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marie claire attempts apology, and Obesity Action Coaltion responds

Yes, marie claire apologized for inflaming the interweb with this article:  “Should "Fatties" Get a Room?” and getting TWENTY EIGHT THOUSAND COMMENTS on a single article.  

It sparked blogs, articles, message board forum posts, and... The View(Watching this now.)

Look, the Obesity Action Coaltion responded to the marie claire article's apology. 

From the OAC on Yahoo -

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Oh marie claire, AGAIN? Really?

This clip totally envelopes my FEELINGS on the article referenced below.

"To be brutally honest, even in real life, I find it aesthetically displeasing to watch a very, very fat person simply walk across a room."

"But ... I think obesity is something that most people have a ton of control over. It's something they can change, if only they put their minds to it."

Kelly, Maura. "Should "Fatties" Get a Room? (Even on TV?)." marie claire 25 October 2010: n. pag. Web. 27 Oct 2010. <http://www.marieclaire.com/sex-love/dating-blog/overweight-couples-on-television>.

To be brutually honest, I think this sort of comment should be saved for the deep recesses of your own brain and not published in a large scale young women's magazine about BODY FUCKING IMAGE.

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Yoplait Smoothies + KitchenAid GIVEAWAY!

Yoplait sent me a super freaking awesome gift pack recently, including a wicked fantastic Kitchenaid Blender and coupons for Yoplait Smoothie Mixes.   They apparently know that I break blenders.  A lot.  (You can win, read on.)

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Low Carb Pumpkin Cheesecake For Thanksgiving? YES!

PumpkinOne of my absolute FAVORITE fall treats is a seasonal pumpkin cheescake prepared by a local bakery.  I won't link you, because, it's XXX food porn.

While it's amazing and wonderful and fantastic and I want to take a bath in it's pumpkiny cheesecakery goodness, it's super high in real white sugar.  This means, I get three bites.  It's totally worth the three bites. 

But, I do not really require a WHOLE full sugared cheese cake for three bites a day for days.  It usually ends up in the trash because I cannot possibly eat it.  And, in MM Math?  THAT HURTS.  Price of cheesecake/slices/bites taken - waste = $$.$$ in trash.  NO good.

Obviously an alternative is welcomed.  ;)

A less expensive alternative, with the same basic tastes, and LOW SUGAR?  Yes, please.

Make you this!

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"Radical!" Weight Loss Surgery

RADICAL!

Um. Wow. That's a serious statement. Admittedly, I read about this stuff all the time, so it's nothing new to me.  I suppose losing 85% of your stomach IS "radical" and this does sounds a bit OFF THE WALL, no?  To me, it's less radical than other bariatric procedures.

"For the rest of his life...Bob will be physically unable to eat more than two medicine cups full of food."  -Reporter.

Well, there's that idea!  ;) Although I do not have a physical experience with a VSG -- I hope I can get some input from the VSG community.  Does that "feeling" of 1-2 ounce fullness last forever? 


You must bring the sparkle.

Oh, the land of informercials. I puffy heart you. You make me LAUGH.  While waiting for my site to come back to life, I failed to make attempted to make lovely t-shirt designs.  It was suggested that my t-shirts NEED MORE BLING.  Perhaps rhinestone crystals?  It's all, crafty?  I don't ... craft.  Eww. 

But, the thought is making me laugh.  BE--Dazzled Bariatric Bad Girl T-Shirts. 

It could happen.

 


Garden Lites Frozen Low Calorie Souffles

I nearly screeched with delight when I saw this product in the natural food section of the grocery store today.  I do not shop IN the grocery store often.  (This is not my choice.  I want to go more!) When we do shop, it's typically a dash and grab at Super Wally world therefore seeing the inside of a regular grocery store is FUN for me.  (Sad, I know, but I thought you should know, because I eat so little variety because of this.)

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This little eggy delight is a Garden Lites Frozen Low Calorie Souffle in Zucchini.

Frozen_zucchini

Nutrition Facts:


Serving Size: 7 oz(198g)
Servings per Container: 1
Calories: 140
Total Fat: 1.5g
Saturated Fat:0g
Trans Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 20mg
Sodium: 320mg
Total Carbohydrate: 24g
Dietary Fiber: 3g
Sugars: 5g
Protein: 7g

 The Garden Lites Frozen Souffle is an egg based microwaveable product, but you can also cook it in the oven.  I was super hungry when we got home from the store, so I tossed the souffle into the microwave and dug in immediately and burned my throat.  Go me.

The top of the souffle, or at least the edges, got a decent crispy texture, and the insides were extra fluffy.  What pleased me about this product, that was even though I zapped it?  There was no MUSHY!  Often zucchini makes food wet.  This was not wet, it was fluffy and soft.   Next time, I would probably cook it in the oven, because I think it might get more crispy that way.

And, since it's eggs, I WAS FULL.  Actually, I was overfull, and threw away the last bite and a half.  On 140 calories.  Win.  Full is good.

I would suggest one HALF of these souffles for an earlier post op, while they look super-small, the package reads seven ounces.  I have a big capacity for food, eggs?  Not usually.

  • Product - Garden Lites Frozen Low Calorie Souffle - Zuchinni
  • Via - Grocery Store, Stop + Shop
  • Price - $2.99
  • Pros - Perfect size for me, low fat, low calories, protein, veggies, lactose and gluten free, available in other flavors.
  • Cons - Can be $$$$, I see them online for $3.99 each, I like these enough I think I'd buy a whole mess of them in bulk if I could.
  • Rating - Pouchworthy, MM.

Rachael Ray wants YOU, REGAINERS!

Beth Astic via The Rachael Ray Show:
"Did you or someone you know have gastric bypass surgery and gain the weight back, or even put on more pounds? Have you not followed the doctor's orders...and continued to eat large quantities of food even though it's dangerous to your health? If you or someone you know had gastric bypass and you're still overweight, tell us about it!"

I reposted this via Facebook on my wall, and it's taking off into whirlwind of replies. 

The original poster asked us to post to Rachael Ray's page to ask that we make sure that the show would show both sides of the equation:  both regainers and those who have successfully maintained weight loss.  The topic ticked her off enough because it seems so obviously negative, and BY GOD don't we already get enough of THAT?  (That was my inflection, BTW, she didn't say this.)

I got ticked for a different reason.  I immediately felt stabby because of the implications of the statements.  That those who regain weight after weight loss surgery were obviously doing it on purpose. Breaking rules, I guess you could say. 

"Have you not followed doctors orders?!"  LOOK AT YOU!  YOU FAILURE.  YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELF.

"...continued to eat large quantities of food even though it's dangerous to your health?"  YOU.  HOW DARE YOU?

The accusatory tone of this simple update makes me want to punch.

I am a regainer.  I have regained.  I will regain again.  It is normal to regain a certain amount of weight.  It is also within normal limits to regain a lot of weight.  I am not stupid enough to assume that it will not happen to me.  It already has.

However, do not tell me that my weight gain after weight loss surgery comes from "disobeying doctor's orders" or intentionally stuffing myself with junk food.  I am aware that some post ops do regain weight from behaviors such as binging, but it's not typically something ANYONE plans to do.

"I think I might be bulimic after my gastric bypass!  That sounds like fun!"  "Binging is wicked awesome!"

Regain after surgery can be triggered medically, physically or for emotional and psychological issues.  Usually, it comes from all of the above, all at once, and the answer is NEVER SIMPLE.

Weight loss surgery does nothing to fix what is broken inside of the morbidly obese person that triggered weight gain to begin with.  The surgery gives the patient a one year get-out-of-meals-free pass, and that is pretty much IT.  After that, weight loss and maintenance is a head game, played by ME, MYSELF, and I.  If the patient hasn't dealt with the triggers of their obesity (such as childhood trauma, abuse, addictions, or other issues) they COME BACK WITH A VENEGANCE.

Do not assume anything about a person's regain until you understand WHAT is going on with them. 

There could be an actual physical problem.  Surgeries do fail.  Complications do arise.  A common issue with roux en y gastric bypass patients is low blood sugar or hypoglycemia.  A common fix to this problem:  EATING ALL DAY LONG.  The result?  Weight gain.  The choice?  Don't eat!  Risk worse hypoglycemia, seizures, coma and death.  (Waves from that camp!)

Most of what goes on internally with a person after surgery and massive weight loss is never discussed, and it's got nothing to do with how many Big Macs they've taken to chewing and spitting in a cup in a McDonald's parking lot.

Others only want to see the New, Improved and Thin and Healthy! versions of a formerly morbidly obese person. 

Post ops who are Before + After Commercial-worthy are typically what the media, potential patients and others WANT to see, so I applaud the RR Show for actually GOING THERE about weight loss surgery and regain. 

Most people who haven't already been down the regain route don't want to hear it, they don't want to know that it is even a possibilty.  Many are quick to point a blame finger at us.  Do not assume it's because "we" are stuffing ourselves with junk.