Newsletter Update

Due to our other projects we are a little delayed on the primier of our newsletter, but we still plan on getting it going and in full swing within the next few weeks if all goes as planned.  In the meantime we will be working on a video blog that is going to be housed at www.mystilettos.wordpress.com. If you have given us information for the newsletter we will be posting the ads and info on the blog and also announcing it during our video feeds.

So visit the “In My Stilettos” blog for more great information.

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Obesity and Our Ancestors

My father has this annoying way of throwing in a sentence to each and every conversation that we have.  It goes like this “when I was growing up…”  although the end of it changes depend on the discussion the jist is always the same.  But as I think about it one of his when I was growing up statements has some truth to it “When I was growing up obesity wasn’t a problem there where no fat people and if they where fat they where very healthy” he typically says that with conviction along with the no one died of cancer, heart attacks, etc.

But with his obesity comment he might have it right.  Our ancestors where hunter-gatherers and they ate very little sugar now a days according to studies we eat about a third of a pound of sweetener a day and although we eat the about the same amount of fat it’s the “bad” or saturated fat that we eat.

In less than 40 years our diets have changed drastically.  Studies state that 50% of the money we make goes to eating out.  Not to mention the fact that our foods now a day are loaded with chemicals and again sugar and sodium.  You look at labels and you’ll see fructose, sucrose, etc. in just about everything.

And of course to put the icing on the cake with all the great technology we don’t even spend much time outside. Everyone is inside watching tv, playing on the computer, chatting, etc. 

So my dad is on to something he’s right in his day obesity rates where almost non existent because they where outside in the field food was cooked at home sugar was a treat not a staple in food. 

We need to step back a bit and try the home cooking and getting outdoors and eliminating added sugars and bad fats to our diets.

Our Printed Newsletter is Almost Ready!

Just a gentle reminder to anyone wanting to share their own weight loss success story, tip, idea, information.  We need all articles submitted to sparrow@stilettoteez.com no later than August 15th.

And don’t forget our Ask The Sparrow Section where you can ask questions and receive advice on fashion, weight loss, romance and anything else you’d like to get a tip on those questions need to be submitted also by August 15th.

Looking to advertise? Send us your JPEG Business Card size image to Sparrow@stilettoteez.com it’s $25 for your ad spot.

If you have any questions feel free to contact us.

Obesity Rates are Up.

USA TODAY — More than 75 million adult Americans – 1 in 4 – are officially obese, with new government data showing that nine states had obesity rates of 30% or more last year. In 2007 the figure was three, and in 2000 it was zero.

 In its report released today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention called obesity an “epidemic” and “a major public health threat.”

Overall, non-Hispanic black women and Hispanics have the highest rates of obesity – 41.9% and 30.7%, respectively. Among states, Mississippi had the highest rate, 34%. Joining it in the over-30 crowd were Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee and West Virginia. —

Although there are some overweight/obese individuals out there who lead active and healthy lives.  Obesity does take it toll on the body.  For the most part I was pretty  healthy up until two years leading to my surgery when the obesity finally started to affect me and really put a strain on my body. 

I started to have problems with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) that almost made me a prisoner in my own home, later my hips started to deteriorate and unfortunately I continue to have problems with my hip as a result.  My Blood Pressure was out of control and I was taking multiple meds to keep it down and although I still have High Blood Pressure it has been under control since my surgery and only requires 1 pill a day.  My asthma which I’ve had since I was five years old was also an issue and considering that Diabetes runs in my family I had also been diagnosed with pre diabetes. 

There is so much physical stuff that happens to your body when your excessively over weight or as they say morbidly obese.  And there is also so much psychological stuff that goes on to.  The self-esteem, the teasing if you’re an overweight kid.   And yes there are people out there who although obese have great self-esteem so I speak from a personal stance when it comes to obesity and how it affected me. 

One of the issues that hits me deeply however is obesity among kids.  As this new technological age comes into full swing our kids are outside and moving less and less.  They stay in playing videos, watching tv and chatting on the internet.  Not only has this in my opinion affected the rate of obesity but it’s also affected their socialization.  Something as parents, if you are one that is, need to take into consideration.

In order to curb this “Epidemic” as they are calling we need start with our kids.  Get them outside, get them socializing, take them to the park/playground. Give them healthy snacks and for Gods sake I don’t mean to tell them they can never have a cupcake or cookie again (that angle often backfires). But I’m sure you get the drift start with the kids. 

And in the begining

According to Forbes the US ranks at #9 for having the highest percentage of overweight people ages 15 and up in the world.  The #1 country is a small country called Nauru which the US again according to Forbes outranks in population by over 20,000 people this means that technically we probably rank as #1 in the obesity chart.

I’m not an expert I’m not a doctor, a specialist or therapist but I know what it’s like to be obese. I use to weigh 280lbs and at 5”2 I struggled with everyday things as simple as walking up the steps at home.  Shopping was insane I hated going shopping because I couldn’t find anything that fit and when I did it wasn’t the nicest outfit and boy taking a stroll through a plus size clothing shop now a days simple amazes me everything is stylish and trendy but that wasn’t the case when I was a younger and I remember clearly the frustration of not finding something that fits.

 Sparrow News is a way to give out a little support to those who are pre or post op, considering the surgery, trying to lose weight on their own and even those people that are overweight and feeling fit, healthy and well. 

If you’re looking for support, information or want to share your own story email me at Sparrow@stilettoteez.com.  I look foward to hearing from everyone.

Welcome to Sparrow News

 I started the process of my weight loss almost 7 years ago.  At the point of making the life changing decision I was 33 years old, a single mom and didn’t know anyone who had, had the surgery.  Every thing I learned about weight loss surgery was learned through website, chatrooms and foot work.

It was hard because here I was embarking on this journey alone and not only did I not know anyone who had the surgery I also was met with resists from those around me about even getting the surgery done in the first place.  It wasn’t an easy decision especially when I had my mom who is also obese crying about my death. Your going to die, why can’t you just stay the way you are is what I heard a lot.  What prompted me to go ahead and have the surgery? Well the truth was I had already died a little inside and if I continued  the way I was eventually the obesity would do me in.  At 33 I weighed 280 lbs, needed a cane to walk, suffered from Asthma, High Blood Pressure and was borderline diabetic.

Eventually about 2 weeks before my scheduled surgery date I found a small support group that I attended, many of the people there having the gastric bypass or the lapband placed and most of them struggling with their new life style.  After my surgery most of my support was through this very small group and through research and websites.  Unfortunately the small size of the group made it difficult to continue and eventually it disbanded.

And here I am 7 years later and that support seems to be harder to find.  As a result of this I have decided to start a small printed newsletter for those who are post or pre op and those who have struggle with weight, eating issues and physical fitness.

The newsletter is called Sparrow News and will be having its debut in August the month of my official 7th year anniversary. 

I’m looking for contributors for the newsletter.

If you want to share your expertise in

  • Fitness
  • Healthy
  • Eating/Food/Cooking
  • Mental health
  • Fashion
  • Even tattoo artist and body modification experts

let me know this is a great way to plug yourself, business or expert advice. 

We also have sponsorships available for $25 we will place your business size card ad on the newsletter. 

This newsletter will be distributed to hospitals, doctor office, and businesses in the Fairfield and Westchester County area to start and we plan to expand as time permits.

If your interested in contributing to the newsletter or sponsoring please contact me at sparrow@stilettoteez.com.