Hello! We’re Adrienne and Dasha. Welcome to our blog.
A few things about us:
- We originally met online worshipping The X-Files and quickly became real life friends. Sadly, we live approximately 280 miles from each other so we don’t get to see each other as much as we’d like.
- We’re really opinionated. No, really. Sometimes we don’t even agree with each other.
- We both have histories of struggling with our weight and with society’s views on women and their bodies.
- We’re (mostly) flaming liberals. If you have a problem with that, this might not be the blog for you.
- Our idea of the best weekend EVER together involves a lot of cooking, trying new restaurants, watching endless hours of our favorite shows on DVD, a cocktail or six, and naps.
- We’re writers, both professionally and for the sheer fun of it.
- We both swear a lot and have the senses of humor of 13-year-old boys.
- Commenting Policy: We have no patience for racism, sexism, homophobia or any of the other “isms.” You can flame us until you’re blue in the face in the comments and we won’t delete you or censor you in any way, but if you pull any of that “ism” shit, you’re outta here.
A few things about Adrienne:
- Big fan of bulleted lists.
- Big fan.
- I’ve experienced a lifetime of disordered eating, being a habitual, compulsive overeater. I have been since I was very young–hey, I was born Italian, and we love our food. But it’s a lot more complicated than that. I’ve come to accept that I will always be a disordered eater, but it is something I’ve attempted to manage through the years.
- Right now I’m down 110 lbs. from my all-time high weight (“morbid obesity”, they say) and might or might not have 30 lbs. left to lose. Depends on how I feel. Expect to read a lot about this journey here.
- Couldn’t run a quarter of a mile in high school; can run a 5k 20 years later, albeit slowly. Never thought I’d love running but I do.
- I work for the government and that’s all I can say. Basically, Dasha and I are shadowy figures of mystery and intrigue.
- Engaged to be married to a fabulous, gorgeous woman and about to conjoin households–two kids, two cats, two women. God speed, us.
- I love all food but dine out once or twice per week, so that means I’m always on the lookout for really tasty, healthy meals that don’t make me feel deprived AND don’t take me 490322x hours in the kitchen.
- I have a child with food aversions due to sensory processing disorder, which means our mealtimes are a complete mess (and I have learned to deal with that). I’ll talk about that here.
- Recently weaned from caffeine and lived to tell about it.
A few things about Dasha:
- I live in the Twin Cities, Minnesota.
- The first syllable of Dasha rhymes with “squash,” not “trash.” Unless you’re British. You’ll probably pronounce it the second way no matter what.
- I’m an administrator at a small nonprofit that works on women’s issues. I probably won’t talk much about work, except in the most general fashion, for obvious reasons.
- I’ve been married to Nathan for seven years. We have two slightly insane cats instead of children. We don’t have to put them through college!
- I love to cook and eat, especially ethnic foods. My favorites are Vietnamese, Thai, Japanese, Korean, Indian, and Mexican.
- I’m an enthusiastic omnivore (bacon!) but I’ve been eating a lot less meat lately because of my attempt to eat healthier.
- I try to cook and eat a lot of whole foods/food from scratch but I’ll also cop to a sick love for Morningstar Farms fake chicken patties and Trader Joe’s channa masala and palak paneer. And Diet Coke, the love of my life. YOU WILL HAVE TO PRY MY DIET COKE OUT OF MY COLD, DEAD HAND.
- I’m currently 20 pounds down in a quest to lose 80 total. But I really am trying to think of this as a lifestyle change, not a diet.
- I pretend to like working out but it’s all a sad farce. I was the loser kid in gym class who couldn’t dribble a ball. The mean sorority girls in college aerobics class laughed me out of the room.
- I have LOTS of food and body issues that I’m trying to work through.
- I love talking about beauty and what it means to me as a woman. And pretty beauty products!
- I can be reached at dashaxf at gmail dot com if you want to talk offline or if you’d like me to review a product.
Neither of us is a doctor, a medical professional of any kind, a therapist, or a registered dietician. We are not qualified to diagnose or treat, only opine. If you have medical questions or think you may be living with disordered eating, please see a qualified professional.