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2017-07-24 06:20 pm
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Ways of Eating

So, last week I was waking up light-headed and a bit dizzy. I mentioned it to a friend who said it sounded like low-blood pressure. There's even a name for it, postural hypotension. Well, I decided to get my blood pressure checked so I went to the clinic down the road.
I don't like going to the doctor. Honestly, I don't trust most doctors to wipe their own asses. Most seem more interested in selling pills to treat symptoms than determining the underlying cause of the disorder. If I could find a homeopathic doctor in the area who didn't cost a fortune, I'd go to them in a heart beat.
Anyway, I went to the clinic and had my blood pressure checked and was surprised to discover that it was high. Now, high blood pressure runs in my family, but mostly in the women. It's atypical in the men. The clinic checked their records and determined the last time I was there, back in '15, my blood pressure was high as well. Not as high as it was then, but above the average.
So, I went home, considering my options. Since July 4th, I'd been off keto. I'd been eating a lot of crap and I'd noticed changes in my body. I could tell I'd gained weight, I was more gassy, my sleep wasn't as good and in the morning, when I woke up and got out of bed, I'd be light-headed.
So, I went back on keto. Hardcore. I kept to under 20g of fat per day. I felt better. Not back 100% but better than before. When I woke up in the morning, the light-headedness was gone. After a few days, my belt was loose again and I was sleeping like a babe. But I still didn't feel like my old self. Also, continuing hardcore keto just didn't feel right any more.
So, today, I decided to adjust my way of eating. I'm not keto any more. I'm doing a low-carb/low-fat diet. I'm not setting a daily limit on either, since I figure finding stuff to eat that fits my requirements will probably limit my choices anyway.
I just got back from the grocery store where I spent an hour and a half wandering the aisles, looking at nutrition labels. I came home with an interesting bag of grocery: a loaf of whole wheat bread, a jar of sugar-free grape jam, a container of pimento cheese, a pack of turkey hotdogs, a can of hot dog chilli, a bunch of grapes, a banana and a bottle of flavored sparkling water.
I should note the bread is atypical for me, as I'm not a big sandwich eater, but I wanted to try that sugar-free jam. Also, I figured I'd make turkey dogs and then have some pimento cheese sandwiches.
Some of my food choices on keto are no longer available to me. I used to eat kielbasa/sausage daily, but it's too fatty now. It looks like I'll be limiting myself to turkey, chicken, fish and some pork. However, I can still eat pork skins, surprisingly enough, and now I've got a broader selection of veggies available to me. I still can't do beans, aside from green beans, but now I can have yellow corn if I want. Potatoes, though, are still off the menu; too many carbs.
Also, I have the weirdest desire to try artichoke hearts and cottage cheese. Not together. Seperately. I've never had them before.
Anyway, I just wanted to document my choice here. I'll probably natter on a bit more about food and this new WOE I'm trying in future updates. Hope I don't bore anyone too much.
More later! - MEL
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2017-07-17 01:48 pm

DnD Depression

Last night I ran a D&D game for my group.
It wasn't a fucking difficult adventure. They should have pretty much finished it in one night.
Naturally, they didn't. And not because of roll play or anything, but just because of general dickbaggery.
It took them an HOUR to pick a race and a background.
One player decided he was going to roll randomly for EVERYTHING.
He wound up playing a high elf acolyte serving a god of lawful evil. Cool from a story point of view, but Jesus H. Christ!
Then, of course their characters are all dicks to each other.
*sigh*
I just wanted to run a short adventure where they got to kill space-zombies. That's all. Is that too much to ask?
I like my friends, but at this point, I'm ready to quit roleplaying with them and just do board games.
:/
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2017-07-11 09:28 pm

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I spent today with a friend of mine who is bipolar and who is going through some hard economic times. He was spiraling up and down all day and it was just really exhausting, psychically, dealing with his shit.
I just got off the phone with a mutual friend, kind of commisserating on the situation. We agreed that there is definitely a line in the sand that we will not cross when it comes to helping our friend. Like, if he loses his house 'cause he can't pay back taxes, neither of us is letting him live with us.
And I know that sounds awful, but it's just the way things are.
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2017-07-07 04:24 pm

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So, I've been working at the shop for a little while and I think it's time I started considering something more full-time. I like working here, but I think I want something more. *sigh*
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2017-06-29 04:03 pm
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Food stuff

Hmm. I'm having to adjust my diet. Again. My acid reflux has been triggering a lot lately and I'm not sure why. It could be the dairy, although I've never had a sensitivity to it before? But your body does weird things as you get older. *sigh*
So, not doing a strictly keto diet. Still low-carb, but not under 20g a day. At the moment, this is what my macros look like: Protein 125g, Fat 65g, Carbs 33g.
I think I may have to cut out the dairy from my diet. If so, the only thing I'll really miss is sour cream. *sigh*
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2017-06-23 10:14 pm

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It's ten-o-clock on Friday night and I'm doing laundry. Wow. So, soooo daring!
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2017-06-22 08:20 pm
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Today, I got up super-early and decided to paint the half-bath. It's one of those projects you have that you just put off again and again for no good reason. So, I went to the paint store, grabbed some paint and came home to get to work. Naturally, I had to go back to the paint store because I didn't have any rollers.
Anyway, the half-bath is partially painted. It needs a second coat and then I have to paint the accent wall behind the toilet, but it's mostly done.
Stopped at 1:00 to let the paint dry overnight and had a light lunch: spinach, four boiled eggs and a drizzle of ranch dressing.
Then went upstairs intending to write, but somehow I fell asleep and didn't get anything done.
Went downstairs a while ago and had supper: canned mackerel with a side of saurkraut, all of it drizzled with butter. There were watermelon slices for desert.
Then photography, which sort of sucks. I got a new camera and I'm not enjoying it at all.
Pheh. 21st Century problems, right?
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2017-06-22 12:00 am

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So, I've actually been watching stuff on Netflix. Spartacus. Blazing Saddles. Moana. I'm not used to actually finding stuff on Netflix worth watching. It's all very strange.
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2017-06-20 08:38 pm

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I went and saw my Mom today. She's doing fine, but every time I see her I get super-annoyed. I don't know why. Maybe because I just drove 40something miles to physically interact with you and the minute the phone rings I am immediately dismissed in favor of the person on the other end of the line? Wow. That was a fucking long sentence. *sigh*
Anyway, I left after a couple of hours and went by the grocery store to grab something for supper. I was doing pretty good until I decided to get a big bag of green grapes.
Green grapes are NOT keto.
Not by any stretch of the imagination.
I just ate the ENTIRE bag.
If I was in ketosis, I'm out of it now.
*sigh*
It's just been that kind of day.
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2017-06-19 12:36 pm

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Oh Lordy Lou. Last night was game night and I had a bunch of carbs: three sodas and an iced honey bun. I'm certainly feeling it today; I feel sluggish and dull. I'm probably going to be having carb cravings all day too. I should have just said 'no' but I was with friends and didn't want to put the kibosh on the fun by being 'That Guy.' So today I'm going to fast until sundown and then do zero carbs after that to compensate.
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2017-06-19 03:41 am
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Falling into Wonderland

Standing in the crowd,
listening to the band,
this is youth, this is life,
this is wonderland.

Sliding down the rabbit hole,
riding crystal trails,
wondering where we’ll end up,
and whether we will fail.

Falling into Wonderland,
searching for the Queen of Hearts,
wondering if this is life,
or just another false start.

The crystal cracks,
we all go splat,
the world so gigantic,
now seems small.

So take a hit
from the hookah pipe,
and rest beneath a mushroom sky,
and watch your life become a lie.

Falling into Wonderland,
searching for the Queen of Hearts,
wondering if this is life,
or just another false start.

The smoke clears, we prick our ears,
we wait and watch and learn,
this life’s a dream, or so it seems,
a lesson we never learn.

The white rabbit runs,
our end’s begun,
the world returns again.

Falling into Wonderland,
searching for the Queen of Hearts,
wondering if this is life,
or just another false start.

The crowd is gone.
The band is done.
We stand still,
while the rabbit runs.

We never found the Queen of Hearts,
just a lot of bitter tarts,
and youth is gone, spent and torn,
and from the ruins a man is born.

Falling into Wonderland,
searching for the Queen of Hearts,
wondering if this is life,
or just another false start.
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2017-06-18 01:11 am

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I think I'm going to open an ebay account and start selling things online to make a little extra money. I'll probably start off with books, because that's what I feel I know. Maybe I'll branch out from there. I don't know. Any suggestions or advice would be welcome.
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2017-06-15 07:44 pm
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Today, I discovered I can reach the third hole on my 'skinny' belt. It's been about a month since I reached the second hole, so I'm pleasantly surprised at my progress. Also, I'm not getting as hungry as I used to and when I do it doesn't take much to fill me up.
That said, today was the end of the caffeine fast. I got a big diet soda at the dollar store. I can't really say that I regret it.
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2017-06-14 08:09 pm
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I went by the store today and chatted with J. about some stuff going on this weekend. While I was there, he told me he had put some of the books I'd priced on eBay. He mentioned that two of them, a first edition copy of 'The Martian' and a 10th-anniversary 1st edition of 'The Alchemist,' were priced too high. I remember being shocked by 'The Martian' as, at midrange, it was going for $500 on AbeBooks and ViaLibri. I don't think I meant to put that as the final price. But the $150 I put on 'The Alchemist' was cheaper than it was going for on Amazon.
J was going by eBay sold price, which might be good for toys and shit, but books are a whole 'nother kettle of fish.
Basically, he wants me to price stuff using eBay.
*sigh*
I can't really argue with him.
It's his store.
Still, if I use eBay something is going to go for cheaper than it should.
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2017-06-12 08:55 pm
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Today started off slowly. I woke up, dinked around on the computer for a while, then took a shower and left the house. I got a haircut and the oil in my car changed, then I went and saw The Mummy.
That's where my day started to go a bit lopsided.
I stopped by the concession stand, intending to get a bottle of water or something, but wound up buying a small Cherry Coke. As in movie-small, which means it was a small tub of soda. *sigh* So much for keeping it under 40 carbs. :/
Then, the movie started thirty minutes late because of technical issues. Eventually, it did start and we did get to see it in its entirety. It wasn't a bad movie, but it was deeply flawed. Not scary at all or, really, very exciting. I'd give it 2/5; wait for it come out on Netflix or On-Demand.
After that, I went by my grocery store to get supper and discovered they are switching up a lot of their brands. A lot of the brands I like to buy have disappeared from the shelves, replaced by more expensive and less Keto-friendly products. I'm a bit miffed about that and am thinking I may have to start shopping at another store. Maybe even (God help me) Wal-Mart.
So, home now, where I have eaten some sausage links with a little green salad. I smothered that salad in ranch dressing and added fried porkskin as faux crutons, then added a couple of hard-boiled eggs. It was a good supper, but I can tell that the caffeine and carbs from this afternoon are having an effect.
I'm craving carbs and sugar. I want to go out and buy a big bag of red seedless grapes and just devour them all. I want to get a two-liter Cherry Coke and suck that baby dry. I want a frosted honey bun.
I don't have any of that, though. What I've got are some peanuts and a cup of chicken flavored bullion broth. That'll just have to do.
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2017-06-02 08:40 pm

Oops!

For lunch today, a friend bought me a sandwich from Schlotsky's, the Original. I just looked at the nutrition information and the Original has a whopping 73g of net carbs.
Damn
Well, there goes my ketosis.
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2017-06-02 07:45 pm
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It's my second day without caffeine. I'm feeling tired and sleepy, but that's about it. No headaches or shaky hands just yet. I'm assuming that will come either tomorrow or the next day. I'm not looking forward to that.
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2017-06-01 07:00 pm
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I went by the computer shop this afternoon and picked up the hard drive from my laptop. I asked the tech guy if he knew what caused the drive failure. He said it was most likely either heat buildup or maybe the computer got jarred. I think it was probably the first; I can remember the keyboard getting really warm when I'd be on the computer and the fan would be venting constantly. It's almost enough to make me wish I'd gotten an extended warranty. Almost.
Other than that? Not a lot to report. I sent an email to my condo's property manager, asking if they'd gotten my check for last month's dues? It wasn't deposited when I last checked, which is odd. I don't care much for my condo association, but they're pretty damned quick to take the money. If they hadn't gotten it, I wouldn't have been shocked. Half the time stuff I mail from my house never makes it to its destination. I can't prove it, but I suspect my mailman is dumping people's mail.
That's pretty much it for today. I did come home and clean house and tonight I might watch the livestream of Critical Roll. The guy who played Napoleon Dynamite is supposed to be joining them for the game.
And that's it for me.
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2017-06-01 10:54 am
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Out of morbid curiosity I took my old laptop to the shop yesterday to see if they could tell me what went wrong. They just called me and confirmed my suspiciouns: hard drive failure. I'm not sure what caused the drive failure, something physical or maybe some malicious malware, but it would cost about $300 to repair. So, that's not happening. Still, it's good to know . . . something? I'm going to ask some questions when I go pick up the shell for recycling.
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2017-05-31 05:04 pm
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Kill counts & Food

Today, I decided to take my old laptop to the computer store. I told the guy the problems I had with it and he said it sounded like my hard drive went bad. They're doing a free diagnostic. If it is the hard drive, then I made the right choice getting the new computer. Parts and labor to replace the old one would have run about $300.
In other news, I just got back from the store, shopping for supper. I shop for supper ever night because I don't keep food in my house.
Tonight, I have decided to treat myself. I'm having a nice spinach/early spring mix salad sprinkled with cheddar cheese and generously topped with ranch dressing. Along with it, I'm having a slice of pickle, and some cold canned salmon, cause it's just too hot to cook. I am debating if I want to add butter and pepper to the salmon. I remain undecided. For desert, I have a bowl of blueberries sprinkled with a tablespoon of sugar, chilling in the refrigerator. And for a snack, later on, a bag of pork skins. Which may, or may not, be added to the salad as crouton substitutes.