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

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

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

How Pear Shapes Wear Black | Fashion Friday

Many lipedema women say their favorite color is black. It hides lumps, bumps, and imperfections in our legs and is generally believed to be universally slimming. Wonderful! you might think. That must boost their confidence! you might think. Then why do so many black outfits for pear-shaped, lipedema women scream, "please don't notice me!" Today,… Continue reading How Pear Shapes Wear Black | Fashion Friday

I Like Your Waist in Particular | Music Monday

What puts a smile on your face and makes you feel at home?  Maybe it’s a familiar meal, scent, or piece of clothing.  For me, in 2017, it was a song.  I had recently moved to Boston for graduate school, straight off six years in West Africa and I was miserable.  The people were cold,… Continue reading I Like Your Waist in Particular | Music Monday

Mirror | Music Monday

It was another snowy weekend in Washington, D.C. and I’m wishing I could hide my head in the blankets and spend Monday morning in bed with my cat.  In fact, many in the United States will have that option, given that it’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  Even though my clients aren’t working, I still… Continue reading Mirror | Music Monday