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Below are the 9 most recent journal entries recorded in Weight Loss Is Not A Sin - SA/FA & HAES' LiveJournal:

Friday, April 28th, 2006
4:06 pm
GeekFit.com Lives!
The third installment of the GeekFit.com podcast is out. Thanks ubar bunches for all your support thus far. The downloads have been craziness. Keep the feedback coming—every little bit helps (especially the constructive stuff!).
Wednesday, April 12th, 2006
8:41 am
A few weeks ago abstrakone and I decided to create a podcast about fitness as it relates to the sedentary lifestyle that is geekdom.

It's not about geeks. It's about anyone who has a job that isn't contributing to their activity every day (read: construction worker). Desks, computers, standing behind a counter and fidgeting like you're at a high school dance. While this might burn a few calories (hey, some of those computer mice are hard to push around!) it's not enough to mitigate what we're putting in our mouths most of the time.

We posted our introduction podcast yesterday, so give it a listen and bear with us while we work out the bugs.

Tuesday, April 4th, 2006
1:30 am
I've revised my weight goals to be more specific and more health related as opposed to magic number related.

Don't get me wrong - magic numbers can be very motivating. But I've decided to aim for a weight range that's higher than the BMI standard for my height and weight but a lower body fat percentage than average. Losing fat takes longer than losing "weight" but the end result is a higher metabolism and better overall health for me.

I'm feeling a little conflicted about my new goals. On the one hand, I know I'll be able to eat more calories and maintain a leaner body if I follow weight lifting guidelines. I'll be fit rather than thin. I'll be able to feel as physically strong and powerful as I know I am mentally and emotionally. I like my outside reflecting my inside. I also have a lot of athletic ambitions better supported by a leaner but slightly heavier frame. As long as my foot is okay with it, my new goal is to be at the low end of my Army weight range but much more fit and less fat. (I ranged from 150-165, but stayed mostly in the 160s. I think that my foot might be okay in the 150s.)

On the other hand, I seem to put on muscle very easily and I'm sensitive to hormones. I've already noticed that my testosterone levels are higher after only two weeks of lifting weights and supplementing with protein shakes (21 grams of protein - less than a 4oz burger!) once or twice daily. That's pretty darn sensitive. Also, meeting my goals might make me very fit but I will continue to challenge popular (and internalized) notions of "attractive." Sure, lots of people like the look of female fitness competitors, but I've also heard women lifters called "scary" among other things.

A friend told me that I'm one of the most penis-threatening women ever. How much worse will that impression get when my appearance reflects take-no-shit attitude I already have? Do I really want to be scary? Is my current size/bulk related to an attempt to put distance between myself and others, and would above average muscularity have the same effect? (In other words, is this goal running from the frying pan to the fire?) A lot of my weight loss journey, emotionally, has been related to impression management issues - how I use my size and relate to the way other people see me. I need to care less about it and figure out what really pleases me.
Wednesday, February 15th, 2006
8:46 am
How do you pick a number goal? Or do you? Do you believe in the idea of vanity pounds?

This is something that's been on my mind lately as I've been sharing my success to date. People ask me how much weight I want to lose, and I don't know. I know the number I've been told to aim for is more fantasy than fact. I based my goal weight on my BMI, but my experience with BMI is that it's really just a clever height-weight chart with only modest backing in hard research.

So do I pick some other goal? A body fat percentage? Some fitness level? And do I actually listen to advice, or is that bowing to the pressures of conformity?

I know that I want to be more fit than I ever have been before, and at my lowest previous weight my weight was slowing my run time. The bones in my feet are damaged from running with too much weight on them. But I love running. So I need to weigh less than I did before or else I risk hurting my feet again. But if I get to the weight I think my feet will accept, several friends have said they would be "concerned" about my weight loss. I feel like I can't win.
Tuesday, February 7th, 2006
2:39 pm
So Terribly Annoying..
I resisted the urge to virtually/verbally bite someone's head off today when I read a little mini whiny rant about how fat people must loathe themselves for getting so "dangerously overweight." I don't expect the person in question to respond to any of the points raised against his assertion, as I'm growing more certain that they're trolling the forums in question, so I figured I'd write here, instead.

The question was raised: Why do fat people say they love their bodies? How can they love their bodies if they let their bodies get into that condition? The unspoken question: How can a fat person love their body if I find it so disgusting?

My AnswerCollapse )

Why do YOU love your body?

Current Mood: triumphant
Monday, January 30th, 2006
8:43 am
UCLA: "Obesity Epidemic" Overblown
Sociologists at UCLA have concluded that the "obesity epidemic" that has been a media focus since 1994 is overblown, and not an epidemic at all.

Some quotes:
In fact, recent research has found no appreciable difference in mortality rates among fat Americans with a BMI less than 35. Only 6 percent of the American population fall into that category, Saguy points out. Many more medical issues pose a greater threat to more Americans, most notably malnutrition and smoking.

"Media coverage of obesity overtook reporting on hunger and malnutrition in 2002 despite the fact that the World Health Organization deemed hunger to be the leading cause of world death," she said. "Similarly, cigarette smoking continues to be the leading cause of 'preventable death' despite the increasing shift of focus from smoking to obesity."


Blaming the victim can even lead to medical problems. Saguy and Riley found that prospect of "being harangued" about their weight keeps some overweight people from seeking treatment for medical conditions that are much more clearly treatable and more risky than obesity. For instance, they cite research showing that obese women are less likely to receive cervical exams than their thinner counterparts.

There's a lot of good stuff in this article, and I encourage everyone to read it, and share it. It's nice to have a reputable authority point out that arguments from FA/SA groups do hold some validity, even if it is only the sociologists doing the validating. ;)
Sunday, January 29th, 2006
9:07 pm
Hello hello hello
Whoo hello everyone *waves* I just joined today, this evenning, whatever.
I just wanted to say, thankyou for creating this community, I am finally begining to find people that accept me the way I am, even if they are online =)

Thankyiu !
Much love, Eb x

Oh and welcome to myself =) *nods* and everyone else here =D x

Current Mood: cheerful
11:36 am
Fitness, Goals, and Health
Hi, all!!!

I'm curious.. what are your goals for health and fitness? What are you working for to improve your health in the future?

Here are my goals, short term and long term:

Short term: 14 minute mile on the elliptical
Slightly long term: 11 minute mile without a machine (this will require finding a place to run outside this summer)
Long term: Being fit enough to run/jog a marathon (instead of just walking one)

Current Mood: motivated
Friday, January 27th, 2006
10:49 am
Just a quick message of welcome to all new members, and an introduction to the person who created this forum.

I'm Laurel. I'm going to be 29 in exactly one month, and I'm a plus-size chica. I've been dealing with health issues for a few years, now, that are very likely diet/nutrition related, so I made the decision to make a lifestyle change at the beginning of the year to eat better, and exercise more.

Since making this change and becoming a staunch advocate of HAES (Health At Every Size -- it basically means that you don't have to be a specific size or weight to be healthy and active), I've noticed a lot of anti-weight-loss attitudes among the fat acceptance/size acceptance community. It seems there is a common belief that anyone who loses weight is buying into the Thin Myth (thin is healthy, thin is beautiful, etc.) and is not a member of the FA/SA community at heart. I disagree wholeheartedly with this, and I dislike the second-guessing of motives when an overweight person wishes to improve their health.

Therefore, I started wl_is_not_a_sin to encourage those FA/SA activists and HAES supporters of all sizes to join in a community that encourages health improvement and personal fitness at all sizes. For some people, a decision to live a healthier lifestyle will naturally result in weight loss (I'm one of them, considering how horribly unhealthy my lifestyle has been). For others, weight loss isn't a goal nor is it realistically going to happen. Fitness and healthy lifestyles are encouraged here (regardless of, not because of, weight management issues) at all ages, at all sizes.

Please join us - share your thoughts, share your experiences, share your struggles, share your goals, share your accomplishments, share articles, share studies, share yourself!
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