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“She remembered the first time she’d seen him in the Menagerie. He’d paid Tante Heleen for information- stock tips, political pillow talk, anything the Menagerie’s clients blabbed about when drunk or giddy on bliss. He never visited Heleen’s girls…
One night, as he’d passed her in the parlor, she’d done a foolish thing, a reckless thing. ‘I can help you,’ she’d whispered. He’d glanced at her, then proceeded on his way as if she’d said nothing at all.” | Happy be late Birthday @accidental-rambler
Now, if you didn’t already know, I’m a firm believer in IIFYM. IIFYM, or If It Fits Your Macros, is a diet plan that’s gained popularity over the last decade or so.
Macros, though. What the fuck are those?!
Basically, there are two major types of nutrients your body derives from food: Macronutrients (aka Macros) - where your energy that keeps your body going comes from. Micronutrients - vitamins and minerals that your body also needs to survive, but not as much. Like. volume wise.
So, if you look on a nutrition label, you’ll see three big things that people watch out for: Total fat, Carbohydrates, & Protein.
From carbs and protein, you get 4 calories per gram, but from fat, you get 9 calories per gram.
WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?!
An increased daily intake of protein is necessary for people who pursue fitness. We eat it to build muscle, and stay full when we’re dieting down. Satiety means staying full, when we’re constantly hungry. (and honestly, I have no idea how @jaxblade does it but when you have an appetite like Luffy or Goku… just saying.)
From your carbohydrates, you should get at least 10-15 grams of FIBER per 1000 calories you eat a day. YOU NEED CARBS TO FUNCTION OH MY WORD. Those “carb free diets” are lowkey bullshit. Carbs are in absolutely everything and they’re a key component to how your body gets energy. Your brain can only really function on carbs, and the whole problem with Type 2 diabetes is that your body can’t take in the glucose from your bloodstream.
Just be smart. Don’t completely cut out rice or pasta or bread because that shit is delicious
oh yeah. Sugars are carbs. really simple ones, don’t eat them too often. That’s bad.
Last but ABSOLUTELY NOT LEAST, we’re talking about fats. Do not, abso-fucking-loutelyDO NOT CUT OUT FATS COMPLETELY. That is NOT how you cut weight oH MY GOD.
Fats *also* help with satiety. Your body *needs* them to make hormones. Every single one of your cells is made up of a *lipid bilayer* which meaaaans, there are fats. making up your cell membranes. Your brain needs them because *oh my god it’s made up of 60% fat*. The reason why it gives us 9 calories per gram (more than twice as much as proteins and carbs!!!) is because of the chemical structure. It’s broken down in the mitochondria. Now… I wonder why the mitochondria is called the powerhouse of the cell….
Now, of course, there are healthy fats and REALLY UNHEALTHY FATS, but I’ll cover that in another post really soon. <3
Basically, the key to IIFYM is balance. You don’t get a gold star for eating super clean 100% of the time. If you do, and enter this “diet” mentality, you as SO much more likely to fall off the fitness wagon.
This is a lifestyle change, not a temporary quick fix to lose a couple pounds.
“She remembered the first time she’d seen him inthe Menagerie. He’d paid Tante Heleen for information- stock tips, political pillow talk, anything the Menagerie’s clients blabbed about when drunk or giddy on bliss. He never visited Heleen’s girls…
One night, as he’d passed her in the parlor, she’d done a foolish thing, a reckless thing. ‘I can help you,’ she’d whispered. He’d glanced at her, then proceeded on his way as if she’d said nothing at all.” - Six of Crows, Chapter 12
Pairing: Alexander Hamilton x reader Word Count: 1,672ish T/W: Smut! A/N: Okay, I blame Adorable Anon for bringing up Lin’s mouth.
Kicking your heels off at the front door you slowly made your way to the bedroom. It had to be at least 11 o’clock at night. You were completely over the dress you were in. Your hair fell messily around your face as you took out the bobby pins. Feeling entirely drained you slipped off your dress and fell face first onto your bed, feet dangling off. You didn’t notice your husband walk into the room. He stood in the doorway for a moment to take you in, he saw you huff, continuing to lay facedown.
“How was the work party?” he asked.
You mumbled into the mattress. To which he chuckled and sat at the edge of the bed, rubbing up and down the back of your thigh. Feeling the soft, thin fabric of your stockings against his finger tips. It was a bit humorous to see you flopped onto the mattress in a fancy pair of matching underwear and stockings, but he tried his best to be serious.
“What happened?” he tried again, looking back at you.
“Well, for starters,” you crossed your arms, turning your head to the side, so you could see him, “remember that old guy? Yeah, well he was there and he wouldn’t stop making comments at me. Oh, and then I had to listen to all of Maria’s issues, which, fine whatever. But then oh, then, Charles pointed out how short I was even in heels and everybody thought it was funny and wouldn’t let it go…”
“Aww, well, I like that you’re short,” Alex smiled, turning back to you, “I’ll tell Laurens to go after Lee, he’s been wanting to for a while anyways.”
“Thanks,” you managed a smile for a second, “It’s just really stressful. You know how I don’t like parties. They make me feel…I dunno.”
You let out another big huff, crawling to the middle of the bed, and laying on your back, bending your knees a little. Resting a hand on your forehead you closed your eyes, taking a deep breath. Alex bit his lip getting an idea. He crawled in between your legs, hooking an arm under your already bent leg. His fingertips stroked the side of your thigh. Kissing the inside of it. Sighing again, you enjoyed that.
“Maybe I can make you feel a little better?” he said in a tone that let you know exactly what he meant.
So, I take it that most of us gals don’t really ever wander over to the weight floor. Maybe we’ll try out machines because they’re less intimidating and at least we look like we know what we’re doing.
If you’re just starting out, this is an excellent first step. Just doing cardio isn’t gonna be the best in terms of muscle gain. Cardio boosts your heart rate, and is excellent for fat loss.
with the weight floor, you have access to more compound movements. This is how your body actually moves in day to day life, versus the really isolated muscle groups machines work on.
BRING A FRICKEN DAD HAT (baseball cap, whatever) - and here’s why: you focus more on your own workout than without it.
I’m actually investing more money into wearing these because I like them and now never go without them. You think that guys are staring at you while they’re working out, or judging you. No, they are not.I can assure you that everyone is there to get their own personal pump on and lift. Wearing one does absolute wonders, and no. Your head doesn’t get too hot. (and sweating more at the gym is totally a good thing.)
Bring chicken (or vegetable broth) to a boil, add frozen wontons (or whatever kind you have) and heat for 1-2 minutes. Add baby bok choy, cilantro, green onion, one bay leaf (remove when done), few sprinkles of dried thyme, a couple slices of jalapeno, and salt & pepper to taste.
I made homemade chicken noodle soup for my sickie boyfriend on Monday. I think it did the trick because he’s feeling much better.
Now that I have started making chicken soup myself, I will never go back to any of the store bought varities. Homemade is so much better and it’s so easy. Here’s what I do:
-I use 32oz container of organic chicken stock (this is the only part of the recipe that’s not homemade, but I only use chicken breasts so I need to get a little extra flavor from somewhere - if you were to use a whole chicken, I think you could skip this part). Look at the ingredients and make sure everything is natural.
-32oz water - I fill that container up to make it exact
- 2 average sized onions - cut to preference
-3 celery stalks
-5 carrots, peeled and cut to preference
-3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
-Dill, as much as you want
-Salt and pepper to preference
I put all of these thing in a stock pot, and let them cook for 1-2 hours. It comes out so tasty, and is very easy.
Every time someone does something in a way that you disagree with, assume that they did it deliberately, just to be difficult. This is a great way to destroy relationships by assuming the worst about everyone around you.
Tip for all you new ACPC players today. Try to always have your amenities crafting slot busy. They can take a long time to craft, and your villager levels will soon keep hitting the maximum and requiring new amenities! Also horde your essence and save it for amenities unless it’s required for furniture needed to invite a villager. It’s hard to keep your stock up later!
In Kevin Kwan’s China Rich Girlfriend, the sequel to Crazy Rich Asians, lifestyle consultant Corinna Ko-Tung takes on the daunting task of transforming the scandalous former soap-opera star Kitty Pong into a high society darling. She doles out hilarious and scarily comprehensive advice for the social climbing Kitty, including which car she can drive, which church she should attend, what cosmetic procedures she’s allowed to have and how she must change everything about her wardrobe (“I know the average outfit in your wardrobe costs more than a semester of tuition at Princeton, but it makes you look like a community college during summertime: NO CLASS.”).
In the middle of her “Social Impact Assessment”, however, there’s a fun little Easter Egg: Corinna prepares a reading list for Kitty, telling her:
“In order to distinguish yourself, you must either have one
hell of a good stock tip or learn to become a scintillating conversationalist.
Beauty fades, but wit will keep you on the invitation lists to all the most
That’s sensible advice - however, if you’ve read enough interviews with Mr. Kwan, you may realize that Corinna’s reading list is also the list of authors and works that inspired and influenced the Crazy Rich Asians series. Not only is this a lovely treat for fans, it would probably make a really fun reading challenge (which I fully intend to do btw - I’m calling it the Kitty Pong reading challenge). I mean, is there a single book in this list that doesn’t sound completely awesome? Corinna even sets out the rules: you have to complete one book per fortnight, with the exception of Trollope, where you are allowed three weeks per book. The books are to be read in the following order:
Snobs, by Julian Fellowes
The Piano Teacher, by Janice Y. K. Lee
People Like Us, by Dominick Dunne
The Power of Style, by Annette Tapert and Diana Edkins*
Pride and Avarice, by Nicholas Coleridge
The Soong Dynasty, by Sterling Seagrave
Freedom, by Jonathan Franzen [SIC]
D.V., by Diana Vreeland
A Princess Remembers: The Memoirs of the Maharani of Jaipur,
by Gayatri Devi
Jane Austen – complete Works beginning with Pride and
Edith Wharton – The Custom of the Country, The Age of
Innocence, The Buccaneers, The House of Mirth (must be read in strict order –
you will understand why when you finish the last one)
Vanity Fair, by William Makepeace Thackeray
Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy
Brideshead Revisited, by Evelyn Waugh
Anthony Trollope – all the books in the Palliser series,
beginning with Can You Forgive Her?
* The Power of Style is indeed out of print, just like Corinna says, but isn’t hard to find in second hand bookshops and websites like Abebooks. (I just ordered a copy from a second hand bookshop in São Paulo).
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