Poikiloderma of Civatte

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Well, bugger. I'm pretty sure I've figured out what is going on with the skin on my neck and chest, and it isn't simple aging. Well yes, it is aging, but something else added on.

I grew up in the desert southwest, and sometimes used sunscreen. I didn't diligently start using sunscreen until I was in my late teens, although I wasn't an avid sunbather. I have strawberry blond hair, blue eyes, and fair skin, so a deep golden tan just wasn't in the cards for me. But I did get my share of sunburns.

When I did start to regularly use sunscreen, I focused on my face. I really didn't pay any attention to my neck or chest. Weeeell, now I'm seeing the consequences.

My oldest son had a lacrosse tournament yesterday in Santa Cruz. It was a beautiful sunny day in a gorgeous beach town, about 80 degrees with a nice ocean breeze. I was prepared...lots of sunscreen and a very wide brimmed straw sun hat, long sleeves. When we got home around 10pm last night, I took a sho…

Gearing Up

This go-around, as opposed to prior attempts to "get my sh*t" together in regards to weight loss and self improvement, I'm going to make a plan. A plan for my diet, my exercise, my well-being.

I've decided that the core of my plan will be a mindset shift. I will not think of my diet as deprivation, but rather the opportunity to replenish my body with nutrients that will allow it to operate with high energy, an opportunity to grow physically and spiritually stronger, and an opportunity to give my family the healthiest Mom/Wife that I can possibly be.

But then it comes down to the nuts and bolts. This paradigm shift is all well and fine, but I actually need to do the work! For the first part of my plan, I've decided I need to choose a diet that will become a lifestyle, while keeping in the back of my mind the knowledge that the "hard part" of the diet (meaning the part where I am actively losing weight, not the maintenance part) is just a phase and doesn't last forever. Which diet should I follow? As we all know by the screamingly colorful magazine covers and pop-up ads, all you have to do is throw a rock and you will hit a diet plan. Keto? Weight Watchers? Jenny Craig? The Zone? They all seem to have their benefits.

Given all my past research, dieting history, and lifelong relationship with food, I've chosen to follow the Atkins 20 diet. More on how I came to this decision in a later post...

And I am not a paid sponsor of Atkins or anyone. This is just the path I have chosen.


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