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Acacia: An All-Size-Accepting, Health-Positive, Body-Loving Girl
Female, 20 y/o, Boston/Baltimore
I have goals, but I am more interested in seeing results in the form of a healthier body. Talk to me, follow me, join in my journey to a better lifestyle!

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MYTHS
Small things make a big difference. Walking a mile a day can lead to a loss of more than 50 pounds in five years.

Set a realistic goal to lose a modest amount.

People who are too ambitious will get frustrated and give up.

You have to be mentally ready to diet or you will never succeed.

Slow and steady is the way to lose. If you lose weight too fast you will lose less in the long run.

Ideas not yet proven TRUE OR FALSE
Diet and exercise habits in childhood set the stage for the rest of life.

Add lots of fruits and vegetables to your diet to lose weight or not gain as much.

Yo-yo diets lead to increased death rates.

People who snack gain weight and get fat.

If you add bike paths, jogging trails, sidewalks and parks, people will not be as fat.

FACTS — GOOD EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT
Heredity is important but is not destiny.

Exercise helps with weight maintenance.

Weight loss is greater with programs that provide meals.

Some prescription drugs help with weight loss and maintenance.

Weight-loss surgery in appropriate patients can lead to long-term weight loss, less diabetes and a lower death rate.

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— 1 year ago with 2 notes
#weight loss  #health  #diet  #fitness  #fat  #healthy  #lose weight  #exercise  #nutrition 
"Look…I am Fat Pat. I will always be Fat Pat. I tried to turn off my fat-dar, but I just can’t, okay? Every time I go outside, I wonder “Does this restaurant have a booth that’s big enough for me to fit in?”, “Does this movie theater have retractable armrests?”, “What time does this market close? Because if it’s too busy, then somebody might see what’s in my cart!” And turnstiles. Why would somebody do that to a person?! 300 pounds of phantom flesh…whether you see it or not, it is still there, so it might as well be real. Because whatever problems I had, being less fat didn’t help solve any of them."

Wonderfalls, 1x6 (via colorofmyhair)

As a former obese woman who was overweight or obese my entire life, it was extremely difficult to get over those feelings of being judged by others because of my weight, even though, at this point, I am only a few pounds away from reaching a healthy bmi.

As my brother said once, “You’ll always be a fat kid at heart.”

Now I don’t have those issues. I know that I can fit into clothing at any store, I know that people aren’t analyzing my choices when I buy food at the store, and I know that when I run on the street, people aren’t waiting to see when I’ll keel over.

My issues now have turned into something greater and more painful, though. Now that I’m perceived as being a healthy weight, I hear those who did not know me before I lost weight making fat jokes or inappropriate comments about people who are overweight. They say it as if no one will care, no one will take offense, because no one around is fat, so why should it matter? I’ll always be a “fat kid at heart” and this will always sting. I may not hurt for myself, but I hurt for them and for humanity for how much fat-shaming has taken over this country and world.

So this is my message to the world- Being overweight/obese sucks. Don’t make it suck worse with disgraceful comments.

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— 1 year ago with 60 notes
#fit  #fitness  #fitblr  #health  #healthy  #exercise  #workout  #weight  #weight loss  #nutrition 
Reposting this since I’ve been getting a lot of detoxes on my dash

Anonymous asked: why are detoxes bull?? i was thinking about doing one


I’m on a Dr. Ben Goldacre kick, so I think this is a pretty good blog-http://www.badscience.net/2009/01/the-barefaced-cheek-of-these-characters-will-never-cease-to-amaze-and-delight-me/

And I highly recommend actually listening to the audio clip included in that link.

Then there is the book that I currently love called Bad Science by the aforementioned Dr. Ben Goldacre, and this quotation from the book on page 18 of the ebook version:

“Because it has no scientific meaning, detox is much better understood as a cultural product. Like the best pseudoscientific inventions, it deliberately blends useful common sense with outlandish, medicalized fantasy. In some respects, how much you buy into this reflects how self-dramatizing you want to be or, in less damning terms, how much you enjoy ritual in your daily life. When I go through busy periods of partying, drinking, sleep deprivation, and convenience eating, I usually decide- eventually- that I need a bit of a rest. So I have a few nights reading at home, and eating more salad than usual. Models and celebrities, meanwhile, “detox” with Master Cleanse and the Fruit Flush Diet.

On one thing we must be absolutely clear, because this is a recurring theme throughout the world of bad science: there is nothing wrong with the notion of eating healthily and abstaining from various risk factors for ill health like excessive alcohol use. But this is not what detox is about; these are quick-fix health drives, constructed from the outset as short term, while lifestyle risk factors for ill health have their impact over a lifetime. But I am even willing to agree that some people might try a five-day detox and remember (or even learn) what it’s like to eat vegetables, and that gets no criticism from me.”

I also recommend watching this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQULQgX78rs FULL WARNING- IT SHOWS SOMEONE GETTING A COLONOSCOPY AND OTHER GROSS STUFF, AND SHOULD NOT BE WATCHED BY THE SQUEAMISH OR ANYONE UNDER 18. It’s also offensive and Penn swears a lot, but it has a lot of actually good information.

Basically there is no scientific evidence for any of the claims of the detox companies. In my mind, they are no better than those stupid weight loss pills or diets in general- living and eating cleanly for a month is going to start to do your body some good, but like with the typical diet, once you stop you gain the weight back because it’s not an actual fix. Living healthily is a long-term thing, and not something that any pill or fad diet or cleanse can fix.

You can easily do your own research on detoxes and cleanses, and I highly recommend anyone thinking of doing one or trying a certain diet, do your research first. Take the name of the fad diet or detox, add “fake”, “false”, “bullshit”, or something similar to the end of the name, and google it. And just be skeptical of anything claiming to be a quick fix since being healthy and living cleaning takes work and effort.

To anyone who disagrees with me, I am open to discussion. I am no expert, and all of this is just my viewpoint on this subject. I suggest everyone do their own research and come to their own conclusions.

— 1 year ago
#detox  #cleanse  #bullshit  #health  #nutrition  #fitblr  #healthy  #toxins 
Breakfast!! …Yes, it is almost lunch time.…Yes, I have been up since 9.
Went to the gym again today. I’m gonna try to go every day but Monday and Thursday since those are my busy days. I worked for three hours yesterday and I was so tired at the end of it- I spent almost the whole time re-shelving books so it was a lot of carrying heavy books, walking around, and squatting. This job is making me hate people who can’t follow directions and try to reshelf books themselves.
My roommate Adrian said he was really impressed with me, going to the gym and working this semester. All my roommates have commented on how healthy I’ve been eating, so that’s been really great :) I still drink soda sometimes and get dessert at the dining hall, but I figure since I am doing so much on top of my classes and school work, I can treat myself every so often.

Breakfast!!
…Yes, it is almost lunch time.
…Yes, I have been up since 9.

Went to the gym again today. I’m gonna try to go every day but Monday and Thursday since those are my busy days. I worked for three hours yesterday and I was so tired at the end of it- I spent almost the whole time re-shelving books so it was a lot of carrying heavy books, walking around, and squatting. This job is making me hate people who can’t follow directions and try to reshelf books themselves.

My roommate Adrian said he was really impressed with me, going to the gym and working this semester. All my roommates have commented on how healthy I’ve been eating, so that’s been really great :) I still drink soda sometimes and get dessert at the dining hall, but I figure since I am doing so much on top of my classes and school work, I can treat myself every so often.

— 1 year ago
#breakfast  #food  #cereal  #orange  #grapes  #nutrition  #health  #gym  #personal  #college 
road-to-balance:

overcome4life:

thatturtle23:

I’ve lost 10 lbs since last Thursday, the Advocare 24 Day Challenge (Day 9). I know it’s just toxins and probably not actual “pounds” but seriously 10 lbs of toxins? Amazing. I feel good.

That’s amazing! 

or maybe it’s water weight. that’s great about the weight loss, either way.
i don’t know what “toxins” are. where do they get stored? how do they come out? why do you need supplements to get them out? i don’t know. i’ve never seen one.
i’m an advocate of using as few pills and powders as possible - if you can lose weight by eating as clean as possible although it might take more time and patience and control on your part, i’m all for doing that. unless you’ve tried absolutely everything for a significant amount of time, why spend money on things you may not really need?
not trying to be a negative nancy over here. still, great job and if it works for you, keep going.

…I feel the urge to facepalm whenever I hear/see people talking about these magical ~*toxins*~. Seriously, can someone explain to me- using unbiased scientific evidence- what the fuck a ~*toxin*~ actually is??
It’s bullshit, plain and simple. If people actually did their research and were more skeptical about these ~*magic*~ fixes, they a) would be a lot more well informed, and b) wouldn’t fall for bullshit like this.
I wrote up a whole thing about why detoxes, cleanses, and whatnot are bullshit. Feel free to read. Feel free to disagree. Feel free to discuss with me.
Inform yourselves, people!

road-to-balance:

overcome4life:

thatturtle23:

I’ve lost 10 lbs since last Thursday, the Advocare 24 Day Challenge (Day 9). I know it’s just toxins and probably not actual “pounds” but seriously 10 lbs of toxins? Amazing. I feel good.

That’s amazing! 

or maybe it’s water weight. that’s great about the weight loss, either way.

i don’t know what “toxins” are. where do they get stored? how do they come out? why do you need supplements to get them out? i don’t know. i’ve never seen one.

i’m an advocate of using as few pills and powders as possible - if you can lose weight by eating as clean as possible although it might take more time and patience and control on your part, i’m all for doing that. unless you’ve tried absolutely everything for a significant amount of time, why spend money on things you may not really need?

not trying to be a negative nancy over here. still, great job and if it works for you, keep going.

…I feel the urge to facepalm whenever I hear/see people talking about these magical ~*toxins*~. Seriously, can someone explain to me- using unbiased scientific evidence- what the fuck a ~*toxin*~ actually is??

It’s bullshit, plain and simple. If people actually did their research and were more skeptical about these ~*magic*~ fixes, they a) would be a lot more well informed, and b) wouldn’t fall for bullshit like this.

I wrote up a whole thing about why detoxes, cleanses, and whatnot are bullshit. Feel free to read. Feel free to disagree. Feel free to discuss with me.

Inform yourselves, people!

— 1 year ago with 10 notes
#weight loss  #toxins  #bullshit  #health  #nutrition 
I’ve actually been really proud of my family- especially this summer. My mom joined a gym, and because I was doing 90% of the cooking in June and July, she started eating healthy. She still has some issues with portion sizes, but it’s better to have two servings of fish instead of two hamburgers like we both used to do.

I’ve actually been really proud of my family- especially this summer. My mom joined a gym, and because I was doing 90% of the cooking in June and July, she started eating healthy. She still has some issues with portion sizes, but it’s better to have two servings of fish instead of two hamburgers like we both used to do.

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— 1 year ago with 1341 notes
#personal  #fitness  #health  #fit girl  #bad eating habits  #nutrition  #healthy 
The number of children with high cholesterol has gone down in the last ten years →
The results are surprising, given that the childhood obesity rate didn’t budge.

I mean, at least it’s a good thing the childhood obesity rate didn’t rise, right?

— 1 year ago
#cholesterol  #health  #link  #nutrition  #fat  #fats  #trans fat  #obses  #obesity  #healthy  #children  #kids 
weightlossproblems:

Wanted to pass this along to you guys! The producers of The Biggest Loser are casting a weight loss show specifically for teens. So if you are between the ages of 13-17, and have at least 60 pounds to lose and feel like you need all the help you can get, submit an application for this show! Thanks to Courtney Crozier for posting it.

Hey, thought this would be a good thing to pass on, for anyone who’s interested! I weren’t 19-going-on-20 I would totally sign up for this.

weightlossproblems:

Wanted to pass this along to you guys! The producers of The Biggest Loser are casting a weight loss show specifically for teens. So if you are between the ages of 13-17, and have at least 60 pounds to lose and feel like you need all the help you can get, submit an application for this show! Thanks to Courtney Crozier for posting it.

Hey, thought this would be a good thing to pass on, for anyone who’s interested! I weren’t 19-going-on-20 I would totally sign up for this.

— 1 year ago with 43 notes
#weight loss  #fitness  #health  #nutrition  #fitspo  #motivaiton  #casting call  #weightloss  #fitblr 
Really? I much prefer having my mom pay for all the things. Food is fucking expensive.

Really? I much prefer having my mom pay for all the things. Food is fucking expensive.

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— 1 year ago with 1585 notes
#food  #nutrition  #health  #grocery