Friday, January 24, 2014

Fat and Happy vs. Working To Be Healthier

There is a certain someone in my life who believes that it is better to be fat and happy than to work to be healthier. Any thoughts on this?

"I like myself the way I am."
Loving yourself for who you are is wonderful and all, but what if you are deciding to love a part of yourself that is not good for you?

"V, you don't need to lose any weight. I think you look fine."
I am actually overweight. Not just by my standards, but from a medical standpoint it would do me lots of good to lose some weight and try and get healthier. I feel like she just says this to make herself feel better about her own weight at over 200 pounds.

She tells me that the social media is just making me have unrealistic expectations. She tells me that she doesn't believe what doctor's say, she believes that bmi is a bad indicator of size, that 140 pounds is too small. She believes that calorie counting is for idiots. Is it all just denial?

Why do people ridicule those who try and lose weight? Do they not understand the concept of healthy? Or are they just refusing to believe that they need to be better, because it is too much work for them to try anymore?

My conclusion- She's just lazy. Her favorite word is actually the word lazy. "I'm too lazy." "I don't want to." "I'm too tired." "I would rather be lazy then work." It's so sad that it's true.

Here are some statistics to make things clearer.
  • More than one-third of U.S. adults (35.7%) are obese.
  • Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer, some of the leading causes of preventable death.
  • The estimated annual medical cost of obesity in the U.S. was $147 billion in 2008 U.S. dollars; the medical costs for people who are obese were $1,429 higher than those of normal weight.
http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/adult.html

Friday, January 3, 2014

Happy New Year

Happy New Year everyone.
So I did make some New Years resolutions this year, even though I usually don't. I feel it is time to make changes in my life. I am living in this new apartment, and I realized that there is a gym here and I have a key.
So here are my resolutions:

1.) Lose some weight. (obviously)
2.) Actually get some artwork done. I have only finished one painting in 2013. That's just sad.
3.) Check out the gym here.

So I lost two pounds from the first of the month to the second, and although I feel like I ate too much today, I was able to check out the gym here. It is amazing. I think it is open all hours so I can exercise at night when I am usually awake, and there won't be too many people there. It has some kind of sauna in the bathrooms. There is even an indoor heated pool.
So I resolved to get a swimming suit, because swimming burns a lot of calories, and I tried out the treadmill. I burned 100 calories in about 30 minutes. It is going to be amazing. I hadn't really dressed for a work out though and V was bored and wanted to leave, or I would have done more.
I am somewhat afraid of other people seeing the way I look there, or seeing me working out, but my fear of looking this way forever outweighs my social phobia.
I am thinking that my new exercise regime might go something like this-
1 hour on the treadmill
1 hour on the stationary bike
1 hour in the pool (maybe more)

I might cut it down to half an hour on the treadmill and the stationary bike and then spend most of my time in the pool, but I won't know until I can see what I prefer.
Rent is paid and V's financial aid should come in soon, and we will be buying some desks- his for school, mine to work on my art- and giving the apartment people a deposit so that we can have a single apartment after this lease is up in May. Then, we should be able to stay at these apartments in a single room apartment until V graduates in a three years, give or take.
I have no excuse not to be fit now. I have all the resources I could ever possibly want.

On another note, we have rescued my cat from my ex's, cleaned up her fur, got her some toys and things, and she is happy as can be. V is in love with her already. It's nice to have a pet again.
I am so happy that things are finally starting to get better for me. I am excited to get my things back this year, and finally start my life. Everything is coming together. V is the best thing that has ever happened to me.