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  1. Thank you! I read a YA biography of VanGogh a few years ago and was entranced—Vincent and Theo by Deborah Heiligman.
  2. I can for sure relate! I did fairly well at the beginning of quarantine, but then our move and my new job has totally thrown me for a loop!
  3. Thank you! There is so much to chew on here. I hope I can come back to it this weekend when I have a little down time.
  4. Thank you for sharing this. This is EXACTLY what I need help with—the mental roadblocks. The most successful strategy for me by far is following WW, and I’m an online member. Spending time on the message board there is extremely motivational for me, but once I go “off plan,” I lose my desire to pop on there due to guilt (I think). Also, reading books (the one that has helped me the most is The Beck Diet Solution—kind of CBT around dieting) can be helpful but also guilt inducing (& hence I avoid it just when I need to read it most.). Makes me realize that it’s mostly a head game and not
  5. Talk to me more about this. How do you know you have it (genetic testing, yes?), but how did you know enough to even get tested?
  6. I also recommend checking out IOCDF and the Peace of Mind foundation. Also check them out on FB.
  7. I have a child with severe OCD. Medication, plus Exposure Response Prevention treatment, was an almost literal lifesaver for her and our family. She was in a partial hospitalization program for 12 weeks several years ago. It did require a complete upheaval of our family for a time, but it was 100% worth it. She had what I think of as a “refresher course” with exposure therapy at Mayo Clinic last fall. Because this very specific type of therapy isn’t available in our area, we have not been able to maintain it, but the “jumpstart” Mayo have her, plus medication, helped her over a rocky time
  8. I think the mental space and also mindset are what I’m really after. I know HOW; it’s the WHY that keeps me motivated.
  9. I have a child diagnosed and treated for severe OCD at about that age. (I’m not suggesting this is what your daughter has!) It is an anxiety disorder. The most effective things for her, in addition to medication (which saved our family), have been using the Breathe app (Headspace, something similar) and the right counseling. I can’t emphasize the counseling enough.
  10. Thanks for clarifying! I actually think this would work for me, if only I didn’t crave sugar as one of my major food groups! 🤣
  11. I totally get this. I’m really not after some magical number. I ALWAYS weigh more than I “should.” The target weights on weight tables are not sustainable for me. I think losing 20-25 lbs from where I am now will get me back to where I both feel and look better.
  12. I’m not sure I completely understand, @Laura Corin. Is this it?— Your way of eating is so satisfying to you that eating “off plan” really isn’t a temptation.
  13. I guess I’m looking for motivation. I had lost about 12 lbs, but this summer was crazy, with a move and all the work that entails, plus a new job for me and new schools for half my kids, thrown in for good measure. I really need to lose about 25 lbs AND KEEP IT OFF. If you have done this or something similar (the amount of weight doesn’t matter, as long as it is significant to you and took sustained effort), what made you decide to do it (& what have you the determination to stick to it when it was hard)? One thing I know about myself is that I really need a reason to do what I do.
  14. Not nearly often enough, I’ve learned from this thread. I aim to wash sheets every other weekend. As for all other bedding, I’m going to go with “as needed.” Yep, that’s it—as needed. 🤣
  15. This week I finished The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys in audiobook format. It was a 5 star read/listen for me. Sepetys writes mostly YA historical fiction, but I’ve loved everything by her I’ve read. This novel is set in Spain during Franco’s rule, but one of the main characters is an American whose mother is Spanish. I loved the sweet romance in this story, and I’m not really a fan of romance. All in all, just a great story about a little known (to me) time and place in history. I have a few more in the works, but that’s all I finished last week. Happy reading
  16. Last year, after a decade of homeschooling, all the kids went to school and I went back to classroom teaching. We were all in a small private Christian school. Over the summer, I was hired as the STEM teacher for a small public school system’s elementary schools. This is a good thing because it’s a big salary increase, plus benefits, including state retirement, which I am only about a year away from being fully vested in. We also moved back to my hometown this summer (only about 5 mi away from where we had been living). Our new house is smaller than our old house (downsized from
  17. I am very much like the OP, except that I am terrible at organizing and packing. One thing I distinctly remember from school (where I was very academically successful) is that while I loved science, I greatly preferred the book work over the lab work. It has just hit me that there might be a correlation.
  18. Alabama here, and I’ve never heard the term pot plant in any other context except to mean marijuana. Plants in pots are potted plants around these parts. And now I’ve read the word pot so many times that a.) it is the most ridiculous word in the lexicon to me and b.) I’m no longer sure it IS a word or what it actually means. 😂
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