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Take Two

Two points of news. One pretty boring, one not so much.

Boring news: I've given up the Atkins-style diet. I was cranky, exhausted, and miserable, and wasn't losing ANY of the weight, contrary to the Atkins promise (I actually lost 2lbs but gained 4lbs, and that's without cheating). I am going to remain moderately low-carb, keeping bread and pasta out of the equation, because I shouldn't eat it anyway (being gluten-intolerant), but allowing myself fruit and brown/wild rice. Basically, I was looking for a way to drop a few pounds fast (about a stone a month would have sufficed). But I guess the classic "eat healthy and exercise" routine will always trump the rest - and another point against Atkins: muscle loss (not literally, but they run the risk of getting soft on Atkins as you aren't encouraged any vigorous exercise routine, and I like to jog). So... yeah. Also, not gonna deprive myself. I just need to engrain this into my brain: Moderation is key.

Not so boring news: I've been confirmed as an artist for the Artist Alley at Voltaire's Wicked NecroComicCon (VWNCC). I'm going to concentrate on more goth baubles, and keep doing steampunk for my etsy shop. I will have both at the convention, though. Next paycheck I'll book the hotel. After that, I'm going to go supply shopping (which I might actually do this week, but really should wait).

That's it!


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Jul. 10th, 2013 02:10 pm (UTC)
Weight Watchers
I do the Weight Watchers online only. I don't go to meetings but the secret to that working is that you have to be REALLY honest with yourself. And instead of letting one day (or even one meal) screw up your whole week, take every screw up as an opportunity to start over with the next meal. I used to be of the thought that once I screwed up my "diet" I would just throw in the towel and not care for the rest of the week.

I also track EVERYTHING, even the crap that I more than occasionally eat. I weigh in once a week without fail, even if I know the number went up. I find that if I don't do this, I let myself go, stop paying attention and before I know it, I've gained 15 pounds. Of course, I'm within a healthy weight range and have been for most of my life. I do plump up pretty easily (more easily the older I get), and can fall into bad habits quickly, so I find that this is now my lifestyle, not a "diet". If I want to eat whatever I want, I'm going to quickly push past healthy weight. If I eat reasonably and pay attention to what I'm eating, I can lose and maintain.

It's up to you what you chose to do though, for some people, they need the meetings to keep them honest. I am pretty honest with myself because I've learned from trial and error that if I'm not, I gain. I also like the online site because they have some great ideas on there for meals, which helps keep the boring and bland out. But I think you can still access the online site if you go to the meetings...
Jul. 10th, 2013 06:00 pm (UTC)
Re: Weight Watchers
I think I'm definitely going to try WW online! They're also having a 'sign up for a dollar' deal going on, so that's more incentive. And WW definitely seems more vegetarian/vegan-friendly. (I'm not strictly either, but I still don't think my guts appreciated all that meat I was eating on low-carb). I'm so glad fruit is encouraged!

Surely there must be some underground, back-alley meetings going on that you don't have to pay for entry... I should start an illegal WW circle!
Jul. 10th, 2013 06:10 pm (UTC)
Re: Weight Watchers
Also: Thank you SO MUCH for all the help! You've always been a real inspiration to me as this lovely picture of true health :)
Jul. 10th, 2013 02:11 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah, and fruit is your friend! I eat a TON of fruit. Fruit is "free" on WW.
Jul. 10th, 2013 02:53 pm (UTC)
I do have a very good experience with the whole eat 5 pieces of fruit/veggies a day. Preferably even more. Usually in the shape of at a least one salad and a mainly veggie-dominated main, plus some veggies as snacks. By the time I have my daily ratio, I'm just so full that I don't want anything else (and meanwhile I crave my fruit and veggies, I feel seriously uncomfortable when I'm travelling and don't get my daily dose of salads). But yeah, not sure it would work to everybody. Just wanted to throw my five cents of what works for me.

And yay for the second point! Very much so :D Make photos of the things you'll sell there? Pretty, pretty please?
Jul. 10th, 2013 05:47 pm (UTC)
The only bad part is that it is so expensive to eat healthily here. It's a dollar for a giant bag of potato chips and a soda (which I don't eat or drink ever), and six dollars for a salad and a fruit cup!
I need to start learning that I need to prepare my foods at home, too. And I need more snackable veggies!! What kinds of vegetables do you snack on?
(also, that is a lovely icon!!)
Jul. 11th, 2013 09:28 am (UTC)
I know the problem ... Luckily, I hardly ever buy food. But yeah, I don't really eat healthy when travelling and forced to eat out, for example :( I don't feel bad about it if I at least it good, but quite often it ends up being quick sandwiches somewhere because I can't afford or don't have time for a real meal *sighs*

Snack veggies? Carrots, cauliflower (it's super yummy raw!), bell peppers, snow peas, radishes (both the little red ones and the bigger white ones, the later peeled), kohlrabi, raw broccoli, cherry tomatoes. That's the main things I can usually get in the next supermarket. If one needs to dip them into something, hummus or sourcream with a bit of spices work super well, though if I really take them to work as a snack I usually don't add a dip, too much hassle. I also like cucumbers, but they get pretty disgusting if I pre-cut them at home and then take them with me, so I only eat them at home.
Jul. 15th, 2013 01:38 pm (UTC)
!!! Congrats about the NecroComicCon :D That is super awesome.

I was trying out the juice fast. Its all just home juiced veggies and fruits. I did that 3 meals a day for about a week and lost about 7lbs. I still do the juicing for breakfast and try to stick to healthy lunches and dinners. I have lost a little more since then, and the great thing about doing a juice fast for a week, is that once you get past the terrible cravings ( usually around day 3) , you stop wanting bad food. I've definitely cheated a little since then, lol, but my cravings for food I KNOW are bad has really dwindled. So just throwing my method in there :p I'm also starting up jogging ( I found a "couch to 5k" jogging plan).

We can dooooo it.
Nov. 27th, 2013 03:38 am (UTC)
OOOOOOh man, how did I JUST see this ancient post?? I'm so sorry! HOWEVER, right to find it now, as I'm just now considering the juicing thing! Do you have any recommendations of how to start? I don't have a juicer, so I've gotta strain blended stuff or something, right?
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