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  • Good to hear the toe is healing up a bit. Good luck staying off the scale!

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    • Nah, peeked, but I am still dropping weight. wtf.

      I was not feeling great, doctor thinks I overexercised my leg and my balance is off, so dizzy/tired. No breakages of W30 rules for me per se, but very scattered eating, nuts, fruit. Even had a couple of eggs, and the wrist immediately responded to it (so, yeah, I am still sensitive to eggs). Finally yesterday afternoon, I fried a bunch of liver, will be trying to eat a bit more food food. And not going to the gym this week. At least I have enough strength in the ankle to do gentle yoga, but yikes, sooo tight!

      Also took my baby to the pool on Sat, we had a good time, but still can't swim properly.

      I am getting tired of not being able to do thing properly. Apart from the gaming. I am discovering the rare pleasure of playing with my wee one. She calls the ship Ebon Talk, that's a good one for a 7 yo, lol.

      Interestingly, I accidentally made the game very focused on Atton this weekend. I didn't know where the PC was (duh), so Atton and Bao Dur cleared out the GOTO yacht by themselves, and then I sent Atton on the Dxun mission with the other two boys as a back up. It worked great with his back-story, but disappointingly no in-game acknowledgments of the trust/issues etc. Sith dialogue with him was to the point, again, fit well, but could have been a bit more character-specific, gods see the Jedi I meet are not shy about the walls of dialogue. Could have wasted a few lines on the NPCs enrichment. PC responses badly need a bit of humor as well, let alone romance. Atton jokingly asks my PC about the vacation on Onderon (while he was at Dxun), and all I could do is humorously report on the political situation....

      The Disciple's Kreia sequence is second to none. I assume that Handmaiden gets that same dialogues in a male run? It is very good. Kreia better not be Revan, darn it, I'll be very annoyed.

      After Atton poured his little heart out to Mira he's just met (incidentally, I really doubt Mira can knock out a man even when he is distracted, my advice to her would be hit in the nuts, not go for the chin with the right hook), I got seriously concerned with Obsidian's fixation on presenting FPC Romantic Interest as having personal hygiene issues. It works with Bishop's backstory, I grant you that, a homeless orphan who survived in the wilderness, but what's with Atton? Clinical depression signs? But if it was a conscious strategy to make a player to feel for the guy, because everybody and their dog keeps picking on him, well, it's working. I am missing the: "Listen up. Today, no-one calls Atton a fool. Or an idiot. Okay?"
      My Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread57916.html
      When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.

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      • Well, you definitely take your gaming backstory far more seriously than I do. My wife is the same, where as I am much more a "do I get to shoot someone in the face now?" kind of gamer. Keeps things interesting though I bet. As a dude, hitting people in the nuts is not something I can support - a very evil thought indeed, even if effective.

        As for doing things properly, give yourself time to heal. Don't push it and hurt yourself further. Of course, you know that already. Not that I expect you to like it, but eh, life is full of unpleasantness - go shoot a video game person in the face

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        • Heh, yeah, I enjoy the story-telling aspects of the game, along with the general kick-assedness. That's why I am such a Bioware fan girl (and have that love-hate thing with Obsidian). My hubby is a strategist and a treasure hunter. Dunno what our kiddo is going to turn into. Right now she gets bored by the walls of dialogue when i have to make sure I got everything out of the characters.
          My Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread57916.html
          When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.

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          • Happy today. No particular reason. Gonna try elliptical and KB while baby's climbing. Started back on the dojon breathing and stretching yesterday, and actually while showing my baby how to correct her double block found out that I can start practicing the kicks again. Well, maybe. Dojon for now. Hilariously, now that I couldn't go and test, I actually want to earn the yellow belt. Ha-ha.

            I think the game is winding down!
            My Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread57916.html
            When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.

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            • Originally posted by Leida View Post
              I think the game is winding down!
              sounds like it is time for a new one...

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              • Yay, we did it! Whatta ride! My kiddo wanted to send two Howlers to Obsidian - for not making KOTOR 3 (had to explain wasn't their fault) and if Pure Pazaak died (really liked Atton). So, yeah, the stakes were high in his battle against Darth Sion.

                Started KOTOR I yesterday, too bad my old XP can't run it on high res, kept crashing. I am reminded again why I am a rabid fan of BioWARE's. Tight, slick, professional. After all this years. My daughter saw the heroic soldier of the Old Republic, Carth:

                "Oh, new cute!"

                So, we played the 'first dungeon', stopped for the night, asking her: "So, is Carth better than Atton?"

                "Nooo. He doesn't tell jokes and all he cares about is that Baaastilla."

                Here, in the nutshell, the womanhood's wishlist: handsome, has a sense of humor, and is seriously into me. Seven-frigging years old. Or am I projecting?

                Went for my first swim since the great breakage, managed maybe 10-12 min before the discomfort became pain. Gonna try the empty bar/machines today while my kiddo is in her hap-ki-do class. Still undecided about this Sunday for HKD, really tempted, but concerned that the foot won't take it
                My Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread57916.html
                When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.

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                • Ooh, Mark's comment today cut to the quick!

                  'Tis true. Whatever I do on land, I am clumsy, pathetic and weak. But when I swim, I feel graceful, lean, strong and confident. Even if I am nowhere near any kind of competition level.

                  But, funnily enough, it is FAR easier for me to go do land stuff, as it has less of prep requirements. You do not need to dress down, make that jump into the cold water and share equipment.

                  Funny, huh?

                  Now I keep looking at that Enduroswim class I kept looking at for 2 years and like, should I? Shouldn't I? It supposed to build up to 1.5 hrs of swimming for triathlon (not that I need triathlon).
                  My Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread57916.html
                  When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.

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                  • If you like swimming then why not? I'm assuming this would be in the place of another intensive exercise activity not in addition to, correct?

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                    • Yep. But i decided to try to do 3 days of shorter swims instead. Will see how it goes.

                      Wow, eating is all in the head. I was feeling so well, then noticed that I deleted 3 pages of hobby writing, and just 'had' to eat. Oh, well, that was 19 hours in, so no biggie, really. But still. Peace of mind is so fragile.
                      My Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread57916.html
                      When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.

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                      • Yes, the brain is a fragile thing. I know I get into one pissy mood and I want to eat a horse. If only there was a switch you could flip

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                        • ha-ha, there is, lol, but it is hard to reach!

                          I finally broke down and downloaded BioWARE's SWTOR MMO, and I have to say we all like it. I have never played anything like that. The need for constant attention can be a good thing in the evenings (discourages snacking!). Kindda hoping to play a little with my husband as a team once we get used to the controls.
                          My Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread57916.html
                          When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.

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                          • I can't seem to get back to a good workout regimen. Went to hap-Ki-Do on Sunday (had to leave early, it was a kicking class, so I got woozy after a while), did a short 25 min run on elliptical on Monday, and just walked yesterday + did stretching and a bit of air-kicking. I felt very tired, and a small voice in my head told me that tired+underslept+still hurting foot is a perfect recipe for another injury.

                            I can't figure out if it is a real healthy caution or bad fear that will eventually drive me into passive inactivity.
                            My Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread57916.html
                            When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.

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                            • So, return to the gym yesterday. I did a lot of sets-reps with low weights on SQTs, BBR and bench. It was an empty bar squat (I was aiming for 10 reps, did 6 sets ranging between 6 and 10 reps), 65 # on both bench and row. Bench was like 5-7 reps, and row was 5x5. 20 min run on elliptical (faster and faster).

                              I am starting to ponder a 10x10 for a while. A suggested routine is here: Bodybuilding.com - German Volume Training!
                              My Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread57916.html
                              When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.

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                              • Serotonin
                                Foods rich in complex carbohydrates such as whole grains, including rice, oats, corn, millet and buckwheat help sustain and boost serotonin levels, and thus a sense of well being and calm and increased concentration, confidence and relaxation.

                                Other foods that boost serotonin levels include fresh vegetables, especially root crops, squash and fresh fruits. Apples are noted for bringing oxygen to the brain and being rich in complex carbohydrates and B vitamins, critical nutrients for balanced serotonin levels.

                                Serotonin-boosting snacks include popcorn, tortilla & corn chips, and natural sweeteners like maple syrup, honey and rice syrup. Chocolate beans contain PEA, called the molecule of love. Chocolate stimulates the central nervous system and acts like a natural antidepressant.

                                Herbs that help boost serotonin levels include oatstraw, which is loaded with B vitamins, and the roots of angelica, burdock, dandelion, ginseng, wild yam and black cohosh. Cannabis, long called the “giver of joy”, significantly raises serotonin levels.

                                Activities that enhance serotonin levels include gentle yoga or tai chi, walking, stretching, being in nature, sunshine, clear skies, mild wind, prayer and meditation. Rain and dark wintry weather cause a decline in serotonin levels. Talking with a compassionate person or writing to oneself in a journal is very healing and boosts immunity as well as serotonin levels.
                                My Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread57916.html
                                When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.

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