It is time to leave. Today, we will pack our belongings back into our cars and return to our homes. We will enjoy this last morning as much as others, with far too much food and far more full bellies than an average day. But there will be a different feel to the event, a … Continue reading Beach trip: last day
This is not another piece about how to maintain one's diet through the holidays. This is a piece about saying fuck it to that nonsense. I've lost 15 pounds since August and that's pretty great. I've found nutritional strategies that work for me both physically and emotionally. Here's why it's working, though, and why I … Continue reading Thanksgiving Day Diet Strategy
I continue to be amazed by my lack of pain. Every movement is a joy and I am constantly on the verge of bursting into happy sobs. When I rise from a seated position... nothing. I stand at the kitchen counter... and I'm totally fine. Bending to pick something up? No problem. It's consuming, these … Continue reading Flabbergasted and Joyous
All week I've been in unbelievable pain. My hip and lower back were acting up again. It's something that has always bothered me and it has gotten worse with age. I always assumed the root cause was something that was my fault. This was what I was told by various medical professionals. It was my … Continue reading Finally! A Relief From Pain!
Yesterday morning, I bemoaned not having a partner to help me while I'm laid up with back pain. Later in the day, I found a solution. I hired someone from taskrabbit to come help me with some chores. I found a solution I'm comfortable with, and I'm proud of this. Here is what I wrote … Continue reading Taking care of business
"Blinding pain" is one of those expressions one reads and hopes to never fully understand. It's an apt description, though. There is a certain degree of pain that will make your vision swim, will make your world turn white. I never, before now, understood what a full 10 on a pain level scale felt like. … Continue reading Blinding Pain
Is it normal for problems to become even more agonizingly painful shortly after starting physical therapy? At much urging from friends, I finally looked into seeing a physical therapist for my hip and lower back issues. My first appointment was Friday. Today is Wednesday. There are a few stretches and core strengthening exercises that were … Continue reading A Day of Agonizing Pain
Yesterday, I did something I always mean to do on Sundays and never actually get around to. I prepped my meals for the week. I'm not sure why, but I woke up with energy. Granted, my intent had been to use that energy to tidy up my living room, so I can take photos and … Continue reading Food Prep Day!
This is a follow-up to Eight Easy High Protein, Low Carb, Low Fat, Whole Food, Dairy-Free Gluten-Free Meal Recipes. Since writing that post, I've come to realize eating tomatoes really makes me feel like crap. I am now trying to cut out all nightshades for a while. (A life without hot peppers? How will I … Continue reading Three Easy High Protein, Low Carb, Low Fat, Dairy-Free, Nightshade-Free Meal Recipes
I'm supposed to be avoiding hot peppers (including chili flakes and chili powder and hot sauces) but... No. I've done a lot of elimination diets over the years. This is the first time one has bested me. Gluten. Sugar. Dairy. Alcohol. Now tomatoes and all other nightshades. More posts on hot pepper dismay:A life without … Continue reading Giving Up: You Win, Hot Peppers
I'm terrible at managing my finances. Well, rather, I'm quite good at managing my finances, in that I know exactly how much is left after necessities are covered and I track everything well and pay all my bills on time. When I say I'm terrible at managing my finances, I suppose what I mean is … Continue reading Financial solutions and headway disorientation update
Warning: There is going to be a lot of whining in this post. Like, Olympic level whining content. Because I'm miserable. Life without most nightshades is fine. It's bearable. Life without hot peppers is misery. Even my favorite pumpkin chili has chili powder and chopped green chiles. I mean, I should have assumed, but it … Continue reading Avoiding nightshades = culinary misery
I dreamed about pastries last night. Éclairés, mainly, but others as well. My dream had me in Quincy Market in downtown Boston. Not in the center hallway, but in one of the hallways just outside the building, where there are always dozens of carts selling a variety of wares. I stood in front of a … Continue reading A life without hot peppers? How will I survive?
Thanks to Facebook Memories and the fact that I whine online a LOT, it's come to my realization that I get hit with sinus problems like a sledgehammer at this time every single year. And that's just an example. I decided to take a sick day yesterday. I had the chills when I went to … Continue reading Seasonal Sinus Headaches: Possible Pattern Recognition
I'm so glad someone found a way to monetize the Tide Pod idiocy of a couple of years ago. No ice. No stirrer. No glass. We're redefining how whisky can be enjoyed. Introducing The Glenlivet Capsule Collection #noglassrequired pic.twitter.com/F4MGErsfZM— The Glenlivet (@TheGlenlivet) October 2, 2019 I love whiskey, but I think I'll stick with sipping … Continue reading My First Sheet Pan Meal