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Vibrantella

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  1. This challenge ended with some success: I went to the gym as many times as I planned (plus one extra, which I had to abandon shortly after warm-up due to a hypoglycemic episode); I studied and meditated; but I also ate too, too much, and enough wrong things ("treats") to achieve a fully ketotic state. Ah well, 75% altogether! Onwards and upwards! (I just wish I can recover my motivation...)
  2. Honestly? No, it wouldn't help me. For some (many?) people, sugar addiction is real - and it's not just the dopamine hit in the brain, but the complex hormonal cascade of insulin, leptin and ghrelin (and other hormones and enzymes). For me, it's better not to touch it at all. I cannot mindfully eat high-carb foods. There are some people, though, who can - Mr V. has a sweet tooth which he can satisfy with 2 squares of chocolate or a single biscuit/cookie after a meal. He's never had a weight problem, and his blood sugar and lipids have always been fine (unlike me on all 3 counts). Ultima
  3. Uh-oh, I'm still here! Sorry for being AWOL, but that's mostly due to doing lots of work for my course. The weather here in London has been mostly terrible, which does not help with being energetic! Today, however, there is sunshine - spring may actually be here, hooray! My second challenge week went like this: 1. Food - 60% (I had a serious chocolate mini-eggs accident (!) - I don't remember the last time I was even attracted to sickly sweet milk chocolate, but I suppose once the sugar was in my veins, I couldn't stop even though I wasn't really enjoying it. Lucki
  4. Thanks for your support, @Plazmotic, @campbellmc22, @Snarkyfishguts, @Bookish Badger and @MaD MaLKaV. The first week went well. My visit to the gym, not that much! I have lost a lot of my strength, and my left knee was giving me trouble with even the empty barbell squat. I will have to find other ways of training my legs (leg press, for example) and also improve my joint mobility. The really disappointing thing, though, was that the water was turned almost completely off - the gym is in a big shopping mall, and they were waiting for the maintenance team, so it was not their fau
  5. I like that concept, except mornings don't work for me. But the acronym SAVERS does Good luck with your challenge!
  6. I am so sorry for your loss. This is a good plan. Take care.
  7. Sadly, there is no such thing for me any more... (Except high-fibre green leafy veg.) So I'll get my kicks by looking at your pasta pics!
  8. After a time of healing, I'm back with a new challenge. It's fairly basic, but I'm quite proud that I managed some successes already: a return to regular meditation (33 day streak on Insight Timer), low carb eating and intermittent fasting. I'm also back to walking, as at my lowest I did not leave the house for a couple of weekends, and used public transport otherwise. The one thing I still haven't gone back to is the gym - and I'm both excited and afraid to do so. I'm also thinking about getting another Personal Trainer for a couple of months (my old one has left the country). Finally, I
  9. That is what matters! Though, do take enough time for resting, that's important too.
  10. Well done, congrats! BTW, your hair looks great I took a break from NF, but I plan to be back next challenge. Hope to see you then!
  11. Thank you for thinking of me I was healing from the therapy injuries, and then got flattened by a bad cold. I'm back on my feet now, but not yet back to normal, so have decided to hibernate until the next challenge. Slowly working on recovering my physical energy and a desire for healthy eating. I dare not step on the scale!
  12. Hey, I'm back! Sort of. This challenge was not so much of a fail, as a physical impossibility. I did not realise how something as innocuously sounding as x-rays could be so debilitating for the body and mind. However, radiotherapy proved to be much, much worse than actual surgery. As Mr V. pointed out, I really did have a sick note, for the whole month (actually, probably two months - the side effects are supposed to get worse for a couple of weeks before they get better). Still, the radiotherapy is now finished. Yay! Hormonal therapy will continue for 5 years,
  13. Yeah, I think I reached that realisation myself too! FWIW, I had 2 MCs from IVFs. We didn't continue after that. Gave it the old college try, didn't work, life goes on. We have a huge extended family, so some of my genes will be perpetuated for another generation or two...
  14. This is a very good observation. Glad you're feeling better!
  15. But the meanie faces are so fun!
  16. I am so sorry you are going through this! @J3NN is right, good things can and do happen!
  17. Hi @AverageFish, how is your challenge going?
  18. Have you got this from a website, or maybe a book? I Kondoed a couple of years ago, but I'm always on the lookout for fresh strategies! How's your challenge going, in general?
  19. I missed this before - good luck!!!! How's the challenge going? Checking in helps (me, at least! )
  20. Hm, my understanding stops at "and that is OK". It's not OK, if I don't know why! (For me, obv.) Why???? Why this? Why me? I hope I'll reach your level some day....
  21. I love the ideas of Mr Money Moustache, but I also enjoy some of my comforts!
  22. I cook 99% of the time, but I love salt too (and it's necessary as the keto diet makes the kidneys release the salt from the body), so I'd gladly lick the bottom of the evaporated sea! Still, I don't add excessive salt in cooking, as it's always easy to add, but impossible to reduce!
  23. OK, this last week has been a bit of a disaster, but that's because in addition to everything (and I counted, I have currently assumed (some willingly, others not so much!) 10 different roles that are all pulling me in different directions) I also got the lurgy. Week 1 recap: 1. Academia classes: general knowledge - PASS Made some progress 2. Blade classes: fighting - SICK NOTE I went to the gym once, when I felt better; I tried KB swings at home but my chest/lungs hurt so stopped 3. Shade classes: poisons - SICK NOTE
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