First page of the Fatty Fitness archive.

Fatty’s Fit Friend

Posted by Fatty Founder on September 15, 2019 with No Comments

Recently after a workout at the gym, I was speaking to two of the women who attended the class with me.  I mentioned I was working with the trainer to lose weight.  She said, “I started working with the trainer to GAIN weight” and I thought “you bitch!” (I did not say it, but I thought it loudly).  But it made me realize- there are many reasons people decide to work up a sweat.  Not everyone wants to buff up or slim down.  Some people have different goals.  And those goals are what push people to get fit.

There’s more to fitness than just weight loss.  Any change in physical activity improves health.  One study found that excise improved the health and cognitive function in elderly overweight patients, and that excise alone was as successful as changing diet AND fitness levels (  It appears that just breaking a sweat is enough to improve life and make aging less a less sucky endeavor.  Working with weights can also improve bones and balance, so as you get older you can worry less about falling down and breaking a hip.  There are way more benefits of exercise than simple weight loss.

The Mayo Clinic lists 7 health benefits of exercise (  Reducing depression, better heart health, and better sleep are all listed as benefits.  Of course, weight loss is listed as #1.  But motivating yourself to move needs to be more about just your waistline.  There will always be a bad week- your work your ass off (you hope literally), eat well, and do everything right.  And the scale.will.not.budge.  But even if you stay fat (or, as people say now, “curvy”), there are so many other things you get from a good sweat session.  Sometimes you need more inspiration than just “I’m fat. . . I need to be less fat!”.  Knowing that I can sleep a little sounder, or have a stronger heart, is worth continuing to sweat it out.   

And so we come back around the woman who came to the gym to gain weight.  I go to the gym to lose weight, gain muscle, and be a fitter fatty.  But some people come for the complete opposite reason I do.  And having any goal is great. Seeing anyone consistently at the gym, and seeing their progress, helps inspire you. So yes, I am fat, and yes, she is skinny (and together we make a normal sized person), but we can both congratulate each other on our progress. And sometimes a little perspective is all you need to change your drive. So good job skinny lady at the gym- may your workouts make you more fat!              

Fatty’s New Planet

Posted by Fatty Founder on February 28, 2019 with No Comments

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My husband and I just recently decided to join a gym.  Yes, fatty has a husband.  And yes, you should probably feel bad for him- being married to me is no picnic.  Or maybe TOO MUCH of a picnic- I am a fatty for a reason.  So, anyway- we decided to join a gym.  The place that was closest to our home was Planet Fitness, and so that’s where we decided to visit.  Turns out, it’s the perfect gym for not in shape people like me.


Planet Fitness claims to be a “judgement free zone”.  This appeals to me, because I can judge myself just fine (I’m awesome!).  But I have found that after hitting a weight loss plateau I need more help.  And this is another reason that Planet Fitness stood out.  Included in any membership is personal training.   And honestly, having someone encourage (yell at, push, threaten) me helps.  Most classes are small (max of 5) so the trainer can work more closely with you, and there is also a “design your own” program where the trainer meets with you to determine your specific goals.    A once a week meeting with the trainer has pushed me to work harder and better (and requires me not to slack).


The trainer always uses the 30 Minute Fitness room.  I very much enjoy this area because it works EVERYTHING.  It’s a great (terrible, awful, painful) workout because it alternates between weights and cardo.  You push yourself as hard as possible with sprints, burpees, high knees, and other forms or torment.  Then after each cardio set, which shoots your heart rate sky high and makes you feel like it may explode, you get a short rest and then a weight machine is used.  This allows for “active rest”-you tone a different muscle group each time while your heart rate slowly comes back down.  Each circuit lasts 1 minute.  There are 20 stations, and 30 second rests between each station.  It’s a fast set, but an intense workout.  It uses a HIIT schedule (high intensity interval training), which gets the heart rate up super high, and then gives short rest periods.  I have found that even though it is only 30 minutes, it is the best workout I’ve ever done.  I often come home tired and sore, but I feel that I really pushed myself.  Which is great, because hopefully my weight plateau will become a thing of the past.  But maybe not lose TOO much, because then I will have to change the name of my blog- and I have no clever name for being fit and THIN.  So fat and fit may be the best way to go.

Fatty’s Frustration

Posted by Fatty Founder on January 30, 2019 with No Comments

Want a humbling experience?  Stay in a place the puts a mirror directly across from the shower.  As you step out of the shower you see a chubby, naked monster coming to devour your children.  Only to realize- oh, hey, that’s me!  And I’m fresh out of children to sustain myself on!  And, of course, […]

Fatty’s Fortitude

Posted by Fatty Founder on January 17, 2019 with No Comments

I’ve been gone for too long.  I realized when I looked in the blog that it had been more than a year since I had written anything, and I knew it was a bad thing.  People need to be inspired by my failures!  Who doesn’t feel better about themselves when watching other people fail?  So […]

Fatty’s Flicks

Posted by Fatty Founder on June 30, 2017 with No Comments

Television.  The thing that normally keeps me (and most people) from doing anything healthy.  The thing that helped me become my wonderful blubbery self.  Sitting in front of the TV with a tub of ice cream?  Of course, what else do I have to do?  So why talk about it regarding health?  Because it’s my […]

Fatty Freshness

Posted by Fatty Founder on April 25, 2017 with No Comments

It’s an unpleasant thing: we sweat. But there are ways to keep it from making your life unpleasant (if you have a date, always shower after exercising. No one likes a date that smells of onion- unless they love the smell on onion. . . but then you may be dating a weirdo or cannibal- […]

Fatty’s Resolutions

Posted by Fatty Founder on January 4, 2015 with No Comments

Happy New Year!! I am attempting to get back into the swing of things. My blog has been behind a bit. Life gets crazy- fitness, school (back in class again!), work, marriage. And really, being amazing is an all encompassing job. But I have set goals that I hope will inspire me to an even […]

Fatty’s Fit Flat

Posted by Fatty Founder on October 4, 2013 with No Comments

Sometimes the gym isn’t a possibility. You have things that need to be done at home, you have kids that need to get to bed, you have limited funds to pay a monthly fee- plus maintenance fees, plus Initiation Fees (plus, plus, plus) or you will feel like a fool dancing in a class full […]

Fatty’s First Fitness Feats

Posted by Fatty Founder on August 30, 2013 with No Comments

Good title, right? All those f words (nice, clean, pretty f words) to tell the story of how I started out. I realized that I have yet to discuss the START of my journey. How I finally got back into a less round (sort of) shape, and how I was able to get dedicated. When […]

Work Warrior

Posted by Fatty Founder on August 11, 2013 with No Comments

Being good at work is hard. For most of us, working 8 hours a day, 40 hours a week is a reality. For some people, 12 hour days are the norm. Being that you spend most of your day at work, how do you stay healthy? How does a fit fatty keep her shape when […]