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The triple-whammy of all of my classmates starting school today without me, talking to that lady about her health program yesterday and being over-tired enough to have reached that point where ideas sometimes seem more brilliant than they are has my wheels spinning.
When I start my senior year at Goddard in October, I’m going to need a senior study project. I fully intend on taking advantage of the six months I’m taking off to make sure I go to Vermont with a solid plan. Because dear senior study project, you are scary.
A week or so ago I got an email from a woman who said she represented a group that was developing some kind of online health education program. The email had the words “weight management” in it, and enough about my blog to let me know it wasn’t spam. I wrote the woman back and said that I thought she’d maybe misread my blog, because I’m definitely not interested in a weight loss program.
She wrote back and eventually it became clear that the program was in development, not something already running, and the people producing it are attempting to make it HAES-friendly but don’t know how. It was her job to do market research by talking to bloggers and mine was the one of the few she found that talked about HAES (!!!) and that her bosses liked especially that I talk about exercise. (I think what happened was, she was looking at weight loss blogs and some how came across mine in the mix. She said the self-loathing on the other blogs was spectacular, which tells me they were not part of the Fatosphere.)
I sent her some resources and she wrote again asking if we could talk on the phone.
Remember when I wrote a few days ago about about being an FA Missionary?
I found this article, written by John Robbins for Huffington Post, while doing research for my last post, and I couldn’t not write about it.
Robbins, in case you aren’t familiar with him, is the son of Mr. Robbins of Baskin Robbins fame. (He gave up his father’s fortune, then lost nearly all of his own money in the Bernie Madoff pyramid debacle.) He’s the author of Diet for a New America, which was the first book I ever read (in high school) that made me look at food as more than something good to eat. When he talks about food, people listen.
I had a very public Facebook exchange with my brother yesterday that was slightly startling.
Why is it that people who believe that fat and health and mutually exclusive get so angry when you disagree? I mean, people who in most situations you can have a great conversation with even if you don’t see eye-to-eye, see red if you challenge them on whether or not there is an obesity epidemic.
So, how do you talk to someone you love who confronts you about your belief that you have the right to take up space without having death threats hurled at you?
How do you listen to them say that fat people eat fast food four or five times a week and never exercise with out getting defensive?
How do you stick to your guns, even when you’re hurt by the sudden onslaught of anger?
Another $39 out of my checking account today means this is the end of the second month of my Defiant Athlete experiment.
I am getting stronger. I’m noticing especially my cardiovascular strength improving. On Friday I did thirty minutes on the treadmill and my heart rate didn’t go out of zone 2 at 2.8 mph. When I first started, 2.8 mph rose my heart rate to the top of zone 3.
(Warning: Some talk about diets and weight loss below.)
I don’t feel good.
It started last night with a belly ache, continued with a bad night of tossing, turning and crazy dreams, and has culminated this morning with that hung-over wrung-dry feeling.
I don’t feel good because yesterday I ate a roll of Mentos, a bag of cherry balls, three Wurther’s originals, a dozen salt water taffies and two servings of creme brulee.