If some is good, more is better . . . right?

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One of my dad’s favorite expressions is, “If some is good, more is better.” Lots of hot pepper on his pizza. STRONG coffee. STRONG beer. Big tubs of stuff from Costco. (The “more is better” mecca.) A queue of projects for the wood workshop. My dad is often a whirling dervish, buzzing around the house from thing to thing, even …

How to overcome mom guilt

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  When I became a parent (or actually when I started showing when I was pregnant with James), I started getting a ton of advice about parenting, both solicited and unsolicited. Breastfeeding was a popular topic, but there were SO MANY others. When to give solid food. Bedtime routines. How to fix a picky eater. Sleep training. Preschool screening. Time …

A month without sugar and booze: an interview with Kate

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I’ll just come right out and say it: our American culture can be awfully strange when it comes to the messages we receive about food. Take the months of January and February, for example. When you open your inbox on January 2, you are inundated with messages about cleanses, new diet plans, insane workouts, and “clean eating.” But if you …

Lifting for confidence, running for therapy

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As I’ve gotten more into the world of weightlifting, I’ve discovered something I find pretty fascinating: most lifters HATE running. Seriously hate it. Like with hashtags and memes. My trainer, who is in the anti-running camp, saw a picture of me on Instagram this week doing a hip thrust with the bench up against the treadmill (this picture here) and …

Accountability: the golden ticket to fitness

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Accountability noun  ac·count·abil·i·ty \ə-ˌkau̇n-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ the quality or state of being accountable; especially : an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one’s actions  Accountability = responsibility = owning up to your behaviors Let’s take a few real life scenarios. 1. If you’re doing Whole30 and you eat a Thin Mint with nobody around, does it count as “cheating”? 2. If you put your …