Fat and Fatter!

Friday, March 30, 2012

Yesterday I was still in my funk, although I was working on coming out of it. Eating healthy was NOT on the agenda. Since that was the case I had dh pick up hot cocoa and donuts at the store when he went to get fried chicken, jojo's, rolls and potato salad for dinner.

I have to admit, the yummy greasiness of the crispy chicken skin was DELICIOUS! Bad, I know, but oh so good!

My two youngest had been tucked in bed and the next four were all out busy with friends and activities. When my dh went to pick up one of the kiddos I decided to sit down with a mug of hot cocoa and a donut and watch something on TV. As I flipped through the guide the words...Fat and Fatter caught my eye.

I didn't turn it on from the beginning so I'm not completely sure what the set up was but this is what I gathered:

There were two 20-something girls from the UK who came to Mississippi to live with some morbidly obese sisters whom, I think, all had diabetes.. During their week stay they watched their lives. Saw the $6 all-you-can-eat buffet they regularly visited and the plates and plates of food they ate. These sisters had diabetes. All the women on the show looked similar so I'm not sure if everyone they visited were one of the sisters or not but...

One of the UK girls massaged a lady's feet. Since she has diabetes her feet go numb and she needs to get circulation going.

They visited another lady at a clinic where she goes 3 days a week for four hours a time to have her blood cleansed.

The sisters took them to a cemetery where several of their loved ones were buried all dying from complications of diabetes. One of which had nasty gangrene in her leg. The sisters admitted that seeing their aunt in the coffin made them want to change their lives but after a little time passed they forgot all about and continued with their unhealthy lifestyle.

Struggling with their own weight (they both probably had around 100lbs to lose) this adventure had an impact on the two UK girls. The last minute of the show caught up with them about two months after returning home. One girl, they said, did not test positive for diabetes and had not lost any weight. Although the girl, herself, thought she'd lost a tiny bit. When they mentioned she hadn't tested positive for diabetes it made me wonder if she thought, "Oh, all I saw does not pertain to me since I'm not diabetic"

The second girl picked up running as soon as she got home. They said she'd lost 16lbs in those first two months home.

As I watched this show it impacted me! Me, who was in a funk and eating JUNK. As I watched it I was NOT able to finish my donut, it physically made me ill. I only consumed 1/3 of it. This is a HUGE change for me. In years past the old me would sit and watch The Biggest Loser every Tuesday with junk food!

What's scary is that my dh has diabetes. He's not doing anything to change it. His doctor has lectured him, I have pleaded, several of our kids have cried and begged him to eat healthier. I'm not sure why he hasn't wanted to get healthier. On Monday, as we drove to Taco Bell, I was opening up the mail. I mistakenly opened what I thought was a bill but it was results from my husband's latest doctor's appt. All his diabetes numbers were out of whack along with his fats and cholesterol. What will be his turning point? How low does he have to go before he decides to make the change? Hopefully not as far as I saw on the show Fat and Fatter.

As for me, that show helped snap me out of my funk. A reminder of why THIS time is going to be the time I DO get healthy. I even called to schedule an appointment with my doctor. Haven't been in almost 3 years.

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    Your comments about your DH could have been written my me. Though my DH isn't diabetic (test results always come back fine), he is borderline borderline, and I can see how quickly it will get worse if he doesn't do something soon. His mom is on insulin, and his dad takes pills. You'd think he'd make some changes, but you can't force someone to wake up. Thing is, I don't want to live with someone like that (it impacts the family as much as the person), so I hope he makes changes before it's too late!

    2546 days ago
  • 35ANGELS
    Great blog! I do all the cooking and shopping, so dh has no choice but to eat what I cook. lol I started using SavingDinner.com's meal planner. I't only $7/month and comes with a shopping list. Check it out. All meals are healthy.

    Good on you for putting that donut down. Wish I had that willpower when dh brought a dozen Tim Hortons donuts home the other day. sigh*
    2548 days ago
    Congrats on making the doctor appointment! Diabetes is something that seems to be preventable more often than not...I know that fear of developing diabetes certainly keeps me going!
    2549 days ago
    So glad that show helped you! I saw a comercial for it but forgot to record. I will go search for it now!

    I hope hubby decides to change. I am in the same boat at my house!

    For me seeing my numbers at the doctor and her talking to me helped a lot! I also got to see them get better too.

    2550 days ago
  • JMRUDY24
    Great blog Krista! Thanks for sharing. Perhaps your continued success will help your husband make the shift.
    I went to the doc for a physical recently after not going for 4 years. A mixed bag with my numbers but i know if i don't release the weight and keep exercising diabetes can be on my horizon. There is power in knowing your numbers and moving out of fear and taking control. I had a rough eating week too but back on track today. Have great weekend! emoticon
    2551 days ago
    Im sorry to hear about hubby... I'm glad you've decided to change YOUR lief. Hopefully, he will see how well you[re doing and he will decide he needs to make some changes. *HUGS
    2551 days ago
    Krista u are gonna do this!! Its not easy but nothing is easy that is worth fighting for!! We are fighting for our Lives!! I know u want ur husband to eat healthier but until he is ready he won't make the change! Its a mindsrt and u have to want to do it for urself!! My son was the same way and look at him now!! He passed me up and is eating veggies I never thought he would eat!! Keep on praying for ur husband there is power in prayer get ur children to pray too!! It will happen!!Keep on pushing!!
    2551 days ago
  • SHOES17
    My husband weighs 114 in clothes Soaking wet... He eats things that I don't even need to see. Just looking at them and I start popping buttons. I have just had to decide what I can and cant do. There are days I am good and days I am bad. Wait that is wrong... Some days I have good behaviors and some days bad behaviors. Hang in there ...do what is best for you and the world will follow! emoticon
    2551 days ago
  • JRZG8R
    you can change and do this. Everyone else can only change themselves. good for you on making the efforts. DH will change in is time.
    2551 days ago
    Never heard of it but might see if I can find it since my aunt has diabetes was doing well and has gotten off track. I'm glad it helped you and as we all know, you can't force someone if they're not ready. All you can do is lead by example and not make it easy for him to have access to crap in the house. I hope his results are the kick in the butt he needs.
    2551 days ago
  • SYZYGY922
    I watched some of this show (this episode, actually) while I was on the elliptical at the gym. I had to change the channel because looking at the food turned my stomach! I stopped watching during the foot massaging scene. My mom died from diabetes and had to do dialysis and all of that, so I'm extremely paranoid about it. That show made me SO uncomfortable! I'm glad you snapped out of your funk!
    2551 days ago
  • MSKIZ69
    Extreme kudos for making those choices, especially seeing your doctor--wishing you blessings on your journey!! emoticon emoticon
    2551 days ago

    Keep trying
    2551 days ago
    You have been working really hard on getting healthier and so the show came just at the right time. Congratulations on throwing the rest of that doughnut away!!! I once threw a half-eaten box of my favorite candy away so I know how good (and unusual!) that is! Unfortunately, you can't change your dh. He has to want it himself. But you CAN continue to offer a great example. It will get through to him eventually. And the more you do to cook healthy foods and show how hard you're working on the exercise, the better! Hang in there!!!
    2551 days ago
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