I figured I would update everyone on my whereabouts and fitness adventures these past few months. First off, a lot of things have changed within these last couple of months that I should probably update on:
1. I’ve decided that my landing zone after college is the city of angels…Los Angeles, California. I really enjoy camera work and hope to do some shorts and commercial work. I will be moving right away in May after I graduate.
2. I have a boyfriend, who I have been dating under the radar since the 30th of January, but officially since Valentine’s day. He was an army sniper and just recently pulled out of the army after seven years of dedication. He’s going to school here at UMD also as a bfa theatre major, so it’s clear that this relationship is only going to last until I move (because, let’s be honest, neither of us theatre majors can do a long distance relationship), but we’ve decided not to talk about that and live in the moment rather than look to the future. Some of you here on tumblr may think it a silly and ridiculous thing to commit to someone when you know you’ll have to say goodbye, but I find it as an opportunity to live in the moment, and to learn to trust someone and break my walls that I’ve so strategically built against guys these past 21 years.
3. My show is going incredibly well. I am in Coriolana, which is an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Coriolanus. I’m really delving into my character (Aufidia) and it’s terribly frightening how easy it is for me to relate to her, but I have a habit of always trying to find parallel qualities between me and my characters. She is Coriolana’s arch nemesis, and even though both Coriolana and Aufidia do terrible things, it’s not difficult for me to empathize. Each person on this planet, regardless of how awful the crime, has an underlying reason for it that they justify in their minds. We try to justify everything we do because it’s a way to protect ourselves from believing we are bad people who have done things that are wrong.
4. Speaking of my boyfriend, he also used to be a bodybuilder and is one of the trainers for Coriolana. I only say this because in Coriolana we have been weight training and working out like crazy to produce strong and physically believable warriors. I have decided that, even though it’s going to kill me and wear me down, I’m going on a ketogenic, low-carb/high-fat diet in order to lower my body fat percentage and show toning/muscle. David (the boy) used to cut carbs completely for his bodybuilding competitions, so I thought I’d give this a shot.
Basically, how it works is this:
With a ketogenic diet, you are forcing your body to make a transition from using carbs as energy to using fat. When this happens, your body goes into “ketosis”. I’ve done a lot of research since discovering this. I’ll admit that when I first started this several days ago, I didn’t know my body would react the way it did. Severe nausea and the infamous “keto flu” hit me hard, and I also wasn’t aware it would be so easy to go into ketosis so quickly…but I took a test and, sure enough, my body adjusted. It takes several weeks for your body to recover completely and start acting normal again, but I feel fuller than I’ve ever felt with the high intake of fat, and I’m still under my caloric limit, which means I’m definitely losing fat, without actually losing muscle.
It is optimal to take in 1 gram of Protein per pound of body weight, so I take in about 135 grams of Protein. The rest comes from fat, and minimal amounts of carbs. If anyone’s interested, there’s a keto calculator here if you follow the link:
I am aware that many people believe this is a dangerous approach, but people do, in fact, use this diet for medical purposes. It has been known to treat Epilepsy in children since it controls insulin levels , and I just refuse to knock something before I try it. If I still feel lethargic and sickly after the first few weeks, I may consider a new approach, but I’m hoping to give it at least until the show opens (approximately two months).
I’ll write more on this later and what I’ve been intaking (primarily protein and dairy) since I have to work on a ballet midterm, but I really do feel good about this one.
Cheers everyone, and I hope you all have a wonderful day!