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Raise your hand if you feel me, sisters! I’m only 46, but my doctor told me I would go through “THE Change” early and, low and behold, I did. Man oh man, it’s a real thing and I have tried to rebel against it, but dang it if those hormonal changes just get the better of me. I can go from freezing cold to soaked with sweat faster than a hot knife through butter. I can look at a slice of bread and literally see it gravitate to my thighs like a long, lost lover. That tight, supple skin I used to have is as pliable as playdough and saggier than a deflated balloon. WTH?!! Collagen, how I miss you. I remember in my 20s when we used to pass around those “what is your favorite” lists via email and I would boldly pronounce that my favorite foods were cheese, bread, and pasta. Ahhhhh! I just broke out in hives typing that! Oh, and my coffee. How I ADORED my coffee with one and a half teaspoons of raw sugar and enough creamer to make my status as a true coffee drinker questionable. Those days had to go too. Oh, the simple pleasures that pre-menopause metabolism, estrogen, and a greater muscle mass allowed . . . Those were good times. [Read more…] about Menopause Sucks!
Why is it that we don’t blink an eye when spending our money on manicures, highlights, spray-tans, massages, brow waxes, chiropractors, doctor’s visits, and prescriptions, but we suddenly become super cheap when it comes to paying for exercise? Exercise, mind you, that could SAVE us from the time and money spent on those co-pays, prescriptions and chiropractor visits. Exercise that makes us look “less like a potato” (as one of my clients puts it) and does so much more for our appearance than that $45 that we spend on the tips of our fingers. And, who here has had their insurance prices affected by their bill of health? Just asking. I know my insurance is a pretty good deal since I am a “picture of perfect health” according to my Doc. [Read more…] about Now, How Much was that Manicure?
When is the last time you stepped out of your comfort zone? Recently I stepped out of my comfort zone to make a cake that I have always been afraid to make–an angel food cake. Angel food cake from scratch is not for the faint of heart. There is a lot to making an angel food cake and, in my family, it’s our tradition to have these on birthdays. I was given the task of making the birthday cake for a dual birthday celebration for my parents. Oh, how I was not looking forward to this experience. I consider myself a decent cook but my ability comes to a screeching halt when it comes to baking cakes in general. [Read more…] about Cakes and Comfort Zones