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Found My Sweet Spot for Weight Loss

Several years ago, before my brain got wrecked along with my car and before intense workouts sent me into panic attacks as they now do (apparently the high heart rate is a trigger), I used to work out a lot. I also ate a lot. I’ve really never been one to turn down food, but…

Balancing Doing and Learning

I spent the weekend doing. I showed up, I said yes, I learned a lot, but I focused on┬ádoing. I’ve lost about 15 or so pounds since this time last year, most of which has happened so far this year. I’ve not been paying that much attention to what I eat or how I exercise…

Being in the Public Eye with PTSD

I’ve been hiding at home for the better part of 5 years. I finished two master’s degrees following my car wreck, in programs that were at a major university and required you to be present for all classes, and I didn’t miss a class. I also worked retail during that time, so I talked to…

Measuring is Hard, But It Might Be Worth It

I do a lot of measuring and data collection and analysis at work, and with my work. I dig into tax reports, financials, budgets, attendance, points of origin, square footage, density and a whole lot of things that look like lots and lots of math. It is, and I can understand that MATH looks hard…

When Success is a PTSD Trigger

Pat Green sang that it came upon him wave on wave, or something like that. Maybe he was talking about anxiety? PTSD triggers are a beast, and I have several, one of which is success. I have experienced a lot of trauma shortly after achieving success of some type or getting back on my feet…

It Takes Time to Change

One of the more challenging aspects of having PTSD for me has been how reactive I can be. When my brain fires up the neurons that connect to trauma, in all of the bizarre and difficult ways that can happen for me, it can take a lot to outwardly keep my cool. Sometimes I don’t.…

Seasonal Habit Change

I had forgotten until yesterday that about this time of year I used to do something a bit drastic or challenging for about a month, just to shake things up, try something new or put focus into something I wanted to accomplish. On year I lost 20 lbs (yes, in one month), one year I…