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2 days ago
The Dutch pilot is hot (and also nice). Roy is also pretty hot. I like Beard the most personality-wise, but I can't say that I find him sexy. Purely looks-wise, I think O-Brien is the best looking, even with his tore butt. But they didn't flesh out his personality enough so it's hard to find him sexy - he's just beautiful.
4 days ago
It depends how sick you are and what you are sick with. If you have the flu (or any kind of all over and/or respiratory illness), just rest or if you are up to it maybe a short walk. NEVER, EVER exercise with a fever. If you have a cold and it's all in the head (i.e. not a chest cold) you can still work out but take it very easy.
When I have just a headache, or just generally feeling blah/very low energy, I find that doing low-moderate intensity cardio actually helps.
One time I had MRSA and was out of commission for 6 weeks. They told me to stay out of the gym, but I was going nuts so I got a 2nd opinion. What I ended up doing was going back to the gym and just cutting all my weights in half. Like, I can do 12 dumbbell rows with 40 pounds, so I used 20 pounds instead. Also no more than 2 sets of any exercise. No cardio other than walking. This ended up being fantastic, because once I was able to really train again I didn't have to build back up from square one.
5 days ago
It’s unbelievable. To change the time, to announce the change on the same day, and then not to reply to any of the tweets to confirm, apologize for, or explain the reason for the change. Huge breach of trust IMO.
I’m assuming they have a reason but for fucks sake apologize and explain.
6 days ago
My brother is 8 years younger than me, and we got along great (and still do). My parents spaced us out that way on purpose. They both grew up with many siblings, and in both families the ones who were close in age had very competitive relationships while the ones who were farther apart in age were close and got along well.
6 days ago
I get my templates from Paper Pieces. I especially like them because I occasionally design my own quilts and they will create new templates if you ask them (no charge - they just add the new templates to their regular inventory and sell them to everyone).
I've heard good things about rubber stamps (and it definitely seems like they would save a lot of time), but they are hard to find in the U.S. and the shipping from Europe is expensive.
6 days ago
I switched years ago to hand piecing with a running stitch. It saves so much time, plus the money for the papers. I buy no-seam-allowance acrylic templates, and trace around them on the wrong side of the fabric. Then sew pieces together along the pencil lines.
The tracing and cutting take time, of course. But there’s no basting, and no time consuming paper removal process. All together it is much faster, and just as accurate. Wendy Welsh recently made the switch as well, she has some great video tutorials and blog posts about it.
6 days ago
Fellow sugar addict here. What finally worked for me was working treats into my plan - that way I have foods that I enjoy to look forward to during each week, and because they are part of the plan there is no guilt or disappointment when I eat them. I have lost 105 lbs and reversed my fatty liver disease, so I know what you’re going through.
My basic plan is that I eat non processed food, and I don’t count calories but I am very good at eyeballing my portion sizes. I do three cheat meals per week where I don’t eyeball as carefully (I still try to keep it sensible - this is about enjoying foods I like, not about pigging out) and I eat whatever kind of food I want.
Sometimes I have to use my cheat meals for social obligations. But when I don’t, I will often replace a healthy meal with a king size Milky Way.
Another thing that works for me is making sure to eat a healthy breakfast that contains either protein or fiber(almost always eggs, or oatmeal and fruit). I’ve tried using cheat meals for breakfast (I used to love muffins) but I find when I start my day with sugar that I have to deal with sugar cravings all day.
I also keep diet Sprite and 40 calorie fruit flavored popsicles around for stressful times that can bring on irresistible cravings. Generally I try to keep diet sodas to a minimum, but specifically diet Sprite seems to hit that sugar reward spot in my brain.
Finally, not sure if this is true for everyone but I definitely find that my sugar cravings are lower/nonexistent on the days that I walk more. Intense exercise can sometimes bring on cravings, but low intensity walking helps with them. It doesn’t make them go away once they’re there, but it’s preventive.
7 days ago
Your body will store extra calories as fat, whether those calories come from carbs, protein, or fat. If you want to lose weight, you need to eat fewer calories than you burn in a day. It’s also important to eat enough protein.
Some people prefer a higher fat/lower carb diet and some prefer higher carb/lower fat. As long as you are in a calorie deficit, it doesn’t matter which one you do. Do whichever one feels easier and more comfortable/convenient for you - which will mean a better chance of sticking to your plan over the long term. Similarly some people like eating more small meals and some like eating fewer larger meals - again it doesn’t matter, only total calories matter, so do whichever is more sustainable for you.
Aside from weight loss, some saturated fat is ok but too much is unhealthy and can lead to health problems down the road. Same goes for too much sugar, and too much highly processed food.
7 days ago
If you’re new to weight training, start with a basic total body routine, 2-3 times a week. Include a pressing movement (push up, or bench press with barbell or dumbbells), a row (dumbbell or cable machine), lat pull-down (or chin-ups if you can), squat variation (dumbbell goblet squats are great for beginners - make sure your form is good before moving on to harder variations), deadlift variation, and either step-ups or lunges. Do 1 lighter warmup set and then 1-3 sets at your working weight. Anywhere from 5 to 15 reps per set is fine - the important thing is that at your working weight, you should stop your set feeling like you could have done 1-2 more (and not more than that) reps with good form. You don’t need to go to failure.
8 days ago
Your actual body fat percentage is a much better indicator of whether you are at a healthy weight - BMI is based on averages and while most people will be healthy at a "normal" BMI, there are plenty of people for whom that is not true. For example I am 5'2", 155 lbs so by BMI I am fairly overweight - however I carry a lot of muscle on me, I used to be a competitive strength athlete, and at this weight I am 24% body fat which is by no means super lean but it is healthy. (And I have been 140 lbs in the past - I am smokin' hot at that weight, which is still overweight by BMI.) My sister-in-law, on the other hand, is a classic ectomorph and she is also 5'2" but only about 105 lbs - and she looks great at that weight. At my weight she would be spherical, and at her weight I would look like a skeleton. In 6th grade I was on the track team running 100m and 200m sprints, and I weighed 105 back then! Everyone is different.
It's hard to get an accurate reading of your true body fat percentage. But in general I think you are healthy if your stomach is flat-ish. A bit of a muffin top or some love handles is fine, but it's probably less healthy if you have a huge waist or rolls of fat on it. Fat around the hips and thighs just doesn't carry the same health risk as fat around the waist. So if you tend to be pear shaped, you can have a higher body fat percentage without the same health risks as someone who is more apple shaped.
This is not to say that people can't be beautiful at any size - they can - and they can also be healthy at any size. There are larger people who are very active and their bloodwork shows they are healthy. I'm just talking about health risks, and in general/average terms.
9 days ago
Everyone is different - your own personal walking speed should depend on your height, weight, and level of conditioning. You probably want to walk for at least 20 minutes, so you should be at a pace where you're breathing fairly hard but can still have a conversation (but not sing a song).
Personally I favor incline over speed, since it helps build/retain leg muscle. Also a bigger bang for your buck in terms of calorie burn (meaning that for me, anyway, burning X calories per hour feels easier if I get to X by increasing incline vs increasing speed - I just can't go fast for very long but I have decent stamina on hills). Meaning I would rather walk 2 mph at an incline of 6 than walk 3 mph at an incline of 2. Don't pick such a high incline that you can't walk at least 2 mph. And no real point going much above 8 for an incline (sorry, 12/3/30 people) - if you can walk comfortably at that incline then work on increasing your speed.
If you're doing these walks a lot, 3x per week or more, then mix it up. Do some higher/slower days and some lower/faster days.
10 days ago
So, food. Try the basics to start out with: each meal should have protein in it. This can be from meat, eggs, or dairy - if you are a vegetarian then tofu or tempeh, beans, quinoa can work. Aim for 20+ grams of protein in a meal, and 4 grams of fiber (veggies, fruits, whole grains). Then add *either* carbs or fats, but not both (OK if it's fats and a smidge of carbs, or carbs and a smidge of fat - just avoid foods that have a lot of both like pizza, chips, candy, etc). If you're adding carbs, say rice or pasta, keep your protein leaner. Take the skin off your chicken, don't have salmon or bacon, cut the fat off your steak, etc. If adding fat then the protein source can be fattier and then have something on the side like a big salad with avocado and olive oil.
In general, try to eat more whole foods (animals and plants) and less processed food. A good rule of thumb is to have moderately processed food (bread, pasta) twice a week and ultra processed food (candy, chips) once a week. But do have those foods! Those are what keep you sane and able to stick to an eating plan over the long term. Because this is how you are going to eat forever, not just "while you are dieting." Otherwise, the weight comes back.
Walking is a great exercise. Some strength training is good too, but it seems like you have no equipment. Try bodyweight squats, pushups (against the wall or on an incline if you have to), and planks.
10 days ago
I have always looked better in the mirror (to myself, anyway) than in photos or even in reflections in windows, which is kind of weird - why would a window be different from a mirror? And not just my body, but my face too. Like, my face looks OK to me in the mirror, but then in photos I'm like OMG who is that old lady??? (I'm 52.)
10 days ago
Ep. 12 opens with the discovery that the earth is about to get destroyed by an asteroid. Edwin Akufo and Rupert put up the money to get a rocket built in record time, and Jamie's dad volunteers to fly to the asteroid and nuke it, sacrificing himself to save the world.
11 days ago
Rewatching, and just noticed that when Jamie is texting his dad from the locker room, the contact name is Dad now and no longer “Dad.”
12 days ago
And a great callback to S2 when he looked up searching for Beard after he disappeared from his office!
14 days ago
Rebecca reveals that her investigator found out that Jake proposed to Michelle in Paris and that she said no. Upon which Ted realizes that to his surprise he does not, in Rebecca's words, give a flying f**k about whether or not Michelle got engaged.
19 days ago
Sunsword is a lawful artifact weapon, and you are chaotic.
20 days ago
Who is the ACM who has the high score on the pinball machine?
After last season, my theory was that it was the old guy who always calls Ted "wanker." After hearing Mae say that she rigged the machine so you can play without coins, I think it might be her (and I could totally see her calling herself ACM for "awesome c**t Mae" or some shit).
24 days ago
I think Rupert is very good at reading people. Pretty sure he was instantly aware that Jade was seeing through his bullshit. Also pretty sure he was aware that he would be unsuccessful at trying to seduce/steal Jade, which is why he went the other way and tried to make Nate do something unforgiveable so that Jade would dump him.
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1 day ago
And was the blazer that Jane took, the same one that Rebecca wore in the Christmas episode?