Posts tagged "Health"

A Seat at the Bar, with Richard Brautigan

A Seat at the Bar, with Richard Brautigan
It was the kind of place you stumble into, accidentally. The kind of place very few people intentionally seek out, more often discovered by those who are lost, who have taken a wrong turn, veered far off from their destination and seek that which they cannot name. The kind of place set apart from others,... Read more »

Today's lesson: Yes, I can do this

Today could’ve been awful. It could’ve been another long, cold, horrible day with more bad news in a string of long, cold, horrible bad-news-filled days. But it wasn’t. After a night filled with very little sleeping and a whole lotta neck/shoulder/upper back pain, I woke up with more pain, a lot of pain. I’ve been... Read more »

Life outside the lines

I’m a rule follower. I was a child born into violent chaos. Since escaping that life, I’ve thrived on rules. On absolutes and routines. Life in the lines is safe. Routine and predictability soothes me. Sure, I’ve experimented in gray. I’ve dabbled outside the lines from time to time. It was fun and exhilarating and... Read more »
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Naperville Marathon Results: I won

Naperville Marathon Results: I won
On Sunday, I ran my first marathon, and it was awful. It was awful and amazing, frustrating and exhilarating. It was one thousand times worse than all of my training runs, even the 18 and 20 mile ones.re I puked twice before reaching mile 10. Around mile 14, I was convinced I was indeed going... Read more »

26.2 Reasons why I'm running 26.2 miles

26.2 Reasons why I'm running 26.2 miles
Tomorrow morning, I will wake up entirely too early for a weekend and much earlier than all normal, sane people should ever wake up. I will put on clothing made entirely of too much spandex for someone my age and body type. I will pin my number onto the front of my shirt and hope... Read more »

Sometimes even mom needs help

I had no idea that learning to mow the lawn would be so difficult. I couldn't even get it started. My teen jumped in and pushed me away.
I used to believe that strength and success meant never asking for help, never admitting that I couldn’t do something on my own. I spent years working so hard to maintain a facade, which I thought would ultimately lead to happiness and serenity. Statistics were never on my side, yet I was determined to have... Read more »
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Divorce Healing: Weeding Out Self Doubt

Divorce Healing: Weeding Out Self Doubt
Weeds invade my garden at an alarming rate. Weeds wind around the necks of delicate flowers, choking them, strangling them. They wilt and die. I briefly mourn their loss while realizing it’s better if they are gone. I don’t have the time nor the energy for weakness right now. My gardens have always had weeds.... Read more »

The Best Mother's Day Gift is the One You Give Yourself

The Best Mother's Day Gift is the One You Give Yourself
The best Mother’s Day gift is the one you give yourself. It’s not sexy. It’s not expensive. It won’t make your friends and loved ones envious. Nope, the best Mother’s Day gift is your health. Happy Mother’s Day: Spread your Legs. If the last time you went to the doctor was to take your kid... Read more »

The Dr. Oz Detox: 24 Days Later (Moderation, Fruit and Aunt Flo)

I always wondered what happened to people after they dabbled in a detox or had their house renovated on one of those DIY remodel shows. Did he keep to his new healthy lifestyle? Did she continue to pick up her dirty undies and use the enormous laundry room that was built for her? I worked... Read more »
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When the world is scary, wear granny panties

Barely a week has passed since a loved one was admitted into the hospital, since that first X-ray showed “something” which needed to be looked at more closely with more scans and tests. It hasn’t been an entire week since we first heard the word: cancer. It seemed so easy for the doctors and nurses... Read more »