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I’m just going to leave this here.

I’m just going to leave this here.


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After a series of health events related to my mom, I ended up hosting my family for Easter.   Steak, salmon, potatoes, asparagus, cheese popcorn, frozen pizza: it was all on the menu. Six hours and 18 people later, it’s time to do the dishes.

After a series of health events related to my mom, I ended up hosting my family for Easter. Steak, salmon, potatoes, asparagus, cheese popcorn, frozen pizza: it was all on the menu. Six hours and 18 people later, it’s time to do the dishes.


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After a series of health events related to my mom, I ended up hosting my family for Easter.   Steak, salmon, potatoes, asparagus, cheese popcorn, frozen pizza: it was all on the menu. Six hours and 18 people later, it’s time to do the dishes.

After a series of health events related to my mom, I ended up hosting my family for Easter. Steak, salmon, potatoes, asparagus, cheese popcorn, frozen pizza: it was all on the menu. Six hours and 18 people later, it’s time to do the dishes.


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When we least expect it, life confronts us with a challenge that will test our courage and our willingness to change.
Paulo Coelho,  The Devil and Miss Prym (via thresca)

Love this.


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I’m not sure why this is funny to me or why I need to share this with the Internet, but happy Wednesday.

I’m not sure why this is funny to me or why I need to share this with the Internet, but happy Wednesday.


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That’s All, Folks

The highlight of my week so far: adding avocado to my daily salad.


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theonion:

Woman Barely Jogging

Thisisme.com

theonion:

Woman Barely Jogging

Thisisme.com


06:57 pm, otherwiseknownaskate
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In honor of national siblings day, here are two poor-quality photos of one-third of my siblings.


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Pregnancy bill: ‘Modest’ job changes or anti-business ‘legalese?'

It’s depressing/crazy/disheartening (insert your adjective here) that this is an issue in 2014.  


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Conventional Health, Take Three

I started working with a nutritionist a little over three months ago to find a non-pharmacological solution to a nasty cortisol issue and psoriasis and to just improve my overall health.  It’s been a very positive experience for me; I haven’t felt this healthy in a long time.  I like to chronicle my experience here to hold myself accountable and reflect on this sort-of journey.

Overall Goals - Three Month Check-in

Psoriasis: Almost completely gone.  I still have one stop near my right breast, but the rest of my skin and scalp is clear.  

Psoriatic arthritis: Completely gone.  Reducing inflammation managed about 90% of the problem and the addition of Kaparex-AI has completely resolved joint swelling and pain.  

Cortisol: Levels are back within the normal range.

Weight: With decreased inflammation and lowered cortisol levels, I’ve lost almost 30 pounds.  My nutritionist would like me to lose 10 more pounds and I want to lose 25 more pounds - we’ll see where this ends up.  

Month Two Goals - Check-in

Fewer slip ups: I am not beating myself up over a slip-up here or there, but I am mindful of how my body responds to what I eat.  Keeping this as a month three goal.

More movement: I joined a circuit class on Saturday mornings and it has really helped with strength and muscle.  I’m now averaging five workouts a week.  I also hope to get out for a quick walk at lunch as the weather improves.  

Work on relationship with weight: I’m improving in this area and feel more confident.

Positive mental attitude: The change in my health and change in weather have contributed to an overall improvement in my attitude.