Perspective

This summer, after months of procrastinating, I finally mustered up enough courage to make an appointment for my yearly gynecological exam (which at this point would not even qualify as yearly) . Now there are several reasons I would rather walk barefoot across hot coals than go to this appointment. Some are quite obvious (stirrups), and some not…

A Poem, A Class and A Connection

This summer I am taking part in the Fox Valley Writing Project's Invitational Summer Institute. It's a great opportunity for me, and I am super excited to be a part of it. Last Saturday, during the orientation, one of the instructors shared the book The Best Part of Me, which is a wonderful book about body image,…

Just Listen

Do you know anyone who... obsessively counts every calorie they put into their mouth? eats meager meals, filled with low fat, low calorie “blah” foods? talks (or thinks) incessantly about diets...fixating on calories, carbs, and the evilness of fats? jumps on the latest weight loss band wagon? exercises to extremes or feels remorse about not working out “enough”?…

Stop Chasing Skinny!

Unfortunately, in our quest for skinny, we are becoming obese. Recent figures from the National Institute of Health report more than 2/3 of Americans are considered to be overweight or obese. More than 1 in 3 adults are considered to be obese. More than 1 in 20 adults are considered to have extreme obesity. About one-third of…

What Does Healthy “Look” Like?

"You must be having a great summer! You look so healthy!" The words were innocent enough. Complimentary even. I had just gone in for a dental cleaning, and was chatting with the hygienist, who I had seen on a regular basis for many years. She is an incredibly caring person, and I know she meant well.…