Poikiloderma of Civatte

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…

Fits and Starts

So January was a bit up and down. I'm still working on that mindset thing.

My main hurdle has been the sense of deprivation. I think this has actually been a huge obstacle to successful dieting for me in the past, as well. The feeling that I'm missing out on something - a "normal" dinner with my family, a piece of delicious sourdough bread, a glass of Sauvignon Blanc, or anything else that others are having that I "can't" - has interfered with changing my mindset.

I placed "can't" in quotes above because I've identified this as a main point that needs a big work-around in my brain. It's not that I "can't" have that buttery piece of garlic bread that everyone else at the table is sampling, but it's that I "choose not to" have it. In reality, I can stuff my face with whatever I want to. But if this is going to stick this time, a new neural pathway needs to be created in my little ol' head.

I recently picked up the book "The Power of Habit" by Charles Duhigg. So far I've only made it past the first chapter, but I can definitely see, even in the few pages I've read, where I can make some significant changes in my thoughts - and therefore my behavior toward food and exercise.

I made an ice cream cake for my husband's birthday last week. I "chose not to" have a piece, but I got a lot of satisfaction seeing the rest of our family enjoying it.


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