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12 January 2019 @ 08:07 am
Are we there yet?  
I made LOTS of progress yesterday on my journal but I did not finish. I colored a drawing of Sorath in marker and though it looks nice I'm not doing that again. The reason is that my markers though they are supposed to be safe sometimes bleed through. I was constantly checking the next page and using a lot of effort to make sure my touch was super light. I have a light touch but you have to be extra light with marker and only pass over once. It was causing me too much stress and didn't turn out to be faster at all. So I'll keep them just for highlighting boxes and coloring banners in a solid color. I finished seven drawings and have seven to go, so in theory I could finish today. I will try but two of the ones I have are hard drawings. George as a hybrid and Gallemotch. So we'll see how much time they take up. I'm thrilled to have also finally colored RipTalon for the first time. I was worried about how I would color his metallic parts in pencil but it actually turned out great. He really does look metallic. I couldn't believe I did so amazing for my first time. So far he's my fave drawing of the month. I can't wait to make a nice full body drawing of him and color him. I should do that in my sketch book. Chris got it for me last year and I haven't even used it yet. Doc turned out pretty neat too. I love his pose. But I need to think of a name for him. He needs a name. It's fun calling him "Doc" but that's his title not his name.

Another thing I'm very happy about is I have been taking caffeine well lately. You guys know I couldn't have it as it would give me chest pains and breathing problems. I hated to give it up especially coke and coffee. I have just been drinking herbal teas which I like but not the same. My Bigelow tea boxes sometimes have a caffeine chart on the back that I really love. Here's one for example.



I kept mentioning to Chris I wish they showed where Cola falls into this as that was my fave and main drink.

Well I just found this chart.



This is an awesome chart and at last all my questions have been answered. I'm surprised that Coke is only halfway down the chart. I thought it would be under coffee. I'm surprised energy drinks like red bull are under coffee. I thought they'd be above. I learned a lot of things I didn't know. Wow. Nothing beats true coffee for mega caffeine content. I knew it had a lot but had no idea. I also thought Espresso was stronger than coffee. I am very surprised by this but good to know. If I can get a working printer I want to print this and put in my Bullet Journal or Travel Journal so I can have it with me on trips. I lump chocolate candy into the raw cocoa part of this. So I am very happy because over December I allowed myself to have some chocolate bars and hot chocolate drinks. I was afraid to eat them but enjoyed them very much. I had no ill effects and was very happy. Since then I have had some Decaf coffee (Which I was surprised was so far down the line) green tea. So far I am ok. I hope I can get back on caffeine. I would love a real coke. Don't know if I can do a real coffee though. Yet I wonder if this was tied to my issues with my gallbladder and appendix? I was having a lot of food issues before the surgery. I couldn't eat eggs and now I can again. It sucked my lovely chicken eggs were making me very sick. But I need to lay off caffeine for a bit or stick to the low ranking stuff before I try I coke. I'd love to say I'm cured. That would be so wonderful because it was one of my few food pleasures.

Chris and I have been dieting since the new year too and we're doing well. Though we're "skinny" by everyone's definition we hold ourselves to a high standard. At our age we really have to watch our weight. Gaining even a little is too much for us and we end up having lack or energy or back pains. I am doing well and down to the 104's right now. My goal is 100 which was my high school weight. I think I can do it. I've been eating nothing but fish and salad and sugar free cookies with my teas.
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actipton80actipton80 on January 12th, 2019 01:58 pm (UTC)
That's a great caffeine chart. I'm surprised at some of the entries on the list. I always thought that Mountain Dew had as much or more caffeine than coffee.

I started a new eating plan after New Years. I gave up gluten, dairy, and most sweets. Yesterday was a cheat day though because we celebrated Nick's birthday. I paid for that piece of birthday cake with a lot of pain though.
Des: Mr. Burns  Coffeeethagirion on January 12th, 2019 02:03 pm (UTC)
Thanks. Feel free to take it. I'm very surprised too. Yeah they always tell you Mountain Dew is like an energy drink but it is only just above cola ranking in the middle. I'm surprised.

Ah, birthdays are an exception. Good luck on your eating plan then.
Calzephyrcalzephyr77 on January 12th, 2019 02:58 pm (UTC)
Me too, it was quite an eye opener!
Desthagirion on January 12th, 2019 04:20 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I had no idea. We've all suddenly learned so much about caffeine haha.
jokerforever: pic#126791912jokerforever on January 13th, 2019 05:08 am (UTC)

Oh my, this was most enlightening. Here I thought that espresso was stronger in caffeine content than regular coffee, but man was I wrong. Guess this means I should limit to one cup a day as opposed to two.

Additionally it’s so nice you made nice headway in your journal and I’m heavily looking forward to seeing RipTalon in all his glory, he sounds very cool indeed.

Desthagirion on January 13th, 2019 12:03 pm (UTC)
It's crazy. I love the comments because we all had no idea that coffee is king. Yeah I thought some things were stronger than regular coffee too. This is crazy. Yeah perhaps one cup a day is a good idea. It's so good though.

I think you're going to like RipTalon a lot. I should be finished with the journal today.
kabuldur: Asterkabuldur on January 13th, 2019 10:19 am (UTC)
That's a very interesting chart. Some surprises for me, there. It would really suck not to be able to eat chocolate. That's really surprising that you could not eat eggs. I wonder if you will ever be able to again?

You and Chris are very good with your weight loss. I found when I lost weight when I was 18 I had more energy, so it does work.

And you're really making progress with your art!
Desthagirion on January 13th, 2019 12:06 pm (UTC)
I was very surprised by this chart. It's very helpful and amazing how most people think it would have been arranged differently. I thought some drinks were stronger than coffee but nope. I'm amazed colas rank in the middle. But that's good actually. Yeah I couldn't, but now I can. I just have to take a pill before I eat any fatty foods. No more pain from eating eggs. I'm sooo glad because they are yummy and such a big part of breakfasts over here.

Thanks. We're trying. Yeah, extra fat is not good. It's good to try to keep it off.

I am. I will be finished today! I can't wait.