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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!

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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.

Grrrrrr.

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A few years ago, I abruptly started gaining weight. Several things seemed to collude around it: I stopped breastfeeding, I hit my mid-30s, and my work became more sedentary all at once. I didn’t worry about it. Over the past three years though, I’ve put on over 40 pounds. That’s a substantial portion of my [...]

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Each year at the winter solstice, my loved ones and I set intentions with a word or phrase that we hope will sum up our coming year. Am I allowed to change my word of the year, even if that word was stability? I say yes! A month in, I’m coming to realize that what [...]

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Would you like to wrestle…

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Serena has been playing this game with the toddler we take care of, where she asks him if he’d like to wrestle under a variety of circumstances and he says “Yeah!” enthusiastically. She always does this when they’re riding in the car together, and at no other time. Not really sure what’s up with that. [...]

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If You Give A 9-Year-Old A Cell Phone…

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People. This is what happens if you give a 9-year-old a cell phone. She calls you in the middle of the day from the park (what park? who can say?), to tell you that there are no trash cans there and there’s a lot of litter, so she wants to call city hall and let [...]

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This Moment

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There’s a toddler asleep on my lap. I’m sitting here, reaching over him gently to type and realizing that I’ve been doing this move – reaching across a sleeping baby to write – for almost ten years. And probably not for much longer. My own kids are big. The biggest one is growing fast towards [...]

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“Vacation” at Home

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I’m on “vacation”. I haven’t gone anywhere, and I don’t plan to. I’m not taking the week off from work, and my kids are going to their various school and extra-curricular events. Nothing’s really changed. Here’s what I’m *not* doing this week, though: everything else. No doctor’s appointments. No theater tickets. No dinner dates with [...]

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The Bridge from Summer to Fall

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So we’re all home from Maine now, and catching our breath. It’s the last gasp of summer, with a foot already into fall. School starts next week for the little one, Parts & Crafts starts a week later for the older. I’m going back to my temp gig at Harvard next week, too. We’ll all [...]

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Of Wasps and Words and Other Things

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Today Serena clamored out of the lake and said, “A warm towel! A warm towel!” as she wrapped herself in fluffy goodness. Then she paused and said, “Mama, was there ever a time when there weren’t towels? When towels hadn’t been invented yet?” “Yes,” I said. “What did people do to dry off then?” she [...]

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