Thursday, October 06, 2011
(DISCLAIMER: I am NOT a doctor, physician, nutritionis or anything like that. I simply have worked out a way to lose weight that works for me, and that I am willing to share. I give NO guarantees if this doesn’t work for you, and I am not to be held responsible for anything weird that might happen to you or anyone else by doing this.)
These are photos of me. The “Fat One” is taken one year ago. The “Thin One” is taken last week.
I’d like to tell you about my “Indulgence Diet”. It’s a great, efficient and reasonably easy way to lose weight.
I have gone through a personal weight loss journey for one year now, and I have lost 140 lbs (65 kgs) in that year. I have not done a significant amount of exercise – though I do recommend that you exercise – and I am still losing weight fast using my “Indulgence Diet”.
At first, I did normal calorie counting. It worked great for me, and I found some great websites that help me stay accountable to myself all the way through. I would recommend that you check out http://www.fatsecret.com/, this is a stellar site for calorie counting, and it has a great community forum and buddy system for support. I could not have succeeded in my mission without it.
After about 9 months I stalled – I simply did not eat enough, and my body started thinking that I was starving. I started reading up on the issue, and found some good solutions.
Especially one I stumbled across seemed to make sense to me, and this is what I’d like to share with you.
There are several approaches to this, and various opinions about whether this works or not. All I can say it that it has worked for me, and is still working!
Without going into too much detail, this is all about counting the calories that you consume, and sticking to the numbers that you are allowed. If you do this, you WILL lose weight. Promise. Cross my heart.
This is what I did and still do:
1. Sign up with http://www.fatsecret.com/ – it’s a great place to count calories. They have the best tools around.
2. Calculate your Recommended Daily Intake (RDI example 2000 calories) on www.healthycalculators.com.
3. Go to http://www.caloriesperhour.com/index_burn.php and calculate your Resting Metabolism Rate. Use the FIRST result, where is says "The results of your calculations are:" and then BRM and RMR. You need the RMR. (RMR example 2100).
4. Multiply your RDI with 7 (let's call it 7RDI example 14000).
5. Multiply your RMR with 2 (we'll call that 2RMR example 4200).
6. Calculate 7RDI minus 2RMR and divide by 6 (call it NEWRDI example calculates 14000-4200/6=1633).
7. Your new, daily calorie intake 6 days per week is NEWRDI - so in this case it is 1633 calories. Yes, it is less that your original RDI, but it works wonders.
8. Your 7th day - Your "Indulgence Day" (I choose Saturday, as this is where most "fun" days like birthdays, parties etc will be) you will consume AT LEAST (but no more than a few calories above) 2RMR (in this case 4200 calores, and I'd say no more than 4250).
9. Remember to recalculate all numbers before each "Indulgence Day" as the numbers change as you lose weight.
Now, I would never recommended that you go below 1200 calories intake per day, no matter what the numbers tell you. If you end up with a number lower than that, you will not be getting enough calories for your body to run efficiently. All you will accomplish is to NOT lose weight due to unhealthy eating and starvation! So if this happens, please stick to AT LEAST 1200 per day! You will have to stick with your “Indulgence Day” allowance (you can not cut anything from this) and just accept that you will lose weight a little bit slower. It’s okay. It’s the long haul that will get you the good results. You didn’t gain the weight overnight, and you won’t lose it overnight. Just accept it as fact.
I hope you find this useful - it helped me getting out of my plateau, and I know from some of the other users/buddies on FatSecret that this “fix” generally is pretty efficient. Good luck.
Monday, September 27, 2010
I’ve been waiting for SyFy to air this movie ever since I saw the trailer a few months ago, and I gotta say I was not disappointed. This was everything I had hoped for!
That is to say, it fully lived up to my expectations of having lousy acting, bad production, horrible effects and everything else you have learned to live from SyFy.
If you are into the campy horror movies and can watch it all go down with a smile, I fully reccomend this. Wife and I laughed our butts of. This was so much fun.
One thing that really is a much higher standard than the rest of the movie is the soundtrack.
The tone is set early on by the Cheetah Whores, who have the title song out on their brand new album. Check ‘em out, they really rock! :)
Their album hit the street on September 24th, 2010, so this is brand new. Now, be careful listening. It’s highly addictive!
Friday, August 27, 2010
The Big Four - Live from Sofia, Bulgaria blu-ray release pending - 1990’s Clash Of The Titans revisited!
It is well worth noticing that Anthrax and Megadeth joins Metallica on stage for "Am I Evil?" during Metallica's set (I wonder what Slayer were doing? I only see Dave Lombardo on the snare – maybe they don’t play sissy commercial junk like Diamond Head?), and also that Anthrax supposedly does a Ronnie James Dio tribute playing a snippet of "Heaven and Hell" during "Indians".
Of course, once I get my grabby little hands on this, a thorough review will be posted.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
…and the alternative, yet amazing, version:
Friday, August 20, 2010
Facebook is now launching a new feature, called Facebook Places. I just learned about it today, and I am - to put it mildly - not happy about it.
The whole idea is that you can now "check in" wherever you are, so your friends can keep up with you. This way you can see who is in the same place as you and what they are doing. You can of course also use it to brag about your whereabouts at that ultra cool concert or in-place you want everybody to know you are frequenting.
At first glance not too bad an idea. If you do NOT want to share where you are, just don't check in. Right?
See, the thing is that YOUR FRIENDS also have the ability to check you in. If they see you somewhere - anywhere - and decide to check you in, it will be shared on your facebook wall and in your friends updates for all your friends to see. You are with Facebook Places no longer in control of the information shared about your whereabouts.
Do you really want your boss to know if you decided to go out on your sick day? Do you really want your wife to know when you go purchase a gift for her? Do you really want to opt out of the option of telling that little white lie about where you are right now?
We all know that it is generally a bad idea to announce on Facebook that you will be away from your home for a longer time. This could easily be interpreted as an open invitation for burglars. "Oh, Kingkeld will not be home for the next three days. That should give us plenty of time to go get all his über-neat stuff!".
I can only imagine this becoming a much bigger problem with Facebook Places. Now there is no point in keeping it secret if you are leaving town. Your friends can easily snitch on you anyways, just because they have a gadget in their hands and like playing with it. They will probably not even think of it as being harmful or hurtful.
Of course, it is always considered courteous to not wish people a great vacation or nice trip on Facebook, unless the person has already announced it. This should go without saying.
As if it is not bad enough that Facebook in a sense now is stalking you, they also keep the information. All the check-ins that are done in your name goes in a database to be used for advertising etc. This is also where all the other information about you goes. Who are your friends? Are you going the same places? What places are they? I really don't feel that Facebook needs to make money and specific advertising for me that way.
Usually I am not really needing to lie about my whereabouts. I have no problem letting anyone know what I am doing, or where. I just don't like the thought of "Big Brother" watching me, disguised as my best friends. What a horrible, horrible idea.
How would you like to see status updates such as "(your name) has been checked in at the STD clinic" or "(your name) is taking a massive dump at the local gas station. Guess he couldn't hold it"?
I would rather be without them.
If you are like me, you turn off the Facebook Places features ASAP.
Because, as a light at the end of the tunnel, there is a way turn the Facebook Places feature off. It is very simple, and in my opinion very necessary. We don't really need the whole world looking over our shoulder whenever or whatever we are doing, do we? Instructions to be found below.
Now, the other side of the coin... all the postings that will most likely come. Are we really interested in knowing where everyone is at all times?
Personally, I am sick and tired of being informed how many Sheep brother Bob needs for his farm and how many gold coins cousin Erika just made playing hide-and-go-seek. Facebook Places will be one more feature to annoy and clutter what Facebook is doing best - keeping in touch with your friends and contacts.
I highly recommend "Fluff Busting Purity" (they are no longer allowed to be called "Facebook Purity" as that was apparantly (and likely so) infringing trademarks. However, the site is still the same, and what they do is still awesome.
Fluff Busting Purity simply removes all the clutter from Facebook through a customisable interface that gives you the option to sort all the junk out of your Facebook page. This makes it so much easier and fun to use Facebook. A quick download using very easy instructions as you are good to go. Link Below.
I hope you find some of this information useful. Personally, I can't stand the thought of Facebook Places, and Fluff Busting Purity has made Facebook an enjoyment for me.
Rant over. Have a great day. :)
How to turn off Facebook Places, so only you can check in.
How to install Fluff Busting Purity.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Saturday, August 14, 2010
When I record my music, I usually post it to Riffcaster, a website connected to the recording software RiffWorks. A great, easy and free way to distribute your music. Riffcaster has a great community of fellow musicians, and everyone is eager to present their stuff.
I love going through the stuff that the users post, listen to all the great songs that probably will never be released, just because we are amateurs with no connections.
Every once in a while, I come across a track that I think is out of the ordinary. This song, Hasta La Vista, from a user who calls himself Phil HomeStudio, is such a track. I heard it on there and felt that it would maybe be something that my blog followers would enjoy. I love the laid back feel of it. Great vocals and great musicianship all over. Thanks to Phil for letting me post this.
So here it is, in all it’s glory. Enjoy. :)
In the future, it is very likely that I will post more music from RiffCaster. Now, go and check it out for yourself.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
(I found this at kulichki.com – I felt it was worth sharing. :))
"When the Beatles conquered the world, it wasn't just the music that captured people.
The Beatles became very known for their wit in press conferences."
Press: Does it bother you that you can't hear what you sing during concerts?
John: No, we don't mind. We've got the records at home.
Press: How did you find America?
John: Turn left at Greenland.
Press: Are you a mod or a rocker?
Ringo: I'm a mocker.
Press: Are you afraid military service might break up your careers?
John: No. There's no draft in England now. We're going to let you do our fighting for us.
Press: Are you going to have a leading lady for the film you're about to make?
Paul: We're trying to get the Queen. She sell in England, you know.
Press: Are you scared when crowds scream at you?
John: More so in Dallas than in other places, perhaps.
Press: Are you wearing wigs or real hair?
Ringo: Hey, where's the police?
Paul: Take her out!
George: Our hair's real. What about yours, lady?
Press: Aren't you tired of all the hocus-pocus? Wouldn't you rather sit on your fat wallets?
Paul: When we get tired we take fat vacations on our fat wallets.
Press: Beethoven figures in one of your songs. What do you think of Beethoven?
Ringo: I love him. Especially his poems.
Press: Can we look forward to any more Beatle movies?
John: Well, there'll be many more but I don't know whether you can look forward to them or not.
Press: Did you really use four letter words on the tourists in the Bahamas?
John: What we actually said was "Gosh".
Paul: We may have also said "Heavens!".
John: Couldn't have said that, Paul. More than four letters.
Press (to George): Did you write "Ringo's Theme"?
George: No, did you? You haven't been reading the little bits of paper, have you, that says who writes "Ringo's Theme"?
Press: Do any of you have ulcers?
George: None that we've noticed.
Press: Do you ever think of getting a haircut?
Paul: No, luv. Do you?
Press: Do you fight amongst yourselves?
John: Only in the mornings.
Press: Do you get much fan mail?
Ringo: We get 2,000 letters a day.
John: We answer every one of them personally.
Press: Do you have any special advice for teenagers?
John: Don't get pimples.
Press: Do you have any special message for Dutch youth?
John: Tell them to buy Beatle records.
Press: Do you like topless bathing suits?
Ringo: We've been wearing them for years.
Press: Do you plan to record any anti-war songs?
John: All our songs are anti-war.
Press: Do you speak french?
Press: Do you wear wigs?
John: If we do, they must be the only ones with real dandruff.
Press: Do you worry about smoking in public? Do you think it might set a bad example for your younger fans?
George: We don't set examples. We smoke because we've always smoked. Kids don't smoke because we do.
They smoke because they want to. If we changed we'd be putting on an act.
Ringo (whispering): We even drink.
Press: Does all the adulation from teenage girls affect you?
John: When I feel my head start to swell, I look at Ringo and know perfectly well we're not supermen.
Press: Does your hair require any special attention?
John: Inattention is the main thing.
Press: Don't you ever get a haircut?
George: I had one yesterday.
Ringo: You should have seen him the day before.
Press: George, is the place you were brought up a bit like Greenwich Village?
George: No, more like the Bowery.
Press: Girls rushed toward my car because it has press identification, and they thought I met you. How do you explain this phenomenon?
John: You're lovely to look at.
Press (to George): Hi, you're not married.
George: No, I'm George.
Press: How come the Beatles, rather than 200 other groups, clicked?
Ringo: Sometimes I try to figure that out, too.
Press: How come you were turned back by immigration?
John: We had to be deloused.
Press: How do you feel about teenagers imitating you with Beatle wigs?
John: They're not imitating us because we don't wear Beatle wigs.
Press: How do you add up success?
All four: Money!
Press: What will you do when Beatlemania subsides?
John: Count the money.
Press: How do you feel about a nightclub called Arthur, named after your hair style?
George: I was proud--until I saw the nightclub.
Press: How do you spend your time when you're cooped up in a hotel room between the shows?
John: We play tennis and water polo, and hide ourselves from our perol officers.
Press: How do you stand in the draft?
John: About five feet, eleven inches.
Press: How does it feel to be putting on the whole world?
Ringo: We enjoy it.
Paul: We aren't really putting you on.
George: Just a bit of it.
John: How does it feel to be put on?
Press: How tall are you, Ringo?
Ringo: Two feet, nine inches.
Press: Is it true none of you can read or write music?
Paul: None of us can read or write music. The way we work is like, we just whistle. John will whistle at me and I'll whistle back at him.
Press: Is it true you can't sing?
John (pointing to George): Not me. Him.
Press: Is your wife expensive?
John: Quite, quite...
Paul: How much did she cost when you bought her?
John: Er, she was about fifty pounds in Nairobi.
George: But she was second hand, wasn't she?
Press: Was she second hand??
John: How dare you!
John: No more unscheduled public appearances. We've had enough. We're going to stay in our hotel except for concerts.
Press: Won't this make you feel like caged animals?
John: No. We feed ourselves.
Press: Paul, you look like my son.
Paul: You don't look a bit like my mother.
Press: Recently there has been an article published in Rolling Stone magazine stating that Day Tripper was about a prostitute, and Norwegian Wood was about a lesbian. What was you're intent when writing these songs?
Paul: We were just trying to write songs about prostitutes and lesbians.
Press: What was the inspiration behind Elenor Rigby?
John: That one's about a couple o' queers!
Press: Ringo, how do you manage to find all those parties?
Ringo: I don't know. I just end up at them.
Paul: On tour we don't get out much. Ringo's always out though.
John: Ringo freelances.
Press: Ringo, what started your practice of wearing four rings at once?
Ringo: Six got to be too heavy.
Press: Ringo, why do you wear two rings on each hand?
Ringo: Because I can't fit them through my nose.
Press: Some people have been calling your work "unamerican". How do you respond to this?
John: Well, that's very observant of them.
Press: The French have not made up their minds about the Beatles. What do you think of them?
John: Oh, we like the Beatles. They're gear.
Press: Were you worried about the oversized roughnecks who tried to infiltrate the airport crowd on your arrival?
Ringo: That was us.
Press: What about the recent criticism of your lyrics?
Paul: If you start reading things into them you might as well start singing hymns.
Press: What about this campaign in Detroit to stamp out the Beatles?
Paul: We're starting a campaign to stamp out Detroit.
Press: What are some of your favorite programs on American television?
Paul: News in Espanol from Miami. Popeye. Bullwinkle. All the cultural stuff.
John: I like American TV because you can get eighteen stations, but you can't get a good picture on any of them.
Press: What careers would you individually have chosen had you not become entertainers?
Paul: I dunno. Maybe something with art in it?
Ringo: A hairdresser.
George: I had a short go at being an electrician's apprentice. But I kept blowing things up, so I got dumped.
John: No comment.
Press: What do you think of the pamphlet calling you four communists?
Paul: Us, communists? Why we can't be communists. We're the world's number one capitalists. Imagine us, communists!
Press: What did you think when your airplane's engine began smoking as you landed today?
Ringo: Beatles, women, and children first!
Press: What do you call that hairstyle?
Press: What do you do when you're cooped up in a hotel room between shows?
George: We ice skate.
Press: What do you look like with your hair back on your foreheads?
John: You just don't do that, mate. You feel naked if you do that, like you don't have any trousers on.
Press: What do you think of the criticism that you're not very good?
George: We're not.
Press: What do you think you've contributed to the musical field?
George: A laugh and a smile.
Press: What excuse do you have for your collar-length hair?
John: Well, it just grows out yer head.
Press: What is the biggest threat to your careers, the atom bomb or dandruff?
Ringo: The atom bomb. We've already got dandruff.
Press: What is the reason you are the most popular singing group today?
All four: Don't know. No idea.
John: If we knew, we'd get together four boys with long hair and be managers.
Press: What is the secret of your success?
John: We have a press agent.
Press: What is this about an annual illness, George?
George: I get cancer every year.
Press: What is your favorite food?
Ringo: I'm hung up on hamburgers.
George: All four of us are mad about hero sandwiches.
Paul: I have a yen for grilled cheese sandwiches.
John: George and I usually wait until someone else orders, then say "I'll have that, too".
Press: What will you do when the bubble bursts?
George: Take up ice hockey.
Paul: Play basketball.
Press: What would happen if you all switched to crewcuts?
John: It would probably be the end of the act.
Press: When are you going to cut your hair, Paul?
John: What do you mean? He got it cut yesterday.
Press: When are you going to retire?
Ringo: In about 10 minutes.
Press: When are you starting your next movie?
Paul: In February.
George: We have no title for it yet.
Ringo: We have no story for it yet.
John: We have no actors for it yet.
Press: When you do a new song, how do you decide who sings the lead?
John: We just get together and whoever knows most of the words sings the lead.
Press: Where did you get your hair style?
Paul: From Napoleon. And Julius Caesar too. We cut it anytime we feel like it.
Ringo: We may do it now.
Press: Where did you think up the hairdos?
Paul: We got them from a German photographer who wore his hair this way.
George: It was while we were in Germany. I went swimming and when I came out I didn't have a comb. So my hair just dried. The others liked it the way it looked, and there we were.
John: We've told so many lies about it we've forgotten.
Press: Which of you is really bald?
George: We're all bald. And I'm deaf and dumb.
Press: Who in the world would the Beatles like to meet more than anyone else?
Ringo: The real Santa Claus.
Press: Who thought up the name Beatles?
Paul: I thought of it.
Paul: Why not?
Press: Why are your speaking voices different from your singing voices?
George: We don't have a musical background.
Press: Why don't you smile, George?
George: I'll hurt my lips.
Press: Why is it that you Ringo get more fan mail than the others?
Ringo: I dunno. I suppose it's because more people write me.
Press: Will you sing something for us?
All four: NO!
Press: Can you sing at all?
Ringo: No, we need money first.
Press: Would you ever accept a girl in your group if she could sing, play an instrument, and wear the Beatle haircut?
Ringo: How tall is she?
Press: Would you like to walk down the street without being recognized?
John: We used to do this with no money in our pockets. There's no point in it.
Press: You and the snow came to Washington at the same time today. Which do you think will have the greater impact?
Ringo: The snow. We're going tomorrow.
Press: You were at the Playboy Club last night. What did you think of it?
Paul: The Playboy and I are just good friends.
Monday, August 09, 2010
Friday, August 06, 2010
As I stated first time I posted it here, it’s a little tribute to the “true” metalheads out there – the bands like Manowar who takes it all dead serious. …or do they? I gotta say, I admire them for their dedication to their music and the style, and their willingness to wear skimpy leather speedos on stage. Death to false metal!
As always, please help me spread my music. I put a lot of work in these and would love for as many people as possible to hear it. If you like the music, or just feel like passing it on to someone who might, please send them a link, post this on Facebook, stumble it (use the button on the top of the page) and anything else you can think of.