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i have noticed that there is a popular misconception running around these boards that fat people don't eat well or exercise. so i've decided to try and combat that stereotype by documenting for all of you what i, a fat grrl (no, not chubby, no, not "fluffy" or "pleasantly plump", but FAT...like, "whoa, she's fat"-fat) actually eats every day, and the activities i participate in.<br><br><br><br>
to avoid being redundant i won't even go into the daily activities i spend an enormous amount of energy on as a stay-at-home mom (the gardening, the housework, the walking of the dog three times a day and once at night, the laundry that i have to tote up and down two flights of stairs every day, the children i have to carry and chase); i only mention these things so that you understand that even on the days where i don't make a concious effort to get out and "exercise", i am still active.<br><br><br><br>
i am hoping that by posting this little diary i will show you that not all fat people eat too much, eat junk food all the time, or live their lives on their couches. through doing this i hope to demonstrate that stereotyping fat people, based on their body size alone, is fallacy. if there are any other fat folks on this board who <b>aren't dieting</b>, but who pursue a healthy lifestyle like me, i'd love it if you'd chime in on this thread and post your own daily menus and activity logs. let's prove that fat people can eat well and be fit, too, even when we aren't trying to lose weight!<br><br><br><br>
one disclaimer: i may not be able to check in on this thread every day, but i will try to post a least a couple of times a week.<br><br><br><br>
so, here's today's entry.<br><br><br><br><i>What did the fat grrl eat today?</i><br><br><br><br>
B: a cup of coffee with soy milk and 1 tsp sugar, a cinnamon raisin bagle with a thin smear of earth balance, 2 cups of fresh strawberries<br><br><br><br>
L: a veggie dog on a white bun with ketchup, 1 cup of chopped raw mixed veggies dipped in tofu-onion dip, a few potato chips, a slice of birthday cake, a cola<br><br><br><br>
S: another veggie dog with ketchup, quarts and quarts of water<br><br><br><br>
D: one whole wheat tortilla smeared with 1/4 cup spicy homemade black beans and 4 tbsp homemade guacamole, a half a bottle of beer, another 2 cups of chopped mixed raw veggies<br><br><br><br>
S: haven't had it yet, but i'm thinking it'll be a small bowl of soy delicious ice cream, or else an all-fruit popsicle. it be hot out today!<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><i>What kinds of exercise the the fat grrl get today?</i><br><br><br><br>
1 hour of laps in the pool this morning<br><br><br><br>
running around after children at the waterpark and playground all afternoon (and i'm not kidding, i was <i>running</i>, they are quick!)<br><br><br><br>
40 minute speedy walk with the dog after dinner
 

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Hear Hear... I am all for crushing the misconception...<br><br><br><br>
I had a soy fruit smoothie with strawberries, and a banana.<br><br><br><br>
Lunch: Salad<br><br><br><br>
Dinner: remaining enchilada casserole I made the other day and a small salad<br><br><br><br>
Snack: a plum<br><br><br><br>
Tons of water, and one diet coke to drink during the day.<br><br><br><br>
Most of my excersize is walking, due to my physical disability. I walked the equivalent of a couple miles today.
 

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This is a great idea Kreeli. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> And besides, there's just more of you to love. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)">
 

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muzicfan, i don't mean to be rude, but, aren't you dieting to lose weight? what i really wanted this thread to be for was not to show that fat people can actively restrict their food intake and force themselves to exercise so that they can lose weight (because we all know that we can do that...we spend $30 billion dollars a year in the united states alone, dieting and joining gyms), but to show that fat people, who are happy with their bodies, do not just sit around and shove junk food in their mouths all day long. there are already several threads in existance on these boards that are for supporting the dieter...this is one that i wanted to be different. i'm not dieting. this is how i live my life. this is how i've lived my life for the past six years.<br><br><br><br>
i totally appreciate your support, though. i'm just confused...are you actively trying to lose weight through dieting and exercise?
 

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You go grrl!<br><br><br><br>
Um, I hope you don't always eat so much "kids' food," though! (dogs, white bread, ketchup, chips). I assume from your website you don't, but I was startled to see your menu for today!<br><br><br><br>
I think it's cool that you're being proactive with this thread. Why chase after and argue with people when you can set the pace yourself?
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by epski</i><br><br><b>Um, I hope you don't always eat so much "kids' food," though! (dogs, white bread, ketchup, chips). I assume from your website you don't, but I was startled to see your menu for today!</b></div>
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heh. it was my son's 6th birthday party today, silly. did you forget that already? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)">
 

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Some people, regardless of size, have smaller appetites. Muzicfan's menu sounds healthy to me, not like a restrictive nor junkfood diet.
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by Kreeli</i><br><br><b>heh. it was my son's 6th birthday party today, silly. did you forget that already? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)"></b></div>
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For some reason I thought it was already Sunday!<br><br><br><br>
I've been working for nearly 10 hours today, so I've lost track of days and times!
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by epski</i><br><br><b>Some people, regardless of size, have smaller appetites. Muzicfan's menu sounds healthy to me, not like a restrictive nor junkfood diet.</b></div>
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right. what she eats or doesn't eat is of no consequence to me. what is important to me is that the fat folks that participate in this thread aren't actively trying to lose weight.<br><br><br><br>
why?<br><br><br><br>
because, believe it or not, the fat person who tells the world they are trying to lose weight are, in actuality, considered "less evil" than those of us who aren't trying to lose weight. people are always shocked when they find out i'm not trying to 'get thin'. it took me a long time to get to where i am, with regards to my positive self-image. it took me a long time to realize that i shouldn't let my size stop me from living my life. it took me a long time to accept that no matter how well i eat, how much exercise i get, how much i beat myself up, i won't ever be thin. i wanted to start this thread to show you all that i probably eat the same amount, or less, food than many of the thin people on the boards, and get the same amount, or more, exercise, than many of the thin people on this board.
 

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Just wanted to add, we will not allow posts that are anything but supportive. Kreeli started this thread for a reason and I am going to require that people respect that.<br><br><br><br>
Thanks in advance for your cooperation. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I am changing my food diet to lose weight yes, but mostly to change how I prepare things, and alter my lifestyle. I started mostly to alter how I prepare foods, and what I eat. Also mostly to make me feel better. I think I have some food allergies dealing with meat, so I decided to try the Vegetarian diet. Diet.. not in all terms of dieting per se, but how I eat and fix my food.<br><br><br><br>
Yes I have seen some weight loss, but I think it is due to how I was preparing my food, and the portions.. also what time of day I was eating.<br><br><br><br>
I dont plan on losing weight to be a skinny minny.. I know I am a large gal, and have been for quite some time. I am just eating better to feel good..<br><br><br><br>
Oh and I have to say, going to a vegetarian diet, has helped my stomach issues. I am most happy about that.<br><br><br><br>
Sorry if I was butting into your thread, but I was trying to be supportive.
 

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If it was me with my stupid, stupid, thoughtless comments *smacks herself in the head* then I am so sorry!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("><br><br><br><br>
I think it's my eating disorder speaking, however that's not in any way a justification, but rather a really lame excuse.<br><br><br><br>
I admire you for your active lifestyle. I am a pretty lazy person and just sit on my butt all day long <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">
 

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Kreeli, for whatever reason you have for owning who you are, you have my respect. I am 46 and no one openly makes me feel rejected for that, but I have a hard time saying "I am 46" because young is what is important. I am for the first time in my life struggling with overweight instead of underweight. Weakness when I never needed help with anything. I love what you are doing and I'll be watching and celebrating with you.<br><br><br><br>
Deborah... who loves an honest soul.<br><br><br><br>
BTW, you make me cringe calling yourself the fat girl. I just cyber met you and that is not the label I would want to remember.
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by Muzicfan</i><br><br><b>I am changing my food diet to lose weight yes, but mostly to change how I prepare things, and alter my lifestyle. I started mostly to alter how I prepare foods, and what I eat. Also mostly to make me feel better. I think I have some food allergies dealing with meat, so I decided to try the Vegetarian diet. Diet.. not in all terms of dieting per se, but how I eat and fix my food.</b></div>
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please don't get me wrong, i am 100% for people of all sizes changing their diets and upping their activity levels to become more healthy. yay for you! and i also know that by doing that, many people end up dropping a few pounds (an unfortunate side effect..heh heh). <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)"> i guess my point has been lost, or i haven't been able to articulate it well enough. if you have changed your diet and activity levels so that you can feel better, and not because your primary goal is to lose weight, than i consider you more than welcome in my fat diary thread.
 

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Kreeli,<br><br><br><br>
I appreciate your post AND your efforts. Maybe you can help me out.<br><br><br><br>
"Healthy" to me is eating whole grains, fruits, vegetables, -0- processed food, -0- fried food, -0- sweets, and a lot of water. That, to me, is B-O-R-I-N-G but is what my perception of "healthy" is. Help me out here.<br><br><br><br>
It doesn't seem to me that a "healthy lifestyle" contains soy dogs, white bread, potato chips, cake, soda, coffee, soy dream, and beer.<br><br><br><br>
Do I have too narrow a view of a healthy lifestyle?<br><br><br><br>
I'm overweight but I am *not* pursuing what I view as a healthy lifestyle right now (as shown by my 2 margaritas & a cosmo last night and potato chips & scones today - pfff). Otherwise I'd post what I eat. But I eat a lot of crap.<br><br><br><br>
I don't base my health on my size but on what I eat & how I feel. And right now, that Tofutti cutie in the kitchen is calling my name. But it's far from healthy. (healthIER than the alternative, I suppose, but not "healthy" IMO) Or is it?<br><br><br><br>
Please don't get mad at me or defensive. I am trying to ask for your advice and it's really hard to make sure I sound sincere in this post. After reading some of your stuff and thinking about what you wrote in another post somewhere (yes, I thought about what you said a LOT), I think I've been putting myself under way too high expectations of being healthy (see my definition above) which causes stress. Maybe I've read too many veganism books.<br><br><br><br>
amy<br><br><br><br>
((added later)) PS - I didn't realize your food was from the bday party! oops... in any case, the rest of my post still stands... and if you do think it is offensive, let me know and I will delete it. i don't want it to be, though, and would appreciate any thoughts you have. or, just tell me to get over it and let myself drink beer w/o feeling guilty (my DH is a homebrewer - so of *course* i have to taste it all!)
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by VegAnna</i><br><br><b>If it was me with my stupid, stupid, thoughtless comments *smacks herself in the head* then I am so sorry!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("><br><br><br><br>
I think it's my eating disorder speaking, however that's not in any way a justification, but rather a really lame excuse.</b></div>
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dear veganna, it wasn't just you. the idea that fat people are lazy and gluttonous has been haunting these boards since it's inception. the idea for this thread just happened to pop into my head tonight.<br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block"><b>I admire you for your active lifestyle. I am a pretty lazy person and just sit on my butt all day long <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("></b></div>
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well, get off it! being active feels good!
 

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VegAnna, thank you for stating that...<br><br><br><br>
I just get upset, because many people view overweight ppl as all being lazy, and not caring of what their body image is.<br><br><br><br>
I dont know how many times I go to a salad buffet, and get a salad and other veggie things, and I get looks as if I am taking the whole bar of food.<br><br><br><br>
I was watching the Dr. Phil show, and it saddened me, because of the thoughts of all the "fit" people had of the "heavier" people. They were saying we all are unclean, lazy, and dont care about our image. That is so untrue.<br><br><br><br>
Many of us try to eat properly and get excersize, but we have deeper problems that cause our obesity. Some of them physical, and some of them mental. Most eating disorders stem from other problems in life, but not all.<br><br><br><br>
Sorry if I am preachy, but this whole issue gets me sometimes. And it saddens me how us heavier people get added pressure from society. We should all get along.. these are tough times.<br><br><br><br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by Kamila</i><br><br><b>Kreeli, for whatever reason you have for owning who you are, you have my respect. I am 46 and no one openly makes me feel rejected for that, but I have a hard time saying "I am 46" because young is what is important. I am for the first time in my life struggling with overweight instead of underweight. Weakness when I never needed help with anything. I love what you are doing and I'll be watching and celebrating with you.<br><br><br><br>
Deborah... who loves an honest soul.<br><br><br><br>
BTW, you make me cringe calling yourself the fat girl. I just cyber met you and that is not the label I would want to remember.</b></div>
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thanks.<br><br><br><br>
to me, "fat" is as legitimate a descriptor as "tall", "blonde", "hairy", or "blue-eyed". it has no negative connotatons for me whatsoever. i've reclaimed it from the fat-haters! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)">
 

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Yay Kreeli -<br><br><br><br>
I believe I belong to this club <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> I am fat (though everyone says I'm "pleasantly plump"...... probably because I carry my fat evenly and wear clothes well). I am 40 plus pounds over "ideal" weight (and with a 5 foot 2 inch height - that's a lot of extra poundage).<br><br><br><br>
Like you I am not dieting nor am I on a campaign to lose weight (though I'm mindful of my weight - and try not to gain - BUT that's for health not vanity).<br><br><br><br>
I post my menu most days on the "What did you eat today" thread. I rarely eat junk food - eat reasonable portions - and pay attention to the veggie food pyramid (still have a hard time eating 6-11 servings of grains....).<br><br><br><br>
I do 30 minutes incline treadmill (or 20 minutes HARD work on the eliptical trainer) at least three times a week. I don't think it qualifies as a classic aerobic workout (which is why I failed the activity portion of the "how old are you test" that came up somewhere on one of the threads). Two to three times a week I do a light strength training routine (Nautilus style equipment). Granted - I don't work myself to death, but I feel I do FAR MORE than many slim people I know. I don't workout to control my weight really - I do it for my heart and stress level (if I miss more than a few workouts I find I become irritable easier).<br><br><br><br>
I might like to be a little less fat (more choice of cool clothes, less inhibitions about bearing my skin in the summer), but I've found that it cramps my style (I'm not trying to be cute - I'm serious). I love to cook - I love to eat. Living "fully" is more important to me than fitting into a size 6 jeans (the size I'd wear at my "ideal weight".....I wear a snug 14 now - a 16 during my monthly bloat week).<br><br><br><br>
I'm not against the idea of slimming down though. I always read threads that discuss this - never hurts to get tips on maximizing workouts and recipes for low-calorie dishes. If it fits in with my current lifestyle - great.<br><br><br><br>
YOu are right though that folks assume since you are Bigger getting slimmer must be your ultimate goal (NOT) <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
Looking forward to reading your diary, and it's nice to know I'm not the only person who is happily heavy <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Hiya, if you don't mind I'd like to post here too.. I am on the dieting thread too but..well. My gut feeling is that I fit into both.<br><br>
I really do want to get healthier - recently I have been a walking garbage bin, and with the smoking as well I feel I have to tackle this.<br><br>
But I know from experience that I'm not going to be skinny, or even slim. Ever. And, I am not sure I want to be any more.<br><br>
What I would like is to be a) healthy and b) comfortable with who I am.<br><br>
Which is bloody difficult when you have idiots looking at my lunch (salad and veggies, a yogurt and rice or bread) and saying "oh my GOD. You are eating SO MUCH today". Made worse because they are skinny, yet munching on chocolate, crisps, cakes etc.<br><br>
Yes, I'm not as active as I probably should be but I do NOT eat the entire contents of my fridge in one sitting. I do'nt eat chocolate, crisps, pizza everyday. I have no sugar in tea, on cereal etc.<br><br>
so...GRRRRRRR . yes. *runs away*
 
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