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Expo 64 feat. Ico and the Sunshine Band [Jul. 21st, 2010|04:28 pm]
Sean A. Berridge


I'm not going to type out the standard "It's been so long" rant because they genuinely irk me and hypocrisy is not a good way to start a journal entry that's intended to be about honesty.

I haven't posted in a while because I felt there was no reason to. "Why should I care about what people think about me?", I says. "I should just be able to live my life without telling people about it to affirm my own existence. How needy some people are."

With that smug concept in my head, I stopped posting and moved away from LJ, Facebook, and eventually even MSN(although that was due to it taking up way too much of my time). All in all, I've found it's affected me for the better, despite being initiated by the wrong idea. I am back though, and no, this still isn't hypocrisy.

I'm back for a different reason. Lately, I've had difficulty motivating myself in certain ways, partially due to my elevated insomnia and partially due to my elevated procrastination. These aren't excuses, though. I take full blame for it, and intend to do my best to fix it, as I have been trying for some time. I feel like I've come leaps and bounds, but I'm still not back to where I want to be.

This is where journal posting comes in. I'm a firm believer of the "self-fulfilling prophecy" theory, which is based around self-image and optimism vs. pessimism. In this way, I believe that my brilliant idea that I didn't need to share my life with the world resulted in a life that shouldn't be shared with the world: a secret life that I didn't want anyone to know about. This is a problem. Inversely, if I shared my life with the world daily, talking about my problems, my failures, and my happiness, perhaps I would begin to live a life worth talking about. Do you see the basis of my theory?

So that's where I'm at, and where I'll begin. I don't know how many people still read this and frankly, it doesn't matter. The fact that it's public is enough to make it worth my time. It's somewhat of a placebo and somewhat of a trial run. We'll see what happens.

Monday was the fifth annual LoZapalooza, and for the second time, we deviated from the titular theme and focused primarily on 3D platformers. The N64 era being rife with such games, that system was the star of the show, having a total of 4 people using it. We had 6 people in total, as follows(apologies, I don't know everyone's stats. postem if you gottem):

Me, playing Banjo-Tooie(finished in 13 hours with 70 jiggies);
Alex, playing Mario 64(finished);
Dave, playing Shadow of the Colossus(finished TWICE, once in 6 hours);
Peter, playing DK64(didn't finish, but ran about 18 hours);
Myan, playing Super Mario Sunshine(finished with 60 shines in 7 hours);
Stefan, playing Banjo-Kazooie(finished with 100% in 11 hours).

Pretty impressive, across the board. It was loads of fun, even though I was less animated and more tired than usual. This was due to my place of employment signing me up to work 16 hours in two days, virtually back to back(3pm - 11pm and then 9am - 5pm), and although I tried to nap before the event, my insomnia didn't want to so I had to deal with it. I haven't been well-rested in a while, in fact.

I'm not sure what the case is. Often I'll sleep for 10 or so hours, and still feel ill or drowsy or tired for most of the day. I've recently changed my eating habits - much less meat and such - for the sole reason that my stomach issues have caused me to stop eating all together if I don't have anything that's easy on the poor guy. Vegetables seem to be the only food group that doesn't hurt it at all, so I finally bit the carrot and welcomed them into my life. I think this change could be affecting my overall energy.

I have much more to say, but if this is truly going to be a daily journal then I'll just post more tomorrow. I'm not out of time, but I know that long entries are difficult to read, especially if you have a short attention span(like myself).

With that, I will prepare to go to work, a place deserving of it's own well-thought-out, hateful journal entry.

From: (Anonymous)
2010-07-22 10:20 am (UTC)
Diet can definitely affect your energy levels - especially if you're switching from a lifetime of hot dogs to vegetables all of a sudden! :P

What sort of meals are you eating now? Also, how much exercise are you getting? Both are the classic and unpleasant things that we can be reluctant to change, but which more often than not hold the key.

Also, nice about playing the Banjo games again - good times!

- J
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[User Picture]From: hydra_flame
2010-07-22 01:08 pm (UTC)
Aye, I somehow forgot about your health-conscious habits. I should have come to you sooner.

Right now I'm having very simplistic meals, sometimes just rice, often carrots or celery or broccoli or something with a sandwich. I also have a lot of vegetable soups. Honestly though, my meals are erratic and often I eat less than three meals a day. I'm sure that regularity would help me, but for that to happen, regularity in my schedule is required.

Exercise is also something I'm working on. I'm ALMOST on daily running or biking or badminton, and I do other things like pushups, etc.

What about you, what are your habits?

PS yes my Banjo bro, I will never forget all the times you lent me that game

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From: (Anonymous)
2010-07-23 04:28 am (UTC)
Good to hear about the exercise, as erratic as your life may be, its best to establish a routine of some sort to stick to. Here in the Phils, every morning when I wake up, whatever time that is, I'll do 20 mins of serious stretching after breakfast (been practicing my seiza position too, lol. Its still ridiculously hard - even after trying for 5 months, I can only do it for like 5 minutes). Then M/W/Fs we go to the gym after work, while on T/Ths we play badminton (we should play in Japan! and also when you get back - I'm getting better now). Whatever routine you can establish will benefit you. I've never been more flexible in my life than now, and I'm beginning to see faint shadows of pecs and abs as well :P

As to the diet, its tough for me to comment on it without knowing what hurts your stomach or not, but you want to try to ensure you're getting your food groups without excessive salt, fat, or sugar as much as possible. Even small changes can help if your stomach allows it - e.g. try switching to brown rice instead of white (likewise with bread), it'll fill you up more and give you more nutrients and fibre. Or, sometimes try red rice instead, or bulgur, or couscous, or quinoa (really good meat alternative - tonnes of complete protein), or barley. Just buy a bag of each in bulk and rotate between them - they are all pretty much cooked the same way and add some variety to your meals.

Mix up the vegetables too - broccoli one day, cauliflower the next, spinach the next, etc. as that'll similarly keep it interesting, and eating a variety of foods will provide you more nutrients than eating the same few vegetable types.

Also, while I don't deny the convenience of canned veggie soups and the like, you want to ensure those stay as a side-dish and not your primary meal, as their salt content is high and vegetables are cooked so much that there isn't much left in them. Try using it as a base, but then add in some more water and boil it with some fresh veggies, extra beans, or some leftover meat. That way you're not actually having to make a whole soup, but you get a more creative meal than just the can alone. Same applies to everything. Sure, you *could* just have spaghetti and tomato sauce, but why not throw in some bak-choi, red peppers, and a can of tuna too? You *could* just have a box of KD, but why not boil some broccoli and carrots with the noodles and mix 'em in the sauce too? The possibilities for fast and healthier meal creation using convenience food as a base are endless and should help with your energy and maybe even your stomach health too.

I think regularity of meals is less important than quality of meals eaten - its better to get in two hearty and healthy meals in a day than three shoddier ones (or, if you're like me, better to get in 6 meals in a day than 3! lol).

Finally, not sure what you're putting on your sandwiches, but if you're seriously cutting back on meat, you need to ensure you're still getting protein. How is your stomach with fish? Or beans? Or lentils, tofu, tempeh, nuts, seeds, and veggies like broccoli and kale and grains like quinoa? All contain good protein (and a host of other things) that will help with energy. Maybe some will hurt your stomach, but hopefully there's a few things in that list that won't, and you should eat those regularly, or, as a last resort, supplement with some protein powder too.

Let me know how it goes! (and don't expect any results magically in the first week - these things take time)
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[User Picture]From: graceful_dave
2010-07-30 06:55 pm (UTC)
Man, worst time to get into LJ again. I'm going through the archives and tagging them, then I'm moving full over to my tumblr. I don't feel the need to chronicle my life anymore but I do need to write, so I've shifted the content and the website. My entire friends list is from the LJ staff... Good to see you writing again, though. I've had to find all SORTS of boring people to talk to with your absence from the interwebs.

First, my stats. First play through was closer to 7 and second was closer to 5. Got through 5 colossi on hard as well.

I know that drowsy feeling exactly. I had it a lot in second year and it comes up in the summer when I only have afternoon classes. What worked for me was ensuring I got SOMETHING for breakfast. If I had a bowl of mini-wheats I'd be guaranteed to get out of bed in the AM, alarm or not. I usually eat two meals a day including that, with a big dinner to follow. Dinners are pretty balanced in my house. I find if I don't do this, I don't get hungry. I used to just eat when I WAS hungry, and that resulted in one meal a day... sometimes. If I start in the morning I get hungry at the correct three meal intervals.

The advice above is very good! That's basically what I do. If I'm going to make something easy, I add my own touch for variety and nutrition.
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