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Iron Fat
February 10, 2015
9:52 pm
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snarkylady
Baroness of Ham
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March 20, 2013

I can't believe I'm posting this in HLB, but I don't know where else to put it.

 

Regan of Dances With Fat is allegedly doing an Ironman.  And she has a blog about it.

 

https://ironfatblog.wordpress.com/blog/

 

There are no words.  Don't get me wrong, I do think that triathletes come in all shapes and sizes.  But this woman is so full of deceit that it's laughable if anyone actually believes she's going to do an IM.  

 

I'm all about body positivity, but this woman is a trainwreck.

 

trainwreck

February 10, 2015
10:16 pm
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Literal troll with internet access
Feline Porklord
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September 22, 2014

Yes! This came up a bit in OSJ/JessAnna when her blog was dying down. Have you seen the Reddit thread devoted just to her? I've also seen something about her GF being wheelchair bound and needing oxygen but this is completely unrelated to her being several hundred pounds overweight.

 

http://www.reddit.com/r/RagenChastain/

She and her online BFFs also dominate the Fat Logic section.

http://www.reddit.com/r/fatlogic/

 

She 'ran' a marathon in over 12 hours.

http://www.thefrisky.com/2013-12-09/true-story-my-big-fat-finished-marathon/

 

And she also has some questionable degrees. Is that a requirement for a HLB/HAES blogger?

https://truthaboutragen.wordpress.com/2014/06/25/ragen-chastain-trained-researcher/

 

emoticon-animal-018emoticon-animal-018emoticon-animal-018 <- this panda dances better than Ragen and has a higher vertical leap.

February 11, 2015
6:31 am
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snarkylady
Baroness of Ham
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March 20, 2013

Wow, she has certainly garnered some significant online hate.  I love it.

 

I think the HAES movement has some good points.  I do agree that the obsession with being skinny is problematic and we should focus on being healthy.  And chubby girls shouldn't be ashamed of how they look and they should get out there and be active.  But I'm not sure that Regan's lifestyle can be considered healthy.  Plus, there's no way that she works out as much as she claims to. 

 

I saw the thing about her marathon.  And she thinks she can do an Ironman?  No way, no how.  Does she know those things have time limits?

February 11, 2015
7:07 am
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Mirkat
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November 20, 2014

snarkylady meowed
Wow, she has certainly garnered some significant online hate.  I love it.

 

I think the HAES movement has some good points.  I do agree that the obsession with being skinny is problematic and we should focus on being healthy.  And chubby girls shouldn't be ashamed of how they look and they should get out there and be active.  But I'm not sure that Regan's lifestyle can be considered healthy.  Plus, there's no way that she works out as much as she claims to. 

 

I saw the thing about her marathon.  And she thinks she can do an Ironman?  No way, no how.  Does she know those things have time limits?

Looks as though she addresses this in her FAQ:

It took you almost 13 hours to complete a marathon, how are you ever going to do all of this in 17 hours?

Your guess is as good as mine.  I kid, I kid.  I trained to walk the Seattle marathon in about 8.5 hours.  It took me, you know… longer than that.  I [sic] was a terrible, horrible, awful, terrible day.  I also trained to walk it, and just to finish.  Now that my goals have changed, so has my training.  I’ve got an amazing coach who has finished a number of IRONMAN races and coached many others to finish and I’m going after this new goal.

One of the benefits of my ridiculously long marathon is that I reminded myself that, even when it’s horrible, I won’t quit.   The marathon wasn’t the most difficult thing I’ve ever done in my life, but it is the thing that I most aggressively and frequently wanted to quit, but I played all the way to the whistle, I got my medal (and I owe my Best Friend for the rest of our lives for doing it with me – thanks Kel!)

I'm not sure why she doesn't start with a sprint triathlon and see whether she can even do one at the shorter distances, but I suppose there is more OMGDrama with an Ironman.

February 11, 2015
7:59 am
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perfect bloodwork

I recently saw Ragen's name pop up in a HuffPo article about advice for plus-size athletes, citing her as an authority because she's an Ironman-in-training.  It's so annoying that this is being used to bolster her credibility when she's well over a year away from the actual event she wants to complete.  How about we wait to give her headpats until she actually does the damn thing, okay?

February 11, 2015
10:10 am
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The problem with the way Ragen practices HAES is that she downs gallons of Mountain Dew and eats crap and then says her body doesn't like to be thinner and that anyone who criticizes her lifestyle is fat-hating. 

If she truly were practicing HEALTH at any size, she'd eat better food, first and foremost. 

(I have other issues with the HAES movement, but I won't get into those here.)

And I don't believe she'll complete the Ironman. I think that she's going to wind up DQing for time. 

February 11, 2015
10:21 am
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Bacon of Health
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July 15, 2014

If she is seriously training for an iron man (not the OSJ type of training, which is nonexistent) she must be one step away from serious injury at all times.

Though I don't know how I feel about that anti-Ragen blog. That just seems kind of nuts. 

February 11, 2015
11:04 am
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KosherHam
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November 21, 2013

Odds on whether GOMI's going to be called out as a bunch of thin haters whenever someone shows up to WK this one? First time for everything!

February 11, 2015
12:28 pm
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She's been discussed a bit in the Lifestyle Blogger section under the "Fativists" thread…though that one is mainly focused on some crazy chick who is trying to crowd-fund her life or something. I skimmed it and it seemed cray so I left.

February 11, 2015
12:50 pm
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Literal troll with internet access
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September 22, 2014

Bacon of Health meowed
If she is seriously training for an iron man (not the OSJ type of training, which is nonexistent) she must be one step away from serious injury at all times.

Though I don't know how I feel about that anti-Ragen blog. That just seems kind of nuts. 

It does and it doesn't, IMO.

She's lying about having credentials, lying about what she eats, lying about how fit she is, claiming to have medical knowledge that the government/fitness industry/doctors/etc don't want you to know, actively hits up her followers for cash and is holding herself out there as this massively emoticon-animal-001persecuted person on the level of Joan of Arc.

And while she does all this she's holding herself out as the leader and representative of the HAES movement, including giving interviews and lectures. Her advice is flat out dangerous. Plus HAES means Every Size and she will actively shame and bully those who are anywhere close to a non-overweight BMI (yeah, yeah, BMIs).

I'm not naive enough to think that other HLBs aren't lying too. But claiming 140lbs when you're 150lbs or a 10 min mile when you actually run a 12 min mile aren't even on the same planet as claiming that at 300lbs+ you'll be doing an Ironman in 2016 (? I think that's the right year). She cherry pics medical statistics to support her ludicrous statements and encourages her sheep ("followers" is not the right word) to do what she does.

This is how she 'trained' for the Seattle Marathon.

I’ve been training for the last 20 weeks, 370 training miles in all

Putting that into the Math-O-Tron 2000, she's claiming she she did an average of 18.5 miles PER WEEK of walking (not jogging or running, she elaborates on this) to train for a full marathon, which she planned to complete in 8.5 hours. That's a pace of ~3mph. 3mph is a leisurely walking pace, which hey, great, if the only way you can do a marathon is to walk it then more power to you and not everyone is built to get a sub-3 hour marathon. However, her marathon took something like 12.5 hours. She also claims to have been sent on the wrong path costing her time and doing an extra mile, just like OSJ/JessAnna did with her first 5K that took her over 60 minutes despite also 'training' for it. I have never done a race or even a fun run where the course was set up incorrectly by a MILE.

Putting 12.5 hours marathon into the Math-O-Tron 2000, she she did an average of just over 2mph during the Seattle Marathon. She also has a ton of excuses as to why she sucked but this pace number isn't accurate because… discrimination. And there was some bonus pathological lying about how one of the course volunteers was so OMG totes inspired by her that she broke down in tears over seeing what Ragen had done.

She started crying saying that it wasn’t fair and I deserved to cross a finish line and that she was going to do the best she could to give us our medals with ceremony, and from then on she was really supportive.

The one thing I like about Ragen's Ironman goal is that they have cut-off times for each segment so she'll get the boot after the first part, while they'll keep all her registration fees (which she is begging her followers for). That seems fair for having to deal with her whining that the water was discriminating against her #PerfectBloodwork or whatever her new excuse will be. So the likelihood of her having a heart attack or even dying while competing is low. Not out of the realm of possibility, but lower than they would be if she did the whole event.

Ironman is a 2.4 mile swim, 112 miles of biking and 26.2 hours of running that has a time limit of 17 hours. It took her 12.5 hours to do 26.2 miles in Seattle. Even if we look at her claimed goal pace of 8.5 hours for 26.2 miles, that would leave her 8.5 hours to swim 2.4 miles and bike 112 miles. That shit ain't happening. If I had to make a guess, I'd go with Ragen claiming to be totes training like a #Beast for the Ironman and then having to pull out or having a personal emergency that stops her from doing it. She will then never mention it nor the donations from her sheep again.

 

I use delusional a lot when commenting on other HLBs but I'm going to have to find a new word for Ragen. She is ultra mega maximum elite delusional, about everything. I honestly wouldn't be surprised if she believed the moon landing was fake and that Obama is secretly a lizard-person who's married to Princess Diana.

 

Her advice is on the level of (these are all comments or posts I've seen on GOMI):

-claiming Shakeo will cure depression

-claiming essential oils will heal 3rd degree burns and a major burn center in a legit hospital allowed the family to douse the burns in these oils

-that the tits of someone who is a Londoner are real and due to good genes from her mom

February 11, 2015
12:51 pm
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snarkylady
Baroness of Ham
Meows: 244
Snarking Since:
March 20, 2013

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The problem with the way Ragen practices HAES is that she downs gallons of Mountain Dew and eats crap and then says her body doesn't like to be thinner and that anyone who criticizes her lifestyle is fat-hating. 

If she truly were practicing HEALTH at any size, she'd eat better food, first and foremost. 

(I have other issues with the HAES movement, but I won't get into those here.)

And I don't believe she'll complete the Ironman. I think that she's going to wind up DQing for time. 

Personally, I don't think she's going to show up to the start line, but that's just me. 

 

She is apparently doing a 70.3 first, so that's… something. I would love to see a true breakdown of her training, because I remain suspicious.

 

And regardless of size, I don't know how she's going to fuel any sort of long race with a terrible diet. I mean, I like junk food as much as the next guy, but if I binge on nachos and beer for dinner, my run the next day is going to be sluggish.  Doesn't mean I never have nachos and beer, but it can't be an every day thing.

February 11, 2015
1:27 pm
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perfect bloodwork

Yeah, that's where I feel like she totally fails at being a HAES advocate.  I mean, the whole point is that a healthy lifestyle should be centered around your habits and not your weight, but her habits are really terrible.  I'd have more respect for her if she just dropped the "fathlete" charade and went straight FA.

February 11, 2015
5:01 pm
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Slanty Ankels
Baroness of Ham
Meows: 315
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September 18, 2014

Just curious how anyone knows tidbits on her diet?

I think because I skimmed her FAQ once and she mentioned that she was not going to share caloric intake/diet plans (which I actually agree with…seems like she'd get flak for whatever she eats so why even go there).

 

As someone who supports HAES (yes, I had "perfect bloodwork" at a point in my life where I was BMI 40+ when I was recovering from an ED, and just had to stay the course of rest and good food for over five years before my weight naturally settled) I don't think the levels of exercise she tries to endure are healthy, especially on her frame. Anecdotally, I think the stress of all the shit she tries to do keeps her weight high. I went through a period at my high weight to try to lose weight (vanity purposes) and my body would not budge, and in fact rebounded with more weight gain.

I think somewhere deep down she really wishes she weighed less and it comes across in her stubborn, argumentative writing. Because if she doesn't want her life to be about weight, then why is her blog about weight? Reminds me of "recovered" HLBers who write about food and exercise.





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