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the “f” word

November 7, 2007

F-A-T.  FAT.

that’s right . . . all i hear is fat-this and fat-that . . . at work it’s all about who is too fat for a laparoscopic surgery, at home it’s about trying to get more veggies and use the treadmill, on like every-other blog i read someone is trying to loose weight, eat better and/or exercise to stop being fat.  fat is all over the news and daytime talk.  kids are too fat, americans are too fat, women are too fat.  shut the fat up!

yes, i am trying to loose weight too.  my blood-pressure is borderline high, my blood sugar is normal-but my mother is a type 2 diabetic.  i love food, but i eat right most of the time.  yeah, sure, i can devour half of a large pizza in one sitting, but i don’t do it much at all.  yes, i like beer (o.k., i heart beer to infinity) and wine, but i don’t drink everyday or even every week . . .  if i want something to eat, damn it i’m gonna eat it, if i deprive myself i will eventually brake down and binge.  i don’t eat high-fructose corn syrup, msg, or much processed food at all, i cram down vegetables until my eyes turn green, what more can i do???

this last weekend when we were visiting liz’s family we had chicken marsalla, pizza, quiche (with lots of bacon), tacos with chicken and beans.  i gained 3 pounds in 3 days.

for those of you who follow my blog, you know i have had a goal to loose 2 pounds a week from september until christmas, well, that has not worked out as planned, i am still weighing in at 191, a total loss of 11 pounds since september 1st, i should be at 182 by now.  my mother is going to talk to me about how fat i am when she sees me at christmas time, as if i hadn’t noticed.  so, all this fat talk really has me feeling down.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. November 8, 2007 5:04 am

    Sorry you are troubled by your weight. Maybe you can relax a bit as the article in the link below suggests. Newspaper reports are never the best source of information because they tend to focus on headline results and cover up important, but less exciting, detail. Still it is well worth digging a bit, and the article does give some sources for further investigation.

    Bottom line: “being fat is bad” is not the whole story. You need to look at how the fat is distributed, whether you exercise and whether you eat a balanced diet.

    I once had in mind the idea of writing a book on the history of nutritional advice (it links to the work I used to do). No wonder people go in for yo-yo diets. The advice given on what to eat bounces up and down too. I am waiting for the day when someone points out that almost half the fat in meat is monounsaturated and that it is probably good for you.

    Good luck, whatever you decide to do. Don’t beat yourself up about it.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/health/dietfitness.html?in_article_id=398553&in_page_id=1798&in_a_source

  2. November 8, 2007 7:30 am

    More in the same vein. This time from a less sensational newspaper:

    http://news.independent.co.uk/health/article3138352.ece

  3. November 8, 2007 7:32 am

    More in the same vein:

    http://news.independent.co.uk/health/article3138352.ece

  4. jvalways permalink*
    November 8, 2007 7:36 pm

    i am just so sick of people at work wining about how awful they think they look.

    one woman i work with had gastric bypass surgery a month ago, she was telling me (over the phone from home) that now all she can eat is an ounce of low-fat food at a time and she has lost 26 pounds since she had the surgery. she could have lost that weight just eating better and exercising. instead, she spent 3 days in the icu recovering from complications of the surgery.

    crap, if it is not enough that i am overweight and have to work to shed some pounds, i have to listen to everyone else around me obsess also.

    fat is just a word that comes up too much.

  5. November 9, 2007 6:50 pm

    11 pounds since Sept. 1 is great! Especially if you keep it off! Just hang in there, because the slower you go, the easier it is to make it a permanent thing…baby steps…

  6. jvalways permalink*
    November 9, 2007 8:18 pm

    hey, thanks yogamum.

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