I had a positive pregnancy test, and then another.
I bought my husband a little book about big sisters, and let our 2 year old bring it to him to read; this was how I told him that we were pregnant again.
5 days later, I started bleeding.
There is still a chance I said to myself. I went in for blood testing, and two days later received a call with my results. The blood test showed “no pregnancy” a pragmatic nurse told me over the phone. And that was it. …
“I could never do that. I have to eat every few hours or I die.”
This phrase, or something like it, is what I said the first time I ever learned about Intermittent Fasting (IF). This was long ago, before it was the latest fad in the diet and health world. At that time, I truly couldn’t understand why anyone would choose to torture themselves like this.
Despite my skepticism, I had decided to run a series of experimental diets and report about my experiences and results on my personal blog. …
Lets face it: moms right now are more tired than ever.
The world is in upheaval, we are smack in the middle of a crippling pandemic, children are in and out of school with little predictability, we are vastly separated from what villages we had, and we are struggling.
Yet still, the cliché phrases of motherhood are thrown at us from every direction.
“The days are long but the years are short.”
“Enjoy every moment.”
While the former seems to be very much true, it’s often the implication that because time will fly by, it’s not ok to harbor any…
Although this year we won’t be gathering for holiday parties (well, the sensible among us anyway), it goes without saying that there will still be plenty of cookies, chocolates, pies and other goodies to fill our bellies during this notoriously indulgent time.
But on the other side of all of these holiday goodies lies a significant stressor for many people: how do you keep your fitness and nutrition routine intact when all of these goodies are taunting you at every turn?
The answer is that there really is only one secret to remaining on track.
And that is to get…
I’ve seen a lot of posts floating around on social media lately that are all a bit different, but all share the same sentiment: we should all respect each other, and shouldn’t let political differences get between us.
In normal times, I’m all about this. In normal times, I try not to let party lines define friendships or set boundaries on relationships.
But these are not normal times.
Late in the night on November 8, 2016 I sat in the dark, nursing my one month old baby, my tears falling onto her. I had an overwhelming sense of dread, a…
Peloton is currently the biggest trend in fitness. It’s the new CrossFit with the obsessive and cultish followers (of which I am one). It’s a pretty amazing community and if you don’t know who Cody or Alex or Tunde are, well, you’ve been living under a rock.
I’ll fully admit that I’m a follower and I’m in this thing. I love it and it’s changed my entire fitness routine — from all weight lifting all the time, to about a 3:1 split between spinning and lifting. It’s a shift I never thought would happen. As someone who has spent the…
You can love and appreciate your loved one who is a cop, but still acknowledge that systemic racism and police brutality are problems that deserve attention. The two are not mutually exclusive.
Except when they are, unfortunately.
It is unbelievable to me that this type of statement still needs to be said, but somehow it seems that it does.
Just because you are related to or love a police officer, you should not be empirically blind to the major flaws in the criminal justice system. You should still be able to acknowledge the fact that police brutality is a very…
If I could impress upon my daughter one important thing as she grows up, it would be this:
Stop trying to be smaller.
Women as a whole tend to spend their whole lives trying to be smaller. Smaller thighs, smaller stomach, smaller arms, smaller nose. And pretty soon these wishes for a smaller body translate into other things: a smaller voice, a smaller presence.
Why are we constantly trying to shrink ourselves away, to exist less than we already do and to take up less space on this planet? Why do we feel that this is necessary? …
White people in America are plagued by a social epidemic that I’ve begun to call “The Whispers”. And I should know, I am a white person in America, and I’m ashamed to admit that I’ve been plagued by The Whispers for far too long.
Growing up, I was taught to be respectful of others and to avoid making a scene. I was taught to mind my business and take the proper channels when I encountered a problem— with a teacher, say, or a coworker or supervisor. And with that mindset came this peculiar habit, where I would see or hear…
I like to think that I teach my 3 year old everything. The reality is much different.
Pre-school aged children are funny creatures. They are like little sponges, soaking up the world around them at an alarming rate, but also emerging as independent thinkers. Independent might actually be an understatement; I call my 3.5 year old daughter the Mini-Manager.
She’s the boss. She runs the show. …
Stephanie is a mom and health professional based in Boston, MA who writes as a means of sanity and mental clarity.