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I haven't been posting very often lately -- I've actually been reading fiction, which has been attracting my attention from the Interwebs! (Woot.) I managed to finish off the final volume in the d'Artagnan Romances, which is in theory The Man in the Iron Mask but in practice is the entirety of a million-page novel called Ten Years Later, which takes place after the original sequel to The Three Musketeers, Twenty Years After. The first two books are lengthy but manageable; the last is a rambling, many-years-long historical saga intertwining Dumas' fiction with real historical events. Worth getting through, but Lord, it seemed to take me forever to read it, since I don't have as much time to read as I used to.

So the moment I finally said Adieu to d'Artganan, I picked up some lovely light Neil Gaiman and now I've moved on to Philippa Gregory. Finished Stardust in three days and have made headroads into The Boleyn Inheritance in the two days since.

I've found another gym. It's further away but quite a bit cheaper; they're also expanding so if they open another location nearer... I'm thinking about it.

Because I have realized that exercise makes a GIGANTIC difference. I've been on the 5:2 diet for two months now and have lost 13 pounds, putting me only a few pounds by weight over my much-desired "wedding weight" of 166 pounds... however, I'm still barely in a size 12, whereas before I was in a very steady size 8, and able to squeeze into a size 6 (which is what my wedding dress is). Difference? I was working out at least three to four times a week, with 15-20 minutes of weight training and 50 minutes on the ellipsis. Now I do a few reps with free weights and walk two miles a day, so I'm not completely sedentary, but I'm certainly not WORKING OUT.

I just have to figure out how to juggle my schedule (which is juggling in itself).

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cornerofmadness
Oct. 2nd, 2013 04:40 am (UTC)
I'm glad exercising is working for you. Good luck with that more affordable gym branching into a more desirable location.

clicked the critters.

I've been doing a fair amount of reading lately too
wildrider
Oct. 3rd, 2013 02:02 am (UTC)
Thanks.
ljs
Oct. 2nd, 2013 10:51 am (UTC)
Exercise and time-management... I sigh in recognition. Because I walk the Dangerous Dog 1.6 miles every morning, that takes half of the time I could have to work out -- but it's not working out. My solution has actually been very intense 25- to 30-minute workouts at home, which is showing results.

Happy reading, etc! [hugs]
wildrider
Oct. 3rd, 2013 02:02 am (UTC)
Exactly. It's a lovely walk, but it's not working out... and I have found that's so very important! (As noted!) I admire your dedication to burpees...! At least I DO some work with my weights, and they don't just collect dust.

Hugs!
nutmeg3
Oct. 2nd, 2013 12:31 pm (UTC)
What's the 5:2 diet? I've completely fallen off the Weight Watchers wagon yet again, so maybe it's time to try something new.

Is the million-page thing actually by Dumas?
wildrider
Oct. 3rd, 2013 02:12 am (UTC)
I heard a story about it on NPR and thought it might be something I could do -- basically, you "fast" two days a week, and the other five you eat a normal healthy diet. Nothing extreme -- the "fasting" is mostly a day of restricted calories. Myself, I've been going dinner to dinner on "fast days," with something high protein (like a handful of nuts or a cube of cheese) when I actually get hungry and nothing else.

I can't say it would work for everyone (especially people who have trouble with blood sugar spikes or who really can't go too long between meals), but it does well for me, because I really DO feel better when I don't eat for long periods of time (i.e., breakfast and then dinner, or dinner-to-dinner, like on fast days).

I haven't been as GOOD as I should be (I tend to eat more sugar than I should, even still), but it's working. I'm very good at being able to eat less when I AM eating less, and filling up faster. I also try not to eat too much after 6 pm (which is hard when I'm on the late shift, like today).

Yes, it's Dumas. The d'Artagnan Romances consist of the volumes The Three Musketeers, Twenty Years After, and The Vicomte de Bragelonne: Ten Years Later; that last one is sometimes broken down into three or four volumes, The Vicomte de Bragelonne, Louise de la Vallière, and The Man in the Iron Mask (when it's four volumes, the first part is broken down into Vicomte de Bragelonne and Ten Years Later, which makes sense, since there are at least four distinct plots... really, it was like the longest book EVER -- worth reading, but seriously... too me FOREVER).
nutmeg3
Oct. 3rd, 2013 02:14 am (UTC)
Rats! I have hypoglycemia, so that's definitely not going to work for me. :-(
wildrider
Oct. 3rd, 2013 04:22 am (UTC)
Yeah, Barb can't skip meals, either -- I know there are people who definitely would have trouble with it! But I suppose you could find a balance (restrict calories twice a week, but make sure to eat at proper intervals?). I don't know for sure!

It was an interesting story, though, if you're interested: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013/07/29/205845319/two-day-diets-how-mini-fasts-can-help-maximize-weight-loss

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