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Old 03-22-2006, 06:16 AM   #1
Dojo: Sheffield Shodokan Dojo
Location: Sheffield, UK
Join Date: Jun 2001
Posts: 524
The fat man walking.

I just happened across this link on another forum:

"It began as an unheralded coast-to-coast walk designed to help morbidly obese Steve Vaught lose weight."

"But the more I have gone on, the weight loss has become secondary, and the more I have seen the value in the journey."

Quite uplifting stuff, if I lived along the route I think I'd go and walk along with him for a mile or two.

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Old 03-23-2006, 05:11 PM   #2
Steve Mullen
Dojo: White Rose (Sunderland)
Location: Washington
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 270
Re: The fat man walking.

Suddenly puts my 1.5 mile jog on a dinnertime into proportion

"No matter your pretence, you are what you are and nothing more." - Kenshiro Abbe Shihan
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Old 03-24-2006, 04:02 AM   #3
Location: Canada
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 45
Re: The fat man walking.

Just as a side note... If the primary goal is to lose weight, physical activity isn't a key factor there, although it doesn't harm of course.
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Old 03-24-2006, 10:42 AM   #4
Lorien Lowe
Dojo: Northcoast Aikido
Location: California
Join Date: Jul 2002
Posts: 289
Re: The fat man walking.

I Dunno, Dmitry -
the only times I've lost fat by 'diet' has been when I was depressed, as when my dog went through a long illness and then died last fall - when I felt so awful that I just couldn't be bothered to eat much for about a month. Otherwise, my shape shows a pretty clear inverse relationship with the ammount of exercise I get.

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Old 03-24-2006, 03:08 PM   #5
Dojo: Sheffield Shodokan Dojo
Location: Sheffield, UK
Join Date: Jun 2001
Posts: 524
Re: The fat man walking.

I don't buy it either. Exercise is at least as important as diet in weight control, imo.

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Old 03-26-2006, 04:19 PM   #6
Dojo: Sand Drift Aikikai, Cocoa Florida
Location: Melbourne, Florida
Join Date: Jun 2000
Posts: 824
Re: The fat man walking.

If you go to the site and then click on his FAQ then you will see that he knows he as to eat right, too.

What is Steve eating?

In the beginning of this walk my eating habits were deplorable. Now, through a great deal of struggle, they are much better.

I liken the process of relearning proper habits to that of teaching a child good behavior. It is like there is a child/parent dynamic inside an obese person. There is the rational side that tries to remind you to eat well and not stuff yourself and then there is the irrational-impulsive side that just wants instant gratification. The missing element is authority. Once a person believes that the ability of self control is out of their hands then authority to compel the child side to do the right thing is gone. In short, when you think you have lost control, you have.

It took me a long time to come to this conclusion, and even longer to accept it. But now I am very conscious of the food that I put into my body. Now I think of food not as entertainment but as fuel and in this manner I only need what I need and no more.

Now the dilemma here is that as a nation we a nutritionally handicapped, most people don't understand what good balanced nutrition is and even worse we are hooked on fried foods, carbohydrates and hollowness. I have had many struggles to learn to exist above this but it remains a battle even now.

Anne Marie Giri
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