Sunday, 10 February 2019 09:34 pm
apollymi: Zack facing away, text reads "So don't judge me by my failures, only by my dreams" (FF7**Zack: Judge me only by my dreams)
The more I look into this lectin-free diet/Plant Paradox thing, the more it looks like just another fad diet. I figure, when any diet starts saying to cut out brown rice in favor of white rice, it's probably not the best sign.

Either way, though, I'm making no changes to my diet until after my endoscopy is over and done with. I guess I really just want the test to show my stomach and all as it is now, not how I would like it to be. If that makes sense to anybody but me. Though I guess that's what really matters: that it makes sense to me. Right?

Anyway, I just took a Maxalt and a Flexeril, so I'm gonna go throw myself at my bed and see if it accepts me.


Saturday, 9 February 2019 09:59 pm
apollymi: Doujinshi art of Sirius Black, no text (HP**Sirius: Do not approve)
Well, I'm a little bit less livid today, but I'm still in no way ready to talk about the last week at work. I'm dreading going back next week even more than normal now, but I also feel like I've made a lot of my feelings pretty clear to LaTrease and Chris in such a way that they might now better understand my urge to leave. Now I just need to either get this job at Emory or something to come up that would make the whole thing a bit more worthwhile. Don't ask me what that would be, because I have no idea

Mum sent me a list of foods that are lectin-free, because she's starting to wonder if that might be the cause of some of my stomach issues. The ones she lists are: onions, broccoli, cauliflower, mushrooms, pumpkin, sweet potato, carrots, asparagus, cherries, apples, blueberries, oranges, and lemons. And the ones she has down to limit are: nightshades (tomatoes, eggplants, okra, etc), legumes, peanuts, grains, and milk/dairy. She also sent me a note about eating foods with polyphenol, such as cloves, dark chocolate, berries, and some other fruits, like plums, cherries, and apples... and that dark chocolate and red wine are free for alls. Basically, what she's looking at is the Plant Paradox, for whatever that's worth.

Anyone know anything on it? Is it any good? Specifically, is it any good for vegetarians? Or is it just one of those fad diets that makes the rounds every so often?


Thursday, 21 June 2018 10:25 pm
apollymi: Usagi looking determined, no text (BSSM**Usagi: Determination)
Mum wants me to try this "Plant Paradox" diet thing, so I've been checking it out as much as I can first. It's supposed to be a "good" diet that would help with my inflammation levels so that maybe I would hurt less on a daily basis with my fibromyalgia. I have some concerns, though, that I will end up eating the same few things every meal because otherwise it would get expensive in a hurry.

Honestly, I don't feel too bad about lunch and dinner, to some extent, with this. I mean, it would probably end up being a lot of bowls and veggies and the like. Breakfast is my concern. It's the same issue as with keto: no tofu, very low to no carbs, and only in season berries for fruit. That knocks out pancakes, quiche, and smoothies. And I've gotten rather used to having breakfast, so I don't want to give it up precisely.

So I don't know. We'll have to see.

And now... sleep.

A bit

Monday, 15 January 2018 10:23 pm
apollymi: Close ups of Arthur and Eames, no text (Incep**Eames/Arthur: Dream bigger)
I don't know. I don't really have anything to say for myself for today.

I got [personal profile] katsuko off to work all right. Boo was kind enough to let me grab another hour or so of sleep before she demanded her breakfast. I came out to the living room and started typing up all the loose leaf paper I had laying around, trying to get some decent amount of words for the day. It's taken a little bit, because I ended up passing out part of the way through.

[personal profile] katsuko got home from work, and the icky feeling she had leaving was dialed up to 11, so I made her go to bed under the electric blanket and get some rest. We cooked lunches for some of the week -- dependent on what GSU decides to do with the possibility of snow again tomorrow and/or Wednesday. (Gods, how I'm hoping for another snow day. I could use another snow day.) Basically, we made the broccoli mini quiches for breakfasts. We made the broccoli casserole for two lunches each. And we made some more fat bombs. I'm trying out a slightly revised version of the broccoli casserole, one that halves the carbohydrates and doubles the fat in it.

And yeah, I've still got a little bit more to type up for today, so I guess I'm going to go try to finish up on that. Later, all.


Tuesday, 2 January 2018 10:05 pm
apollymi: Finn von Claret (formerly of Abney Park) in steampunk outfit, no text (Steampunk: Cosplay (Abney Park))
Okay, so far the whole "writing a thousand words a day" isn't going so great. Maybe I should have set a word goal for the year, instead of a daily goal. Oh well. Live and learn and all that.

The main reason that the writing isn't going so great is because the cooking is going really well. I think we're pretty much done for this week's food, barring if we decide to make low-carb pad thai. That might be our tomorrow food, though. Dinner maybe? It would be relatively easy, so it might be a good way to go. Yeah, I'll think about it.

So far, this whole HFLC (or not quite keto) diet is going... all right. I'm still trying to get good at making high fat foods, when I'm so used to trying to avoid fat. So far, sometimes it feels like I'm making things wrong. I'm still doing too high on carbs for what we need, but we'll see how tomorrow's meals go for us, see if I end up doing a little better there.

Also, dudes, I found a recipe for HFLC gnocchi, and I think I'm going to make it this weekend. It sounds so damn amazing! It's literally just two or three ingredients: mozzarella cheese, egg yolks, and maybe some garlic powder. That's it. Oh yeah, Mama's got needs here.

And damn it, back to work tomorrow. I guess that means I need to go throw myself in my bed. Good night, all.

More prep

Saturday, 30 December 2017 10:43 pm
apollymi: Vasquez firing his two guns, no text (Mag7**Vasquez: Shootout)
Still grabbing things to officially start dieting on the 1st. This time, it was heavy cream and cream cheese, as well as vital wheat gluten, because apparently, we're going to try making "wheat meat", so that I have additional protein options. I got Mum's recipe for her HFLC broccoli soup that [personal profile] katsuko and I both love so much.

When I was going through my cookbooks, I found all kinds of receipts and such from Tallahassee that I was using for bookmarks previously. Now I miss it all over again.

[personal profile] katsuko and I may have splurged, however, and got some cake for our New Years celebration. Usually we try to go to Melting Pot, but this was a lot cheaper.

Luci is currently stalking the living room looking for spiderwebs, because our little black cat is a huge dork.

And lastly, I bought us a few storage tubs at Target while they were on sale for us to eventually start going through our outside storage room, with the plan to eventually clear out the storage locker we're paying $70 a month... but that might be a project for when it's not below freezing outside.

And that's it for me for tonight. Later, all.


Friday, 29 December 2017 11:00 pm
apollymi: Trunks just after landing a punch, no text (DBZ**Trunks: Won't back down)
I ended up going through about 8 of my main cookbooks and found a few recipes that I'll cook up this weekend. Maybe I'll even do some of them tomorrow. I meant to leave the cookbooks out so that I can list links to the recipes I'll be making, but dumbass here forgot and put them all away, so I'll have to get them out again to make meals. It'll certainly be easier to stick to this diet if I already have the meals prepped ahead of time.

Or, since I don't have to go to work until Wednesday, maybe I'll wait to do all this cooking until Monday and Tuesday. Then tomorrow I can just cook up enough to get us through to Monday. Plan? Plan.

But I also found a few recipes online that I may try to make whenever I do this cooking. So that I can find them again later, I'm going to list them here. If they have a ☺ next to it, I have everything I need to make it. So... )

That's enough to keep me busy for a little while, I think, even if I just make the things that I currently have the ingredients for. I'm aiming for high fat and low carbs with medium protein, so most of these should fit nicely in there.

And that's it.


Thursday, 28 December 2017 11:09 pm
apollymi: Duo, Usagi, and Heero with grunge border, text reads "OT3" (OT3: Duo/Usagi/Heero (grunge))
It's getting so close to 2018. I still have no idea where 2017 disappeared to, other into a well of suck. That's the best description I've got going for this so far. Miles and miles of suckage came and devoured 2017, and now we just have to hope that 2018 will be better.

I think that [personal profile] katsuko, Mum, and I are all planning on trying variations of a high fat-low carb (HFLC) diet in 2018. I stocked our pantry specifically for that purpose. I even deliberately bought as few snacks that did not match that mold as possible during my grocery hauls. The downside is that my snacks right now currently consist of veggie bacon, peanut butter, and mozzarella cheese sticks. Meanwhile, I've managed to get [personal profile] katsuko so many: bacon, pepperoni, cottage cheese, and mozzarella cheese sticks. How did I end up barely getting anything for myself? I don't know.

Tomorrow, I think I'm going to start trying to prep meals for the weekend and next week. At the very least, I'm going to try to start getting up some recipes to make.

My goals on this are: (1) to lose some of this damn weight, and (2) to help alleviate some of the joint pain I've been having, since HFLC is supposed to be good for relieving symptoms of joint pain and fibromyalgia. It's also supposed to help diabetics get their insulin levels down to manageable levels, so I'm hopeful that it will help me get my A1C down to reasonable levels as well.

Here's hoping anyway.

Awake for once

Saturday, 16 December 2017 10:20 pm
apollymi: Jensen & Cougar looking slightly off center, no text (Losers**Jensen/Cougar: Dangerous)
I'm awake for one when it came time to make my entry for the day I guess it's something to at least pretend to celebrate. *deadpan* yay. However, I'm sitting here struggling, try my best to keep my eyes open just a few more minutes, so that I can finish this this up and go to sleep in my actual bed with my actual sheets snd covers... and with two kitties there for the cuddles... and other such good things. Right now, those all sound really, really nice.

Gods, I don't want to go back to work on Monday. I'm reassuring myself that it would only be for two days -- Monday and Tuesday -- before my winter break starts... but that doesn't mean that I still don't want to go back. I'm enjoying not having to deal anything there. I'm enjoying the lack of stress that comes from not having to be there. I'm enjoying the smooth sailing mood that comes from not having to deal with Glynda's bitch ass moods and ongoing drama.

Also, being at home means that I can have donuts, at least for a few more days. [personal profile] katsuko and I are thinking about going on a High Fat-Low Carb diet starting after the holidays, given the good results that Mum and her friends are having on a similar diet. I'm not sure that I could go all the way to the actual keto diet and cut my carbs down to 25g a day (or less!), but low carbs does seem like a good idea. That does seem a workable thing, a thing that is more than mildly successful for her.

Besides, the sickie food she brought me was a HFLC broccoli soup... and it was fucking amazing. I mean, I know I'm biased, because Mum cooking is always good cooking, but this was particularly yummy.

Tomorrow, Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Monday, hopefully picking up the car. Tuesday, last day of work of 2017 for me. Wednesday, rheumatologist appointment. Thursday, no plans. Friday, followup at OBGYN and main doctor.

And that's it. Sleep now. Good night, all.

Eat for free

Saturday, 3 December 2016 01:02 pm
apollymi: Vasquez firing his two guns, no text (Mag7**Vasquez: Shootout)
I hate eat for free weekends at IKEA. I really, really do. It turns into a damn circus, especially once people start leaving their kids on the couches (usually next to me or crawling all over me or across from me). Volume control and indoor voices just aren't a thing that are happening, and I'm starting to regret being nice enough to come along with today.

At least IKEA's Christmas music is of a non-religious variety. That's a small victory, yes? I'll take it, at any rate. It doesn't mean that I don't have my own music going, but that's mostly because I need something to draw out all the damn children. I swear, I'm going to invest in a good pair of noise-canceling headphones. What I have doesn't do nearly enough. What I'm trying to figure out is if the $350 for a pair of Bose wireless noise-canceling headphones or even the $380 for a pair of Beats... or if it would be just as good to get a $100 pair of Skullcandy's.

God, I don't need to get up and go get myself candy. I haven't been doing good today, but I've been doing better. I've managed to get down to 170 pounds/77 kilograms. I still have another 30 or so pounds to go, but this does mean that I'm halfway to my goal. And most days I don't even feel hungry, but I do catch myself eating when I'm bored. And I think that's where I'm at today.

Anyway, yeah, that's where I'm at today.
apollymi: Chris and Vin with a heart, no text (Mag7**Chris/Vin: ❤)
I'm a pretty crappy feeling Apollymi, with a head that feels like it's stuffed in cotton, aches, pains, and dizziness. It's not exactly something I'm enjoying.

We got woken up this morning by a call from the apartment office saying that we needed to have all of rent and the late fees in by noon -- in money order form -- or they would be starting eviction proceedings. We scrambled and scrounged and got up all but $200 of it in about an hour and a half. They were willing to accept that, though we need to get the rest to them by the end of the weekend. That was exceedingly fair of them, so I'm definitely not knocking that.

Once that bit of terror was over, I took Katsuko to her weight loss appointment up in Alpharetta. It went well. We then killed time until it was time for my nutritionist appointment at 3:00. After that, we came home and I collapsed on the couch for a few hours. Since then, I've been reading horror manga online and working on my latest Seven Seas project. It's a pretty odd one, but it's gorgeous and I totally love it as a guilty pleasure... and it's called I Am Alice.

Anyway, very full day at work tomorrow, so I guess I need to get some kind of rest and hope that it will help the ickiness. Later, all.

Called it

Friday, 26 September 2014 09:52 pm
apollymi: Annie gives two thumbs up, text reads "Annie approves", animated (BH**Annie: Approval!)
She was indeed up to something. I seriously, seriously called it. For what I called, see my current location.

Fred already got the bumper back on my car. No baling wire or gorilla glue required: just a bit of looking at it from a few angles then forcing it back on. Pretty cool to watch.

One of Mum's coworkers sent me information on a diet for fibromyalgia. Highlights: cut out caffeine & sugar & fried foods & processed foods; drink lots of water; take a good daily vitamin; eat plenty of whole foods; and eat ginger, turmeric, & bing cherries. It also recommends taking magnesium and calcium. So there is that.

Anyway, gonna try sleep now. Later, all.

A quickie from Mirko

Saturday, 28 June 2014 10:26 pm
apollymi: Bakura looking smug, text reads "Lead me into temptation" (YGO**Bakura: Lead me INTO temptation)
I'm sitting at an empty booth at Mirko Pasta, waiting for Katsuko to finish up for the evening. I have been a very lazy Apollymi all of the day today: I didn't feel like I got much rest last night, so I ended up sleeping most of the day. It felt really good and I'm happy that I did it, so that I feel a bit better, but at the same time, it feels like that's all I do on my days off: sleep and drive. That bit sort of sucks, I guess.

I called over to CVS and double checked my schedule. I come in tomorrow at 3:00, so that at least hasn't changed since Friday. I'll double check the rest of my schedule tomorrow after I go in. While I was at work on Friday, I refilled the prescription for my Zoloft, and that's definitely a good thing. What's sort of odd is the side effect from the long list of them that I've gotten: loss of appetite. I'm... not upset about this. It means I'm eating less than I was, which may help with the weight loss thing.

I didn't do much in the way of writing, but I'm hoping to remedy that tonight whilst Katsuko and I are getting dinner. I have some ideas of what needs to go next, and I'm a bit eager to start writing it, all for "None So Blind". I'm really enjoying this story, even with all the research it has thusfar required.

And that's about all I've got to say for myself for right now. I don't want to still be typing on an entry when Katsuko gets done and end up holding her up. Laters, folks.

A sore Friday

Friday, 17 May 2013 10:42 pm
apollymi: Usagi in a swimsuit, no text (BSSM**Usagi: Summer)
So, crap, I forgot to make my post earlier in the day. You'll forgive me if I decide to ramble on a bit here, right? I'm just going to do my journal post as my 750Words tonight.

New job )

Shopping )

I have about three chapters of "Crooked Way" that I need to post, but I guess I'm holding off on it for a little while. I'm not sure why. I guess I want to build up a bit of a surplus first.

I discovered I love 'Kitchen Nightmares' )

And yeah, now I've managed my 750 words (and then some), so I'm gonna say goodnight, folks.

Goodnight, folks.

A (super) busy Sunday

Sunday, 12 May 2013 10:26 pm
apollymi: Bakura & Kaiba fanart commission, text reads "Apollymi" (Alice**Charlie: See what you did there!)
I've been more exhausted, I'm sure, but I'll be damned if I can remember when. I passed out shortly after making my post last night, but then I woke up at three a.m., to move from the recliner I had been sleeping on to the couch. (Betsy and Bean were in "my" room at the grandparents' last night.) I didn't get back down good after that, though not for lack of trying.

The day to date )

Weight loss babble )

Anyway, I need sleep now, before I completely pass out.

Later, folks!

Meant to...

Monday, 11 June 2012 08:41 am
apollymi: Bakura & Kaiba fanart commission, text reads "Apollymi" (Aveng**Cap: Weight of the world)
I meant to post something last night, but all in all, I was just too exhausted. In fact, I seem to be particularly sucky at doing blog posts over the weekend, at least on Georgia weekends. The weekends are go-go-go, then I crash hard at night, and Sunday when I get home, I don't want to do a damned thing. Getting out of bed this morning was one of the hardest things I've had to do in a while, with the long weekend on top of funky dreams and Roo waking me up.

I read a bit more through my Engine 2 Diet book. The more I read, the more convinced I am that it's the diet for me. I can definitely see how it wouldn't be for everyone. I hope to start it on the 15th or the 18th, payday or the Monday after.

I only gained about a pound over the weekend, which is good. Usually it's more like 3-5 pounds. This time I turned down desserts left and right and stuck to the vegetables. I also avoided casseroles as much as humanly possible. I allowed myself one glass of sweet tea a day, which was the hardest part.

And I guess it's time to start making myself act productive. Later.