Blog Feed: CrystalsQuest

This is my main blog, mostly based around personal development and my ‘quest’ to become the best I can be.  To see the site, click here.
[Nb – site has been fallow for a while, due to work commitments, commuting and other pursuits]

  • What happened? - Yes, it’s been a while.  There’s been a whole lot going on.  From personal tragedies (yes, plural) to major work transitions, one way or another it’s been way too long … and even I was surprised by how long when I logged back on. But I’m back.  I’m finally heading in the direction I’ve wanted […]
  • Latest Citizen Science experiment – the Microbiome Diet - So, I've been reading and learning a lot about microbiomics lately. Did you know that there are ten times more microbes of one kind or another than there are human cells in your body? We really are walking ecosystems. Having done a course online and learnt how incredibly powerful this internal ecosystem in managing just about everything about your body (did you know there's more seratonin - 'feel good hormone' in your gut than in your brain?), I discovered someone had written a book about rebalancing intestinal flora to match the profile of microbes that live in skinny people's guts. I'm guinea pigging myself again.
  • October is Vegetarian Month - There’s not been a lot of publicity, but something I found online said that this month was ‘Vegetarian Month’, and a few searches seemed to support it.  I have no idea if that’s just in the US or here as well, but in the spirit, here’s a cool infographic I found to share, from […]
  • Week 8 Halfway to the Nexus! - Still watching my health, but this week I finally made the milestone half way to my first goal – the Nexus 10 tablet!!!   You’ll also notice some changes on the site, since the theme I was using was having problems with the latest version of WordPress. I upgraded to the newer version, but I haven’t […]
  • Week 7 Finally Heading South Again - Yet again I got swamped at work and let it dominate my time, so sorry this week’s update is late.  I’m still swamped, but I’m learning to occasionally put my own goals on the list, at least.    I came down sick this last week, and spent most of 4 days pretty much going between […]
  • Week 6 Transformation Progress - The sleep still hasn’t been working, but wearing the Bodylink is (the picture is wishful thinking).  I set 3 new personal best records this week, for ‘moderate activity’ (which apparently includes going flat out on the exercise bike, I couldn’t kick it over to vigorous no matter how hard I tried).  I got a record […]
  • Week 5 Lessons - A colleague at work asked me today if I’d lost weight since I started wearing the Bodylink.  I told her yes I had, but unfortunately I found it again. Coincidentally, the last 2 weeks have involved a lot of long hours covering for other people being on leave, and a lot less sleep than usual, […]
  • Week 3 Update - Total loss since 18 March is 2.7kg (5.9lb) Week 3: 148.2kg, up 2.4kg (5.3lb) Week 2: 145.8kg, down 1.5kg (3.3lb) Week 1: 147.3kg, down 3.6kg (7.9lb) Starting weight was 150.9kg. I can’t have been the only one facing the Easter Egg challenge this week?  Quite a lesson in managing temptation, I have to say.  Generally […]
  • Week 2 Tracking Results - Total loss since 18 March is 5.1kg (11.2lb) Week 2: 145.8kg, down 1.5kg (3.3lb) Week 1: 147.3kg, down 3.6kg (7.9lb) Starting weight was 150.9kg. Last week’s bug had me laying low for most of the start of the week, and I even rebounded upwards a bit, but by the end of the week I was […]
  • 10kg for a Nexus 10 - Week 1, and I managed to struggle my way through 5 days of the bike routine, and even stretched it out to 17m.  I’m REALLY proud of that, since most of those sessions were at 4am, and dearly bought with less time to get ready for work (or sleep).  They’re noticeably getting easier, and I’ve […]
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