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

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

Why I Love Alternate Day Fasting (Part #1) | Fasting February

I love fasting, but it didn’t come to me naturally or easily.  Before I knew I had lipedema, I spent years counting calories, restricting, and over exercising in an attempt to shrink my body.  Of course, having an undiagnosed fat disorder made that a Sisyphean task.  Endless.  Impossible.  Or so I thought. Doctors and researchers… Continue reading Why I Love Alternate Day Fasting (Part #1) | Fasting February

Pillars of Self-Care

Walking is the foundation of my self-care routine and today is a rare day I'm not doing much of it. After a long streak of 60-70 degree weather, winter finally arrived in Washington, D.C. and the sidewalks are alternately covered with heavy wet snow or black ice. At the time I'd normally be heading out… Continue reading Pillars of Self-Care

Music Monday: Love Myself

Welcome back, sturdy women! I've missed a few Music Mondays, but couldn't let one more week pass without sending you some love. The short, dark, days of winter are always hard on me. My energy and motivation tank... for everything. But lipedema doesn't take any breaks and our self-care is an everyday routine. Holiday stress… Continue reading Music Monday: Love Myself

Join me this weekend!

What are you up to this weekend, sturdy women? Why don't you join me at the Innovative Solutions for Lipedema and Lymphedema Symposium! Even if you have fun plans already, register now and you'll have full access to the replays and all the resources. One year ago I attended this conference and couldn't have believed… Continue reading Join me this weekend!

Music Monday: Better Days

Stress is bad for everyone, but it can be particularly hard on those of us with lipedema or lymphedema. My body always feels more achy, tired, and swollen when life is throwing curve balls. And let me tell you, sturdy women, she's been throwing me a lot of those the past few months. I'm one… Continue reading Music Monday: Better Days

Staying Active on the Road: Shenandoah Caverns and Virginia Safari Park

My diagnosis came just days before the COVID lock down started in Virginia so I've never had to deal with taking my self-care routine on the road. And I have to admit, I have used my pumping, walking, and low carb eating as an excuse not to travel more than once over the past year… Continue reading Staying Active on the Road: Shenandoah Caverns and Virginia Safari Park

Remember Her Name

Happy Music Monday, sturdy women! Mondays often demand extra motivation and my go-to source is usually a good song. Pop on some headphones and celebrate yourself with a one-woman dance party, whatever that looks like for you today! This week I'm putting a little extra pep in my step with Mickey Guyton's new song Remember… Continue reading Remember Her Name