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Are fat people lazy?

Sunday, December 07, 2008

I will probably take some flack for this (getting my asbestos suit ready), and it's not PC, but the truth is I think the answer is yes. Remember, I'm a fat person!

Now, if you have a medical condition that piles on the pounds -- and there are such things, of course you aren't lazy.

But this is what I know: losing weight is hard work. I watch less tv because I realized that I must use exercise DVDs in addition to walking the dogs to lose weight. I used to work out while I watched tv, but for me, that wasn't working. Or working out, I suppose. I guess I'm a follower: I need to follow someone, rather than just try to do exercise on my own.

I used to rely on a lot of prepared foods. Some were fresh, others were frozen, the vast majority were healthy. But they aren't as healthy as food I prepare for myself. It takes a lot of work to make my own breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks almost every day of the week. And if you have kids, my hat is really off to you: I like to cook, but I don't think I'd be happy having to cook for 4 or 5 every day. You deserve medals!

The heavier you are, the less energy you have. It's a vicious cycle: you need more energy to create healthy meals for yourself and to get moving, but the cruel fact is it's hard when you're heavier.

It's not so much that we're lazy, but we do have lower energy; there's really no getting around that fact. And lower energy makes it difficult to take the steps we need to take.

But you aren't doomed to a life of low energy, eating frozen meals, watching tv while laying on the couch. We CAN change our lives. Just a small weight loss will re-energize you and set you on the right path. Every journey begins with a single step -- what will yours be? I think my two biggest steps were joining this site (thank God for SP!) and going back to WW meetings.

"Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm."
-- Sir Winston Churchill

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JLITT62 12/7/2008 5:59PM

    I just wanted to add, folks, that for anyone that takes offense, I am aiming this at myself, too. I did quite a bit of thinking about it before writing this post. And if you are offended, I apologize.

I know that there is a stereotype out there of fat people as lazy, and stereotypes are never a good thing. At the heart of the problem, for most of us, we just make poor choices, and those poor choices have really "weighty" consequences. And we have to own those poor choices -- because if we don't, we're just bound to repeat them, over and over again.

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MTER67 12/7/2008 4:18PM

    I think there are people who are predisposed to be "heavy," or who gain weight more easily than others, but I don't believe that being grossly obese could ever be called a "natural" thing. Something has to make someone become that way. I am always loathe to use the word "laziness" because of how inflammatory it is, but yes, obesity must be a combination of poor food choices, overeating, and inactivity. Some of that is learned behavior and some of it is personality-trait related, i.e., laziness.

I have a friend who was recently diagnosed with fibromyalgia. She is overweight; she smokes; she doesn't cook, and eats fast food daily. She is on about 6 different medications for different things. I know she has medical issues, but I can't help feeling that if she could just go for a walk every day, quit smoking and start eating better, how much happier and healthier she'd be. You are right, a healthy life breeds positive energy. The more you move, the more you WANT to move. It is the best kind of medicine there is!

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MOMMA_GRIZZ 12/7/2008 10:42AM

    I think you hit the nail on the head - not the laziness statement (I really don't like that word - it's very general and harsh) but I agree when you said that lower energy makes it difficult to take the steps we need to take. Plus pain makes it more difficult to take the steps too. But once you lose a little weight, the energy starts to come back back, the pain lessens, your self-confidence is boosted and it all makes it easier to take those steps.

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PIXELATED_MIND 12/7/2008 8:07AM

    Love the quote!

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Reward habits, not pounds gone?

Friday, December 05, 2008

That's what I read about in Self Magazine today. It said that rewarding healthy habits, like eating your fruits and vegetables, works better than rewarding yourself for losing pounds.

This makes a certain amount of sense. We can't always count on losing weight even when we do the right things, but if we keep up with our healthy habits, in the end, the weight will come off.

In fact, just the last couple of weeks was an example for me. I lamented in this blog about gaining 1 lb over Thanksgiving week, despite really being careful -- and being in control of my Thanksgiving dinner, since I made it. Despite the fact that my mind knew I shouldn't have gained 1 pound from what I ate, and the fact that Thanksgiving was the day before my WI, the heart can't help but fear everytime we gain weight when we don't think we should (and sometimes even if we do think we should).

Well, you folks were right; it was just a temporary gain from a big meal right before my WI-- I lost 1.8 lbs this week, putting that 20 lbs in such tantalizing reach. Almost there.

I know at some point I will get to that 20 lbs gone. Maybe next week, maybe not til next year, but it will happen.

But much more than that, I can just really see the changes in my body. Several times this week, before my WI, I looked at myself in the mirror and thought damn! Those shoulders really are beginning to look sexy (we still won't talk about the stomach and thighs, but the hips and butt are looking much better, too). I can feel my back losing fat, too. I hate that back fat!

Yes, I still have a long way to go. I'm almost at the half way point. And yes, there are rolls I'd still rather not have, and I'll probably still have cellulite even when I get to my goal weight. But I have wrought some awesome changes in my body.

Still, getting back to the whole rewarding healthy habits. Of course it's an excellent idea! But how often do you do it? Pounds just seem to be such a handy marker. Every time I use my popcorn popper or look at my pedometer, I think of how far I've come. They're very physical reminders of all the hard work I've put in -- and the payoff.

On cookbook maven today:


Broccoli with shells, and some of my latest finds at the bookstore.

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MTER67 12/6/2008 6:31AM

    See, I just KNEW that you were going to lose that Thanksgiving weight really quickly. I am so happy for you that you are on the right track today. You are going to lose the weight this time and it is going to stay off! Way to go!

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MOMMA_GRIZZ 12/5/2008 7:13PM

    No matter what you reward yourself for (pounds or habits or both), it is very important to celebrate each and every achievement on this journey. Kudos on your loss and that you are feeling/seeing the difference. You are doing well so keep enjoying your journey. Good for you JLitt62!

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Eat broth, lose weight

Thursday, December 04, 2008

There are several healthy things they say you can do to decrease your appetite. All of them are things that you eat before a meal that will supposedly decrease your appetite:

1. Broth, not cream, based soups

2. A salad

3. An apple

Yesterday I made vegetable broth, and that's what I had for dinner. I thought I'd be really hungry afterwards, but I actually wasn't. I like to make a large pot of soup every week at this time of year -- I can get several meals out of that. Last night it was still warm, but today was chilly. The actual temperature wasn't that bad, but it was very windy and with the wind chill soup was welcome.

So I had my soup for lunch again. I eat early on Thursdays, as I need to leave early, and so I go longer between meals. I was a little hungry today, but not too bad.

They also say that a cup of low fat chocolate milk is a good snack to have after working out. I do this sometimes. Today, since it was so cold after our morning walk (in the 30s, but felt more like 20s with that wind -- remember, we're in TX!), I decided on hot chocolate when I came back. I made it with soymilk, so I figure it's the same principle -- the lowfat chocolate milk is supposed to be the right mixture of calories, carbs, and protein for a small snack. Although it's true that you feel fuller when you eat vs when you drink, I do use liquid snacks occasionally.

I also stopped to buy some new jeans, finally. Mine aren't quite falling off me, but they are getting pretty loose. The new ones are just a little tight, but not lay down to get them on tight, and I'm sure they'll loosen a bit after I wear them for a while.

I kept one pair of my size 16 relaxed fit jeans I was wearing when I started this journey (really the equivalent to a size 18). Every once in a while when I get down about my weight, still, I pull them on. And I always feel better. Now I'm wearing 8s & 10s. Which shows pretty well that sizes are larger these days, because I still have quite a bit of weight to lose.

On Cookbook Maven today:
Adventures in cooking/baking. You can read more about my veggie soup (and a photo). And peanut butter scones.

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STARTSPARKING 12/5/2008 1:46AM

    Ah, you named two of my favorite comfort food items during these cold winter months: a hot bowl of hearty broth-based soup and a steaming mug of hot chocolate. I can have the same bowl of homemade soup for days in a row and wouldn't mind it at all. My favorite are chicken noodle soup and chicken corn soup (Chinese style, not creamy chowder).

i'm glad you finally bought some new jeans. You deserve them after working so hard in living well. From size 18 to a size 8/10... You are such an inspiration, my friend! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    Great ideas!
Sometimes it is these simple things that make all of the difference!


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For us procrastinators

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

I read a tip recently; I don't remember where. So simple, but it's helping me -- it may or may not apply to weight loss, but I wanted to pass it along, anyway.

Our to-do lists are usually a mile long. So ask yourself two simple questions:

1. What is the one thing I have to get done before lunch?
2. What is the one thing I have to get done before dinner?

So simple, but it's helping me. It doesn't mean you won't do many more things, of course, but when you focus on the one thing you *must* do, it's easier to get it done, because you're not trying to decide what to do next -- and you get such a sense of satisfaction when you've completed your task.

SP has something similar on their goal promise reminder, under Printable Resources >> Motivational Printables (look at the bottom of your start page). It asks you to think of one thing that will help your weight loss journey this day. I have that printed out, filled out, and on my refrigerator. I don't read it every day, but I do read it often.

Today, for instance, this morning I had to cut up treats for the dogs, to take with me to agility. Of course, I had to feed me, feed the cats, feed the dogs, put chews & water in the car ahead of time, & walk the dogs before agility. And the one thing I knew I wanted to get done before dinner was vacuum. Vacuuming has a way of being put off time and time again. I tell myself I don't want to disturb the animals -- they all, with the exception of Chester, really loathe the vacuum. But it's an excuse.

I came home, got on the computer for a while, had lunch . . . then vacuumed. Usually I'd leave it til the end of the day, when the cats are more likely to be outside already, but I knew I wanted to get it done so I got it out of the way. I also cut up the onions & broccoli for tonight's dinner, did my exercise DVD, am about to take the dogs to get the mail and then will tackle dinner.

So knowing your one thing doesn't mean you won't do other things; it just means you pick the most important task to focus on first. I'll bet you organized people already know this!

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ASHERAH38 12/4/2008 8:17PM

    I am a horrible procrastinator. My to-do list is always too long and has so many things pushed forward from day to day even weeks. I am determined to work on this and I have been gotten better over the last couple of months. I will definitely try this tip.

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MOMMA_GRIZZ 12/2/2008 10:10PM

    Yup, I review my daily to do list and reset my priorities constantly - finishing the top priority first. It works wonders.

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Step it up

Monday, December 01, 2008

One of my spark buddies was commenting on my metabolism one day -- and not in a good way! Yes, I don't seem to have the best metabolism in the world. Never have.

But it's been extremely eye-opening since I bought my pedometer. Most days I don't have trouble getting in my 10,000 steps -- and beyond. Unfortunately, that's because I walk the dogs an hour an day most days, and then do anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes of exercise DVDs, 5-6 dyas a week.

Seems like an awful lot, doesn't it? Sunday is my "rest" day. I only walk the dogs, and I only walk them once since there is no mail to get. And yesterday I logged a dismal 6700 steps. That tells me that I need all that exercise, because my typical day is rather sedentary. Granted, I was rather tired so I took it easier than usual even for a rest day; I've had other rest days where I've almost made my 10,000 steps.

Today, however, I had my 10,000 steps done by noon. That was walking the dogs, doing a 25 minute exercise DVD, and doing my food shopping in three different stores -- usually I stick to one store, but today I needed to hit three for various items. I still have to do my strength training, and take the dogs to get the mail. Should be a good day!

I love my pedometer, am Omron HJ-112 that I bought on the recommendation of several SP team mates. Although apparently I should have waited, because now it's only $19.99 (I bought it at $24.99). It was a reward, though, so I don't regret getting it when I did.

Today on Cookbook Maven:


A review of Vegan with a Vegeance. I even have a couple of photos of recipes I've made.

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STARTSPARKING 12/5/2008 1:07AM

    I know on a few occasions we have discovered we have quite a few things in common. I am a couple days late, but apparently we both wrote about our pedometers earlier this week. Oh, I was SO happy to finally find my constant companion inside my couch lining!

Besides the steps I accrue during my exercise classes, I am actually very sedentary. I am glad that you have no trouble getting at least 10,000 steps on m0st days. I also love my pedometer, an Omron HJ-720ITC. It also went down in price after I bought it, but I'm worth it. emoticon

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MOMMA_GRIZZ 12/1/2008 7:55PM

    Wow, those are a LOT of steps, even on your rest days - Kudos to you! I don't think I ever got up to 10,000 a day when I was wearing my pedometer but that was over 6 months ago.....wonder what it would read now that I have more energy? Way to go JLitt62!

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