Editors' Weekly Round-Up | The Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans LLC


It’s time for the Editors’ Weekly Round-Up, where I (or Melissa) share some of the fun, interesting, and important things I’ve come across during the week.

Did you know that September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month? Well it is. Did you know that Ovarian Cancer is called the silent killer? It’s true, but there are symptoms. Most people do not get diagnosed until they are already stage 4, which is the worst. Of the 21,000 people diagnosed each year, 15,000 will die. I know because my grandmother died from ovarian cancer, and even though she fought the good fight, it was far too advanced to be cured. Every year when I have my annual exam, I also have an ultrasound done so my doctor can look at my ovaries to make sure all is well, but now there’s a blood test that can help your doctor determine if you might have ovarian cancer. Look into it if you have any family history of ovarian cancer. Even if it was your great-great-great grandma.

I came across this post the other day when I clicked a link on Twitter. It’s heartbreaking, but you should read it. I think it will really make you think.

Changing gears now…..

Nike+ now has a GPS based iPhone App! WOOHOOOO! When I first started running, I was very loyal to Nike+ with my iPod Nano, but I soon realized it just wasn’t very accurate, and I couldn’t trust it when I started training for my 1st 1/2 marathon. I switched over to RunKeeper, an iPhone App that’s GPS based, and I’ve loved it. Now I can’t wait to test out the new Nike+ App (which is $1.99). Who knows, maybe I’ll go back to it! I always did love that little running woman graph I got when I synced 🙂 I’ve seen a few Tweets about it, and from what everyone says it sounds pretty sweet! It even works on a treadmill, which is something most GPS based Apps don’t do.

Speaking of iPhone Apps, if you’re not using LoseIt, you should really check it out. It’s free and it’s loaded with awesome features for tracking calories. You simply create a log-in, enter your weight and height, and it calculates how many calories you should take in each day. You can log your food, and the database of foods is great, or you can enter your own foods with the info from the labels. You can also track your exercise, and it calculates calories burned. The only downfall I’ve been able to find is the lack of a recipe building feature. If you’re using LoseIt, friend me! My email is [email protected]!

And finally, you can and should check-out Coach Joe English’s video featuring ME talking about on-line communities and how we play an important part in keeping things fun and funny on this journey to health and fitness! There are so many things I wish I’d said, but I was completely caught off guard by Coach Joe…..you’ll see why! (warning, there is some cussin’, so make sure the littles are napping or have on ear muffs, yo!)

On-line Communities for Runners (Episode 3-8) from Joe English on Vimeo.

And lastly, for real, if you haven’t signed up for our next awesome challenge, Shrinkvivor, then you’re lame. Okay, you’re not really lame because we love you, but you really, really should sign up. It’s going to be SO MUCH FUN and there are some pretty amazing prizes. Yes, losing weight can be fun, just hang out here for a little while 😉

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