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…

Progress So Far...I Gained Weight!

I'm pretty discouraged right now. About a week ago I weighted in at 207, and this morning I got on the scale and I was 209. WTF? I know that my cycle and water retention can mess with the numbers a bit, but really? After a week of diligent Atkins, I gained 2 pounds???

I'm going to stick with it, but I need to really think about a plan B. I know my body is changing as I head toward peri-menopause, so maybe low carb won't be the solution as I get older. I don't know. It worked for me in the past, so I'm hoping that will still be the case. But at the same time, I don't want to spin my wheels. We'll see what happens in the coming week.

Sigh.

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