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Lucky Clovers

So, the first scans of the new chapter are out (slight spoiler alert!).
At the Christmas party, Shiemi gives everyone a clover charm.

Me: “Hold on… that looks familiar…” *flips through manga* “Duuuuude.”


Did we just stumble upon some sort of standard Exorcist goodbye tradition, or…?
We still don’t know the Important Big Thing Shiemi’s mom told her that made her quit exorcism. And then then there’s the real shape of the Grigori. And some theories about the Moriyama family’s relation to one of them in particular.

…Could it be those lucky clovers are actually sprouts from Shemihaza?

I was thinking that maybe I could do kind of unoutlined style with Copic markers and here is the result

I feel like I have 4 leafed clovers sprouting under my bed, because I’ve been experimenting with new stuff, and every time I finish wanting to do more, and not having to fight a battle against frustration until I finally get something I like

Not arting for a while might have had a good effect, maybe I needed a break and wasn’t just being lazy? Probably it’s more of a combination of the two
Anyway, cant wait to wake up tomorrow and try something like this again, Copic markers, e ready!

Powerful Protein Smoothie: Jump Start Your Workout!

If you are working out while practicing an unhealthy diet; you might not end up with the results you are hoping for. Want the best results? Eat right AND Exercise. Don’t diet, don’t restrict, and don’t take any dangerous pills. 

Dieting only leads you to failure. Cutting out foods that you enjoy will leave you deprived, prone to binge, and moody. Counting every little thing that goes into your body is nonsense. If you are eating the right kinds of foods, exercising regularly, and treating yourself in moderation every now and then; you’ll be successful. 

(Workout yesterday: 6 miles on treadmill, 30 min Jillian Michael’s ab workout, & 20 minute cool down stretches) 

It’s also important to eat ENOUGH calories. Too many people think that cutting calories is the best way to lose weight or cut fat. It’s actually not. I mean if you’re eating well over 3500 calories a day without exercise; don’t expect to lose weight. I have never been to a doctor who told me to cut calories to lose weight. They have always given me a calorie range, and an exercise regimen. If I burned over 1000 calories in my workout; you bet I am going to eat those calories right back on top of my BMR. When I was losing weight, my doctor told me to eat back half or make a 500 deficient. If you need to lose weight, talk to your doctor about how many calories you should shoot for and what is safe for you. Don’t rely on those stupid online calorie calculators.

When people hit plateaus, they automatically think “oh I’m eating too much”; well it may be the opposite. You might not be eating enough. NEVER cut your calories. Instead, increase your workouts and your calories. If you cut calories and get to your goal weight, what will happen when you try to maintain? You’ll most likely gain the weight back. I’ve learned that the hard way. Again, if you are having a hard time reaching goals or losing weight, make an appointment and talk to your doctor. Don’t do anything to harm yourself. It’s not worth it. Your future relies on how you treat your body in the present.

Here are 15 of my favorite post workout snacks to keep my intake up:

1. Protein Shakes
2. Peanut Butter Banana Toast
3. Greek Yogurt w Berries & Nuts
4. Granola or Trail Mix Bar
5. Almond Butter & Oatmeal
6. Apples & Peanut Butter
7. Fiber One Cereal w/ Bananas & Almond Milk
8. Turkey BLT on Whole Grain Bread
9. Egg White Omelet w/ VEGGIES 
10. Mozzarella Cheese Slices & Whole Grain Crackers
11. Air Popped Popcorn w/ Nuts
12. Healthy Muffins & Greek Yogurt
13. A Serving of Sushi
14. Shrimp, Tomatoes & Cottage Cheese
15. Baked Squash w/ Chicken & Quinoa

-These are all topics that my doctor and I have talked about. Talk to your doctor to find out what best suits you! 

Today, I wanted to share one of my favorite post or pre workout smoothies! It’s full of antioxidants, complex carbs, vitamins, protein, and deliciousness. 

Not everyone has a juicer, or the time to juice. I found Evolution fresh juice at the grocery store and picked a couple up to use for my smoothies. I love that it’s completely natural and 100% fresh juice from vegetables. 

-Celery, Cucumber, Spinach, Romaine, Kale, Spinach, Lime, Parsley, Wheat Grass, and Clover Sprouts. 

The downfall is that it tastes like complete CRAP without the added fruit. The other flavors with added fruit are much better. I still prefer juicing my own fruits and vegetables, but this is perfect for those who can’t. 

Ingredients: ½ Large Banana, ½ Cup Blueberries, About 1 Cup Ice, 1 Packet Stevia, 1 Scoop Protein Powder, 8 Ounces Evolution or Your own Fresh Juice.

If you need more liquid, use water or almond milk. 

Nutrition: Calories: 205, Carbs 26, 1 g Fat, 22 g Protein, 3 g Fiber, 18 g Sugar

What is your favorite post or pre workout fuel?

One of the things I like the most is hiking with ma dog, I just like seeing the guy take off and sniff everything around and walk back to me when I call him (60% recall rate of failure) It just makes me happy. These guys are enjoying a nice hike and it looks like it is true that some dogs look like their owners. Ah the outdoors.

Process:

I wanted the girl to look like the dog so both have the cheeks and the long nose but for the girl it ended up merging with the rest of the face and now it looks like one of those spy vs spy guys … . dunno what to think of it. I wanted to focus on the foliage this time, I did small callouts for 5 different grass plants and used it to draw them as a groups. 

If you look at grass on a trail you can see that not all of it is blades, there’s clovers and weeds, sprouts and other things, but since these are grouped and in similar color we just imagine it’s all blades, unless they display a flower. -Gabo