“Bring us the girl and wipe away the debt”

I started playing Bioshock Infinite months ago, but only just finished it this week. I can’t say enough good things about this game. Really enjoyable. The Bioshock Infinite universe  is beautiful, the story is brilliant, and the characters-I fell in love with them.  I finished it a couple of days ago, but I can’t stop thinking about the ending. So much that I’ve read forums, fan’s personal theories on the game, and followed a bunch of Infinite themed Pinterest boards. I’ve been obsessing over it. Now I want my own personal piece of Bioshock Infinite’s world. Luckily, talented people create and sell just what I want on these here internets.

L to R-  1/ Elizabeth’s necklace from League of Shadows shop  2/ Bioshock Infinite minimalist poster by YamelmePrints 3/ Bioshock Infinite 4 pc coaster set from CoasteRawr 4/ Plush Songbird from LexisTricks

Keto

I started a new diet. The only diets I’ve ever followed were eating less and counting calories. They worked, but due to my PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome), I’ve never been able to sustain the weight loss. Thus, my new diet is actually a life-style change. I’m trying a low-carb ketogenic diet. Eating a lower carb or keto diet will reverse some of the PCOS symptoms.

Women with PCOS are at risk for endometrial cancers, diabetes, weight gain,hair loss, high blood pressure, cardiovascular problems, depression…you get the gist. BAD THINGS! Besides the weight gain and difficulty to lose it, PCOS has already given me a WHOLE lot of other problems including changes to my skin and hair, insulin resistance, and some menstruation issues. There’s medication for some of these issues. Unfortunately, I’m unable to take any of them due to the terrible side effects they have on me.  So, I’m taking a more natural approach. Last summer my OBGYN suggested a low carb diet to curb the symptoms of PCOS. But of course I ignored him. It wasn’t until I took a break from roller derby (broke my coccyx in August 2012 and haven’t recovered since!) and put on more weight that I decided to take controlling my syndrome seriously.

After failing to lose weight counting calories, I researched diets and joined forums for PCOS support. A lot of women with PCOS found success controlling the disorder by lowering their carb intake. Eating a diet low in carbs lowers your insulin levels and improves many symptoms of PCOS. I read a study that showed women who ate a low carb diet reduced their triglycerides and testosterone levels, which are commonly elevated in women with PCOS. Low carb diets help to lower  insulin secretion, which improves insulin resistance.

The low carb diet that I’m following is Keto. I found all the information about this diet from forums, websites, and the all knowing Reddit communities r/keto and the female focused one, r/xxketo. I can’t believe it, but I’ve successfully completed one week on keto. Why am I so surprised? Because for the past, umpteenth years I’ve eaten close to 250+ carbs a day. I’m a candyholic guys. Even when I was counting calories I would just eat my allotted calories in candy! To find out how to eat on the ketogenic diet, I used the Keto Calculator. My recommended diet is

1590 Daily Calorie Intake
25 g Carbohydrates (6%)
122 g Protein (31%)
111 g Fat (63%)

I tweaked it around a bit and it’s more like 20g carbs(5%), Protein 139g (35%), Fat 106g(60%). I keep up with my daily intake on myfitnesspal.

So far, I’ve been successful on Keto. The first couple of days were super hard because I craved carbs and sugar. Surprisingly, I didn’t cave. I just found keto-friendly substitutes for my favorite snacks. And even though it’s only been a week, I already see my cravings toward high-carb foods disappearing. I even trust myself so much, that I allowed  my bf to bring chips back in the house. I’ll update the blog periodically with progress pics and new recipes I’m trying. In August I see my OBGYN for blood tests. Hopefully this diet not only has an effect on my waist line, but my hormone levels as well. Even though I can’t get rid of PCOS, I want need to reverse and lower as many symptoms as I can.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf

Mayor Ayda of Arcadia!

I’m playing Animal Crossing: New Leaf. I’ve been excited about this game since they announced it 3 years ago! And was sad when they delayed it again and again. Well, no reason to be sad anymore. They finally released it to North America on June 11th. I downloaded it at midnight and when I woke up the next morning it was like Christmas! I jumped right into the game and spent an embarrassing amount of time playing.

In this Animal Crossing game you play as a Mayor of the town. Just like other Animal Crossing games, you explore, talk with other residents, fish, catch bugs, pass ordinances, customize your town, and home. My friends have asked, “what’s the point”?  Well, there’s not one really. The game is whatever you make of it!  It sounds completely  boring and pointless, but I promise it’s a lot of fun and a real feel good game. Even my boyfriend spent a couple of hours playing it yesterday.

My favorite features of the new installment are the mini games! You go to a “resort” island and play games alone or with your friends via multiplayer. It’s great fun and you earn a lot of bells(currency in Animal Crossing). Another favorite of mine is the in game camera. I snap pictures ALL THE TIME. See?

Evening stroll
Eff yea, paid off my (first) home loan!
I play “sleep” to get the annoying neighbors to leave my house. I think she finally got the point.

What are you playing? Are you playing Animal Crossing: New Leaf? Something else? Do tell!