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Weight Update

by Sierra on April 22, 2014 · 5 comments

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So I did all the things we discussed in my last post. I stopped eating grains and soy and started eating meat. I more or less switched to “paleo” style dieting,  dropping 90% of the dairy I ate and nearly all starchy foods. I load up instead on happy meats and fresh veggies. But I continue to eat indulgently when out at social events. I still have a little alcohol & sugar in my diet, probably 20%-30% of what I had before. I swapped out my granola and yogurt breakfast for a healthy smoothie that I formulated using some fairly complicated pseudo-science I won’t get into here. Basically, I took a sharp left toward healthier eating without actually going to any extremes.

I felt better right away. I started having more and steadier energy throughout the day. I became far less drowsy and irritable. My mood stabilized and lifted. And I immediately lost ten pounds.

My doctor did a happy dance and said I could stop tracking my diet on my iPhone. My psychiatrist was pleasantly surprised and said we could discuss backing off some of the meds I take since the diet was going so well.

All in all, I’d say this has been a smashing success.

I still have ALL THE FEELS about it. What does it mean to be a success? I achieved everything I set out to do, so that looks like an all around win. I have this nagging feeling that losing weight is a problem, or feeling good about losing weight is a problem…but my doctor is really happy about it, and she was the one with the health concern.

And the numbers on the scale aside, I FEEL great. I absolutely do not miss my old style of eating at all. I’m eager to take up running again now that the weather is warmer, and feel like I have the energy for climbing and biking and running in a way I haven’t for a few years. I’m really looking forward to ramping up the exercise in my life as a next step.

To be continued!


Hard at work on homework

by Sierra on March 14, 2014 · 1 comment

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So this is my little girl, at quarter past her bedtime, hunched over a packet of worksheets.

She’s adorable, still wearing her ballet outfit from the afternoon. And she’s feeling pretty good: she’s getting to stay up late & have some special, focused time with Mommy. She breezes through the worksheets; the material is no trouble for her.

This is pretty much the best case scenario for elementary school homework, and it’s terrible. Why does my six-year-old have paperwork to do after dinner? Is it to acclimate her to doing paperwork? Hot tip, school: worksheets aren’t an important life skill.

Even if homework wasn’t actively harmful to learning (and there’s evidence that it is) she’d get more benefit from playing, reading & taking a bath and getting a full nights sleep. All things she had to give up yesterday to do her homework.


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