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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Dragonfire Factoid: Fat Friendships

Much like a virus, obesity can spread from person to person, according to a new study published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine. When one person gained weight, their close friends tended to gain weight also. Having a friend who was obese would increase your likelihood of becoming obese by 57 %. Having a neighbor who gained weight had no effect and having a family member who gained weight had less of an effect than a friend who gained weight.

--from Study: Obese Friends Could Make You Fat

The Doctor Calls and The Princess Frowns

My doctor's office called a few minutes ago. My lab results are "off" in a couple of areas (cholesterol; liver), so she wanted to see me. I made an appointment for Friday.

Tomorrow, I see the endocrinologist. She has the same lab results (or should), so I'll find out the bad news.

I think I'm feeling suddenly re-MOTIVATED.

Scary news does that, huh?

I used to be on a statin drug for cholesterol for a couple of years, but it was damaging my muscles and liver, so I got off it over a year ago. Since then, the cholesterol has gone up some, but not horrendously so. I guess it got much worse. Dang.

The liver has had "off" tests on and off. When I was at my highest, it was in bad shape. When I lost some weight, it got back in normal range. The cholesterol drug messed it up; ceasing the Rx helped. But an ultrasound a couple years ago showed I had a really fatty liver. No surprise. When you're as fat as I am, the liver takes a hit.

Oh, well. I guess health has just taken priority one...

Sunday, July 29, 2007


Did the evil fairy whack me into a Gobbling Goblin? I think so.

I've been continuing the unbalanced road. My nose in craft books, my fingers on keyboard, my butt in chair, reading and writing, reading and plotting, plotting and outlining, outlining and writing some more. And tackling the DREADED SYNOPSIS (preliminary, anyway.)

Meantime, my mouth has been on a rampage.

The damage done: Got on the scale today and it's...


After a bit of wailing, hair pulling, and self-denigration.

I checked the blog and, geesh, I've not only been missing in action, I've been in another dimension altogether. I kid you not. It did not FEEL like this long.

Okay, so, I'm taking some action. Clearly, good intentions aren't doing it and until I get the novel finished, my life will be unbalanced and screwy and I have to work around it.

1. I just went to amazon.com and ordered some motivational books for

2. I'm gonna put sticky notes all
the bathroom mirror and in front of the computer monitor--two
places I can't avoid. (Anyone have suggestions on some good affirmations?
Pick-me ups? Motivational quotes?)

3. Shop for a bunch of
healthy stuff.
(ie, pack the fridge and pantry with what I need, which
I haven't been doing. I have had the Diet-To-Go delivery, but I still was
ordering take-out for dinner with hubby, and then I ended up eating stuff with
him like lasagna and pizza and Chinese food, etc. This has sabotaged the calorie
controlled portions DTG sent me. And this meant my fridge accumulated food over
the last three weeks, and has no room for anything else. At least I'm stocked
with vegetarian fare.)

4. I'm gonna stack some exercise tapes
right at my desk
and put the weights where I can't miss them.

Any other suggestions?

It would have to be pretty simple stuff, cause if I have to THINK about it, I will shunt it aside. Right now, writing my novel is priority 1. But I don't want to lose ALL MY PROGRESS, and I'd like to lose a nice amount by Christmas.

For all you FatFighters out there, I dropped the sword. The Gobbling Goblins possessed me.

But the exorcism is on!