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Three-Quarter Shimmy

In belly dance there’s something called the three-quarter shimmy (see here, at about 2:20).

It goes up-down-up on one hip, then up-down-up on the other. That’s pretty much what my health feels like lately.

Up: several days with calming spasms and stomach cramps
Down: followed by several days with revenge of the spasms and cramps
Up: calm stomach lets me eat more and I feel less hungry and mad

Up: Number of days without smoking (37!)
Down: stomach acts up again and I’m back on the simplest, smallest meals
Up: My wardrobe is expanding as I lose weight, which is great because all of my favorite pants have holes.

Up: I have a jawline again.
Down: 14 pounds since March 20. I weigh 160 pounds again for the first time in ten years.
Up: My grocery bill, since I’ve changed my diet to help my condition.

Up: I am still going to belly dance classes, riding my bike, and going for walks, all of which are *really* helping me through this.
Down: Sometimes it is hard to figure out what to eat next, and I get really upset about that. The thing about the Paleo diet is There Is So Much Fucking Cooking! It’s really hard to find foods you can just shove into your mouth when you’re really hungry. You can only eat so much fruit or nuts.
Up: I get to eat steak and bacon.

You see how it is.

This blog helps.