October 28, 2010

Being Fat and Other People's Opinions -- Part 2

I just saw this post on Thinner Times about this nail salon owner, and I noticed that this story is from my neck of the woods in Atlanta.  Check out this story and let me know what you think!  I think this woman should be put out of business.  I get tired of spending my hard earned money at places where I feel like I am humiliated.  The nail salon owner claims that her chairs only have a weight capacity of 200lbs.  That is such a load of crap!  And if she is in business, shouldn't she have insurance on her equipment for damage?  If she doesn't she should consider getting some because overweight people aren't the only people she should charge for damaging her equipment.

We have to stop patronizing businesses that clearly don't want to serve us as a population and don't have the humanity or humility to respect us as customers or human beings.  I'll do my own nails thank you very much and save some dough!  Thank you very much.

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October 27, 2010

Being Fat and Other People's Opinions

I have been fat, obese, and morbidly obese for a large part of my life.  I have had to put up with people's comments, their taunts, and their rants on how "I" should be more healthy, or how could "I" let myself get this way, or even being laughed at when passing by a group of people.  I've felt bad about my body image for as long as I can remember, and I'm 45 years old, so it's been a long, long time.  I know what I have been up against:  pressure to be thin, poor self-image, competition, depression, and now, arthritis and joint pain.

I just finished reading a post by a blogger for Marie Claire, and I am just completely deflated. This woman remarked on an episode of "Mark and Mollie" where she apparently was turned off by the fact that two fat people were making out.  She went on to qualify his remarks by saying she was very turned off by seeing a morbidly obese person just walk across the room.  She then stated that if that person wanted to be thin, it was his/her choice -- just push away from the table.  She also compared being fat with being an alcoholic or heroine addict in that he would hate seeing some sloppy drunk or another person strung out on drugs.  I think her comments are sad, but they tend to represent the opinions of many people in our society.  Everyone values being thin and has poor self-image and this if continuously perpetuated in our society through print and television advertising, movies, etc.  

Some of her comments, I get it... but I don't appreciate her comments in a world-wide publication that only perpetuate the poor self image that women and men have of themselves.  This is really a sad state of affairs when people use this bandwagon mentality to lash out at a group of people who pay taxes, and participate in society, but as second-class citizens.  I am one of those people, and I work every day, and try to live a healthy lifestyle.  Because of one thing or another, I haven't been successful in losing weight, but I have tried.  I've had my ups and downs with this rollercoaster ride and when I decided to have Weight Loss Surgery, for me, it was really my last alternative.  I don't want to be sick; I don't want to die from a co-morbidity.  But I also don't want to hear that I am less than human because I am overweight and don't live up to someone's expectations.  

I'm getting off my soapbox now, and putting away my little picket sign, but I just thought I had to share this with you.  Here's the link to the original story.  http://www.marieclaire.com/sex-love/dating-blog/overweight-couples-on-television?click=main_sr.  I really hope that you ready the article and weigh in on the subject.

Trying Something New

I'm a huge fan of a certain coffee chain that offers fabulous espresso-laced smoothies, and I miss the offerings of the holidays where you'll find creamy, wonderous drinks enhanceded with mint, pumpkin, and spices.  All of these yummy things are blended well with sugar, milk, coffee, and topped off with a dollop of whipped cream.  Those were the days... but I must remind you, those were the drinks that allowed me to be where I am today.

This morning, I'm trying something new.  I added some pumpkin, and pumpkin spice, and protein to my decaf this morning, and it's not half bad.  I whooshed it in the blender for a few minutes to get a nice consistency.  I think it needs a little bit of SF sweetner like Stevia, but it really is pretty good.  You know I will go to any length to add protein to my diet so this a great way.  I've been having a protein shake for breakfast since my tummy is still a little sensitive, so for me, the shakes and the Max Protein have worked well.

Try something new today.  Add some protein to your yogurt, or try a blended drink with some protein added.  You never know what you'll end up enjoying!