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Weekend...

Pridefest Saturday afternoon, selling kilts with the Things Celtic krew. That was fun. Not a lot of demand for kilts. I like to think that I personally sold one, with I think two others going during the day, but a lot of selling Utilikilts is pointing at the merchandise and going "Kilts?" and hoping the customer says "Kilts!" back.

V-e-r-y hot.

Every year, less and less handsome male specimens flaunting themselves. Sad, sad. On a not dissimiler note, I'm too damned fat to wear my leather Utilikilt. This is a serious problem. I can't see why I'm gaining weight, I really don't eat much. However, I weigh 191. Irritating. That's not a lot, but I don't really have a heavy frame and I'm not much tall.

Made several dozen cookies for grandma's nursing home today. Pretty good, too.

(says last statement with no irony.)

Went to church, puttered around a bit, but that's most of it today. May rent a movie. Am not feeling ambitious right now.

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synj_munki
Jun. 15th, 2008 11:15 pm (UTC)
have you ever had your blood sugar or thyroid checked?? both can cause stubborn weight gain, especially in the gut and love handle areas.
spottylogic
Jun. 16th, 2008 02:20 pm (UTC)
No, I guess I haven't--I'm inclined to believe that the (fairly mild) weight problem I have is mostly due to not having much physical activity, but I should eventually get just about everything checked...
synj_munki
Jun. 16th, 2008 06:40 pm (UTC)
ah.

it is diet season, and i've become an advocate of "health at every size" particularly b/c i like the ideals, and partially as a defense mechanism.

so if someone truly thinks their body isn't right for them and would like to reduce size (and i say size b/c if you muscle up, you might lose size and gain weight), they should make sure that weight gain is not a symptom of some other underlying problem (it usually is). (as an aside, i also support people that believe tattoos, piercings, and plastic surgery can help people finesse their body into what they feel is right. anyway, back to the response). thyroid and type II diabetes are the strongest culprits behind weight gain, especially "crept up" weight. some medications and other conditions can cause weight gain/loss, too, but i haven't researched them as thoroughly. other reasons can be injury (body still thinks it will get as much energy out as before, plus bodies will store energy as fat to aid in the healing process. plump/overweight/slightly obese people actually have some of the best injury and surgery recovery rates and experiences). another culprit can be psychological, such as an addiction to food, poor food relationship (e.g. some foods are bad, you are naughty for eating them, you have to choke down good food you don't enjoy in order to have naughty food as a reward), depression, and dieting (one of the worst offenders is dieting-- it affects the physiological relationship w/ food, the psychological reasoning for food, and can fuck up your thyroid and natural body balance).

spottylogic
Jun. 16th, 2008 06:43 pm (UTC)
I think a lot of it is just schedule and stress--I do eat a bit when I'm stressed, but lately it's been too busy for me to cook and eat good stuff, so we go out to eat more and more. And I haven't had the time to go for hikes and such lately.

My new job is a lot less stressful for me, so I'm hoping that'll help me get the rest of my life in order.

I need to go the doctor soon anyway and get my blood pressure looked at, my family (which definately includes me) are prone to high BP. I'll ask them to check the other stuff as well.

I don't think I'm in the "obese" category...I'm pretty confident that I'm in the realm of "a little plump, which is actually quite healthy," but I'm a bit rounder than I'd like.
synj_munki
Jun. 16th, 2008 08:47 pm (UTC)
i think so too-- you have a sedentary job and a mildly active lifestyle otherwise (at least, from an outside observer). as long as you can do the activities you ask your body to do (from taking a walk to a biannual jaunt through rennfaire, you are healthy for you). and yeah, basic suburban spread is good for staving off osteoperosis and senility, as well as reducing recovery time.

stress is one of those physco-pysio things, it causes your brain to produce extra harmones of "OMG! something's going to happen! what if i need energy to run for a few weeks? fight something off??? where are those easily processes simple carbs?????"

but the 'official' measures, oi. they drive me insane.
you'd be surprised what you'd be according to BMI (which is a poor measure, especially when you consider the history of it established by people wearing shoes right after the G. Depression)-- even on the BMI what is considered normal, overweight, obese, etc. were redone in the 1990s, and again about 5 yrs ago (correcting for this change, americans aren't getting any fatter).
what i learned was within normal during my 1980s health classes was overweight in the '90s redo and well into obese in the most recent version. i actually fall on the mid to high level of obese (you know, one step under morbidly fat?). people haven't changed that much, and, in fact, are living longer and succumbing less and less to all the big baddies associated with being fat (although double blind studies shows no link/causation that fat causes them-- it will take a while to change the thinking, just like everyone used to *know* ulcers were caused by stress, but now we know they are caused by bacteria and just aggravated by stress).

(not to sound preachy, it's just that everyone and their dog is going on a diet right now!!)
spottylogic
Jun. 16th, 2008 09:00 pm (UTC)
Yah, I'm generally healthy, as far as I know. Except for the blood pressure thing, which is probably genetic. Some of this is just a self-image thing, I don't mind being having a little extra weight but I want to be able to see around my tummy, some of my favorite parts are being eclipsed by it, and I'd like to be able to wear flattering clothes instead of wearing baggy stuff.

*sigh* my sister, father and I are all basically a pot-bellied people :( There's not a lot that can be done about it, except fight nature.
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