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Is It Just Me? Is My Idea of "Fat" Distorted Due To The Generation I Was Born Into?
Nodding as I read this post and something sparked with a connection. I have been most frustrated watching my grandson's in sports the past few years - they are both healthy weight - maybe even a little underweight as they are 6"+ and only 14 & 16 - but all of their class / teammates just appear devoid any 'hustle'. It's all I can do sometimes to not stand up and yell 'stop the lollygagging!' because that's sure what our gym coach would have yelled at us when I was in high school. So I've been thinking it was from generations eliminating the ability to 'yell' at the kids in school as well as the fear of corporal punishment that 'my generation' lived with and it was just a softening. Now it occurs to me that those coaches are about the same age as the kids parents and maybe it's not emotional softening as much as physical energy depletion due the super sizing of low nutritional foods now cycling into a second soon to be third generation. I know - energy creates energy but the kids may be lacking in fuel from the get-go esp as schools intervene with their mandated low cal lunches and more. My two cents... thanks.
by FullaBella (submitted a day ago)
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[quote=mummydee] and Bella are you a closet Alchemist?:shock: If you can divulge the secret I'd be willing to pay! ;) [/quote] LOL - Mummy - sorry I missed this esp with an opportunity to make money. Hey - maybe that's it - I'll start a website 'weight alchemy' and attach a paypal or something. No - just kidding - no way - I believe in giving back... as much as FS has given me. I changed my signature when I realized the scale was showing the same 5lbs up and down for several months. A friend of mine talked me back from the ledge by explaining this is the part of my 'journey' where my body is converting fat to muscle. I have to continue eating right, not cutting my calories too much or risk losing muscle, and just be patient while I continue to convert fat to muscle. Even though I'm up 5lbs from one of my low weighs, I'm a size smaller. At this phase, I won't have huge drops on the scale unless I greatly reduce my intake. Even increasing my activity at my current intake will show another uptick for a while and that'll be ok (as I am increasing activity) as long as other measures stay the same or decrease - the way my jeans feel, the bracelet on my arm, the way my belt latches. And just overall body appearance. I've had many people say 'you've lost so much weight since I saw you last summer' and I'll think 'seriously, I gained 5lbs.' Hence, the scale, while a good measure, can't be the ONLY measure. Or you'll end up typing ridiculously long answers to rhetorical questions like me, LOL.
by FullaBella (submitted 3 days ago)
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[quote=ClassicRocker]Excellent... signature Bella. You go girl!!![/quote] Thanks Kathy - I am still working on it - faking til I make it - but looking at myself as more than that @#$#$# no good %$#$%$ crazy idiot @#$%^$# SCALE. LOL
by FullaBella (submitted a week ago)
Work Opportunities
There are many jobs that telecommute these days - have laptop, will travel. Perhaps you can find one that will allow you do work part time via such a method when wifi is available? Maybe stay in a hotel (as you don't have a home) in one town one day to visit an employment agency?
by FullaBella (submitted a week ago)
Older women????
Mummy - I spent HOURS at rottenecard this morning ~ hilarious. I'll leave the photo posting to you though - always love to see what you come up with next :-)
by FullaBella (submitted a week ago)
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[quote=mummydee]Well said fulla, unfortunately too many Dr's have heard 'Oh, let me do it on my own... I'll change my ways" and they do for a bit, but old habits die hard and many do not continue even though they know the consequences. Then they turn around and blame the dr. I don't believe in statins for anyone especially women, they are dangerous. Dr's are also in the pockets of the drug companies and are basically pushers. [/quote] Preaching to the choir, my dear. It was the statins that had me so cramped up I couldn't complete a day of work and was laying in the floor in pain... that's when I said 'B, there's gotta be a better way' Do you think docs really hear that '...let me try on my own' or have they been so inundated by people wanting magic beans they just grab the RX pad or start referring for the sleeve, band, whole dang dress if necessary?
by FullaBella (submitted a week ago)
Stories of diet/food discoveries
[quote=Draglist]Oh, well. I'll take Sweetarts in a pinch. You don't happen to have any good news about Good N Plenty, Malt Balls, or Jordan Almonds, do you? ;)[/quote] Dear God, please don't say yes to Jordan Almonds or *I'll* be the one putting on shoes and grabbing keys to go to the store.... no no no....
by FullaBella (submitted a week ago)
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[quote=ClassicRocker]A question for those who are diabetic. If you lose, will you eventually get off meds? I've heard many people do discontinue the injections and pills after losing. Can you share your experiences? Just curiosity on my part. I found it odd that the doc said she'd still need insulin. [/quote] I had very high blood sugar and the doc prescribed meds - I didn't get them - asked instead to try 'this' (healthy eating thing) and she was skeptical, not so much about the blood sugar as she was the high cholesterol. She said she'd give me 90 days to turn things around but if I found after 30 days I couldn't stick with my plan to call her and she'd go ahead and fill the RX's. And those who know me know the rest of the story but those who don't... my blood sugar and cholesterol levels are now normal - no RX's for either. I know that didn't answer the 'once you take them, can you ever stop' question, Kathy, I'm sorry... I just wanted to say 'never give into the first thing a doc says. You have lived with yourself your whole life; they look at your file for two mins tops. They want to give you the fastest answer they can and I think because they see obesity growing they don't believe any of their patients can turn their lives around. Many of us here have. So can you. Try this for a while. AS suggested above - make little changes; nothing so drastic you can't stick with it. LIttle steps toward improving the quality of your nutrition and moving about a little more. Don't try to scale a mountain in the first week. Just get out and walk. An apple instead of a cookie. Little things add up. Unless there is more to the story about your health, some risk you didn't share, I'm convinced You can do this without surgery. This is a wonderful community of support and suggestions. Make food your friend again.
by FullaBella (submitted a week ago)
Older women????
[quote=LuC2]Proud of myself too...went to Luby's today and stuck with the chicken plus a carby-fave (cornbread dressing) and SKIPPED the dessert. OMG! How those cakes and pies were calling my name. Not yelling, but in that smooth, seductive Barry White voice. (I think I may have blacked out for a moment as I stood there) BUT, I yielded NOT!!! :oD[/quote] My desserts voice is Marvin Gaye... singing .. 'let's get it on ...' I want to swap it out for Joan River's asking 'Can we Talk?'
by FullaBella (submitted 3 weeks ago)
Older women????
Catching up after a couple of days - WFN I agree w/the rest about setting the friend straight but have found sometimes 'their' attempt at reinterpreting what *I* am doing is just wrong due to lack of understanding. Just because I'll say 'no' to some food 'one' day because it doesn't fit into my big three (what do I want, have, and need) that day ... doesn't mean I never eat it. Someone see's me try a smoothie, suddenly THAT's how this all happened. It takes me back to that old quote I run thru my head constantly: "You'd stop worrying about what people think of you if you realized how little they do". Hard I know. I want to SMACK people who just can't believe I didn't have a surgery or band or whatever. It's hard to believe for most people it CAN be done.
by FullaBella (submitted 3 weeks ago)
So damn proud! - part two.
So glad I bumped part I - you'll stay in the top ten, esp in the forums :-)
by FullaBella (submitted 4 weeks ago)
Older women????
True or not, let's all strike a pose, shall we? [IMG]http://i.imgur.com/PrWBEY...
by FullaBella (submitted 4 weeks ago)
Older women????
Me too - because real life is more like this ((although I rarely talk about weight loss IRL)) [IMG]http://i.imgur.com/J0XxIk...
by FullaBella (submitted 4 weeks ago)
Older women????
[quote=mummydee]Hey Fullabella! long time no hear from you, you spring chicken! lol. It's a fun thread isn't it? None of that egotistical head butting going on but cico vs low carbs. Just good fun conversation and I"m pleasantly surprised at how many of us 'mature' women are on this site. Go girls !! [/quote] Hey Mummy, Good to hear from you too, kiddo. I'd abandoned the forums because of all head butting - was nice to find another thread of just good natured emotionally mature folks :-) I may work up the energy to find a funny or two to post as well but you always find the best :-) Bells
by FullaBella (submitted 4 weeks ago)
So damn proud!
Bumping this up for anyone who may be struggling with their New Years resolutions long about now. Well done kiddo ~ you are a true inspiration to many of us here.
by FullaBella (submitted 4 weeks ago)
Older women????
I'll be 60 in 7 years.. close enough? If not, just adding my comment so I can check to see Mummy's cartoons :-) So there. I think I've gone thru menopause - periods stopped; had a few days when I felt my skin was going to explode into flames and it seemed the cold water was sizzling on my body when I showered. I am taking an RX for 'mood balancing' and it stopped those peaks and valleys without turning me into a walking zombie. Then again, maybe it did and all of this is going on in my mind. Either way, that's my short story :-)
by FullaBella (submitted 4 weeks ago)
How to Take Care of Yourself During a Bad Body Image Day
Sharing with my FS friends: [b][u]How to Take Care of Yourself During a Bad Body Image Day[/u][/b]: 1. Recognize that fat isn’t a feeling. There are always underlying emotions that we attach to feeling fat. When the “I feel fat” thoughts start up, try to identify what you’re feeling underneath the body dissatisfaction. Are you feeling lonely? Anxious? Invisible? Scared? Ashamed? Inadequate? Whatever the feelings are recognize that they are separate from your body. 2. Treat yourself as you would a friend. Because it’s difficult to be kind to ourselves in the moment when the body hating thoughts take over, try responding to your thoughts as if you were supporting a friend.What would you say to someone you loved who was battling your same struggle with body image? You wouldn’t tell them to not eat for the day in order to compensate for what they ate the previous night. You wouldn’t tell them to punish themselves for their body size through over-exercise, self-harm, or abusive eating habits. You wouldn’t tell them they were worthless or unloveable because of their weight. So why do you tell yourself these things? Break the cycle and start treating yourself like a friend—you deserve that kindness and love from everyone, especially yourself. 3. Recognize that you are so much more than the size of your body. What you look like does not define you. It doesn’t discount your worth as a human being. You are so much more than a number on the scale. As a living, breathing, feeling human being you have inherent value. You are special and important and loved. You exist and therefore you matter. Your appearance is such a small part of who you are, and it certainly doesn’t warrant enough power to discount the person you are inside. You aren’t your body or your weight—you are your goals and dreams and passions and values. You are your strengths and talents and insight. You are a soul and a spirit and a force of nature. Your body does not define you. 4. Shift your focus from the external to the internal. Make a list of all the people you look up to and are inspired by—not because of their weight or appearance, but because of who they are and what they do. Write out all the qualities they have that make you appreciate and value them. Use the list as a reminder that it’s the internal things—our dreams and passions and goals and morals and insight and character—that truly define who we are and draw people to us; not how we look. You are no exception to this. Try making your own list of things you like about yourself that have nothing to do with appearance or body size. If you have a difficult time creating one, ask some friends and family to help you. 5. Think about what you want to be remembered for after you die. I don’t want people to remember me for what I looked like, what size jeans I wore, or what I weighed. I want to be remembered for the person I am. I want to be remembered as someone who brought about positive change in the world. I want to be remembered as loving friend, partner, and family member. I want to be remembered for my passions and my creativity and my strength. I want to be remembered as someone who made a difference. What do you want your legacy to be? Chances are, it doesn’t have to do with weight. 6. Instead of focusing on the size of your body, start focusing on what your body allows you to do. The human body is an incredible force. When we get caught up in the number on the scale and size of clothes however, we forget just how lucky we are to have a fully functioning vehicle to engage in life with. So stop hating your body for the way it looks and start acknowledging and appreciating your body for all that it allows you to do. Make a list of each activity and feat your body helps you to partake in and accomplish. If you want to be even more specific, list out each body part and describe all the things you wouldn’t be able to do without it. Your body is strong, powerful, and beautiful, regardless of it’s size. Choose to treat it with love, compassion, and gratitude instead of hate and judgement. 7. Challenge your negative thoughts. You may not be able to change the way you feel about your body today, tomorrow, or a month from now, but you can begin the process by challenging the thoughts in the moment. Write out a dialogue between your negative voice and a healthy voice. If you have a hard time coming up with positive counters to the negative thoughts, pretend that you are speaking positively about a friend or loved one. Even if you don’t believe the things you say to counter the voice, it’s still important to speak out against it, because each time you argue with the thoughts, you are taking away some of their power and reclaiming your own. The more you challenge the thoughts, the less you will believe them. The more you argue back, the easier fighting the voice will become. 8. Allow yourself to feel your feelings. There is a lot of built up energy and emotion underlying the way we feel about our bodies. Holding in how we feel or engaging in behaviors to numb out may make us feel better in the moment, but in the long run, it doesn’t remedy the pain we feel. It doesn’t make us feel better and it keeps us stuck. Releasing the energy and painful emotions underlying our body shame requires us to feel our feelings. Whether that means throwing a tantrum on the floor, venting to a friend on the phone, punching a pillow, screaming in your car, or crying in bed, you need to allow yourself to feel your feelings. Let go of the judgement you have about what you feel and recognize that you are feeling these things for a reason. Give yourself permission to release your emotions and let everything out. 9. Do self care. When you’re struggling with body image, distract yourself with healthy coping mechanisms. Take a bubble bath, get a message, ask for a back scratch, cuddle with a pet, make plans with a supportive friend, watch your favorite movie, get a manicure, listening to calming music, do deep breathing—whatever it is, make sure it’s something self-soothing and helps you get out of your head. 10. Be kind with yourself. You may not be able to control the way you feel about your body, but you can control what you do in response to how you feel. Instead of beating yourself up, you can choose to treat yourself with compassion. Instead of engaging in unhealthy and abusive behaviors, you can choose to do self-care. Instead of treating your body as an enemy, you can choose to treat it as a friend. Instead of isolating yourself, you can choose to reach out for support and surround yourself with positive people who make you feel loved and accepted. Instead of agreeing with the negative thoughts, you can choose to challenge them. ***You have more power than you think—don’t let the way you feel about your body keep you from living. Coping with bad body image days may not be easy, but it is possible. Don’t give up. You aren’t alone. Things can and will get better.
by FullaBella (submitted a month ago)
Diet Strategies for Christmas and New Year?
I guess I'm fortunate that I'm not surrounded by office parties and family gatherings. I did just buy one of those single serve fudges from Cracker barrel and had one small spoon and then stuck it behind the knife rack - out of site. I've been enjoying the quart of eggnog I purchased a week ago - a 1/2 glass or so at a time with a sprinkle of cinnamon. I guess what I'm saying is I'm not putting any foods or behavior on the 'good' or 'bad' list - I'm trying to remember a craving can be satisfied by a simple taste - not the whole 'thing' and that moderation is key whether it be Christmas, New Years, or non holiday days. While I don't have to endure the 'food-centric' holidays with a lot of people - my house is full of food so every single day, several times a day, I have to make the choice to not eat for the 'wrong' reasons. Anyway - that's my coping plan. Good topic - thank you for starting it.
by FullaBella (submitted 4 months ago)
any buds at the same stage in the lifestyle change process as me?
I consider myself in the middle of my journey as each day presents new opportunities to do better and make wise choices. While it always seems that it's 'all about the weight' there is so much more going on here. Improvement and enlightenment isn't directly tied to the bathroom scale. Enjoy your journey and feel free to buddy me.
by FullaBella (submitted 4 months ago)
FatSecret Support and Redesigned Feed
And - it would seem the new format is designed to encourage the user to journal less length as it cuts off the journal adding only the ... if someone journals more than a few paragraphs. I am a long winded journaler and many of my buddies are as well and it's worth the read but I had already commented on a few before I noticed that thinking 'well, that ended oddly for them.' I've also noticed if the person pasts picture links in their journal it doesn't display on the summary page.
by FullaBella (submitted 4 months ago)
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