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Paula Deen’s Butter Flavored Career Is Over

ImagePaula Deen’s Butter Flavored Career Is Over

Deen recently came forward revealing that she has diabetes.

Coincidentally at the same time of her new endorsement deal with a very reputable diabetic testing company.

Is this the financial reward for revealing that she has this terrible condition. Does Paula deserve the great acknowledgment for making the revelation after years of promoting butter and other fattening foods.

I don’t remember moderation ever discussed every week and now Paula has the price to pay for it.

What about all the overweight fans that have to rethink how they cook now that Paula has seen the light.

How many years of damage has Paula done to her body with those tasty recommendations?

Maybe a disclaimer or warning should have been put before each show.

How can Paula Deen be the new weight loss champion? Why should we listen to someone who was in denial for so many years while she preached questionable recipes.

Should Paula Deen have to take responsibility to her legion of supporters and fans?

It’s one thing to be a overweight person or celeb who suddenly loses weight and wants to help others.

It is quite another to totally ignore it and preach the great use of butter in ones food.

I woke up one morning overweight and diabetic. Does that make me a great spokesperson or hero for change.

I would like to hear Paula Deen apologize and admit that she was flat wrong.

Let Paula actually take responsibility for her own actions and any way that it might have negatively effected other peoples lives.

Why should we put this nice lady back on the air until she does.

Shouldn’t there be laws to protect us from bad advice? Or is it just pure entertainment at the cost of we, the overweight fans that watch her.

On a side note, I do like butter and think it does have a place in peoples diet. Just in moderation as everything else.

Paula, your a very nice person and fun to watch on the television. Just don’t preach what you knew was bad advice all these years and now expect me to applaud your admission.

I want good nutritional cooking advice from someone not making a profit from her own mistakes.

Oops, I forgot this is most of todays reality weight loss and cooking shows.

The 99 Cent Fast Food Diet

The 99 Cent Fast Food Diet That Works

Yes You Can!

Yes You Can!

 

Over the last decade, I have heard so many things against the so called 99 cent meals. Fast food was terrible for you and the cause of my obesity. It must be taken off my list of choices to stop at and I would be banished to eating at home for the rest of my life.

Yet now that I am on Weight Watchers, I am told I can eat anything I want. Just with a more informed take on things.

At first I thought they were just telling me what I wanted to hear. Boy was I pleasantly surprised to be wrong. I just need to understand how it all plays into my health and daily intake.

So after venturing over to my local Wendy’s, I looked at what choices I did have for 99 cents.

There were frosty’s and some other questionable items. Yet there were also baked potatoes, chili and broiled chicken sandwiches. Really good tasting. They even listed the calories on the menu for most items and gave me great suggestions.

I had always thought that information was supposed to be hidden in the dark cellars or bank vaults for no one to ever see. Fast food was supposed to be evil and I should not ever go near it. Yet with so many different selections, I could now pick a heck of a lot of cheaper foods and still make tasty decisions that won’t come back to haunt me. Sort of like a whole bunch of other decisions in my life I made but came to regret. That is a time for another story though.

Yet how could this be. I thought I was going to have to eat at home forever like a hermit. That or find a expensive restaurant that would prepare the meals exactly the way I wanted.

Boy was I pleasantly wrong.

I was now able to eat and feel no guilt while being able to save some well needed money. In this economy that was a bargain.

So where were the pounds. How could a baked potato with cheese, a grilled chicken sandwich and a small chili keep me thin?

Fast food restaurants were supposed to make me fat. They were the ones pushing all those double hamburgers and fries down my throat. Or were they?

When I went to order, I had choices on the menu from a whole bunch of different good foods. Most with the calories listed right there for me to see and nobody was screaming at me to buy them.

So after telling myself I could go there without fear, I have visited a few more times in the last week and find it so much easier to buy what I want without any terrible guilt or temptation.

I actually enjoyed the grilled chicken. There were great other like caesar wraps and other salads as well.

It was just choosing to have one, not the three or four I used to order. I saw thin people making those choices as well and I know they are not all that different from me. They are not starving to death and look pretty happy.

Suddenly I was eating like a normal person without any fear of gaining weight. I did not feel hungry and was starting to lose weight. Taking off those pounds that were making me feel so sick all these years was the greatest feeling of success.

I began to understand that it was not fast food restaurants that were making me fat. It was not even the grocery stores that put the bakery in the front of the store or even all those yummy commercials for the newest sugary deserts or cereals on television.

All I had to do was eat what were some reasonable choices made with some guidance. For me it was the Weight Watchers 360 program that helped open my eyes. Yet there are other programs for people that might want something different. I am a fan of over eaters anonymous or personal therapists to figure out more about why I make some of the choices that I do.

I was so much happier that I no longer had to cary any disdain or avoid every fast food restaurant I see from my car.

It was all about what my choices and what to order when I was there. I was the one with the power to make my own choices. Diet communism was over!

I even found that if the calories were not present, they had them behind the counter or online. Either way, pretty easy access. Some states now even require fast food restaurants to list the calories right up there for all to see.

So the list of the blame game becomes one major step less, as the 99 cent weight loss plan began to work.

I love choices and now have so many more.

New Diet Pills: Our Friend or Enemy?

Well here we go again. It’s been a decade or so since the last medical fiasco with diet pills. One went off the market and one is still around. Yet people in our country are getting heavier with each passing second. I should know.  I’m one of those people.

Now comes the FDA’s probable approval of another new diet pill. This new one is a mix of two older drugs put together to give you a nice kick-start. Yet what happens after the first few months? Will all my temptations be gone? Will they stop all those yummy looking food commercials and take away all the cookies and ice cream from the end of the store isles?  The answer is, no way! So then what is going to be different this time?

If I am no longer hungry, will I never want another pizza or piece of cake for dessert?  Will I stop eating out of emotion or stalking the kitchen at night? I really don’t see any indications that this is going to help me think any differently. Just because you tie my mouth closed, staple my stomach, or make me very feel ill if I eat too much, does not mean that I will start feeling differently towards those foods. Its almost as bad as sending someone for aversion therapy. It has never been shown to be effective and it is just cruel torture. Our country has to stop looking at ways to control our hunger and instead control the much bigger problem. Obesity is crawling up the front lawns of almost half our country.

Think about all your friends and family. Is there anyone in that group who could stand to lose some weight?  Is it more then one person?  It’s time to find a cure. So I encourage anyone considering diet pills to think long term about how you will feel if it does not work out. All of the money you will have spent and the many side effects to probably experience for nothing, just makes me wonder if it’s even worth going through.

Lets not rely on a magical cure and instead stick together to help each other. That’s where hope begins and the cure starts to arise.

-Barry

When Emotional Eating Changes Form

Since I moved out to L.A. to finish the film and start a new life, I have found it a bit stressful.  You are hit with so many things at once. New friends you need to make. So much stuff to buy and learn about.  I began to wonder if I could take this personally or professionally.

Luckily, I am very good at what I do and will let nothing deter me from my true mission of making this film.

Fortunately during this trying time I have not turned to food for comfort.  This new dieting strategy has brought about major weight loss and resulted in a much better state of personal health.

I was very happy with this result.   Made me wonder if I had finally beaten those demons that had been pestering me my whole life?  Well the answer actually is yes and no.

Even though I had put away my anger and emotions towards past issues in my life, there were still stressors.  With emotional eating gone, I really had no way to deal with them now.

Suddenly though, I found myself in a very new situation.  I was actually not hungry anymore.  I wasn’t even eating during most of the day. There were times that I would eat less than a thousand calories a day.

I have always known emotional eating is about using food as a tool to deal with your emotions. What I did not realize is that by not eating when I am stressed or emotional, this was also using food as a tool.

Emotional eating could be both the consumption and lack of consumption of food.

I was blown away. There were truly two sides to this coin.

Well, as with everything in life and especially this documentary… I have more to learn and more to share.

If anyone else has gone down this road, I would really like to hear your stories or thoughts. So feel free to post in the comments section, facebook.com/findingthin, or anywhere I can read/watch it!

Sharing is the best part of getting through this and helping others.

I will report back more often now that I am settled out here in California.

Thank you for reading.

-Barry

How To Start Exercising Again After Weight Gain

How To Start Exercising Again After Putting On Weight

I used to be able to walk two miles in under thirty minutes. This was when I weighed about two hundred pounds.
Now of course I am quite a bit heavier and have not walked any significant distance in over four years. Most of it was spent in a car traveling the country shooting the documentary ‘Finding Thin’. Probably would have been good to get out and do some activity somewhere.
Now when I go out for a walk, I can go a couple blocks but then give out with heavy breathing. If going up hill, I am really in trouble.
There must be a way to make it back.
The weight has finally started to come off over the last few months but as I know so well, there is a major component missing. I have got to get out there and walk.
I think back to the days when I was well over four hundred pounds and just started two houses at a time. I then built up house by house until I was really down in weight and kicking butt.
This time around though, I am out here in the hills of L.A. and that does make it more interesting and a heck of a lot tougher. Though when I get to the easier parts I get to walk past Warner Brothers and I love their studio lot.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to walk for weight loss as much as just the endorphin rush feeling better.
It is just a struggle to do that I am wondering if there are other exercises that I should to until more of the weight comes off first.
Every pound down makes it even easier to walk up.
I am sure that others of you heavy and thin have gone through this. It is so discouraging at times to be starting over but I am the most stubborn person who will not give up. The word no does not exist in my vocabulary. I like to find a way around walls.
So if any of you have been through this and have any suggestions, I really could use the help.

Eating Less Can Cause Weight Gain

When Eating Less Causes Weight Gain

Ever since the last month, I have found my self not eating emotionally anymore. This was one of my biggest problems and I was so glad to get past it. A wish come true. Yet with ever road I pass, there is always a speed bump or two. The latest one came to me while working ten hour days cutting ‘Finding Thin’ and taking meetings. I discovered I was eating far less then I should be. There was just so much to do that I was neglecting to eat enough. It was slowing down my metabolism and causing me to tire easily and for my weight loss to slow. Who would have though that would be even be possible? I would have dreamed for a problem like that. Well… maybe not.
When growing up I was always thought that less was more. If you went lower on the calories, you would lose more weight. That is so not the case. It really is a game of balance. Not too much and not too little. Finding that sense of balance is not easy by any way but imaginable. Yet it is actually enjoyable since I get to eat more of the foods that I enjoy and do now feel stronger. This was one of the things that I liked about the new Weight Watchers program. It did not deprive me. It made it much easer then counting calories and made sense to me.
As a former dieter, I knew how to skip on the calories but that was not the answer.
Now with diabetes. it makes it even the more a bit more difficult sometimes in choices but nowhere near impossible. I am already finding that the diabetes is going down which means I can stay off the insulin. This of course thrills me. After all, who likes sticking themselves with needles. Though there are millions that are forced to every day and I pray we can beat this dreaded disease one day. I am so fortunate enough to be able to now control this through different eating substitutions. You notice I don’t say diet much since I hate the word.
There are some people out there that have ways they recommend to trick your body but that just seems wrong. My body has gone through enough and deserves to be treated better.
So as I make it past emotional eating, I just have to remind myself to eat enough and at the right times during the day.
The next obstacle is learning to start walking again without wanting to fall over.
I would love to hear from anyone who face those same challenges that I do.

The Weight Loss Journey Comes To A Close, A New Chapter Begins

The Weight Loss Journey Comes To A Close A New Chapter Begins

I have traveled over half the country in search of losing weight. Had the chance to meet over three hundred experts and celebrities during shooting the upcoming film ‘Finding Thin’. I started at one weight and ended up gaining more while trying some of the new diets that might have that magic bullet. This was not what was supposed to happen. Yet my mission was to set out to save the world. That was until I found out that I needed to save myself first, then I could figure out the rest. The funny thing is that it took until that last few miles when I moved out to L.A. to really have it kick in. This was my last destination on the journey and a place that I was to call home.
The last year had many changes in my life. I had lost two of my beloved pets, a very close friend who turned out to be a wolf in a sheep cloths and most importantly… myself.
Then it began to change. I suddenly began to find myself. No longer did I find the need for emotional eating. Of course that brought many challenges. Yet I never stopped and was able to continue on and grow the movie to the finest state it has ever been in as well as myself personally.
We have some of the finest names and I don’t know where to begin thanking people.
Do I start with Jillian Michaels who really opened the door for us and showed me that we don’t always have to be victims. Or was it Dr. Michael Roizen over at The ‘Cleveland Clinic’ who showed me that I don’t need to feel so old and can reverse the process. He also introduced me to the mighty ‘Health Corps’ created by the efforts of Dr. Oz and ran by the lovely Michelle Bouchard. Then of course there was Bob Harper of ‘The Biggest Loser’ who was so real and made me laugh so hard. Then there was Tony Horton of ‘P90X’, not only the strongest guy for his young age but I am not sure he ever takes a breath. He is that good.. Then I begin to think of David Wallace of ‘Weight Watchers’ who helped get me back on track’. Of course I cant forget the king of comedy George Wallace or the wit and heart of actress Carlease Burke. There are just so many great people that have changed my life and contributed to making this movie that that much more. I have enough material to make three films. There are just so many names to thank. I just hope they help to bring the change and hope to your life as they have to mine. This has been the greatest honer and chance that I could have ever been given. Far from what I ever had hoped for. Beating my wildest dreams.
As I settle in now for the final phase of the movie and make my new home in L.A., I will be writing more frequently. Not to push the film, which I hope you will see, but to be there for you with new thoughts and stories form the battles lines each and every day. Have hope for this is a journey we take together.

Be Well

Barry Roskin Blake
Producer/Director
Finding Thin