- Deciphering between the truths of others can cloud our ability to see our own reality.
- Holding onto the things that weigh us down can create debilitating physical FAT and emotional Falsely Acquired Thoughts (F.A.T.) Change the brain, change the body, and find out how to fight F.A.T. for real. Presented by Merrill Littleberry, LCSW, LCDC, CCM, CI-CPT, a licensed psychotherapist and understands the debilitating effects of emotional and physical weight.
As a disclaimer, I have always watched The Biggest Loser casually as someone might watch The Super Bowl for the commercials. I enjoy making digs at the product placement, the commercials, etc. This pleases me #broughttoyoubyziploc #subway #extragum #whomever
This year, however I was taken in a little more, sucked in, even after saying things like: “I’d never watch that crap,” and “How dare they publicize weight loss competitions!” I am sure I have said MANY choice things over the years about this (…and other shows) as an online weight-loss blogger, even as product pitches aligned with this show were tossed my way. I still watch for the product placements. I also watch for the exercise — WHAT?!
This year, I started a (…word warning) “journey” nine years after I started my massive weight loss path.
I began exercising in earnest. I dropped some lbs and gained muscle. I have endurance!
I found that The Biggest Loser gave me some “Actual Motivation” if only for ideas of What To Do To Move My Butt. It’s the reason I tried the “Jacob’s Ladder,” guys.
Or, even just for a frame of reference in body-size for someone like me: a former morbidly obese individual whom had been 320 lbs now 144-150 lbs and maintaining my bodyweight while learning to create health, and gain muscle and make exercise a habit. If you have not been living in a 200, 300, 400 lb body – you must know – the body dysmorphia that comes along with the change from your super-morbid or morbidly obese self to your “normal” self can last for years. It may not be until you see another person whom is “wearing” your “body” size when you realize what you look like, and only sort of.
That said — The Biggest Loser’s winner, Rachel. And please remember that I can only relate to what I know to be true, and to what I see in relation to the hundreds of women (… and some men) I read about daily in my weight loss groups for bariatric surgery.
I hope that it was simply because she was pushed to far for the “trigger” of money — and will find balance in health.
It happens in our bariatric-post operative patients all the time, and the thing is: bariatric patients don’t have the temptation of a quarter million dollars hanging over their head like a dangling carrot as thin-spiration. It takes a lot less sometimes for a person to be triggered to lose too far. Some women (…and men) are pushed by a bad photo, cruel word, or emotional disturbances.
In the weight loss surgery world, we have a hard time with talking about weight. We don’t like to talk about “how much weight is too much to lose.” We don’t like to discuss “too far,” and we say things like “well, you called her fat, now she’s too thin and you hate her for it.”
No. It’s not that. You/we really have to stop thinking that way. It is just the same as having bariatric surgery WAS for YOU. It was supposed to be about your health and saving your life. There is not a stitch of hate in the words. It is out of concern for the person, and the people watching: like our daughters and sons.
Going on The Biggest Loser was about stopping this person’s journey through morbid obesity and saving her life, and getting healthy again. However, dropping to an underweight body-weight and publicizing this for all of us on TV and creating this huge social media #thinspo out of it — is WRONG.
Where were the trainers, Biggest Loser Team, producers, etc. when she hit the red flags? Where was the psych team? Where is her help? Is this really just about prize money and not health?
I think that says it all.
You failed, @thebiggestloser
A woman, Cheryl, in Fargo, North Dakota has decided to take Childhood Obesity into her own hands on Halloween, and pass out this letter — What?!
Yo, lady – it's not our business.
Pass out toys. Shut off your lights. This letter makes you a tool. Then again, I think this whole thing is a prank for radio station PR now that I have had a day to look at it.
"Losing weight shouldn’t take the fun out of life – dinners out with friends, a glass of wine with dinner, or a home-cooked meal with your family. With the AspireAssist, there are no burdensome restrictions on what and when you can eat and drink. Continue to eat the foods you love – and as you start to lose weight, gradually learn how to make healthy choices to match your leaner, healthier body!"
With the Aspire Assist Aspiration Therapy System, you can STILL EAT the foods you crave! Want that half-gallon of ice cream? Feel free to dig in!
Nom those noms!
Just twenty minutes after your meal — you can discreetly withdraw a portion (OF VOMIT) of your partially digested meal THROUGH YOUR ABDOMEN and dispose of it without the hassle of you know: lower digestion, fecal production and weight gain!
I thought this was an article from The Onion.
It's not. It's for real.
Dean Kamen, the inventor of the Segway, a machine that exists to stop people from walking, has teamed up with Aspire Bariatrics (that name — shudder) to apply for a patent on a pump that will suck food and beverage straight out of your stomach and rids it from your intestines/life.
Please hold me again. I'm a Bariatric Patient that is FUCKING TERRIFIED by the thought of giving people the opportunity for controlled bulimia. I am still wary that this can't be for real –
The Aspire Assist Aspiration Therapy System works by reducing the calories absorbed by the body. After eating, food travels to the stomach immediately, where it is temporarily stored and the digestion process begins. Over the first hour after a meal, the stomach begins breaking down the food, and then passes the food on to the intestines, where calories are absorbed. The AspireAssist allows patients to remove about 30% of the food from the stomach before the calories are absorbed into the body, causing weight loss.
To begin Aspiration Therapy, a specially designed tube, known as the A-Tube™, is placed in the stomach. The A-Tube is a thin silicone rubber tube that connects the inside of the stomach directly to a discreet, poker-chip sized Skin-Port on the outside of the abdomen. The Skin-Port has a valve that can be opened or closed to control the flow of stomach contents. The patient empties a portion of stomach contents after each meal through this tube by connecting a small, handheld device to the Skin-Port. The emptying process is called “aspiration”.
The aspiration process is performed about 20 minutes after the entire meal is consumed and takes 5 to 10 minutes to complete. Because aspiration only removes a third of the food, the body still receives the calories it needs to function. For optimal weight loss, patients should aspirate after each major meal (about 3 times per day) GAHHHH!!!!!!!!!!! initially. Over time, as patients learn to eat more healthfully, they can reduce the frequency of aspirations.
I found this list of the "Top 50 Emotional Eating Blogs 2012" through a blog I found via fitbloggin' this year. This. list. is. amazing. I'll share half – you can visit the link for the rest.
1. Life with Cake – Greta Gleissner is a psychotherapist specializing in the treatment of eating disorders. Life with Cake is a personal blog about her recovery from an eating disorder and includes advice about addressing urges to eat emotionally.
2. Karen C.L. Anderson – Karen C.L. Anderson writes about what happens after achieving “weight-loss success”. She talks about self-acceptance, how to truly feel your feelings, and eating mindfully.
3. The Begin Within Blog – The Begin Within Blog is a blog for individuals recovering from eating disorders. The blog covers a wide range of topics from binge eating to intuitive eating to kindness and compassion.
4. Savor the Blog – Savor the Blog expands on the themes found in Savor, the popular book by Thich Nhat Hanh and Dr. Lilian Cheung. Many of the posts are about mindful eating, while others address the emotional reasons we make our food choices.
5. A Weigh Out – A Weigh Out is a blog written by a number of contributors — all of them professionals in the field of nutrition, emotional eating, and eating disorder therapy. While some of the posts are personal reflections by the coaches and therapists, a number of the posts include advice about addressing emotions in our lives that can affect health — and diet.
Leslie Carpenter, owner of May Faith Photography in Vancouver, WA, created this powerful photo on Saturday, August 11th. Carpenter said, “I did this from my heart. I did this so every woman, every girl will know it is OK to BE YOURSELF. Be beautiful as you are.” Her photo has gone viral in only 3 short days, with the goal of having the original image shared 10,000 times.
“Will you stand up against bullying?”