Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Why bother ? ? ?

My neighbor has ultra-high blood pressure and more than a few pounds to lose. For the past week I have been walking three miles with her in the evenings. Three brisk miles. Last night she asked me to go grab something to eat with her. We did the drive through at McDonalds. They have salads, they have grilled chicken sandwiches, they have teeny-tiny cheeseburgers. She ordered the Big Mac Combo – Super sized with a large Coke. 1440 calories. What the hell?

dena at 8:20 AM

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at 10:05 AM Anonymous Michel said...

She need to see the movie call "Supersize Me!" That might change her mind about bad eating habits.

 
at 12:15 PM Anonymous deana said...

That drives me up the wall. That isn't even a splurge, that is over-indulgence. That is the amount of calories she would need for one day. People just can't seem to get the basic theory that it takes 35oo calories burnt to lose a true pound! And even if she didn't need to lose weight that certainly won't help her blood pressure.

I have a really good friend that is so obese right now. He loves to eat but has a grown daughter and a new grandbaby, and 2 teenagers. He had a mild heart attack 2 years ago. I swear he has gained 40 lbs since then. His Doctor told him point blank he can't live like that. He would have to be miserable that size and I know he loves his kids so why the death wish??? He is only 48.

 
at 12:28 PM Blogger yellojkt said...

I hope you walked fourteen miles to work off that Value Meal, that's what it would take. People don't realize how few calories exercise actually burns. You have to control intake too. I'm just trying to stockpile some willpower. I like burgers and greasy food too, but I know how bad they are.

Thanks for the great comment on my blog. I'm really happy when just one person "gets" it. Thanks.

 
at 1:04 PM Blogger used*to*be*me* said...

I used to shake my head back in the day when I worked at 7-11 and "large" people would come in, buy a hotdog, nachos, ding dongs and a can of diet coke.

 
at 3:02 PM Blogger TNChick said...

I have bad eating habits but it I was at a health risk I would do my best to not have such bad eating habits... Sounds like someone's priorities aren't in order. Walking will do her no good if she can't pass up a BigMac combo.

 
at 4:35 PM Blogger soapbox.SUPERSTAR said...

You know, I have that movie Michel mentioned and have yet to watch it!

 
at 4:59 PM Anonymous Ficklechick said...

I see a hell of a lot more walking in her future!

 
at 5:47 PM Blogger Chatty said...

You know me...I am blunt. I would have asked her if that was part of the walking diet plan. If I ate all that, I would be walking right into the bathroom.

 
at 9:31 PM Blogger OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

I've never been to MacDonalds in my whole life cause I, for some strange reason, am not interested in the fast fattening food of any of these places...(I mean, If I'm going to pack it on, I want some terrific gourmetness, you know?)
But, the bottom line is, someone has to SEE what it is they are doing. And even if they do see it, it doesn't mean that they can change it, but, at least it's a moment of clarity about what one is putting into one's mouth...I am not judging this...believe me...I am fully aware of what I am putting into my body, foodwise...and THAT in itself doesn't change the way I eat, or what I am eating. It's something else. And I cannot say what that is...(Wish I Could)...I pray, your friend does not have to have a heart attack to 'get' that what she is putting into her mouth, makes a difference to her health.

And by the way...I HATE that we ALL have to think about all this...You Know...OY!

 
at 6:23 AM Blogger The Mistress of the Dark said...

I avoid McDonald's as much as possible. I spent a year losing around 25 lbs. I don't want it coming back. And when it's a real health issue, well that just makes even less sense.

Andrea

 

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