I Didn't Realize I Was Going to Get These Boobs With Menopause

The low point of the day was The Photo. For some reason, my friend wanted to take our picture in front of the sand sculpture, something that we have never done before, and then post it on Facebook for the entire world to see. I avoid having my ...more

I'm Sorry for How My Depression Has Affected You

I'm sorry. I know those two words seem so small, and they are. They are nothing more than nine simple, basic characters, but I don't know where else to start so I'm sorry; I'm so sorry. There are things I'm not sorry for, things I can't be sorry ...more

Trade These 5 Foods for a Healthier Life

These 5 food products used to be a regular part of my diet, but I gave them the boot. What do you think happened next? Spoiler alert: I'm 20 pounds lighter, but more on that later. A favorite saying in the health and wellness community is ...more

Autism's Past, Present, and Future: An Interview With 'NeuroTribes' Author Steve Silberman

Steve Silberman is not the first writer to invest a significant chunk of his life in a book about autism. But he's the first whose book NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity, does right by autistic people, and those who ...more

Don't Let These 6 Mistakes Keep You From Workout Results

You look in the mirror, and there are no visible changes. You're at a loss. Whenever you go to the gym, you feel like you're working harder than most of those gym rats in there, yet you don't see any progress. So what's the deal? I know that ...more

5 Ways to Do Maternity Leave Right

You have a new baby and your parental leave has begun! All those blissful weeks ahead of bonding and relaxing. My well-timed July baby meant lazy afternoons lounging by Coleman Pool and al fresco lunches with my unemployed friends. Maybe I’d finally get around to painting the downstairs bathroom. Maybe I’d take up sewing. Maybe I’d make jam or learn how to infuse vodka with the fruits of our four plum trees. Maybe I would seek help for -- what’s the medical term? Oh, right, my severe state of delusion. ...more

Why You Need to Ditch the Idea of a "Goal Weight"

It's normal to have a perceived number that we all think that we should be. It's what we want to see when we step on the scale. Typically those thoughts will come from a number that is calculated telling us that in order to be "healthy" there is a specific weight that determines that. Take your BMI (Body Mass Index), for instance, which is simply a calculation of your height and weight which tells you if you're in the "healthy" range. For the majority of my disordered eating days I was considered "healthy" therefore there wasn't a push for me to make any changes. Half of me was relieved that could continue living the controlled life I was, but the other half was crying for help. ...more

What They Don't Tell You About Menopause

The low point of the day was The Photo. For some reason, my friend wanted to take our picture in front of the sand sculpture, something that we have never done before, and then post it on Facebook for the entire world to see. I avoid having my picture taken, especially since going through menopause. ...more

Training With Equipment: Easier or Harder?

Dumbbells that will “shake it all off” or a device that will get rid of double chins, are two examples of exercise equipment that leave me speechless.There are thousands of social media posts every day that highlight the wonderful feelings of engaging in some form of exercise. People want to share how proud they feel for pursuing a healthy activity....more

Happy Birthday Terese with Gingerbread Cake

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Randomness

Life has been really crazy lately and I haven't been blogging as much. We're in the Boom Startup Ed Tech accelerator, raising funds from investors to bring 7 Generation Games to the next level.So, I've been flying back and forth between here and Salt Lake City, which is just amazingly beautiful. As always, life has its share of good and bad.Good: Gompers Middle School Judo is back in session, with many of our wonderful kids from last year and some new ones ....more

10 Things Not to Say to a Woman Waiting to Have Kids

 I understand that being a parent is pure bliss. Really, I do.Now, I may not completely comprehend the magnitude of such love until I actually become a mom, however, it’s not that unfathomable when most adults say, “it’s the best thing that’s ever happened to them.” ...more

5 Ways to Do Maternity Leave Right

You have a new baby and your parental leave has begun! All those blissful weeks ahead of bonding and relaxing. My well-timed July baby meant lazy afternoons lounging by Coleman Pool and al fresco lunches with my unemployed friends. Maybe I’d finally get around to painting the downstairs bathroom. Maybe I’d take up sewing. Maybe I’d make jam or learn how to infuse vodka with the fruits of our four plum trees. Maybe I would seek help for -- what’s the medical term? Oh, right, my severe state of delusion. ...more

My 7 Favorite Ways to Sweat in Charlotte

This is the third and final post in my series “Why and what I love about Charlotte” for the #DesignCharlotte campaign. The Marriott Charlotte City Center Hotel is getting a big facelift and as part of this transformation, they are asking guests and Charlotte residents to show off our amazing city and what we love most about it. In my first post I covered 7 Things I Love About Living in Charlotte and my second post was all about my favorite foodies spots ....more

Is Social Media Killing Our Self-Esteem?

I’ve been using my Facebook page long enough to see that social media can leave a huge impact on people…myself included. I used to always wonder why I read down my timeline and find posts that feel like someone need to invest in a diary, or someone is beefing with a family member, instead of calling that person, or the chick posting 1000 selfies a day, or the guy posting his money after cashing his refund check. It all makes sense that these people are using social media like Facebook and Instagram to boost their self-esteem. ...more

Low Sugar Lemon Gelatin (That is Actually Nourishing)

Something that has been bothering me for quite sometime now is the food served in most hospitals. ...more

National Pediatric Cancer Awareness Day: #Run4Cookies on September 13

For the month of September, ASICS America is partnering with Cookies for Kids Cancer to support the fight against pediatric cancer and have some fun in the sun to brighten the lives of children and families affected.I urge you and your family to pledge to Run 4 Cookies on National Pediatric Cancer Awareness Day, September 13th. For every 100 uses of #Run4Cookies, ASICS will give a lucky winner a pair of children's and adult's shoes from the...more

Did I Do My Best?