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Okay, let's talk about fat.

Like, really talk about it.

Here's the basis of this rant: Genes Take Charge, and Diets Fall by the Wayside

The article says this, basically: Fat people are different creatures than thin people. When they lose weight, they develop a syndrome like people who've been starved so of course they can't keep the weight off.

This conclusion comes after a doctor took fat people, had them live in a hospital for eight months, and fed them a liquid diet of only 600 calories a day.

Here's my thought: Maybe they felt like they were starving because doctors were starving them. What blows me away is that this is not a conclusion that's occurred to the researchers and doctors doing the studies. How can we possibly still be in this place medically?!? It's an apples-and-oranges comparison to compare fat people who've been placed on a starvation diet with thin people who eat 1800 calories a day. Of course they're going to feel differently. Want to find out if fat people who've been starved are any different from thin people, really? Compare them to thin people who've been starved. DUH. DOUBLE DUH.

And what I want to know is this: How are these studies medically ethical? They stopped the hormone replacement therapy study when they discovered that it was creating ill-effects in people taking HRT. So how is it okay to induce starvation and mania in people just to see what happens when you starve people? I'm appalled at the amorality of these studies.

Starved people act like starved people. It's not that fat people are genetically different. It's that doctors don't have the patience and the common sense and the budget to help people (who want to lose weight, which all fat people do not) lose weight sensibly and slowly by eating healthy food. I'd love to see the results of that study--something that actually studies something that's healthy and should be replicated in the general public, if they want it. Sudden and rapid weight loss isn't good for anyone, fat or thin. Your body can't adjust, and duh, the body will slow down the metabolism. I'm really grateful that I didn't give up all my binge foods when I started with OA because it would have been too hard. I've lost only 2 or 4 pounds a month for the duration of my weight loss. That's probably the only thing that's kept me from running back to my binge foods. We're people for god's sake. We're sensitive and we react. SHIT.

What is wrong with these idiots?!?! I cannot tell you how aggravating this is! (Or maybe I just did... but trust me, my rage runs deeper than this rant.)

Queer Christmas Carol

On the twelfth day of Christmas, _epiphany_girl_ sent to me...
Twelve lesbolicious kissing
Eleven relationships lounging
Ten dykes a-reading
Nine butches gardening
Eight garters a-camping
Seven mangos a-writing
Six friends a-cooking
Five outlet stores
Four used books
Three high heels
Two romantic comedies
...and an art in a female masculinity.
Get your own Twelve Days:

"Wasting Time"

As expected, today was a red-letter day in the "wasting time" department, with a long picture post, a phone call with my best friend, an hour surfing on LJ and an email to a friend. Good times.

Late Friday afternoon, my Ikana editor dropped 5 stories on me, due July 7--which is awesome, really, because I've been wondering where all that, y'know, money was gonna come from. But between working all day yesterday, the hangover of doom and the 4th of July holiday cutting next week into maybe three useable days, I'm feeling overwhelmed with work.

So I LJ. Good call.

I sent a query to Alternative Medicine Magazine, went grocery shopping and did some research on the stories. Plus, I wrote a first draft of my "pretty pregnant" plus-size maternity wear story (that whole package that I've been working on for three months is coming due on Friday. Yikes!). In addition to all these stories, I have a story due for teenwire next Wednesday (which means I need to do all the interviews this week) and need to turn in the travel story on Harbin to Curve on Monday.

Jane, get me off this crazy thing.

Now to watch Gilmore Girls....

Source trolling

I'm just putting this out there in the hope that someone can talk to me for stories that are due WEDNESDAY.

I'm doing two stories on body image--how to develop good body image after having pretty poor body image. The first story is for adults--how do you learn to love the body you've got, not the one you want?--and the second is for teens/kids. For the second, I'm hoping for a parent-child team who can talk about the kid's body image issues, and how the parents supported the kid in improving his/her body image.

Know anyone? Are you one of these people? I'd love to talk to you, like, soon. :)

For me: My body image has improved, but some of that is that I am in OA. I have a hard time disentangling my weight loss from genuine improvement in my self-esteem. The main progress I've made is that I am genuinely happy with the weight i'm at now. I'd be happy if I never lost another pound. And that's certainly a feeling I'd never had before. (And I'm by no means even what most people consider a "normal" weight--or maybe I'm on the cusp now... which is weird in itself....)
I haven't commented on this move, but I think it's time to take a stand. So I did. I hope you will, too. Stolen from the fabulous janisfan:

Dear Friend,

Republicans want to go “nuclear” and turn the Senate into a rubber stamp for President Bush. They want to silence Senate Democrats - the one remaining check on President Bush’s power. If they can do away with debate in the Senate, they can get whatever they want – right-wing Supreme Court Justices, Social Security privatization and tax breaks for the wealthy that will plunge us deeper in debt.

But Senate Democrats are going to fight them every step of the way. And this fight will be different than any other fight in the history of the Senate – because it will include all of us. Senate Democrats need our help, and that is why they are using your names and comments as part of our debate on the floor of the United State Senate. Imagine all of us standing together in the Senate Chamber during this debate.

Stand with Senate Democrats today . I did and you should too:


Woo! AIDS Walk!

I'm at my job right now. We're chilling and talking about music and seasonal work. I'm enjoying it and I'm excited about the job.

And in fact, I've signed up to raise money. We're all on an AIDS Walk team together.

And since I'm the Star Walker Coordinator and working with people who raise $1,000, I've decided to shoot for that myself. I want to show that even a newcomer can do it.


It goes to a good cause and it'll be fun.

A guy I work with raffled off a tattoo on his body to raise $1,000 last time. For $10, you could tell him what you wanted the tattoo to be of and where he'd have to get it (except face and underwear region). I so want to do something fun like that, but I don't know what yet.

Check out this list of what you should be able to do by 25, courtesy of lizsybarite. It's interesting. I still ask friends to help me move (though I have moved all by myself before), stay at friends places while visiting (hey, the whole reason for the trip is usually to see them... but I do fantasize about being about to afford a hotel while visiting the folks), and forget to send thank you cards. But it's funny.

I'm just now mastering some of these things.

So... For my anniversary day, I got up at 8 a.m., went to the gym, had lunch and am preparing to practice some MS Office stuff, work on my story, shave my legs, take a bath, wash my hair and make myself purty for my date tonight. I was going to make G. and I dinner for our anniversary, but she said she wanted to take me out to dinner. Twist my arm. :)

Have a good weekend, everyone!

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Happy Birthday to you
Happy birthday to you!
Happy birthday dear Tasha
Happy birthday to you!

I love you, Tash, and hope the next year just solidifies further all the wonderful things you have in your life. Treat the day as the celebration of everything beautiful about you--there will be a lot to celebrate!

your sis.