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Because. I. Can.

Posted November 30, 2008 By LifeIsChange

Finishing NaNoWriMo with over 50,000 words this year was about so much more than writing 50,000 words. Looking back at the numbers from past years, I see that after the first two years, the percentage of NaNo participants who actually crossed the 50K finish line ranges from 14% to 17%. It’s an accomplisment to be […]

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Protected: An Example

Posted December 5, 2008 By LifeIsChange

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An ADDitional Piece of The Puzzle

Posted January 20, 2009 By LifeIsChange

So, I emailed my therapist last week about something (not related to the topic of this post), and I mentioned that I have so much trouble switching my focus from one thing to another.  If I’m on top of things at work and have a productive day, then when I get home I can’t seem […]

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Hope & Self Castigation

Posted February 20, 2009 By LifeIsChange

This entry will be a bit more personal than most, but I just have a feeling it might be helpful to someone if I share. I’ve told my therapist on several occasions that I often feel like a fool after each time I’ve let myself hope again.  Turns out, it’s not so uncommon for adults […]

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“How Can You Say This Differently?”

Posted April 26, 2009 By LifeIsChange

I’m reading Eats, Shoots, & Leaves, and I was talking with Sister about it.  Although the book is specifically about punctuation, we got to talking about grammar and sentence structure as well, and wondering why there are so many people close to our ages who went to school in the same state we did, who […]

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Protected: Structure, ADD, and Ingrained Attitudes

Posted April 28, 2009 By LifeIsChange

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Protected: Hmmm. This is big.

Posted July 5, 2009 By LifeIsChange

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The Nastiness of Food Addiction

Posted July 7, 2009 By LifeIsChange

Well, this is about the nastiness of my food addiction.  I can’t speak for anyone else’s. So, I was talking to my therapist yesterday about cravings.  Not the physical kind of cravings that tend to fade somewhat when one begins to avoid excess sugars, but the emotional cravings that have driven my compulsive overeating for […]

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The Weight Thing

Posted July 8, 2009 By LifeIsChange

Following Kerro’s description of food-issue-related topics (the Food Thing, the Weight Thing, and the Body Image Thing), I thought I’d  write an entry about the Weight Thing.  I’ll discuss the Body Image Thing at a future date, as that may be the most difficult to write or talk about. My therapist and I talked about […]

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If It Acts Like A Child And Feels Like A Child . . .

Posted July 8, 2009 By LifeIsChange

The dreams came in like needy children, tugging at my sleeve I said, “I have no way of feeding you, so leave”. Prince of Darkness – Indigo Girls Hmmm.  Well. Ater I wrote and then re-read yesterday’s entry about food-addiction-related cravings, I was struck with how obvious it seemed. All the pondering I’ve done about […]

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Bliss List – Items 1, 2, and 3

Posted July 8, 2009 By LifeIsChange

I got this idea from Kate1975’s Blog, and I think it’s a great self-care idea, albeit not always easy.  I decided to create my own Bliss List that I can refer back to when I need to feel that rush of “happy” brain chemicals that comes from thinking of those things that bring bliss. So, […]

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Bliss List – Item 4

Posted July 9, 2009 By LifeIsChange

I am aware that I’m going to be giving away what a strange child I was with this entry, but oh well. I used to love to watch the bug truck out my bedroom window.  It always went by after I was in bed.  My bed was up against the wall by the window, and […]

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Bliss List – Items 5, 6, and 7

Posted July 10, 2009 By LifeIsChange

Continuing on with the Bliss List, here are some more items . . . 5. Store-bought bagged ice.  It always makes me feel pampered. 6. Being smiled at by a baby or child.  Gets me every time. A year or so ago, I was at work, having a bad day and in a really bad […]

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Cleaning Up The Chaos

Posted September 2, 2009 By LifeIsChange

I started this entry back in January and it’s been sitting in my drafts since then.  I finally wrote another entry that touched on the topic, so I guess I’ve “broken the ice” of discussing this publicly, although this is still really, really hard to admit.  There are a lot of other things that most […]

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Like Dominoes

Posted September 13, 2009 By LifeIsChange

I truly didn’t believe there could be anyone out there who was this perfectly suited for me.  I mean, what were the chances of that?  In every relationship, there are compatibilities and there are differences.  There are the things that work out easily and the obstacles to overcome.  In each of my past relationships, there were […]

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Then And Now

Posted September 30, 2009 By LifeIsChange

This isn’t from my yearbook, but it’s from the year I would have graduated, had I not taken my GED and gotten out of Dodge a year early because I hated high school.  (If the curiosity about whose yearbook it is is too much to bear, feel free to email me at the address on […]

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Turning Points, Part I: ADD Meds

Posted December 24, 2009 By LifeIsChange

Wow.  Ok.  Where do I start? Since I wrote my last post, when I was only 1733 words into NaNo and being distracted by music, there have been some huge, major turning points in my life, including but not limited to: Getting started on ADD meds My second NaNoWriMo win Decluttering and repairs at home […]

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My Inner Critic Speaks

Posted January 30, 2010 By LifeIsChange

I wrote this post back in September, and I’ve had it in my drafts folder ever since.  I guess I was planning to add to it at the time, but I kind of like it just as it is, now. I mentioned in a recent post that my inner critic has been quieter lately, and […]

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My Trip, and A Few Pictures

Posted February 19, 2010 By LifeIsChange

I arrived safely home on Monday from my trip, and I had a great time! The flight up: My flight left Friday night, about a half hour later than originally scheduled, because when the plane came in from the previous flight, they had to circle a few times while waiting for their turn to land.  […]

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The One-Year Plan

Posted February 24, 2010 By LifeIsChange

As Kate noticed in her comment here, and as I mentioned again here, SS and I have been working on plans for living together in the future.  Because we live about 1000 miles apart, and because we have both been going through some major life changes in the last year or more, this takes planning. […]

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More About The Body Image Thing

Posted February 27, 2010 By LifeIsChange

When I saw my therapist at the beginning of this month, one of the things we talked about was my feeling I had brought up, in an email the week before, that I’m nearing the winding-down point in therapy.  The topic came up in session as part of a discussion around my plans for this […]

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When A Friend Becomes A Stranger

Posted March 6, 2010 By LifeIsChange

About four times a year, my neck starts to hurt, and it will hurt for a few days.  It starts out as that “I must have slept wrong” kind of feeling and then progresses until I can’t turn my head.  Because it’s so cyclical, and because I realized that it’s only a couple weeks earlier […]

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Strange Horoscope

Posted March 10, 2010 By LifeIsChange

I don’t read my horoscope very often, especially the ones that show up on just about every home page option list that only take the sun sign into account.  I mean, come on, every Gemini out there is not going to have the exact same kind of day. But today, as I was revamping my […]

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Seeing Myself As A Stranger

Posted March 13, 2010 By LifeIsChange

My therapist and I talked some more about the body image / self image thing when I saw her on the first.  One of the things we talked about was some professional photos that SS and I had taken in December (I’d emailed copies to her).  She asked me how I feel when I look […]

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Things That Are Strange

Posted March 29, 2010 By LifeIsChange

1.  When you’re shopping and you see an adorable musical teddy-bear wearing a shirt that says, “You are the love of my life”, and you’re thinking you would like to buy it for your Someone Special, and you squeeze its paw to see what song it plays . . . and it’s the song that […]

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So, while asking myself whether I should or shouldn’t participate in NaNoWriMo this year, because I’ve got a lot on my plate, getting ready for my move early next year, I’ve also been planning my novel. I guess that’s my answer. It’ll be my seventh NaNoWriMo, and hopefully my third win.  It’s become such a […]

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Big Goodbyes, Magic Jars, and . . . Breathing

Posted March 2, 2011 By LifeIsChange

This post is about a couple of topics that are probably kind of strange to see written about in one blog post, but in the end, the connection will make sense. On February 8th, I had my final session with Therapist, after finishing my job and just before moving (yep; I’m in Jersey now, with […]

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My apologies to anyone who found this post by googling Katy Perry and then was disappointed to land on the blog of a middle-aged woman who blogs about her health and feeling old.  I would have written this as two separate posts, but it all goes together, for me. . . So, SS and I […]

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Going Off Of Yaz / Beyaz

Posted July 19, 2011 By LifeIsChange

I realized it’s been a while, again, since I posted, so I think it’s time for a catch-up. The biggest thing that has been on my radar recently has been going off of Yaz (which is now called Beyaz). Ickiness warning for anyone who finds discussion of women’s health issues off-putting: the rest of this […]

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