Tag Archives: healthy-living

Celebration

Last night, I had trouble figuring out how to celebrate an achievement, if not with alcohol. Today, I bring you the kind of celebration I crave. Nature, celebrating itself.

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Uncomfortably Un-numb

Here I am: Day 22 of the 100-Day-No-Booze Challenge. That’s three weeks without an after-work cocktail. The good news is, I’m no longer numb. The bad news is, I’m no longer numb. Funny thing about drinking (or whatever your numbing … Continue reading

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Sobriety is a Yawner

For today’s back-yard birding photo, I bring you the Blue Jay. Larger than most bird-feeder birds, Blue Jays are noisy and aggressive. They’re also fairly comedic and fun to watch. You’ll notice this Blue Jay had lowered his crest, which … Continue reading

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Desperate Times Call for Desperate Measures

I’ve been worried about myself. My weight continues to creep up. I’ve been drinking two to four glasses of wine (or gin and tonics) nearly every evening. Sometimes more on the weekends. Walking, yoga, and meditation have been sporadic. I’ve … Continue reading

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The Elephant In the Room

The question: “Oprah – What is it With Her?” Your answer is: “She’s fat, she’s thin, she’s fat, she’s thin – I mean, come on, pick a body and go with it!” From a 1992 SNL skit featuring Jerry Seinfeld, … Continue reading

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The Fruits of Mindless Living

I’ve gained 48 pounds since my dad died in October 2012. Nearly 50 pounds. Who gains that much weight in what feels like overnight? I suppose 48 pounds in 20 months isn’t overnight; it’s 2.4 pounds per month. A slow, … Continue reading

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Girls’ Night “Out There”

I had dinner last night with the girls. Girls, as in two of us who are 50, and a third who will be 50 in May. There was lots of talk of dating mid-life, Match.com fiascos, and recent breakups (one … Continue reading

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Drug Free Head

Before my next Great Bear Rainforest post, an antidepressant update is in order. See my last update here. I know, I know. Not nearly as exciting as whales (and what else I have in store for you). But it’s an … Continue reading

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Mea Culpa, Sort Of

I’m convinced now more than ever that the best way to stay healthy is to never need a doctor. Sounds oxymoronic, but allow me to explain. My mother wasn’t exaggerating or feigning illness to get attention. Turns out she was … Continue reading

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Viibryd Valedicition

It’s been nine days since I took my last dose of Viibryd. This post is a detailed account of what led me to this decision (it’s the side effects, stupid), how I stopped taking the drug, and my withdrawal experience.┬áBecause … Continue reading

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