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Forming a mage army.. - Tactical Ninja

Oct. 11th, 2012

08:57 am - Forming a mage army..

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After yesterday's experiment with real-life D&D stats, it doesn't seem that the test is particularly biased in any way, but it has demonstrated that most of my friends are squishy. Happy posed the theory that this is because most of the warrior types aren't on the internet, they are off hitting things. Which is kind of ironic given that based on stats, he's our damage warrior. Here's how it played out:

Tank = dreadbeard with a massive constitution of 13. Hey, it was the highest!
Damage warrior = Happy who is strong but squishy therefore will need buffing and healing a lot.
Melee rogue = clashfan because of her stature and dexterity*
Ranged rogue = tieke - dextrous but squishy. Also, won't play if she can't have a pet.
Mages = All of the rest of us. Apparently we are a pack of intellectuals, some wiser than others. And I might end up being the off-tank (fuck yeah tanking mages!) based on constitution which could work out ok with enough crowd control**.

Despite the fact that we don't have a lot of melee power going on, as we all know facing a large group of mages can easily become Wipe-O-Rama, so I reckon we'd stand a reasonable chance. As long as we were playing RL WoW and could have a party of 10-15. If we're only allowed four, I reckon we're fucked.

* In the games I play, dexterity doesn't just count for dodging attacks but also for crit chance and lockpicking.
** Clearly I have thought about this far too much.


You know that saying about how you should breakfast like a king, lunch like a lord and dine like a pauper? Well, I think it's bollocks becaus you know, I'm never going to be a king, even if I were royalty.

Oh, like a king! OK then. So I should have a banquet with royal venison and lots of wine for breakfast? Smelly cheese for lunch? Rat gruel for dinner? Nope?

Yes, I do know what it actually means - it means that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and should therefore be the one where you absorb the most nutrition. Lunch should be fuel to keep you going, and dinner should recognise that you're about to do a whole bunch of nothing for the next 8-12 hours, so probably don't need to eat a lot of protein and carbohydrates.

I've traditionally had a weird relationship with food, in that for many years I only really ate one meal a day (dinner) and I have bulimic tendencies. Last year about this time I decided to try and get a handle on my eating habits, and started doing three meals a day. It went like this:

Breakfast: banana and coffee.
Lunch: fruit salad (apple, pear, grapes usually), a handful of spinach and a handful each of pumpkin/sunflower seeds for protein.
Dinner: dinner stuff, usually some form of protein, a bit of carb and the rest vegies.

Shut up, it's an improvement on apples, mincemeat and ice cream which was my staple for a long time.

Thing is, while I'm pretty happy with the level of nutrition in that, and am pleased I'm now eating more regularly and sensibly, I've found myself really really hungry when I get home, and unable to wait for dinner (which is later these days than I was used to because of Dr Wheel's hours). I'd get to pigging out on anything available as soon as I got home from work, then eating dinner as well so as to get actual nutrition. This is obviously not a recipe for a healthy relationship with food.

Then yesterday, I had a revelation. You see, I had lunch with a friend, and it was like a dinner. It was an open steak sandwich with fries and salad - all the carbs and protein in the world. And when I got home from work, I wasn't hungry. I still wasn't hungry at dinner time, so instead of the dinner I'd cooked, I had my packed lunch. And it worked! I got nutrition from all the fruit without feeling bloated and full, and I'd avoided the pigging out on crap that has become a willpower battle every day when I get home.

So today, I've cut the fruit salad out of my lunch, and replaced it with some bread, a hunk of cheese and a handful of nuts. And at dinner time, I'll stay away from the meat and pasta and replace them with what I would have had for lunch. And see if that works for getting me doing the king/lord/pauper thing, and avoiding stuffing my face with crap because I'm hungry at inappropriate times.

Won't be doing the rat gruel though..


Meanwhile, so far our illustrious lecturer/tutor combo has not put any old exam papers up on Blackboard to help with revision for my LAST EVER EXAM! This is frustrating. I don't think I've ever done a course where we were expected to walk into the exam with no indication whatsoever of what the expectations would be. I am hoping it's not because they've been covering it in lectures*. That would be ironic given how useless the lectures have previously been.

* For those who are new, I stopped going to the lectures because they were just repetitions of the course readings where the lecturer would talk really slowly and you were expected to copy down what he said. Fuck that.

I will ask today in the tutorial what the deal is.

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From:tatjna
Date:October 10th, 2012 08:24 pm (UTC)
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Yeah. I don't think I'll ever be a 2 sausages, 4 bacon rashers and half a loaf of toast for breakfast kind of person, but I'm definitely keen to stack the fuel-type food in the part of the day when I'll be using it. I often go to the gym at lunchtime and my body burns through the fruity lunch in less than an hour.

Either that or I've got worms...
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From:tatjna
Date:October 10th, 2012 08:47 pm (UTC)
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You understand you have 33% more body to support than I do, right? And that the percentage of that body that is hungry hungry muscle is higher?

And also, my body spent a lot of years getting up very very early, doing heinously difficult things all day, and only getting at most two (huge) meals during that time? It messed up my metabolism.

I suspect that the O GOD FEED ME NOW OR I SHALL DIE feelings I have been experiencing are arising from my metabolism returning to something like normal after my concerted effort to eat something like normal, and that in another year I'll be right on the top of the cannibal list with you.

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From:tatjna
Date:October 10th, 2012 09:41 pm (UTC)
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Are you suggesting that ferrouswheel is junk food?

I'm shocked.
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From:rivet
Date:October 10th, 2012 08:53 pm (UTC)
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Current research on the topic of satiety is that the you get more of it for longer from protein, fat, and soluble fibre. For me personally, I know I have to get in lean protein early in the day if I don't want my eating to get weird later in the day. One of my tricks for doing that with minimal hassle in the morning is plain greek yogurt or cottage cheese, and tiny vegetable fritattas that I make on the weekend in muffin tins. Boiled eggs are also good if you're a fan of them, and can be done up in advance to grab and go on a workday.

I also eat about 6 times a day, but that's not for everyone ;)
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From:tatjna
Date:October 10th, 2012 09:05 pm (UTC)
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My morning coffee is made with 3/4 cup of milk. Do you reckon that counts as protein?

I am still struggling on the breakfast front. I manage most mornings but some I just forget. I'm never hungry in the morning, although that might change if I stick with the fruit for dinner.
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From:rivet
Date:October 10th, 2012 09:15 pm (UTC)
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"Milk contains about 3.5 percent protein, no matter which variety you choose. That translates to about 8 g of protein per 8 oz. cup, according to the USDA. Milk also gives you 25 percent of the vitamin D and 30 percent of the calcium you need in a day in addition to protein, according to the USDA. As with protein, those percentages are the same no matter which variety you drink, except milk with extra vitamin D added."

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/275120-what-is-the-percentage-of-protein-in-milk/#ixzz28vtpvXxW

I think of a serving of protein as 15-20g. Then again, I eat a pretty high protein diet because I've discovered that works well for me in terms of performance, sustained energy and ... vitality, for lack of a better word. YMMV. Your metabolism may be a lot more like Nicola's than like mine. It's worth experimenting with what *feels* better throughout the day. Scientific-like, with a notebook (you think I'm joking, but I'm not).

Edited at 2012-10-10 09:18 pm (UTC)
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From:tatjna
Date:October 10th, 2012 09:19 pm (UTC)
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Hey, after tieke producing a spreadsheet for my experiments with alcohol, I don't question any of my friends' recommendations for science. ;-)

I might try adding some yoghurt in the morning and see if it makes any difference.
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From:rivet
Date:October 10th, 2012 09:29 pm (UTC)
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as information (and stop me if I'm telling you things you already know), greek yogurt is made my straining out some of the whey or adding additional milk solids. It yields a thicker yogurt with a higher protein content.

If you decide you like yogurt, it's SUPER easy to make at home in the slowcooker, which saves money and plastic. http://crockpot365.blogspot.com.au/2008/10/you-can-make-yogurt-in-your-crockpot.html
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From:tatjna
Date:October 10th, 2012 09:53 pm (UTC)
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I'm definitely giving that yoghurt a go!
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From:rivet
Date:October 10th, 2012 09:57 pm (UTC)
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::beams:: Happy to share my slow cooker enthusiasm!
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From:pombagira
Date:October 10th, 2012 09:47 pm (UTC)
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i have found a similar eating thing to. if i have my main meal at lunch time then i am more awake and happier for the rest of the day, and a light dinner that is befor 7pm means i sleep well to.. its a thing.. and much easier to do when i am working.. *ponders this* i can probaby do this when i am not working.. it is just a matter of organising well..

*ponders food things*
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From:vernacularity
Date:October 10th, 2012 10:16 pm (UTC)
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couple of bananas on the way to work is a great way to start the concept of breakfast. lots of food value too.

the curious thing i found is that if i had no breakfast i was usually fine in the hunger area but a bit headachy thus drank lots of coffee. but if i had a small amount of food like some toast or an apple at home i got rapidly hungry for junk through the morning and would hit the snack machine

best value food product vs prep effort is/was aforementioned bananas plus a can of creamed rice at the desk, but most likely to be satisfying for longer and produce good brainwork is your perennial favourite porridge.

plus having a pile of leftover dinner and a toastie-pie machine works well for mobile breakfast. put it in the machine, have a shower, take it out of the machine, let it cool while dressing. eat warm crusty dinner sandwiches on the run.

also yes to boiled eggs prepared earlier.

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From:rivet
Date:October 10th, 2012 10:30 pm (UTC)
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"the curious thing i found is that if i had no breakfast i was usually fine in the hunger area but a bit headachy thus drank lots of coffee. but if i had a small amount of food like some toast or an apple at home i got rapidly hungry for junk through the morning and would hit the snack machine"

This totally happens to me if I have a load of carbs (even high quality ones!) first thing in the morning without some protein to slow it down. It sets me up for starchy cravings all day long, whereas a protein-heavier start just gives me sustained energy without fucking up my head.
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From:Will Marshall
Date:October 11th, 2012 01:39 am (UTC)
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Similarly. I've found loading on protein in the morning, combined with judicious use of stimulants, tends to keep my appetite at reasonable levels through the day.

The main issue is I have to force myself to eat in the afternoon in spite of lack of appetite, otherwise I'm not hungry until a crash at about 5pm.
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From:bekitty
Date:October 10th, 2012 11:21 pm (UTC)
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Best breakfast/lunch thing I've had recently? Home-made coleslaw and cheese on Vogel's bread.

I make my coleslaw with 1/2 cabbage (sliced), 1 grated carrot, a finely diced red onion, and about two big spoonfuls of mayonnaise. Oh, and a tiny bit of garlic salt. It's seriously awesome and takes about 5 minutes to prepare. Also, it keeps for about a week in a container in the fridge.
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From:tatjna
Date:October 10th, 2012 11:22 pm (UTC)
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I could definitely go that for lunch but for breakfast? I'm going green just thinking about it. ;-)
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From:bekitty
Date:October 10th, 2012 11:25 pm (UTC)
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I tend to get up fairly late, so it was more a kind of brunch. :)
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From:dreadbeard
Date:October 10th, 2012 11:48 pm (UTC)
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I think I would rather be a bard.
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From:tatjna
Date:October 11th, 2012 12:21 am (UTC)
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Whatever floats your boat, as long as you can keep their attention so they don't kill the rest of us. I'm all for ribald renditions of your mythical adventures!
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From:vernacularity
Date:October 11th, 2012 02:56 am (UTC)
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the one thing I might call "biased" is an assumption that everyone who has any sort of strength knows how much they can bench press!

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From:goddessofchaos
Date:October 11th, 2012 07:51 pm (UTC)
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I think that "breakfast like a king" thing does really work. When I'm on holiday, I quite often eat a big, cooked breakfast, a decent sized lunch and then just light snacks in the evening, and I often notice that my stomach gets really flat when I eat that way. Unfortunately I'm just not enough of a morning person to get up early and cook a big breakfast every day, so I never eat like that at home.
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From:russiandolls
Date:October 11th, 2012 09:21 pm (UTC)
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When I was undergrad, you could go into the library and photocopy old exam papers for any subject you liked. But that was years ago, so perhaps you can find them through the library website these days?
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From:tatjna
Date:October 11th, 2012 09:25 pm (UTC)
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I was informed yesterday that I should be able to find them that way, but that we have a new examiner this year so not to rely on them for study.
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From:russiandolls
Date:October 11th, 2012 09:27 pm (UTC)
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Oh right, that's tough. Best of luck!
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