Reflections on a day of binging after dieting for 7 months

On May 3rd, 2017, I embarked on a serious weight loss journey. I downloaded the LoseIt! app, paid $40 for a year of premium so that I could have extra data and features, and started seriously tracking my calories. Previously, I was using pen and paper to log, which is a huge pain. I started out at 1900 calories per day and weighing around 181lbs. Slowly, I worked my budget down to 1600 calories and currently weigh 156.8lbs.

Today, I decided to have a “binge” day. I allowed myself to eat whatever I want, with no restrictions whatsoever. It’s something I hadn’t done since I started back in May. Even on holidays, I still had at least loose restrictions, like “eat what you want, but be reasonable.” Today, I threw reasonable out the window.

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What is Obesity? Infographic

Too many people get their identities wrapped up in their weight, and as such, their feelings get hurt when their doctors or someone else calls them “obese.” But obese is a medical term. Being obese simply means you’re carrying too much body fat. It doesn’t mean you’re ugly, or worthless, or any other subjective thing. I thought I’d share this infographic that will hopefully help people understand.

Infographic by Positive Health Wellness

What Is Obesity?

It’s Pumpkin Season! Recipe for pumpkin pancakes and “latte”

Fall is just around the corner, and that means it’s Pumpkin Season!!!

I love fall. It starts to get a bit cooler, the leaves turn pretty colors, and it’s the season of PUMPKINS!!! Pumpkins both make beautiful decorations and delicious food. Every year, I buy a tiny pumpkin to put on my desk and one to put in my house as a decoration. I’ve yet to carve pumpkins, but that’ll probably happen sometime in the future. Fall is also when I started dating my fiance, and when we plan to be married.

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Yet another attempt at C25k

Today I decided to finally retry C25k. This is probably my fifth or so attempt at the program; I’ve never been able to make it past week 3. In the past, I’d been able to get through week 1, struggle through week 2, and fail on week 3 and then quit. Today though, it’s feeling like it’s going to be harder than ever.

I’m in the worse shape I’ve ever been in. Or at least, it feels that way. I’ve lost a total of 34lbs from my highest weight, but I haven’t exercised consistently since 2015 when I quit going to the gym. I have a sedentary desk job and most of my hobbies include sitting as well. So suffice it to say, I’m exceptionally out of shape.

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I fell while running today

I decided to go out for a quick jog with my dog before dinner today. Lately I’ve been really into this game called Magikarp Jump, and thought it’d be a good idea to multitask and play the game while running. That turned out to be a terrible idea because something happened that I don’t remember happening since I was a kid: I fell. I tripped over an uneven part of sidewalk and fell pretty hard.

My phone flew out of my hands, my glasses and sunglasses flew off my face, and I hit the ground on my hands and knees. I could feel it happening and it seemed to happen in slow motion, but not slow enough for me to be able to stop it. I had to hobble home with my aching knees and whining dog (he wasn’t ready to be done yet!), all the while feeling so stupid for playing on my phone while running. Doesn’t matter that I only needed one hand to play; I wasn’t paying attention and my balance was off just enough that what might have been just a small stumble ended up with me on the ground. I also need to work on picking up my feet so I don’t trip in the first place. I tend to drag them a little too close to the ground.

The good news is that my phone and glasses are both fine. Thank God I invested in a nice, study case for my phone that saved it from scratches or cracks. My knees didn’t fare as well; they’re quite scraped and bruised and swollen and I probably won’t jog for a couple days. I’m more annoyed at myself than anything, but all in all I’m fine. I didn’t even cry 😛

I just wanted to share. The moral of the story is: pay attention to what you’re doing!

Nobody actually expects you to look “ideal” so stop bitching about it

You can hardly go on the internet these days without people complaining about “unrealistic beauty/body standards” and how society expects them to look like “the ideal.” My question to that is who? Who expects you to look “ideal?” Has anyone who wasn’t a complete jackass ever come up to you and told you that you need to work harder at looking exactly like a magazine cover model? That you’ll never get married or find a partner or achieve happiness without being a size 0 with 6 pack abs, pearly white teeth, and a perfect 0.7 waist to hip ratio?

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I Really, Really Regret My Nasal/Sinus Sugery

UPDATE March 2018: I wrote this post almost two years ago. Things have actually gotten better since then. My septum still feels loose, but I’d completely forgotten about that until I re-read this post just now. My glasses are no longer too heavy, and the back of my nose no longer feels clogged (most of the time). I also only get post nasal drip now when I’m sick or when my allergies are acting up.  I’ve also come to realize that my “sinus” headaches are likely either migraines or being caused by eye strain. I’m actually currently in vision therapy to help the eye strain. Anyway, it took a couple years, but I’m pretty much back to normal now. So if you can deal with a couple months of recovery and 1-2 years of getting back to full normal, the surgery may be worth it.

Oh how I regret thee, let me count the ways…

About 9 months ago I went to the ENT complaining of headaches in my face and that my nose was always stuffy. I had to sleep every single night with nasal strips or else I would end up mouth breathing all night. Every time I laid down, the inside of my nose would swell, often completely shut, and would be rendered useless. He sent me in for a CT scan and the results came back that I had a deviated septum, large turbinates, and a mucous sack in my left sinus. He told me I needed surgery to correct these issues. He also suggested that I get my nose straightened out while I was at it (it’s quite crooked and always has been) but I decided that was too much trouble and I’d just go with the septum/turbinate/sack surgery.

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Mortgage Rates – Holy Crap!

In this article I get a dose of reality about mortgage rates and buying houses, and share my findings with the world.

I periodically get emails from Zillow telling me about houses nearby and whether they’ve price dropped. I got one recently for a house that’s currently on the market for $72,500. I thought, wow, what a great deal! I wonder what that would cost me per month? So, just for fun, I decided to go use a mortgage calculator to find out what that type of mortgage would cost me per month. Mortgage rates today, per The Washington Post, are 3.59%. I put 4% into the calculator just to be safe. It gave me a figure of $346.13 per month for 30 years.

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Quick rant on “socialism” and “personal responsibility”

I don’t want to get too into this right now, I just want to get my thoughts out on it. I’m sick of people thinking that liberals or anyone who supports Bernie Sanders or Democratic Socialism wants everything handed to them. I don’t want everything handed to me. I appreciate the feeling of accomplishment and pride that working to support myself gives. I don’t even want free college (though cheaper college would be good).

No, what I really want are valid safety nets and good social programs. I want people to be able to take monetary risks (like starting a business or a family or investing) without fear of becoming homeless and dying. I want to be able to go rollerblading without fearing I may bankrupt myself by breaking my arm. I want to know that if I do break my arm and can’t work, I won’t end up on the streets. I want to know that in the future when automation kills half the jobs, that I don’t have to worry about being mugged by some poor former McDonald’s employee that’s just trying to survive.

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Why Fat Acceptance is Harmful V2

I need to get a few things out of the way before I start this post.

  1. I don’t hate fat people. I’m fat and I know how hard it is. I don’t care what other people do to their bodies. What I do care about is people spreading misinformation and lies, and harming other people.
  2. Overweight and obesity are objective, medical terms. This article is more talking about obesity. Being a little overweight, while still harmful to your health, is not as bad for you as obesity and its many classifications.
  3. Obesity is bad for you. This is not up for debate. If you’re going to try to debate this point, waste your time elsewhere.
  4. Obesity is always caused by overeating. There are some conditions that can cause you to overeat, or to cause your body to burn fewer calories (which just means you need to consume fewer calories), but that does not mean the condition is not caused by too much food. This is also not up for debate, and if you’re going to try to debate this point, waste your time elsewhere.
  5. I do not advocate fat shaming. Calling people names and treating them like shit has only been shown to cause them to engage further in their destructive behaviors. But there is a difference between being mean and being truthful. There is a difference between calling someone fat and suggesting that maybe they shouldn’t eat so much, or telling them that their behavior is unhealthy.

Now then. In this post, I am going to talk about why the fat acceptance movement is harmful, and why the normalization of obesity is bad. I already covered a lot of this in another article, but I feel it’s worth writing about again and in more depth as I’ve been exposed to the movement as a whole much more than the last time I wrote about it. This is going to be a long one, so if you’re too lazy to read the very important points below, skip to the bottom for the TL;DR.

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