I confess – I laughed

I live in Seattle, which means The Stranger is a local institution. From The Stranger‘s “regrets” of the previous year — a mishmash of errors they made and regret, errors and non-errors they don’t regret, and various other sarcastic local commentary — comes this sarcastic and possibly blasphemous gem:

Jesus Christ, our Lord and savior, regrets that former Mars Hill pastor Mark Driscoll was such a fucking pussy that he couldn’t even keep his church from falling to shit this year. What kind of man can’t hold down a job?

This is blasphemous in that Jesus himself didn’t necessarily hold down a job. “Itinerant preacher” doesn’t usually come with a boss, paycheck, or a W2. The Jesus that welcomed women would probably not use “pussy” as a putdown. But the god that Mark Driscoll preached definitely would use that slam, and would definitely be contemptuous of a preacher getting kicked out of the church he cofounded and ran.

So yeah. I laughed.

 

Quote of the Day

In dealing with the “encouragers” who want you to eat less, move more, and maybe have a few organs amputated to lose weight:

These fat hating types don’t know you and they don’t want to. They don’t care to know if you are or aren’t doing sit ups or exercising or what you really eat. And they don’t care. Their objective is to make you feel bad for being fat. It’s that simple. They’re sadists and nothing but suffering satisfies them.

These assholes will scream “why don’t you get on a treadmill fatty!” even if you’ve just gotten off one. They’ll just shout, “Stay on longer until you’re thin, lard ass!” They don’t care if you just found out you’re 25lbs lighter, even. So long as you are fat, they hate you and want you to suffer.

But when you figure that out, things can come into focus. You can start understanding that you’re not gonna argue your way to them being lesser douchewads than they were. They will never not hate you. That makes them the one with something deeply wrong about them, not you.

The winning move here is simple (but not easy): live the happiest and best life you can right this minute, as you are. Be good to others and yourself, try your hardest, and enjoy as much as you can about being on this Earth while you are here.

Sadists hate your happiness, so I suggest cultivating as much of it as you can, as you are, right this minute, as you are.

Madame Thursday

Tests Are In …

I posted before that I’ve been having some medical tests.

And that I’m seeing an endocrinologist to treat hypothyroid.

Some of you may have seen my tweet about getting a growth hormone test.

Turns out I’m deficient in human growth hormone.  This may explain why I have less strength, stamina, and endurance than I used to have. I have met with my doc to discuss treatment, and am starting it soon. I’m not sure how long it will take to show improvement.

I am finding that having hormone deficiencies that cause fatigue, muscle loss, anxiety, and depression can be similar to simply having depression in that it’s hard to get help when you’re fatigued and depressed. Especially when the deficiencies came on relatively slowly and gradually.

There will be more tests, such as an MRI of my pituitary gland. I’ve got potential posts in my brain about various things related to the tests and new doctors and so on. But right now, it’s still the busiest time of year at work. It gets dark about 4pm every afternoon. At least I know why I’m so tired.

Quotes: Pregnancy Fairness

“The point of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act,” [Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr.] said, “is to reduce the number of women who are driven from the work force or forced to go months without an income as a result of becoming pregnant.”

NY Times article on a pregnancy discrimination case

If I were a capitalist I would not give my employees health insurance with no deductible, which I do, including dental, and paid pregnancy leave. That’s not called capitalism, that’s called being a Christian and someone who believes in democracy, so that everyone should get a fair slice of the pie.

Michael Moore

The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act has been re-introduced in the U.S. House and Senate. […] Without this legal protection, thousands of American women are forced to choose between keeping their jobs or keeping their pregnancies.

And for most people, not keeping your job is not a choice you can afford to make.

So let me be very clear: If you claim to be “pro-life” and yet you don’t support this bill, I have to conclude you are, at best, a sanctimonious hypocrite and not someone whose proclamations on “morality” are deserving of any attention or respect.

Fred Clark at Slacktivist

In some cases, care providers lay on the scare tactics so strongly that they bully women into weight loss surgery, risky diets, over-intervention, and even terminating the pregnancy.  That is NOT good health care, that’s medical bullying.

The Well Rounded Mama

Buy Nothing Day

I am not a huge fan of Buy Nothing Day.  Not because I feel it’s important to shop today.  But because the campaign presupposes that everyone in the US who doesn’t subscribe to the “Buy Nothing Day” ideal WILL be buying things on Friday.

Um…no.

Some of us don’t have Friday off work.

Some of us don’t celebrate a gift-giving holiday soon.

Some of us have already finished our holiday shopping.

Some of us don’t give a lot of a gifts.

Some of us don’t have the money.

Some of us don’t like crowds.

Some of us … shock, gasp … just don’t really care.  

I’ve also seen tweets pointing out that not buying things on Friday will harm retail workers.  Maybe it will, maybe it won’t.  Still, I’m (probably) going to work a 10-hour day instead of buying things I don’t want or need.

It Came From The Search Terms

Delving into what WordPress says folks searched on…

for over 6 years i have no where to exercise unemployed can’t afford to go gym over weight has a massive amount of stress

Exercise has become something that many people can’t afford. Often it’s due to the lack of some or all of:

  • Time
  • Safe space
  • Equipment
  • Money

Yes, you can work with body weight exercises and other things that require little equipment.  I’ve written some suggestions:

  1. Starter Strength Training Moves – no equipment necessary.
  2. Stretching for Flexibility – no equipment necessary.
  3. Aerobics at Home– most needs no equipment, but there is one item I suggest.

All in all, the best exercise is one you’ll do. If there’s a library nearby, they may have books or videos to try that you may enjoy. On the other hand, if you are dealing with an injury or have been extremely sedentary (for example, if walking around your home is a challenge) you may want to investigate physical therapy to help you rebuild mobility.  Best of luck!

is a guys 5x bigger than a woman’s 5x

Depends on the clothing and how it’s cut.  In t-shirts, almost definitely. Comparing polo shirts, probably. Comparing men’s pants to women’s, not always – men are assumed to have the same hip & waist size. I do sometimes buy men’s drawstring sweatpants that fit my hips and use the drawstring to fit my waist.

does anyone make 8x womens activewear

Making It Big has a sports bra, leggings, tank top, and a variety of knit tops, pants and shorts suitable for working out in.  Not all their clothes go to 8X but they have the ability to filter clothes based on size while browsing. Plus Woman has leggings, knit tops, and pants up to 10X and can make to measure.

can you drink out of date slim fast

Do you want to?

Bad For My Blood Pressure

First visit at the endocrinologist to treat hypothyroid. Waiting in the lobby with chairs whose arms are a bit too tight. I am weighed. The doctor asks me to sit on the exam table, so I do – no back support, legs dangling. In taking my medical history she asks about my weight history.  After more history, the doctor decides to take my blood pressure. While she wraps the blood pressure cuff around my upper arm, she asks why I’m not dieting. We discuss it while she takes the reading.  146/92.

A visit to urgent care for a UTI that may have moved to the kidneys. I’m feverish. The automatic blood pressure reader inflates suddenly enough that the large cuff won’t stay closed on my arm. The nurse insists on using a standard cuff on my forearm. 160-something.

Arrive at my usual nurse practitioner’s office with coffee. Walking, walking. Sit, tech immediately wraps the large cuff around my arm, holds the cuff closed while triggering the automatic blood pressure reader. 138/88.

At the allergist for a checkup. Arrive early so I can get my allergy shot – I’ve been getting shots weekly for over a year. The usual routine of sitting until my name is called, confirming that I took antihistamines, confirming my name and birthdate, and so on is calming.  This time I’m going back for a checkup instead of reading twitter or a book in the lobby, but I’m still feeling relaxed as I sit on a chair with my feet flat on the floor, go over my med list, and then get my blood pressure taken. 126/80.

I finish a slice of toast with peanut butter and a can of diet Pepsi as I arrive at the endocrinologist’s office. I rest 5 or so minutes in the waiting room.  Once in the exam room I sit in an armless chair. When the doctor takes my blood pressure, I stay seated, feet on the floor, resting my arm at heart level on the counter, and we both stay silent. 132/82.

“a successful weight loss drug could potentially have huge sales”

Wow, so many people want to lose weight! Wouldn’t a weight loss drug make piles of money?  Check out this business article on the new drug the FDA approved!

In a clinical trial involving patients without diabetes, those who took Contrave had an average weight loss of 4.1 percent beyond those receiving a placebo. About 42 percent of those getting Contrave lost at least 5 percent of their weight compared with 17 percent of patients in the placebo group.

So…if a hundred women who weighed 200lbs combined Contrave with diet & exercise, 42 would lose at least 10lbs!!!  Without it, only 17 of the hundred women would lose at least 10lbs.  Wow, is that a guaranteed success in the making or what?  

Oh, and from another article,

In people with diabetes evaluated in a second trial, those patients lost an average of 2 percent more weight compared to the placebo.

2%!!!! Wow, that is definitely worth adding another medication, don’t you think?


 

Yes, at this point, I may be abusing sarcasm. I also think the FDA measurement of “successful weight loss” for diet drugs needs to be better known.  Like the NIH expectations of weight loss, the FDA’s expectations are for a much more modest weight loss than is commonly expected or promoted in the press as possible.