Nothing drives me crazy like hearing people say that they need to lose weight “fast” for some event. This mindset is not health-oriented and it is more likely to lead to GAINING weight than losing weight.
The Diet Cycle
Before and After photos only show happy smiling thinner people, but the fact is you don’t know how they got there or what happens after the photo is posted. Many people who submit to this site lose their weight in a healthy way and are able to keep it off. Kudos!
But the focus on success only hides failure to those who read this or other blogs. It happens–sometimes we gain back the weight. It is much more likely to happen if the way you lose weight is not sustainable in the long term.
The diet cycle happens when you restrict and then binge, repeating each after the other. You are “good” for a time and then “bad” for a time, causing you lose and regain weight often. This is happening because your body is overriding your brain; you are eating because your body thinks you are starving it (and, frankly, maybe you are).
A Way Out
A way out of the diet cycle involves a few important things: realistic expectations for time frame (1 to 2 lbs per week), a healthy caloric intake for your size and activity level, a commitment to physical activity and exercise, and a willingness to treat yourself kindly. The fact is that there IS no “how to lose weight fast” unless you want to write “how to gain weight fast” next month.
It sounds simple but it often is not. If you are stuck right now, change one thing at a time: add vegetables to your day, or add 15 minutes of daily exercise this week. Next week take one more step.
I try not to post personal things here, but this is actually opossum related:
I cannot BELIEVE my recent ex passed up the opportunity to cuddle up with their cute girlfriend and adorable fucking opossum. How can you refuse an opportunity this cozy, night after night after night? What a loser
You probably think this entry is going to begin with a discussion of
HIV. Actually, I’d like to introduce you to a pathogen named Hepatitis
C. Hep C is seven times more infectious than HIV, can live four days
outside of the body, and eats your liver. There are treatments, and some
people clear the virus from their system even without treatments, but
for most people infected it’s a big problem and it can certainly lead to
Can you get Hep C from a piercing gun? In theory, yes.
Okay, fine, I’ll expand on that. The truth is that folks at the CDC
and Hepatitis Central and the Association of Professional Piercers all
say that theoretically you can get Hep C from a piercing gun. They can’t
be sterilized properly without serious expensive equipment (Mall kiosks
and chains stores do not have this equipment. Trust me.) and people are
basically wiping the gun down with sterile wipes. Hep C can still get
into the gun, all over the parts that hold the earrings, and the person
responsible for cleaning the gun may not clean it properly.
Know that many of those piercing with guns have only had a couple
weeks training. One employee at a chain which will remain nameless (But
which is responsible for literally tens of millions of piercings) said
her training involved piercing a teddy bear and watching a co-worker do a
few piercings. Another said they pierced a piece of paper for training.
Both said the training took approximately two weeks.
Both also said they would never have anything pierced at those
establishments. Ever. In fact, if you google it, there seems to be a
never ending supply of people who worked at places like the Nameless One
who just pop into discussions to tell people, “Nooooo!” anytime someone
But has anyone ever really gotten Hep C from a piercing gun? Here’s
the terrifying part: No one knows. It’s being tested and investigated,
and some states have made piercing anything other than ears with a
piercing gun illegal. The truth is that approximately 40% of people
infected with Hep C don’t know how they got it. They just have
it one day and that’s it. It’s also possible to have it and never show
symptoms, but still spread it to other people.
And yeah, piercing guns do cause more damage to tissue than needles.
And yeah, professional piercers train for years and take infectious
disease courses and have studios with autoclaves and never reuse
needles. So of course it’s safer, better and you definitely should do
But seriously, Hepatitis. I mean, that’s case closed right? All the other points I could make after that really should be moot.
PS: Don’t Share Jewelry
When doing research for this, I came across a number of mentions of
jewelry sharing as a method of transmission for Hep C. It’s highly
infectious, and many people don’t know they have it until they start
having symptoms, and when you read about that, you read things like, “If
IF. Yeah, like I said above, you can be infected and never have
symptoms. You can spread this virus to other people without ever showing
symptoms yourself. If you’re sharing jewelry with someone, how well
healed is their piercing? Is it irritated? Crusty? Potentially brimming
I mean, I get it. It’s jewelry. I’ve got great jewelry. You’ve got
great jewelry. Let’s swap jewelry! But really don’t do that. It needs to
be sterile. Like medically sterile. I asked professional piercer, APP
member and infectious disease class instructor Rick Frueh how you and
your friends can share jewelry safely.
Rick: “I am going to suggest they don’t share jewelry.”
There you have it. Rick went on to say that you could, theoretically,
share jewelry as long as you sterilized it the same way they sterilize
surgical tools. Rick is for real about this stuff. And I know, I work
for a place that sells jewelry, so it sounds self-serving for me to
spread this message, but for reals it is dangerous and you shouldn’t do
it. I mean, unless you’re already exchanging bodily fluids with someone,
in which case I guess go for it?
But if you’re like me and have no friends, you can still get sweet, sweet body jewelry from Bodyartforms. Which you should.
“First time at FREEDOM! A fes that has conveyed love to every corner. The audience too, had colourful eyes and ears. In any case, it was fun. We got to have the delicious meals of Awajishima and held a happy live in good weather. Thank you!“
“To MINMI-san and everybody of Shounan no Kaze, I am grateful from the bottom of my heart. MINMI×SCANDAL”
“In actuality, we got to meet Miliyah-chan, whom we’re good with, for the first time in a long while. Today she was also the coolest.”
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“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any
two-edged sword…”- Hebrews 4:12
Today is the fifth day in my first semester of college. I
have attended all the classes I will be taking for the next couple of months. I
can happily say that I enjoy my schedule including the classes I am taking and
the time I’ve placed aside during the day to study and do other things. I am
even more excited over the fact that many of my classes are centered around the
Bible (New Testament Survey, Evangelism, etc.).
Although I am excited to learn about the Bible. If I only
focus on that alone I will solely be a person who knows facts about it. Keeping
this in mind, I’ve had to challenge myself to look away from the name of the
class and the assignments on the syllabus and look towards our main textbook, the
Bible, and the author of it, God. The word of God. The story of a perfect God lavishing
his love and mercy upon a sinful world.
I could go along this semester and find that the Bible is a
lot more ‘cooler’ than I thought it was or I could constantly be challenged and
transformed by the author of those words. Knowing facts about God does not
compare to knowing Him personally. One is rewarding for a moment while the
other is rewarding for a lifetime.