Not mine anymore.

Face-down on the operating table, I’m not yet numb. This part had escaped my meticulous mental preparation — not so meticulous after all — and when I realize that the numbing portion of the day’s festivities will involve injections of lidocaine, the familiar effervescence of panic travels across the backs of my arms and intoContinue reading “Not mine anymore.”

Beyond step counts with Exist

I’ve tracked data on my daily life since I was seven years old, fiddling with the tiny gold-tone lock on my first daily diary. Later, when I discovered the “quantified self” movement, some larger lock in my brain would release: I didn’t only want data, I wanted meaning. I’ve been searching for this meaning byContinue reading “Beyond step counts with Exist”

Day 239 of Project 365: Drink lots of fluids.

I accidentally ingested gluten today from a restaurant that FunkyPlaid and I really like that has items marked “gluten-free” on their menu. When this happens I am always torn between never eating at a restaurant again and wanting to be a normal human being. Stupid disease. When this happens the best thing I can do is drinkContinue reading “Day 239 of Project 365: Drink lots of fluids.”

Day 227 of Project 365: Step goals.

I’ll say one thing for a long transit commute and a mildly strenuous job: I hit my daily step goal about four or five days a week without even trying. A few months ago, my Misfit Shine fitness tracker stopped working for a while. I tried to go back to my old fitness tracker, and even flirted with the ideaContinue reading “Day 227 of Project 365: Step goals.”

Day 220 of Project 365: Gluten-free treats.

I’m feeling a bit ill tonight after a run of generally good health days. I sometimes forget how precarious that health can be, so tonight’s photo is of two gluten-free treats that make me happy. The guide was a gift from Courtney, and I’m looking forward to visiting all of the gluten-free restaurants and bakeriesContinue reading “Day 220 of Project 365: Gluten-free treats.”

Day 134 of Project 365: Four-list method. 

Time to refocus on my health, now that the parental visit is over and I managed to catch a cold. I don’t do diets. Not being able to eat gluten is enough of a restriction for me, and I think that non-medically-mandated diets can encourage problematic relationships with food. I do, however, fully support reasonableContinue reading “Day 134 of Project 365: Four-list method. “

Avoid, embrace meal planning.

As mentioned in my previous post, I am attempting to exhaustion-proof my kitchen by planning meals out in advance and stocking up on healthy snacks and lunches. I have been resistant to meal-planning because I avoid creating additional structure around my diet so I can act like I still have a little freedom despite theContinue reading “Avoid, embrace meal planning.”