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not-changing patterns

After what seems like an endless amount of thinking, talking, and tarot card readings, I think I have finally come to realize something.

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(My posts are too wordy. Isn’t the kitty cute?! Sometimes I feel like I am looking at my life like that, through a magnifying glass, sifting and sifting to keep the bits that are working and get rid of the bits that no longer fit.)

Firstly, that I like to play someone who doubts things on TV because I feel like it makes other people more comfortable with my intuitive-based lightning-fast decisions. I’m so good at it that I seem to fall for my own act. So I start doubting when I know exactly what I really want to do. People who love me have pointed this out to me recently. They’re right.

Secondly, with all the internal searching and fixing and healing and sorting that I have been up to for the past few years, I have been staying away from patterns. Because I didn’t like my life the way it was, so to fix it, I figured I should try everything new. Which, while not really a *stupid* conclusion, in the end I don’t think it is quite right. Some of my patterns of behavior are just patterns and not bad. Circumstances around them, people caught in the patterns with me might not have been ideal, but a few of my old patterns are really just me.

(I’ll admit that some really needed to go, and slowly we are waving bye-bye to those.)

However, speaking of patterns a trip to my masseuse/chiropractor goddess has left me feeling woozy but worked out and in line, which will be nice once my body processes the toxin and adjusts to blood flowing again. And she noticed my weight loss right away, and said my whole body is structured differently at this point, so that was great to hear. Go Wii Fit!

Lastly, I went to visit a ring that I feel in love with a few months ago, and in a sudden intuitive, lightning-based thought, I might have a scheme for making it mine. I am very, very excited about this!

Or I will be, after me and my sore head go take a little nap….

Mirrored from Oasis Stories.

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thus conscience does make cowards of us all

O, poor Hamlet, so confused and overwrought. I feel your pain. Perhaps I myself should write a play…..

Anyhow.

I am at complete loose ends this week. Updates….*stares blankly* um…..

I am loosing weight still! I seem to have found the magic combination that works wonders for me. The Wii Fit and I still get on wonderfully together, and I love getting on it everyday and working out. Throw in some fancy water, a smoothie, and some sort of reasonably balanced meal, and I’m loosing a steady 1/2 - 3/4 of a pound a day. If I chuck the diet to the four winds for a day and eat what I please, I seem to generally gain 0.2 pounds back, which just really isn’t enough to cry over, because the next day I get back on track and the numbers keep sliding down. When I first started wii fitting, I set my goal as the maximum that they would let me; to loose 22 pounds, I believe. Well, I am now 7.5 pounds away from that goal.

I think that just might be cause for a huzzah.

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Mirrored from Oasis Stories.

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state of me: smoothies & ebooks

I haven’t updated about the fitness plan/solution/whatever in a while. Since last check-in I gained about 0.4 pounds, plateaued for a bit, and am now on another downswing. I’ve kept up the wii fitting well enough, and the diet I started breaking in little ways. TBC suggested taking one day off a week, to be able to go out with friends without worrying about it and to keep the metabolism up, and I think that’s a smashing idea. So it continues to work, I just wish it were a little more….steady and predictable.

Then again, I’m sure most people want their entire lives to be more steady and predictable, so what are you going to do.

While I was setting this site up in January, I put together the list of the short stories I have published. Most are not available to read anymore, because their online issue has come and gone, or the print issue is sold out and the press has folded. I was sad about it, because two of my best stories in particular were only seen by a few people for a very short amount of time.

At which point I thought: well, the copyright has now reverted back to me. I can re-publish them.

Muah! And so that is the plan. Toward the end of March I shall release a short story collection though Lulu.com and make it available in e-book format or as a hardcopy trade paperback, as I know many people still prefer to read books Away From the Computer. I’ll put out more information as the time gets closer.

(There is “away from the computer” anymore? A great jest, that…)

Mirrored from Oasis Stories.

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cleanse done!

The Mars and Venus Diet and Exercise Solution cleanse, that is. It’s been…interesting. Good news first: I don’t have the exact number (as I am technically posting this a day early) but it’s going to end up being about 12 pounds lost in 9 days [ETA: ok, make that 8.3 lbs. wow, that one day of gain put me behind]. It has definitely motivated me to loose more with such a nice kickstart. Also, the two-day cleanse on the end was much, much easier than the first cleanse.

The bad news: while you are clearly giving your body enough nutrients to survive (more than survive, truthfully. Exercising was never taxing, as it can sometimes feel if you haven’t eaten enough), this is a diet. If you are not keen on properly following it, it won’t work. If you think you can hop right back into your old habits after it, be prepared for a nasty surprise.

I lost steadily until Sunday, when I broke the diet to do afternoon tea with friends. While I stayed away from about half of the tasty temptations there and even drank decaffeinated tea with no milk, the next day I had gained 1.4 pounds. *That* was sobering. Luckily I burned it all off again directly the next day, but if you don’t follow it rather strictly then clearly, this “solution” won’t work.

The underlying theory to this whole exercise and diet solution is not that you are *burning* fat, but that you are *processing* it. It doesn’t turn weight loss into a formula of “ingest x number of calories less than you burn in a day.” Instead the theory is that an overweight body is “sick.” So you give it what it needs to “get well”: lots of nutrients, light exercise, healthy foods, and a clean system. And if you give the body a chance, it will heal itself. Personally, counting calories has never worked for me, I love smoothies, and I think my Wii Fit is fun. So while I am sad that I am on a diet, I don’t really find myself “missing” certain foods, and loosing weight is neato.

My plan going forward is to keep up the smoothies for breakfast and dinner for a while. If I can seriously keep losing .5-1 pounds a day, I could be at an ideal weight in four months or so. Of course, it is then going to take some serious monkeying to figure out how to maintain, but maybe if I increase my food intake slowly this could all work. I’ll keep you posted.

Mirrored from Oasis Stories.

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the mars & venus diet & exercise solution: halfway through

I’d said I would update. I began the accelerated weight loss cycle from the book The Mars and Venus Diet and Exercise Solution on Monday.

Currently, I am still waffling as to the earnest usefulness of this “solution.”

To be fair, I have lost 6 pounds. That’s quite a bit, and it’s not water weight. What’s really irked me is that there is much talk in the book of purification and releasing toxins, but Dr. Gray never comes out and says: this is a colon cleanse that will kickstart your weight loss.

Because if he had, I would have better known what to expect. Since he didn’t, let’s just say I was a little surprized. I feel squeaky clean on the inside. And, the fat burning does seem to be up. The same workout I did before gets me very heated and sweating more, though I don’t feel like I am exerting any more effort. I get nice and toasty warm but not sweaty at night, and I have been in a fabulous mood (save for the time spent in the bathroom, which sadly, has been a lot. I am *really* glad I work at home). Getting up early has been easier. I find it hard to get focused for work, because I am not used to interruptions to eat and drink all the time (how do people get anything done when they eat three meals a day? And it’s only going to get worse…soon there will be snacks….)

Really, I can’t complain overall, though at times it has been more than a little uncomfortable. I suppose quick weight loss should have some impact. I’ll be finished Wednesday, so I’ll check back with a full report then.

Other small news: I am starting to get deep into Dramatica Pro, to finish a selfish prayer for light. I have to say, I am really, really liking how it is making me think about the driving elements of my story and the relationships between the characters, and what each character represents. I now know I won’t let you all down: there will be an ending!!

Of course, I knew that before. Of course. Right.

Mirrored from Oasis Stories.

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all is balance

I have had a month with my Wii Fit now, and the results have been erratic. While I am still as committed to using it, I am not seeing the definitive results that I was in the beginning.

I missed four days worth of working out with it in thirty. For the first week and a half, it was a slow, steady weight loss. Now it reports that I am gaining and loosing, and by the numbers I feel like I am not making much headway.

On the other hand, the simple act of exercising is doing me good. I have found a combination of games I like to play, and they feel like games. I still look forward to doing my 40 minutes of Wii Fit every day. Anyone who says the Wii Fit is not a real workout hasn’t kept up with it enough to unlock the extended times, new exercises, and higher levels. My core muscles are getting a good workout, and my back is no longer chronically sore as I now can support myself effortlessly in proper posture. And though the scale now says that I have only lost 2 pounds (at one point it said I had lost 6), the jeans that were getting just to the point of too tight to wear comfortably are now back to fitting well.

I also added a six-week pushup regimen from this website. It’s been fun doing it in tandem with TBC, but it might also be skewing weight-loss numbers. I went from being able to do 4 pushups in a row (from my knees, mind you) to being able to do 50 with short rests (still from my knees, but I am calling it a triumph anyhow). I am gaining quite a bit of muscle.

Of course, with all this exercise I haven’t paid much attention to my eating habits. In general, I eat little processed food and balanced meals. I don’t eat emotionally but I do love cupcakes and cookies, so I indulge but I don’t over-indulge. Not-eating enough is a huge problem for me. I have trouble eating more than two meals a day.

So while I was at Make 2009 Your Best Year Ever, I heard John Gray, the author of Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, speak. He is a very fun speaker, and his stories of the relations between men and women are always amusing.

Lately he’s been studying brain chemistry to present the hard science behind the psychological theories of his books. He talked about serotonin and dopamine and testosterone and other hormones, and what effect they have on men and women’s moods and reactions. It was very interesting. And when he mentioned he was selling five of his books for $10 at a booth outside the auditorium, really, how could I resist?

In his book The Mars and Venus Diet and Exercise Solution he’s come up with a diet plan (a nutritional plan, really) that he claims will balance brain chemistry, helping to ease mood swings (thereby giving a man and a woman less opportunity for misunderstandings). He also mentions a number of types of supplements that will help the body absorb the nutrition it needs to keep cravings away. The book is very in depth, and you kind of have to pick out the diet and exercise parts because it’s not clearly laid out like one might expect, but basically he sold me on trying it when in a paragraph he explained why over five years of strenuous kung fu workouts I never seemed to loose weight:

“When women do intense or even moderately intense exercise, the mitochondria in muscle cells burn carbohydrates instead of fat. As a result, fat burning is inhibited. A woman will temporarily feel good but gain weight. Moderate and not intense exercise is best for women.”

I will get what I want by working less hard? Sign me up. I plan on starting Gray’s “solution” on Monday; I’ll chime back in at the end of next week with an update.

Mirrored from Oasis Stories.

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Ambition a lil too high....

I had a great workout schedule at the Y all set. Two Yoga classes a week, one Pilates, one Chi Gung, two days swimming. I was set.

I sort of failed to account for the fact that I no longer work out all the time. Oog, that chi gung class for an hour was a little more intense than I expected....I passed out last night and slept till nearly 10 am this morning, and my hamstrings are very sore! So I am taking today off and will swim tomorrow.

Meanwhile, the writing that I've not been really able to sit down and get accomplished is flying today, of course. Rather then be bitter about it, I'm just going with it. Chapter 6 is turning into a fantastic dramatic mess. I much prefer my drama to be on the page than in living color....
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post-chiropractor aches

Hooray! I have found a fantastic chiropractor. She is nice and very good and boy is my neck f'ed up. Getting the knots out of my neck and shoulders was fantastically awful, though the massage therapist that works with the my new chiropractor did her very best. My alignment was so off that my legs were no longer the same length. Ai yi yi. She worked on my ankles, knees, wrists, neck and back. And I'll be back to see her in two weeks. She reassures me that we will get on a quarterly-type schedule, as I have no real injury, but all the stress of the past year? Two? means we have some work to do first. Her fee is very reasonable, so I am thrilled to have this taken care of.

Of course, this morning my back & neck feel mostly like pounded meat, but I know that'll ease up. I am definitely going to hit the chi gung class at the Y this morning, that should warm me up and stretch those muscles out nicely.

In other news: I've not been writing. Boy did I pick a bad month to wrap up my affairs. But the point of snagging September at the last minute was to give me a kick, and I will truck on through September itself. I have the first sentence of the next chapter all worked out in my head, and I will get it written down and follow it up with word after word today if it kills me!

I have also almost finished Ten Religions of the East. Cao Dai and Theosophy intrigued me, but at long length I am finally getting a little too overwhelmed by my ambitious goals for this single course. I still have five more books I want to bang through before I take the test and move onto the next course (Spiritual Teachers, I believe), so I am down to noting interesting concepts and moving on. I have to keep reminding myself that this really is a survey course and there are more in-depth courses later. Next book up on the list: No god but God, which I picked up to read years ago because the author was on the Daily Show and the book looked fascinating. Funny how things work out...