This is me… no headless fattie pic here!

I’m heeding on Rachel’s call to showing our full-faced pics online to show the world that we are not headless fatties. So here goes, this is what I look like. 🙂 Read the rest of this entry »

Locker room thoughts

As I’ve written before, I take aquagym classes at the local high school’s pool. Lately, I’ve been arriving at the pool around 7:30pm, which is when the (free) free swim period starts. From 7:30 to 8:30, it’s mostly kids and teens who are at the pool, and from 8:30 to 9:30 (at the same time as my class), the free swim is reserved to adults only.

When I come to the pool, I have no qualm to change into my bathing suit right there. No hiding in a cabin or the washroom, no putting on the suit before leaving home. I just undress and put on my suit. I lost my self-consciousness about undressing in a locker room back in high school when I was taking ice hockey classes and really had no time to go hide and change.

However, not every woman in the locker room is as comfy about changing, even though no one really gives a damn. That’s why I make it a point after every class to remove my suit and hop in the open showers to rinse off the chlorine from my skin and hair and suit. I’ve once seen another fat woman remove her suit after a moment of hesitation, probably after she saw that I could safely get naked without negative outcome (often all we need is an ice breaker to lead the way).

Now, since I’ve been coming before class to just swim around and goof off with my friend, I happen to be in the locker room at the same time as girls. Guess what? No way in hell am I going to hide away and change just because some kids are there too. One girl on Tuesday (about 10 or 11 years old) giggled nervously when she saw me naked, but her friend apologized to me for her. I figured that her giggling had to do with my breasts… Where do kids see naked bodies mostly? On the Web… so we’re talking mostly airbrushed and Barbie-cized bodies. So it’s not a bad thing that she gets to see my real body. After all, when she hits puberty, chances are she will feel awkward with her body, like most teens do.

Incidentally, when I’m at the pool with a whole bunch of kids around, I’ve yet to feel their stare on me. In the water, I’m just another person there, and that’s that. 🙂

Sister Rosetta Tharpe

I recently discovered Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Considered the original Soul Sister, she was a guitar-playing rock-n-roll gospel singer. I’m not a particular fan of gospel (mainly because I’m not a religious person) but I dare you to listen to the song below (called Down by the Riverside) and not to go along with the song. And just see how gorgeous she was — it was instant love on my part! ❤

She influenced the history of rock and soul: Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Aretha Franklin, Isaac Hayes and other music greats have cited her as an influence. And of course, gospel is also quite uplifting for those “blah” days…

See her Wikipedia entry for more info about her life and works.

Kotaku: Expert says that children shouldn’t use Wii Fit

*Sanity warning* If you click on either Kotaku link, read the comments at your own risk. Thanks to Godless Heathen for the heads up, I really didn’t have time to check the comments section.

There was this little girl (of average built for her age) who was crushed when Wii Fit inaccurately indicated that she was fat. Well, Tam Fry of the National Obesity Forum says that children should stay away from Wii Fit and its BMI indicator.

Well, how about this: how about using Wii Fit as a game to increase your balance instead of focusing on your BMI and weight? How about getting your kid a home version of Dance Dance Revolution instead? Or simply to let the kid play regular videogames and alternate between that and playing outdoors, like we did as children?

(here comes the “I’m an old fart part”) When I was 12, I loved playing videogames with my best friend. He had a NES, I had an Atari, and we spent so many hours trying to finish Donkey Kong to the Atari (impossible — the score rolls over) or trying to figure out the secrets in the original Zelda game (quite a challenge in those pre-Internet days). But we also rode bikes, played street hockey, climbed around, explored my landlord’s storage barn, invented our share of GI Joe and Transformer adventures…

Anyway, I read about this over at the Digital Press forums (it’s a community dedicated to videogames old and new). I’ve been tempted to answer back about comments on BMI and fatness and all, but to hell… One’s gotta pick battles, and I got a feeling that a bunch of twentysomething males might not be so open to the idea of HAES. Not even among geeks.

How I came upon FA

I just realized that people who don’t know me (ie. pretty much everyone who reads this) will think that I’m a relative newcomer to the FA movement. In reality, I’ve been part of it, on and off, for the past decade.

Obviously, like most people, I didn’t magically enter the world of FA. But to be frank, I can’t quite remember how I first stumbled upon it either (heh, that was nearly 10 years ago, after all, might as well say a century ago).

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Apple and Chicken curry

This is the recipe I was looking for, culled from james-barber.com (as noted in the comments from my previous post, use the password “happy” to access the recipe bank). It’s a very easy recipe to make (the hardest part is cutting the raw chicken into chunks) and oh-so-yummy! My rice of choice is basmati rice.

Enjoy!

Apple and Chicken Curry

  • 2 Tbsp oil
  • 1 boneless chicken breast, cut to bite-sized pieces
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, grated
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 apples, diced
  • a handful of dried apricots, chopped, or raisins
  • 1 Tbsp curry powder
  • 1 cup stock
  • a handful of cilantro, chopped
  • cooked rice

Heat a saucepan over high heat and add the oil, Cook the chicken 2-3 minutes, until nicely browned on all sides. Add the onion, garlic, apples, red pepper and cook for another minute. Add the tomatoes, apricots, curry powder and stock and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to medium and cook until most of the liquid has evaporated, another 4-5 minutes. Serve over rice, sprinkled with chopped cilantro.

FOOOOOOOD!

Maybe it’s because it’s 9:30am and I’m hungry (haven’t had breakfast yet) and am out of food (haven’t gotten around to buying groceries), but I’m craving all kinds of food right now. 😛

I’m already planning on the dinner itself — a nice homemade pasta sauce with ground beef and tofu cooked in the slo-cooker. It’s always deliiiiicious, especially when I include cilantro in it. But before I go, I have to find online the recipe for apple chicken curry that I found years ago (and which printout I can’t find). It came from James Barber’s site, so I oughta retrieve it easily. I will post that recipe here once I find it — it was just tooooo good!

I will have to somewhat get breakfast before I head out, since it’s not usually a good idea to go to the supermarket while starving like crazy. Lest I end up thinking that buying the biggest rib steak in the universe (think of those gigantic ribs that tipped over the car in the Flintstones’ opening credits!) would make a great breakfast. LOL

*Update* I can’t seem to register on James Barber’s site and access the recipes section (for some reason, the site doesn’t recognize my 9-character password as being an 8+ character-long password). Meh. I wrote an email to the webmaster, so hopefully I’ll be able to make that apple chicken curry later.

Happy International No-Diet Day!

Today is International No-Diet Day, the one day where we encourage EVERYONE, regardless of size, to be good to their body by loving it as it is instead of hating it and always wanting to beat it into submission through dieting and extreme exercise. There’s a pledge over at Largesse that I encourage you to take.

I’m not going to pledge myself — not because I disagree with it, but because I realized that I live this pledge every day, that every day IS no-diet day to me. Like everyone, I may have an occasional moment of blaaaaah about myself, but these are rare and never last long. I live my life the same way I would if I were thinner…