Showing posts from March, 2019

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…

A Big Test Is Coming Up!

Next week my husband, my oldest son, and I are heading to Austin. Specifically, we're taking my son (I'll call him JS, since I'm still doing this blog anonymously!) to visit the University of Texas. My hubby went to graduate school there, and his description to JS of what an incredible experience it was has brought UT Austin to the top 5 of JS's college choices.

JS has a lot of potential options for universities. He has a stellar GPA, takes honors and AP courses, and plays multiple sports. Can you tell I'm a proud Mama? But one of the main things he's looking for in addition to a top-notch academic program is a school that is within a city which has a lot going, food, festivals, sports, etc. Austin appears to fit the bill.

However this "test" to which I referred in the title of this post is not for JS and his college admissions, but a big test for me! I know that a trip to Austin is, for many, considered to be a culinary adventure. I'm …

Because St. Patrick's Day Comes Only Once a Year...


Back in the Saddle

So I didn't completely fall off the wagon. I was so discouraged by my weight gain that I went off Atkins for a week or so, but I did not go hog wild with the carbs (unlike past times). I continued to eat healthfully, but did not follow any specific diet.

In my frustration I seriously considered trying something else. I looked into the Lose It app, thought about Weight Watchers, researched the Kaiser weight loss program, etc. But nothing seemed to provide the structure that Atkins does while minimizing that sense of deprivation that has derailed me so many times.

During this time off Atkins, I really looked at the foods I gravitated towards. They were definitely not vegetables. I really do eat more vegetables while on Atkins, and I possibly eat more of them than I should...veggies do have carbs, after all. But when I'm left to my own devices, I can go all day without even thinking about a vegetable.

One of the intentions of my "reset" was to look at the long-term gain…