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Striving for Balance

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

I've come across a very thought-provoking article written by a formerly obese person who dubs herself as "The Thinnest Fat Woman in the World." She was once a proponent of the Fat Acceptance movement and although she has made radical shifts away from this, she offers some insights which she has taken from this experience:

Caught Between Fat and Thin: The Pounds Come Off, But the Label Stays


The level of acceptance and balance she has achieved I think offers an important angle for those looking to make their new, healthy and well lifestyle a permanent change.

I'm curious to hear everyone's thoughts, reactions!

Also, another article along the "Buy Nothing - Value Everything" thinking:

Downsize Nation: Welcome to the New, Smaller American Dream


Have a great day everyone!

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    I suspect a small part of our national obesity epidemic also stems from an entitlement culture. We have little patience with things like cooking, dieting, exercising and sleeping (!), we want everything, and we feel deprived if we don't get everything. Hmm.
    3701 days ago
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    what great articles!!
    such thought provoking concepts...
    thanks for sharing.........
    blessings and hugs..............lita
    3701 days ago
    That article by Greta Christina is a keeper. How often I've recently thought, "gee, I thought things would be more... *different* after I got the weight off..."

    In a lot of ways they are different. Outward ways. But inside I'm still the same me and the way I feel is also the same me, much of the time. And I think there are still things I need to work on, because I'm not as happy as I'd like to be.

    Thanks for sharing!
    3702 days ago
    Love the tiny houses! My current home is by no means a McMansion - but I can't wait to get out of it and into a much smaller space (preferably in France). I just quietly wonder what will become of all the unwanted excess (e.g. Hummer's, McMansions, etc.)? I suppose we can all count on a few folks clinging on to the old paradigm and getting what they've always "wanted" at a bargain price. Meh - they can have it. Give me a cottage with room for my wife and three wiener dogs, a couple bikes, a nice vegetable garden - done.

    OK, I won't lie - put that on 5-10 acres of hobby farm complete with solar, wind, well, root cellar, and bio-diesel setup and I'm done. Oh so very done and so very happy. To live simple is to live well. Thanks for posting this - a good read and a good reminder!
    3702 days ago
    "And I still take it really, really personally. I don't hear anti-fat bigotry the way I hear, say, racial bigotry, as something to be passionately opposed but that isn't aimed at me personally. I hear it as being about me. When someone in a comment thread here on AlterNet linked to an older photo of me and mocked me for being fat, I felt the shame and the sting and the anger... before I remembered, 'Wait a minute. I'm not fat.' And was left with only the anger. On behalf of myself... and every other woman who's ever had her ideas irrelevantly dismissed because of her personal appearance."

    I LOVE this article, Don. It's packed full of truth and wisdom. What an able advocate Greta Christina is! Thanks for culling it out and sharing it. Isn't AlterNet just the best! And OF COURSE I love the "less is more" article and focus in life!
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    3702 days ago
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