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My e-mails...actually answered!

Friday, April 11, 2008

Ok, so basically I'm referring to my last two blogs so you can read those if you want background information.

I recently complained about weight watcher's muffins. I e-mailed them asking why they are now smaller and fall apart. I actually got an e-mail back! This is what they said:

"Amber,

Thank you for your inquiry. I just received word back in regards to your question about the muffin size. Mary Jo Schultz, VP of Regulatory Affairs stated:

'The muffins were reduced in size by 5 grams to insure all muffin varieties were of the same net weight. We had to introduce a new variety at 66g and the decision was made to reduce the original 71 gram muffins to 66g as well.'

In regards to the muffin crumbling, it sounds as though it may have been stale. "

She then said that I could e-mail my address and box code and get a coupon. So that's pretty cool!

I also wrote in to Glamour because I loved their swimsuit special in their May 2008 issue (on stands now! lol) I loved that they actually gave advice to both pear AND apple shapes (us apples are always getting ignored). And I suggested that it would be even more awesome if some amazing designer created some cute swimsuit with sleeves to help us with arm issues. They have things to cover thighs, why not arms?

They responded :

"Dear Reader,

Thanks for writing to us about the swimsuits featured in our May 2008 issue. I don't think we've ever heard that suggestion before, but it makes sense--a suit with sleeves! I've forwarded your letter to our fashion editors for their consideration. Thanks for your letter, and please keep us posted on your responses to upcoming issues. Take care!"

So after I saw that my letter was printed in Elle and I actually received responses from the people I've been writing to, I feel good!

  
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DNJEN471 4/15/2008 12:15AM

    You should feel good, you are awesome!

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ANTONEA808 4/12/2008 1:50AM

    Whoa! Good for you.
Its about time these companies treat its customers with respect :)

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SCRAPPYLOUISA 4/11/2008 2:55PM

    Last year I bought a Butterball boneless turkey breast that was so salty you couldn't eat it. I had to send 3 different emails before I got to the right place concerning it. Butterball told me that they added the salt to make it taste better.....they would check and see if there had been a glitch in the amount of salt used in the lot number I had. They sent me a coupon for $10 off Butterball products. I've emailed others about how I like their products and received coupons for money off or free products. Companies love to have feedback positive or negative about their products. Keep up sending those emails. Hugs, Shirley

Comment edited on: 4/11/2008 2:54:03 PM

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MDTWEETY 4/11/2008 2:21PM

    Wow, that's cool. Some people actually pay attention to what we think! :)

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My letter to the editor of Elle

Thursday, April 10, 2008

I have been really opinionated lately for some reason. I mean, I'm usually opinionated, don't get me wrong! But lately I've actually been writing a lot to the magazines I subscribe to.

I'm an addict so I subscribe to Cosmo, Glamour, Elle, Marie Claire, Fitness, Shape, Self, Parenting, and Health. (I might even be forgetting one or two, forgive me, lol)

So I opened up this issue's Elle and there's one of my letters! From Amber K., Portland, OR HEY ! That's me!

I wrote in response to an article about a woman who kept losing weight for no reason. The doctors kept blowing her off and just telling her to eat more. She WAS eating! (Turns out it was some sort of bacteria).

It just reminded me of other doctors who have blown people off. "You have a headache? It's because you're fat, lose weight." "Your stomach hurts? You're tiny, so you're probably just hungry, eat something."

I know doctors are busy, but blowing off patients isn't going to help anyone! (Note: to all of you amazing doctors and nurses who actually take the time to listen to patients. You're are awesome! Keep up your fantastic work.)

  
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MCCLURE_33 4/11/2008 1:14PM

    That's sooo cool!!

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1KKATT 4/10/2008 7:14PM

    Good for you for writing! I have had a Dr. tell me "The pain is all in your head" to which I replied, "It is NOT. IT is in my knee and hip!" In the end, I was right and needed my knee operated on.

Another told me I couldn't have morning sickness anymore because I was past the first trimester. I told him "Stick around, I will be showing you that I AM still sick..." and proceeded to prove it.

Another dr told me I had all the symptoms of Menieres disease, but couldn't possibly have it because I wasn't old enough. Apparently it "magically" shows up when you hit 40 but not before. Funny, I have had many symptoms since I was around 5 or younger.

I do wish all drs would LISTEN. Yes, some people are looking for attention, but for most of us, we have REAL problems, even if they can't immediately find the problems.

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MYKIDSMOM726 4/10/2008 7:01PM

    CONGRATULATIONS on your 10 minutes of fame! That's very cool that you had the gumption to write the media.

I have a similar example My sister's young son is really thin and small for his age. He's always getting picked on at school and beat up on the bus because he looks almost fragile. Every doctor kept telling them he had no medical problem, to just eat more.

One doctor finally tested him for Celiac disease. It turns out all these years he has hardly been absorbing much of his food. Now he is in the 5th grade and is smaller than my 3rd grade son.

This is a good warning you gave people to persist when you think something is wrong with you, even when they look at you like you have lost your mind. They know a lot, but they do not know everything. And you know your body better than anyone.

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They changed my muffins!

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Anyone else eat Weight Watcher's muffins?

I haven't eaten them in a couple of weeks and decided to buy another box over the weekend. Well, I crack it open and think "hey, this seems a LOT smaller than normal."

They are totally smaller! Yet somehow only 10 less calories than before. In fact, the nutrition label is totally different! Apparently they now have less fat, sodium, MORE fiber, MORE carbs.

Which is cool and all, but I didn't think they were that big to begin with. And now they are like 3/4 of the size they used to be!

They used to be soft and a little chewy (at least my double chocolate ones). The one I just ate kept falling apart all over! They taste different too. What's going on?

LOL

  
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BAMATHIN 4/10/2008 5:23PM

    Darn, I thought they were so good before. I definitely don't want something that's been altered to that affect. Bleh.

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GEMSTONE1952 4/10/2008 1:19PM

    I was stopping by to see how you were doing. Obviously, you continue to excel! Anyway, thanks for pointing out the new info on the ww muffins.
i am diabetic and that carb increase makes a difference. I wouldn't have checked 'cuzI had it already in my favorites and never thought about checking to see if they changed them. I gotta be more careful!
You are doing awesome--almost there!

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SCRAPPYLOUISA 4/8/2008 3:00PM

    It's probably like other items........smaller size, less quality and higher prices. I've noticed that with other grocery items lately. Hugs, Shirley

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A little disappointed

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Ok, so a couple of the stories I've read in the Chicken Soup for the Dieter's Soul are pretty good. But I was really thrown off by the first one!

In it, the woman is obese at 290 pounds. She is unhappy with herself, but only changes because in going to a store a dirty, drunk, homeless man tells her "girl, you've got too much food in you." And continues to say it loudly so everyone around starts laughing at her.

Apparently that wakes her up and she decides she's determined to lose the weight. Ok, but I'm torn about this. It's good that she decided to become healthier, but later on she refers to this homeless man as her "guardian angel." Saying that he wasn't trying to be mean at all, he was just being honest with her.

She said he was dirty, staggering, and drinking something out of a brown paper bag. And because some drunken man basically calls you fat he's a guardian angel?

To me, the story just makes it seem like it's ok to make fun of fat people. Just call them names and make people laugh at them! Because then you might inspire them to lose the weight!

The whole story basically just bugged me. Even if some people would find it inspiring, it just didn't seem like a good way to start out the book. There was a story later on about a woman who felt self concious doing her favorite thing (swimming) so she avoided getting into a swimsuit. Then her husband told her she was beautiful to him no matter what and she put on her swimsuit and swam with her family.

THAT is inspiring. She trusted her husband saying she was beautiful. I am more likely to do that then to let what I'm going to do in my life depend on what some person I don't even know says to me. I'd rather take the thoughts and opinions of those who love and care for me, than some drunken homeless man.

Maybe I'm just being too sensitive? I don't know, but it's still bugging me! I even thought, you know, even if the person had shouted nice things to me I wouldn't just trust whatever they said. "Nice legs!" would be a compliment, but they don't know what I've done to get these legs. They don't know the road I've traveled. Now when my husband or my best friend says "Your legs look awesome!" That DOES affect my self esteem and make me smile because I know they both know how hard I'm working each day.

  
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CJSTRIP 4/4/2008 8:08PM

    You know...I understand your reaction. I kind of had the same reaction...or did before last week.

I have really had the desire to be healthier and losing weight is one of the major things that I need to do make it happen. The problem is all of the emotional/stress stuff was getting in my way...

Last week I had to participate in a Presentation workshop. I am not nervous about giving presentations...but this was TAPED! I got so nervous and upset that I had to watch myself on tape...can't deny the weight then!

Well...that seemed to be the very event that set me on my journey. I don't consider myself to be superficial, but having to watch those tapes over and over really put reality in front of me...maybe it was the same for the lady in the book?

Just a thought...Love your page!


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DNJEN471 4/4/2008 4:43PM

    I hear what you are saying. I am actually reading the exact same book right now. I totally see your side and perspective.. however, I think everyone has their own ways of being inspired and to some people (not you or I) they care more about what other people think. You and I are logical enough to know it does not matter what a stranger says about us, our loved ones matter more. But there are some very superficial people out there that are motivated by what strangers have to say good and bad... I guess whatever works best for you, works.

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SWATI_ 4/3/2008 5:20AM

    Thats absolutely terrible... I can understand someone losing weight bec some thoughtless, vile creature said something.. but that has more to do with humiliation and never wanting to experience it again rather than inspiration.
And no one can base a long term weight loss on such an incident... we need inspiration on a daily basis... we need someone to tell us to keep chipping away one pound at a time...we need ppl to lift us up when we are inevitably feeling low.. those ppl are our gaurdian angels and not those that put us down.. Its almost like as if the authour is justifying abuse.

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SHAY4HIM 4/2/2008 2:58PM

    I agree also. He was no "guardian angel". He purposely said that mean thing to her...AND he got louder so that everyone else could hear. I don't think it was a good one to start with either.

But I'm definitely going to look for that book! I didn't know they had one for dieters. (Thanks!)

Happy Losing (& reading),

Sharanda :o)

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SCRAPPYLOUISA 4/2/2008 2:54PM

    I thought the "Chicken Soup" books were supposed to be uplifting? That first story is downright depressing. You need to lose weight for yourself......not others. Hugs, Shirley

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MCCLURE_33 4/2/2008 2:49PM

    That does sound terrible. I completely agree that's a horrible way to start the book. And "guardian angel," "not trying to be mean!" Whatever! He was just drunk!

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I had to get it!

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Ok, I went to the library yesterday. (Yes, of course, and?)

I saw Chicken Soup for the Dieter's Soul. Seriously? Do they make a chicken soup for EVERYTHING? Apparently so! So I had to pick it up. This feels a little premature because I haven't even started it yet. But I was just so tickled that they even had it!

I guess there are millions of people who have either been on diets, are on diets, or are rebounding from people on a diet. So I guess it makes sense!

  
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CRAZY_MARGARET 4/2/2008 12:14PM

    let us know how this book turns out !

I have been curious about it... but have yet to pick it up.

:)

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BAMATHIN 4/1/2008 4:11PM

    Chicken Soup for the Soul definitely has to have something for everyone, doesn't it? Sometimes it's the craziest stuff!

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