Tag: Health

Does losing weight count less if you weren't fat enough before?

In the past six months I’ve lost 20 pounds. I’m pretty darn proud of myself. I’ve been eating less and exercising more. (The latter was easy since I barely exercised before.) I’m not only thinner; I’m fitter. I feel good about my body for the first time in years. But right now, at this moment, I’m... Read more »

Everyone else in my house has been sick

It started with my boy. Nothing too disgusting. A high fever and achiness. When his fever remained high even while taking medication we consulted the pediatrician. The doctor said my son just needed to let the fever run its course. He also warned that this thing my boy had was going around and was highly contagious.... Read more »

The Sugar Prism: Halloween as a diabetic

The Sugar Prism: Halloween as a diabetic
A guest post by Adam Irving You’d think being diabetic would make Halloween a problematic yearly ritual. And for many years, that’s the way it was. I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes on Halloween night when I was six. Yes, yes, the irony has never been lost on me. That was the end of... Read more »
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8 healthy treats you should NOT hand out instead of Halloween candy

8 healthy treats you should NOT hand out instead of Halloween candy
The Huffington Post recently published an article originally called “8 Healthy Halloween Treats That Won’t Get Your House Egged.” They have since changed the title to “8 Healthy Treats You Should Hand Out Instead of Halloween Candy.” I’m guessing the change was made in part due to numerous people pointing out that the article’s suggestions would most... Read more »

The Teal Pumpkin Project: Teal is the new orange this Halloween

The Teal Pumpkin Project: Teal is the new orange this Halloween
A guest post by Emily Levenson When Kim reached out and asked if I wanted to write a Halloween-themed post, I excitedly said yes. I’m a big fan of Halloween — any holiday that encourages dressing up as a unicorn is a-okay in my book. Of course, I’m also a big fan of the candy.... Read more »

Cardiac ablation: Paying someone to burn my heart from the inside out

After months of waiting, I finally had my cardiac ablation. I won’t keep you in suspense: It went well, and I’m okay. It was, however, an interesting experience, so read on for my reactions and reflections. I was told to report to the hospital at 6:30 AM. Rather than getting the entire family ready super... Read more »
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I am a Pilates convert

I have recently discovered that I love Pilates. I had been looking for a way to get back into exercising. I used to love Bikram Yoga, but the process of going, doing a 90 minute class, showering, and coming home meant I needed a two-and-a-half hour block of time to do it. My evenings and... Read more »

I'm perfectly healthy except for this pesky heart condition

I’ve always been perfectly healthy, in spite of myself. After blood work, each test result falls right into the desired range. Although my weight has fluctuated it has typically stayed within the “normal” BMI range. I’ve never had broken a bone, had a serious illness, or needed surgery. I still have all of my wisdom... Read more »

10,000 steps to becoming a better mom

I got a fitness tracker a few weeks ago. I chose the Jawbone UP24, but it has similar functionality to other fitness trackers including Fitbit and Nike Fuel Band. Primarily it tracks steps and monitors sleep. What I didn’t anticipate was that my fitness tracker would make me a better mother. I was particularly interested in... Read more »
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An Oscars drinking game but with exercise

Hammervision posted a 2014 Academy Awards Drinking Game. It was fun to read, but I don’t plan to play along. I’m a bit too old to have a Hollywood awards show dictate my alcohol consumption particularly on a Sunday night. Couldn’t there be a healthier way than an Oscars drinking game to make the Academy... Read more »