Friday, January 23, 2009

Treadmill or elliptical trainer?

I'm thinking of investing in an exercise machine in the coming weeks/months. I've tried to force myself to go for walks, but it just isn't happening, so I'm going to try the equipment to see if that will get me moving. (I'm not joining a gym... period. Been there, done that.)

So... I'm just wondering what people think...


... or elliptical trainer?

Thoughts? Leave a comment.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Kent Altena's mock danish recipe

Even though I'm currently on the sweet-free challenge, I'll post this anyway because I'm dreaming of the day it's over and I can eat a few "sweet-tasting" things again. Ha!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

This Hour Has 22 Minutes sketch on losing weight

Canadian comedy news and sketch show This Hour Has 22 Minutes had a funny bit on weight loss this week. Check it out!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Note to doctors: A bit of compassion, please...

A woman I know went to a clinic today for something and received a stern lecture from the doctor she saw (for something completely unrelated to her weight) about her being "obese" and needing to lose weight. She was then ordered to the hospital for blood tests to check her "cholesterol".

She was humiliated. The doctor was very blunt about the whole thing and made her feel horrible. She told me that her self-esteem was destroyed within one minute - to the point of her having to tell the doctor to basically shut up. Good for her!

As far as being "obese" goes, this woman does need to lose some weight - perhaps 40 lb or so. Maybe more? I don't know. But believe me when I say this, she wears it very well and no one would turn their head in a mall and point at her.

As someone who has been overweight all his life, KNOW THIS:


You don't have to make a huge announcement like we have a secret tumour growing out of our forehead. We KNOW we're overweight. Trust me, if we wanted your help, we'd ask.

There has got to me a more subtle way of mentioning blood tests for cholesterol or other issues. "Have you had any blood tests lately? It's good to have some benchmarks done every couple of years in order to make sure everything is OK. Everyone should have them! I have them, too!" Now, to me, that sounds perfectly reasonable for anyone - overweight or not. But DO NOT lecture me, please, or scare the crap out of me about my "cholesterol" before you even know what the readings are!

And for the record, I had 240 lb to lose and my blood tests were stellar. No diabetes. My cholesterol (if you think it's that big of a deal) was among the lowest the doctor had ever seen - he was quite frankly astonished, considering my size. Everything else (blood-wise) was perfect.

If you're a doctor and you're genuinely concerned with a person's weight - and of course you should be - try to find a bit of tact and diplomacy within you. There's a way of getting the tests you want without humiliating the person.

And if you can't do this, well then just shut up and fix the problem the patient was there for in the first place.

And let me repeat... "WE KNOW!!!!!!!!!!!"

Monday, January 19, 2009

Week #83: Down -1.5 lb for a total of -116.5 lb

After three weeks on the sweet-free challenge, I'm down 7.5 lb and nearly rid of the 9 lb I gained during Christmas "Gainageddon". I don't normally express disappointment in this blog, but I honestly thought I'd lost more than that. I was feeling it. My university class ring was loose. My belt was looser. Everything was pointing in the right direction.

Oh well. Losing weight is a patience game... and if you can't handle that part of the journey, best not to even begin! Patience is one thing that I've had to really take to heart in all this. I was hoping to move beyond the -117 lb I was at just before Christmas. 'Twas not to be, however.

I was very good this week. I'm especially happy that I drank all my water - at least 1.5 litres per day + coffee, tea, etc. The lack of variety in beverages was still a bit of a pain this week, but I'm pretty much used to it, now. I need to incorporate some unsweetened almond milk into my list of beverages. Tweaked with a bit of almond or maple extract, it could be passable.

I hope you all have a great week! Keep up the good work and KNOW you can do this. And remember: Be patient! It will pay off.

If I can do it, so can you.

No excuses!