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All I want is a little Summer Love, is that too much to ask for?
Apparently so.

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It started with chairs, actually it started with tickets. Well, really, it started with the idea that we could have an evening alone. We bought tickets for the Britt Festival. The spouse and I were going to have an evening away, just the two of us.

Just the two of us
We can make it if we try
Just the two of us, just the two of us
Just the two of us
Building castles in the sky
Just the two of us, you and I

I could hear the music, I could feel the mood.  

We decided on Garrison Keillor. We called for tickets for The Summer Love Tour. We are making arrangements to have someone stay with our 19 year old, who has down syndrome. We are getting ready to have an evening of "Summer Love". Reserved seating was sold out so we got tickets on the lawn. A few days ago the tickets arrived.

But the lawn has rules:

Lawn chairs are not allowed in blanket seating areas at any time, either before or during concerts. Limited space is available for lawn chairs on the sides behind the reserved seating. Sand chairs, back rests, etc. are allowed in blanket seating areas only if the back legs are four (4) inches or less in length. Back rests may not exceed shoulder height.

So, with my health issues, I set out to find a comfortable seat with back legs four inches or less in length...... That way we could enjoy the show and still be in shape for hand holding at a local motel :)

But, I was soon to discover, chairs of this type were designed to hold size 2 females in a bikini at the beach. The spouse and I would require chairs that could hold 250 plus pound adults.
Hmmm, this should be easy. But it isn't.

I found a couple of sand chairs at a local drug store. They looked flimsy and narrow. How do you discretely check to see if your butt fits in a foldable chair in a public store? Maybe I should bring a tape measure and my own body dimensions with me as I shop, that would be logical. A store clerk asked if I needed help, I wondered "does this chair fit my butt?" but decided not to ask. I was going to wait until I was alone in the aisle, but I remembered You-tube and store cameras. Who really wants to be the newest you-tube sensation by getting caught on camera comparing your oversized behind to various seat dimensions?

When you live in a country where 75% of adults are predicted to be overweight by 2015 it should be simple to find a chair for a fat girl. But Supersize Nation hasn't caught up with chair manufacturing. Is it me? Or is America missing out on an industry we could be first in. The engineering of Adaptive Technology for Operative Mechanics to Assist Basic Obese Manufacturing. Or  ATOM-BOM as I have just named it.

You see, it isn't just these chairs. I have had trouble finding exercise equipment that will hold our weight. Clothes? I have to buy them online. Our mattress? We are getting a new topper as 500 pounds of burning love has put a sizable dent in the middle of the bed. It just goes on and on. Really, if 75% of us are going to be fat in a few years shouldn't it be harder to find that chair for a size 2 bikini wearer?

I understand if industry doesn't want to embrace a stampede of overweight consumers (don't do a visual, it will just hurt your eyes). The aisles in stores would need to be wider. Airplanes would need to have larger seats. The thin and malnourished would claim minority status. It would be the world turned upside down. So, I suppose the answer is that the husband and I learn how to weigh less, take care of our health and eventually fit in a standard chair. A chair that is allowed to be used on the lawn of the Britt Festival.  

Health News of interest:
Salsa, guacamole -- and a side order of food-borne illness.
1 in 25 food-borne illness outbreaks can be traced back to salsa and guacamole, ever wonder how long that salsa has been on the table?

Hot flashes? Losing weight may help.
"If you're a woman who is overweight or obese, you can substantially improve your hot flashes by losing weight through diet and exercise," says Alison Huang, M.D., the lead author of the study and a professor of internal medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.

Gene Linked to Obesity May Also Raise Dementia Risk.
Research has shown a link between the FTO gene, obesity, levels of leptin and dementia.

FDA:'Significant' Weight Loss With Qnexa; Review Set.
Vivus Inc. has a new weight loss drug that the FDA is considering.

Originally posted to debbieleft on Tue Jul 13, 2010 at 01:46 PM PDT.

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  •  Does this tip jar look (23+ / 0-)


    I've got an unfinished short story about Schrodinger's Dog; it was mostly moaning about all the attention the cat was getting~Terry Pratchett

    by debbieleft on Tue Jul 13, 2010 at 01:32:46 PM PDT

  •  Looks to me like you just wrote (9+ / 0-)

    a potentially sucessful business plan.....good luck with the chair!

    The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only legitimate object of good government. - Thomas Jefferson

    by ctexrep on Tue Jul 13, 2010 at 01:53:14 PM PDT

  •  Even the "regular" canvas folders... (2+ / 0-)
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    Sychotic1, debbieleft

    have weight limitations. 200 pounds, I think. At least the bargain basement one I got a while back.

    I suggest pillows, rather than something that is a metal construction.

    The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it -- GB Shaw

    by kmiddle on Tue Jul 13, 2010 at 02:14:46 PM PDT

  •  I would not normally post a commercial (7+ / 0-)

    but your topic reminded me of this very funny TV ad Geico is running.

  •  Here's one: (4+ / 0-)
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    joy221, NC Dem, kyril, debbieleft

    I just strained/sprained my ankle last night. I can barely move today. How can I keep up with my exercise routine when I can't bear much weight on my right leg?

    I usually work out at work, lots of curls and walking back and forth in my tiny office. This is going to be a major setback.

    (And of course I don't have health insurance, so of course I can't go see a doctor! I'm not Bill Gates!)

    On Sara Palin: "That an Idiot." -- Keith Olbermann

    by allergywoman on Tue Jul 13, 2010 at 02:20:10 PM PDT

    •  Do you have any access to a pool? (3+ / 0-)
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      NC Dem, debbieleft, allergywoman

      Swimming is a great non-weight-bearing, no impact workout.

    •  Afraid you can't (9+ / 0-)

      and should not try!
      Let me give my fast nursy lecture on this one.
      The key to quickest recovery is the famous RICE.

      Ice should be 20 minutes at a time, several times per day for the first few days.
      Elevate as much at possible to minimize swelling.

      Don't try to do real exercise again until you can do it pretty much pain free.
      It's better to take a short break now than exacerbate the injury and be forced to a longer break later.

      "I was asked what I thought of the mainstream media. I said I thought it would be a good idea" - Amy Goodman.

      by Chico David RN on Tue Jul 13, 2010 at 02:25:32 PM PDT

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      •  Sigh. (3+ / 0-)
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        ladybug53, kyril, debbieleft

        Okay. Thanks. I hate having to miss out, though. It makes me feel like a failure.

        On Sara Palin: "That an Idiot." -- Keith Olbermann

        by allergywoman on Tue Jul 13, 2010 at 02:27:39 PM PDT

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        •  try leg lifts (4+ / 0-)
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          ladybug53, kyril, debbieleft, cdkipp

          and half situps.  Stuff that you can do lying down.  I am very sympathetic -- I love to walk and when I had foot surgery and a torn achilles tendon just two years apart, and three years after a broken ankle, I gained weight and lost energy and tone.  It has taken me a while to get back from that, but I am now walking again and loving it (whether at the gym or at home).  You might look at doing exercising at a local Y or some such thing -- an excercycle should provide you with help and those places usually aren't too expensive, if you have any disposable income.  

    •  Check out some of the Pilates exercises. (1+ / 0-)
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        Many are core workouts where you are on your back or side. Do push ups from the knee down position or planks in the same position. Lots of Yoga positions for flexibility are from a lying or sitting position. The Superman position where you lift your legs and upper body off the mat while lying on your stomach is great for the lower back if done slowly and for only a few seconds at a time.

      "Training is simply a stimulus being applied to the body with the purpose of getting a specific adaptation." Craig Ballantyne

      by NC Dem on Tue Jul 13, 2010 at 04:33:18 PM PDT

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    •  Situps, pushups (1+ / 0-)
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      and upper-body weightlifting.

  •  Don't know if this will help (2+ / 0-)
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    kyril, debbieleft

    Have you shopped online? Here's a website that has extra-wide stadium seats that look very sturdy.

  •  We needed a step stool to reach high shelves (3+ / 0-)
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    Sychotic1, kyril, debbieleft

    Our workplace had lots of files that get filed high, but my co-workers had been using the bad office chairs stuck in the back room to climb on top of file cabinets for years. I pitched a fit after somebody got their head whacked back there, so the office manager went over to Lowe's and got a step-stool rated for....175 pounds. The mgr. might be a size 2, but her rationale was definitely "get the cheap one".  

    I had to very calmly say- "have you actually looked at the staff lately?"  There wasn't a soul who needed those files that was under 200 pounds, including the ladies, and a few of us are closer to 300 than anyone will admit.

    We compromised with a 250 pound limit step-stool. My strategy is to drag the heavy files to the edge of the shelf/cabinet, then get off the step-stool to pull it the rest of the way down. I figure the files can take the hit.

    "I'm not a humanitarian. I'm a hell-raiser." Mother Jones

    by histopresto on Tue Jul 13, 2010 at 02:25:36 PM PDT

    •  And BTW, about the chairs... (3+ / 0-)
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      kyril, debbieleft, SoCaliana

      Buy two cheapo wooden kitchen/dining room chairs at the goodwill or a yard sale, then cut off the legs at 4 inches below the seat. If they need reinforcement, just screw a couple of 1 by 3's across the legs to keep the legs from wobbling too much.  Maybe $20 to solve the problem? And they are great to garden or weed with outside.

      "I'm not a humanitarian. I'm a hell-raiser." Mother Jones

      by histopresto on Tue Jul 13, 2010 at 02:29:50 PM PDT

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      •  That is a good idea, But they need to be foldable (1+ / 0-)
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        so maybe a foldable wooden kitchen chair?
        I will look.

        I've got an unfinished short story about Schrodinger's Dog; it was mostly moaning about all the attention the cat was getting~Terry Pratchett

        by debbieleft on Tue Jul 13, 2010 at 02:49:34 PM PDT

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        •  Hmmmm.... I can see how it could be adapted. (3+ / 0-)
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          srkp23, kyril, debbieleft

          You saw off the 2 back supports about 4 inches above the seat.

          Next, you screw a 6 inch piece of 1 by 2 onto the back of the lower 4 inch seat section, leaving 3 inches of that piece sticking up over the top of the back supports.

          You stick the back of the chair onto the seat where it came from, then use a pencil to mark where you're going to install 2 hinges on the supports to fold the back down onto the seat.

          Finally, you screw a couple of knife hinges onto the two cut ends of the supports.

          Yeah, I know, it would be a big old pain in the tookus, but I am cheap and this is repurposing. The hinges are probably $10 each, so they might be more than the chairs!

          "I'm not a humanitarian. I'm a hell-raiser." Mother Jones

          by histopresto on Tue Jul 13, 2010 at 03:07:13 PM PDT

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  •  Read This (0+ / 0-)

    Read this:

    You are fat because of what you eat.  Eating sensibly is the only way for a woman to lose weight.  Eating and exercising sensibly is the way to maintain a healthy weight.  (Due to hormones or luck or whatever, a man can lose weight by exercise and diet.)  If it takes a 1000 calorie diet for you to lose weight, blame your ancestors whose bodies put on weight to be protected during famines.  The thin families died.

    Our population is getting fatter because of what they eat and how much they eat.  The industrial food companies cannot be blamed.  They are not selling us food that simultaneously makes us fat and destroys our eyesight of the mirror and the scale.  Yes, they are selling us crap, but we buy it and we eat it.

  •  Try this place -- we've gotten stuff from them: (1+ / 0-)
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    LivingXL - they have a chair that might work, kind of pricy, but that's what I've usually found at all the big & tall stores.

    Living XL™ Heavy-Duty Sand Chair with Sun Visor
    • 650-lb. stationary weight capacity*
    • extra-wide, metal-reinforced aluminum frame
    • durable, quick-drying polyester fabric
    • weighs just 18 lbs.
    • three-position sun visor
    • extra-wide wooden armrests
    • towel bar, hanging storage pocket with multiple compartments
    • folds for easy storage and travel
    • seat size: 23 1/2"w x 23 1/2"d; seat height (from ground): 14 1/2"; back height (from ground): 37 1/2"; width between armrests: 31 1/2"; arm length: 22"
    Item #X1432.

  •  Low techie needs help (1+ / 0-)
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    Can anyone tell me if there's a way to get an email alert or something when a WHEE-tagged post goes up? (If possible, please don't talk to me about RSS feeds and whatnot, that's way over my head).

    Homer: "Marge - I'm going to a hardcore gay club and I won't be back 'til three in the morning". Marge: "Have fun!"

    by Oaktown Girl on Wed Jul 14, 2010 at 07:56:22 AM PDT

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