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  1. Gosh, it's been a long time since I last logged on! This place looks totally different! So, late last year I was getting pretty good. I had a regular gym schedule, I was eating right. Ish. Maybe. OK, so I'd started buying snacks to get me through work and 'treating' myself to pizza at the end of the day and damn the consequences. Then work got hectic. The gym dropped. I stopped pre-preparing meals. I had a few Life Issues that made things difficult (90% of which can be summed up with the word 'anxiety'). My job finished. I was unemployed for a month. I got a new job, but I had to move interstate on a 24 hour turnaround to get there in time for it (long story). I got here, I stayed with friends and had my meals cooked for me for a while. Anxiety hit again; I stopped eating breakfast and bought crackers and dip and things in a box to eat for lunch because I couldn't bear to make food in their kitchen. I got a house and moved out and couldn't seem to get my feet under me enough to set up my house and look after my health. Christmas came and went, and I did really well on healthy eating. Oddly enough, much better than I'd been doing before. But I worked over the break and returned exactly as exhausted and off-balance as I had left. I started cooking lunches in my own kitchen again, but I still bought snacks like biscuits and chocolate to make myself feel better at work. Fast-forward to nearly-April and my goodness am I sick of this. I have just ... had it up to here. I hate feeling like I've gained so much weight back when I was doing so well, I can actually feel my muscles atrophying every day I stay away from the gym, I've stopped parkour, and I'm starting to be the right size/just a bit big for pants and jackets that used to be too big on me. I sleep terribly and I never leave the house because I can't wake up on a weekend. I called in the cavalry and my parents have stayed at my place for a week. The house is clean and my freezer is full of home-made meals which will hopefully last for a few weeks. It's the Easter long weekend and I'm sleeping through as much of it as physically possible. The job is quieting down, so I won't feel so worked off my feet. It's time. Stop the wagon for a sec, I wanna get back on. My plan is twofold: Stop buying junk on the way to work/buying packaged food for lunches. And start going to the gym again. My goal is once per week, but if I can get to two per week, all the better. Oh and get back into the NF community - I miss the motivation and the support here.
  2. Seconding the suggestion to try drinking water (or tea - I'm a huge tea fan, and tea often makes me feel like I'm 'consuming' something more than water, because it's got flavour and takes me some effort to make). If you're having trouble with snacking, maybe try either increasing your meal portions a bit, or eating a larger number of smaller meals throughout the day? If it's just that you feel like you should be having some form of food thing, perhaps try veggies like carrots or celery. I sometimes sit with a carrot if I'm working while stressed because it takes me a while to eat the carrot and it stops me getting up and getting higher-calorie foods over and over again. That only works if the issue is food-for-comfort rather than food-for-hunger, though - if I'm still hungry after the carrot, I'll fix myself something a bit more substantial.
  3. EGGPLANT. EGGPLANT IS BASICALLY MY FAVOURITE THING EVER. I'm currently trying to work out the Perfect Miso Eggplant (nasu dengaku) Recipe and it's not working so far but dammit, I will get it right! My standby is roasted in oil until it goes soft, and the smaller bits are a little burnt, even, with plenty of salt and whatever spice I'm feeling at the time: cumin is amazing, or paprika, or sometimes five-spice. Second to that, I'm a huge fan of all things dark, leafy and green. They're so versatile, they go in everything, they add depth to flavour ... really good base veggies for a lot of things. But I never met a vegetable I didn't like, personally. I could go on about the perfect recipes for [X vegetable] all day ...
  4. A lot of people on here also recommend Starting Strength, which I'm starting up on in a week or two once I've found a gym I like. You could also check out the NF resources - they have a Barbell program as well as the bodyweight stuff, which IIRC comes with the free starter's kit. Other than that, the most important thing is going in with a plan, any plan, the simpler the better, and not feeling too embarrassed to stick with it for a while. You can always adjust it later if you need to, and it's nobody else's business what your workout routine looks like.
  5. Myself and my mother both share this problem - my mother used to use it to her advantage when she played netball as a teenager, because two minutes into the game she'd be so red you could use her as an airplane landing light and she'd look like she was nearly out of energy, but actually she'd still be totally fresh and sometimes the other team wouldn't mark her properly because of it! Both of us have mild, non-threatening circulation issues (when we walk for a while or run for a while, particularly in cold climates, blood doesn't run from our fingers properly, so they tend to swell a bit and get sore), so that might be a contributing factor. Definitely check with the doctor, but I know a fair number of people who have that issue, and it's not a serious concern, so it may not be a cause for concern.
  6. Sailsgoboom - Those calculations make a lot of sense ... I never thought of it like that! I'm so used to thinking of each day as a separate unit! Raincloak - It is a pretty significant deficit. I also have a sneaking suspicion that I'm not meeting it at the moment (I have had a fair bit of food donated these past couple of weeks, and am eating the leftovers from dinner parties, so I've not been tracking for a bit), so that will probably contribute. I've got the ingredients now for some nut butter biscuits I can take a couple of for the afternoons and I've pre-boiled a heap of eggs, and I've got a week's worth of dinners in the fridge. If I'm still eating everything in the house after that, I'll be a little more concerned, I think. Thanks for the input, folks
  7. Hi, all. So, I just started at a new job (by which I mean started back at my seasonal job from last year), and I've realised I come home about ready to eat everything in the house, and then some, and if anybody has troubleshooting advice, that would be awesome. For the record, as soon as I can go shopping on Sunday, I'm planning to stock up on foods I can snack on at work, but I'm wondering if other people have come across a similar problem and the answer was something different. Basic routine: Roll out of bed about ten minutes later than I intend to (this is why I build buffer into my mornings), clothes go on, basic grooming happens, pick up work lunch from fridge, head out the door. I usually get hungry around 12 noon, and then finish whatever task I have and have my lunch break (generally 12:15 to 12:30). My lunch is usually reheated dinner (the rest of the office kind of hates me at the moment because I make the office smell like delicious food), and a serving size is a rectangular Chinese takeaway container stuffed until I have to squeeze the lid closed. For a quick reference to the kind of food, one lunch has been stewed mince in tomato paste and chicken stock, with potatoes and carrots and onions and leafy greens; the other has been fish curry in a coconut milk and fish stock base with, again, plenty of veg for bulk. Slow-cooker foods with a good serve of protein and a whole bunch of veg, in other words. Going by recent calorie tracking trends, I average 400-500 calories for a meal serving like these. Then, I work through till the end of my shift, though I have been known to be tempted by the biscuits in the kitchenette - I stop at two, though, if I do eat them. I leave work at 4:30 (soon to be extended to 5:30), feeling peckish. By the time I get home I'm nearly too hungry to be bothered with cooking at all. I reheat something again or throw something together, then usually go back for a second serve, and an hour later I still find myself going over to the fridge and wondering what I can snack on. I used to be OK after a handful of nuts, now I could easily eat a whole packet if I left it open on my desk. Basic stats: Height - mid-160cm range - about 5'6" or 5'7". Weight: 72kg/158lb Calorie goal: 1400 or 1500 cals Exercise: Desk work with a good bit of walking around the office for filing or communicating with workmates - I estimate 40/60 split of on my feet and at the desk. Parkour once a week, currently - still getting back into my exercise routine and shopping around for gyms. I think step 1 is definitely see if I can't pick up some snacks this weekend to eat near the end of my work day, see if not being super hungry at dinner time makes me inclined to eat less. But if anybody has any other suggestions, then I'd be interested to hear them!
  8. I do both. It's definitely easier for me to eat under my calorie count on Paleo, but I still like to track to make sure. Tracking would be especially important if you were going to experiment with deficits and bulking and all that. I know plenty of people who don't, though, and it sort of depends on what your personal preference is. If you stop tracking and you're still achieving your desired outcome from diet and exercise, there's probably no need to go to the effort unless you would like to. If you're the type of person who's looking to quantify things, prefers the 'safety net' of tracking, rather than worrying about whether you overshot accidentally, or you don't trust yourself not to snack, then keep counting calories. Paleo isn't that different to pretty much any other diet in that respect.
  9. Thanks to both of you I certainly hope I manage to maintain control over my life for a bit longer this time - losing the plot completely seems to be a bit of a theme with me
  10. Bing. Respawn. Take 3. Once again, I tried to fit too much on my plate and everything fell off. So I've cut back on my social commitments (now have scheduled things two or three days a week instead of six), and it's amazing the difference that it's made so far. It didn't even occur to me until my parents were like "You know, when we were your age, we did social things once a week on Fridays. Maybe your kitchen wouldn't be such a mess if you weren't doing things every day". And boom. Sudden epiphany. So here I go again - I plan to start tracking food again in July, once financial concerns are taken care of, and I'm picking up exercising again starting this week. Life changes all start on a Monday, and that's in 12 hours, so here goes the countdown. Weapon loadout: DMR and pistol. We're taking this thing down precision-style, headshot one problem at a time and try not to get into melee range again.
  11. Bluh, last week sucked. I crashed and burned on the day of my tax course (last lesson I can miss without failing the course - thank goodness I only have a couple of weeks to go!) and still haven't recovered. I haven't been tracking, but I've been trying to portion control and be conscious of what I eat, which seems to have worked (from looking, I'm back down to roughly where I was before I went completely out of control in Honours), at least size-wise. I have taken a couple of walks down to the shops, to get coffee with friends and suchlike. And I've been flipping crazily between doing nothing and doing EVERYTHING AND PANICKING - the other day I accidentally read until 2am (but I finished the book, that means it's OK, right?), but last night I started working on my story synopsis to send to agents and suddenly it was 4am and I was still making tweaks and changes to try and get the stupid thing under the page count. Some progress on Queering All the Things - no craft, but I bought nail polish yesterday and did my nails up in Agender Pride colours because really, why not. I'll report back on amusing reactions from the kids at work if I get any good comments. And I also was introduced to this: Awesome Shirts. I have purchased two new hoodies (I'm a Nonbinary Adventurer and I'm a Genderqueer Artist) and one T-shirt (I'm a Queer Writer), because 1) hoodies are so important, especially for adventurers, 2) my parents took pity on me and so I have a little cash spare for making poor spending decisions (c wat i did thar) and 3) my friend told me I had to at least purchase one of the Writer shirts, and if they told me I had to, well, what else was I supposed to do? Now to last out the week, I guess. I'm going to at least try to get out for a walk, though I might not make it to Parkour (I will if it's at all possible!) and now I batch-cooked some food and have it in the fridge, I at least know I can eat this week without worrying about having to spend effort cooking. I'm going to try and make a round of everyone's threads this afternoon and evening, and catch up on everything I've missed.
  12. Sucks that the recovery is stopping you from making cosplay. That must be so frustrating! We expect to hear about ECCE anyway, and pics are requested strongly.
  13. Whenever you feel like your updates are boring, just post your workout numbers. I promise we'll get excited over those because you're badass.
  14. I identify with this on a heartfelt level. Whoops, there goes another one... Agreed with Petefeet - recovering is priority 1, but a good walk will probably do some good, if it's not causing too much pain or anything.
  15. :D Awesome that the recovery seems to be going well. Is it too early to ask how it feels?
  16. Brief update: Tracking has not happened, biking has not happened, I can't even remember whether chill has happened or not, which probably means no, and I haven't parkoured in weeks. Therefore the count remains at 20 points; no new projects to show. Sorry I've been so absent, folks. Life seems to be resistant to settling down, especially after a huge money scare last week (thankfully my parents were able to come to my rescue), amongst other things, and I'm pretty sure my head's still not screwed on straight. I'm concentrating on making it through tomorrow and then refreshing and restarting on the weekend.
  17. *binges on salad pics* Best of luck for surgery! Waiting here for your triumphant return, and wishing you the speediest and smoothest of recoveries
  18. Nice work on those squats! And great abs conversation above - Click went the brain! Hope you come back soon for updates on the awesome!
  19. Finally caught up! Sorry about the hiatus of telling you you're awesome - I'll try to make up for it. YOU'RE AWESOME!!!
  20. And then I suddenly and unexpectedly road-tripped to Melbourne. Therefore, I award myself a full 5/5 chill time points for the time it's been since I last posted, because I took a whole weekend out and chilled, basically. I foresee my chill time going up dramatically in the next few weeks, because some very good friends of mine bought me Minecraft. So far, in the three days I've been playing, I've had the game glitch me to the Isle of Swimming Pigs, so one of my friends had to teleport me back, and in my own server, I've been spawncamped by a skeleton in armour, so not only can I not get to my bed anymore, I can't get to my grave to get my stuff back, or into my house, or to my garden. And the skeleton's sitting in a pool so I can't actually get close enough to hit him. And I do so want to murder him right now. Not much walking in Melbourne, but I've walked to the shop twice, and out to dinner with my parents once, so that's three points for walking (Dad fixed my bike like the lovely human being he is, so I can go back to biking now. Tracking didn't happen - 0 points for that. I'm pretty sure I ate two or three blocks of chocolate by myself over the time I spent there, so yeah, tracking will not produce a result I like. And parkour has, sadly, not happened, so 0 points. But I can get out to do some tomorrow evening, so I should catch up. Which brings me to 12+5+3 = 20 points! Three projects! We made hama bead pictures with the kids at work today, so while they were still making theirs, I knocked up a little agender flag person really quick and ironed it as practice before the kids finished and started mobbing me with colourful things. It's now hanging up from my rear view mirror like an air freshener. I think it turned out really well! Though I did have to reattach its head when a kid grabbed it to "have a look", but eh, that's kids. They do that. And then I accidentally made a kid cry by breaking his painstakingly-made camel in half Granted, the kid cries basically as soon as things look like they're maybe not quite going exactly the way the kid expected them to, but I still feel awful about it. I promised him that we'd fix the camel next time he was at after-school care.
  21. Two days at once!! But first - The Bike Shenanigans. So, I said I was going to bike this challenge. Then, I had to go to the supermarket, like people often do, so I wrangled my bike downstairs, put my headphones in and started to walk. I say 'walk' because my tyres were entirely flat. That's OK, I thought. Petrol stations have places where you can pump up your tyres. Two petrol stations later, I learn that my bike tyres, as they do not have the same valves as car tyres, cannot be used with any nearby petrol stations' air pumps. I am pointed to a bike shop, where I am told I might find an adaptor. They do not have an adaptor, in fact, but they do have a cheapie tyre pump that will work, for only 15 of my hard-earned monies. I purchase this device, walk next door to purchase what I need to for baking my pastry pockets, and head on back to my bike. "It's alright for pumping up your tyres to get home," the man behind the bike store counter said. "But it's really better to have a full size one." That's alright, I think. I can spend ridiculous amounts of energy pumping up tyres now, and then next payday get a better bike pump. No biggie. So I do my best with the tyres, inflate them till they can't be easily compressed with a hand, and set off down the road, only to discover that two blocks down the tyres are so flat that the metal inside is scraping on the ground. And that's how I spent $15 in order to walk home. Therefore, this challenge, I shall walk rather than bike, unless I get the tyres fixed before the end of the challenge. And I'm a few days late on updates, so: Saturday: Tracking: 1pt Biking/Walking: 0pt Parkour: 0pt Chill: 0pt. Sunday: Tracking: 1pt Biking/walking: 0pt Parkour: 0pt Chill: 1pt - I sat down and read some manga for an hour. Monday: Tracking: 1pt Biking/walking: 1pt - I walked down to the RTA to wrangle my full license out of them ( :D ) Parkour; 0pt Chill: 0pt - I had a space of time set out this afternoon, but I had friends over around lunchtime because they needed to get out of their house, and they decided to stay for an extra three hours, so both my productivity and my personal chill time did not happen. I wish I wasn't too nice to kick people out of my place. Running total: 12 points! I'm up to another project! Now, if only I knew what the heck I was going to do...
  22. Update tomorrow because I just tried to write it and lost all my text, so I'll rewrite tomorrow when that fact annoys me less. Upshot: Tracking; 1 point. Biking: 1 point (but boy did I need to work for it Parkour: 0 points Chilling; 0 points. I was going to list my baking time, but it ended up being neither alone nor particularly relaxing. I intended to make croissants, but as it turned out those need to be chilled overnight and I hadn't time for that, so I made puff pastry pockets instead. There are the finished pockets, and the pink and blue fillings photographed. I had white fillings also, but didn't get time to snap a pic before the friend they were intended for arrived. She was very pleased with them, and thought them really rather tasty. She was especially impressed that that's puff pastry from scratch. Therefore, my job here is done.
  23. *sklagles at salad* Definitely with you on the "doesn't matter if it takes ages to eat" ... at H&R Block I'm lucky if I get a lunch break, so having something I can duck behind the cabinets and eat in bites is great. Not so much when I cram a bunch of lettuce and dressing in my mouth and the phone rings immediately ooo, I know that feel. "Dum de dum waking up, now let's get dressed why do I have no pants." And I feel kind of bad for laughing so hard at that second paragraph...
  24. Woo! Week 1 Wednesday sounds like an awesome day! And cartwheels are super exhilarating! Or at least to us poor timid folks who haven't yet built up an adrenaline resistance
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