It’s Saturday and we have had some new clips and sightings of RA, so let’s see whether tumblr has reflected that.
- Astrovian has created another one of her cute drawings, this time based on Ray from the recent filming in Blackpool
- Serious nape curl alarm, courtesy of riepu10
- Mininottingham is on holiday, enjoying the beach, lounging, and diving
- Astrovian on how much filming is left before Stay Close wraps
- ICYMI, Richard will have a new audio book out in September, as noted by richardarmitagefanpage
- Astrovian watched Strike Back for the first time and live blogged, in case you want to relive memories 😉
- A compilation of all the Gareth Cattermole portraits of RA by armitangel-1972 – striking!
- Oh, I don’t think I have seen this little gif, created for the MZ promo by Bac Films. Posted by richardarmitagefanpage
- Had to laugh about these edits by hotgirlthorin
- This might be part of a longer piece, but I liked these cartoons of Thorin and Bilbo post mortem by fishfingersandscarves
- Gorgeous drawn portrait of emotional Thorin by thunderstormscave
- And another laugh-out-loud edit by hotgirlthorin – of a scene that otherwise would not be laughable at all
- Hahaha, I can actually see Guy saying something like this. A quip in the What a Guy Wants series by nfcomics
Now, that has provided a bit of distraction, hasn’t it? I definitely will need some of that myself. Today I am embarking on the Newcastle Diet, a programme with the aim of reversing Type 2 Diabetes. No, I don’t have diabetes, but I somehow feel that I am right there in the risk group. It’s my age, my weight, my bad eating habits, and my relative lack of exercise. The word “pre-diabetic” has been mentioned by my GP, too, so I am aware of the risks. (My father also had Type 2 Diabetes in his 60s, but was able to reverse it simply by changing his eating habits.) The theory is, that by losing a substantial amount of weight *and* keeping it off, it is possible to encourage insulin production and avoid diabetes. The Newcastle Diet suggests using meal replacement products – more for the convenience than anything else – combined with a certain amount of vegetables every day. So there I am, I have started today. It’s an eight week programme, which means that strict dieting is only necessary for a very limited time, which makes it easier for me to commit to it than an open-ended WW-style programme (as I have successfully done before). However, the really hard part, as all dieters know, only starts afterwards when you have to continue to keep the weight off… Hopefully my good eating habits will have reestablished themselves by then, for a normal, enjoyable attitude towards food and eating. I don’t want spend my life never eating the foods that I love, but I want to be able to do so without the ever-present guilty conscience. And I also want to be able to feel good in my body again. I’ll never be slim, but I want to get out of the “obese” BMI that I am currently in, even if I only make it to the upper end of the normal weight BMI. Heck, I’ll even take the “overweight” BMI, as long as I can shift 15 kilos.
So wish me luck. I’m starting off on 92.4 kilo today, hoping to lose 8 kilo in the first stage of the diet. I had my first shake this morning, and while it was actually delicious (white chocolate & raspberry flavour), my stomach is now growling with hunger, 3.5 hours later. Time to stir up the next shake…
Have a nice weekend, all!