Monday, September 19, 2016

Whatcha Reading?

One of the most glorious things about being done with grad school is that I have more time to read for pleasure.  I've been reading up a storm this summer, and some of the books are not even embarrassing for me to share with you (some of them are...I'm no stranger to a cheesy bodice-ripper)!

Alexis Smith's Glaciers can be read in an afternoon. Clocking in at less than 200 pages, it tells the brief, but poignant story of Isabel, a girl enthralled with the past who is learning that time waits for no girl.

Sara Benincasa has one of my favorite Instagram feeds.  This book is about her battle with mental health issues and it's HI-LARIOUS!  She's about to blow up big time as a comedian, but you heard it here first!

Jessi Klein has already made it, but I'm pretty sure she doesn't feel that way. This book is about feeling awkward, out of place and like you don't know what the hell you're doing, but it's written by the Emmy Award-winning head writer of Inside Amy Schumer (whose new book I have checked out from the library right now).

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

It's Not a Diet

To be honest with you, I've been really resistant to "dieting" as an adult.  I went to my first Weight Watchers meeting when I was in junior high and I've been fat my whole life.  After years of dieting and exercising, with the only result being disappointment, I decided to stop counting calories and just listen to my body. I am a firm believer in the Health at Every Size Movement, because I believe that some of us just have bigger bodies and it's not because we're lazy or we secretly eat pounds of candy when no one is looking. 

So making a change like moving to a paleo lifestyle, even though it's not technically a diet plan, was a big decision for me.  Publicly pursuing weight loss brings back a lot of painful memories and it makes me feel like I have less agency over my own body.  I don't like people commenting on my weight loss, or offering advice.  I don't like people telling me how much better I look, because it makes me sensitive about how I looked before. It's one of those things where I desperately want people to notice a change, but I dread it at the same time.  It's complicated.

Even before I began, I ate more healthfully than most of the people I know, no fast food, limited desserts and alcohol, so when people start offering advice about things I already do (and probably more faithfully than them) it makes me crazy. I've known for years that the reason some people get fat and others don't had to be much more than a simple calories in/calories out breakdown. This paleo lifestyle is just proof.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Welcome back!

I have been away from this blog for a long time.  Since I left, I've been promoted, finished my master's degree and moved.  So it's been a little busy.  But I've refocused on a mostly paleo diet and hope to share some of my trials and errors with you on this site as well as on Instagram and Twitter.


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