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07 January 2005 @ 10:27 pm
Thus far, I'm really liking this diet  
I'm pleasantly surprised at how well I function on a caloric deficit and 20 or fewer grams of carbohydrate each day. This includes two lifting workouts in which I lifted about as much as I expected to after a 1+ week layoff. I can't get to sleep before 2 a.m. because I just don't get tired, but after some research on misc.fitness.weights (which really is a good resource for training and nutrition info as long as you know who gives reliable, science-based information), I found that this is a common occurrence that has to do with lowered serotonin levels and that valerian is likely to help. I picked some up, so I should be sleeping well tonight.

I have to get my Zhang He barrette done and sent off to Katie Bair before the end of the month so she can work it into my wig. Thus far, thin brass looks like the best material to work with. It's already the proper color, and it lends itself well to being embossed and bent (which goes a long way toward making the piece accurate because it has an etched sort of design and its sides curve backward). I was worried about finding a round emerald green jewel to go on the front...but much to my joy, Michael's sells packs of acrylic cabochons in assorted sizes and colors, and I found one with a green gem of the correct size. It would be ideal if they sold them loose so you could just buy the specific ones you wanted, but eh, they're perty and I can always keep them around in case I'll need them in the future. A small sheet of brass cost a whopping $2 at Nittany Line. Yay for that. Hopefully I'll get to work on this over the weekend.
Current Mood: rejuvenatedrejuvenated
sima_zhongda on January 8th, 2005 03:51 am (UTC)
Can we see piccies? :D
The Heavy Metal Matador: feliciarydain on January 8th, 2005 04:17 am (UTC)
Sure! Whenever I get something done (or at least in an interesting state of progress), I put it in my cosplay.com gallery and then post a link here. So far, all I have is the pattern, and that's not 100% finalized (I just have to check to be sure that the circle in the middle is big enough for the cabochon), but I'll put up a pic as soon as I get the hairpiece in a nearly finished state. ^_^
sima_zhongda on January 8th, 2005 04:20 am (UTC)

*wants to do cosplay but has no idea where to start*
aitai on January 9th, 2005 04:59 am (UTC)
omg, i love you icon!!!! are there animated other people from dw somewhere?
sima_zhongda on January 9th, 2005 06:17 am (UTC)
Sadly, I don't know where it came from, but I do have a Zhang He one if you like ^_^
The Pencil Neckthepencilneck on January 8th, 2005 06:37 am (UTC)
Most people are very pleasantly surprised at how well they function, and how much energy they have, when they go to low-carb. What I've noticed is that I don't have the low-blood sugar-gotta-eat moodswings and one day, when I really had no time to eat, I just didn't eat and my energy was fine and I didn't have any hunger pangs.

But like anything, the effects vary from person to person. My wife doesn't get the same benefits from it that I do.
The Heavy Metal Matador: frylockrydain on January 8th, 2005 12:55 pm (UTC)
Any hunger takes the form of a subtle "time for more food" signal instead of a pang, and it seems to take a while to show up. I have the same experience with a more balanced macronutrient ratio that you mentioned on mfw a while back. If I try to cut calories beyond a certain point, I get hunger pangs or feel subtly hungry most of the time, and when that happens, I feel deprived and want to cheat. I can maintain OK getting, oh, 40% of my daily caloric intake from carbs, but losing beyond a certain point is annoying, especially because I have to cut way back on any kind of simple carbs if I want to get anywhere. Because I can look forward to a carb-up every weekend, I know I have to stay in ketosis, and I don't feel much in the way of hunger, saying no to carb-rich foods during the week has been a cakewalk so far. I like how evenly distributed my energy has been as a result of having my blood sugar stay stable.

So I'm guessing that your wife doesn't experience the hunger blunting and/or she feels crappy on keto? I wonder what aspects of a person's biochemistry control how well they run on ketones. I heard that the brain fog can last up to 2 weeks, but my head felt normal after 2 days, and the adjustment wasn't difficult for me at all. I don't have weird breath or a funky taste in my mouth, either.
The Pencil Neckthepencilneck on January 8th, 2005 06:42 pm (UTC)
Audrey doesn't get the hunger blunting effect. She has the brain fog for 4-5 days. She gets the funky taste in her mouth AND the weird breath AND the strong smelling pee.
silverluzsilverluz on January 9th, 2005 04:35 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear it's working well for you : )