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    I started the year off right. This morning when I was about to put cream cheese on my English muffin, I decided to swap it out for avocado (it was a bacon sandwich - baby steps). For lunch, I went vegetarian and had tomato and roasted red pepper soup with some fresh artisan bread for dipping. I had pomegranate for an afternoon snack. For dinner, I made an open-faced tuna melt with said bread and sliced tomatoes on top. I was still hungry, so I had a few figs.

    Unfortunately, I'm currently drinking a beer, but at least I "balanced it out" with kombucha earlier (gut flora stuff).

    I'm currently only supplementing with collagen powder that I add to my coffee in the morning (supports gut health and joints, skin, etc), but I'd like to add a high quality fish oil and get on a regular probiotic routine. I'm already drinking a fair amount of kombucha, but I'd like to start making it. I also recently added kimchi to my diet, as well as a high quality sauerkraut. Outside of that, I don't think there are any supplements I want to add. I'd like to be as food-based as possible.

    I'm pretty proud of myself, mostly because of the wide variety of food I've eaten in the last couple days (I also had sweet potato yesterday, which has taken some time to learn to appreciate). Consuming a wide variety of healthy foods is the best thing I could do for myself right now.

    For the last couple weeks, I've also been more mindful of my body, incorporating stretches into my daily activities. I might look stupid as I'm propping my foot up on the bathroom counter while I brush my teeth, but fuck... I'm getting a good pelvic stretch and basically tricking myself into developing healthier, more mindful habits. I also stretch in the morning in bed a bit when I wake up.

    There is one thing that I have learned about myself that has made an immeasurable positive impact on my health (particularly my mental health); no accomplishment is too small to congratulate myself for. I'm not talking participation trophies here... I'm talking giving myself an internal "yay, go you!" whenever I do ANYthing good for me. This could be doing those morning stretches, or not skipping a toothbrushing session, or doing the dishes, or making a healthy meal. That may sound utterly ridiculous to some of you, but I think it's what has pulled me from the throes of depression. It's really hard to get anything done when you are clinically depressed, and if you can accomplish even the smallest task and sincerely feel good about that, it really encourages you to develop better habits and enables you to take bigger steps as you progress. I think you have to mean it though - you have to really give yourself credit for doing these things when you don't want to do them, and eventually, you'll feel more productive and capable and be less hard on yourself which will in turn interrupt and bring attention to those negative thought patterns. Anyway, I'm sharing this because it is what has helped me, and thus I hope someone will read this and find it helpful for them too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Deadpan View Post
    I started the year off right. This morning when I was about to put cream cheese on my English muffin, I decided to swap it out for avocado (it was a bacon sandwich - baby steps). For lunch, I went vegetarian and had tomato and roasted red pepper soup with some fresh artisan bread for dipping. I had pomegranate for an afternoon snack. For dinner, I made an open-faced tuna melt with said bread and sliced tomatoes on top. I was still hungry, so I had a few figs.

    Unfortunately, I'm currently drinking a beer, but at least I "balanced it out" with kombucha earlier (gut flora stuff).

    I'm currently only supplementing with collagen powder that I add to my coffee in the morning (supports gut health and joints, skin, etc), but I'd like to add a high quality fish oil and get on a regular probiotic routine. I'm already drinking a fair amount of kombucha, but I'd like to start making it. I also recently added kimchi to my diet, as well as a high quality sauerkraut. Outside of that, I don't think there are any supplements I want to add. I'd like to be as food-based as possible.

    I'm pretty proud of myself, mostly because of the wide variety of food I've eaten in the last couple days (I also had sweet potato yesterday, which has taken some time to learn to appreciate). Consuming a wide variety of healthy foods is the best thing I could do for myself right now.

    For the last couple weeks, I've also been more mindful of my body, incorporating stretches into my daily activities. I might look stupid as I'm propping my foot up on the bathroom counter while I brush my teeth, but fuck... I'm getting a good pelvic stretch and basically tricking myself into developing healthier, more mindful habits. I also stretch in the morning in bed a bit when I wake up.

    There is one thing that I have learned about myself that has made an immeasurable positive impact on my health (particularly my mental health); no accomplishment is too small to congratulate myself for. I'm not talking participation trophies here... I'm talking giving myself an internal "yay, go you!" whenever I do ANYthing good for me. This could be doing those morning stretches, or not skipping a toothbrushing session, or doing the dishes, or making a healthy meal. That may sound utterly ridiculous to some of you, but I think it's what has pulled me from the throes of depression. It's really hard to get anything done when you are clinically depressed, and if you can accomplish even the smallest task and sincerely feel good about that, it really encourages you to develop better habits and enables you to take bigger steps as you progress. I think you have to mean it though - you have to really give yourself credit for doing these things when you don't want to do them, and eventually, you'll feel more productive and capable and be less hard on yourself which will in turn interrupt and bring attention to those negative thought patterns. Anyway, I'm sharing this because it is what has helped me, and thus I hope someone will read this and find it helpful for them too.
    That sounds like an excellent and measured start to the new year. I endeavored to be less critical of others this year, then I woke up this morning and spent the whole day on the interstate... I will try again starting tomorrow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiger Owl View Post
    That sounds like an excellent and measured start to the new year. I endeavored to be less critical of others this year, then I woke up this morning and spent the whole day on the interstate... I will try again starting tomorrow.
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    I'm not sure if you know this but intermittent fasting does not involve snacks. The goal for IF is to not spike insulin so snacking would threaten that. Maybe this video could explain what I mean better.:


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    Quote Originally Posted by biohazard View Post
    @kyuuei

    I'm not sure if you know this but intermittent fasting does not involve snacks. The goal for IF is to not spike insulin so snacking would threaten that. Maybe this video could explain what I mean better.:

    So I'm getting my information from this page. A Beginner's Guide to Intermittent Fasting | Nerd Fitness

    And I appreciate the suggestion, but I am aware it's meant to be based on times and windows of eating; I like to baby step into things.. going from eating 5-6x a day to only within certain windows of hours isn't something I'm willing to just jump into cold turkey and make the journey miserable for me.. and since I particularly don't have issues with diabetes or insulin or any serious weight loss needed, and I am ramping up my exercise by a decent amount and am unsure of how that will influence things, I'll take the slow route.

    Eventually I want to get to a 1-2pm-to-9-10pm schedule (as I am night shift, it makes sense for me to eat more in the afternoons vs the daytime), with 16 hours fasting inbetween.. but I am not quiite there yet and this is all an experiment. Right now I can make it to 1pm if I drink some tea and water when I first wake up, and eat a yogurt around 11:30ish.. I suspect as I adjust I might not need this snack, but honestly I'm not heartbroken over 100 calories 2 hours before the 16 hours if that's the only thing making or breaking this routine. It seems to tie me over till around 1 - 1:30, and I eat two decent meals with another snack inbetween those two.. and then I'll drink something like a chocolate protein nut milk or just regular milk sometime around 11pm-12am.. though last night I didn't need that at all and felt sufficiently full.

    I tend to be someone that doesn't dive face first into things I want to make into habits, I meander into them so it doesn't feel like a resentful chore but rather just something to try out and see how it goes.
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    A really awesome summary I found in the financial sections of frugal reddit:

    “On Sale” signs are the devil: “Relative comparisons” mess with your head. Focus on the end price, not how good a “deal” it is.
    It’s not a “bonus.” Money is money: How you got the cash should not affect how you spend it. Saying that “bonus” money doesn’t count feels good but being broke feels very very bad.
    Use cash more often: Make spending painful and you’ll spend less. (Using cash is simpler than having a friend punch you in the face whenever you whip out your credit card.)
    “Fair” is a four-letter word: Focus on value. The plight of moral justice in the economic universe can wait until after the electrician gets your lights back on.
    Try a “Ulysses Contract”: Send me the deed to your house. If you don’t have more money in your savings account two months from now, I keep the deed. See? Saving is easy.
    Drop Anchor: The only way to not be influenced by prices is to influence yourself ahead of time with other prices.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kyuuei View Post
    So I'm getting my information from this page. A Beginner's Guide to Intermittent Fasting | Nerd Fitness

    And I appreciate the suggestion, but I am aware it's meant to be based on times and windows of eating; I like to baby step into things.. going from eating 5-6x a day to only within certain windows of hours isn't something I'm willing to just jump into cold turkey and make the journey miserable for me.. and since I particularly don't have issues with diabetes or insulin or any serious weight loss needed, and I am ramping up my exercise by a decent amount and am unsure of how that will influence things, I'll take the slow route.

    Eventually I want to get to a 1-2pm-to-9-10pm schedule (as I am night shift, it makes sense for me to eat more in the afternoons vs the daytime), with 16 hours fasting inbetween.. but I am not quiite there yet and this is all an experiment. Right now I can make it to 1pm if I drink some tea and water when I first wake up, and eat a yogurt around 11:30ish.. I suspect as I adjust I might not need this snack, but honestly I'm not heartbroken over 100 calories 2 hours before the 16 hours if that's the only thing making or breaking this routine. It seems to tie me over till around 1 - 1:30, and I eat two decent meals with another snack inbetween those two.. and then I'll drink something like a chocolate protein nut milk or just regular milk sometime around 11pm-12am.. though last night I didn't need that at all and felt sufficiently full.

    I tend to be someone that doesn't dive face first into things I want to make into habits, I meander into them so it doesn't feel like a resentful chore but rather just something to try out and see how it goes.
    I'm just stating the facts that it's about limiting meals and not snacking between meals. I understand your personal preferences but I wasn't clarifiying that at all. How you choose to get into it is up to you and is on your own accord. I wish you the best with it though. 👍🏼

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    Thanks for the information on intermittent fasting, its something I've read a little (very little) about but which interests me, when I have read about it it has involved more randomisation and has been linked to paleo ideas about feast and famines (literally) and trying to reproduce patterns of plenty and periods of want, some sources talk about this being seasonal while others dont, I'm not sure that I could do these sorts of fasting, I would find them difficult but I'm not sure what the hell they could do to my blood sugars too.

    Today I did a hell of a lot of exercise, in the gym I did 10,000 steps on the steepest incline at a fast walk (I cant run on the treadmill because of a balance issue) and thirty minutes on the cardio setting on the cross trainer (my heart rate raises above the cardio level fast enough anyway) and finished off with fifthteen minutes on a fat burner setting on the cross trainer (the steps on treadmill were in between). When I'm stronger I'll use the staircase machine but I couldnt use it today, too weak.

    So afterwards I got home, tested my bloods and they were still higher than I wanted so I went out and walked around town for the further 10,000, I'm finishing up today with 21, 559, I like taking the walks at night around the town but the place has loads of shady assholes in cars, probably engaging in small scale dealing or something like it. So I'll probably spend the morning walking early tomorrow and hit the gym afterwards.

    My blood sugars have been messed up over Christmas, I made some lousy choices and thought everything would be fine if I just avoided the chocolate, there's loads of things that'll cause spikes other than that I'm finding. The only thing which was something of a disappointment was that I didnt do much reading today. Or CV or interview prep.

    I spent my time watching videos of guys playing super ghouls and ghosts, I am kind of addicted to that game but I am a rubbish gamer, slow reaction times, anyway, I had that game for the C64 and it was my pride and joy back in the day, I'm amazed at how good some of those players are but they are pro-players. Technically this was time wasting but I mention it as combined with the rest after the exercise it actually helped me chill out, more than I have in the last year I think.

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    Don't have time right now to state all my goals. But I did want to start my participation in this thread sooner than later.
    Today I'm signing up for a footwear store's weight loss challenge.
    Basically, I give them $60 and I return there to get weighed every week and if I reach certain benchmarks (something like 1.5 pounds a week) They'll give me back $40 in store credit. They offer a bunch of other support services, but I just need the accountability. Plus I might get some cool prizes at the end. We'll see. It runs for 11 weeks. My personal goal is to average 3 pounds a week or so and drop 30 lbs by the end.
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    The healthy habit that I probably most need to adopt is getting better at relaxing.

    That said... I am very, very bad at it. And if I get too invested in that goal, it'll mean I'm not relaxing anymore. So... we'll see.
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