No really…I am a size 8…Vanity Sizing and Fashion

This week, WebMD had a great article come out all about Vanity Sizing and how it affects how we shop.

Now, if you’re a man, there’s not as much vanity sizing happening in your world, but if you are a woman, you know what I mean.  I’m a size 14, 12 and 10 depending on what brand I shop in (yay Vera Wang at Kohl’s for size 10!).  At the end of the day, it’s hard to say what size you or I “really” are.  So, don’t look at the pantsize and take it to heart, rather, try on multiple sizes of various brands, and know that if one brand says you’re a 16, that it is just a number, and that another brand may knock your size down to a 12.

Here are a couple quotes from the article that really stuck out to me, and I can’t lie, I’m seriously considering applying some of these to my daily life.

“Focus on fit by shopping for clothes without looking at the tag size. Rather, look at the actual size and shape of the garment, and cut out the size tag after purchasing the item,” ~ Jennifer Baumgartner, PsyD, author of You Are What You Wear

It’s like bra burning, but better!  Cut the size tag out of your pants, it’s like “out of sight, out of mind”.  Do you ever go to your closet/dresser, look inside at the pants you wished you fit into comfortably, and then proceeded to grab the size you know fits, look at the tag, and finally berate yourself for being the size you are, rather than the size you want to be?  Cut out that little 1″x1″ square of cloth, and cut out its power over your life (at least somewhat).

A University of Michigan study found that when a woman thinks she wears a smaller size, she buys more clothing.  “What designers and manufacturers started doing was taking what was once their measurements for their size 8, for example, and putting a size 6 label on it instead, knowing that a woman would be more likely to make a purchase,” Raes says.

“The problem with this method is that, while it can be psychologically encouraging for the shopper, stores have had to introduce smaller sizes to fit petite women. It’s why we’re now seeing size XXS.”

Talk about unintended consequences.  I had never thought about women who were already significantly smaller than me, who 30 years ago would have been a size 6, and are now size 0’s and don’t want the stigma of being “too thin”.  Most of the time, I saw them and thought “I hate that you’re thin, it’s not fair that I’m not, because I know you don’t have to do any work for it.” (It’s significantly harder to think hateful thoughts about the people I see running and working out every day).

Has anyone noticed that vanity sizing has appeared to extend to underwear?  I swear to God, it’s like Victoria Secret knows we want to be thin, so they knock off a size, while Shopko leaves it all out there in the open.  I mean, let’s face it, who wouldn’t be like “Large”…”Great, I have a large ass”…and not end up with some kind of complex around it?  The companies who introduced sizes that were numbered, rather than Small/Medium/Large/XL etc. have it right in my opinion.

Better yet, do what Europeans do for pant sizes etc. and size everything by width/length, fewer questions that way for sure.  Men get this luxury, and so do we (if we shop in the “right” stores that have tags starting around $60 for a pair of jeans, and go up from there).

All I know, is that seeing a certain number on a pair of pants that fits me (my magic number is 14) is devastating when I see a size 12 right next to it in my dresser.  Some days I’ll fit in the 12, some days I won’t, and on the days that I don’t, that 14 is just staring me in the face.  Would I buy pants that say they are 10’s but fit like 14’s?  Absolutely.  Would I keep buying the same brand when I got down to say, a 4?  Probably not.

What would you do?

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Alcohol and Calories

The article below was written by Jennifer Warner and published on WebMD.

WebMD Health News

Nov. 15, 2012 — Alcoholic drinks contribute about 100 calories a day to the average American’s diet.

But wine, liquor, and especially beer may add much more to the daily calorie count for younger adults and men.

A new study shows that on any given day, people who drink alcohol get about 16% of their total calories from alcoholic drinks.

Alcohol’s calories come mainly from sugar. Federal dietary guidelines recommend no more than 5% to 15% of total calories come from solid fats or added sugars at any calorie intake level. Because alcohol is considered a source of added sugar, the results show the average American’s 16% of daily calories from alcohol puts them over the recommended 15% limit.

The calories in one serving of alcohol (not including mixers) range from about 100 to 150 calories. For example:

  • One 12-ounce beer is about 150 calories.
  • One 5-ounce glass of wine is about 120 calories.
  • 1.5 ounces or a shot of liquor contains about 100 calories.

Alcohol Contributes Calories

The report is based on survey data from adults over age 20 who participated in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey from 2007 to 2010.

Researchers looked at the number of calories drunk by adults in the last 24 hours from beer, wine, liquor, or mixed drinks.

Among the findings:

  • Men get about 150 calories per day from alcohol compared with about 50 calories for women.
  • Young men aged 20 to 29 got the most calories from alcohol, about 174 per day, compared with other groups.
  • Women over age 60 took in the fewest alcohol calories at an average of 33 calories per day.
  • Men drank more beer than other types of alcohol. Beer accounted for 103 of the 150 alcohol calories drunk per day by men.
  • Among women, beer, wine and liquor contributed nearly equally to the daily alcohol calories count.

Researchers found the average calorie count from alcoholic drinks did not differ by race or ethnicity. But women with higher incomes drank more than those with lower incomes.

Federal dietary guidelines recommend that if you drink, it should be done in moderation — one drink per day for women and two for men.

Researchers say the results show that across the total population, most men and women fall within these guidelines. But 19% of men and 12% of women exceed them.

Chicken is as Chicken does

Tonight was a chicken night, and my carb-intake was taken away by divine intervention. My twice baked potato fell off the baking pan and splattered onto the bottom of the oven.  Thank you divine intervention, I understand that I didn’t need that potato, and yes, the green beans were way more acceptable.

Tomorrow is payday, and that means I’m going to order Wonderslim again and can’t wait to start integrating it back into my daily lifestyle.

Recipe of the Day

Big Mac in a Bowl

Default BIG MAC (no cheese) IN A BOWL

  • 1/2 pound raw ground beef, about 5 1/2 ounces cooked weight or 153 grams cooked *
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon minced dry onions
  • 46 grams dill pickle slices or 2 dill spears, chopped, about 1 5/8 ounces
  • 2 tablespoons WF Thousand Island Dressing
  • 1 1/2 ounces iceberg lettuce, shredded

Brown the ground beef, drain off any fat, season with salt and pepper.. Meanwhile, soak the dry onions in a little water to rehydrate them. Put the meat in a large salad bowl and add the remaining ingredients. Toss and eat at once.

(I add a sprinkle of Land O Lakes cheese powder to have a bit of that cheesy flavor)

New Recipes on my Blog!

My recipes all moved over from my other blog, hooray!  Check under the “Ideal Protein Recipes” dropdown at the top of the page to see the tons of recipes available.  I’m super excited because this means that all that hard work done MONTHS ago can actually still be used.

Can I get an opinion from the peanut gallery?  Would ya’ll rather I have the recipes broken up in pages like they are now, or make them into blog posts?