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  1. Cynthia

    Feeling Judged -- Coping tips?

    That's what I hope to develop -- some brave, self-loving, humorous way to push the elephant out of the room during those awkward moments so that we can all get on with matters that don't involve my body.
  2. Cynthia

    Feeling Judged -- Coping tips?

    That perspective is very true. I don't believe that judgement is always commingled with unkindness. In some ways, it can be a form of defense, a way of protecting oneself from the randomness of disability or disease. People may judge as a way of buffering themselves from that which is scary...
  3. Cynthia

    Feeling Judged -- Coping tips?

    Good points. Thank you! But, then again, life is messy. Those people are often unavoidable, as they may be co-workers, in-laws, or fellow volunteers.
  4. Cynthia

    Feeling Judged -- Coping tips?

    How do you cope when you get together with smaller acquaintances, and they see you struggle with steps or long distances? Do you use humor, frankness, or some other approach? I can feel their sympathy – and quiet judgement, too -- as they watch me slowly navigate a flight of stairs or grow...
  5. Cynthia


    Hi, Yakatori! I undress the skewer because I have an eensy basket fryer which is about the size of a big bowl. As for preparation, lots of things work for me: 1) Spray on olive oil cooking spray and sprinkle with herbs &/or spices -- whatever sounds interesting. 2) Brush on a nice...
  6. Cynthia


    Roasted veggies and melted Jarlesberg cheese with Dijon mustard and a smidgen of Duke's mayo on a toasted croissant For quick, perfectly "roasted" veggies, use an air fryer. I like to buy fresh veggie kabobs to save prep time. Just slide them off the skewer and go!
  7. Cynthia

    What are you having for breakfast

    pan-poached (pasture-raised) eggs, pineapple chunks, and Gardein vegan chicken noodle soup Poaching eggs in a pan is ultra fast. Just spray Pam on the pan, add 1/8 cup to 1/4 cup of water, and heat until bubbly. Carefully crack eggs into the hot water, cover with a top, and cook to desired...
  8. Cynthia

    "What ever happened to..."

    I thought I had heard about Sandy but wasn't sure and didn't want to be presumptuous. That must have been a terrible tragedy for Wayne. And I do remember you, Tad, and your many good posts. Thanks for the updates.
  9. Cynthia

    "What ever happened to..."

    I saw Les Toil's name on Facebook the other day and wondered how all the old timers are doing. Although I don't visit much these days, I first joined Dims in the Ice Age (around 1995 or so). These are some of those whom I remember off the top of my head: A poster (from Alaska, I think) who...
  10. Cynthia

    RIP SoVerySoft

    She was a wonderfully welcoming and kind woman. I'm sorry to hear that.
  11. Cynthia

    Video - 100 Years of Plus-Size Fashion

    This offers an interesting, albeit cursory, look at the evolution in plus-size fashion, including sizing standards, retailers, and advocacy. Of course, many milestones are missing from the video's brief overview. (For example, I'd say that Mode Magazine was as much of a game changer as BBW...
  12. Cynthia

    Explain your screen name

    I first showed up at Dimensions in the mid-90s (the Dark Ages!) and have had at least a few handles since then, probably none of which I can accurately remember ... something to do with hippies, sunflowers, etc. Eons ago, an old member (Vince B from, I think, Australia?) challenged all of us to...
  13. Cynthia

    What’s on the dinner table (part 2)?

    Vidalias are back! 😍 I rarely follow recipes exactly, so this is mostly improvisation. Vidalia onions will be smaller than usual this year, hence it's fairly dainty. I micro-steamed two of these in an inch of water for 5 minutes and then stuffed them with cored onion bits, sauteed artichoke...
  14. Cynthia

    Name a Song From the Last Letter - Part 5!

    Heartbreaker - Pat Benetar R
  15. Cynthia

    Article: About the Fat Caste System

    This meme, which also touches on beauty issues, seems appropriate here. I admire women like Ashley Graham as size-positive spokespeople, but I dislike the notion that a fat woman needs to regard herself as beautiful in order to have high self-esteem. I'm relatively plain and that's okay...
  16. Cynthia

    Article: About the Fat Caste System

    Many other "deviant" lifestyle choices can lead to serious health consequences, such as anorexia, excessive drinking, smoking, drug abuse, speeding, etc., but we glorify "fast living" as much as we may demonize it. Heck, it can't be so bad if models, ballerinas, and rock stars do it. (And I do...
  17. Cynthia

    (Serious Replies Only) compulsive over eating.

    I adore all kinds of food, and enjoying it is a natural, pleasurable part of life. But, yes, I do lose perspective when I feel bored, angry, rebellious, or helpless. Compulsive eating sends me on autopilot, mindlessly pushing past the point of comfort, without regard to how it will affect my...
  18. Cynthia

    BHM Musicians with Swagger

    The Hansons' little brother is an mmmbop smokin' BHM. (I feel like such a cougar, saying that....) "Hey, Hey" by Joshua and the Holy Rollers
  19. Cynthia

    I have a problem, and could use some advice. (Or a kick in the butt.)

    I'm not a fan of people in the SA community dismissing someone's hard-won body changes (even if they may be temporary) and then confidently predicting that their weight will rebound. While regain is a likely outcome, stating that can seem unsupportive at best and passive aggressive at worst...
  20. Cynthia

    Article: About the Fat Caste System

    The size acceptance community spends an inordinate amount of energy convincing others that 1) our fatness isn't our "fault" and 2) we're healthier than people give us credit to be. In some cases, both one and two are true. But that's not the reality for many of us. Regardless of whether we're...