4,145th Attempt

The only thing consistent with my weight loss journey is that I’ve never given up…completely.

I’ve tried a million times, had some great success, only to fail…but I always get back up and I’m getting back up again…sure, maybe I’m grabbing on to stuff and trying to pull myself up but I’m not staying down.

The wife and I are trying to go full Keto! I want to become a Keto master! I’ve read and done research and it just seems like Keto is the way to go and we’ve tried a few times but never actually fully jumped in, but as today, 4.17- we are!

We have spent the last month or so, sort of trying to remove some carbs here and there…slowly stop eating bread and stuff like that, because it’s not something you can truly do overnight- the urges are just to over powering.

I then spend the last week or two, switching from my normal P3 lunches to salads and adding jello for snack and I think we are in a good spot to turn the switch on and try to hit that “less than 30” mark.

We even got Keo sticks to pee on…so, I guess you could say it’s pretty serious.

I will be a Keto Master….bow to your sensei…..BOW TO YOUR SENSEI!!!!!!

So, today-

Breakfast – Premier Protein Chocolate shake- low carb/high protein.

Lunch – Huge salad, mostly spinach with some cheese and ham. Full fat dressing. low carb/high fat.

Snack – jello – basically nothing but good ol’ boiled animal bones.

Dinner – I know my wife told me, but I’m a typical man and was probably just thinking about her boobs. I think it’s some shrimp stir fry- light on the noodles.

My MACROS are set at –

10% – Carb (30)
65% Fat (87)
25% Protein (75)

1,200 calories

I’m even going to get back on the bike….literally! Hopefully do some boxing and weights as well…added with my walking.

Getting healthy needs to become focus number 1 right now.

Attempt: 4,145
Failed: 4,144

4,145th times the charm.

Love, Peace and Sharkyness
~~~~~shArky~~~~~

Mar 29, 2017 - Thoughts    No Comments

Cut The Cord

So, I’m sure you have heard of people “cutting the cord” which basically means cutting off your cable and watching shows through other resources. We’ve wanted to do it for a long time because we literally HATE Time Warner Cable but it always seemed like it just really wouldn’t work. 

Yesterday…we decided to go for it.

I called TWC (now Spectrum) yesterday because I kept seeing the commercials for free modem and since we have been paying a “fee” for ours for years now…literally hundreds of dollars for a $50 piece of equipment…I thought maybe they would just drop that charge.

HA!

Not only would they not drop the charge, the guy actually seemed pissed that we weren’t paying MORE! I thought we were already Spectrum customers (but we aren’t…yet we are); he tells me that we got grandfathered in so we are still TWC customers so we are getting huge breaks. To transfer over to Spectrum, we would actually pay about $20 more to have what we have now. 

So- I asked why we wouldn’t get all the deals as a NEW Spectrum customer then…well, that is the thing…we aren’t new customers when it comes to getting any deals. 

TWC/Spectrum has this small town locked down and they know it- if you want cable or internet, you HAVE to use them- there isn’t really much of a choice and they love it. (See South Park episode Informative Murder Porn)

So…that was basically it. 
I started doing research and it came down to Playstation Vue or Sling TV and there was one factor that decided it for us- Comedy Central. Vue doesn’t have Comedy Central as one of their stations so we went with Sling. 

We are heading out tonight to get an antenna for our TVs so we can get local channels for news, TV shows etc. which should cover everything we have currently had. 

Sling TV has a great lineup of channels and the $25 pack included all the channels (that aren’t your local channels) that we watch.

One of the downsides is that Sling doesn’t have a cloud based DVR system yet…BUT it’s in beta testing so that is coming soon. 

We already have Hulu, Netflix and WWE Network and have had for years, so I’m not going to count that as a part of our “cable” cost because we never did…so here is the break down. 

We were paying $157.80 for TV, 30 mpbs internet plus HBO. The service was shitty, the stuff we DVRed usually broke up in the middle or just froze all together and we never got to see the final seconds of a show because the DVR stopped recording before the show even went off. Now, remember…that price should have been around $180 through Spectrum and he made it very clear that eventually we would have to switch over. 

So we had to put some money in now, to buy a couple ROKU boxes and some antennas but our bill will be $70 for internet (60 mpbs – through Spectrum due to their monopoly) plus $40 for Sling TV plus HBO. That internet speed is DOUBLE what we had before. 

Total savings of $70 PER MONTH! 

Here is the icing on the cake, which I automatically realized last night as I was watching Sling…this will highly cut down on what I call “mindless watching”. There are times we just turn the TV on for no reason and watch a rerun of Reba for the 150th time. Actually using the Sling App is going to force us to think about what we want to watch and we won’t watch stuff we aren’t even really interested in while our DVR fills up. 

I’m sure there are cheaper ways out there like those boxes you can find all over Ebay that allows you to watch ANYTHING in the world…even movies that are still at the theater! But remember, if things are too good to be true, they probably are….and a good chance that doing that is illegal. 

I’m just happy to be taking money away from Spectrum and putting it into my pocket while making us more mindful viewers at the same time. Also, we can watch the Sling App anywhere, on our phones or tablets PLUS the app is HD on our bedroom TV. We just had cable in our bedroom because another HD box would have been even MORE money!

Now, we’ve only had Sling TV for a day but the quality is amazing, the app is pretty fast and they have some cool little features like the “MY CHANNELS” so you just have the list of channels you will actually watch. 

So far, the experience has been amazing.

Love, Peace and Sharkyness
~~~~shArky~~~~

Mar 21, 2017 - Pokemon    No Comments

Team Skull Grunt Pikachu

I’ve always loved Pikachu and I love the look of Team Skull Grunt… So this was another brainer.

I had recently won some money through a Dietbet.com competition and figured… Why not. 

The box this comes in is amazing! 

Let’s see what’s inside… 

First up, there is some amazing deck sleeves and a deck box. 

Along with some card dividers. 

You also get two incredible Pikachu promo cards. 

And finally you get 6 packs of the Japanese version of Sun and Moon! 

My son and I opened the packs and each got a GX! 

You can NOT go wrong with this box and it’s a must have for Pikachu fans. 

 Love, Peace and Sharkyness 
~~~~~shArky~~~~~

Mar 21, 2017 - Recipes    No Comments

Sharkberry Salad

…. They are just strawberries…. Calm down. 

We are still trying and this is one of our favorites!

Just take this stuff and add it together… Put more or less of each ingredient based on your macros…. It’s not complicated at all. 

50/50 Dole Salad Mix With Spinach

Strawberries

Crumbled Blue Cheese

Grilled Chicken Breast

Litehouse OPA Strawberry Poppyseed Dressing

Add some walnuts if you want. 

Throw is all in a bowl and stir… This stuff is amazing! 

Love, Peace and Sharkyness 
~~~~~shArky~~~~~

Mar 21, 2017 - Pokemon, Thoughts    No Comments

Read You Bastards

I’m a dying breed and that makes me a sad panda….well…um…shark.

I wrote a really long post several months back, about Pokemon, and I posted it a few places. Overall, it started some great discussion and was well received but I noticed a lot of folks saying stuff like –

“this was too long, I only read a little of it…”

“I just skimmed this”

“TL;DR” (too long, didn’t read)

Truth is, it wasn’t really that long….maybe 2 pages in Microsoft Word; however, when you post that in a forum, it looks like a lot more and I understand that but what happened to reading exactly? 

I’m just as guilty as most because I love YouTube these days…however, I see the problems daily. I watch Pokemon videos and people will post their deck lists- so you have to pause it to actually be able to look at what it. They will even say stuff like- “pause the video if you want to read/look at this better” and I just don’t get that. Even on Facebook, I scroll and more than 75% of the stuff is video…how about posting a picture (because that will last longer…or so I’ve had a few attractive girls tell me.)

I guess I’m more “old skool” because I’m an “old guy” but if you pull something really cool out of a pack, I want to be able to click on a picture of it and zoom in on it and take it all in. If you are posting a copy of your deck list, I want to be able to look at it (clearly) and understand your thinking process and how it works. 

The written word is dying and I think it’s because it takes time to write and read and people are just constantly on the go these days; they want their news in 140 characters and everything else in something they can just stare at- without doing much thinking. I think writers don’t really want to put that much effort into things anymore because they realize that it will only be seen for a few minutes as folks scroll past for the newest thing. 

Maybe I should get me one of them there fancy videoing cameras and become a YouTube star?

Nah…it’s like I always say – “I have a face for radio and a voice for blogging.” (do the kids even know what a blog is these days….god, I’m soooo old.)

Love, Peace and Sharkyness!
~~~~shArky~~~~