Angel By The Wings | Music Monday

I missed last week because I was traveling for work – something that until recently seemed impossible.  In 2018 I flew to a new city to start a new job.  My weight was climbing toward 300 pounds, I was swollen for no apparent reason, and I was crushingly exhausted all the time.  Now I know… Continue reading Angel By The Wings | Music Monday

Good as Hell | Music Monday

Happy Tuesday! This should have gone out yesterday, but I messed up the calendar. Oops! How do you date when you have lipedema and follow a strict keto way of eating?  Confidently.  At least that’s how I’ve approached it.  My strategy has been as follows.  I put several full-length pictures on my profile and said… Continue reading Good as Hell | Music Monday

Onederland (Free)

This week I hit a huge milestone that I never imagined I’d see when I started keto in October 2020.  I am officially in onederland.  That’s right, a few days ago I stepped on the scale and was out of the 200s – and solidly there at that.  I finished a big work project a… Continue reading Onederland (Free)

Be the Lightning | Music Monday

It doesn't matter what other people think about your body. It matters how you think about it, talk to it, and feel inside it.This is the second time I've lost more than 100 pounds. The first time was from a place of anger, self-hatred, and body shaming. Even at my smallest I was miserable, agonizing… Continue reading Be the Lightning | Music Monday

Brighter Days | Music Monday

Turbulence continues to rock the world and 2022 isn’t the fresh start many of us hoped for.  Added stress from persistent and escalating world events is the last thing those of us with chronic illness need to add to our lives.  Stress increases my inflammation and swelling so – as much as I care –… Continue reading Brighter Days | Music Monday

Casual Pear Looks | Fashion Friday

Weekends are a luscious time to relax and recharge and that's even more enjoyable when you feel cute! If you are still working from home like me, you might actually see more people on the weekend than during the week. Saturday trips to the supermarket are an opportunity to show off your style and personality… Continue reading Casual Pear Looks | Fashion Friday

Love My Life | Music Monday

In 2011, I joined the Peace Corps and moved to Liberia, West Africa.  Peace Corps is a government program that sends Americans overseas on two-year assignments to live and work in communities around the world.  (Life Magnanimous is my blog about that part of my life.)  I was searching for adventure, but also trying to… Continue reading Love My Life | Music Monday

Accessorizing Your Pear Shape | Fashion Friday

Accessories can make or break an outfit and are a great way to balance proportions.  In the last Fashion Friday I talked about using patterned tops to draw attention upward on pear-shaped bodies.  This week I’ll show you how I accomplish the same thing with scarves. I’ve always had a thing for scarves!  The first… Continue reading Accessorizing Your Pear Shape | Fashion Friday

Higher | Music Monday

We’re two months into 2022, Sturdy Readers.  Are you making progress toward your goals?  Are you making time and space for your beautiful self to unfold?  I hope your answers were, Yes! but even if they weren’t, today I have a song that is sure to get you moving forward.  I found it last summer… Continue reading Higher | Music Monday

Building Habits and Navigating Social Situations | Fasting February

Tomorrow I will complete my month-long alternate day fasting (ADF) challenge.  I intend to continue at least a few more weeks because I feel so good, but a month is worth pausing to celebrate.  I fasted for 12 days this month!  This week also marks a second month of being dairy free since non-dairy January… Continue reading Building Habits and Navigating Social Situations | Fasting February