a few exceptions :) but you get the point.
For years I hated the "D"¨ word..in fact the only thing worse in my book was the "E"¨ word. Just saying those words out loud would get me so wound up that I would get a stomachache and drop 5 lbs. I think this was my body's way of trying to convince me to NOT do the "E" or "D"words...
So you ask if the fat girl isn't dieting or exercising how is she losing weight? MODERATION and healthier choices. We stopped buying things that had labels with ingredients that were chemicals and not food. We signed up for a CSA. Aside from some grains/flour/etc we only shop the perimeter of the store and I go to lots of stores for the food we are eating. We started eating off of our salad plates. Does this mean I never eat chocolate? Good heavens no, but it's done in moderation. I know my "problem foods". For example, if a plate of brownies is in my house I WILL eat the plate of brownies. I do not have enough self-control to not eat them. So does this mean no brownies? Nope. Instead, I bake brownies and bring them to work! I get one brownie and the rest are gone before my temptation gets me to eat another. I also do not exercise. Don' get all shocked. Instead I'm doing healthy movement. Potato, potato I know but I still can't get past the stigma of the "E"¨ word. The"E"word has negative connotations in my brain and I correlate it to punishment so I just can't do it.
Now, when I reach my goal weight I will still be eating the same way I am eating today. Will I gain some weight? Probably, but only a few pounds not the full amount lost. And it will be because I have established a healthier lifestyle. Not only eating healthier but keeping myself active. It was rainy the other day and just a year ago that would have meant lying on the couch and vegging out to the TV. I sat down to watch a tivo'd show and made it half way before being too antsy to just stay watching I had to do something. That is a lifestyle change that no diet will ever do for you...
So yesterday I decided to get back on track with Spark People. I tracked all of my food and walked 1 mile. Yay me!
This morning I am at work and I glance at the clock and it’s 9:45 and I am STARVING. I start debating the drive to McDonald’s for a 450 calorie laden sausage McMuffin when I remembered that I had actually planned for this! LOL. So into my purse I dug and grabbed the Special K protein meal bar I had put in the night before for breakfast. Should I have eaten the bar at 7AM so it would have been within an hour of waking? Yes. Did I? Nope.
Rebuilding this habit will obviously take longer than originally anticipated. But food journal is now updated and I now set an Outlook reminder on my calendar to remind me to eat! I must say the irony of an EAT reminder for a fat girl still has me giggling but whatever works right?
So my quote reminder for the day:
"A year from now you will wish you had started
today." - Karen Lamb
In hindsight, I slid into arrogance based upon past success.
So I was last truly active on Spark People back in May. Can you see where I am going with this? I thought that I had these routines in place and that I was watching my food that I no longer needed the "Spark Crutch". I was gloriously deluded. All I did was slip back into my pre-Spark way of thinking and before I knew it, 20lbs were back on my arse and I was no longer doing my evening walks. My attitude is sucky, my clothes fit horribly, and I am just a mess! All because I thought signing on to an app on my phone and entering my food choices for the day was "time consuming". What was I thinking?!
Self control has never been one of my strong suits so whatever made me think that I suddenly developed this skill I will never know. But alas, here I am, baby stepping from the beginning. Maybe I should find a challenge on the boards to keep me accountable as obviously I can't depend on myself! (Never fear, fixing self esteem is next on the list...LOL)
Hopefully this is the kick needed and the last 12 weeks of the year will be awesome!!! And to truly hold me true to my word...I signed up for a 5k on New Year's Eve in Denver. I'll keep you posted on my progress...
ok...so for some of you more in the know and "fit" people this may not be that much of an "a-ha" moment, but for lil ole me it was mind blowing.
So if I really watch my food portion sizes and record what I eat and get at least some movement in during the day, I can lose between 2-3 pounds per week. (This is my body's system at least).
So that means by the beginning of September--17 weeks from now---I can be 34-51lbs lighter than I am now.
Still with me? Good. So if I do not skip my workouts because "its too hot" or "I'm too tired" and I don't eat super fattening foods because " I deserve it" or "I'm sad" or "but it's only this one time" I can be below 300 pounds for the first time in 14 years!
So who wants to go clothes shopping with me in September?!