My new stamp.
I had a friend once tell me that she was surprised that I didn’t use a fish to represent myself. Wellllll now I have this little guy and I’m really excited.
This baby came in the mail yesterday. Probably the quickest turn around I’ve seen for something custom like this. This is the second time I’ve ordered from this company and I have not been disappointed. I now need a larger ink pad!
**3”x2” custom rubber stamp on wood ordered from Simon’s Stamps.
**I sketched the fish, but thebluefloof deserves all the credit for the digital inking.
Thank you for letting me line this for you!! It came out amazingly :D
I may have to get my new watermark made as a stamp from this company, holy smokes!
I was personally coined by my Wing commander today for Excellence. He came all the way over from his building to mine just to talk to and congratulate me (unfortunately I cannot tell you all the reasons behind it, just know that I am DAMN good at my job!).
It’s a wonderful feeling knowing that all of my hard work and dedication are paying off. My career field is very mentally taxing due to the nature of what it revolves around and entails, but I wouldn’t want it any other way. This only adds fuel to my fire, I’m motivated more so than ever to outdo what I’ve already done. :)
wingleader said: Been following your progress with this diet and was curious if you could point me in the direction to get more info about it! Sounds neat, and since my husband and I want to start eating healthier and eating things we grow ourselves, it seems great.
Well, it began with word-of-mouth and seeing the before and after changes in a person I hadn’t seen in about eight months. When I first met him he was grossly overweight and was beginning to have health problems, so he took action into his own hands after doing exactly what you’re doing now. Research! After talking and seeing him in person again after so long, looking at his before and after photographs, I was absolutely shocked at the radical changes. His skin complexion was completely ‘clean’ and healthy, he had such a skip in his step, and on top of that he lost sixty pounds naturally (through this diet lifestyle as well as exercise — for everyone reading this you cannot expect to lose weight through dieting alone, it doesn’t work that way!!). Personally, I chose to go this route because of the health benefits, not to lose weight (though I have noticed a tiny difference in my physique already). I was tired of feeling sluggish and fatigued all the time because of my high dairy/grain, medium meat, and very low fruit and vegetable eating style.
He also suggested that I watch a certain film. Now I generally dislike pointing to documentaries on these kinds of subjects, as they’re often very biased or based on morals alone, but I have to hand it to the film Forks Over Knives. It’s one of those rare documentaries that has science to back up claims rather than the emotional climax animal rights activists rally for (I cannot stand those). So after watching that I began to undergo my own research. I looked into what fruits, vegetables, and grains are healthier alternatives to animal-products. I cut out processed foods completely as a no-brainer. I recall reading this quote somewhere ‘if it doesn’t degrade in a week, it isn’t good for you’ and constantly remind myself of it. I don’t want to put something pumped with preservatives into my body.
I contacted my aunt a little while after to ask her for advice as she has been following this lifestyle for YEARS without my ever realizing it (and she’s one of the healthiest people I know). I also scoured the internet for various recipes on vegetarian and vegan websites for weekly meal ideas.
I’m just really excited about this. I’m really excited that other people are getting excited and trying this right along with me. It’s a wonderful feeling!
animationistgirl said: That is so awesome! For the last few months I have been trying to do the same, but I never seem to get past a week or two without dairy or meat products. Do you have any tips to share? :)
Hmm, let’s see! I guess one important tip that may seem overlooked is to not quit your normal eating habits cold-turkey. Everyone is different though, it may take some longer than others to transition to a different eating style, but the key there is discipline. For instance, I’ve allowed myself one ‘cheat’ day a week where I’ll go out and grab a Starbucks mocha frappuccino for instance and maybe a stuffed pretzel from the local Barnes & Noble cafe. Later on in the same day I transition back to the plant-based style — the sugary after-craving from the frap will warrant me to eat strawberries and bananas to fill that gap.
Every morning I jump-start my metabolism with a banana and another piece of fruit (like a whole peach). Not eating anything right after waking up will hinder you in the long run as it slows your metabolism down. I wouldn’t suggest eating a large breakfast though, just something small to sate that initial wake-up appetite. Those two pieces of fruit are all I need until the lunch hour. C:
Another thing I do is that I simply don’t think too hard about it. The more I have to track something in a journal or calorie count the more likely I am to not follow through with the plan. There isn’t a plan with this lifestyle. It’s just being conscious of the foods going into your body (and listening closely to what it’s trying to tell you). I also play an image association game with myself as a psychological and disciplinary factor. I’ll associate raw/steamed vegetables with clean water where as burgers, cookies, and dairy are lumped in with fatty, clumpy grease. I’d rather indulge in the fresh, clean water than guzzle down nasty clumps of fat.
So TL;DR - Don’t begin a new eating style cold-turkey. Transition into it for a few days or couple of weeks. However long you need naturally. Eat breakfast!! Not a big one, but give your body something to burn while it wakes up! And lastly, don’t think too hard about it. Listen to what your body is telling you. :)
aeridanus said: That sounds interesting - were you a big meat eater before? I’d like to adjust my eating, too, but I like meat way too much to cut out on it (carbs are no problem, I strongly prefer vegetables over fruit and meat over starch/wheat/grains).
I was a little-to-moderate carnivore before this, so it was easy for me to begin the plant-based lifestyle. I had maaaaybe one very small serving of either chicken or fish in my meals a day prior to starting this (I very, very rarely eat red meat), and I consumed a LOT of dairy products right on top of that (but not anymooore!). I get my carbs from my pastas (as I’m huge into distance running and now working on my sprinting paces, I need all the carbs I can get) and my starches from potatoes and grains. I get my natural sugars and the lovely vitamins that come with it from fruits (namely bananas for potassium, and oranges, strawberries, apricots, and nectarines for various others). Proteins can be found in many of the vegetables I’m regularly consuming, so my internal urge for meat to fill that gap has been completely sated! I’m honestly completely surprised at how well this is turning out and how easy it is to stick with it. :D
It’s been roughly two weeks that I started the plant-based diet and now I’m certain: This is awesome.
I’m sleeping better. I’m able to hit PT (physical training) harder. I no longer get tired at 1400 or feel like I need a rest at the end of the day. I no longer crave foods rich in sugar or chocolate (even cookies!). My love for cheese no longer pains me either! Each meal leaves me feeling ‘just right’ and not like I barely ate anything (which I feared at first) or over the top full (which I felt after eating normally before this wonderful transition).
That’s the really cool thing about it - it’s not vegan, you can still eat meats (rarely)! I had sushi over the weekend for instance (fish is a very minor ingredient in sushi overall, the main ingredients are grains and vegetables!).
I love cheese too, but noticing how terrible it is for my body I’ve cut it out completely. I’m still a smidgen sad about it because it’s nomilicious! But I’m also way happier with the turnout health-wise (especially with how fast it’s occurring).
For those interested in trying it — research what vegetables, grains, and fruits you’ll be eating for your proteins, fibers, calcium, iron, and where you’ll be getting your important vitamin B12 from (vitamin b12 supplement once a week and almond milk will do it). It’s pretty easy if you enjoy almost all vegetables like I do, but it’s something to think about if you’re a more picky eater. :)
It may be a little more expensive grocery shopping because the lifestyle calls for raw or just plain healthier alternatives to the powdered, frozen, sodium and preservative rich cheaper foods a lot of people normally buy without thinking. That can be a con for some people but it’s worth it!
My energy levels have -doubled- since I began the plant-based lifestyle just a week ago.
I just. What is. This is awesome. I was doing fine with squadron PT but now I’m FLOORING IT. Holy Hell.
And I never feel hungry.
And I never feel overly full.
It’s just right. All the time.
-sees iOS8 in the installation menu-
-squints at the download button-
-calmly closes settings app-
What do we say to iOS8?
Sometimes I wonder if people on Destiny recognize me from my gamertag. I’ve been getting a constant stream of party and game invites lately.
Or maybe it’s because I always play a female character. Probably that. (Well, they wouldn’t be disappointed in party chat at least)
I hear it’s a wonderful combo! I’m not an apple fan unfortunately (it dries my mouth out something fierce, it’s cringe worthy) but I will gladly eat a whole peach - skin and all! Peaches are right up there with apricots, too. The more sour the better. Sour strawberries are the best, though! (I dislike sweet fruits) :)
The peanut butter twist made it have an almost an estranged chocolate taste without the craving for more and more chocolate. Quite the convenient surprise!
-noms on a peach with spoon of crunchy peanut butter-
It’s just so healthy and good ;A;
Why have I never experienced fruit with peanut butter before!?
It’s happening! I’m feeling that initial art punch in the gut again and Anastraya has been calling me with her soothing loon howls lately.
To appease her, as she no doubt has sensed my stress as of late (she’s similar to an emotional healer) I decided to take a swing at this old WIP. Work has been stressful, in a good and exciting way mind you, but stressful nonetheless! There are many stressors, mostly mental, when it comes to my line of work because it revolves around life and death. War. When I become rather snappy, which I have been for quite a while now (as evident in my rather brash posts) it’s just my way of coping with this stress. It’s a bit destructive and toxic to myself and others but I’m trying to keep myself busy in ways that relieve myself of tension. Art is one of those things that I’d temporarily forgotten that has helped me along in more ways than one. :v
My body has already started detoxing apparently.
I had one box of Mac n’ Cheese left from my old eating habits, decided to just finish it off tonight so I wouldn’t end up with it forever.
Biiiig mistake. Stomach no likey fake, processed foods. Hyuuuuu…
It’s a good thing, though! I’m craving natural, raw vegetables and fruits rather than the canned and processed crap. It’s neat to see just what processed food does to your body when you eat it in bulk/all the time, it’s terrible.
I’m gonna gnaw on a fuzzy peach now..
statisticaltaters said: Whoa did someone give you crap about your diet choice? O~O very aggressive. Anyway my friend is teaching me some new things to cool so I can have a better diet too lol!! Ilovepotatoestoomuchgah!
Not at all, actually! I’ve been met only with praise for wanting to take this route for my own nutritional needs (backed by science!). People on here just tend to flock to me with contrary, negative opinions that I honestly don’t give two shits about and would rather they not say anything at all (especially when it’s simply a rant and not benefiting either of us with discussion material). So my rather aggressive display of ‘if you have nothing good to say don’t say anything at all’ is warranted, I think.
But then again I’m just a hard-ass anyway.
That feeling when you really want to try a certain diet lifestyle (such as plant-based) but have zero skills in the culinary arts.
Guess I have to learn somehow.
- disclaimer: I honestly don’t give a shit if you like dislike a certain kind of diet or lifestyle. Don’t complain to me. I’ve seen the effects first hand and done my research. I’m very impressed with what I’ve encountered.