George R.R. Martin’s 20 Quotes on Writing

1. “The best fantasy is written in the language of dreams. It is alive as dreams are alive, more real than real … for a moment at least … that long magic moment before we wake.”

2. “The most important thing for any aspiring writer, I think, is to read! And not just the sort of thing you’re trying to write, be that fantasy, SF, comic books, whatever. You need to read everything. Read fiction, non-fiction, magazines, newspapers. Read history, historical fiction, biography. Read mystery novels, fantasy, SF, horror, mainstream, literary classics, erotica, adventure, satire. Every writer has something to teach you, for good or ill. (And yes, you can learn from bad books as well as good ones — what not to do).

And write. Write every day, even if it is only a page or two. The more you write, the better you’ll get. But don’t write…

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61 Hilariously Honest Jennifer Lawrence Quotes That Will Make Your Day

Thought Catalog

If Jennifer Lawrence isn’t already your power animal, she should be. America’s motor-mouthed sweetheart is a forever quotable and gifable treasure, whose penchant for off-the-cuff honesty is second only to how down-to-earth and relatable she is. Without further ado (or more ass-kissing), these are the just some of the most awesome Jennifer Lawrence quotes. It’s not a best list by any means, because every Jennifer Lawrence quote is the best Jennifer Lawrence quote.

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1. “I wish this was like Mean Girls and I could just break this up and throw it at all of you!” – referencing Mean Girls while accepting her People’s Choice Award

2. “Teenagers only have to focus on themselves – its not until we get older that we realize that other people exist.” – via Brainy Quote

3. “I just went to the doctor today, I got a chest X-ray of my lungs and discovered that…

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Keto On

It’s been a weird week. I’ve been obsessed with my stall (what’s new?). I’ve been panicking about my non-stop period. I barely kept up with my Fasted Cardio because I was working long shifts that were fucking with my out-of-alignment back, or so they excuses go. I still did cardio, but I also haven’t lifted in weeks. 

However, Friday I found myself doing an accidental Intermittent Fast. I was up until 4am Thursday night/Friday morning, feeling incredibly productive and not tired. Then had to work at 9am. I woke up angry, tired, stressed, pained, everything and went to work in the worst mood. It was my last shift of the week and I was hating my job and myself. I didn’t have time for coffee or breakfast. I hadn’t eaten since 12am. I worked and worked some more. By the time I got to noon I thought, “Hey, why don’t I make the best of an annoying situation?” I’ll fast until my lunch break at 3pm. 3pm hit and I thought, you know what? I’m out at 5:30 I might as well wait until I can have a big proper dinner. I wasn’t hungry. I was still annoyed and tired, but I only wanted coffee (which I never got). I drank water all day. 

I got home and made a massive dinner: a bed of spinach topped with a drizzle of asiago peppercorn sauce; placed TWO burger patties smothered in melted cheddar on top, with a small orange sweet pepper (carby but only small!). Then a drizzle of sriracha with mayo to dip. I typed it all on MyFitnessPal. That one meal was 1,100 calories! And I ate every last bit. If you’ve been reading, you know I’ve been having problems(?) with my appetite, so I very excited to be able to eat all of it in one sitting. I’d have to say that has been the biggest benefit of IF for me.

Because I had barely slept the night before, I was sitting on the couch after eating and taking my supplements, watching Extreme Weight Loss (nicely inspiring) and could barely keep my eyes open. I took a time-release Melatonin because I didn’t work the next day and wanted a DEEP sleep (I dabble in lucid dreaming). I went to bed at 8pm and didn’t wake up until 7am. So Friday, I did a 23/1 Intermittent Fast.   

Saturday was a normal day except my calories were low. I also realised I’ve not been eating my vegetables like I used to. Because of my difficulties eating, I’d never have ‘sides’, so no broccoli or cauliflower. Even my spinach consumption has dropped, although luckily not diminished. So now when I cook I made a conscious effort to eat some broccoli first. Cruciferous vegetables are also excellent at helping metabolise oestrogen, so hopefully it’ll help regulate me again.

I was babysitting my niece Saturday night so we played Wii and dolls and I crashed on the couch. Woke up to coffee and hung out with my sister for a while. Her house wasn’t full of much Keto-friendly stuff (without effort) so I told her I was doing an IF day. I went shopping and bought some clothes for my bridal shower on Sunday. Got home and didn’t eat until 5pm. So I fasted from 10pm Saturday to 5pm Sunday (19 hours). I didn’t track my calories and just ate a typical Keto dinner. I snacked on cream cheese and Babybel. I stopped eating around 10pm (5 hour feed). 

Monday morning (today), I weighed myself. I dropped 3 pounds after 2 days of IF. I think I’ll alternate them or just do them on days where it’s easy. I don’t need to plan in advance, just wake up and see how I feel. Example: This morning, I felt like breakfast. It’s good to see my body really respond to IF. Not just in terms of losing weight, but also finally being able to pound back a high calorie meal. I think that’s the best part of IF, is I don’t have to count calories because I know it’ll be difficult for me to go over my limit in a short amount of time.

I read last night, that from an evolutionary standpoint, women restricting calories but their body in a ‘DON’T REPRODUCE’ response. So I’m wondering if this is why my low calorie on top of a low carb diet has made my body just continuously menstruate? I’ve decided to just stay calm and keep going. I’m seeing my doctor August 15th and if nothings stopped maybe she can change my birth control. And if it comes to the worse, I’ll just reintroduce carbs at the end of August and bite the weight-gain bullet. I’d rather be 5 pounds heavier with no period for 2 week honeymoon. I can go back to Keto afterwards. But in all my research, most girls say it takes the body 1-3 months to balance its hormones. Waiting is my best option for now! Argh, fingers crossed. 

 

I’ll just revel in finally losing again. 

26 pounds in total so far – lost and KEPT off. I only vary by a pound. Maintenance is  super important to weight loss. Who wants to put it all back on after all that work? Which is what I’ve ALWAYS DONE. Not this time. Slow or fast, as long as it’s steady. 

ForHealthxx

 

The Carb-Up

For various reasons, I decided to have a carb meal. As I’ve written before my weight loss has slowed down and I just wanted to play with different stall-burst ideas.

Now, if you don’t care to receive too much information involving the female body, I urge you to cease reading this paragraph: Basically, since I started Keto just over one month ago, my shark week has turned into shark month. And this is after 4 years of virtually no periods (thanks to my birth control). I’ve been reading obsessively on /r/xxketo and many girls report the same problems, because quite obviously, we are messing with our hormones. Not limited to reduced insulin, we are also burning fat stores constantly in Ketosis (it’s our fuel!) and fat stores oestrogen. Thus, the burning releases extra oestrogen into the body.

Anyway. So I’ve been stressed with money, my family is crazy, the wedding/honeymoon, so I broke down and grabbed a McDonalds. It was only after very careful calculation (on their meal builder website) to find the best option – I still wanted high calories, lots of protein and fat as I don’t have a sweet tooth. So I got a Daily Double meal and ate 74g in one sitting. It was delicious. My stomach was okay. I did feel warmer – almost as if I could feel my stomach digesting it? Could be in my head. I got hungry. I ate that at 3:00pm; I can usually go hours and hours without food, but got hungry rather quickly and that annoyed me. I’ve had a dull headache since about 5pm yesterday.

Finished work at 10pm and still hadn’t had any adverse reactions, other than hunger. Still tested positive for ketones in urine, but I know that’s not always the most accurate reading at this stage so I didn’t think anything of it. I went to the gym hungry, attempting some form of Fasted Cardio for the day. Spent an hour doing the treadmill, elliptical, and stationary bike. I was feeling okay, but not experiencing the awesome energy levels Fasted Cardio did for me before. 

As soon as I stopped and got home, I crashed. I felt ill. My hunger was so bad it made me sick to my stomach. I got a protein shake in me quickly and ended my day at 90g of net carbs. I went to bed feeling like crap.

I woke up feeling like crap. My body feels stressed (had to take a muscle relaxer first thing this morning). I still have a dull headache.

Still tested positive for urine ketones, but my blood ketones were untraceable so that answers that question:

I’ve successfully kicked myself out of Ketosis. 

Two days ago I was reading at least 1.0 for blood ketones. (0.8 and below means your body is running on sugar/carbs). This morning, I lost half a pound (which I never count but am only noting due to the nature of yesterday). I ate 1,190 calories, which is pretty standard. I’ve actually cut my daily goal down to 1,250. It’s low but I  only ever manage that many anyway so it doesn’t phase me. 

So back on to Keto after that “carb up’! I hope the jolt to my system will kick me back into high gear – sometimes keeping your body guessing is what helps the weight loss. If not, then oh well, I tired. And as always, KEEP UP THE BLOODY CARDIO & WEIGHTS. The all-caps yelling is at myself. 

 

ForHealthxx

 

 

An Experiment: 30 Days of Bulletproof Coffee

Idea!

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We live in a fat phobic society, for me at least. My only source of dietary fat used to be just peanut butter. I do not mind animal fat (not a chicken breast fan), but I certainly make a conscious effort to stay away from fat sources like butter, oil or avocado (nature’s butter!). Who needs a heart attack, right?

WRONG.

Sometime in April, Chris on my twitter feed mentioned “Bulletproof® Coffee“. I had no idea what that meant so I asked my best friend Google and BAM BAM BAM, the volume of information on the Bulletproof® Coffee (I called it BPC for short) was just overwhelming. Though I was still utterly shocked by the unusual notion of drinking a cup of fat, Steve and Cheryl assured me that they have tried it and loved it. One of my good friends have also tried the Tibet butter yak…

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Ruddy Stalls

Right, okay, my bad: I told myself I’d stopped calling it a ‘stall’. I know it’s just that my body is adjusted to Keto now so the initiation weight loss is done and it’s keeping slow and steady until it figures out the next step… I’m still trying to convince myself it’ll be fine.

I know I’m a million times healthier. And while I don’t lose weight, I don’t gain either. I am 22 pounds lighter. I take my vitamins. I don’t eat junk. That’s the stuff to be proud of. 

In the next two weeks, I’m going to consider a few different things.

1. Exercise. One thing I know I’ve changed in the past 2 weeks is less gym time (as I’ve bitched about in nearly every post) so I’m kicking that into gear again. Even when I wasn’t losing weight in early June, I was feeling so much better just exercising.

2. Intermittent Fasting. I did it once when I wasn’t on Keto and had good success after 2 weeks (17 pounds down before I stopped). I need to organise a doable schedule with work shifts that don’t interrupt my feeds. Or, do 2 day extreme fasts. Many options.

3. Eat More Calories. I’ve already experimented with this once and very weirdly it worked! I worry so much about over eating these days and I’m not sure why because I physically can’t on keto. I track my food on MFP mainly for my macros. Tonight I told myself, ‘Just eat. Go for it. Try the more calories thing again.’ I ate 3 meals and a snack. (These days I average 1.5 meals and a snack). I just let go! Went crazy. Tracked it: Still 200 calories left for the day (meaning I ate 1200). Right, okay, just as well I stayed under becaaaussee….

4. Carb Meals. I’ve read about this. Once a week you allow yourself ONE Carb MEAL. Not carb day! Just meal. Today I realised I ate more carbs than I should – although I still only ate about 40g; I’m rounding up to leave error for those <1g labels. I still would rather eat more calories than have a carb meal. I just don’t want it to be the gateway carbs. Maybe when I’m 50 pounds lighter and feeling more confident about control.

 

So I have some options. I think this week I’ll do 1 & next week I’ll try 2 with an amended 3. I’m reserving 4 for maybe the end of August if I think I’ll need to ease carbs in for Disneymoon. I have a ton of long late work shifts this week so IF would be tricky but,

It will be easy for working out – my gym is 24/7. I’ll go back to doing weights Mon, Wed, Fri, but not be lazy like before and skip cardio on my inbetween days! I really want to try Fasted Cardio –  Get up at a decent time before work, and walk on the treadmill for 30-60 minutes before I eat. Then after work on Mon, Wed, Fri nights I can do my weights once I’ve had a snack (another reason why IF would be tricky this week). The hard part will be getting my ass out of bed in the morning/before work. I am not a… Get Out of Bed Person. But I need routine more than anything these days. 

I really want to do IF! I’ll have to wait until Thurs/Fri to see what my work schedule is like and plan a decent “Feed Time’ around it. The hardest part would be picking a window where I can eat (i.e. not at work with only a 15-30 minute break to eat!) but also allows me energy for lifting. I have read that people do allow themselves a protein shake if they need it during the Fast Time. I also, adding in an amended 3, want to make sure that I eat 1,200 in that feed time.

As you can see, a lot to sort out. This week is not ideal for an extended IF. I may possibly do a 2 day extreme IF: Fast 23 hours, Eat 1000+ keto calories in 1 hour.

I definitely need to do a bit more research on Fasted Cardio. I know it’s awesome for fat burning, but I don’t want to destroy my muscles either!

Okay. If I have any hope of doing anything before work tomorrow, I must to bed.

 

ForHealthxx