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…

So Why Atkins?

I need a drill sergeant when it comes to a diet. If any diet allows a "cheat day" or gives me an inch, I will take a mile! After a little while the diet has completely flown out the window, and I'm left feeling discouraged and down on myself.

Many, many people have had success with the Atkins Diet. It also has plenty of detractors. But I have done it before with success, and I've decided to give it another go; however, this time needs to be different. In the past when I've lost weight with Atkins, I've had initial success and then decided to "take a break". That break then becomes a great binge on refined carbs, with my mind's justification that I'm going to be back on Atkins within a short time. Then I gain a bit of weight back, then get overwhelmed with work and kids and life, and before I know it I'm back at square one.

I know this is a very common problem with dieters. It's not like I'm alone in this arena. So another part of my plan is to link up with others who are also in the same boat as I am, and look for social support. That is another area in the past which I neglected. My perfectionist "I got this, I don't need help" mode of thinking got in the way.

Since I want to lose approximately 50 pounds, I may need to take a break or two. But the mindset shift needs to come by where I don't think of the break as a free pass to binge on sourdough bread and pasta, but one where I incorporate fruit, yogurt, beans, quinoa, etc. into the "break", which is what I expect my diet to look like when I reach my goal weight.

Mediterranean salad with romaine lettuce, grilled shrimp, tomatoes, cucumbers, kalamata olives, and a sprinkling of feta cheese. A bit of olive oil and balsamic vinegar drizzled over the top. Delish!


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