Kids used to call me ‘Shamu’

Kristin Gleis
Mar 23, 2010

 

I have been overweight since second or third grade. If I sit back and take that journey, I can remember the hurtful names that kids called me. Not only can I remember what they called me, I can remember exactly who was doing the name-calling. I was called “Shamu,” “Fatty,” “Whale,” “Crisco,” “Biggie Smalls,” and those are just a few.

I have never had a hard time making friends. I was not a child who just sat in the house after school and watched TV. I played outside with the neighborhood kids. I played Girl Scouts softball, and I was on the basketball team at school. When I got bored though, I would eat. I found comfort in food.

I was raised an only child by a single mother. I was by myself a lot at night when my mom worked. Food kept me company. Ronald McDonald never called me fat; he was the complete opposite. Come to my “house,” eat a cheeseburger, fries, soda, ice cream, he would say. We love you here; we even have a playroom. I enjoyed Wendy’s “house,” too. Her food was good and she always wanted you to finish your meal with a cold, chocolate treat.

If I stayed at my grandma’s, she cooked. She never cooked anything healthy, though. My grandma would make fried pork chops with fried potatoes and gravy, served with corn, bread and butter, and I never went without a cold Pepsi. After dinner, I would stuff myself with Little Debbie snacks. My grandmother until the day she died, was the ultimate junk food junky. I don't think I can ever remember a time going to my grandma's and not eating at least a box of some kind of Little Debbie snacks.

I am not that big on snacks. I like meals. I like going out to dinner at a restaurant. You can never make your food at home taste as good as the food you eat at a restaurant. Being a single mother, I find myself in the same trap as my mother. I work eight to nine hours a day, and this does not include the hour or so I am supposed to be exercising at Weigh of Life. McDonald’s is fast. I can take the kids inside so they can jump around in the play area and I can just sit there. Drive-thrus are heaven, but only if you want to stay unhealthy and overweight.  I don't.

I do not want to remain unhealthy, out of shape and, most of all, overweight. Do I have to eat healthier? Do I have to work out four, five or even six times per week? No. Do I want to do all those things 100 percent of the time? No. Do I workout as often as I am able, and do I eat as healthy as possible? Yes.

I am doing this because I want to be here to watch these three children (my half siblings) I have taken responsibility for grow into strong, healthy adults. As I watch the children grow up with a healthy lifestyle, I know I am becoming a healthier person, too.

Comments

SHERI

I look forward to reading your blogs every week.....Oh how we LOVE the Little Debbie snacks, every time we went to Moms she would have several different boxes of them, thats what she lived on, Little Debbie snacks and Pepsi. Your right McDonalds is easy, drive thru here we come, but NOT ANY MORE!!! You have been at this for 3 months now, you know you CAN do this. I had those jeans I was keeping for you, well forget them, I will go buy you an outfit when the time is right.
Keep up the good work!! I am so proud of you!!

Love Aunt Sheri

veggie girl

Congratulations, Kristin! I've been following your progress and you are doing great! It's tough when you have kids at home, but you CAN do meals that taste as good--or better!--than a restaurant. It just takes planning. the crock pot can be your best friend...or, on the nights you have the patience for it, let the kids help! The best part of this (besides the healthy eating) is the memories of both the time spent together and the recipes that become "yours" The down side is...going out to eat means you don't have to clean up the kitchen!

CM

lol

CM

It doesn't bother me that i had to sign up---I"m hooked, lol

Anonymous

Hey Jason, if the Steelers are kings of the Super Bowel, guess what the Browns are?

Hint: We flush them every year!

Anonymous

The registration will not kill the Register. The abusers are the only ones thinking and saying such things.

I do find it odd that now Nephew Nick thinks that registration is a good thing for everyone....

Anonymous

I cant believe I am saying this, but I agree with you Matt 110%. While I dont smoke, I think the government overstepped their boundries with this. I think if someone owns a business THEY should be the ones who says if people can smoke or not. No matter how hard the government tries, no way will they be able to stop people from smoking. Continue with the education of children, but a smoking ban in bars is just dumb!

Anonymous

Let the free market do its job!!! If smoking really should be banned at bars the market will do its job and force PRIVATE PROPERTY OWNERS to change the rules for their own business. Not a group of people write a poorly worded and misrepresented peice of legislation.

Of course this only happens because people that make and pass laws know that the average voter is an idiot. We prove this by constantly voting away our rights and electing the same old tired people over and over again.

Winston Smith

Reads like the man's a libertarian! Good for him.

Unfortunately, he's currently on the wrong end of the U.S. socio-economic thought spectrum that is currently stinking up Washington with its misguided sense of collectivism and its desire to steal private property.

Having a tightie sum currently invested in the markets (I beat the mkt. averages last yr. - thankyouverymuch), I agree with his risk assessment and have been dollar cost averaging into the mkt. over the last couple of months. I use mostly broadly diversified low-cost index mutual funds.

So many studies have shown that market timing (knowing when the best time is to get into the market), is next to impossible; so don’t even waste your time thinking about it.

There are people who invested back in the 1970s during the doom and gloom period of the market and are glad today that they did because they’ve been well rewarded for their efforts.

I believe that like the 1970s, we are in one of those periods. If your investment time horizon is long enough (5 years or more), I’d take the plunge. Dollar cost avg. in however.

Good primers for uninitiated investors:

‘Mutual Funds for Dummies’ & ‘Investing for Dummies.’

It’s OK to have an investment advisor, but the stories about the Bernie Madoffs of the world, merely helps to re-enforce my opinion that self-education is best.

If you have an investment advisor, AT LEAST have a modicum of knowledge so you know if the advice and guidance that he/she is providing is worth the cost of the fee structure or most importantly that you’re not investing into a scam.

IMO personal finance and investing ain’t ‘rocket-surgery,’ it just takes some time and effort to do the work.

It’s your money after all; who’s gonna look after it better than you?

I’ve yet to find a financial advisor who works as cheaply as me and produces as good of results.

Winston Smith

The Heritage Foundation’s 2009 Index of Economic Freedom:

http://www.heritage.org/Index/

The U.S. slipped to #6 this year because of decreases in fiscal freedom and the increase in size of government spending.

With the passage of the so-called economic stimulus plan, the U.S. will undoubtedly slip lower in rank in 2010 as we see more personal economic freedom ebbing away.

Sue Daugherty

I appreciate the registration change. Thank you!! It certainly cleaned up a lot of hateful comments that were made to create social tention and the loathing of others. None of it having substance or purpose. -- Sue

Kelly

Pyscho Mike wrote on Feb 6, 2009 5:12 PM:

" Hey Jason, if the Steelers are kings of the Super Bowel, guess what the Browns are?

Hint: We flush them every year! "

Fire hydrants?

Anonymous

I have the opinion that Bratton looks just like Boss Hog from The Dukes of Hazard.

I guess I should make it clear that I am talking about the TV version. Seriously, put them side by side.

SanDiegoD

During the summer, the authorities post small-craft warnings and flags are hoisted up for mariners to see. However, as noted by CNN, "Asked whether there are signs or other notification systems to discourage fishermen from going out on the ice under risky conditions, Bratton said there are only Web sites fishermen can check."

So, it seems that there is a public safety gap here. Why warn people on the lake of danger in the summer months, only to sit on your hands and do nothing in the winter? Yes, the fisherman should have known better, but everyone is not always bright enough to do the research - which is why we have public safety officials in the first place. In this case, it looks like they were asleep at the switch, though. We might well ask, who really deserves civil fines, Sherrif.

SanDiegoD

During the summer, the authorities post small-craft warnings and flags are hoisted up for mariners to see. However, as noted by CNN, "Asked whether there are signs or other notification systems to discourage fishermen from going out on the ice under risky conditions, Bratton said there are only Web sites fishermen can check."

So, it seems that there is a public safety gap here. Why warn people on the lake of danger in the summer months, only to sit on your hands and do nothing in the winter? Yes, the fisherman should have known better, but everyone is not always bright enough to do the research - which is why we have public safety officials in the first place. In this case, it looks like they were asleep at the switch, though. We might well ask, who really deserves civil fines, Sherrif?

br

SanDiegoD:

Are we really such clowns as to need the government to tell us everything. It's simple logic, 45 degrees, winds from the south, Stress cracks.... don't get on the ice. I think they should have made it a reality TV showed, called "Don't Break the Ice." Last person standing on a piece of ice, gets rescued free of charge, the rest.... well you know the rest.

myopinion

There's a couple points here that need mentioned. First, if no one can smoke at any public place, how does this impact their business? It seems more like that the recession is to blame, not a smoking ban. If people are losing jobs or just cutting back, a $4 bottle of beer is probably one of the first things to go.

Secondly, where is their concern for the health of their non-smoking patrons and employees? With the economy the way it is, many people turn to restaurants and bars as a first or second income when times get tough. As a former restaurant manager (that is a non-smoker), I came home smelling like smoke even if I didn't set foot in the smoking section. It's also a fact that restaurant employees have one of the highest rates of lung cancer. It would be easy to say "find another job", but for many people, a restaurant or bar is their profession.

I know these are tough times but bringing smoking back to bars won't save your business. Have a clean establishment with good food and service at a reasonable price and you won't need to let people smoke.

Commenter

I appreciate the registration change too and while there are still some irrelevant comments made or smart allecs trying to be funny, it has made for better rapport all the way around!
Thank you!!

Uncommon Sense

Wah, Wah... Public saftey agencies rescue idiots from themselves everyday. Examples: A car accident that occurs because the driver was going 70mph on icy roads. An airplane crash that occurs because the pilot took off in the fog. A water rescue because a boater went out in gale force winds. This was just another day in the life of being a rescue worker along the Lake Erie shoreline.

Uncommon Sense

To the Register: You need to create a way for us to keep track of the stories we have commented on. After commenting, I like to come back and see the rest of the comments. However, I often cannot find the article again because the links were removed. Also, when you put a "Just In:" story and then follow it up with a regular story, the comments end up in two different stories. It's hard to follow what others have to say since the comments are contained in two different stories.

timlavigne

the issue here is common sence. a car accident is just and accident and if someone crashes going to fast on ice then is ticket for unsafe speed to road conditons adn has to pay the price. here the ice was cracked to the point of using a board to cross over. it was stupid but there was no warning or law so there is nothing to make you think not to do it. that is the point of laws not to generate money like many think but to discourage people from unwanted behavior. you go out west in the mountains and you now when it is avalanch condition and not they have a warning system to tell people not to go. it is even to the point in some areas if you risk it you have to pay to be rescured. we do need to have a warning system and a fine if you go out when it is posted as danger time. remeber common cense don't exhist anymore if it did we would still be a free country. but also remeber accidents happen and if the ice breaks unexpected then no fines accessed.

timlavigne

warnig you must be a math wize who can not use grammer to understand below. :) i know i can't spell or use proper grammer

NineMM

Depending on the personal settings on your computer, you can access stories that were removed by clicking on the history button, and going to the day that your comment was made. It'll show pages visited. Click on sanduskyregister.com, and it will list the stories and you can view the comments. For those that don't know.
Just sayin.

Anonymous

Nicholas:
Several days ago I commented on the story about the ill man needing a kidney. Seriously, even at 74, if I was compatible, I would offer up. I had asked in the blog for anyone to give me a phone number --or some way -- to follow through. Now, that story is gone, I think. Don't know if anyone responded.
Cobbwebb

Kimo

When it's all said and done.
There will be more said than done.

And that's a good thing!

CM

lol

CM

It doesn't bother me that i had to sign up---I"m hooked, lol

Anonymous

Hey Jason, if the Steelers are kings of the Super Bowel, guess what the Browns are?

Hint: We flush them every year!

Anonymous

The registration will not kill the Register. The abusers are the only ones thinking and saying such things.

I do find it odd that now Nephew Nick thinks that registration is a good thing for everyone....

Anonymous

I cant believe I am saying this, but I agree with you Matt 110%. While I dont smoke, I think the government overstepped their boundries with this. I think if someone owns a business THEY should be the ones who says if people can smoke or not. No matter how hard the government tries, no way will they be able to stop people from smoking. Continue with the education of children, but a smoking ban in bars is just dumb!

Anonymous

Let the free market do its job!!! If smoking really should be banned at bars the market will do its job and force PRIVATE PROPERTY OWNERS to change the rules for their own business. Not a group of people write a poorly worded and misrepresented peice of legislation.

Of course this only happens because people that make and pass laws know that the average voter is an idiot. We prove this by constantly voting away our rights and electing the same old tired people over and over again.

Winston Smith

Reads like the man's a libertarian! Good for him.

Unfortunately, he's currently on the wrong end of the U.S. socio-economic thought spectrum that is currently stinking up Washington with its misguided sense of collectivism and its desire to steal private property.

Having a tightie sum currently invested in the markets (I beat the mkt. averages last yr. - thankyouverymuch), I agree with his risk assessment and have been dollar cost averaging into the mkt. over the last couple of months. I use mostly broadly diversified low-cost index mutual funds.

So many studies have shown that market timing (knowing when the best time is to get into the market), is next to impossible; so don’t even waste your time thinking about it.

There are people who invested back in the 1970s during the doom and gloom period of the market and are glad today that they did because they’ve been well rewarded for their efforts.

I believe that like the 1970s, we are in one of those periods. If your investment time horizon is long enough (5 years or more), I’d take the plunge. Dollar cost avg. in however.

Good primers for uninitiated investors:

‘Mutual Funds for Dummies’ & ‘Investing for Dummies.’

It’s OK to have an investment advisor, but the stories about the Bernie Madoffs of the world, merely helps to re-enforce my opinion that self-education is best.

If you have an investment advisor, AT LEAST have a modicum of knowledge so you know if the advice and guidance that he/she is providing is worth the cost of the fee structure or most importantly that you’re not investing into a scam.

IMO personal finance and investing ain’t ‘rocket-surgery,’ it just takes some time and effort to do the work.

It’s your money after all; who’s gonna look after it better than you?

I’ve yet to find a financial advisor who works as cheaply as me and produces as good of results.

Winston Smith

The Heritage Foundation’s 2009 Index of Economic Freedom:

http://www.heritage.org/Index/

The U.S. slipped to #6 this year because of decreases in fiscal freedom and the increase in size of government spending.

With the passage of the so-called economic stimulus plan, the U.S. will undoubtedly slip lower in rank in 2010 as we see more personal economic freedom ebbing away.

Sue Daugherty

I appreciate the registration change. Thank you!! It certainly cleaned up a lot of hateful comments that were made to create social tention and the loathing of others. None of it having substance or purpose. -- Sue

Kelly

Pyscho Mike wrote on Feb 6, 2009 5:12 PM:

" Hey Jason, if the Steelers are kings of the Super Bowel, guess what the Browns are?

Hint: We flush them every year! "

Fire hydrants?

Anonymous

I have the opinion that Bratton looks just like Boss Hog from The Dukes of Hazard.

I guess I should make it clear that I am talking about the TV version. Seriously, put them side by side.

SanDiegoD

During the summer, the authorities post small-craft warnings and flags are hoisted up for mariners to see. However, as noted by CNN, "Asked whether there are signs or other notification systems to discourage fishermen from going out on the ice under risky conditions, Bratton said there are only Web sites fishermen can check."

So, it seems that there is a public safety gap here. Why warn people on the lake of danger in the summer months, only to sit on your hands and do nothing in the winter? Yes, the fisherman should have known better, but everyone is not always bright enough to do the research - which is why we have public safety officials in the first place. In this case, it looks like they were asleep at the switch, though. We might well ask, who really deserves civil fines, Sherrif.

SanDiegoD

During the summer, the authorities post small-craft warnings and flags are hoisted up for mariners to see. However, as noted by CNN, "Asked whether there are signs or other notification systems to discourage fishermen from going out on the ice under risky conditions, Bratton said there are only Web sites fishermen can check."

So, it seems that there is a public safety gap here. Why warn people on the lake of danger in the summer months, only to sit on your hands and do nothing in the winter? Yes, the fisherman should have known better, but everyone is not always bright enough to do the research - which is why we have public safety officials in the first place. In this case, it looks like they were asleep at the switch, though. We might well ask, who really deserves civil fines, Sherrif?

br

SanDiegoD:

Are we really such clowns as to need the government to tell us everything. It's simple logic, 45 degrees, winds from the south, Stress cracks.... don't get on the ice. I think they should have made it a reality TV showed, called "Don't Break the Ice." Last person standing on a piece of ice, gets rescued free of charge, the rest.... well you know the rest.

myopinion

There's a couple points here that need mentioned. First, if no one can smoke at any public place, how does this impact their business? It seems more like that the recession is to blame, not a smoking ban. If people are losing jobs or just cutting back, a $4 bottle of beer is probably one of the first things to go.

Secondly, where is their concern for the health of their non-smoking patrons and employees? With the economy the way it is, many people turn to restaurants and bars as a first or second income when times get tough. As a former restaurant manager (that is a non-smoker), I came home smelling like smoke even if I didn't set foot in the smoking section. It's also a fact that restaurant employees have one of the highest rates of lung cancer. It would be easy to say "find another job", but for many people, a restaurant or bar is their profession.

I know these are tough times but bringing smoking back to bars won't save your business. Have a clean establishment with good food and service at a reasonable price and you won't need to let people smoke.

Commenter

I appreciate the registration change too and while there are still some irrelevant comments made or smart allecs trying to be funny, it has made for better rapport all the way around!
Thank you!!

Uncommon Sense

Wah, Wah... Public saftey agencies rescue idiots from themselves everyday. Examples: A car accident that occurs because the driver was going 70mph on icy roads. An airplane crash that occurs because the pilot took off in the fog. A water rescue because a boater went out in gale force winds. This was just another day in the life of being a rescue worker along the Lake Erie shoreline.

Uncommon Sense

To the Register: You need to create a way for us to keep track of the stories we have commented on. After commenting, I like to come back and see the rest of the comments. However, I often cannot find the article again because the links were removed. Also, when you put a "Just In:" story and then follow it up with a regular story, the comments end up in two different stories. It's hard to follow what others have to say since the comments are contained in two different stories.

timlavigne

the issue here is common sence. a car accident is just and accident and if someone crashes going to fast on ice then is ticket for unsafe speed to road conditons adn has to pay the price. here the ice was cracked to the point of using a board to cross over. it was stupid but there was no warning or law so there is nothing to make you think not to do it. that is the point of laws not to generate money like many think but to discourage people from unwanted behavior. you go out west in the mountains and you now when it is avalanch condition and not they have a warning system to tell people not to go. it is even to the point in some areas if you risk it you have to pay to be rescured. we do need to have a warning system and a fine if you go out when it is posted as danger time. remeber common cense don't exhist anymore if it did we would still be a free country. but also remeber accidents happen and if the ice breaks unexpected then no fines accessed.

timlavigne

warnig you must be a math wize who can not use grammer to understand below. :) i know i can't spell or use proper grammer

NineMM

Depending on the personal settings on your computer, you can access stories that were removed by clicking on the history button, and going to the day that your comment was made. It'll show pages visited. Click on sanduskyregister.com, and it will list the stories and you can view the comments. For those that don't know.
Just sayin.

Anonymous

Nicholas:
Several days ago I commented on the story about the ill man needing a kidney. Seriously, even at 74, if I was compatible, I would offer up. I had asked in the blog for anyone to give me a phone number --or some way -- to follow through. Now, that story is gone, I think. Don't know if anyone responded.
Cobbwebb

Kimo

When it's all said and done.
There will be more said than done.

And that's a good thing!