Monday BARB UP May 9, 2018

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I broke up with sugar in the wake of my father dying. The wake up call as it were. I was very committed for the year to scrubbing the system. I didn’t have an unhealthy approach to my diet, although I did eat a muffin every day. And also ice cream. And also, also, a tall decaf iced mocha with whipped cream from Starbucks every single day. I also ate kale. So, there was that. But for the second half of 2015 and the first half of 2016, I was meticulous about not eating anything with sugar (other than fruit) and also, giving up bread (although not pizza and pasta.) And, it paid off. Upon my yearly check up, my doctor oooh’ed and aaah’ed over my health. When I returned to Fire Island in the summer of 2016, as a reward, I treated myself to my favorite past time, a rocky road ice cream cone while riding my bike through the island. I’ve since allowed myself little treats. In reading about the new Starbucks treat last year, their Midnight Moon Frappucino, I felt the twitch, the yearn to taste it. Although of course I know that it will not only give me a brain freeze, but the influx of sugar will render me speechless; that’s the effect sugar has on me now. It is a buzz, with a drastic fall. Is it worth it? No, not really. At lunch a few days ago, my friend and I salivated over our neighboring diner’s milkshake. Not just any milkshake, but a tall glass filled with fudge swirling through the vanilla landscape, topped with a mound of whipped cream. Looking at it made my eyeballs turn into mush, slack with the sugar coma two spoonfuls would cause. And so, I relegated myself to admiring this scrumptious piece from afar. I may not be holding as close to the line of No More Sugar, but I can, for just a moment, be wistful about the way I was.

Michelle Obama: “All of us here in the room are the answer to our own problems ― it is not finding the one right person that we think can save us from ourselves. It’s us. It’s us.”

Lt. Col. Amy McGrath“There were just so few women. You would think we would band together, but a lot of the time, we just wanted to fit in, so we didn’t. We didn’t even know I was the first. We deployed as a squadron to Afghanistan. It really wasn’t until after the first couple of missions that someone said, ‘Hey, I think you’re the first woman to do this in the Marine Corps.’ And then we just sort of dropped it. I didn’t really pat myself on the back. We were in war. We were busy.”

Carol Burnett: “I never thought, oh my gosh, it’s a woman and dah, dah, dah. I just knew that’s what I wanted to do.”

Cindy Gallop: “Fill your leadership ranks with senior women – not just a token one, but enough to make a difference – and welcome their perspectives to help break new ground for your business and your industry.”

Samira Wiley is my role model.

Jeez. My daughter has been talking about Juuls for ages onstage and now the media is all up in arms?

What’s Mother’s Day mean to you?

The talk on perimenopause.

And now have a laugh with Michelle Wolf.


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