A very best friend of mine was recently diagnosed by her doctor as being fat. She had gone in for a pain in her hip and came out with an order to go on the South Beach Diet and lose 6 pounds this month. It sounded to me exactly like bullsh*t, exactly like what you hear doctors doing all the time, being blinded by their patient's weight and assuming that all their problems, every one of them from the mental to the physical, all trace directly back to their weight. And it made me angry to hear how upset she was, on the phone. How she felt unwieldy, unlovely, unlovable.
She told me how much she weighed, now, and then she stopped, and she asked me, "How much did you weigh? At your heaviest."
"318 pounds," I told her, and then blurted, "You're not thinking about weight-loss surgery, are you?"
"So?" she said. "You did it. Look how it turned out for you."
"You can't," I told her. And that was the start of a fight in which I could not articulate why, exactly, it was okay for me to have
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- Glamour Magazine | Healthy Living – Thu, Dec 4, 2008 6:54 PM EST
A very best friend of mine was recently diagnosed by her doctor as being fat. She had gone in for a pain in her hip and came out with an order to go on the South Beach Diet and lose 6 pounds this month. It sounded to me exactly like bullsh*t, exactly like what you hear doctors doing all the time, being blinded by their patient's weight and assuming that all their problems, every one of them from the mental to the physical, all trace directly back to their weight. And it made me angry to hear how upset she was, on the phone. How she felt unwieldy, unlovely, unlovable.Read More »from Body of Work: I got weight-loss surgery but you shouldn't
- Glamour Magazine | Work + Money – Thu, Dec 4, 2008 6:01 PM EST
Are you guys familiar with Paula Begoun, the self-proclaimed Cosmetics Cop? I don't think I've ever linked to her website, so I thought I'd hop on the blog and do so, as it's a great resource for those of you who are curious about all those mysterious ingredients listed on the labels of your beauty products.
Begoun's Cosmetic Ingredient Dictionary is pretty comprehensive--try looking up an ingredient in your moisturizer; the dictionary will tell you why it was added and, in some cases, whether it's proven effective at what it's supposed to do.
She also offers tons of really useful reviews of beauty products, including makeup. While she does sell her own products, the reviews are widely considered to be pretty unbiased and accurate, even by other high-profile people in the beauty industry (who shall remain nameless). Plus, they're pretty amusing at times. Example (from a review for a shine-controlRead More »from Beauty Bookmarks: A Site That Gives You The Dirt On Products
I watch House regularly, mostly because I really want to analyze my own (and Cuddy's and Cameron's and Wilson's) co-dependent fascination with emotionally detached men. In last night's episode, the Patient of the Week was a Jillian Michaels-esque infomercial fitness coach who was trying to sell DVDs to The Biggest Loser crowd. During the numerous tests for various exotic conditions that she didn't have, the team was surprised to learn that her stomach was "the size of a shot glass" because she had secretly had gastric bypass surgery. As is the case with House, the big reveal was followed by a commercial break and when we came back, we were treated to her Before picture, with a slumpy, large sweater-wearing fattie. Cue the onslaught of fat jokes from Dr. House, but what transpired is very spoilery, so let's meet up after the jump, ok?Read More »from Paging Dr. House... er, no thanks, actually
Is gastric-bypass really the weight-loss miracle it's made out to be?
One of House's houselings, Dr. Taub, displays an alarming amount of
Ten dollars doesn't buy you a whole lot nowadays. It's pretty much a latte, muffin, and tip for the barista. It's not even a CD. It's very far away from a tank of gas, and on some commuter trains, it won't even take you round trip. But what it can do is buy you one of ten meals, with change left over--and they're meals that are, for the most part, fast, furious, and pretty good for you. Some of them are a little weird, but what's life without a little experimentation? Okay, maybe we can skip the casserole with the potato chips. But check out the rest of the inspirational goodness over at All Recipes.
Depression Era Cooking: Excellent, cost-saving tips from those who have already been there.
image via allrecipes.com
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I'm doing a double-round of Etsyliciousness this week. On the heels of my Monday holiday decorations post, I'm sharing with you truly scrumptious holiday gifts I've found for your delectation-all priced around $20 and under, because that's how this cheapmommy shops.
I'm crazy about this first item: this sweet "girl with a hula hoop" stationery makes a delightful present pick for a young girl or even a grown-up gal who's young at heart! The set comes personalized, with your name of choice and even a wide array of color choices to select from. So adorable I almost can't stand it! 20 personalized cards and envelopes for $20 (usually $25 but if you convo with the seller before ordering, using the code SBCookie you get $5 off as an exclusive crabbylicious deal for my readers). Christmas orders must be placed by December 15. Order here.Read More »from Crabmommy Loves: Fabby cheapo loot!
With four kids, the likelihood that someone is sick, getting sick or getting over being sick (i.e. will spread it to the others) when we are traveling is always high. We've learned that a little preparation and a plan of action goes a long way.
Consider your destination: When selecting your destination, take your family's health needs into account. The more remote a location, the further away the hospital will be and in foreign countries, hospitals near larger cities will be more likely to have English-speaking staff. Some places have no hospitals at all, only local clinics -- this is a big issue on islands and should be evaluated before you commit to a location, especially if you are traveling with infants. Also, destinations where food and water safety are a concern increase the likelihood that you may need medical care. The CDC web site provides thorough information on specific destinations and various tips on traveling with children.
Prepare a medicine bag: ARead More »from How To Prepare for Illness on Vacation
The sweaterization of everything you own has been a megatrend this season, to such a degree that many, if not most, of my fall clothes have some kind of knit. This can be a bit of problem-especially when you realize (like I did last week) that your skirt, top, and tights are all wool and all have opposing cable patterns. Even so, I still suffer from a sort of crazed sweater fever and want to gobble up even more styles before the cold weather ends. On my radar today are some fun and unusual pieces, like this gorgeous ruffled version from Vanessa Bruno, this subtly sparkly off-white style (amazing for a holiday party), and from queen-of-knits French lady Sonia Rykiel, a cardigan so cool I'd want to wear it with all things-even if it clearly didn't match.
Mix it up with these great knit combinations for winter.
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- Glamour Magazine | Healthy Living – Wed, Dec 3, 2008 12:46 AM EST
Fans of Tina Fey already know that the big news this week is that her husband accidentally spilled the story behind her scar (and it's actually kind of horrific), but the Vanity Fair article reveals a lot more about the brilliant Fey. For instance, she's always been funny, but she didn't get noticed until she lost 35 pounds.
She saw herself on an SNL monitor as an extra, "and I was like, 'Ooogh.' I was starting to look unhealthy. I looked like a behemoth, a little bit. It was probably a bad sweater or something. Maybe cutting from Gwyneth Paltrow to me." She wanted to be "PBS pretty"--pretty for a smart writer. She called Jeff, who was directing a show at Second City in Chicago, and said, "O.K., I'm starting Weight Watchers."For the record, at five-foot-four-and-a-half inches and a self-described 150 pounds at her peak weight, Tina's BMI was just a smidge over 25, which barely placed her into the overweight classification. And of course, we all know that BMI isn't the Read More »from Why did Tina Fey have to lose 35 pounds to get noticed?
- Glamour Magazine | Author Blog Posts – Wed, Dec 3, 2008 12:08 AM EST
I have a Monday night guilty pleasure that sends Esteban scurrying out of the room faster than you can say "Chuck Bass," and it is Gossip Girl. I absolutely love it--and really, I am not to blame. Josh Schwartz knows my weakness and it is stories about impeccably stylish affluent teenagers who can't keep it in their pants, all set to an achingly hip soundtrack. And if The O.C. grabbed me, despite my overall loathing of Marissa Cooper and anything that basks in the new money of SoCal-ness, then how can anyone expect me to deny the heady pleasures of teenagers set in one of my favorite cities in the world?Read More »from Gossip Girl and the sneaky commentary about weight
One of my favorite characters on the show is Derota, Blair Waldorf's poor beleaguered housekeeper-
slash-nanny who has been stealing Blair's scenes since last season. Her character is written as being significantly older than Blair, with several references to Derota having cared for Blair when she was a very small child and the character is often the source of worldly wisdom and
This is a big week for Brit Brit-her new album drops, she celebrates her 27th birthday today and, last but certainly not least, her cover for the January issue of, ahem, Glamour hits stands. So, there is no better time to reflect on some of Britney's most memorable small screen moments, and weigh in on when she was hot… or not.
Brit shows off both her ridiculously amazing physique-totally naked in a steam room scene, she is once again in enviable shape-and an ability to pull of a jet black Louise Brooks-style bob in her latest video hit. How to Get Britney Spears' Comeback Body!
Toxic Britney is all about the costume change. She's a scantily-clad airline stewardess with retro-styled hair and makeup; she's one giant crystal in a sheer, spangled bodysuit, icy blond hair and shimmering shadow; and finally, she's a superhero with matching crimson hair and makeup. (See 10 Years of Britney's Showstopping Style!)
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