Are You Happy You’re White?

We were on our way home from after-school care and listening to NPR's "All Things Considered." The story was about President Trump's proposed travel ban. Tobin asked me why the ban was being asked for, and we started talking about religion, race, and ethnicity. That's when he asked me, my bright 7-year-old, "Mommy? Are you happy you're white?" What a question, you guys. Here is how I … [Read more...]

12 Months Post-Op Check In

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A year y'all! It's been a year since my Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (VSG)! I am pretty sure I've said this in each post, but I can't believe how quickly time has passed. I haven't met all of my goals for this year, but I am beyond thrilled that I took this step to being healthier. I really wanted to make it under 200 pounds in a year, but I didn't make that happen. I blame sugar. I know it's going … [Read more...]

Oh My Word…for 2017

I've never chosen a word for the year before. I've set goals for the year, I've done resolutions, and I've set intentions, but never chosen a word. This year, I set some goals around health, words, and some other things and have been writing them in my bullet journal. As I was looking through my goals this weekend, I realized that they were all related to Moving somehow. Move: change or cause to … [Read more...]

11 Months Post VSG Check-In

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Hi everyone! Almost a year since I cut out my stomach, I can't believe it! It's been 11 months since I had Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (VSG) and the time has flown. November was a big slow-down for me in working out. I think after working out so much in October, I took a bit of a break. I still exercised at least 5 days a week, but that's less than the month before. I also had a fun NSV … [Read more...]

White Fragility and Me

I'm a sensitive person. The thought of accidentally or callously hurting someone is dreadful to me. I'm an honest person, I try not to lie, but sometimes telling the truth hurts people's feelings and that upsets me. And empathy? I've got that down. I can find a way to relate to almost anyone (almost). I can only think of one time in my life when I was actively mean to someone to be mean, and as an … [Read more...]