Words We Don't Want To Hear. Things We Don't Want To Do.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Overweight, Obese, Morbidly Obese, and Super Morbidly Obese.
These are the terms that Doctors, and professional people use to describe their patients. These one more term, Normal. That's what we want to hear.
To most of society anyone who falls into the these categories they are called Fat.
To most of the people who fall into those 4 categories they do not know what categorise they are in. In other words people don't know or don't want to know how fat they really are.
A study was done with 2000 over weight and obese and morbidly obese patients.
30% were over weight but considered themselves normal.
70% were obese but considerated themselves just overweight.
39% were morbidly obese but considered themselves just over weight.
I can understand someone not wanting to call themselves morbidly obese.
The word morbid,means gruesome, grisly, sickly, pertaining to diseased parts.
The word is associated with death.
Obese: extremely fat, corpulent, overweight, to eat away. That sounds terrible.
The first time I saw myself described as obese, I was shocked.
I had a new Doctor examine me for my disability . I read the report where I was describes as an obese women.
Me obese, I didn't even weight 200 lbs. How could I be obese? I was just over weight. I weighed 196 lbs. I was at the time 5 ft, 8 in. tall. ( I have shrunk an inch in the last 12 years)
Here was a person who had watched her weight so much over the years. Little gains here and there but now to be obese, how could that be.????
I had said once when my daughter remarked that she was glad I had lost the 2o pounds I had gained that she was afraid I was headed toward 200 pounds. At the time I weighted 165. I had gained some weight to protect myself from men who thought I looked sexy and would harm me. I had been attacked in my home. He kept saying how sexy I was. So I figured gain weight, fat women aren't sexy. So I went from 145 to 165 in a month. All in my stomach. When someone asked when my baby was due, I snapped back to reality and I realized I could not and did not want to hide behind a layer of fat. So I started to lose and then my daughter commented on the weight loss.
I looked at her in horror and replied if I would ever gain to 200 pounds I would kill myself. That's what I though about being too fat, let alone obese.
Of course those words were to come back to haunt me in later years.
I didn't have a very good opinion of people who let themselves go and gained a lot of weight.
I am ashamed now of the opinion I carried for so long.
Once I found myself gaining and getting the same looks that I'm sure I gave others I felt like I brought all the weight and what goes with it on myself.
Like I deserved to experience what others had to endure for so long. Some for their whole lives.
I on the other hand had been a normal size till unforeseen medical problems and sever depression over took my life and I lost all interest in maintaining a healthy life, and healthy body.
People who had weight issues usually got them because of other underling problems. One has to get to the reason people use food to mask those deeper problems.
My Grandmother used to tell me that if you make fun of someone or harbor bad thoughts about them, something just as bad will happen to you.
I sometimes wonder if I had to experience this sever weight issue to better understand what others were going through. Now I understand, and I only feel compassion for others and want to do all I can to reach out and help in any way I can to make up for years of scorn I had. Like they say don't criticise till you have walked in my shoes.
So we know weight is a problem brought on by many factors. Some is even inherited from our family.
But some weight issues is simple eating too much food. Too much fat, starchy, sugary foods. Because it tastes good. I know I have eaten that kind of food.
I get emails of recipes from allrecipes.com. This morning I saw this, "Fry Bread Tacos II." This recipe was submitted by a women. She wrote, "A yummy twist to an old favorite. The fry bread makes the difference. Prepare everything in advance and then fry up the bread when ready for dinner. Left over bread dough can be used as dessert. Just fry it, coat with sugar, cinnamon and drizzle with honey.
The dough is flour, baking soda, salt, milk, fried in 4 cups of oil.
The topping is ground beef, taco seasoning ( Loaded with sodium) can of pinto beans, cheddar cheese, lettuce, salsa, can also top with sour cream , onions
These little disks of dough 1/4 inch thick are fried in 1 1/2 inches of oil till golden, then topped with toppings. Each fry bread taco comes in at 906 calories.
Fat 47.5 grams. Carbs 76.7 mg. Then if you also had some fry bread dessert , one could easily consume 1500 calories at one meal. A days worth of calories.
Over 12000 people have down loaded this recipe. So many people are filling up on fat, starchy food.
This is just one example of the terrible choices people are making about what to eat.
And a few years ago I might have been one of those people.
I didn't look at the calories count of food items. I never looked at the label to see what the nutrients were.
Now I look at every thing. I check out all recipes . I see if I can tweak it to fit in to my way of eating.
I feel like I have been given a second chance to get it right and live out the rest of my life as healthy as I can. And I want to live my life as long as I can. But only if I am healthy and fit.
So if that means giving up some food, so be it. There is not a food on this planet that is more important to me than my health, my life.
Some foods are hard to resist. But how about putting a fitness price tag on the item that you crave. Figure out how much excise you have to do to burn up those calories the food has.
Enjoying the occasional piece of cheesy pizza might be worth the extra 36 minutes of your regular brisk walk. Or the added 15 minutes on the stair step machine. But do you have 60 minutes to walk of that piece of chocolate cake?
heres a list of Treats, and three exercises and the time to burn up the calories.
.step machine.......Stationary Bike......Brisk Walk......
1 slice ch/pizza 15 minutes . .. 20 minutes 36 minutes
Onion rings (9) 30 minutes 38 minutes 71 minutes
Potato Chips 1 oz. 17 minutes 21 minutes 39 minutes
Chocolate shake 29 minutes 37 minutes 68 minutes
White wine (3.5 oz) 8 minutes 10 minutes 18 minutes
Beer (12 oz) 16 minutes 20 minutes 38 minutes
Chocolate cake (1 sl.) 26 minutes 33 minutes 60 minutes
Apple pie, ( 1 slice) 45 minutes 57 minutes 96 minutes
Blueberry muffin 21 minutes 27 minutes 51 minutes
Snickers bar 30 minutes 38 minutes 70 minutes
Eskimo pie 18 minutes 23 minutes 43 minutes
Glazed doughnut 33 minutes 42 minutes 78 minutes
Bonus, Excising regular, expending at least 3500 calories of energy a week can make your real age 3.4 years younger.
Besides eating lessand excising weekly you have to get enough sleep.
According to a recent study sleep loss may hinder your efforts to lose extra pounds. Insufficient sleep appears to increase the production of the stress hormone cortisol, which regulates your appetite. High levels seem to worsen binging and hunger. Moreover too little sleep could keep your body from burning carbohydrates, which translates to more stored body fat.
I have other tips for losing and getting in exercise but I'll save them for another blog..
I do want to mention that I bought a treadmill. Even though I belong to a gym, the weather is getting cold and the torrential rains will start , maybe even some icy roads, There are times when it is comfortable to walk in your own home. i have walked the hall, round thru the kitchen, dinning room and got in over 500 steps. But can get tiring, boring not to mention sort of dizzy.
I walked 2 mile, 10 minute miles yesterday. Then I went out and had my pedometer on my shoe and walked another 1500 steps just doing some errands.
I have walked 2 miles again today on the treadmill, while watching a TV show.
Sometimes I think I have two brains. One brain is ready to do anything, feels great. But the brain that controls my body is giving out, always complaining that its achy , tired and wants to rest. Sometimes I think the Body Snatchers came in during the night and switched bodies. I get up in the morning and the aches and pains, they show up after a long night in bed. I didn't have them when I went to bed.
At times this body doesn't seem like mine. Yesterday when I got through walking like today I felt all exhilarated and high, Those endorphins had really kicked in, There is a disconnect between my brain and body. Brain feels young, body at times feels a little old. I wonder if being 68 has anything to do with that?? Well like everything else I will just deal with it.
I feel pretty good and look pretty good for being 68 , soon to be 69.
Life is good, and just getting better.
Oh I will have to blog about the date I had last week. You should never say never. Those works will come back to haunt you. Smile! Next blog!! Promise. By then will have more to tell, have another date this week.
"Our lives improve only when we take chances.. And the first and most difficult risk we can take is to be honest with ourselves." W. Anderson
Peace and Love