So I’m getting very slightly paranoid that a bunch of random symptoms I’ve been having lately might actually add up to something.

Slightly TMI but I’ve been peeing ALL the fucking time. For about a month. And I’m thirsty most of the time so it’s a battle between not drying out like a prune and actually getting some sleep overnight rather than having to get up and pee 4 times. Also I’m tired and I plugged this all in to NHS Direct and got GO SEE YOUR DOCTOR NOW.

So that’s just fab, really don’t want to have to deal with my body breaking down on me in some other way right before exams. Why won’t it just let me be?

My Workout For Wednesday October 24

I earned 887 points for my workout on Fitocracy!

  • Barbell Squat +290 pts

    • 35 kg x 5 reps (+58 pts)
    • 35 kg x 5 reps (+58 pts)
    • 35 kg x 5 reps (+58 pts)
    • 35 kg x 5 reps (+58 pts)
    • 35 kg x 5 reps (+58 pts)
  • Standing Barbell Shoulder Press (OHP) +171 pts

    • 12.5 kg x 5 reps (+57 pts)
    • 12.5 kg x 5 reps (+57 pts)
    • 12.5 kg x 5 reps (+57 pts)
  • Barbell Bench Press +220 pts

    • 17.5 kg x 5 reps (+44 pts)
    • 17.5 kg x 5 reps (+44 pts)
    • 17.5 kg x 5 reps (+44 pts)
    • 17.5 kg x 5 reps (+44 pts)
    • 17.5 kg x 5 reps (+44 pts)
  • Bent Over Barbell Row +130 pts

    • 20 kg x 5 reps (+26 pts)
    • 20 kg x 5 reps (+26 pts)
    • 20 kg x 5 reps (+26 pts)
    • 20 kg x 5 reps (+26 pts)
    • 20 kg x 5 reps (+26 pts)
  • Cycling +76 pts

    • 0:45:00 || 9.7 km (+76 pts)

Think you can beat me, or want to comment?

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vegan zuchinni pizza!

Omg the best idea gonna make this.

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Man cured of AIDS now in good health, but there's still work to do


A few years ago, 46-year-old Timothy Brown had AIDS. Now, he’s healthy.

Brown was cured of AIDS after a transplant of blood cells to treat leukemia had a special genetic mutation that made them resistant to HIV. The genetic mutation is extremely rare, but doctors are looking for it through umbilical cord blood transplants to help future patients. From ABC: 

Dr. Lawrence Petz, medical director of StemCyte, an umbilical cord blood bank, said although Brown was cured by his transplant, the process was complicated because the blood stem cells came from an adult donor.

“When you do that you have to have a very close match between donor and recipient,” Petz said. “With umbilical cord blood, we don’t need such a close match. It’s far easier to find donor matches.”

But it’s still not that easy. Petz and his colleagues have tested 17,000 samples of cord blood so far, and found just 102 that have the genetic HIV-resistant mutation. The team performed the first cord blood transplant on an HIV-infected patient a few weeks ago, and they have another transplant planned for a similar patient in Madrid, Spain,  later this year. It will still be months before researchers can tell if the transplants have any effect on the patients’ HIV.

We’ve got a long way to go, but this is still pretty incredible. 


Chocolate Avocado Banana Pudding by The Edible Perspective

[serves 2-4]

  • 2 avocados, ripe
  • 2 medium bananas, ripe
  • 6-8T unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1t vanilla extract
  • 1t cinnamon
  • 1.5 scoops Raw protein powder [opt]
  1. In a food processor, combine the avocado + banana and process until smooth.  Scrape down the sides of bowl as necessary.
  2. Add the cocoa powder, vanilla, cinnamon, and protein powder [if using].  Process again until smooth. 
  3. Refrigerate until ready to serve and add any topping you like.
  4. Store in a sealed container and eat within 2-3 days.

notes:  If you want a thinner consistency, add your favorite milk, starting with 1T at a time.  Do not use frozen bananas.  The riper the banana, the sweeter and stronger the flavor will be.  If you don’t like banana, feel free to sub in a squash puree [drained of excess liquid].  Add honey or maple syrup if desired.  An immersion blender should also work for this.

Oh baby.

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i had a dream that i needed to posted something like this, and then found this… weird.

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So I knocked together a progress set.

My mind hasn’t really caught up with how far my body has come but I’m working on it. It’s no longer about the numbers, I’m just trying to find a way to enjoy exercise, eat better food and stick with it.

So I think I’m going to start lifting weights.

Frankly, I suck at cardio.

I’ve been trying to run for weeks and have hit a wall. And that wall is 2 mins run, 2 mins walk, for 30 mins max. I still love the endorphin rush and I’m sure it’s good for me but progress is painfully slow.

I also bike everywhere. It’s leisurely but that combined with the running is a pretty respectable level of activity.

I used to be quite into Tang Soo Do, did it for a few years and got up to blue tag/3 down from black belt. That’s unfortunately no longer an option for me because I’d have to buy insurance for the whole year while only being able to practice while down in London. I miss the flexibility I used to have (that’s gone to shit since chemo and spending a summer lying in bed), and I’ve lost any of the other benefits like strength and coordination since quitting.

So, I’m thinking, 1) start lifting weights 2) stick with the very light cardio 3) work on flexibility 4) ??!!?! 5) Profit?


My lunch today was a monstrous toasted guacamole and kale sandwich with a banana kale smoothie on the side. Ohhhhhh yes.

Banana Kale Smoothie 

1 ripe frozen banana

lots of kale 

1/2 cup of almond milk

little bit of ice 

Blend and drink up! 

Why all the kale, you ask? My school held its very first farmers market on Thursday and I bought lots of kale. I planned on making kale chips, but I just really couldn’t wait. 


This post makes me want to go out and buy kale right now. At 1:30 in the morning. Yup.

Milk Doesn't Do Your Bones Good

You probably grew up hearing the axiom “milk - it does a body good” over and over again. Your mom likely made you drink milk in large quantities at the advice of your pediatrician to make sure you got enough calcium. Even movie stars, singers and athletes encourage you to drink more milk by wearing milk mustaches. 

If you want healthy and strong bones, the next time you see the most recent advertising campaign from the milk processors and dairy farmers -“Got Milk?”- you may want to say “no” and swallow a vitamin D supplement in stead. 

Researchers designed a cohort study to determine the effectiveness of dairy products, calcium and vitamin D in reducing stress fractures among girls aged 9 to 15 years old. Remarkably, and against conventional wisdom, scientists discovered that dairy and calcium intake did not afford any protective benefit from stress fractures. On the other hand those who had the highest intake of vitamin D had a 50 percent lower risk of stress fracture when compared with those with the lowest intake. (More)

I’m thinking this is why policies of “Kids have to drink milk. Fill it with sugar and colour and flavouring because lol kids won’t drink it plain” and taking away playtime is SO INCREDIBLY STUPID.

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Things I learnt on my run today.

If I run during the day I get honked at.

I was fucking honked at twice.

So, choice is either run at night in constant paranoia that I’m going to get kidnapped or something.

Or run in the day and be entertainment for morons.

Yay everything.

Also today wasn’t as good as Friday night. I ran like 0.5km further, but I couldn’t sustain longer runs than a couple minutes, my lungs kept giving out.

Also I need to buy a sports bra.

Actually I need to buy new bras full stop because my boobs and waist are predictably the first bit of me to go.

I’m doing well though. I’ve been proactively losing weight and getting fit for 5 weeks now. When I started running I could barely run for longer than a minute. Now I’m doing 30 mins or so of interval jogging/walking every other day, and I’ve lost 5% of my total original weight as of this morning. 

It’s certainly progress :) Now time to chow down on the last of my homemade sweet potato gnocchi and steamed veggies. It tastes way better than it looks.

Birth Control 101 For Idiots




This is hormonal birth control.

As you can see on the box, you take exactly one pill per day. To make sure it works, you need to take one pill every day at the same time, or it stops working. You take only one pill, and you keep taking them regardless of what you are doing that day.

Hormonal birth control can be used to treat a lot of different diseases, like anemia caused by excessive menstruation. It is a prescription medication that can cost around $15-50 a month. Because it is a prescription medication, it should be covered by insurance, as it treats legitimate health problems.

This is Viagra.

It, too, can treat legitimate health problems like altitude sickness and pulmonary hypertension, but it is usually prescribed for erectile dysfunction. Unlike the Pill, Viagra is taken every time you want to have sex. A lot of health insurance companies cover Viagra, so it costs about as much as your co-pay.

This is a condom.

It is not a prescription medication, and has no health benefits (besides the prevention of STIs and pregnancy). Like Viagra, you must use one before you have sex: indeed, before each sex act. They cost about a dollar per condom.

This is Sandra Fluke.

She testified before a small, Democrat-led hearing after she was cut out of the actual birth control/insurance discussion. Her testimony was about a friend of hers who, because her insurance did not cover birth control, lost an ovary due to an ovarian cyst.

This somehow translates into “I, myself, personally, am having so much sex I can’t afford birth control, and so I want the government to pay for it.”

This is wrong for multiple reasons.

  1. It was about a friend, not her. To say her testimony was about her personally is factually incorrect.
  2. Sex had nothing to do with the testimony - her friend lost an ovary because of medical condition that was left untreated. A medical condition that was completely treatable, but wasn’t, because her insurance wouldn’t cover it. To say that her testimony was about her being “a slut” or “a prostitute” is factually incorrect.
  3. Even if she was having loads of sex, she would still only have one pill a day, not one pill per sex act, so to say “I’m having so much sex I can’t afford birth control” is completely erroneous. The Pill is not Viagra or condoms. To say that she is such “a slut” that she constantly needs more pills is factually incorrect.
  4. The current political debate is not “should the government pay for birth control?” The debate is “should insurance companies, that people and their employers pay for, on their own, be required to cover birth control?” To say that Sandra Fluke wants the government to pay for her birth control is factually incorrect.
  5. Religious organizations do not want to have birth control covered by their insurance, even for employees not of their faith, even if their employees never actually use their insurance to cover birth control. By this logic, they should also not pay their employees, because they could use that money to pay for birth control out of pocket. To say that this issue is about religious freedom and not about women’s health is disingenuous, as Ms. Fluke’s testimony demonstrates.

Hopefully this makes things a little clearer.

I really love this. Props for addressing all the common issues and for keeping the general info at the beginning non-gendered. I do wish we could have great teaching moments without falling into ableism, though. I don’t think people are being “idiots.” I think conservatives are choosing to remain willfully ignorant on the subject. 

I have yet to hear a single opposing argument on this subject that isn’t based around a fundamental misunderstanding of the issue.


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An Open Letter to Nancy Brinker


Ms. Brinker,

As a woman currently in treatment for breast cancer, I am HORRIFIED that you would allow your organization to bow to conservative political pressure and deny females who can’t otherwise afford healthcare the access to mammograms and the fine doctors of Planned Parenthood.  You say you created the Susan G. Komen Foundation as a promise to your dying sister to find a cure and help other women who suffer from this disease.  I call bullshit.  I’m not going to focus on the fact that I can’t even walk into the damned Fred Meyer without buying cat treats with a fucking pink ribbon on them.  Or that the pens at the bank, the checkout line, and everywhere else are pink and carry your logo - the logo of a well-oiled, money-making machine that seems to be more concerned about politics than women’s health. 

What I AM going to focus on is the idea that you consider yourself a charitable foundation - yet you strip your support from one of the organizations that does the most for women’s health in this country today.  Nancy Brinker - get out of my fucking uterus.  You are simply not welcome there.  Keep your focus on saving lives like you promised.  I have never been a fan of yours but now you have earned my utter and complete disdain.  First you ruined a perfectly good color for me and now you are going to assist in denying low-income and uninsured females access to the care you promised your dying sister you would provide? 

As a woman with no breasts, I can honestly tell you I wish I could punch you in yours right now.  I hear a good tit-punch hurts like hell. 

Readers - if you want to know why I am mad - and why you should be too, please read THIS.

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My post for today.  The original movie done be my film collaborator and I in December when I was in the thick of chemo.  It is only 2 minutes long.  Watch it.  And then go do a self breast exam.  Because I said so. 

(Again - many thanks to VNV Nation via Metropolis Records for allowing us to use the song “Illusion” in the film.  And btw, this is all copyrighted content.  Don’t go around pretending you are a bald, boobless woman who makes films.  Or a beautiful one with fantastic boobs.  Or we will come get you.)

- Nikki

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