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Should MLB Impose Weight Limitations on its Players?

I love baseball as much as any other person does but there is a serious weight problem, which seems to be affecting many of today’s players.

For example, when today’s sports heroes are so overweight and can hardly take first base, there is clearly a negative message being ignored.

I mean look at names like Bobby Jenks, Sir Sidney Ponson, David Wells, or Dmitri Young; all great players but with serious obesity problems.

Too fat to play

How can we set so many conditions for the teams to meet and yet allow obesity to be so prevalent within the leagues? I mean they used to go crazy back in the day when “Refrigerator” Perry of the Chicago Bears weighed too much and would be huffing and puffing on the field.

Why not do the same for baseball?

Wouldn’t that teach our children that being overweight is an accepted social norm, since you can be active and on a Major League Baseball Team while being overweight?

While it is true that you can sometimes be healthy and overweight, but that most certainly won’t last forever. Soon most of the obesity-related conditions such as Diabetes, Cancer and Heart Disease would set in.

While all these men are great players, they do have a responsibility to set a good image for their fans.

Being from Chicago, I used to watch Bobby Jenks when he was with The White Sox and the man could hardly make it from the dugout to the pitchers mound.

So why not take some of the millions of dollars paid out and show them the way to use some great resources like Weight Watchers, Jillian Michaels, or even living by the Fitness Guru Tony Horton of P90X.

If these guys can make it to the major leagues, then they certainly can work on their own diets as well as doing something about their weight.

Either that, or address their struggles publicly to help others know that they are not alone.

When You Are Your Own Worst Enemy

I had a great appointment with a therapist who specializes in weight loss and food issues. It was quite enlightening yet very difficult to take everything in.

The session ignited  a lot of reasons for my emotional eating and aided some helpful coping skills that I had never heard before.

In short, I think I was punishing myself for so many things that were out of my control. After all, there was nobody else to do it for me… so I did it to myself.

I really believe that if I let go of the past and concentrate on treating my body and mind well, the rest will kick in.

Exercise modified for my weight should help my endorphins and eating right will make me feel better. It can’t always be about the obsession with losing weight but finding a healthy way to live and the rest will seemingly adjust itself.

Luckily there are so many great dieting websites and terrific exercise giants out there that are creating some eccentric workout methods that I can’t wait to try. Even EDiets is available online for not only support but a plethora of informative dieting tips.

I have a ton of respect for people like Tony Horton from the exercise front as he really has helped an incredible amount of people with new age exercise.

There  are a ton of great people that have taken part in my efforts to help all of us by appearing in this film. I count myself extremely lucky.

I wish each and everyone of you to see the film and join me on my journey.
The one thing we all must do is just take the responsibility for ourselves to seek the help out there- whatever it may be- and things will get better.

Here is to a healthy future…

Cheers!

To Lose Or Gain: The Real Choice Of Weight Loss.

I am a person who hates making choices in my life. Sometimes I solicit opinions first like I’m living by committee. The hardest part for me is when I’m on my own in the car and deciding whether to eat fast food and milk shakes or to take the turn back home and actually make a healthy choice.

I could always make the excuse of the saying, “my diet starts tomorrow” or a thousand other excuses. Despite the plethora of unhealthy food choices, I have a harder time identifying what I feel like are a limited number of reasons to make better choices.

I could blame it on the environment, others, or just not feeling well. I could even try the excuse of wishing I had someone by my side day in and day out demanding my making the right choices. In reality, it doesn’t always work for celebrities that have the millions of dollars to afford that and even if I did I would end up resenting the person feeling like a prisoner.

So that leaves it to me.  I have to make my own choices and consider all the great results of having good health.  I want to be able to walk with out getting out of breath, I want to be able to fit into the normal clothes I have, which I currently packed away in my attic like I’m already dead and gone.

Sometimes I actually do feel like the Barry I used to be is gone and I just dwell in self-hate and very little self-esteem.

However the other day while interviewing the health expert, Robert Reames, who lost a whole bunch of weight and is trying to help others reminded me that I am actually getting the chance to not only help myself, but tons of others who are with me every day going through the same struggles as me.

It really does show the fact that my film ‘Finding Thin’ really will make a difference. For the first time in a long time, I felt proud and inspired.

So when driving today, instead of finding all the excuses to get that Shamrock shake, I concentrated on all of the reasons not to.

I really think I am breaking through to taking responsibility for making the choices that only I can make and living with the outcome.

Good times are ahead. I can feel it.

The Rise and Fall of Kirstie Alley (Again)

First,  it was Jenny Craig that was supposed to be the saving grace.

That diet did not work out for her.

Was it really a surprise given the statistics?

 

It really wasn’t her fault as she had many resources that any human could possibly want and a great financial reward.

After she gained it back Kirstie sought to fight her public weight loss again on her own reality show and started show some progress.

After the show? She sort of disappeared from the TV airwaves.

It wasn’t until recently when she showed up in the public. She did not appear to be the happiest person- as I know that feeling when you try and hide in shame. The one thing that I have learned in the last two or three years making this film is that Kirstie should not be embarrassed or ashamed as she did not fail at dieting. The dieting failed her.

It just tears me apart emotionally that we all blame ourselves and try and hide away as if we are social outcasts.

There are deeper problems that I can’t wait to share with you in our film but I promise you all that it is not any of your faults so please learn to try to give yourself some slack.

It is going to take some time and there is no quick fix. It is possible though. So Kirstie, please come back in the public eye and be proud. I would much rather see you work on yourself for awhile then just drop fifty pounds in a month for Jenny.

 

Big People on the Big Screen

Growing up in America, I was one of many under the false assumption while watching the various films and movies that always featured larger-sized people as stupid and meaningless stereotyped roles. The heavy are portrayed in sitcoms and movies as either the “funny, lovable big guy” or the “evil lecherous enemy in an action films”…this was, and still is, the way of the world.

There certainly hasn’t been any leading role out there for a specific heavy actor, as evidently they would not embody the real America that we all have come to know.

Yet, slowly but surely I’ve noticed certain celebrities stepping their feet in the spotlight. Oprah is on an untouchable level…and other celebs such as Philip Seymour Hoffman, Michael Moore, Elizabeth Taylor and Jennifer Hudson are making a hefty paycheck for numerous roles.

Oh, but that’s right, Ms. Hudson is now thin so she doesn’t count anymore.

 

What does it take for larger-sized people to be considered equal to their counter-parts? Are we not on the same playing field because of our body size and/or shape? Is that not considered a form of prejudice?

Personally, I am finding a secret to “thin-hood” is having societal compassion and acceptance for all, regardless of ones weight. Full-figured actors-especially in today’s society-would depict a true to form reality and story on the big screen.

The big screen is for big people too.

 

 

The Starvation Diet

I feel that I am taking off the weight, my pants are not as tight and I can walk a bit more. I am counting every single calorie I put in my mouth.  I even bought a bag of carrots for the first time in ages. However, today I woke up extremely tired.

For the last couple of days, I have experienced a loss of energy. My walks have been tortures. Just getting up is tiring. I am falling asleep while reading. I have trouble focusing and remembering things.

I thought it was a side effect from my meds. I have just realized it is coming from my new diet. The most I have eaten in the last week is 1400 calories but lately I ate less than 1000 calories. I know I am under-eating but I am so concerned about what I eat that I am becoming scared of food.

I have no appetite. I thought it was a good thing and it would help me lose weight but I am feeling very weak. I am just really not that hungry. I have this new challenge of eating less and less.  When I look at my food log and see the calorie counts go down, it excites me. All I care about is keeping the numbers low.

There is a lot of research out there on healthy eating but not much on what to eat when you’re not hungry.  I don’t want to force-feed myself. What’s the worse that can happen if I continue eating like this?

 

Hiding From The Truth

In the last couple of years I gained a significant amount of weight. I feel a bit shameful when I think about it; after all, I am working on a documentary called “Finding Thin”…

Last week, I stayed in bed most of the time. I did not move or eat much. I did not keep track of what I ate or how much I walked. My clothes have been getting tighter and tighter and I haven’t been able to do anything about it. I think I have been hiding from my issues and myself a bit too much.

I started seeing a new doctor. She is a general physician and used to be heavy too so she can totally relate to what I am going through. I thought of canceling the appointment this week because I know that I haven’t been doing what she asked me to. I feel like a kid that hasn’t done his homework.

I don’t understand: One day I get up and feel like I can do anything, the next day a cold hits me and I am back in bed. Some other days, I can’t take my back and neck pains anymore and I end up medicating myself so much that I cannot think straight. I think sleeping and medications are supposed to help me. When I sleep, I don’t think and I am not in pain, that’s why people who know me have seen me more often laying down on a couch than sitting at a desk. I don’t think I am being lazy.

This week I have to step on the scale. I am worried I will be heavier than 2 weeks ago. I read this book that advises neither getting up on the scale or worrying about numbers, they say it’s about clothing sizes. Last time I checked, I am wearing 3XL and it feels as painful as knowing that I weigh 344 pounds.

I am a bit lost. I think I want to change but I am not finding the continuous strength and motivation to do so. I keep on telling myself I will make it through but I always get back to not exercising enough and eating unhealthy.

Am I lying to myself or is change just an illusion?