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03 April 2005 @ 04:42 pm
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Diet - It amazes me that I can function quite well and bust ass in the gym on ~1600 calories a day as long as I get enough protein and be careful with the simple carbs. By that, I mean I can have a sugar-containing recovery smoothie after I work out, but I made myself give up my favorite cereal and yogurt for the time being. On Friday, I hit ketosis although I've been eating over 100 grams of carbs a day, which amused the crap out of me (and signaled that it was time for a carby refeed meal...also amusingly, I didn't get fungry after my breakfast bagel and sugar cookie). My pants currently fit the way they should, but I'm sure some of that is due to glycogen depletion (read: slightly shrunken leg muscles) because I've observed their fit vary weirdly over the course of a day and that's really the only thing that can do that. (I'm not wearing them until they fit, so I know they're not getting stretched out just from being tried on.) Thus, I'll keep at it for another three weeks before taking a break.

Cosplay - I've been forced to give myself an ultimatum: no more Dynasty Warriors 5 playtime until the surcoat is done. I wasted too much time last night and Friday with that game. I've been working hard on the costume today, though (just taking a break for now), and I think it's looking pretty good. I lack the skill to make perfectly smooth satin collars like the lapels on professionally tailored tuxes, but at least I know the basic do's of sewing satin (buy high-quality material, iron the living crap out of it, drop the presser foot pressure to avoid puckering the fabric), and that does go a long way. Annoyingly, I cut the bottom trim too wide (I forgot to subtract the seam allowance when measuring the bottom of the piece it will go on...D'OH), but at least that's better than not wide enough! I'm cranky at having to rip out my basting and go through the tedium of pressing and sewing the trim shut again, but that beats having to wait for a satin order. This is NOT going to get finished this weekend, but I think I can get it this week.
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Current Music: Lindsey Buckingham - Holiday Road
arafel on April 3rd, 2005 09:33 pm (UTC)
How are you finding DW5? Some aspects of the gameplay sounded different - I haven't bought the game yet myself.

The work you're doing on the surcoat sounds amazing! I can't wait to see it sometime! Really puts us amateurs to shame. ^_^
The Heavy Metal Matador: southparkrydain on April 3rd, 2005 10:00 pm (UTC)
The core gameplay is pretty much the same as usual, but now there are supply and defense bases that can be captured by either side. Killing the base captain gets you something (a defense bonus or a refill) and taking over the bases can help you in battle. They don't create colored zones like the ones in Empires, but you'll see messages about so-and-so getting supplies and morale increasing.

The weapons system is more like the one in 3. You find weapons with different weights and bonuses and you can only hold four at a time. The music is pretty much all hard rock like in 3 as well (and they even brought back the same tune that played when you were winning). I like both of those changes.

Lu Bu is evil...and some characters have to deal with him right in the beginning of the game. That chafed me. The difficulty curve seems to be weird in this one. I don't remember having so many problems on Normal musou modes in 3 and 4, but Normal in this one gets pretty tough pretty quickly. I actually had to do my first run through musou mode on Easy. Blergh. For some reason, Rando can kick ass on Hard, so he tends to bring home better items, which makes my life easier. I should also mention that many generals and elite guards now have additional life and that generals can use items to power themselves up. Needless to say, this really makes things tough at times. At least you can do the Musou Rage thing yourself. You can also double musou with your bodyguard at certain times. In this game, bodyguards are individual people who can level up and develop powers of their own. You can have one with you at a time.

All in all, I like it. We haven't unlocked Zhang He yet, though, and that makes me a sad panda. At least I had fun dishing out spankings with Xiahou Dun. (In the most battle-oriented context imaginable. I'm a dorky fangirl, but I am not that bad. Meh. =P)

Aw, thanks...but I AM an amateur! Am too! *tbbbbppppt* I can't wait to show you the results, though. ^_^
Christinerabswom on April 3rd, 2005 09:56 pm (UTC)
what exactly does your diet consist of?
The Heavy Metal Matador: southparkrydain on April 3rd, 2005 11:54 pm (UTC)
Anything that allows me to meet the following daily criteria:

- About 1600 calories total (on the low end of 10-15 x bodyweight - a generally recommended caloric intake for fat loss)
- At least 120 grams of protein (which, according to a formula on a weight training site I trust, is about right for a 150-pound woman who lifts regularly)
- Includes 1 tablespoon of flax oil (for essential fatty acids) and at least one ginormous bowl of fibrous veggies

Because I'm starting from below-average bodyfat, every five days or so, I need a high-carb refeed to keep my metabolism going and my glycogen stores up so I can work out. (It's also a nice psychological break because it lets me eat sugary foods. Arrgghhbllrrggh *Homer drool*) I can tell that it's time for that if I get fungry and feel crappy or (as on Friday) hit ketosis. On Friday, I just ate as usual plus a bunch of carby foods that brought my caloric intake up to about maintenance level. I wasn't fungry or foggy-brained yesterday or today, so I think that did the trick. ^_^
Christinerabswom on April 4th, 2005 12:06 am (UTC)
how did you figure out your diet? mainly -- i dont know anything about nutrition but im trying to get into better shape. my problem is that i dont have a lot of time for exercise -- ive been trying to run at least three times a week [as soon as i can get something reflective to wear while running at night, i should be able to increase that]. but i figure that making my diet more healthy would certainly help. but i dont even know where to start.
The Heavy Metal Matador: southparkrydain on April 4th, 2005 04:13 am (UTC)
Well...it's basically an amalgamation of nutritional information I've picked up from trustworthy sources over the years. I didn't jump right into anal-retentive calorie and macronutrient counting overnight. I worked my way up to it over a period of several years. Way back when I started getting in shape, I just ate less and tried to make healthier food choices (giving up regular pop in favor of water or diet pop, eating fewer junky snacks, eating smaller portions so I was satiated and not stuffed, etc.), and that did the trick. I would start with those kinds of simple dietary changes.

As far as exercise goes, running is w00t. Keep up the good work. I would highly recommend adding some sort of weight training as well. I got started by doing dumbbell exercises in my dorm room. The equipment was cheap, and I could work out any time I wanted to.

Krista's lifting site really helped me clean up my diet and learn more about lifting. About.com's exercise site has some routines that might interest you as well. Good luck and keep us posted on how your progress goes! ^_^
mineral_townmineral_town on May 15th, 2005 09:19 pm (UTC)
re. weightlifting in your room: Oh man, the TEAL. Good times. ^__^ I never did work my way up to weights less humiliating.