*comes back from his shower*
Philadelphia temps? Oh, no, try Appalachian Mountain temps. Maybe it's not as bad as Russia, but it's pretty damned cold to me. The weather varies, but last winter was bad. Windchill was below zero most days, and there was a foot of snow on the ground, and an inch of ice on the roads. I still walked to the post office because it's only 2 streets away, but it was pretty miserable. I can tell you from first hand experience that slipping and falling on an icy road hurts.
But my point was that just simply walking is not the solution. For one, there are things like weather that prevent an outdoor activity like that. Two, when one doesn't have a fast metabolism, it isn't enough. Losing weight is hard. I'm trying, and not having much luck.
We did get a filter pitcher when my boyfriend got a good paycheck a little while back, so we are drinking more water. I do try and plan for healthier meals at least a few times a week. I get chicken, stuff for marinades, and frozen veggies. Things like that are why 2 weeks worth of groceries for 2 people ends up being $182. The weight is not coming off. It would be so nice if a healthier diet and a little exercise was some kind of magic bullet, but once the weight is on, it does not want to come off.
My health is crap. My joints are fucked up because of my weight, and I'm only 28, and that's only going to get worse as I age. I get kidney stones from time to time, though not as much since I started drinking more water. I've had them get stuck twice. You don't know pain until you've had a tiny little stone get stuck so badly it has to be surgically removed. I had to have my gallbladder removed several years ago. I didn't have insurance at the time, so I had to pay with credit Bank of America was dumb enough to give me. It caused me to have to declare bankruptcy.
And I was thinking about it, and I'm 2nd generation poor as dirt. My dad made bad health choices. He smoked, and was an alcoholic. He got cancer, and because he had heart disease, partly from bad genetics, and partly from lifestyle, he didn't survive treatment. Maybe you can argue against giving him healthcare for his heart, because it wouldn't have been nearly so bad had he not smoked like a chimney, but what about my mother and I? Because of his choices, my mother was left being a single parent, having to work hard to keep food on the table. The only reason we didn't end up homeless was because my grandpa had the means and desire to buy out our mortgage from the bank. We ate crappy frozen food because it's what we could afford, and because my mom didn't have the time/energy to cook. So, should we have been punished for my dad's bad choices? I'm glad my state didn't think so. I grew up on free school lunches and free state health insurance.