Weekly Weigh In: Aiming For A No Gain April!

Alexis {Diva on a Diet}'s Offical Weight Watchers Weigh In April 2, 2014I’m taking a cue from my friend Kelley’s instagram post (who, by the way, I also did a Fit Friends Friday feature on!). I’m gonna try to make this a No Gain April! Off to a good start with 1.1 more pounds gone this week!

I was just reviewing my progress reports in the Weight Watchers tracker for the last two weeks. My APs were 35 last week and 30 this week, so not too far off. But I find it interesting that I lost more weight last week, and I used up all my weeklies and APs except one. This week, I only ended up using 3 APs and lost less. You just never know, do ya? It’s not an exact science, but it work! That’s why you just gotta stay the course!

Ok, so I didn’t exactly do that the last 6 or so months. And, ok, so those months were pretty rough. But man, ya’ll, I really feel like I am getting back into my old habits again, and it feels great!

I’m still not entirely perfect, but I just make better choices, and I’m tracking everything, and I know I will feel better when I work out, so I do it! I even end up surprising myself by pushing myself when I just don’t think I have it in me! It’s super-fab!

So this past week, I’ve sort of been cleaning my freezer out of the more processed foods I had in there. Yes, by eating them! I’m fairly certain my sodium intake was pretty high! (Hmmm, maybe why I had a little bit less of a loss this week?) But starting this week, I’m trying to focus on eating less processed foods and making sure I get enough protein.

Nope, I am not going to be one of those people who never has processed foods again… I’m still not perfect! But it has come to my attention that I’m relying on prepared foods way too much lately, and we all know that eating natural, unprocessed foods is better for you, not to mention, I don’t need all that sodium!

So yesterday, I checked the grocery store weekly ads flyer and stocked up on fresh fruits and veggies, eggs, center cut pork chops, chicken cutlets, and lean ground beef… almost all on sale! Now to find recipes to make something out of all of this. Good thing I’m a recipe hoarder! It is hard when it’s only one person, with most meat in packages over a pound and recipes with 4 or more servings. But I’m going to try to half the recipes (especially useful if they end up sucky!), and I can always freeze the rest of the meat and use it later.

And because I’m not perfect, I chose a few “lesser” processed prepared items, like Chobani Simply 100 Greek Yogurt, Valley Fresh 100% Natural Chicken Breast (canned), Amy’s Organic Low Fat Cream of Tomato Soup (it’s high in sodium, but will do in a pinch), Lean Cuisine Honestly Good 100% All Natural Pomegranate Chicken (haven’t tried this one yet), and Amy’s Pesto Tortellini Bowl (haven’t tried this yet either, and it’s a little high in fat and saturated fat, but a fast Meatless Monday meal!).

So oh yeah, as you can see, there’s some yogurt, cream in the soup, and cheese in the tortellini in that list. Well, I have definitely cut back on dairy like I said I would last week. I so did not meet the Healthy Guideline checks for that. I’ve upped my calcium supplement to make up for it and figure I must be getting some from the veggies I eat. I mean, I know people who don’t eat dairy who are perfectly healthy, and the advice to cut it out came from my doctor, so I don’t think it will kill me! But as much as I was advised to try to avoid it entirely, I still just can’t entirely cut it all out! Has just cutting back helped? No clue! Especially since…

Guess what?… I think I may have a sinus infection! Well maybe. I have something! I have been partially under the weather for 10 days now, and it’s starting to get worse… To the point where I just can’t drag my butt out to work out anymore. My body is screaming at me… REST!!! So off to the doctor I go today. So much for my 8K training once again. It never fails! So, I’m bummed. and I don’t feel good, but I’m determined to make the most of this week!

So do you plan on having a “No Gain April?” Anyone have any experience with cutting back on or eliminating dairy? Anyone try any of the foods I got on my shopping trip?

~Weigh In Status: 27.6 lbs up from goal (you can see my entire weight loss log here.)~

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My Two Cents on the Self Magazine Tutu Debacle, Part 2 ~ The Positive Side

Ok, at first, I just kept adding updates to my rant from yesterday. (If you missed that or have no idea what I am talking about, go here.) Then I realized that there were a lot more updates, and although I ended my hate-filled rant with some positive words, I just wanted to give the updates its own positive place… it’s own post. ;) I’m not taking sides, I just want to “accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative”… it’s an oldie if you don’t know it.

So this morning, per CBS News This Morning (Self magazine apologizes for mocking cancer patient), SELF Editor in Chief, Lucy Danziger, personally emailed Monika Allen an apology. Apologies have also been posted via their website, twitter and facebook page. While they declined a statement for this CBS interview, they stated that they have since donated to Monika’s charity and offered to cover her work in a future issue.

And then I saw on the Glam Runner facebook page, this message of great positivity:

“Thank you everyone for the overwhelming support! While we were hurt by SELF Magazine’s use of our photo in their magazine, instead of bashing them for their mistake we’d like to embody the Girls on the Run San Diego spirit and show our solidarity with our positive response. Do something awesome and dedicate it to Glam Runner - post an encouraging quote on Facebook, go for a run in your neighborhood, shout encouragement to runners on the street, or wear a tutu in your next race. Help us share why #tutusrock!”

Then Ms. Danziger’s blog post on the SELF website, My Conversation With the Awesome Monika Allen, appeared tonight. Even if you hate SELF, I think it’s worth the read to find out more about Monika. She really is awesome. Her positive attitude, humility, and drive in the face of cancer at such young age completely inspires me beyond imagination. I, myself, was obviously furious with the magazine at first, and I’m not saying I’m in love with them now, but 1) I know I preach that I am not perfect and struggle to forgive my own self, and 2) the hatred and negativity that is swirling around this can’t be good for us. And the ladies at Glam Runner have another positive message for us on their facebook page:

“We appreciate the apology from SELF Magazine. We’re ready to move forward and put this all behind us. Instead of bashing Self, let’s focus on the positive. This debacle has raised $4121 for Girls on the Run San Diego in the past 24 hours! That’s nothing but good.”

So let’s keep running and wearing whatever the heck we want! Let’s rock our tutus! (Yes, I said “our!” Even I have considered wearing one before, and now the urge is stronger!) Let’s volunteer our time to our local Girls on the Run. Don’t have one near you? Let’s start a Council. Let’s run a marathon or 10k to raise money for Girls on the Run through the Solemates program. Let’s donate to Girls on the Run International or our local council. Let’s start our own fundraiser just like Monika did. And let’s make a donation in support of brain tumor research through the University of San Diego School of Medicine’s Department of Neurosciences, where Monika is being treated.

#TutusRock
#TutuPride
#ChangeTheConversation
#KeepingItPositive

Because that’s the way Monika wants it.

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My Two Cents on the Self Magazine Tutu Debacle

Tara and Monika from Glam Runner and Girls on the Run in the LA Marathon - YOU ROCK!

Ok, surely you have seen this little nugget, Magazine Makes Fun of Cancer Survivor’s Tutu, floating around facebook and cyberland? If not, I’m here to pull you into the loop!

The short story: Monika Allen is a brain cancer survivor, who has her own tutu company, Glam Runner, that raises money for Girls on the Run, who ran a marathon during chemo in a tutu. There’s this great picture. SELF magazine asked to use it. Then they infer that running in tutus is lame.

Look, I’m not personally big on running in tutus, I rarely wear skirts or dresses in my everyday life!, but what the hell, SELF? For such a small blurb, you sure have made a bunch of mistakes!

#1: First and foremost, the biggest mistake… You slammed a woman (in less than 50 words!) in a tutu, who owns a tutu company, who is a cancer survivor, and raises money for a kid’s charity. Way to go! Guess someone forgot to fact check that part!

#2: I would be pissed too if someone asked to use my picture in a national magazine, and then inferred that what I am doing in the picture is lame and what my company provides is lame too. Way to smash any girl’s self-esteem!

#3: Small potatoes, comparatively, but you’re also talking about NYC’s Central Park, and this picture is from the LA Marathon. Again, where is that fact checker?

#4: Thanks for the apology statement to NBC San Diego. Where the hell is your apology to this “awesome” (to quote your apology) woman? (NOTE: By the time I finished this rant, I found another public apology statement mentioned at the end of this post.)

#5: I have never in my life heard any runner say I’m wearing a tutu because it makes me run faster! Let me ask again, where is that fact checker? What are the sources on this one?

#6: Perhaps you were trying to debunk this so-call unheard of myth that tutus make you run faster. Too bad you still made fun of running in tutus in the process. Way to put down millions of women (Oh, and some men too! Did you see some of the photo’s on Glam Runner’s facebook page?) who get joy out of this!

Ok, so no one’s perfect. People make mistakes. I get it. I’m one of them. But I still can’t believe that not one person questioned this!

And literally since starting to write this, according to USA Today, SELF Editor in Chief, Lucy Danziger, said she had no idea that Monika had been through cancer and the item should not have been run. (Fact checkers? Editors? Were they on vacation?) She also said she will personally support her charity. Now that’s more like it!

And although tragic that Monika has been through cancer, my thoughts, Ms. Danziger, are that even if she didn’t have cancer, even if she didn’t own a tutu company, even if she didn’t support an organization that promotes self-confidence in young girls, if women want to run in freaking bunny suits, whatever the reason, don’t knock ‘em! They are still doing amazing things to better their lives!

Now, let’s look at the good that will come from this. Glam Runner is going to have an amazing following! And it looks like Girls on the Run San Diego will have what we hope is an amazing donation! And women runners in tutus (and not in tutus!) have united across the country to say, “Eff you, we rock!”

And thanks, Monika for being you and standing up for yourself and making your disappointment heard.
Love, Women Running Around the World

Now go like that Glam Runner facebook page! ;)

Other Bloggers’ Two Cents:
Miles, Muscles & Mommyhood: SELF Magazine: LAME
MommyWifeRunner: My open letter to Self magazine
The Anti-Jared: Monika Is Better Than SELF Magazine
Fit and Feminist: Lay Off the Women in Running Tutus (and That Includes You, Self)

(see my next post, My Two Cents on the Self Magazine Tutu Debacle, Part 2 ~ The Positive Side for updates.)

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