Where’d My Skinny Genes Go?

Howdy friends, and happy weekend!

Just a quick update: I recently did some technical stuff to my website (I’ll spare you the jargon), but if you are subscribed to get my posts emailed to you, you may not be getting them anymore.

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The Only Secret You Really Need To Know About Holiday Weight Gain

Monday’s post is now on Thought Catalog!

Thought Catalog

I just searched Google for the words “holiday weight gain” in the news.

In 0.17 seconds, Google returned about 30,400 results. This isn’t just “evergreen content”—I’m talking about stuff that’s being written right now about holiday weight gain.


What does this tell us?

1. That if you’re looking to boost your page in the search rankings, you’re going to need a less competitive keyword?


2. That if you’re on the internet at all this holiday season you’re most likely going to run across another stupid blog post about the “7 ways to avoid holiday weight gain,” “why holiday weight gain isn’t inevitable,” and “why exercise may not stave off holiday weight gain,” et. al.

Here’s a quick Christmas story for you:

Once upon a time, when I was naive young lass, if you said the word “holiday” to me, I immediately thought of presents and decorations and time off…

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Getting Healthy…Period.

Shredded Abs, Low Body Fat, No Period

Since I feel like we all know each other so well by now (said the girl who developed a parasocial relationship with the internet), I want to post about a very exciting first–and ladies and gents, I apologize if any … Continue reading

This is a great post on the true meaning of success…

“To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.” – Emerson

Michael Boyle's Strengthcoach.com Blog

My friend Coach Jeff Higuera nailed it today with his blog on success. Jeff used this quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson  on what success is…  

“To laugh often and much;  

To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;  

To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty, 
To find the best in others, 
To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, 
A garden patch or a redeemed social condition;

To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.  

This is to have succeeded.”

Think about that for a few minutes “the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children”. So true.

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I am really excited about NuSI…I think there are obviously going to be some big challenges to making this project work, but there is a lot of promise–and the fact that they’re ACTUALLY taking steps to make changes instead of just sitting around and talking about it and debating but not doing anything…well, that’s a pretty exciting first step.

Weight Maven

Interesting reactions to yesterday’s launch of the Nutrition Science Initiative, whose purpose “is to facilitate and fund rigorous, well-controlled experiments targeted at resolving unambiguously many of the outstanding nutrition controversies — to answer the question definitively of what constitutes a healthy diet.”

Co-founder Gary Taubes:

NuSI was founded on the premise that the reason we are beset today by epidemics of obesity and type 2 diabetes, and the reason physicians and researchers think these diseases are so recalcitrant to dietary therapies, is because of our flawed understanding of their causes. We believe that with a concerted effort and the best possible science, this problem can be fixed.

Board of Advisor member Tim Ferriss equates NuSI with the Manhattan Project (hyperbole much?):

Imagine what could be done if we had an X-men-like group of the world’s best scientists, independently funded and uninfluenced by industry, tackling the most important questions…

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A Brief Update

For those of you who were concerned and/or wondering why I fell off the planet for two days, I wanted to give you a brief update:

You know how doctors always ask you if you are allergic to any medications? Well, I’ve never had the occasion to answer in the affirmative. Until now.

The problem with medical allergies is that you usually don’t find out you’re allergic until you end up in the hospital.

So, I was supposed to have a brief procedure on my right ankle due to a post-op infection on Thursday (tomorrow). I’ve been on antibiotics for a similar infection twice in the last year, so instead of going with the recommended Keflex antibiotic, the doc prescribed Bactrim (since there’s a chance of the bacteria having built up a resistance to the Keflex).

Bactrim is a sulfa drug. And, apparently, I am allergic to sulfa drugs. Here’s how I found out:

I had been taking Bactrim for 5 of the prescribed 10 days when I noticed a couple of hives on my leg. I saw the doctor the next day for a regularly scheduled checkup, but the hives had already gone away. The doc said not to worry about it. So I didn’t.

On day 10 (now 4 days ago), I woke up at 6:30 in the morning with what looked like maybe a spider bite on my right elbow. Within an hour, we determined that said spider bite was the first of many hives that would crawl up my right (and soon left) arm.

The hives got progressively worse through Sunday, spreading to my legs and feet. By Monday, About 1/3 of my skin was covered. I had (what I later realized was) sulfite-containing* dried coconut in my coffee, and in 15 minutes the hives got worse. I had an emergency appt. with the doc, so they told me to just go back on Keflex and stop the Bactrim. I couldn’t take a steroid to stop the inflammation due to the impending surgery.

That night, I went to the emergency room. Benadryl, Claritin, Zyrtec…even massive doses did not bring the inflammation down. They sent me home around 1 am, and I tried to sleep.

By the time I went back to the emergency room yesterday, at least 2/3 of my body was covered in hives (including my lips, cheeks, and hairline), and I could barely walk due to the swelling in my feet.

After some blood work ruled out most of the worst-case scenarios (besides elevated liver enzymes), they gave me the steroid.

I’m in a holding pattern with my stupid ankle now, waiting to hear if it’s still advisable/possible to have the surgery/procedure tomorrow.

I’ll keep you all updated, and I apologize in advance if the blog posts are a little light for the rest of the week….

Wish me luck!


*While sulfites and sulfa drugs are two different things, they are still related. So while I was having a reaction to the built up Bactrim, even small amounts of the preservative sulfites (which are found in basically everything manmade and somethings that aren’t) intensified the reaction. I can’t even eat grapes until this drug is out of my system!