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  • Fat, or not Fat?

    Some people have asked me to stop using the words "Fat" and "Morbidly obese" when I talk about myself, and I thought about it. There are other words I could use instead. CHUBBY -  OVERWEIGHT -   BIG  -  WELL ROUNDED   all of them sound so much nicer...

    Posted on 9/07/2017 by The_Movie_Chair | 39 Comments

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  • Look! Feet!

    When you get to MFP you think, I'll lose some weight, get good looking and live happily ever after. I suppose some do. It's been a couple of years since I thought about how freakin' hard it used to be to put on a pair of shoes. When I leaned over my ...

    Posted on 9/05/2017 by dsjohndrow | 9 Comments

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  • French Fries Day!

    My smart phone was acting up, and I drove to the nearest phone-rescue. It's in a small strip mall close to our home, right behind my all time favorite hole-in-the-wall burger shop. I stopped there at lunchtime, and the young kid behind the counter f...

    Posted on 8/31/2017 by The_Movie_Chair | 20 Comments

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  • Don't Quit!

    Did you ever have one of those days where you just didn’t feel like doing this fit lifestyle crap? I know that I have. Worse, I have one and the next day it seems I have a worse one. It's one of the big reasons I can't have cheat days - they end up a...

    Posted on 8/31/2017 by dsjohndrow | 24 Comments

    79 votes + -

  • The fat lady on the treadmill

    The last years I haven't been walking much, and it got worse after I had surgery. These days I drive everywhere I need to be, and I park as close as possible to the entry door. At work I sit and at home, I sit even more. Deep down I know it's not hea...

    Posted on 8/24/2017 by The_Movie_Chair | 56 Comments

    219 votes + -

  • It's My Birthday. I Can Eat Anything I Want!

    This food thing is pretty intense. It seems that we think about food more than we do fitness and personal health. At least that has been my experience.It's hard to get it right. Why is it that skipped past the produce section and walk down the ice cr...

    Posted on 8/22/2017 by dsjohndrow | 27 Comments

    66 votes + -

  • Bounty

    The late summer's sun heats and warms the tomatoes and jalapenos that have been patiently growing in the pots where I put them last May.  The pale green leaves took hold and begin to grow upwards and outwards, reaching for more sun as the roots stret...

    Posted on 8/20/2017 by CompressedCarbon | 7 Comments

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  • The fat lady at the beach

    "If you want to look skinny on the beach, find the biggest person and lay right beside it." I thought about the old joke when I looked around. Sure enough, I was the biggest person there. I even make overweight people look tiny beside me.  The long ...

    Posted on 8/16/2017 by The_Movie_Chair | 44 Comments

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  • Finding a Way to Change

    How did I ever let myself get to almost 300 pounds? I ate too many calories, that's how. The change occurred slowly over a period of millions of bites of food. It's pretty much the same way I became a daily drinker, a smoker, and drug user. I never s...

    Posted on 8/15/2017 by dsjohndrow | 30 Comments

    128 votes + -

  • Life's curveball

    Just when I thought I had it all figured out, life threw me a curveball. This one I didn't see coming, and it hit me right between the eyes -as usual. I just have been diagnosed with a disease that I can control if I stop eating gluten.  I had to l...

    Posted on 8/10/2017 by The_Movie_Chair | 24 Comments

    92 votes + -

  • 10 Things which Really Helped Me Get Fit

    After 6 years on MFP, I have figured out a few things about weight loss, fitness and running. Most of it I didn't learn in the forums. ;)The most important is this, weight loss and fitness is fragile!I have met a few of the MFP clan in real life. The...

    Posted on 8/08/2017 by dsjohndrow | 25 Comments

    128 votes + -

  • A different focus

    For the first time in my life, I am selfish. This weight loss journey requires my full attention.After years of being a wife, a friend, a Mom, a nurse, a play buddy, a caretaker and a Mom-taxi- I am putting myself first. It's an odd feeling, somethin...

    Posted on 8/03/2017 by The_Movie_Chair | 36 Comments

    142 votes + -

  • My New Life

    Some days I don't really know about life. I have taken a few hits since I first joined MFP in 2011 I suffered congestive heart failure that year. It's a big deal. You know it took 8 months to recover and a year to complete Couch to 5K.I am glad I did...

    Posted on 8/01/2017 by dsjohndrow | 39 Comments

    136 votes + -

  • Quitting The Cake Club

    I haven't posted here in a long time and mostly, it's been because I haven't made a lick of progress in just as long. Until this week. I'm one of those people who wrecks all the good work they do during the week on the weekends. It's not food that sc...

    Posted on 6/02/2017 by futuresize8 | 10 Comments

    35 votes + -

  • 200 Days - 50 Pounds - 1 Kindl

    Today is my 200-Day Anniversary here at MFP; it's also my weekly weigh-in day and the scale was kind to me. 50.3 pounds lost and according to my contract, I have just earned myself a Kindle. I don't know what's more exciting; the weight loss or the r...

    Posted on 7/27/2017 by The_Movie_Chair | 70 Comments

    212 votes + -

  • Things You Say to Your Scale

    The scale has a lot of power over us. It's like a religion - an object of worship even! The fact that it is inanimate doesn't seem to stop us from talking to it, though. I am thinking about some of the things I've muttered under my breath besides the...

    Posted on 7/25/2017 by dsjohndrow | 38 Comments

    52 votes + -

  • From Disaster to Fabulous

    "Let's weigh you first," she said, and I almost pushed her aside to reach the scale. It showed three pounds more than my scale at home, and for a split second, I entertained the thought of stripping butt naked in a doctor's office. My doctor was impr...

    Posted on 7/19/2017 by The_Movie_Chair | 39 Comments

    226 votes + -

  • I Don't Like this Meal, Not One Bit

    I am not very good at returning food at a restaurant if I don't like it. I usually just don't go back. Times have changed and I now have the revenge of the Internet! I also can ask nicely for something else, or a replacement. I have had very good exp...

    Posted on 7/11/2017 by dsjohndrow | 12 Comments

    73 votes + -

  • Be good when you are bad

    Every time we go out to eat, I feel like I have one hand in the cookie jar already. Being in control at home is not that complicated. I am the chef in our kitchen. I plan the menu and the meals; I weigh the food, write down the ounces and grams and l...

    Posted on 7/08/2017 by The_Movie_Chair | 23 Comments

    139 votes + -

  • It takes a Village

    It's not the first time I am trying to lose weight, but it is the first time I am doing it successfully so far. All the other times I had a plan, this time I don't have a clue. There is not a diet out there that I haven't I tried. It started about 2...

    Posted on 6/29/2017 by The_Movie_Chair | 41 Comments

    162 votes + -