‘Marathon Training Made Me Fat’


When Jacqueline Elbaz laced up to train for her first marathon, she assumed amping up her running routine would help her shed pounds.

But when Elbaz, who works in fashion, crossed the finish line at the 2014 New York City Marathon, she was 15 pounds heavier than when shed started training four months prior.

After spending the weeks leading up to the race lounging in yoga pants, exhausted by her grueling regimen, she felt the extent of her weight gain once she pulled her regular clothes back on post-run.

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‘The Birth of a Nation’ faces weight of controversy, expectations

(CNN) “The Birth of a Nation” is a very good, at times powerful movie. But for the film to be considered an Oscar frontrunner — a weight it has borne since triggering a bidding frenzy at the Sundance Film Festival — would require a relative weak year.

Fairly or not, the movie can’t be divorced entirely from those expectations, or the other noise and controversy that has swirled around it. That includes its broader context, at a time when institutional racism remains very much part of the national conversation; questions of diversity dogging the movie industry; and the personal baggage related to its star.
Everything about this tale of Nat Turner’s 1831 slave rebellion has been freighted with significance. For Hollywood, writer-director-producer-star Nate Parker’s wrenching look at slavery initially looked like the answer to a prayer — a sobering work by an African-American filmmaker with major awards potential, amid the absence of minority actors that unleashed the #OscarsSoWhite campaign.
    That gave way to revelations about the rape charge against Parker in college, which, despite his acquittal, has left some of those inclined to root for the film feeling conflicted at best, and repulsed at worst.
    At this point, it’s all but impossible to completely separate the film from award politics or Parker’s history. Trying to be dispassionate about it, the movie is very much worth seeing, without rising to a level that warrants the early enthusiasm affixed to it.
    Like so much involving the current state of movies, part of that has to do with television, which has recently covered similar territory quite well with a pair of miniseries — this year’s Emmy-nominated “Roots” revival, and BET’s “The Book of Negroes.” (The latter featured Aunjanue Ellis, who co-stars as Turner’s mother.)
    Cleverly reclaiming the title from D.W. Griffith’s silent epic that celebrated the Ku Klux Klan, “The Birth of a Nation” chronicles the true story of Turner, the minister who led a bloody revolt. Beginning with Turner learning to read at an early age, the director (who shares writing credit with Jean McGianni Celestin) steadily builds toward the release of Turner’s pent-up rage, stoked by one heinous example of abuse after another.
    Turner witnesses those horrors thanks to his social-climbing master (Armie Hammer), who rents him out to other plantation owners — offering a black minister whose sermons are seen as a way to calm Virginia’s restive slave population. The pain is magnified by brutality that strikes close to home.
    Eventually, Turner met violence with violence — an act of desperation that feels cathartic and hopeless. “Birth of a Nation” seeks to forge a connection between the discontent into which he tapped and slavery’s abolition, even if it took another generation to get there.
    Technically, the movie is beautifully made, if at times a tad heavy-handed in foreshadowing Turner’s importance. While the central theme is his emotional journey, the female characters (among them “How to Get Away With Murder’s” Aja Naomi King as Turner’s wife) also feel underdeveloped.
    As hard as some sequences are to watch, the movie isn’t groundbreaking; rather, it’s a solid addition to earlier productions chronicling this period, among them “12 Years a Slave,” an Oscar winner in 2014.
    Much of this context has been obscured by the debate surrounding the film, where the focus has shifted in part to the ability to separate art from the artist.
    With “The Birth of a Nation,” Parker has established himself as a major talent and filmmaker to be reckoned with. Yet as with Nat Turner’s revolt, it might require time to achieve the emotional distance necessary to put his film in perspective.
    “The Birth of a Nation” opens October 7. It’s rated R.

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    Is it OK to fat-shame Donald Trump?

    (CNN)If you’re new to the body-positive conversation, fat-shaming might feel like a buzz word — but it’s a real thing, and it has very real consequences. Fat people experience systemic prejudice that is on par with racism and sexism — and by that I mean that statistical data documents that fat people are confronted with oppressive bias in economic, educational, medical, and social spaces.


    A recent cover of The New Yorker parodied Trump by presenting him as Miss Congeniality. The image presents Trump as a failed fat beauty queen, teary-eyed in heels and a swimsuit; it is already the veritable ‘talk of the town’ because it is calling attention to his hypocrisy. In this moment, it’s important to remember that beneath this joke at Trump’s expense are sexist and fat-shaming ideas.
    To shame and pigeon-hole anyone based on appearance is wrong. Perhaps you remember this — it was something we all learned in kindergarten or maybe even earlier. Then, we proceeded to carve out lives in a world that perpetuates body-policing of all kinds and lost sight of the fact that mean-spirited comments have repercussions.
    Shift the script. Step away from oversimplified stereotypes that make negative assumptions about fatness and fat people.

    Stay up to date on the latest opinion, analysis and conversations through social media. Join us at Facebook/CNNOpinion and follow us @CNNOpinion on Twitter. We welcome your ideas and comments.

    Trump shows disrespect towards people of all kinds. Give him a microphone and within minutes something racist, sexist, homophobic or xenophobic is bound to spill forth. So, his complete disregard for the consequences of treating fat people with demeaning brutality is no surprise.
    What IS a surprise? That so many Americans believe that this bully, badly in need of a serious dose of moral guidance, should be president — that’s flabbergasting.
    So, no, don’t fat-shame Trump. We are better than that.

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    235-Pound Mom Gives Birth, Then Realizes How Much Weight She Really Gained

    Every woman who has had a child knows how quickly pregnancy cravings can overpower a woman’s willpower to stay away from an excess of unhealthy foods. It’s already hard to turn away all the delicious temptations in our kitchens and in restaurants, but while pregnant, it’s oftenextra hard!

    When Rachel Graham got pregnant, she saw it as an excuse to eat all the foods she had previously deprived herself of. Having suffered from an eating disorder while still in school, the then-24-year-old mom thought she could easily lose the weight.

    But as time passed, the weight didn’t come off. She tried everything from low calorie diets to diet pills and everything in between. Nothing worked, in the long term, and by the time she got pregnant with her second child, she had ballooned to 235 pounds.

    Rachel knew that she had to make a change when she felt winded by simple tasks, like climbing up stairs to her home. So,in 2015, she started changing her habits: she counted calories, ate healthy food, controlled her portions, and exercised a few times a weeks. She didn’t have to deprive herself of all her favorite foods!

    One year later, the results are simply astounding: Rachel lost 100 pounds, and loves showing off her new body.

    She’s also very honest about her body after the extreme weight loss. While she is now healthier than ever, she admits to feeling self-conscious about her loose skin.

    Scroll down to read more about the mom’s fitness journey, and what the results of old-fashioned hard work really looks like!

    “The anxiety posting this is REAL. Taken a few minutes apart, flexing in the first. ‘How did you avoid loose skin and stretch marks?’ Heyyyyy, I didn’t! Its all there.”

    “High waisted bottoms have become my bff. Do I regret losing weight? Hellllll noooooo. NEVER. Not even a slightest thought. I am more FIT than I’ve ever been in my entire life. Happier. HEALTHIER.”

    “I’d be lying if I said my loose skin wasn’t an insecurity of mine.. But I refuse to let it consume me. It doesn’t hold me back like the weight used to. “

    “This stomach has grown two beautiful boys.. Has been through a 90lb+ gain and loss (100lb+ lost from my highest weight while pregnant!) “

    “Will you have loose skin after losing weight? I can’t answer that for you, everyBODY is different. Will it be worth it, regardless? YES.”

    “Also for those who have asked.. I do plan to have surgery some day, but in the mean time I’m just working on self loooovvveeee.”

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    Matthew McConaughey on weight gain for his role in ‘Gold’: It was ‘pizza night, every night’

    (CNN)Matthew McConaughey is a pro when it comes to undergoing physical transformations for his film roles and in his latest movie “Gold,” he’s nearly unrecognizable.

    The actor told an audience Monday night at a screening for the film that he gained 45 pounds to play businessman, Kenny Wells, who strikes gold in Indonesia.
      “I was getting pretty damn fat as Kenny Wells,” McConaughey said. “I was an all star in my family, nicknamed Captain Fun during that time because I was yes to pizza night, every night and it was cheeseburgers and beer.”
      McConaughey is no stranger to pushing the limits of his body. The actor lost more than 40 pounds for his role in the 2013 film, “Dallas Buyers Club.” The performance won McConaughey an Oscar.
      But the one-time “Sexiest Man Alive” went in the opposite direction for “Gold,” and said that by the time filming began he clocked in at a “soft 217 pounds.”
      Surprisingly, perhaps, McConaughey said it’s more fun to slim down than bulk up. But after six months of workouts to return to his ideal weight?
      “I still have a few things that are renting to own,” McConaughey said.
      “Gold” hits theaters December 25.

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      Obese Student Drops 145 Pounds, Then Rejects The Men Who Bullied Her About Her Weight

      The human body is an incredible and beautiful machine. It’s the only body you have – it’s in your best interest, and in that of your loved ones, to take care of it.

      But this doesn’tnecessarily meanpulling all the stops to become an Olympic athlete. It just means being aware of what your body is feeling, and to keep it in a comfortable state: eating right and exercisingare but two of the many ways you can take care of yourself.

      Emma Pope, a23-year-old student, decided to make a change in her habits and lifestyle after bullies’ taunts made her life miserable.

      By that point, Pope weighed about 315 pounds. She was even jeered at by spectators at a volleyball game she was in. They cruelly told her to get off the court.

      Then, she made some basic changes: she exercised four times a week, and reduced her portion sizes. She kicked her bad habit of eating junk food all the time, too.

      Now, she’s showing off her incredible transformation after many months of hard work…

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      23-year-old student Emma Pope was endlessly bullied for her weight.

      The young woman tipped the scale at 315 pounds, at her heaviest.

      Men taunted her, and she was even jeered at a volleyball game.

      She knew she had to make a change, for her own mental and physical health.

      She started small by exercising a few times a week and practicing portion control.

      She also cut out the unhealthy junk foods from her diet, including pizza and pasta.

      Before she knew it, she had lost a whopping 145pounds!

      Now, Pope is showing off her incredible transformation. She looks totally unrecognizable, and she’s much happier today.

      She says she evengot the chance to turn down the men who mocked her for her weight!

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