Thursday, December 31, 2009

5 Resolutions Not to Make This Year

Here is the list put out

1. Quit your job and wait for a dream career opportunity to present itself.
Reality check: Suck it up and hang on to your gig for now. Appease yourself by taking a class or picking up a hobby that will make your résumé stand out, like learning a foreign language or starting a blog.

2. Change your man.
Reality check: While some relationship tweaking is to be expected (hey, few guys are natural-born good kissers), if the words "fixer-upper" and "project" could describe your boyfriend, it's time to get real.

3. Triple the number of friends you have on Facebook.
Reality check: Less time stalking your friends' friends' friends. More time catching up with buddies you actually care about.

4. Don't eat any junk food.
Reality check: Cutting out all unhealthy food from your diet will most likely lead to binge eating, followed by intense guilt, by mid-January.

5. Save more money.
Reality check: Let's be honest. In this economy, we're just happy to be able to pay our rent, gas, and credit card bill.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Lisa's 7 Week Jump Start: Week 1 Results

Here are my base line Measurements:


arm: 15.5 in

chest: 48.5 in

hips: 52.5 in

waist: 43 in

wrist 6.25 in

After one week of Jump Start I am down 1.2 lbs.

This is how I did it this week.

1. Sharing my entree while dining out.

2. Not eating fast food breakfast.

3. Making better choices at Taco Bell. Instead of eating "the box" and regular large soda at 36 points. I had the "diet drive-thru" special with a burrito supreme and diet soda for 14 points.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Patterns of Domestic Violence

Charlie Sheen was recently arrested in relation to Domestic Violence claims. Yet, he has had a history of violence against women.

In 2005, while Richards, his second wife, was pregnant, she filed for divorce on the grounds that Sheen had abused drugs and alcohol and threatened her with violence.

In December 1996, Sheen was arrested and charged with attacking a girlfriend at his Southern California home. He pleaded no contest to the accusation, and was placed on two years' probation. That incident followed yet another, six years earlier, when he accidentally shot his then-fiancée, Kelly Preston, in the arm. The couple split up shortly afterwards.

In the case of Charlie Sheen he is a public figure so future wives and girlfriends can look up this information and think twice before getting in a relationship with him.

Yet, in the case of regular women how can we find out about potential abusers?

Here is a list of traits found in abusive people. These are the things we need to look into.

Below is a list of common behaviors that are seen in abusive people. I got these from a web site geared toward men. This just proves that abuse can't happen in any relationship dynamic if these personality traits are present.

1] Jealousy

2] Controlling Behavior

3] Quick Involvement: Many people in abusive relationships dated or knew their abusive partners for less than six months before they were married, engaged or living together.

4] Unrealistic Expectations: Abusive people will expect their partner to meet all their needs;

5] Isolation

6] Blames Others for Problems

7] Blames Others for Feelings: She will tell you, "You make me mad," "You are hurting me by not doing what I want you to do," or "I can't help being angry."

8] Hypersensitivity: An abusive person is easily insulted

9] Cruelty to Animals or Children

10] "Playful" use of Force in Sex

11] Verbal Abuse:

12] Dr. Jekyll and Mrs. Hyde

13] Past Battering:

14] Threats of violence

15] Breaking or Striking Objects

16] Any Force During an Argument

Tyra Banks Says Goodbye to Talk Show

After five seasons, two Daytime Emmy awards and too many girl-power episodes to count, Tyra Banks is announcing the end of The Tyra Show.

“This will be the last season of The Tyra Show,” Banks tells PEOPLE exclusively. “I’ve been loving having fun, coming into your living rooms, bedrooms, hair salons for the past 5 years.”
Wrapping at the end of its fifth season in the spring of 2010, it will be lights out for the show that brought viewers memorable weave-exposing, cellulite-revealing and tear-jerking moments.

Well, I think the show ran its course. I felt she said what she needed to say. She had some great episodes, but she also had a lot of random non-informative episodes also.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Slim Hopes

I found this video via the Fat Nutritionist

It seems to be from the late 1990's, but its still relevant today. If anything, the stats might be worse for adolescent girls' self-esteem and disordered eating rates. Check it out and discuss!

Best quote: "it is profitable for women to feel terrible about themselves."

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Not Under the Bus: the Fight for Women's Healthcare

Check out the organization that sponsored the ad above: Not Under the Bus.

Remember this: first they went after abortion coverage (Federal money is already banned, this is abortion coverage paid for by PRIVATE MONEY). Next its birth-control coverage (it already is birth-control coverage by most "pro-life" groups, see the Pill Kills) and some efforts have been made to refuse to cover STD screenings and pap-tests. This is not about the babeeez, its about anti-woman, anti-sex, anti-reality based thinking taking over your medical decisions and care.

Second, I'd like to point out that the vast majority of abortions are paid for out of pocket, even by women who have abortion coverage (the stigma is a serious factor for many and not having an abortion "track-record" is a concern for others), but those that are typically covered by insurance premiums are the SERIOUS abortions for reasons like protecting the life and health of the woman. Protecting the health of a woman is NOT protected in the current amendment (Stupak-Pitts). So, say at five months, you find out that your wanted baby is actually a brain dead fetus--you really want kids, but before you can deliver your dead baby, it will go septic resulting in you having to have a complete hysterectomy and no chance at ever having a kid. Oh, but that's the pro-life position because after all, if you were a good Christian woman God would never have punished you with a dead baby (or so goes the wackadoodle fantasy). Bad stuff happens to good people, good stuff happens to bad people, that's just chance folks. Pregnancy and birth are serious business and a friend in medical school (after her genetics class) said that she was amazed any fetuses turned into health babies considering all that can go wrong (half-joking of course). Sometimes abortion is the most moral option--the best health outcome and supporting of a woman's autonomy as a free-thinking human being. The rhetoric of the center, that abortions are awful, sad things really plays into the idea that all abortion at the outset is bad. The fact is, its the conditions around the abortion and the individuals involved, who get to decide if its freeing, sad, moral, immoral, life-affirming, etc. Not you, not me--its the woman, her partner, her family, etc. And especially in cases where abortion becomes seriously complicated due to the above or similar conditions, it becomes really expensive. A woman should have to go bankrupt to protect her fertility and her ability to have children. That is fundamentally what this amendment does--it punishes women for nature's own accidents. Yes, $500 is a pretty big piece of change for a woman in poverty and in many case denies her full humanity. That's why we need to overturn the Hyde Amendment. But the Stupak-Pitts goes even further into erasing the common-sense, life-affirming abortions for those wanted pregnancies that go very very wrong. Its so indicative of how much conservatives really hate women. Its not about the babeez, its about controlling and punishing women for sex, for the capacity to give birth, for not obeying the sperm magic of the patriarchy.

Recommended Reading

This post was from last week over at Pandagon, but "If Its One or the Other"
is definitely recommended reading regarding the healthcare reform legislature currently in conferencing between the House and Senate. I'm with Marcotte on many points, being the pragmatist that I am, and I certainly agree that to totally discount the House as if Liberman rules both chambers of Congress is the current meme in the media to help kill the public option. There is still some space for the public option or at least a trigger for a public option (which could be enacted if insurance premiums aren't down to X by 2014 which would allow Snowe or even Liberman to vote for it as if the trigger was all they wanted all along to give private insurance interests "a chance" to show they can be reasonable...because of course private profits are way more important than public health to the corporcatians).

Anywho, go read, come back and discuss.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to those who celebrate it; also, happy solstice, peaceful Kwanza, happy Chanukah & good movie watching to the rest.


The above video explores the European ideal of beauty in women over the past five-hundred years or so in the visual arts. Its all white, but then so was much of Europe prior to the 19th Century (with notable exceptions, of course). So, it wasn't just Ruben, lovin' the fatties--plus, notice the relatively small breasts compared to the Victoria secrets models. Plastic Surgery certainly changes what's possible, let alone what is "idea."

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Jump Start Update

Here are the changes that I have made in the first two days

1. High fiber breaksfast of fiber one or old fashion oatmeal.

2. Sharing an entree while eating out.

I went to Weight Watchers and got a baseline weight. I weigh 251 lbs. So now we have a starting point for the 7 week jump start.

Well keep you posted!!!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Lisa's 7 Week Jump Start

Well, I have finished my first semester of Grad school. It was grueling and time consuming. I spent 7 hours a week in class, 20 hours a week studying, and 12 hours a week in commuting. I now have a 7 week break before Spring Semester.

I am going to use that 7 weeks to jump start my weight loss and recommit to Weight Watchers. I have mostly been maintaining bigness for the bast 6 months. Now I am going to get on a losing streak. I have decided to use the 7 hours of class time for exercise. I am also going to turn the 20 hours of studying into more sleep town.

I will be chronicling my journey here. I will post my stats on Wednesday.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Meat Garnish: Hmmmm

So, what seemingly revolting combination of foods/drinks do you find oddly satisfying? Share in the comments!

Book Review: What I Cannot Change

I just finished reading What I Cannot Change by LeAnn Rimes and Darrell Brown. It is an inspirational book. It is a perfect gift for someone having a hard time. The first two chapters of the book describe the feelings that LeAnn Rimes and Darrell Brown went through that inspired them to write the song What I Cannot Change. The remain chapters are postings form the What I Cannot Change Website . The postings are broken down into the following categories: Sobriety, Health, Growth, Life, Family & Friends, Depression, and Faith.

This books motivation can also help in a weight loss journey. You cannot change your genetic makeup but you can change what you eat and when you exercise.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Book Review: Sarah the Duchess of York My Story

Sarah the Duchess of York My Story is an excellent book about how low self-esteem can make you lose yourself and set you on a path of self destruction. Even though this book came out in 1996, it still resonates today. Sarah Ferguson really gets deep in this book. She talks about how she stressed to do more for others to avoid looking at herself. She also talks about how being a people pleaser caused her to push her feelings down until the stress and depression all most pushed her over the edge. I feel many modern women can relate to her even if you don't get sucked into a high profile marriage.

Women Veterans

Back from combat, women struggle for acceptance is an article describing the lack of support our women veterans are receiving at home by their neighbors and their government. Below I offer my tips what are some of the things you as a neighbor can do to make it better.

1. If you never have been in the military, please understand that it tough job mind, body, and soul no matter if you severed state side or aboard. Every job in the military from Navy Seal to cook to secretary has the potential to become life threaten if your installation is attacked. This is why all soldiers no matter what job they will do are trained in combat.

2. Not every women near a military installation is there to support her "man" a lot of those women are actually soldiers.

3. Families please accept all your loved one's solider buddies male and female. Even though we known our loved ones. Their solider buddies know them in a way we never can and we shouldn't break up those bonds due to jealousy.

4. Let your women veteran know about VA CENTER FOR WOMEN VETERANS

Tip from KERF: You Cannot Put Frozen Chicken Into a Slow Cooker

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Kath at KERF mentioned the other day that you cannot put frozen chicken directly into the slow-cooker/crockpot! Apparently, it keeps chicken in the danger zone (40-140 degrees) for too long when on low. She's in an RD program and she verified this with her food safety professor. So, you need to thaw the chicken (preferably in the refridgerator) prior to placing it in the slow-cooker/crockpot.

I love my slow-cooker/crockpot, especially for beans or soups, but there are so many ways you can utilize them to make your life easier and to cook healthy meals for yourself and your family. I could totally see myself putting frozen chicken in the slow-cooker before I read about the possiblity of dangerous bacteria blooming to large proportions, incubated if you will, under the gentle care of the crockpot.

So, dear readers:

Do investigate the wonders of slow-cookers/crockpots if you haven't already.
Don't put frozen chicken in said pots.

Please share your favorite slow-cooker recipe in the comments!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Wait, I'm Confused: 80's Exercise Video or Gay Porn?

So, this video is pretty much hilarious. Its Dolph Lundgren's exercise video from the 80's--but it really doesn't make any sense. I totally stole this, by the way, from The Fat Nutrionist, by the way--so I can't claim to have discovered it first.

So, apparently, its scenes from his action movies intermixed with him advising the viewers to run in place and then stretch. Seriously? Somebody paid money for this as an exercise video? Also, most of the scenes involve him beating up children, throwing women out of the way so that he can kick a bicylist off a running trail, shooting human beings and of course blowing stuff up. I guess those scenes are supposed to get your heart pumping? Also, check out the zinc oxide on the lips in his life-guard scenes and the total homoeroticism of the squats in spandex short shorts (he's waxed everything, including his legs). So, exercise video or gay porn, you be the judge!

HAES Challenged

I don't like fundamentalism of any stripe. When one's ideology gets in the way of evidence-based assessment, you gotta problem in my book. There was a bit of a firestorm last week over a piece written by Lionel Shriver in the UK's Guardian Newspaper in which she details her concerns regarding her brother's obesity. Her brother was very unwell (notice the use of past-tense because he died shortly after the piece was published of cardiac arrest). His obesity was a major factor of his ill-health, though it was not the only factor. He was 330lbs, diabetic, had a compressed spine, high blood-pressure, major bone/joint problems due to an assault and an accident and serious respiratory problems. His weight exacerbated all of these collective health problems.

After detailing his ill-health, she goes on to criticize the Fat Acceptance Movement, especially HAES, Healthy at Every Size. She couches these criticisms in culturally sensitive terms, understanding that:

I have buckets of sympathy for the obese, often subject to cruelty, ridicule, denunciation and contempt. Fatties are the one subgroup you can still make fun of on the BBC and not lose your job. Likewise, I sympathise with their recurrent sense of hopelessness. Dieting is odious and can require years of determination and sacrifice. I entirely understand the impulse to say screw it and have another piece of cake. But the "fat pride community" doesn't want my sympathy. They want acceptance. They want respect.

Respect, yes, for their feelings, for their humanity. But I won't simply accept that my brother is fat. And his only chance at a future is to refuse to accept himself that his weight gain is irrevocable. Nor can I quite put obesity on a par with being black, female or homosexual. While discrimination against heavy people should be illegal (save when fielding, say, job applications to lead tourists up Mount Kilimanjaro), to equate fat with race, gender and sexual orientation is to cast obesity as an unassailable state over which we have no control.

I think that her concerns are valid, particularly when it comes to HAES. Healthy at Every Size is demonstrably not true. Simply look at the images I chose to accompany this post. The first one is the picture of an anorexic woman who is wasted down to bone and sinew. Not only can you count her vertebrae, you could probably see her heart beating out of her back if the image were a video. She is not healthy at that size. If this is true at that end of the spectrum, it is true at the other end as well. I chose the second image, the image of the average looking girl in the mirror (I think she's supposed to be "fat") and the anorexic girl positioned in the real world. The anorexic girl sees fat, I see average, but average is fat according to our thin-obessed media and perhaps our "normal-range" BMI meassurements. She is not healthy, in the real-world view.

There are many aspects of the Fat Acceptance Movement that I like, especially in terms of preventing fat discrimination, particularly in employment and healthcare access. I also think that decoupling obesity from health as the primary indicator is important because it is only a factor, not the sum of a patient's medical history and often times the obese have other conditions overlooked by physicians eager to suggest weight-loss as the solution to everything. So these are good things and I'm on board with that. Also, looking at the BMI, noting studies that support slightly overweight individuals as more healthy than "normal" weight individuals might be helpful to expand "normal." Personally, I'm not trying to be "normal" I just want to be "overweight" not obese. I think I can maintain that.

HAES fundamentalism, however, that would say someone can be healthy at every weight is simply unhelpful. Its also wrong. I think that one of the reasons Ms. Shriver caused such a firestorm was that she was understanding of the HAES movement's political concerns and interests, but she rejected them as a thin person. I'm a fat person, but I'm not self-loathing in my rejection of HAES, I'm evidence-based. I am a very healthy fat person, my blood panels, my blood pressure, my heart, etc. I was on the elliptical the other day and did 2.5 miles in 30 minutes and kept an average heart rate well within a healthy rate. I should be a poster child for the HAES movement by those measures, but guess what? I know that this body--particularly my joints--will not be able to maintain those great stats at my current weight for much longer and I want to be able to exercise, to move and to travel better, so I'm shedding some weight. I'm not dieting per se, but I am dropping some weight because weight does have an affect on what I can do. I'm not trying to say at what weight you can be healthy and still fat, you have to figure that out yourself, but morbid obesity does have health consequences--simple mobility for one.

So HAES fundamentalists, I'm sorry a thin woman pissed you off by writing an impassioned piece about her now late brother. Healthy at Every Size is simply not true, look at the starving girls in this post, look at the man trapped in the house by his weight. These are extremes, yes, but fundamentalists like to overlook the reality of the natural world in favor of ideology. Just with Global Warming Denialism, ignoring facts is to the peril of more than the self--it imperils our ability to have rational conversations with one another.


Saturday, December 5, 2009

Pilates Kitten

This kitten sure does seem to know how to do the pilates move: The Double Leg Stretch, see instructions here.

Okay, okay maybe this was just an evil ploy to be able to post such an adorable video. Seriously though, the double leg stretch is a killer, in the good way.

Here's the double-leg stretch in detail:

Check out the following mat workout for more good pilates action:

I love that there are so many exercise videos online for free now. So, readers, do you use online free sources?

Friday, December 4, 2009

Book Review: Not Becoming My Mother

Not Becoming My Mother by Ruth Reichl is a cute interesting book. At about 105 pages it is a quick read. The book discusses how one woman changes her perception of her understanding of her mother after reading her mother's letters and journal entries after she is dead. The author describes how her mother provided and anti-example of what type of women to be.

This book helped me appreciate my mother a little more. I don't have the best relationship with my mother. There are was no cookie baking and hugs in my house. Yet my mother did produce a good citizen and a good solider. In many ways I live my life as the Soldier's Creed, because that was one thing my mother did well, be a soldier, . So America can be happy for that. So in away, my good citizenship lessons have served me more in my travels then I think cookie baking and hugs ever would have.

This is the sport aid I want: Garmin Forerunner 305

This is the sport aid I want, the Garmin Forerunner 305 with GPS. It does:

  • High-Sensitivity, Watch-Like GPS Receiver That Provides Exceptional Signal Reception
  • 1 Piece Training Assistant That Provides Athletes With Precise Speed, Distance & Pace Data
  • Includes Training Center Software, Which Allows Users To Download Workout Data For A Detailed Analysis
  • Used For Multiple Sports Such As Cycling, Cross- Country Skiing & Windsurfing
  • Data Acquired May Also Be Analyzed. Which Provides Online Mapping & Route Sharing
Here's how I'm going to get it (it costs $140 at Amazon):
For every workout, at the end of the week I'm depositing $1 in one of my back-up savings accounts. For every month that I've worked out an average of four or more days per week, I deposit an additional $10 into the account. This is primarily a tool for outside conditioning, so the fact that I won't have it until post winter is totally fine. Hopefully, if I work out steadily, I can purchase it in April/May.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Patrick Stewart Speaks to Amnesty International's About Childhood Experiences with Domestic Violence--Very Moving

Yoga to the People

Have any of you all checked out Yoga to the People? They feature free viewable and downloadable yoga classes. I'm going to try out a couple of their classes and report back (once I can breathe normally again, yoga while stuffed up is well...less effective).


Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Orchids: Mine Actually Produced FIVE Blooms!!!

Watching HGTV the other day, I learned what my office level is called: Garden Level, that is half way between the basement and the ground level. So, my garden level office has a kind of odd light composition which turns out to be perfect for orchid blooming! My orchid plant produced FIVE BLOOMS a couple weeks ago (with my new camera cord in hand, I can share them with you).

Extreme close-up, kinda O'Keeffe-esque.

After the original bloom fell off, I watered it like a fern, appreciating the greenery, for almost two years, not really expecting more flowers or really understanding the orchid at all. Then last Spring, these sprigs appeared, so I tied them to the stick using floss hoping something might happen and then a couple of weeks ago, one two three four five blooms came in! Stunning, not smelling of anything really, but beautiful to look at. Quite a nice surprise as we descend into winter.

Book Review: How to Lose Your Ass and Regain Your Life

How to Lose Your Ass and Regain Your Life by Kirstie Alley is her book about the year before she did Jenny Craig. It was a very funny book.

She talks about her Cocaine abuse. She talks about the weight loss benefits of the drug. Yet, she really talks about the pain it brings with it, unlike Valerie Bertinelli did in her book. Kirstie Alley says the a Dianetics: The Modern Science Of Mental Health and Scientology got her off cocaine after one session. She also states that it help her get to the root of her weight gain. She says the weight started to come on after her miscarriage.

Well since this book is pre-Jenny Craig we know that something went wrong in her journey since she gained the weight back.

In my opinion, this book is very funny but not very deep. So if you have the time pick it up. If you don't your aren't missing great wisdom.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Food Blogging: Breakfast, Lunch & Snack

Oatmeal today, I brought this Flax Plus Individually packaged oatmeal from Whole Foods. It doesn't have all the sweetners/junk of other individually packaged oatmeals, so its great to have at work. Its very tasty as well.

Here's the oatmeal served with English Breakfast Tea (made with Silk Vanilla Soy Milk)

Extreme close-up, you can see the light smart balance and agave syrup. I also added chia seeds.

Tea close-up--so what's the difference between "Black Tea" and English Breakfast Tea? Umm, I don't know, I drink both very regularly. I'll get back to you on that one.

Here's an up-close and personal with Agave Nectar. I totally recommend it! It has a lower impact on one's blood sugar than most sweetners (sugar, raw sugar, honey), but it works great on oatmeal and in tea/coffee. I haven't tried baking with it, but I understand you have to reduce your liquids overall whenever using agave or any liquid sugar substitute. If I do try to bake with it, I'll update you on the process.

Lunch was fab (again). Same as yesterday, though as per Lisa D's suggestion, I ditched the cheese and it was almost as good :)

See, no cheese.

Tomato & Red Pepper Soup, really hot this time. So hot in fact that it made a mess in the conference room microwave. I cleaned it up toot-sweet, I'm no Ryan from the office.

For a snack, I had another English Breakfast Tea with a Honey Almond Kashi Bar (only 140 calories, but really good and chalk full of excellent nutritionals).

Pumpkin Oatmeal: Fibery Goodness

Start out with 1/2 cup of Whole Grain Rolled Oats, I like Bob's Red Mill.

1/4 cup of pumpkin pie or pumpkin.

Combine in a pot with 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup milk and a pinch of salt.
Cook until perfection, adding a bit of cinnamon or other Autumny spices.

Serve: Yum!

Adding pumpkin seriously pumps up the fiber and the flavor and if you are into exploring seasonal eating, it certainly invokes the spirit of Autumn.

Breaking: Solange Magnano Dies from Complications During Plastic Surgery

A former Miss Argentina dies of complications during an elective plastic surgery operation.

Solange Magnano, 37, died in a hospital after being transferred from a clinic where she underwent an elective surgery on her buttocks on Wednesday, the agency reported.

Magnano ran her own modeling agency in Argentina, and had been a model and Miss Argentina in 1994. She also was the mother of 7-year-old twins.

Of course, some of the coverage, particularly this title: "A Woman Who Had Everything Lost Her Life For A Firmer Behind" is pretty victim blaming.

The article also notes that:

In recent years, Argentina has become an international destination for plastic surgery. The costs of such procedures there are much lower than in other countries.

Estimates say that 1 in 30 Argentines has gone under the knife, making surgeons here some of the most experienced on the globe.

Medical tourism has seen a huge jump over the past decade, and is projected to be a $100 billion global industry by 2010, according to the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions.

Certainly the safety of international surgery tourism is a concern, but I think that the major take-away from this incident is two-fold: 1. Surgery is surgery is surgery and all surgeries pose the risk of death; 2. beauty hurts the beautiful too and its not just ugly, harridan feminists like me ;) who should be critical of our appearance obsessed global media culture.

My sincere condolences to her family and friends. Rest in peace.

In Job Hunt, College Degree Can’t Close Racial Gap

That race remains a serious obstacle in the job market for African-Americans, even those with degrees from respected colleges, may seem to some people a jarring contrast to decades of progress by blacks, culminating in President Obama’s election.

But there is ample evidence that racial inequities remain when it comes to employment. Black joblessness has long far outstripped that of whites. And strikingly, the disparity for the first 10 months of this year, as the recession has dragged on, has been even more pronounced for those with college degrees, compared with those without. Education, it seems, does not level the playing field — in fact, it appears to have made it more uneven.

I feel that in a recession job market a really bad Stereotype prevails. White men need a job more then anyone else because they have a stay at home wife, 2.4 kids, and a mortgage. This stereotype doesn't take account of the new family. Seniors returning to work. Single mothers. Those just starting their careers. I think in recession all jobs are hard to come bye and it because a who you know job market.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Classic Onion

Attractive Girls Union Refuses To Enter Into Talks With Mike Greenman

This is one of the funniest take-downs of the "Nice Guys" phenomenon. Watch, laugh, discuss.


According to the New York Times some in the plastic surgery industry are steamed over the Bo-Tax proposal that would levy a 5% tax on elective plastic surgery.

The tax, which would be paid by the customer but collected by doctors, would be levied on any cosmetic surgery that is not necessary to address deformities arising from congenital abnormalities, personal injuries resulting from an accident or trauma, or disfiguring diseases, a definition taken directly from current tax code covering deductible medical expenses.

One doctor cited the embarrassment often associated with plastic surgery as a reason few patients have come forward to oppose the bill:

“You’re taxing a disorganized group that has no one of its own representing it,” he said. “There’s no American Society of Plastic Surgery Patients.”

Dr. Teitelbaum said some patients might be embarrassed to admit to having had cosmetic surgery. “They don’t want to come out and march on Capitol Hill,” he said. “You’re not going to have a million-man Botox march.”

A slightly more effective argument (to my mind) is that this bill is discriminatory against women, who make up the majority of plastic surgery patients:

Terry O’Neill, the president of the National Organization for Women, said middle-age women, who make up a bulk of her group’s financers, would be particularly susceptible to the tax, especially now. Many who have lost jobs might be considering surgery, she said, because they are looking to impress potential employers.

“They have to find work,” Ms. O’Neill said. “And they are going for Botox or going for eye work, because the fact is we live in a society that punishes women for getting older.”

Ms. O’Neill said women commonly pay higher health insurance premiums and suffer wage discrepancies from men. “And now they are going to put a tax on middle-aged women in a society that devalues them for being middle aged?” she said.

Although I do find the argument effective, that more women will be paying this tax, I do not personally oppose this tax. The problem isn't the tax, its the unhealthy expectations of the unaging woman and that a woman's worth is bound up in her appearance, that's the primary problem with plastic surgery in general. I'm much more concerned with the lack of maternity care and the ability of insurance companies to charge women carte blanche more for health insurance than men--which a quality healthcare reform bill will stop and a reform bill that includes some additional levies is crucial to get there. So, what do you think readers? Am I being too harsh on plastic surgery & plastic surgery patients? What's your take?

Lunch: Wicked Good

You'll probably see the following combo twice more this week: Sunshine SouthWest Veggie Burger on Arnold's Multigrain Sandwich Thins (100 cal per bun with 4 grams of protein & 5 grams of fiber each) and Pacific's Roasted Red Pepper & Tomato Soup. Above you'll find the ingredients.

Altogether now!

Close-up #1: I also had organic baby carrots, a couple dill pickles and some snow peas to go along with the veg burger & soup.

Close-up #2: SOUP!

I smooshed some avocado with light mayo on the bun and melted a piece of smoked Gouda over the burger. The smoked Gouda is sooooo good, but I think I won't waste it by melting it over the burger again. Its better as a snack at room temperature. I brought some munster as well, so that'll probably be featured in future pics.

Protect Yourself from Germs at the Gym

In this article, Protect Yourself from Germs at the GymPrevent colds and flu with these simple tips By Christine Luff , the author gives tips to stay healthy at the gym.

  • Bring your own towels and mat.
  • Get out of your sweaty gym clothes as soon as possible
  • If you don't have time for a shower, at least wash your hands or wipe them down with hand sanitizer before you leave
  • Clean the gym equipment before and after use.
  • Keep your feet covered. Wear flip flops or water shoes when walking around the locker room or pool area to avoid picking up germs or fungus that can cause athlete's foot and other issues.
  • Keep your gym bag clean.
  • Stay home if you're sick.

Back to Basics: Food Blogging

You might have noticed I haven't been blogging as regularly as LisaD! I've been working on my Ph.D applications for the past few weeks pretty intensely (plus there were several deadlines at work). I still haven't finished all of my app's (its a process), but I will be better on the blogging front. One thing I'm going to start doing regularly is food blogging again. I think its helpful to put out there what you eat and quite frankly it gives you pause when considering the salad or the burger--which would photograph better? Or more honestly, which do I want the whole world (okay, 150 readers or so, plus my mom) to see?

Today was Oikos Greek Yogurt with Flax Plus Granola and some Chia seeds (so good--I love these guys in yogurt, oatmeal, smoothies, etc.). It was honey flavoried, which I've had in another brand and didn't care for too much, but in Oikos it was subtle and tasted great. I'm glad I tried honey again.
I also had English Breakfast Tea with Vanilla Soy Milk by Silk and some Agave. The Vanilla Soy milk was fabulous and I'd love to try it in Chai Tea as well. Why the soy milk? Well, it has a longer expiration date than cow's milk and I didn't want to buy half and half, to cut down on the saturated fat. So I thought I'd try it and it worked great. I'm battling the last legs of a pretty bad cold here, so I might have another in a bit. This cold was particularly cruel as it hit me right after going to the gym three days in a row last week! I probably won't be able to head back to the gym until Wednesday (though I teach that night, so probably Thursday). I sure do love the ellipitical. When I buy a house, I'm getting one before new furniture. Despite this cold, I will do arm weights today during lunch. My brother (from the Mid Summer's Night Race) has been on a great fitness jag recently, riding his bike and doing weights almost every day. So, just a shout out to him and thanks for the inspiration. He didn't even start up in response to a birthday or New Years, it was just time.


Monday, November 23, 2009

Book Review: Know Your Power: A Message to America's Daughters

I just finished reading Know Your Power: A Message to America's Daughters by Nancy Pelosi and Amy Hill Hearth. The book was a quick read about 170 pages. Nancy Pelosi tells just the service facts of her life. No deep family secrets here. She mostly talks about a lot of the catch phrase that she clung to to get where she is now such as:

"Don't agonize, organize"
"Do it for the 1 in 5" - Referring to the one in five children who go hunger in America.
"Know your power"
"The plural of anecdotes is not data"

Yet, what I like mosted about the book is her recognition of working mothers in politics. She said for her it was less of a burden because her youngest was high school jr. when she ran for congress. She acknowledge that it would have been harder if she still had little ones. Yet, she did acknowledge that women who started younger got further faster. Her final commentary on the issue was whatever path you chose. Chose it for yourself and be happy with your decision.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Heidi Klum: “I’m Proud of Being the Curvy Model”

Heidi Klum didn’t plan on walking the runway of the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show last night, but let’s just say she’s a little bit impulsive. “I felt great the night of the fashion show and decided last minute to walk,” the supermodel, 36, who welcomed daughter Lou, with husband Seal, last month, tells PEOPLE exclusively. Klum, who had already been fitted for her dress, opened the Enchanted Forest-themed part of the show, wearing a vine-strewn corset and a full white skirt. “I loved my outfit,” she says, “so I thought, why not?” Her surprise appearance, known only to Victoria’s Secret insiders, drew screams and applause from a shocked audience during the live show Thursday night. Though Klum, who was expected only to host the festivities, said that while her new job behind the scenes meant there was “definitely less pressure,” walking in the show was a thrill for her. “I’m proud of being the curvy model on the Victoria’s Secret stage,” she says, adding that she enjoyed the show herself. “The Black Eyed Peas and all of the looks for the show were fantastic!” You can watch Heidi — and all the Angels — hit the runway when the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show airs on CBS at 10pm EST on Dec. 1.–Charlotte Triggs

Here is another case of a person losing weight crazy fast after a pregnancy. Yet because she didn't lose all of it in 30 days. She is trying to pass herself off as "curvy". Please stop the insanity, being pregnant doesn't make you curvy it makes you pregnant. Also losing tons of weight in 30 days is not good for the majority of most people.

So I am giving Hedi Klum a "Fail" on this statement.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Mammogram Guidelines May Be Wrong for AA Women

We have to remember that we have to be our own medical advocates. We have to know our own history and we have to do our own research so we know what questions to ask our doctor. Also, don't stop asking questions until you are satisfied with the answer. Also, remember a second opinion is worth the cost even if you have to pay for it yourself when it comes to quality of life issues.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Book Review: High On Arrival

High On Arrival by Mackenzie Phillips was a very honset straight forward book. She also talks about being on the Cocaine Diet. Yet, she actually referes to it as a drug problem unlike Valerie Bertinelli. Mackenzie Phillips has gone through a lot in her life and she faced up to a lot of those things in this book. This is a great read if you want to see how far to the bottom someone can go. Yet, please avoid this book if you are in recovery. Her vivid descriptions of drug use maybe a trigger to you.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Megan Fox Tired of Girls Thinking She's "a Slut"

Megan Fox - who has bragged about falling in love with a stripper and being bisexual - has one gripe about the way women perceive her.

"Girls think I'm a slut," the actress, 23, tells this weekend's edition The New York Times Magazine.

But Fox - who is on-again with Brian Austin Green - tells the magazine, "I've been in the same relationship since I was 18."

The problem?

"If they think you're attractive, you're either stupid or a whore or a dumb whore," she says of girls. "The instinct among girls is to attack the jugular."

She says she doesn't mean to come across as a sexual person.

"If I had been a typical starlet and said all the right things, I wouldn’t have escalated to this level," Fox says. "I sit down and do an interview and I talk like a person and that, for some reason, is shocking. All women in Hollywood are known as sex symbols. You're sold, and it's based on sex. That's O.K., if you know how to use it."

When it comes to men's magazines, "there's a certain character that I play," she says. "She’s not fully fleshed out — she doesn't have her own name — but she shows up to do men’s-magazine interviews. There's something so ridiculous about always being in your underwear in those magazines, and you know the interview is going to run opposite those pictures. So, there's a character that talks to all of them."

Overall, Fox says it's been "a crazy year. I’ve learned that being a celebrity is like being a sacrificial lamb. At some point, no matter how high the pedestal that they put you on, they’re going to tear you down. And I created a character as an offering for the sacrifice." Consequently, Fox says she is going to have to "pull back a little bit now."

Says the actress, "I do live in a glass box. And I am on display for men to pay to look at me. And that bothers me. I don’t want to live that character."

Megan Fox needs to take control of her image if she wants to be received differently. You rarely see actress like Reese Witherspoon, Natalie Portman, and Anne Hathaway doing men's magazine shoots in underwear only. So if she wants to be seen differently, but on clothes and stop offering overly signalized sound bites.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Expert: Stars Make Sex Tapes Because They're "Narcissistic"

why do celebs still make sex tapes in the first place?

"You like the spotlight. You may have some narcissistic tendencies, and you're more likely to have an exhibitionist side," Dr. Jenn Berman, a sex expert and licensed therapist, tells

Psychotherapist Rhonda Findling, author of Don't Call That Man!, tells Us celebs are being "unrealistic" if they think footage will never surface.

"They are naive and in denial," Findling says. "It should be considered self-destructive. They shouldn't have the video camera running if they're having sex with somebody."
For those who feel the need to film, Findling advises doing it with "somebody you can trust, who doesn't have a track record of being deceitful or damaging other people's careers or being manipulative."

Although it likely isn't necessarily legally binding, Findling also recommends signing "a contract or a letter of agreement beforehand saying you can't release it."

She also encourages the participants to tape and watch footage immediately — and then delete it.
"If you cannot control yourself, maintain control of it," adds Berman, who hosts a love and sex radio show on Sirius. "Film it in a format that is not made to copy, release or disseminate easily. Record it onto one DVD and keep it under lock and key. That way, it is less likely to get out than if it's a file sent on your iPhone."

If a celebrity, like Prejean, made a sex tape before they became famous, there's little they can do but "pray a lot" to keep it from being released publicly, Berman says.
Said Berman, "If you've made a sex tape and you're a celebrity, it will come out."

This article applies to real people also. Don't be naive to think your sex tape will not get out. Respect yourself and your body. Don't let anyone pressure you into dump activities. Be your own person.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Wynonna Judd Apologizes for Dissing Taylor Swift

"I understand that my comment . . . came across as a negative statement," Judd writes.

Before the awards, Judd told USA Today that the 19 year-old's nomination was "too much, too soon . . . Time is God's way of keeping everything from happening at once. It's just too much of a good thing soon . . . I want kids to earn it."

But Judd clarified online Thursday: "My intent was not to take anything away from her talent and contributions to the country music industry...all of which are truly unprecedented for an artist of ANY age."

Wynonna Judd is back pedeling due to industry pressure. But I stand by my comments. I continue to think that hollywood's youth obssesion, puts these child acts on a pedastal then tears them down. Make it stop all ready.

Wynonna: "Too Soon" for Taylor Swift to Win Entertainer of the Year

"You want my honest comment? It’s too much too soon," the singer told USA Today before the show. "Time is God’s way of keeping everything from happening at once. It’s just too much of a good thing too soon."

"Now it’s over coffee breaks, the success, almost," she added. "You have to play catch up ... It's like the girl who wins an Oscar and she's under 20. What do you do from here?"

I agree with Wynonna. Hollywoods obsession with youth keeps creating these child stars such Miley Cyrus, Taylor Lautner, Brinteny Spears, and ect. Then we over sexualize them. The outfits they wear (booty-shorts, squines, low risers) would never fit into a classroom or office setting.

Then we tear them down in the media for the stupid mistakes lack of experience cause. I say we start protecting our children and better manage the enforcement of child labor laws.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Tape Worms: Fat Be-Gone?

Oh, my gosh Tape Worms as Diet Solution is a real thing? I've heard people joke about it (in life and on TV), but I didn't know that intentionally getting Tape Worms as a diet aid was a real thing. Above you'll find a Vintage Ad I got from The Fat Nutrionist. From the looks of the add, its early 20th Century--Edwardian Era, I think. Still, I love how this shows that diet hucksters try to use "science" to sell their dangerous crap. Gee, the worms have been "Sanitized" according to the add--how do you sanitize an organism that can drill its way into your brain and lay eggs? Hmmm??? Yeah, I saw that on House. The other thing I find odd about this add is up at the top, "No Diets, No Baths"--what does bathing have to do with weight-loss? Let alone, the absence of bathing being a desireable thing? Of course, how often you bathed varies from culture and time period, but I don't get why that's a relevant selling point. Then, right next to the lady is all that yummy, new fangled "processed food" that she gets to eat once the worms are absorbing the calories. So, weird, so wrong. Peace.

I Want to Go to There

I so want to see this movie--I love mixed genre (comedy/action) plus Tina Fey and Steve Carell? Date Night looks like tons of fun. What does this have to do with Health, Fitness or Feminism? Ummmm, laughing is good for you?

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

French Women Do Get Fat???

Oh, NOOOESSSS! Apparently the French are human!!! According to THIS study, French women do get fat!

The article says:

According to a 2009 study published on Tuesday, 15.1 percent of France's women are classed as clinically obese, while a further 26 percent are overweight.

The survey, conducted by TNS Sofres Healthcare and Swiss pharmaceuticals company Roche, also pointed to similar trends among the male population, with 13.9 percent of Frenchmen obese and 38.5 percent overweight.

The world has long marveled at the ability of the French population, and particularly its women, to remain thin in a country famed for its pastries, cheese and wine.

French author Mireille Guilano even published a diet manual in 2004 entitled "French Women Don't Get Fat," praising the eating habits of women who prefer to savour their food calmly and never snack between meals.

But the reality is that over the past 12 years, the average French person has put on 3.1 kg (6.83 lb) and added a further 4.7 cm (1.85 inches) around the waist, the survey showed.

Doctor Marie-Aline Charles, who helped conduct the research, said urban lifestyles were largely to blame.

"Obesity rates have really risen sharply in urban areas where there's a concentration of sedentary jobs, public transport, less need to walk and a much greater availability of food," she told Reuters in a telephone interview.

However, other countries, especially the United States, were faring worse, she said.

"We're currently seeing in France the same levels of obesity as in the United States in the 1970s, so we're about 40 years behind," she said.

Wii: Your Shape

This could be interesting, its Wii Shape, an interactive Wii fitness game that serves as your workout coach, checks your form (via a camera that comes with the game) and allows you (unlike the other Wii Fit products) to have a continuous workout based on your preferences or target areas, so you could set it for 15 minutes of abs or a 40 minute overall workout. It doesn't seem to require that little white platform (which looks way too small to be a safe place to do exercise on in my opinion).

Here's what the reviewer over at FitSugar had to say:

the game tailors workouts to you in type, length, and difficulty level. The game includes 400 exercises, so your workouts are never the same, which keeps you on your toes and busts the boredom common to home workouts. You can select to focus on cardio, strength training, or toning exercises, and focus on a specific body part. I selected a 15-minute burn, aka cardio, focusing on my backside. After a five-minute warmup, I did many lunges and kicks peppered with some old-school aerobics moves. When my grapevine turned sloppy, Jenny chimed in, "Please follow me." When I corrected my footwork she gave a "Fantastic!" You can also have the game add in exercises with equipment you already own, like an exercise ball, hand weights, or an aerobic step. Unlike many Wii Fit games, Your Shape creates a continuous workout and you can sweat it out for 45 minutes nonstop.

You begin playing the game with a fitness test, and every nine workouts you take the test again to assess your improvement. You can compete with other users registered to your game — up to four. The game drops Nov. 24, and will be available at Amazon, Target, Walmart, and other large retailers. If you're more of a mobile game player (or your kids hog the TV or the Wii), a PC version of the game, also $69, will be available for purchase in early December. This version comes with the camera as well so you can work out with Jenny anywhere.

So, how about it, Nintendo, send me a Wii and a copy of the game and I'll do a six-week challenge with it, documenting how it aids in weight-loss and fitness goals! Or, hey, send me a Wii and Lisa a Wii and we'll do a longer challenge to see who can lose the most weight while using the system.

Kelly Osbourne: I've Lost 20 Pounds on DWTS -- But I'm Still "Starving!"

The reality star, 25, has dropped 20 pounds as a result of her stint on Dancing With the Stars, but not without sacrifice, she says.

"I'm f------ starving right now!" Osbourne told backstage at Monday's performance show in Los Angeles, where Osbourne and her partner Louis van Amstel earned rave reviews for their '60s-inspired jive.

And though she's hungry, Osbourne's svelte new bod is turning heads. Van Amstel, who has helped the now size-2/4 Osbourne waltz her way into the final five, can definitely see the change in his partner's figure.

At least she is keeping it real. She says it is not just the dancing. It is also the not eating that is getting the weight off. Past contestants like Denise Richards said she was dancing and eating pizza and lost weight.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Losing It: And Gaining My Life Back One Pound at a Time

We at FFFB are often discussing Valerie Bertinelli. In order to be fair, I wanted to read more about her. So I read her book. Losing It: And Gaining My Life Back One Pound at a Time . She is so out of touch with reality. I felt that she spent the whole book talking about other peoples problems and not seeing her part in it. She talks about being on the "Cocaine Diet" but she did not believe that it was an eating disorder, disordered eating, or a drug problem. She talks about doing drugs with Mackenzie Phillips, but describes how she distances herself from her after the arrest. She kept saying she was such a good person and so thankful for her parents rules even though she constantally talks about breaking those rules.

The one thing I did learn from book that I always suspected, Jenny Craig recruits they celebrity spoke people and pays them a lot of money. She said she got with Jenny Craig threw her agent even though she knew Kirstie Alley from her kids school.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Vintage Ad-: Wate-On

I thought that this was interesting. Remember, the pressure to be skinny was not always ideal, even in Hollywood. This actress is endorsing Wate-On, a weight gain supplement to help her add pounds on to a figure deemed too skinny for the early 1960's aesthetic. Of course, we here at FFFB try not to pile on the body-snarking of any shape, skinny bitches included. As always, let's try for our healthiest, whatever your frame tends toward. If that means gaining a few pounds or losing a few pounds, that's up to you. If you currently weigh 250 lbs, aiming for 100lbs is probably not going to be the healthiest for you, but 160lbs might be great. Conversely, if you weight 100lbs, aiming for 135lbs might not be realistic for you either, so think about 120lbs.