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  1. Thanks for asking! Last week we went on a little trip because it is school holidays and we are allowed to travel within our state now. It was fun, but not exercise. I also read "The Diet Myth" which is really interesting and now I'm embracing olive oil, made some sauerkraut, which is still fermenting, and trying my hand at making cheese. Yesterday I got back into my workouts (after two weeks, but I did have a couple of good excuses) and this morning I have legs to do. My weight is neither increasing nor decreasing, so that's an improvement. I keep hoping it will miraculously go down with no effort, but alas, that hasn't been the case.
  2. well this week has been a bit of a bust, but I'm going to make a new rule and say that on weeks you've had a "procedure" you only need to do 2 workouts. .^_^. Besides, I saved the planet yesterday and became the icon for the climate march on the ABC news .... not really. That's my daughter and me. I've decided I've had enough of keto (if I ever was in ketosis) and have decided to go back to my original diet but now everything is so yummy. And I can eat raspberries and cream without sugar and taste the deliciousness of the raspberries. I've also come to realise that its not carbs that drives my overeating, its carbs + saturated fat. Even if I abstain from overtly sweet things like cake and biscuits, crackers and cheese, bread and butter, spag bol, are incredibly addictive (except we say moreish) .Now I understand why those rats in the maze were just as drive to seek out oreos as cocaine. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/10/131015123341.htm (although I'd be more impressed if they'd actually but oreos in one door and cocaine in the other at the end of the maze) And I think that explains the Japan paradox, where Japanese have a super high carb diet and continue to get thinner and thinner. Apart from the incredible social pressure they exert on each other to be thin, their traditional foods rarely combines saturated fats with sugar. Even their sweets, based on beans, have no saturated fat, which is really weird for me. I also now know what my addiction sounds like in my head. It sounds like perfectly reasonable rationalisation; "you've worked hard, you deserve it", "you're tired, you can't help what you eat", "you just had an operation, you can have a carob bear" etc. etc. So if you have thought processes like that, I can recommend two weeks of keto.
  3. Are you on a low dose pill by any chance? Like Yaz? That will make your lining unstable and could cause bleeding out of cycle. I wouldn't worry about it too much, but if it continues, I would have it checked again in a year. There may be a polyp that wasn't picked up on ultrasound and, as @Quillsaid, it might be something suspicious. Bad things can happen, even to young people. If I hadn't listened to those doctors who told me the dark spot on the ultrasound was nothing because I was too young for that sort of thing, I would still have breasts.
  4. Yesterday I had a little "procedure" and the anaesthetist could not find a vein in my right arm to save himself. My veins have had a battering from chemo, but that was 7 years ago and I've had operations since then with no issues, so I guess it was the loss of water from the keto? When he did stick the needle in, no blood came out, like a vampire! So he swapped to the left arm, which I'm not supposed to use for needles. Tomorrow I have a busy day, so I hope I can squeeze a workout in before 9am!
  5. A similar thing happened to us. They advertised at $X00,000 and then said "Oh no, when we said $X00k, we actually meant $X00k+ $20k" so we said no, because we thought we couldn't afford that. Actually it would have made very little difference in the long run, but I think we bought a more suitable house 2 doors closer to the township.
  6. Another good start to the week. Workouts 1 & 2 done! And I've lost weight. All this salt and fat is making me nervous, but it is working! So I'll stick to 25g of carbs / day til the end of the challenge and then go back to my more comfortable 50g net. Doing this keto thing has really made me appreciate how much my eating is driven by a craving for carbs!
  7. That's the weekend I had planned....so what is that pile of washing doing on the floor?
  8. So! End of week 1 and I did all 4 of my workouts. Am I preempting the start by a day? Well, anyway, 4 workouts done. My hamstrings are fine but my tennis elbow is hurting. Yesterday was my first real keto day and it made me realise how dependent I am on the dopamine burst from carbs. Hopefully by going keto I'll reset my brain. I'm avoiding artificial sweeteners too which mean keto desserts etc. taste like dirt. Its really counter intuitive to me to eat so much saturated fat but I don't expect it to be a lifelong diet; I'll go back to my usual moderate carb diet eventually. Keto breakfast. And I did lose weight, but a lot of water, I expect.
  9. I had my knitting friends over 2 weeks ago and lo and behold, the house got clean! Now it is a sty again, but in 2 weeks they'll be back so I'll have to clean. I think this is an excellent arrangement! LOL! Apart from those suffering from Dunning Kruger. Personally, I think it's healthy to doubt yourself, but not too much.
  10. This is in Canberra? I've heard real estate in Canberra has gone mad. All the defence personnel have been called back and now they want their houses back which they had been renting and its become really really hard to find a rental place, which in turn has put pressure on sales as well.
  11. From my experience working in a male dominated industry I've come to the conclusion that this is a female way of thinking...which is not a bad thing!! I could go on and on about this but I'll be (rightly) accused of being sexist. (why for instance did men, who had just read the manual on a certain platform claim to be "expert" while I, who had months of experience with it claimed "moderate knowledge"? ) Do you know Jodie Foster worries constantly that The Academy will realise she doesn't deserve her oscar and come and take it back? That's called imposter syndrome and it's much more common among women. I guess what I'm saying is it is natural to feel inadequate, simply because that's how women think, but you're not! That's why you've been chosen for the role.
  12. Thanks! And the best workout is the one that you do, right? If I injure myself, there will be no more workouts. And if I drop the weights dramatically they will go through the floorboards Yesterday was a rest day, but it looks like today will be one too Not planned. So tomorrow I will have to play catchup. I will have to be well organised tomorrow morning!
  13. I really only have one goal: do my weights workouts 4 days a week...without injuring myself So I have to listen really carefully to my tendons and joints...which makes "going to failure" hard. Oh well. That's just how it is. And I'm going to try and go keto. I had a look at what I used to eat when I was successful in losing weight and in theory, that was keto. Less than 25g of net carbs, at any rate. So, I'm going to measure this time! Because I'm a qualitative sort of girl.
  14. I was talking about the current Australian Geographic Nature Photography exhibition at the SA Museum with my Japanese teacher and sent her this photo. She said "Did you know wombat poo is square?" And I said I did, but how did she know? "Oh another student from Australia told me." And then we went off on theories about how they make square poo. She thought maybe they play with it to make it square. "Ummm....no, I don't think so!":
  15. My goal for next ch My goal for the next challenge will just be to do my workouts (and not injure myself) and hopefully the pushups and strength will follow!
  16. My "stolen" weights Fine. I use the 10kg plates for deadlifts and the curl bar for, well, curls! I have lost so much strength! I can't even do 12 push ups anymore. Sigh! Silly me, letting myself get into this state! I think sharing would be a bit tough in our little "gym"...study actually....it would be very crowded in there!
  17. Does that mean you won't be posting here anymore? And what are you hoping to get from it? $10/month does seem very reasonable.
  18. Hi, I need to buy presents for a male race walker. He has a super snazzy garmin watch that measures cadence HR strike time etc. so he's right for all the techno gizmos. I'll get him a silly tee shirt with race walkers in it. Any other ideas? Books? Massage doo-hickey? I dunnow!!
  19. Take up fencing...that's what my daughter did. OK ....not helpful....or maybe it is. Fencing is very competitive but you face your opponent while jabbing at them, as opposed to running side by side, which bizarrely, seems to make fencing more sociable. Fencing happens in small bouts and is done inside (less pollen and mold). Fencing is also very nerdy. Running was miserable for my daughter but she's loving fencing...except for the bruises.
  20. OK... I said I wouldn't post my weight but here is something odd.... Every two weeks my weight drops. It climbs steadily for two weeks and then resets! What on earth can that be due to? If I'm right, my weight should drop again in 2 days time that would be so weird.
  21. No, not overstepping, especially when you are so sweet about it. You may be right. I was going to say that if I don't watch my weight daily it gets out of control, but then I looked at my weightgrapher records and in the three months I've been tracking my weight daily it has gone up twice as fast as the previous 6 months when I wasn't! Doh! But I am doing something right. The constant, aggravating hunger has gone and I am no longer binge eating...well not so much. I can even resist ice cream when the troops are eating it and I've got a fat bomb. That, presumably is all due to the insulin lowering effect of intermittent fasting. I'm finding it much easier to go between meals too, if I have something entertaining to do. And today I did my second leg workout. It was supposed to be yesterday but I told myself the DOMS was too severe. That wasn't true and instead I lolled about reading "The Pandemic Century". Very interesting. I've just finished Zika. What ever happened to poor old Zika...its still out there! I won't post my weight, because it makes @Chesire nervous It went up. a bit over the weekend, but that's OK. Considering I am probably holding water from the weights workout and I took a melatonin last night (which puts me in such a deep sleep I don't get up to go to the toilet and hence weigh more in the morning) that is OK. And I have 2 10kg plates and curl bar to add to the gym this week. They're really for my muscly teenage daughter, but I can still make use of them.
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