Wednesday, March 4, 2015

I'm a HUGE nerd who loves my job

I show this version of Maslow's Hierarchy every semester.
So some of you may know that I teach undergrads at a college that I could never have gotten into myself because I made bad choices in high school. I haven't written much about it here, maybe because it's my real job and worlds colliding and all that.

I teach Public Health. The class I teach is a great fit for me because it's a survey course, which means we cover hundreds of years and topics in one semester. As a result, the course content is (as my dad would say somewhat derisively) a mile wide and an inch deep.

By now you know that I'm also a big dork who dearly loves things like Totoro and Korra and Marvel and Harry Potter and too many other geekish things to list here. But I love Public Health the most. Oh my gosh, you guys. I want to talk about drug resistant gonorrhea all the time. Did you know that many of the US-funded Ebola treatment centers in west Africa have never treated a single patient?? Social determinants of health are my jam, you guys.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Reluctant Whole 30 - Day 16

I realized I'm annoyed about something tangentially related to doing Whole30. Facebook groups can be super helpful and they can also be really, really irritating. I just dropped out of one that was intended to help me through this process because it was not good for my mood equilibrium. You guys have spoiled me and I was starting to think everyone out there on the world wide interweb was cool and funny and smart and basically kind-hearted.

Here's a few things I needed to remind myself of when seeking advice from randoms on the internet:

  • If you take advice from randoms on the internet without fact checking anything, that is no bueno.
  • Sometimes the randoms say things with decisive authority and it turns out they're actually full of shit.
  • Sometimes, randoms on the internet enjoy not being particularly nice for no apparent reason.
  • Sometimes, I fall into that category and have to delete my comment because even though it was fairly nice, it will open me up to comments that will make me feel like I have petulant army of crawfish in my pants. 

Monday, March 2, 2015

Reluctant Whole 30- Day 15

Another snow day that isn't actually a snow day! Another day on Whole 30!

I barely slept last night. I kept waking up to check and see if school had been delayed or cancelled and like a bunch of SUPERSTARS, the school district waited until 6am to make the call. By 6am, I was just up and unable to go back to sleep.

Plus, and this is going to sound really stupid - but last night I beat one of my behavioral dragons that made me not want to do Whole 30. I love to watch Downton Abbey and have a glass of wine (or 2) and some snacks. I love it so, so much. It's my happy time. And I sort of wondered if I could even enjoy watching it without the wine and snacks, knowing they were off limits. The answer is yes!  It was fun and I didn't miss the wine at all. I had a snack and it was healthy and everything was all good.  I can't believe I even worried about it now!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Reluctant Whole 30 - Day 14 & Week 2 Wrap Up!

So I'm nearly half way there! Today is the day I'm like - why the hell isn't this a Whole 28? That would make a lot more sense. But I have never understood these Paleo people and their so-called "logic".

Lemme talk about a couple of things:

I feel really good though I do not feel any thinner. This process is supposed to be about what they call "NSV" (non-scale victories) and I have plenty of those. No need for Tums or Pepcid since day 2 or 3. Sleeping better than I have in years. Less hungry than I remember being, except for that time last year when I had pneumonia. More energy than I remember having since I became a parent almost 12 years ago. I may not be losing weight (which frankly, wouldn't surprise me given how much meat and fat I'm eating) but something positive is at work here. In order to keep myself honest, I've scheduled a full check-up with blood work for Day 30. The last work up I had was around this same time last year, so we should be able to do a pretty good before and after snapshot when this is all done.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Reluctant Whole 30 Diary Day 13

Sigh... It's a 3 gif day, you guys.

Today was "The Annual Saturday of Mandatory Girl Scout Obligations". We had a cookie booth sale and then we had World Thinking Day and then we had to meet up with friends all over town to sell and deliver cookies. But you know what today really was? Today was the day of people offering me things to eat that I can not eat. Some of the things were very easy to say no to. Others - like chocolate mousse and girl scout cookies and some sort of Korean seaweed delicacy - were not so easy. But I handled it really well. I was all like, "no thank you" firmly but with a smile.

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