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I was reading the yahoo news feed on lunch today and I saw this article: 407 Pound Woman Denied Flights Home, Dies Abroad. Second Article
To summarize: The article is about a 56 year old woman named Vilma Soltez who had one leg and weighed 407 pounds and had kidney problems. She was trying to get home to the US for medical care, but was unable to board a flight due to issues with her seat, unable to board a second flight at a different airport because they had no way to get her on the airplane, and kicked off a third flight because she couldn’t get under the seat belt.
A few other notes from the article: “According to reports, a local fire crew were bought in to help move her into the seats but they could not lift her out of her wheelchair.”
My own opinion on the matter: The airlines do their best on the matter. The fact is that she could have received care where she was. Where does the airline make the cut off for what is safe for other passengers? How does one persons value hold more than the other 150 people on the airplane? It just doesn’t jive that her husband is suing the airlines for doing their best, but ultimately choosing the safety of the other passengers.
The tragedy of obesity:
Events like the one I mentioned really make me reflect on my own life and struggles. At my highest weight I was at 385 lbs and I hated myself for it. I couldn’t even look in the mirror without seeing myself in disgust. I hated myself for who I had become. The person in the mirror wasn’t the me I saw.
When I see other people who are becoming big like what I currently am it makes me angry. I just want to go up to them and talk and say “why would you do this to yourself! Stop now and make the changes. You don’t want to be where I am. Stop, turn back now!”
Over the last couple of years my personality has changed and I have done a lot of personal development. I am not longer the person I once was. I have such compassion for those people who are in the same struggles as me. It’s why I have chosen to share my own personal journey, even if it is just a little piece here and a little piece there.
- 7 out of 10 Americans are Overweight and it’s growing.
- We live in a high calorie low nutrition society
- We fill our bodies with toxic chemicals that cause a myriad of health problems
- Most of our food has huge amounts of sugar added to it.
- We have a multi-billion dollar business that makes people “healthy” but gives them more side-effects that they need to take other medicines to fix those issue.
- The number 1 complaint of doctors visits is chronic fatigue.
- American’s don’t tend to slow down and enjoy life. It’s always more, bigger, better, faster, etc.
- When a person is diagnosed as diabetic they are given insulin; switched to artificial sweeteners; told to eat a diet high in starches and grains. There is something wrong with this picture, starches and grains are high in sugar!
- Insulin causes your body to store more fat! In fact many people on insulin gain weight every single year!
I could go on and on and on about the problems I see caused just from our diets, but I will refrain.
The stuff hidden in our foods
MSG (Monosodium Glutamate) : MSG is a neurotoxic substance that causes a wide range of reactions from temporary headaches to permanent brain damage. Almost all processed foods contain MSG
Pesticides: Every time we eat an item that has had pesticides sprayed on it we are taking in remnants of those chemicals. Did you know that we get it in our meats and animal products as well? Every time they are fed this food the chemicals are passed along. Our bodies were not designed to break down these chemicals! Worst of all we eat them and our body stores them because it doesn’t know what to do!
HYDROGENATED OILS: To be put in its simplest term, hydrogenated oils are rigid fats. They are not naturally occurring and our bodies can not use these properly.
High Fructose Corn Syrup: HFCS is added to a great deal of foods to make them sweeter. It is extremely high in sugar and isn’t really healthy for anyone. On a side not they are working to change the name to just “Corn Syrup” since the other has such negative association with it.
There are a lot of unnatural things hidden in our foods.
Changes to make:
We all know that being over-weight sucks. It kills our energy, makes us unhappy, depressed, etc, but did you know that fat cells not only store the sugar, but they also store the chemicals we eat.
There are a lot of things we can do to change our direction. Being willing to make a change is the very first step in any journey. Figuring out which direction to go is the second. So if you want to help fight this obesity epidemic sweeping the developed world you need to first start with yourself. So I am going to tell you what I am doing to change the world around me by first changing myself.
I know that I have a deeply personal battle with obesity. I worry about things like that article happening to me all the time. My mom is extremely overweight so I worry about it happening to her also. How can I help my mom change if I can’t change myself? To that end I have resolved to do certain things, to make changes as necessary and grow.
- I resolve to put Jesus first in my life and myself second.
- I resolve to change myself so I may have a positive impact on those around me.
- I resolve to make better food choices; to read the labels; to think about what I buy.
- I resolve to log my food in a journal because I know that without any measurements I will have a hard time getting to any destination.
- I resolve to exercise a little bit every single day. Even a few minutes, a few extra steps, its better than what I was doing.
- I resolve to share my 100% honest results once a week whether the results are good or bad.
- I resolve to be honest about my struggles with those that I trust.
- I resolve to be diligent and to ask for help whenever needed.
- I resolve to share my own personal journey in hopes that my own journey may make someone else journey just a little bit easier.
- I resolve to be a little bit better every day.
That is all the time I have to write for now, but I will probably expand on some of this stuff later in different posts. I hope you all have a wonderful evening and I look forward to reading your blogs and progress as well.