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I'm on Holiday, by jove!

I HAVE FIVE DAYS OFF IN A ROW!!!!!

You'll have to excuse the shouting, but as you can see I am a tad bit excited for my little vacation. The last time I had multiple days off in a row was late last June. I've only had single days off between now and then, and they were few and far between.

'Tis my own fault for doing so... I could have requested more time but I guess I felt the need solid work. I needed to pull myself out of the financial hole school had gotten me in and I needed to establish myself as a therapist.

But now, now I've done both and it's time to have a little fun.

Later today I'll be catching a bus to Boston where I'll meet up with my friend Mary, who's there attending a conference. It's the conference's last day so if the timing works out I'll be arriving just as she's finishing up with things. We're going out on the town tonight and then heading off to the airport bright and early to pick up our rental car. Then it…

Well, there you go then!

This morning I found a link to Experience Life magazine and wanted to share with you an article about dieting, starvation, and what happens to people on a restricted calorie diet. It's a short article, and easy to read. The article highlights an experiment done during World War II regarding starvation - psychological and physiological effects. What floored me was the restricted, "starvation" portion of the experiment was 1,500 calories.

1,500!!!

Now, granted the experiment was done on men and 1,500 calories for a fully grown adult male is not a lot; I believe the equivalent is 1,200 for a female. But still, that is the current daily recommended caloric intake. And they literally went crazy with starvation. When they were able to resume eating "normally", many ended up gorging and putting on additional weight.

This quick little article has put so much into perspective for me: how frustrated and obsessed I get over food when I'm trying to lose weight, when I …

Awash in Water

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Today is a beautiful, sunny day. Considering how few of these we've had this spring, it's a real treat. I decided to take a walk along the bike path near my home. I walked fairly far; far enough to really get a good look at some of the devastation from the recent flooding. Recent is not the right word. Current is more correct. The water has gone down some, but it is still insanely high. I wish I'd brought my camera with me. Let's see if I can find some pictures...

God bless Google!
The bridge pictured is a pedestrian/bike bridge that goes over the mouth of the Winooski River. Only as you can see by this image, the river has overstretched its boundaries considerably. I actually walked over this bridge today and while the water has gone down a little, for the most part it still looks like this. Only it was sunny today and there wasn't so much of a color change in the water.


I walked by this house this afternoon as well. You'll be happy to know that the water is now…

Yoga?

A couple of years ago, I was big-time into yoga. I went every Saturday morning without fail, and sometimes twice a week if I could finagle it. This was back during Hell Job and yoga really helped me to deal with the emotions and confusion I was feeling around it.

My yoga practice pretty much dropped off the face of the earth when I went back to school. We'd do it once a week during class, but I just didn't have the time, energy or money to follow up with classes outside of school. And now, I have plenty of time, money and energy to start them back up but for some reason I haven't. I still love yoga and on the rare occasion I make it to a class I always feel better for it, but I guess I just don't feel the need to attend classes.

From time to time I do yoga in my apartment, and I frequently recommend yoga poses to clients to help with stretching and muscle tension relief. Even though I'm not attending classes as often as I used to, the lessons I learned while there …

Sad.

I saw The Boyfriend last night. So nice to be able to see him after a week and a half. So short-lived though. Between his commitments and my commitments, it's going to be a full two weeks before we see each other again, if we're lucky. He's convinced it's less than that, frankly I'm convinced it's going to be closer to three weeks. We're going to try to at least meet for dinner this Friday, but nothing's certain right now.

This is life, and it is what it is. But my heart is breaking because I'm going to have to wait two weeks to see him again.

Man oh man have I got "it" bad.

It's Impossible, I Tells Ya!

Yesterday I bought some eggs with the intention of having them for breakfast the next several days. They're full of protein, easy to make in the morning, and keep me fueled until I can stop for lunch at work. Often times I may eat breakfast at 8:30am, but it may be 2pm before I get my break. It's a long time to go without food, so I try to eat things that last. Plus, apparently eggs yolks have a lot of iron. Again not really worried about it, but I kinda feel the need to stockpile.

I'm also quasi-tracking my calories on MyPlate for a while because my pants are getting tight again. Plus, I've got a show coming up in a month and I don't want my belly hanging over my costume. The nice thing about MyPlate is that even the free version will track big things like sodium, protein, cholesterol, sugar, and fiber.

The bad news is, one single egg meets the daily maximum requirement of cholesterol for me. AN egg. Who can eat just one?!? I mean, I knew they had quite a bit of i…

I'm Falling Apart

Okay, so not really. But it feels like that sometimes.

Last month I got into a big "discussion" about whether or not I have hypothyroidism. Apparently my posts saying that "I'm tired" on Facebook have convinced my aunt that I am. That and the fact that she developed it. So, with those two "symptoms" (and only those two), she is convinced that I have it and that I am in denial.

Now, I know I need to keep an eye out for it as it does run in the family (my mom developed it when she was my age), but there is a definite difference between "oh, boy I've had a long day" or "I didn't get much sleep last night" tired and "oh, hey look my body's shutting down because my thyroid is no longer manufacturing the hormones I need to live" tired.

Subtle, but important difference.

And then... I went to the Doc's on Tuesday for... y'know. The, ahem, annual exam. Turns out I'm slightly anemic. Apparently the lowest ir…

Wow, one week goes by so quickly...

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I can't believe it's been almost a week since my last post. I had intended to start being better about posting more often. Sigh. The days just run in together so quickly. It seems like the month is over before it scarcely begun.

I guess it helps that I'm actually home right now. Usually at this point on Monday morning, I'm schlepping about the Boyfriend's apartment. He has to be to work for 7:00am, and I usually leave to come back at 8. However, due to various and sundry prior commitments, I didn't drive down after work yesterday and I won't be seeing him again until I think next Wednesday. Yeouch. Then after that, I think it'll be the second week in June before we see each other again. Oooof.

In the grand scheme of things, it's really not a long time to go without seeing each other. And it's probably a good thing too. It'll give us each a little time to really reflect on how things are going and how we are feeling. It'll be three months…

Whoosh!!!!

Hey, look at me! I'm updating my blog!!! Craziness.

Spring is finally happening to Vermont. It feels like we're about a month behind the rest of the world. It feels more like mid-April should feel outside. But... it's sunny, the tulips are being brave and showing their fair colors, and the trees are exploding green. It's about damned time!!

Over the last few weeks, between massive snow melts and massive amounts of rain, we've had a lot of flooding. Lake Champlain is several feet above its normal levels right now. Most of the beaches are still under water, and in places the bike path has been nearly washed away. There are many, many homes that are considered a complete loss. While it's not Mississippi-level floods, it is none-the-less devastating to a large portion of the state. Check out The Burlington Free Press for some pictures and an article.

In other news, things with The Boy and I are moving along nicely. Spending time with him is one of my favorite thing…

Book Review: In Defense of Food

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After reading Michael Pollan's book Omnivore's Dilemma (click on the link for my review), I was interested in reading more from him. He is an engaging writer and does an excellent job of presenting information in a readable, fast-paced style that feels more like you're talking with a friend than getting schooled.

I checked In Defense of Food out from the library, mainly because I've been spending waaaaay too much money lately. And admittedly, I was fascinated by the general theme of the book: Eat Food. Not too much. Mostly plants. I found that last one particularly interesting as he is most certainly not a vegetarian. Nope. Not. At. All.

But luckily early on he elaborates on the theme, telling us what he means by each statement. When he says Food in this instance, it literally is with a capital "F". He means whole, unprocessed food. The kind your great-grandmother would recognize. The more processed it is, he believes, the less like food it becomes.

In this p…

I'm not dead!!!

Hey all,

Sorry I haven't been blogging. I've been crazy busy these last couple weeks and simply haven't had time to fully compose anything. I have a book review half written. Hopefully I'll finish it soon and post it for you guys. Cause it was a good book and I think you should read it. If I could remember what the name of it was, I'd even tell you.

Oy. That's how tired I am right now.

Life is going extremely well for me these days, and I'm loving it to the fullest.