I absolutely loathe it when runners preach about running like it’s the only way to lose weight.  As if anyone who doesn’t run or doesn’t prefer running gets less of a workout.  Jump in a pool and try swimming for an hour and then see if you have the nerve to say I’m lazy.

getfitmadison:

According to the September 2012 edition of Discover, the Body Mass Index (or BMI) is inaccurate…but not in the way you’d guess. They say we are actually more unhealthy/obese than the scale currently says. They even suggest a “blood test for the hunger-suppressing hormone leptin.”
I just can’t get over how fucked up that is. Under the system we currently have, I need to lose 20 more lbs to go from “obese” to “overweight.” With the new system, I’d have to lose 60 more lbs to lose my “obese” status.
Seriously?! 60 more lbs until I’m just “overweight”?!?
What do y’all think of this?

Weight is almost the worst measure of health. I am obese but I can swim for an hour and a half straight. I’m working on toning muscle and getting stronger and I’m eating good foods.  A man who works with my husband is very thin but he eats over 3,000 calories a day, mostly by snacking from his drawers at work.  He never works out either.  So because he’s in a certain weight range he more healthy than I am?  I don’t think so.  Health is about how we take care of ourselves.  You can’t just have one measure for that because it doesn’t show the whole picture.

getfitmadison:

According to the September 2012 edition of Discover, the Body Mass Index (or BMI) is inaccurate…but not in the way you’d guess. They say we are actually more unhealthy/obese than the scale currently says. They even suggest a “blood test for the hunger-suppressing hormone leptin.”

I just can’t get over how fucked up that is. Under the system we currently have, I need to lose 20 more lbs to go from “obese” to “overweight.” With the new system, I’d have to lose 60 more lbs to lose my “obese” status.

Seriously?! 60 more lbs until I’m just “overweight”?!?

What do y’all think of this?

Weight is almost the worst measure of health. I am obese but I can swim for an hour and a half straight. I’m working on toning muscle and getting stronger and I’m eating good foods.  A man who works with my husband is very thin but he eats over 3,000 calories a day, mostly by snacking from his drawers at work.  He never works out either.  So because he’s in a certain weight range he more healthy than I am?  I don’t think so.  Health is about how we take care of ourselves.  You can’t just have one measure for that because it doesn’t show the whole picture.

Someone (AHEM) suggested that I show some leg.  Well, I tried.  You can still see my scar on my knee from my injury last September.  I think you can see the biggest weight loss difference in my legs and my face.  I couldn’t find one nonblurry photo.  These were taken just before the concert so I was really excited and had a hard time standing still let alone holding a camera.

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I had to buy some clothes for some upcoming things and I’m currently too big in the middle for most regular sizes but I’m way too small for the plus sizes at all of the stores I went to today.  One woman working at a store said, “yeah going from a size six to a size four was a big change.  I know what you mean.”

Recently I realized that one reason it’s hard for me to keep up my pace in the pool for an hour to an hour and a half every day is because it gets kind of boring.  Sure I can swim laps and change the stroke or try different things in the diving well, but it gets boring anyway.  My mind wanders and I slow down.  To combat this problem, I invested the $30 in a waterproof mp3 player.  There are waterproof ipods but they cost a lot more, so I went for this one.  So far I have had no problems with it.  The armband wasn’t so great, but I just replaced it using two strips of velcro and that worked fine.  The earbuds are also earplugs which is great since I have to wear earplugs anyway.  I can feel a difference in my workout because of this little player.  I listen to various kinds of fast-paced music and it keeps me moving.  I also find that I don’t focus on how tired I am and oh dear God is it over yet.  I don’t keep track of how far I go and I’m not training for any events or anything like that.  I just water jog and swim for my health, but it was starting to become a chore instead of something I enjoyed. If you swim or water jog, I highly recommend this.  Apparently it will work for up to ten meters depth as well, but I haven’t tried that yet.

Recently I realized that one reason it’s hard for me to keep up my pace in the pool for an hour to an hour and a half every day is because it gets kind of boring.  Sure I can swim laps and change the stroke or try different things in the diving well, but it gets boring anyway.  My mind wanders and I slow down.  To combat this problem, I invested the $30 in a waterproof mp3 player.  There are waterproof ipods but they cost a lot more, so I went for this one.  So far I have had no problems with it.  The armband wasn’t so great, but I just replaced it using two strips of velcro and that worked fine.  The earbuds are also earplugs which is great since I have to wear earplugs anyway.  I can feel a difference in my workout because of this little player.  I listen to various kinds of fast-paced music and it keeps me moving.  I also find that I don’t focus on how tired I am and oh dear God is it over yet.  I don’t keep track of how far I go and I’m not training for any events or anything like that.  I just water jog and swim for my health, but it was starting to become a chore instead of something I enjoyed. If you swim or water jog, I highly recommend this.  Apparently it will work for up to ten meters depth as well, but I haven’t tried that yet.

Weight Loss Post

Basically, I’ve been at the same stupid plateau for a few months now.  I am starting to get over it and heading back in the right direction.  I am not giving up because I am so sick of this stupid disease trying to get in the way.  I know it’s going to give me trouble, that’s what it’s been doing lately, but I deserve to be as healthy as I can be.

My parents own this $2,000 exercise bike

and I’m the only one who uses it.  I’m only around a few times a year but I never seen anyone else on the bike.  It used to be in demand by everyone the first year or so that they had it.  Now it just sits, barely used and sad.  I just managed to cover it in sweat and make it feel loved.  If I could take it home with me and had a place to keep it, I would do so in a heartbeat.

I am feeling so fat and bloated.  My weight has just been up and down and up and down with no explanation as to why.  I’m on target with everything and I’ve been taking my meds.  I tried changing things up and that made it worse.  I tried sticking to a more normal routine and that didn’t change anything.  My doctor basically told me I just have to wait.  I’ve been in this position since March.  Fuck waiting.  I’m so pissed and I feel so physically ill and incapable of functioning.

I am starting to hate that other people in the family are losing weight.

Not because it’s not healthy, but because they really don’t get my struggle.  I’ve hit a major plateau and my medication is messed up right now.  I’m on the straight and narrow, eating right and keeping up with my exercise, even on painful days.  Two days ago we went out to dinner with hubby’s family and everyone was talking about losing weight and how much weight everyone else had lost but me.  Then my grandmother-in-law goes, “are you still trying to lose weight too or have you given up”.  Why would you say something like that to anyone?  Why?!  It’s just been bothering me a lot.  All everyone else has had to do is just watch what they eat and only a couple have added exercise.  Meanwhile I am dealing with a barely there metabolism, have been very cold recently because of it and can’t even regulate my body temperature let alone lose weight.  I’m not giving up, but this is taking more time than I would like it to.  And yes, I’m impatient!  I’ve been overweight for far too long now and was doing so well.  I want to reach my goals like anyone else, I have to work harder than most people to reach them and I greatly resent the fact that people think I’ve given up just because I’m still at about the same weight that I was in March.  You don’t want me to get started on their eating habits either.  They talk about sweet potatoes like they are some new food and still eat Snicker’s salad like it’s an actual salad.