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:
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 :
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!
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.)
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?
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.
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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