Health and Wellness

No more diets: How one mom finally broke up with her scale


This guest post, by my running partner, Rebekah, made me question my own continued love/hate relationship with my bathroom scale. I pretend I don’t care about the numbers, even when my jeans are getting lose, I’ve lost almost 20 pounds, and I just.ran.12.miles! But alas, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t. Rebekah is […]

On April 13, 2011, in Health and Wellness, by juliejulie

How to Eat Paleo on Vacation


So, on day 4 of my personal Paleo diet challenge I took my teenage daughter shopping in Portland (a belated Christmas present, she has the patience of a saint!) and miraculously managed to stick to my eating plan despite mandatory trips to some great Italian restaurants. And, I didn’t feel deprived, at all. For real. […]

On February 24, 2011, in Family, Food, Health and Wellness, by juliejulie

Going Paleo: Can I cut out the junk and eat real food?


I did it! I made it through my first day of The Paleo diet, and I didn’t die. I didn’t eat dairy (not even in my coffee!) or sugar or grain or drink any alcohol for a full 24 hours. I missed the alcohol most, because I do so enjoy a martini while I watch […]

On February 18, 2011, in Food, Health and Wellness, by juliejulie

My UPS Man Can’t Swim: No IronGirl or IronMan for him!


I like my UPS man. He’s friendly and delivers happy stuff like the Little Big Planet 2 video game that makes 11 year old boys smile with true delight. And, my UPS man is proud of me when he sees the Chubby Mommy Running Club featured in the local paper or on the news. He […]

On February 10, 2011, in Health and Wellness, Running, Triathlon, by juliejulie

Eat Like a Dog: It’s all good!


Today I chose to eat a turkey sandwich instead of the donut I wanted. My dog Sadie, a 13 year old Weimaraner, watched every bite with great intensity. She loves food. She usually just gets one bowl of kibble a day, but every once in a while, if she’s lucky, or does a certain series […]

On January 30, 2011, in Dogs, Food, Health and Wellness, by juliejulie

No diets allowed, but what do runners eat?


I am not on a diet. This is not a diet blog. I’m not anti-diet when a diet is based on real food and balanced nutrition, they’ve worked for me in the past. But, if you spend a little time reading my stories here on this blog, you should learn that I’m not a woe-is-me-I-wish-I-was-thinner […]

On January 29, 2011, in Food, Health and Wellness, by juliejulie

I Burst: Ruptured Cysts are my new Ouch!


Last night at 2:00 a.m. a big wave of pain washed over me while I was at the bathroom sink fiddling with the childproof cap on my pain pills. I said the “F” word, and the next thing I know, I’m lying down with my head on the floor of my closet and my husband’s […]

On December 27, 2010, in 1, Health and Wellness, Love and Marriage, by juliejulie

Sick at Christmas: A Guide to a Good Enough Holiday


We all know Christmas is tricky. We put pressure on ourselves and our loved ones to somehow make this one day of the year perfect, and we feel like failures if it isn’t. And it happens every year, so we think we should learn from our mistakes and do it better next year. But it […]

On December 26, 2010, in 1, Family, Health and Wellness, by juliejulie

My Uterus Hurts: is it just bad cramps? Ovarian cysts? Cancer? No! It’s a Polyp. Ick.


I’m going in for a Hysteroscopy, D & C,  polypectomy procedure on Monday. Huh? I know, right? My uterus has been complaining and interrupting my life for years, but I thought all the weirdness was a normal part of getting older. It turns out it’s not. I’ve got a polyp in there that’s almost as big as the […]

On December 2, 2010, in 1, Health and Wellness, by juliejulie

Hey Everyone, Let’s Talk about Breast Cancer and Mammograms!


Hard to make this topic funny, huh? Yeah. ‘Cause it’s not. But it’s important. When I finally went to the doctor last week for a check up, after avoiding it for…oh, a couple of years, she got a little crabby that I hadn’t come in sooner, so she made me call in to schedule a […]

On October 9, 2010, in Health and Wellness, Middle-aged Angst, by juliejulie
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