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Vanity, thy name is woman
Tuesday, March 03, 2015      5 comments

This morning I took a deep breath and pulled on my new pants - and they fit! It was a minor miracle: no muffin top with pants one size smaller. I may have looked outwardly normal but in my mind I was preening like a pampered cat. I'm 3 l... Read more
Slow Motion
Monday, March 02, 2015      2 comments

It has been taking a lot of conscious thought, and more will-power than I dreamt possible, but for the most part I have been able to stick to the PSMF dietary restrictions for the last 3+ months. What I've been really awful about is exercise - ... Read more
Time to commit
Sunday, March 01, 2015      2 comments

I bought myself a new pair of pants. Unlike every pair of pants I've bought in the last decade, I bought these one size smaller, and not one size larger. Three months ago, all my pants were as snug as tourniquets, forcing a non-existent ... Read more
If we are what we eat
Saturday, February 28, 2015      1 comments

Then I guess today I am an entire menagerie! I woke up a little emotionally worn out from yesterday's excitement. Today at work was full of meetings and chores. And in the middle of it, we went out for a Chinese New Year lunch. There were 10... Read more
Slipping into another decade
Friday, February 27, 2015      5 comments

Late last week my weight dipped into the 130s, just barely. And then the next day it went back up, and stayed higher for a few days due to Chinese New Year feasting. So I didn't update my weight until this week, when the scale went down to 139... Read more
Thursday, February 26, 2015      7 comments

I just took off my wedding ring. And then put it back on. And then took it off. And then put it back on. And then took it off. And then put it back on! My finger is losing weight. It hasn't been this slim in at least a decade. I am k... Read more
Why did the woman cross her legs?
Thursday, February 26, 2015      5 comments

The classy answer, of course, is that the woman crossed her legs because she's a *lady*. But since I'm the woman in question, I know the real reason: I have started crossing my legs because I once again *can*. Over the years, my legs ha... Read more
Under pressure
Wednesday, February 25, 2015      5 comments

High blood pressure is what got me on this diet, and the best NSV has been seeing my blood pressure drop. Today I measured my blood pressure twice on each upper arm and the average of my measurements was 114/82 . Not only has my blood pressure... Read more
Jacked up
Tuesday, February 24, 2015      1 comments

This afternoon I sat in my friend's office while she described her recent vacation in Vietnam and Cambodia. She showed me a particularly poignant picture: a young mother in a threadbare dress, hugging her adorable little son, who didn't look m... Read more
Still waiting for that ringing endorsement
Monday, February 23, 2015      2 comments

Over the last decade or so, my wedding ring got tighter. At first I told myself it was because my joints were swelling due to emerging arthritis, but at some point the outright pudginess of my fingers made me admit that the cause was my gaining... Read more
I am a liar
Sunday, February 22, 2015      4 comments

I almost never lie. Honestly, I am normally a very honest person. Tonight, however, I found myself lying repeatedly. We were invited to dinner by friends. They are genuinely lovely people, and their kids clever, polite, and interesting. Als... Read more
Flab vs Sag
Saturday, February 21, 2015      5 comments

Okay, please avert your eyes because it's self-indulgent overly-personal thank-goodness for internet-anonymity introspection time. Three months ago I was 35 lbs heavier and I had a serious case of muffin top, rolls of fat on my back when... Read more
The answer is not actually 42
Friday, February 20, 2015      2 comments

Oliver Sacks is dying of cancer, and he has written a powerful essay for the NYT. It is frank, and poignant, and inspiring. These words especially spoke to me: "I have loved and been loved; I have been given much and I have given somethin... Read more
Happy Year of the Sheep
Thursday, February 19, 2015      3 comments

Today is the first day of the Chinese New Year. Happy New Year, everyone! My Mom taught me long ago the new year wishes that need to be shared. May you have a festive new year! May the new year bring you prosperity! May you have good health... Read more
No longer scared of mirrors
Wednesday, February 18, 2015      3 comments

I used to go out of my way to avoid mirrors, other than the bathroom vanity. I bought clothes only online so I wouldn't have to look at myself in fitting rooms. I'd look away if I had to pass by mirrors in stores or public restrooms. I tucked... Read more

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