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The Weirdity of My Friday

I have awesome friends, and I am grateful for it. :)

As you may have heard, yesterday was a rough day, art wise. It was in fact my worst convention day in 16 years of being a furry artist. After a full day at the table in Artist Alley (usually where I do best at Midwest Furfest), I had received a total of one commission, and sold one button. My daily total was less than the person next to me was charging (and receiving) for a print.

It was... odd. I had people stop and say hello, some of whom had fond memories of having read Suburban Jungle in the past, and others who saw the comics for the first time and loved the art style. But then they walked away and bought art from someone else.

By the time the room closed, I was in a state of exhausted disbelief. As I put it at the time, "Furry fandom, did I do something to you that I just don't know about?" Even my earliest fledgeling attempts to run a table before Kerry joined the scene were never this pitiful.

But then a strange thing happened; after the room closed, people started wanting commissions. XD My friend Axiom asked for badges, and one of my online readers who has friends attending the con commissioned me on Twitter with the intent of sending them to pick them up at my table today. It wasn't a huge pile of work, but it was something at least, and a nice pump-primer for what will hopefully be a good day today.

It was a weird day. XD And one that I'm not eager to repeat– the gut-punched feeling I had wandering around after the table closed was not a healthy mindspace– but at the end of the day I was reminded that I am lucky to have friends and fans, and I am going to keep making stuff as awesome as I can.

-The Gneech

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Sweat Level: Whiffy

There are quantum levels of sweat, and you can sometimes tell the state of your health and activity level by which ones you find yourself falling into.

  1. Passive Sweat. This is your basic temperature-regulating perspiration. Unless it's particularly warm, you won't even notice it, but it is the reason you need to do laundry. Passive sweat is always there.


  2. Hot In Here Sweat. You're not moving, but your body is warm anyway. Passive Sweat gets less passive. It won't help, but your body doesn't know that.


  3. Working (Up a) Sweat. Climbing stairs or carrying heavy groceries, this level is pretty much Passive Sweat kicked up a notch. If you push hard enough, this will kick up again to the next level.


  4. Deep Sweat. When your body starts running out of pure(-ish) water to ooze out, other things start getting mixed in, such as ammonia, urea, salt, and sugar. This is the point at which people prone to saying such things enthuse about workouts "purging toxins." Yes, it is true, but going to the bathroom does it too. Passive Sweat will make your laundry whiffy later because bacteria starts to grow in it, but Deep Sweat is already stinky when it comes out.


  5. Now THAT'S Sweat. When you hit the point above and keeep oonnn gooingg you get to the really deep stuff. When you're drenched, and exhausted, and still going, your body starts squeezing out everything it can find. Besides just cleaning out whatever junk might be floating around in your system, your body starts using up chemicals it normally prefers to have on hand for other things. This is why Gatorade is a thing.


The more often you get to the "Deep Sweat" level, at least in theory, the more "toxins" and things get flushed out. A lot of people have the idea that fat burning is going on here, and it is to some extent, but it's not like fat turns into sweat and oozes out your pores. In point of fact, most burned fat converts into carbon dioxide and you just breathe it out (which is another point in favor of aerobics/cardio). Most of the rest is converted into water which... okay, fair enough, you either sweat out or flush down the toilet. But not right then while you're doing jumping jacks! The process takes time.

The other good thing about getting to the "Deep Sweat" level is that's when post-workout endorphins start showing up. If you've heard of a "runner's high," or even just been pumped after a good workout, this is what you're getting. Exercise, especially tough workouts, can be addictive, and if you're going to be addicted to something, it's a really good choice.

So far I have hit Deep Sweat level every day this week. I'm diggin' it. ;)

-The Gneech

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Weekly Weigh In

Today: 315.3
down 4.2 lbs from my highest weight of 319.5 on November 25, 2016
down 3.7 lbs from my starting weight of 319 on July 1, 2014
average lost: 0.03 lbs/week
next milestone: 303 lbs (5% loss)

Heh. My body's like "Oh shit, course correction, course correction!" I approve of the rapid response there, dude. Let's keep it moving!

-The Gneech

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Weekly Weigh In: Back On the Wagon Edition

Current: 319.5, up 0.5 from my starting weight of 319 on July 1, 2014
Previous: 286.8 in February

Completely coincidental to Thanksgiving (which I'm actually celebrating with family tomorrow rather than yesterday), part of my get back up and keep going agenda, I signed back up for Weight Watchers last night. Over the past year my weight has shot right back up to where it was two years ago for reasons ranging from crap diet to stress to being on doctor's orders not to exercise while I was recovering from my surgery. And while Weight Watchers had a giant stupidspasm about a year ago and is not as good as it was when I originally signed up, it was what enabled me to make the most progress, so I'm gonna try again.

I first noticed that my weight was going back up sometime around July or August, as my clothes went from fitting to too tight seemingly overnight. I didn't realize just how bad it had gotten until I finally managed to make it back to a doctor. But in the miasma of stress and depression I was swimming around in, I didn't have the oomph to actually do anything about it until recently.

So, yeah. Weight Watchers is back on; DailyBurn is back on. Also, something laurie_robey and I have been quietly doing over the past month is also moving towards a more fruit & veg-oriented diet, away from beef especially but also any red meat in general and limiting dairy intake. There are many and varied reasons for this that don't all have to do with our own fitness, but that's definitely one of the benefits. We haven't completely switched, and probably never will as long as char-broiled burgers are a thing, but it's all about a change in focus.

Again, this is all a side effect of our new goals. Having something I'm excited about to work towards makes a huge difference in my mindset, energy level, and general ability to function.

-The Gneech

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