After lots of tearful goodbyes and an 18-hour drive with my four kids, the cat and a goldfish that basically killed my will to live, we have made it to Colorado! We are officially Colorado… ites? Colorado-ans?? Whatever. We got in late last night and while I still feel like a zombie on a desert vacay, I’m excited to be here. The weather is gorgeous, the mountains are gorgeous, my sister and her family are gorgeous (love you Lou!) and our new house is also gorgeous. We’re in temporary housing until we close on the new digs so posting may be as intermittent as my sleep. Not a bid for sympathy but more of a heads-up that I’m not ignoring you – your comments helped make the car trip 30% less whiny! It’s just hard to respond on my phone.
But there have been lots of questions, particularly about certain posts, and so here is a quickie update: (Please forgive the lack of humor, intelligence or even coherence. Seriously my brain fell out of the car somewhere mid-Nebraska, along with a bunch of our stuff since we forgot to lock the car top carrier and proceeded to leave a Hansel & Gretel-esque trail for miles. It will tell you how fried we were that my husband and I, upon discovering our gaffe, shrugged and said, “Whatever it was, it’s not worth driving an hour back up the freeway to look for it. Merry Christmas Nebraskans! We got you toddler undies with built-in streaks!”
Rachel Cosgrove’s Rebuttal to the Criticisms About Her New Book
You may recall that I was less than pleased with Rachel Cosgrove’s latest book, Drop Two Sizes. Apparently I was not the only one as she wrote a blog post to address the haters. (Clarification: I am not a hater. I still love her. I’m just disappointed.) Basically she said what I had assumed: That because Women’s Health published the book they had final editorial say on the content (that ridiculous 1000 calorie diet) and the pictures (the conventional-looking non-fitness models holding baby weights). She talks in depth about the model selection process for the book, which I found super interesting. (TL;DR version: The models she wanted were deemed “too muscular” for the Women’s Health demographic of 18-24 year old women who are brand new to fitness. So instead they picked a model who would be “aspirational” for that group.) She also added what many of you said (and Gym Buddy Krista said) that this book is meant as a prequel to her first book The Female Body Breakthrough. Apparently lots of women felt intimidated by that book and so this book is a less-scary starting place – a point which I think is great. I just wish I’d known it before I got the book and invested my time in the workouts.
But the main thing I got from reading her post – and this made me really sad – is that I am no longer her target audience. This is particularly frustrating to me because I feel like that demographic – 18-24 year old women – is already super represented in the health and fitness industry. In fact, I’d say that they may be the most targeted group. There is NO shortage of diet and exercise advice for this group. I liked Rachel because she spoke to those of us who wanted something different than the conventional advice and to those of us who fell outside that much ballyhooed demographic. But hey, maybe she’ll come back to me in the future??
P.S. One commenter took exception to my use of ” ‘bells” in references to dumbbells in my post. She felt that I was infantalizing weight lifting for women by cutsey-ing up the iron. I’d honestly never thought of it that way but I can certainly see her point. I’d written ‘bells because Rachel calls for dumbbells, barbells and kettlebells in her workouts and so instead of writing all three out I took the lazy way out and abbreviated it. But I’ll try to remember for the future to use “iron” or something else in future posts! Any other suggestions are much appreciated! (Or I suppose I could just type it all out. I mean, I’m the girl who routinely writes 2500 word “short” posts so… yeah.)
My Mirena IUD – 1 Year Post Removal
My post on getting my Mirena IUD removed has stayed surprisingly active with lots of women adding more stories to the comments almost every week. A lot of people want to know how I’m feeling about it now since it’s been a whole year since the removal. Basically I’m doing really well. The brain fog went away almost immediately and my hair stopped falling out. I’ve also greatly reduced my number of panic attacks but as many of you know from previous posts, I attribute much of that to discovering I’m severely lactose intolerant and eliminating dairy from my diet.
Honestly, while I’m not sorry at all I got it removed, it hasn’t been the panacea I’d hoped. The main issue is that since I’ve already birthed me five babies and have lost my darn mind, I need a reliable form of birth control. We tried “natural family planning” (also known as the rhythm method) and ye olde condoms but it appears that I do need some kind of hormonal help to stay regular and help with absolutely monstrous PMS. (TMI? You asked about my uterus!) And I’ve tried a few different pills but haven’t found anything that I love yet. Still working on this solution and in the meantime am hoping for early menopause? (kidding. Mostly.) It also didn’t do anything for my below-the-belly-button “mommy pouch” (think bagel dough. You’re welcome.)
Why does being a girl have to be so hard!?
P.S. For those of you who wanted links to the Canadian package insert I mentioned in the post, I’ve since found it and put the links in the comments.
Lots and lots of e-mails lately asking me if I’m still not eating dairy, if I’ve “healed my gut“, if I’ve gone gluten free etc. So: Yes, I still mostly avoid dairy. I’ve been doing some of the steps to “seal and heal my gut” and while I’ve eaten some small amounts of cheese and yogurt and tolerated them fine, I still mostly just avoid it. As for gluten-free, I did do it for one month at the beginning of my elimination experiment when I was trying to figure out what was causing my panic attacks but it seemed that wheat really doesn’t have any noticeable effect on me. So I eat it. It doesn’t make me feel sick. I’m cool with grains.
I mostly do coconut milk substitutes when I need a sub. I don’t miss most dairy except for ice cream but coconut milk ice cream tastes aMAYzing – now if only I could find it in more than 3 flavors and for less than $8 a pint.
Shape Mag Posts
A few things to consider if you’re thinking about getting a prophylactic mastectomy like Angelina Jolie.
30 things we love about running – women use it for so many great reasons!
12 tasty alternatives to running gels – you’ve got lots of options if you’re sick of gagging down sticky gus or gels
Freaked out about all the news about antibiotic resistant gonorrhea Everything you need to know about something you totally don’t want to know about. You’re welcome.
Did you know Kelly Clarkson does CrossFit?? Me neither. 15 Celebs who love Crossfit. Yep, it’s officially A Thing.
10 Hilarious Running Shirts. Totally a puff piece. Loved every second of my “research”:)