Where Does Time Go?

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Honestly, where does the time go? It feels like I was just saying Happy Friday to you all just yesterday!

Well, at any rate, HAPPY FRIDAY everyone! Do you have anything fun planned this weekend?

I felt a bit better when I got up for work this morning so I decided to go in. I did an easy Elliptical workout this morning, making sure not to push myself too much.

Workout:

  • 40 mins. Elliptical (incline 10-14, resistance 8-10)
  • 24 flights stairs

No Heart Rate Monitor today. I decided I am going to try and exchange my Polar F7f because I discovered that there is no ‘distance/speed’ measure on it! How could I have overlooked this??? It was one of the main reasons that I wanted to get one. I guess I was just so excited I completely forgot. Does anyone have any recommendations for a Polar HRM that tracks distance and speed?

I am now feeling quite out of it and my head is throbbing a bit. I am not sure if I will make the whole work day today, I guess I will just have to feel it out.

I heard about this Supreme Court of Canada ruling today on the AM radio (yes I listen to AM radio- 640- love the debates they have on there!)

Supreme Court of Canada rules for those ‘functionally disabled by obesity’

OTTAWA – Obese people have the right to two seats for the price of one on flights within Canada, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled on Thursday.

The high court declined to hear an appeal by Canadian airlines of a decision by the Canadian Transportation Agency that people who are “functionally disabled by obesity” deserve to have two seats for one fare.

The airlines had lost an appeal at the Federal Court of Appeal in May and had sought to launch a fresh appeal at the Supreme Court. The court’s decision not to hear a new appeal means the one-person-one-fare policy stands
 

What do you think of this ruling? Should obese people get 2 seats for the price of 1? Do you think obese people should be deemed disabled?

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Personally, I wonder how the airlines will set the criteria as to what qualifies someone being granted two seats? I heard that they can’t really go by someone’s weight as it is personal information. Apparently, in Texas they have a similar operation on one of their airlines. If the obese person can’t put the arm rest down then that qualifies them for two seats.

On the flight back from our honeymoon (we were departing from Barcelona), there was an obese man sitting across the isle from me. He was having the hardest time fitting in his chair- he couldn’t put the armrest down, and the flight attendants were having a hard time getting the cart by him as they went by.

My heart went out to him, it really did. He was very embarassed and kept saying sorry that he was in the way. He really should have had two seats to himself. Of course there is the whole issue of lost revenue for the airlines and people saying on the radio today ‘well they should have to pay for the extra seat themself’. I don’t think it is that easy though. Some people have medical illnesses that contribute to extra weight, so if someone has an illness should they have to pay for an extra seat? How is that any different than a disabled person being granted 2 seats?

It is such a grey area and I think the airlines (or trains, etc) are going to have a very difficult time defining their ‘litmus test’ for what is worthy of giving someone an extra seat.

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The belief that youth is the happiest time of life is founded on fallacy. The happiest person is the person who thinks the most interesting thoughts, and we grow happier as we grow older.

~William Lyon Phelps

By the way- did anyone catch The Office last night? It was hilarious :D I loved the part about the office microwave and Pam’s note. Oddly enough, when I checked my work email this morning there was a complaint sent to all staff about a messy microwave! haha. Maybe they were inspired by Pam?

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halie November 21, 2008

I loved the Office last night!! That microwave was disgusting!!

Michael was hilarious, I loved the Caprese salad part, I was laughing so hard. Ryan is a total jerk. I love how Pam reacted to Jim surprise!

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Katie November 21, 2008

Awww Jim bought Pam the house! So sweet!!

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VeggieGirl November 21, 2008

Looove ‘The Office’!!!!

TGIF!!!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) November 21, 2008

I lovehow many office fans there are on this blog!!! YAY!

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sweetandnatural November 21, 2008

Who doesn’t love The Office?! I heart Pam and Jim.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) November 21, 2008

lol same here….I was so upset when Jim was dating Karen for that season…!

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Emily November 21, 2008

hi there angela ~
i just recently came across your blog, so firstly hello!

i think the story you posted about airline seats is a really interesting one. i’ve sat next to an obese person on a plane before, and i felt so sorry for him being all squeezed in like that. at the end of the day i think what would happen is that everyone pays a few extra dollars for every airline ticket they buy, and this covers the odd time that they have to give 2 seats for 1. i don’t really see any issue with this, as it’s something we do everyday one way or another (such as with the NHS in the UK) where everyone pays in to the health system that takes care of those in need. i think it’s good to take care of all in that way :)

have a good day!

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Leah November 21, 2008

I’ve never seen The Office!

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ttfn300 November 21, 2008

wow, another great quote… where do you get them???

interesting question… my first thought was wow, that’s enabling. But there are situations where things like that can’t be controlled, so it’s not their fault and they shouldn’t have to pay double… maybe the insurance should cover the extra seat (if medical reason), so airlines don’t keep raising the price of silly things….

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Majrhoulihan November 21, 2008

Well, they certainly can ask someone for their weight. If you’ve ever flown on a small plane, you know that they weigh everyone’s luggage and ask them their weight so that they can properly distribute the weight on the plane.

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Kaneil November 21, 2008

I love the office! I cried at the end last night! Jim is so sweet!

Glad you’re feeling a bit better – you have the most motivation of anyone I’ve ever known (even if through a blog)!

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Stephanie April 18, 2009

I’m a new reader, just working my through all your posts. (which is why I’m commenting on such an old post!)

As a nursing student, I have seen more than one patient either balloon out as the result of a new medication (like prednisone), or suffer from secondary obesity (obesity caused by another medical illness). As much as I do believe that a lot of obese people should be taking better care of themselves, I don’t agree with them having to pay for an extra seat. I understand that the airlines are losing some revenue, but I’m sure it’s not enough to break the bank!

Just my own little rant… GREAT post.

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