Beauty Scars: The bane of my existence

In case you didn’t know, stretch marks are the bane of my existence. Well, stretch marks and cellulite.

Of course, I  know that stretch marks are impossible to destroy without TONS of money and a lot of patience. I have neither, and I have given up all hope on getting rid of mine.

It’s whatever.

Unfortunately, my under-the-skin scars from puberty are not the only scars on my body. My newest scars are of the atrophic variety

Yes. Acne has damaged the collagen on my forehead, cheeks and chin, and now my once flawless skin has reddened and wrinkled.

Flawless? Really? Am I that conceited?

No. I am not that conceited. I just… In high school, I never got zits. I assume the current peppering across my face is karma for having great skin at prom or something.

Hopefully, the creams I use now will fix the scars before I have to bring out the big guns. I am way too cheap and way too lazy to do my skin any good. I’m really banking on the acne prevention cream, zit-reducer and wrinkle cream I use now.

And do you remember this incident? (I shouldn’t be allowed to use a stove top.)

Burn on Wrist Arm Burn from Hot Oil

I hoped by using a mix of Neosporin, cocoa butter and vitamin E that I would have been able to prevent the burns from turning to scars.

I am just not that lucky. Ugh. I’m a hot mess.

Perhaps, scars are the bane of my existence. Do you have scars? Did you get rid of your scars? If so, tell me how. Do it.

Maybe I’ll try dermabrasion

Microwaves (do not) ruin all food

Microwaves ruin everything. Here’s proof.

When I use a microwave, I am reheating my coffee in the morning or steaming vegetables for a quick meal.

Otherwise, I really hate what microwaves do to food. Microwaves even ruin popcorn!

However, according to EatingWell, microwaves are good for these seven things:

  • Microwaves are good for cooking fish, which is good news for me because I tend to overcook on the stove and undercook in the oven. (I don’t know how I do it either.)
  • Microwaves sanitize kitchen sponges. I don’t have sponges, I have scrubber-brushes and I wash those in the dishwasher.
  • Microwaves are good for making potato chips. It’s just too bad potato chips are bad for you…
  •  Microwaves steam vegetables!
  • Microwaves soften brown sugar. When I made Monkey Bread, I had hard brown sugar and had to beat it to death to get it to soften. Well, now I learned something.
  • Microwaves cook bacon. My grandparents have cooked bacon in the microwave for as long as I can remember, but I don’t think I can get Husband on board with this one. We’ve also switched permanently to turkey bacon.
  • Microwaves act as a proofer. Also would have been good to know in the Monkey Bread situation…

I associated microwave cooking with TV dinners, which is my least favorite form of cooking and my least favorite form of food. (Pssst! I’m a fan of real food.)

I suppose I can put my microwave to use for the brown sugar, and I will continue to use it to steam vegetables, but I’m not putting fish in there. I’ll figure out the stove top first.

Sweating alcohol: Heavy drinkers exercise more

Heavy drinkers are also serious sweaters, and they exercise more often than moderate drinkers and nondrinkers, according to a study conducted by the University of Miami featured in Women’s Health Magazine.

Why?

The first actions I take after a long run or sweat session are to drink as much ice-cold water as I can get into my face and to take a shower because I smell and am covered in sweat.

Grabbing a light beer or meeting the girls for cosmos?

Not so much.

Apparently, I am an exception. According to the article, the alcohol-after-exercise trend is more pronounced in active, education women, and I like to think of myself as both active and educated.

Don’t get me wrong! Several daily activities include drinking – cleaning the house, cooking, (attempting) baking, raking the yard, playing fetch with the dog, eating… you get the idea.

Just not running.

Last year, I wrote a post about my love of Blue Moon, which is still my brew of choice, and how moderate daily drinkers are less likely to gain weight than occasional boozers.

Are heavy drinkers more likely to exercise than others because of the excess calorie intake, or have heavy drinkers’ metabolism changed so those extra calories don’t matter?

I have been known to drink, but I am not a heavy drinker. Usually, I don’t overdo it. Usually.

What’s your boozing-running agenda? Do you run hard after a night of heavy drinking or do you drink hard after a day of heavy running?

The Campus Kitchens Project: A good kitchen

Last semester, I worked with a team of graduate and undergraduate students to increase awareness about food security and hunger in the Wichita State University community and to determine the nature and scope of hunger on campus.

My research was not statistically significant.

My research did not reveal a massive amount of students, faculty and staff suffering from hunger.

My research could not convince a jury of my peers that people on campus are hungry and struggling.

But my research did do something for me: It strengthened in me a desire to feed the hungry.

While gaps in previous research and lack of former initiatives are responsible for WSU Hunger Awareness Day, the students, faculty and staff who told their stories to the eager ears of researchers and hunger activists were the reason for WSU Hunger Awareness Day.

Those same people are the reason for my graduate project.

Before I graduate and leave WSU, I am writing a proposal to the university to develop a Campus Kitchens Project on campus. The Campus Kitchens Project is a nation-wide, school-based hunger relief program designed to use leftover, unused food from the campus kitchen to feed people suffering from very low food security and hunger in the community.

I ask for your support because I have a strong desire to feed the hungry. I ask for your support because I witnessed and read painful, sorrow-filled testimony from people in the WSU community. I ask for your support if you believe that no one should go to bed hungry.

I ask for your support because I cannot do it alone.

I will collect signatures in support of my proposal on Tuesday, March 13, 2012, from 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., at the Rhatigan Student Center. Look for my table on the first floor.

If you cannot or do not want to sign my petition, please spread the word to your friends and acquaintances at WSU.

The Geico diet

Gym memberships and diet meal plans are expensive. Counting calories and working out at home is hard.

Need an easier solution? Try the Geico diet.

Here’s a weight loss plan I can support: Peer pressure.

Well I’ve had fun this week. Just remember: There is nothing a diet can do that healthy eating can’t do better.

That is my belief.

The truth about Progresso Soup

Progresso Soup is not a diet plan, but the company brags about the soups’ weight loss benefits. Spoiler Alert: I disagree.

I love the commercials. I find them all hilarious.

Unfortunately for Progresso, I’m not a big fan of canned soup. Tastes like… canned soup.

Livestrong.com writer Ed Donner outlined the pros and cons of the Progresso Soup Diet. And this con makes me want to avoid the canny-soupy-ness of Progresso soup.

“A single 1-cup serving typically has over 650 mg. of sodium, providing 20 to 30 percent of your recommended daily allowance of sodium.”

Sodium is not the nutrition I’m looking for in a diet. If you eat the whole can, you’re at about 40 to 60 percent of the sodium RDA. Avoiding other high sodium foods makes this a relative non-issue, but, really, folks… Sodium is in everything. I have trouble avoiding it.

Donner said:

“For a quick meal or even as a routine item in your weekly menu, Progresso soups provide quick, easy, relatively benign dining. However, they don’t have the nutritional muscle to meet your daily nutritional needs.”

My Opinion: Canned soup is not my thing, but lunching on half a can next to a salad or some salmon probably won’t kill you.

Probably.

What do you think of canned soups? Regular lunch plan or an occasional side dish? (Please don’t pour it over mashed potatoes.)

Weight Watchers and Points Plus: Does it work?

Weight Watchers is a weight loss program where dieters track their progress and lose weight together in group or online meetings. Dieters lose weight using Weight Watchers’ four pillars of healthy weight loss: eat smarter, move more, healthful habits and get support.

And they have a FANTASTIC spokesperson:

Weight Watchers worked for Jennifer HudsonI love her. She’s so fabulous.

Dieters learn how to make healthy choices, and track their progress through the use of a “points” system. Weight Watchers is flexible; dieters can eat treats in moderation and drink alcohol responsibly (Cocktail Cheat Sheet). The Points Plus program tracks calories and where they come from for in-depth understanding of what dieters are putting into their bodies.

On the surface, I like Weight Watchers, but I have read about and witnessed its failure. I watched one woman go to meetings and still fail to lose weight.

Weight Watchers is not strictly structured. Dieters control what foods they eat and portion size, and they’re supposed to. It’s part of the learning process. Unfortunately, it is easy to fall back into bad habits without structure.

WebMD expert Keri Gans, author of The Small Change Diet and a weight loss consultant, supports the program.

All foods can fit into a healthy diet, Gans says. Eat healthy, filling foods most of the time, get regular exercise, and you will be able to work in your favorite treats on the new Points Plus program.

Have you tried Weight Watchers? No, but I might buy anything Jennifer Hudson tries to sell me.