I've been in a slump since November, not losing mostly just maintaining. Something about being "good" over the holidays and not having a lot to show for it just wears on me.
As a Christmas gift to my mother, I got her a new phone. While transferring files, I came across THIS . A photo I didn't know was taken a couple of years ago at Christmas. As you can probably tell by my face, I hated being in any pictures. I spent years hiding as my depression and weight got out of control and the very last thing I wanted was to be seen.
So here we are a couple of years later. I've been putting off posting until I had reached a whole 200lbs lost, but this was the motivation I needed.
35/F/5'9 , 375 to 195
Weightloss aside, the biggest victory is that I'm not hiding from life anymore.
Happy Holidays, Keto friends. Thanks for always being here while I lurked my way through this journey.
This thread is once again a bit pointless (A bit of a downgrade, I used to share resources on another account ), I dunno if it's against the rules but I thought hey maybe someone can relate to my showerthoughts.
I often beat myself up over not being good enough at Japanese. I don't study enough anymore because life's been rather rough, as I don't know anymore whether the doctor will be able to save my vision and I've always been depressed. I feel like even after 4+ years of study my reading speed isn't good enough. I struggle with certain parts. I struggle to express myself sometimes. When I speak I feel like I sound like 2 year old that happens to know some big words but struggles with many basic things. I see people who are more fluent than me talk on Discord and I feel insecure. I become afraid of misunderstanding things, causing me to study less.
But then a beginner told me ''Holy shit you can read that?'' and I was like..Well..Yeah? Ofcourse. I mean this is easy this is ace attorney not some advanced novel right? It's aimed at young teenage boys. I've always been great at looking at what goes wrong, not at what I've accomplished, and brushing off my accomplishments as ''Yeah but that's not that big of a deal, anyone could do that''. I thought back to the time in 2019 I went to Japan. The way I was jealous of those people at Discord..I remembered the Japanese students there looked that way at me.
Today I looked at a Japanese sentence on a website and was like. Fuck. These completely foreign characters that used to lack any meaning. Thousands of them. Even if slowly I can fuckin' read most of them as long as I try hard enough, forgetting something here and there, and understand the gist of what's being said, and without looking things up in the dictionary every 2 seconds. Sure I got there with the help of all kinds of modern tools, but that's still actually pretty nuts. It's like I can understand a message that wasn't even intended for me to read. You know how much time and effort it takes for most people just to get to that point? I did that. Despite all the people who give up on hobbies when it gets hard, I actually fucking went through it despite depression making me not want to do anything most of the time. I need to remind myself more often I should just feel okay with the fact that I got to that point at all.
I’ve been climbing almost 7 years and have been struggling to improve my bouldering grade. I’m not sure if it’s strength, technique, mindset or something else. I’ve been trying to work on both strength and technique but haven’t seen much improvement. Could it be mindset? Maybe. Curious to hear what you all think and if you got out of a plateau, how did you do it?
CBC.ca: B.C. teetering on 'precipice,' says Dr. Bonnie Henry, as COVID numbers plateau at 500 daily cases. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/covid-19-update-jan-25-1.5887197
I have been learning French for around 7 years. It is one of my majors in college right now, and I just feel so disheartened. I think I have been in a language plateau since last year, where I feel like I'm not absorbing the information. I understand when people speak to me, and I am able to speak back and say generally anything I want to say, but when I get into the specifics of learning grammar rules it's like my brain shuts off! It's like I'm learning calculus or something, I just don't understand why I can't absorb all of the grammar rules/verb tenses. The classes are getting harder, and I don't think I'm getting better. I'm very discouraged.
Do you have any advice to get over a language plateau or advice for making grammar easier to comprehend? Thanks so much.
The Kerguelen Plateau is a sunken continent in the Indian Ocean, around the modern archipielago of Kerguelen. Now, imagine it didn't sunk and in fact is over sea level as a formed landmass (Or landmasses).
First for climate it would likely be cold, but looking at the latitude maybe inthe northern regions climate will be similar to that of northwestern Europe or southern New Zealand, while in central regions climate will be more subpolar while the southernmost part will be a tundra due to proximity with Antarctica. In terms of flora and fauna I can see forests of Araucarias, a tree whose fossils were found in the actual Kerguelen archipielago, while for animals I suppose mainly penguins, seals and probably marsupials very adapted to cold and maybe even some sort of monotreme (Though this last is less likely).
So now to the main theme, the people. Who will discover this landmass will be difficult, as the landmass is pretty far away from any populated region. But, if we aim for a pre-european settlement, I will be for the Malagasy. The distance between Madagascar and this landmass is similar to the distance between Borneo and Madagascar, from where the Malagasy came from, and maybe if the continent was over sea levek there may be some islands in the middle making travel easier. The climate will be very different though, but in the north probably will be more similar to southern New Zealand, a region also populated by Austronesians. Probably agriculture will disappear and they will survive on hunting, like the moriori of Chattham Islands.
And now, the main question, with all this, which european country do you see more likely to colonize it and why? I pdrsonally see Spain discovering it, as the landmass lies very close to where Elcano travelled after leaving the Philippines, and so he may see the northern coast or maybe some island close to it. He... keep reading on reddit ➡
To start off, I love this community and it has been so encouraging. I am currently on a 1200 calorie diet while also counting macros (45% protein, 25% carb, 30% fat) but this has honestly been leaving me feel so suppressed and all I can do is constantly think about food all day because my calorie count it already pretty low. I want to increase my carb intake but I am definitely scared it will lead to weight gain. Has anyone succeeded with different macros where carbs are a higher percentage? I need something to change because this is not sustainable for my body and my mental health right now. Thank you so much in advance xx
Edit: I am so overwhelmed by everyone’s responses and this is all such great advice - this is the best community ever!! ❤️
Many of us struggle with plateaus in our language journeys, and I just discovered something about my own plateau. I hope it helps someone who's frustrated like I was.
I've been using a lot of comprehensible input. A couple of Patreon podcasts for intermediate and and advanced learners of my target language [TL], while I walk the dog or drive or do chores. Lots of YouTube and TV, WITH subtitles on and a dictionary at hand. Once a week conversation practice on iTalki 100% in TL. I've been doing this since the beginning of 2020 and quarantine posture.
This weekend I suddenly realized I've been watching native content on YouTube and Netflix without subtitles or dictionary. I have no idea when I stopped needing them. I've been frustrated about the plateau but behind the scenes by brain was apparently working to kick it up a little bit. So I've learned that if I feel like I'm on a plateau, it's okay because my brain is still working in the background and things will click if I push through. I'm going to remember this next time I have a plateau.
tl;dr: if you're on a plateau, keep watching/listening/reading. Your brain is working, I promise.
Looking at numbers on a few sites new cases and deaths seem to be plateauing. Now this could be because of the MLK holiday, but some of the values I'm seeing are from before the holiday. I guess we won't know for a few days to a week after all the numbers from the weekend are posted, but I'm hoping and praying with January and February not having any major holidays and vaccines taking off in many areas we'll start seeing these numbers come down soon.
UK has been trending downward sharply in the last 10 days, and this is with the new variant being dominant there. They didn't have as many cases as we did, they have more restrictions, and Brits tend to trust their health system and wear masks more than many in the US so maybe this is why -- or maybe it's them blitzing a single dose of vaccine to so many people. It's reported that more than half of people over 80 have gotten a vaccine in UK, so this could be why their death rate is dropping so quickly. But I'm not sure I agree with their one dose measure, but hey if it works maybe that is the way.
At any rate my county is at about 12% with antibodies with 3.4% vaccinated and 8.6% having contracted covid. State wide we're at 11.5% vaccinated and 6.4% of Texans have had covid, so we're at 17.9% with antibodies! I actually didn't realize they had given that many vaccines out. Now if they can just confirm the new variant will be taken down by the vaccine or start working on an updated vaccine for the next booster we can hopefully stay ahead of this thing.
Trying to be glass half full here and optimistic...
In parenthesis is the reasoning neurologically this plateau exists FYI
I do home workouts and the only weight I have is a 10kg one (I'm 58kg). However it's a water weight that can go up to 15kg. For months I've been doing sets of weighted pull ups, working mostly at 4 sets of 6-7 reps with a two minute break. I work out my upper body twice a week, since I think I go quite heavy.
My workout schedule, in case it is relevant, has largely been.
Weighted pull ups (4x6-7)
Ring dips (4x6-8)
Advanced Tuck Front Lever (3x20s)
RTO 45 degree push ups (4x7-8)
Elevated Pike Push Ups (4x6-8)
I've only noticed this glaring plateau recently when I checked my notebook.
What can I do to break this plateau? My goal is to get 3x8-10 regularly, at which point I will bump my weight up to 15kg or something.
I'm thinking of doing some weighted Frenchie/pause work for three sets after each work out, but not sure. Even though I can only do 6-7 reps in a set, would it be worth bumping up the weight to 12kg or so to break the plateau, or would I be going too heavy?