Tour de France Doping Allegations

By Laura Moncur @ 5:00 pm — Filed under:

Photos via BBC SportsIt looks like both Jan Ullrich and Ivan Basso are out of the Tour de France this year because of doping allegations. Both are contesting that they haven’t done anything wrong.

There are so many things that can tip off a drug test that the two of them might actually believe that they haven’t done anything wrong, yet some of their “supplements” might have caused this problem as it did with Kicker Vencill before the 2004 Olympics.

Remember, if a product is promising “performance” or weight loss without diet and exercise, they are either doping you up, or selling you sugar pills. There is no such thing as a magic pill that can make your fat go away or make you faster on your bike. Depend on yourself and healthy food.

Via: kottke.org

Tired of High-Tech Fat Hatred

By Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am — Filed under:

Over at Big Fat Blog, they rant about the fat hatred that runs rampant in the techie industry.

“I read a lot of techie blogs. I’m a techie. I love the web, I love keeping tabs on memes, I love me some open source software. I’m a total geek, and I’m not ashamed of it. But I have had it with the tech blogs out there posting anti-fat entries, and/or allowing anti-fat comments to run rampant.”

A unkind entry on the 37 Signals website was the straw that broke the camel’s back. The worst thing to realize is that David Heinemeier Hansson, the author of that particular entry at 37 signals, is a high power executive who is making these comments.

Do you think he’ll hire an overweight programmer?

Fat discrimination is REAL. Someone who is overweight can be just as good a programmer as a thin one, but the fat person isn’t going to get the job.

That’s why I believe in Fat Acceptance.


Thoughts on Food as Bonding

By Laura Moncur @ 5:00 pm — Filed under:

Food is involved in so much of our lives that when we are learning to eat healthier, it can get in the way of so many things. Terry, at I See Invisible People, talks about her relationships, alcohol and food.

I love her thoughts here:

“When I was younger, my friends and I bonded through alcohol. Drive-in movies, dance parties, cutting school, just hanging, out all involved booze. If we were together, we drank. As much as our shared tattered backgrounds, liquor was the glue that held us together. It was the lowest common denominator between scarred kids with serious trust issues. Looking back on it, we had little in common besides our Underclass pasts and our reliance on alcohol. Perhaps this is why most of those friendships didn’t survive into adulthood.”

Is food the glue that is holding your relationships together? If so, how are you going to change that dynamic so you can live a healthier life?

Dolly Dimples

By Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am — Filed under:

Every once and a while I come across these stories. They talk about sideshow carnivals and people who made their living just by being fat. This is the story of Dolly Dimples.

She was 4’11” tall and weighed 555 pounds, enjoying the carnival life. Then she survived a heart attack.

Her doctors told her to alter her diet or she would die. Dolly was frightened by the prospect of death, she enjoyed live greatly, and so she paid attention to the advice in a most astounding fashion.

In fourteen months Dolly Dimples was gone, and in her place stood Celesta Geyer at a svelte 112 pounds. She had lost over 443 pound by limiting her diet to baby food. The Guinness Book of World Records recognizes this achievement as the greatest weight loss in the shortest period of time.

She spent the rest of her life promoting her diet as a method of losing weight. She profited from being fat and she profited from slimming down. We all like to watch as the celebrities perform stunts of amazement like Janet Jackson’s weight loss. This has been going on for so long that it makes me believe that we are programmed to want to watch others on this journey.


Walking Helps More Than Your Waistline

By Laura Moncur @ 5:00 pm — Filed under:

This article is an excellent argument for walking more and driving less:

I love this great list of reasons to walk:

  • The average cost of operating a vehicle is 52.2 cents. Walking is free.

  • A regular walking regimen can take less time than going to the gym. And there are no membership fees.

  • When I walk to the grocery store, I buy much less. A car effectively gives me unlimited carrying capacity. When I have to haul each item home by hand, I’m much more particular about what I purchase.

  • Walking helps you become more aware of your surroundings. I see a lot more of my neighborhood when I walk.

  • The only pollutant you produce when walking is sweat.

The next time you’re tempted to jump in the car for a quick trip to the grocery store, remember to strap on your tennis shoes instead. You might just find a source of exercise that feels much more useful than walking on the treadmill.

Weekly Meal Planning Spreadsheet

By Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am — Filed under:

I have been planning my meals using this spreadsheet. I originally got it from the Microsoft Templates Library, but it was a simple sheet meant to be printed out and written on instead of used to the full capabilities of a spreadsheet. I altered it substantially. If you would like to try it, you can download it here:

This uses Microsoft Excel, so you need to have that software to play with it. If you want more details on how to use this, click here:



Planning My Meals

By Laura Moncur @ 5:00 pm — Filed under:

I’m still eating healthy. I haven’t binged for a week now. The only thing I can credit to staying on track is planning my meals. Mike and I sat down a week ago and planned three days worth of meals for me. We wrote down breakfast and lunch and then planned the evenings that we were going to go out to eat dinner. For the first time in months, I was able to keep myself from bingeing by following that plan. Friday evening, we sat down and planned an entire week for me and I’ve been able to keep from abusing myself.

I was always reluctant to plan my meals ahead of time. I didn’t want to lose my spontaneity. I have always wanted to be the kind of person that eats what she wants when she wants. I was never willing to write out a plan for the next day, much less a week.

The only problem with that is I end up obsessing about food all day long.

As soon as I finish a meal, I need to think about what I’m going to eat next. I had no idea that giving up spontaneity would give me such freedom. Now, instead of worrying about my next meal, I already know what my next meal is going to be. It’s something that I was excited about when I planned it, and I know it’s going to fit into my program.

Since I’ve planned my meals, I actually obsess about food less, not more. If I follow the plan perfectly, I don’t need to journal a thing. I don’t need to write down one word because it’s already there. Planning makes eating healthy so much easier.

I know I’ve heard that before. It’s said so many times that it’s a cliche. Planning makes eating healthy easier. I would nod and I thought that I was doing enough planning by buying enough healthy veggies and fruits for the week. I didn’t want to have to plan every morsel of food that went into my mouth. Where’s the fun in that?

None. I have to be honest. There is very little fun in planning your meals for the week. Last Friday, it took Mike and I an hour to do it. There was a little bit of excitement when we chose which recipes we were going to cook on the eating at home dinners, but basically, it was an hour of boring planning. No fun.

The truth is, I feel such a sense of peace about food. I had gotten to the point that I wasn’t journaling because I was sick of writing down every bite of food I put into my mouth. Now, if I follow the plan, I don’t need to write. I just eat the meal on the schedule.

Tomorrow morning, I’ll share the spreadsheet that makes planning so much easier.

Being Positive

By Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am — Filed under:

Terry has made the choice to live a healthier life. She smartly realizes that shaming someone doesn’t help make them thin, so she is being gentle with herself during this time.

What’s her plan?

“What I’ve been trying to do is be positive about myself right now. I’m only wearing clothes that I feel look good on me. I’m putting on make-up in the morning.”

Next time you think that you have to put a picture of yourself when you were fat on the refrigerator to stop yourself from eating, remember Terry’s advice.

“I’ve read diet books advocating taking a fat picture of yourself and hanging it on the refrigerator to keep you from eating. Sorry, but humiliation just doesn’t work for me. Self-loathing is a terrible thing and comes frighteningly easy to me. It makes me depressed in a way that drugs don’t help. Depression makes me desperate and I stop eating completely, which isn’t a good thing long term.”

Being loving and positive with yourself is really the only way to health.

Via: love and hope and sex and dreams: Some People You Should Meet If You Haven’t Already


Question of the Week: Loving Yourself

By Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am — Filed under:

Imagine the most loving person in the world. Imagine someone who could love you exactly as you are. Pretend to sit next to this person who loves you unconditionally and write down how they would answer these questions:

What is my best feature? Which part of me is the prettiest?

What are my strengths?

What do you respect the most about me?

All of us have greatness within, but sometimes self-loathing makes us blind to what that greatness is. Put aside that self-loathing and be willing to look at yourself with loving eyes. Don’t be worried about being conceited or vain. It won’t happen.

Loving yourself is the first step toward taking care of your body. Take it today.

The Question of the Week is meant to be an Inner Workout for you. Find some time during the week and allow yourself to write the answers to the questions posted. You can write them on paper, on a word processor or here in the comments section. Whatever works for you as long as you do it.

Keep writing until you find out something about yourself that you didn’t know before. I’ve also heard that it works to keep writing until you cry, but that doesn’t really work for me. Whatever works for you. Just keep writing until it feels right.



By Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am — Filed under:

Twenty pounds since March. That’s how much weight I’ve gained because of my struggles with bingeing. I’ve been eating healthy for almost five days now. It took me a while to realize what my problem was, but I think I finally cracked it.

I thought that I was just lonely after SXSW, but really I was feeling jealous of all the girls who were more successful than I am.

How many times do I need to tell myself that it’s not a competition? Life is about living, not about “beating” someone else.

Five days is the longest I’ve gone eating healthy since March. I know they say that you are never cured of your eating disorder, you just manage it. I don’t want to believe it. I want to believe that that was the last time I ever have to fight that demon, but the damn thing keeps coming back.

Twenty pounds… I feel like I’m starting all over from scratch.

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