Updates! SCD – YouTube – Google BOLD

Long time no speak!

What is going on everyone?
It has been a while since I posted anything here so I thought I would give an update.
Everything has been pretty hectic and busy since I last posted.
I have had a bunch of really tough college classes the last couple of semesters and they are only going to get harder since I am just about done.
I think I have 8 or 9 more classes left until I have my Bachelors. I am very excited about this.

Well, let’s jump right into the updates!

SCD – Slow Carb Diet:
Good news – Bad news on this front.
Good news is I ended up going from 240 lbs to 197 lbs.
The bad news is I am back up to 220 lbs.

I think as I mentioned before being on a diet is an alright thing, but a diet is something you do for a period of time and then you stop.
You need to make a commitment to a lifestyle change in order to maintain your better health and weight.

That brings me to my next update!


Starting in 2017 I am going to open up a YouTube Channel called: Let’s Get Fit Together.
I am going to dedicate the channel to my well-being. Losing weight and changing my eating habits. Overall I am going to change my lifestyle to improve my health and I am going to do my best to document it.
Some of my goals are going to include Vlogs/Updates of my progress. I want to explain and show the routines of what I am doing to lose weight and build muscle.
I am working on a workout routine that should be easy to do for anyone wanting to get fit but have no idea where to start.
I also want to do some cooking videos. Healthy Food, Cheat Food. Also, I might even do a Beer Brewing video. I have many ideas jumping around in my head and I hope it will be good content people want to see.
I feel like you don’t see a whole lot of things like this on YouTube. Usually, it is just really fit or ripped people telling you how to get fit and I find it hard being overweight to relate. I think if the world sees someone who is overweight get fit it will help motivate them to do the same.
I think it will also keep me motivated as well as I will want to put out progress videos each week so that alone will make me not want to fail.

Google BOLD Internship
Final Update of this blog post.

I applied for the Google BOLD Internship Program for 2017.
My application made it through the system to where the Google Teams are actually looking at my application and seeing if I will be a good fit anywhere.
I know Google only takes the best of the best. I am wondering if I will get selected. I really hope I do. I might not be the best candidate on paper, but I think I am a great candidate overall as I have a lot to prove. I have a lot to prove to myself and I want to prove to Google that I belong on their team where ever they might place me. It has been a dream of mine to work for them. It has been a dream of mine to work/learn from a great team and take what I learn and make something even better out of it to help improve the team’s goals/product.

I don’t really have a preference either on where I end up. I can do the business aspect. Marketing/Sales and I can even do the Technology aspect. I am a great learner and I have a lot of ambition. I just need someone to step up and give me that chance to show what I got.

So yeah, I have my fingers crossed for that.

Well, that is it for now.
Hopefully my next update I will have more info on the YouTube channel.

Stay tuned and thank you for reading!

Weight Loss Update: Week 8, 12, 16

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Week 4 vs. Week 16 (Pictured Above)

Hey, Everyone!
It has been a few weeks since my last update.
I am still going strong on this new lifestyle change of mine. I am still very much committed to the “Slow Carb” lifestyle.
In this update, I am going to talk about some pitfalls I have had. Things I am doing differently and my overall progress.

First off I wanted to say that I have a new support group. I joined a program called Prevent.
I am in this program free of charge as it was offered to me by the company I work for. It is a support group + a class about health & nutrition all rolled into one nice easy to do program.

You are given an online health coach who is there to help you with your weight loss goals. This has been an invaluable tool for me as I have asked my coach many questions on what I could do to substitute certain things to eat or even for exercise.
In this program, I have to weight myself every day. The weight is automatically transmitted to the Prevent website and my weight is tracked on a statistics/progress website. It is a 16-week program and each week you learn something new about nutrition and how and what to eat. It also explains how certain foods benefit your body.
Also, each week you are given activities you should be doing to help you achieve your weight loss goals. I think in week 5 we were given pedometers and they wanted us to try and commit to moving 7500 steps each day. Later on, we were given an elastic band for exercising. They wanted us to try and commit to using that for exercise a few times a week.
It has been very informative for me and I have learned a bunch of good information about eating healthy and nutrition in general.

What is next for me?
I am hoping to start making videos (YouTube) about my weight loss journey so other people like myself have something they can look at and realize they too can obtain these results.

Alright here is what you are probably waiting for. Real number updates.

Last I left you at Week 4 I weighed in at 226.3 lbs.

Week 8
3/5/16 – Weight: 218.5 lbs.
Waist (OBB): 46
Hips: 43
Chest: 45

Week 14 (I forgot to do WK12)
4/16/16 – Weight: 208.2 lbs.
Waist (OBB): 45
Hips: 42
Chest: 43.25

Week 16
4/30/16 – Weight: 204.5
Waist (OBB): 43.75
Hips: 41.75
Chest: 43

If you remember I started at 239 lbs.
So as of 4/30/16 I have lost a total of 34.5 lbs.

I believe this is very good progress and I am very happy with my results so far.
As far as recommending this lifestyle change to someone. I would very much recommend it.
Here is a screenshot from Prevent of my daily weigh-ins (Taken 4/29/15).
You will see with my cheat days I gain between 5-7 lbs. each weekend and I always end up losing all of it plus more by the end of the next week.

I ran into some issues during Easter. My family bought me candy and typically I keep all my junk food in a grocery bag in the corner. Out of sight, out of mind. Except I did not do that with this candy. It was looking at me every morning. I ended up going through a couple weeks eating candy. It did hinder my progress, but not as badly as I thought it would.
I also found that not eating enough food actually will hinder your progress as well. I found I made the best progress when I ate 4+ times a day of lean protein and veggies.

Changes I have made:
So over the last couple of week (2 or 3) a lot of stuff has been coming down on me at work. Lots of changes, lots of stress, none of it really any good. I would like to vent about it, but it would not be super professional of me to do so, so I will leave it at that.
With that being said my eating practices and habits have changed a bit.
I have not been eating 30g of protein in the morning within 30 minutes of waking up. In fact, I have not been eating anything until about 3 hours after I wake. I have not had any negative effects from this yet. I am not sure how long I will keep this up, but it will likely be for a while or until I find a new job.
I would have to say anyone who has issues eating breakfast and getting that 30g of protein within 30 minutes of waking. I feel like you might not have to worry about this. At least I would say give it a try for a couple weeks and see what happens.
I have read that people get to a certain weight and then struggle with losing and at that point the breakfast becomes a crucial part of the SCD lifestyle.

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Here we have just a couple selfies I took the one with the shaven face this week. I ended up getting rid of the beard for a job interview which I don’t think panned out for me. So I am very sad that I got rid of it for nothing.

So as much as I didn’t want to take photos without my shirt on I decided that it probably was something I should just bite the bullet and do since I am writing about my weight loss journey. You very well cannot talk about your losses and now have pictures or evidence to actually back it up.
These were taken just a few hours before I uploaded this blog. Week 16 shots. Hopefully, my next photos will be less blurry. I blame it on not wearing my glasses and not setting my camera focus up properly.

As far as food goes I am pretty much eating solely chicken now. I will do steak every now and then, but I found chicken gives me the best results and right now I am looking for the best/fastest losses.
I started using Sriracha and Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo Sauce on my chicken and other food.
The spicy sauces add flavor to a boring meal plus it is awesome that spicy stuff has fat burning properties. So it is like killing two birds with one stone. I also removed beans from my diet and replaced it with sweet potatoes.
I have been baking the sweet potatoes in the microwave. I then cut them open and sprinkle cinnamon on them. Cinnamon also has fat burning properties as well which is just awesome.
Cheat days are pretty typical. I just eat whatever. I have not had pizza in a while sadly. Actually as I am writing this I am considering baking a pizza. (Update: I ended up spending $22 at Taco Bell and ate up a ton of dem carbs!)
Below are some photos of my daily meals and some of my cheat day foods.

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As you can see my diet now mostly consists of chicken. I enjoy sweet potatoes almost daily as well.
Some of the photos are chicken chili. Chicken lettuce wraps w/ bacon or pepperoni. I highly recommend chicken and bacon lettuce wraps lol!

Cheat Food:
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Double Doozies pictured first. It is simply your fav. cookie with vanilla whipped frosting in the middle. So damn good.
The second photo is my Big Boy dinner a few weeks ago. Buffalo Chicken Strips, Chili Cheese Fries, Mozzarella Cheese Sticks.
Brownies in the next photo and then the final photo was my cheat meal last week where I made pasta alfredo and ate a brownie.

Well, thanks everyone for reading the blog!
Questions or Comments feel free to leave them.
Keep on losing!

My Slow Carb Diet Journey

This journey began Thursday, Jan, 7th 2016.
This is a bit weird because most people always say they are going to begin their diet at the start of a new week. However, I have been in a life funk for a while so I began making changes to my life little by little since the middle of last year. Next on my list of self-improvements was my weight.

My weight has never really bothered me as far as my looks are concerned. Mostly because I don’t really think super highly of myself anyways. I also have never been too concerned about what others think when they look at me. However, a few days after Christmas I ordered this really cool Dragonball Z tracksuit from Japan. It came in size LL which is what I assumed to be XL in American.
Long story short, I looked like a freaking pumpkin in this tracksuit and I was very upset about what I looked like wearing it.

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Oddly enough this was the push I needed to start my weight loss journey.
I read a book about 3 years ago called “4 Hour Body” by Tim Ferriss. Out of some strange coincidence my best friend (Eric) happened to be reading the book at the time I was going through this “looking like a pumpkin” in my new tracksuit thing and he started talking to me about this book he was reading.

As he started talking about it, it dawned on me that I had read this book too. So I went and I found the book and re-read the first few chapters. In the book, the first few chapters Tim talks about a “Slow Carb Diet” (I will refer to this as SCD). The diet mostly consists of eating lots of protein and no white carbs. So lots of lean meats, veggies and legumes.
Eric and I began to talk about this diet and I was willing to try anything to get this weight off.
Eric told me if I did this diet he would also do it with me. We had one requirement, we would Snapchat each other our meals each time we ate something to keep one another on track (mostly me because he is already fit). I thought this was a pretty good deal and I started my diet the next day.

On Thursday, Jan, 7th 2016 my measurements were as follows.

• Weight: 239 lbs.
• Waist (Over Belly Button): 49.5 inches.
• Hips: 45.25 inches.
• Chest: 46.5 inches.

On Friday, Feb, 5th 2016 (30 days later)

• Weight: 226.3 lbs.
• Waist (Over Belly Button): 46.5 inches.
• Hips: 41.5 inches.
• Chest: 45.25 inches.

In 30 day’s I lost about 13 lbs. – 3 inches in my waist – 3 inches in my hips – and about 1 inch in my chesticles.

I think these are pretty good results for only doing this for 30 days.
My end game goal is 170 lbs.
I would like to reach 150 lbs. though I think due to my body structure I would look really bad that thin.

This is how I currently look in my DBZ tracksuit:

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(Me at 226 lbs.)

While I won’t be joining The Cell Games anytime soon. It is, at least, a start and we all need to start somewhere.

The one thing I really would like to do when I hit the 150-170 lb. mark is go buy and have a suit fitted. Don’t ask me why I have no idea, but I have always wanted to wear a nice fitting suit. Nothing super fancy just a nice pair of pants, nice jacket, button down shirt all built for me.
I would like to walk into a club or hell even the mall I don’t really care and for once have people look at me and be like “Damn son!”.

In my mind, I am walking into this place and as soon as my feet hit the entrance doors I would do a spin and clap my hands, maybe snap my fingers. (Yeah I am laughing out loud right now)
However, I am much too shy of a person to do any of this, but it would be really awesome none the less. So that is my current weight loss goal and dream.

If you are interested in the SCD diet here is a post to get you started on Tim’s Blog.
Click Here for a link to a PDF with a fairly large list of food that you can eat on this diet. I personally printed this out and I kept it for reference when I was buying food.
Finally, if you are considering the SCD and you want help or need info I actually found the best resource to be on Reddit called 4 Hour Body Slow-Carb. Everyone on this forum has been really helpful and it has answered some questions I have had.

Below I am going to explain how I got through my first 4 weeks on this diet. I will tell you what I ate and I did happen to take pictures of a few of the dishes. They are nothing fancy at all, but it may be helpful to people starting out.

The most important thing I found on this diet is doing meal prep for the entire week. We are all pretty lazy which is one of the main reasons why I am fat. It is much easier for me to get home from work in the morning, do what I need to do and wait until 10 am for Burger King to start serving breakfast and pick up a couple double cheeseburgers.

However, I found that if I prep my meals on Sunday afternoon and cook enough food to get me through until my cheat day on Saturday I don’t have any issues. I can just grab something I made on Sunday from my zip lock bag and toss it on a plate and set it in the microwave. Honestly, this is actually much easier than taking the time to put pants back on. Warm up the car and drive 10 mins to get food and come back home. So in theory, I actually get to be much lazier (not sure if that is a good thing? Haha).

My first week I went to the store and I bought a bunch of frozen chicken breasts, frozen veggies, and a bag of dry red beans. The frozen veggies I kept in my freezer. The beans and chicken I cooked all of them up. I put all the chicken into 1 giant zip lock bag and put it in the fridge and the beans I put into a giant container.

(Baking Chicken for the Week.)

When I was making lunch for work I would grab 2 pieces of chicken and a couple large scoops of beans and I would dump a bunch of frozen veggies into a container and take that to work to heat up for lunch. I would do the same for dinner time when I got home for the entire week. It worked out really well.

Was it the most boring thing in the world? Yeah, it really was, but it worked. It kept me full and it kept me from slipping up and eating stuff that would throw me off the SCD.
Breakfast was interesting for me. I have never been a fan of eggs. In fact, 4 weeks ago was the first time in my entire life I had ever made myself an egg. My breakfast consisted of 2 strips of bacon, 2 eggs scrambled, and a blend of cauliflower and broccoli. To drink, I would have water and an 8 oz. mixture of a protein shake made by ISOPURE Unflavored. No carbs, No sugar. Taste like ass or at least what I assume ass might taste like.

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(My protein powder and my first meal of scrambled eggs and bacon.)

The goal of breakfast on the SCD is to consume at least 30 grams of protein. In order to get this amount, I went with the protein shake. You could go with anything, but for me, this was the easiest option.
I am going on my 5th week on the SCD and I still don’t much care for eggs, but I have found that if you cook your veggies in with the eggs while you scramble them. They seem to taste much better and a little more bearable. Thinking about that now I bet if I broke up the cooked bacon and scrambled it in with the eggs it would taste really good too.

Cheat Day:
Holy crap, I forgot to mention cheat day. I am sure by now most of you have quit reading so you don’t get to hear about this wonderful day and you probably have given up on even considering this diet.
Cheat day is a marvelous day! Typically, most people make this Saturday, but you can make it any day you want as long as it is only once a week. On cheat day, anything goes. In Tim’s book, he actually talks about how he would binge food until he got sick or felt like he was going to get sick.
I am not 100% positive on how this works, but the day kicks your body out of Ketosis and makes it so your body does not go into starvation mode and continue to store fat cells (I hope I explained that correctly).

I know I was pretty skeptical as well by this concept. My first cheat day I ate almost an entire large pizza. I ate a block of cheese and a sleeve of crackers, some Oreos and M&M’s. It was a good day. By the end of the following week I was down 3 more lbs. So apparently it was not all BS there had to be something to what he was explaining in the book. The second cheat day I ended up weighing myself the day after cheat day and I gained 3 lbs. on the cheat day. By the end of the week, I lost the 3 lbs., plus an additional 2 lbs.

(As you can see on the 26th I weighed after cheat day. I gained 3 lbs. I ended up losing it all though by the end of the next week.)

Here are some photos of the food I had eaten over the last 4 weeks on cheat day.

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As you can see I drank beer, had pizza, and a ton of snacks. Oh yeah and I am a huge fan of wrestling as well.

One thing I should really mention is while on this diet they say you can eat however much you want and, in theory, you can. The main reason is they expect you to fill up on veggies. Veggies have a really high fiber content which makes you feel full and since veggies have a really low-calorie count so you can pretty much eat as much as you want.

However, if you start making chili like I did in week 3 you will soon find that meats like hamburger have super high-calorie counts. So I made sure that I limited my calorie intake to help me maintain a goal of losing 2 lbs. a week. I believe I need to stay under 1,622 calories each day. You can use an app called MyFitnessPal to track your calories, this also will allow you to give it your current weight, goal weight, how many lbs. each week you want to lose and it will give you a target calorie range. A lot of people on the SCD say you don’t need to do this, but honestly, I would recommend it if you truly want to see results.

I should also mention that I gave up soda as well. The SCD says you can drink (x) amount of diet soda each day, but I gave it up totally. I think this also helped me drastically in weight loss. I drink nothing but water and tea now. I am considering trying carbonated water so I can have a “fizzy” type drink in my life, but I have not tried it yet.

More Food I ate during the 4 weeks:

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Hamburgers (no bun) w/ Salad, sometimes with just Red Beans. Just plain old Spinach Salad. Spaghetti Squash w/ Meat Sauce. Slow Carb Chili.

That is all I have for now and I will try to continue to update my progress every few months.
I hope this has inspired you to try and better yourself if you find that you are unhappy with your weight.

I will say one thing. Don’t think of this as a diet. Think of it as a new way of eating to be happy and healthy.
Diets come and go, this is something you want to stick with so you lose the weight and don’t regain it.
Thanks for reading!

Traveling Plans 2016

I have been wanting to travel for a few years now and the only thing really holding me back was the fact I thought it was expensive to do.
After much reading / research from Nomadic Matt’s Blog I have learned many traveling hacks that I can use to help me fund my trip(s). I also bought his book from the Google Play Store: How to Travel the World on $50 a day.
I highly recommend this book if you are considering traveling. Not just traveling full time like Matt himself seems to do, but these little travel hacks are awesome things to consider for even just the 1 time a year vacation travelers.

My ultimate goal is to quit my job for a few years and just travel to a few different places around the world and experience life. In order to do this I want to first pay off my debt, finish college and pay off the student loans. I am currently in the ballpark of ~$60,000 of debt. This is mostly due to the 2013 Jeep Wrangler I bought 2 years ago and then school loans.
I absolutely love my Jeep and I do not want to get rid of it, but in order to experience life the way I want to. I need to downsize my material possessions and be a little thrifty. So, the current plan is to sell the Jeep. I do have a window sticker stating it is for sale. I have placed it on a few websites and I am in the process of trying to sell it privately.
I should in theory be able to get at least $4,000 more for it than what I owe, and with that $4,000 I should be able to find a used car to get me by for a few years.

With no car payment I would then start paying off my school loans and I figured I should be able to pay it all off within the next 3 years (after I sold the car). 3 years seems like a long time I know, but in the meantime I would be saving for my trip(s) as well. Once I graduate I could pretty much just take off to wherever. That is my plan anyways.

Traveling in 2016!

Next year I am going to fulfill one of my biggest dreams. I will be traveling to Japan!
One of my best friends (Eric) will be heading overseas with me for this journey!
We are currently looking at the beginning of July to fly over. July is the summer season in Japan and it will likely be pretty hot. The main reason I was considering July was that it is opening season to climb Mt. Fuji.

I have never climbed any mountain, nor am I even an experienced hiker. Have you heard of Couch to 5k? I am the creator of Couch to Refrigerator, back to Couch to watch TV.

I am out of shape and this hike will likely kill me. However, how freaking cool would it be to see the sunrise from the highest point in Japan? It will be worth the death.
I have almost an entire year to prepare for the journey to Japan, so in the meantime I am going to start exercising. Jump rope, walking, and I might even head over to the hills near me to practice climbing up them each weekend to help build my stamina and leg muscles.

There are so many things I want to see and do in Japan.
On the top of my list are just a few of the following:

  • Tokyo Skytree
  • Mori Tower
  • Tokyo Gov. Building
  • (All three of these places I would like to go to at night so I can photograph the landscape from above)

  • I would like to see a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony.
  • I want to go to an Onsen which is a hot spring. Typically they are communal baths. It kind of makes me nervous about getting naked in front of strangers, but screw it. If I am willing to die on Mt. Fuji. I am willing to show my wiener to a bunch of people at a bathhouse.
  • I would like to eat at the Robot Restaurant as well.
  • I would also like to take a Samurai Sword Lesson.
  • J-World! Anime Heaven with rides! I have to visit!
  • Here is a photo of my list so far. It is a very rough list. No order to this list at all as of yet. I just started working on it.


    If anyone can help me organize this trip that would be awesome. Shoot me a comment or check out my contact page to get a hold of me.

    Before I end this post I will talk about the one huge thing I am doing to help fund this trip. I am stealing this from Nomadic Matt’s Blog again, but it is too good not to share and I urge anyone who plans on doing any traveling at all. Even if it is just once a year this could save you hundreds of dollars on your trip. I obtained a Capital One Venture card. This is a travel card and it gives you 40,000 miles if you spend $3,000 dollars within the first 3 months. You also get 2 miles per every $1 you spend using the card.
    What I am doing is putting all of my monthly bills on to my card and then paying off the card before the months end so I do not end up paying any interest. I currently spend about ~$1,500 a month on bills, food, etc. So why not make the money I spend work for me?

    The 40,000 points equates to about $400 which is pretty much a free domestic round trip flight in the US. So the introductory bonus already entitles me to a free flight. What is really cool with the Capital One card is while it is called earning Miles. You can use the “Miles” for cash back, flights, and hotels.
    You are already spending the money right? You should make sure you are getting a benefit for doing so. Heck even if you are not going to ever travel you should find a credit card that pays you for using it and use this card to help make you money or give yourself back a little something!

    I will end this post here and I will try to remember to keep my blog updated with any new news of my trip.
    I cannot wait for July of 2016!! Japan I will be seeing you soon!

    Fun and Interesting Thoughts

    Today’s Post is just some fun and interesting thoughts I had today and I thought I would share them with you.

    Let’s say the LHC (The Large Hadron Collider) opens a wormhole in attempts to find a parallel universe.
    Do we assume that the spot/location where we open the wormhole to this parallel universe is the exact place in the other universe it will exit?
    What happens if we open a wormhole and the exit is just somewhere out in space? Does everything around the wormhole just automatically start getting sucked in? Space is a vacuum right?
    I would assume that as soon as it was opened everything would just get sucked through the wormhole and out into space somewhere.

    What about this for a thought:
    The wormhole opens into space and it creates a vacuum that begins sucking everything into it with so much force that it actually tears the wormhole even bigger consuming everything until the universe itself gets sucked inside out.

    Here is something else funny/amusing I was thinking about with wormholes:
    Let’s assume for a second you can open a wormhole to a specific destination and it will not suck you in or destroy the universe around us lol!
    We open the wormhole and make the exit a black hole. On our side of the wormhole we have 100lbs of deliciously cooked meat. We attach a really strong sausage rope around the meat and toss the meat into the wormhole. The 100lbs of meat would be crushed or condensed when it exits into the black hole.
    We then reel the meat back in to us using the sausage rope. The 100lbs of meat is now the size of a sugar cube.
    What happens if we eat it?

    Fun thought.

    Idea to save Water.

    Thingamabob to save Water!

    I would not consider myself a hippie by any regards. In fact I am pretty far from it, especially when it comes to saving water. I need to take a very hot and long shower every morning just as most people need to have a cup of coffee in order to function in the morning.

    I am the type of person who likes to come up with weird ideas and I like to do things that are a bit out of the norm. If I owned my own house I would be one of those guys who ran solar panels and collected rain water from my gutters to water my lawn in the summer time. I also would really like to get geothermal power in the house and if I still lived in Michigan I would run the geothermal lines up my driveway close to the surface so the heat would keep the driveway melted so I would not have to shovel it.

    Alright, let’s jump back on to the topic of water.

    So I have thought about this for a while. However; I should mention that while I have thought about this, I have not done any research on it so everything I am about to say is coming directly from my noggin with no research and will likely never be fully practical.

    My idea to reuse water:

    Most everyone takes a bath or shower on fairly regular basis. All that used water ends up going down the drain and is wasted never to be used again. I thought of a really cool idea a while back to take that wasted water and make it usable again.

    What I was thinking we could do is create a second drain line off of the main drain line in the tub (This could actually also apply to sinks and possibly even washers). The second drain would be attached to the side of the old drain and it would have a wire mesh filter on the front of it.

    The wire mesh filter would be the first line of filtration against larger stuff like, dirt, stones, hair, poo, etc. As you are taking a bath or shower some of the water being drained would go down as normal along with larger debris. The rest of the water would go down the side/second drain. The water would then be ran through a filter and end up in a tank that is heated to 212 degrees Fahrenheit.

    Now I know what you are already thinking that just because you boil water and filter it does not make it clean (consumable). I think it makes it clean enough to reuse as bath, shower or sink water. It also makes it clean enough to be used as toilet water (which in a lot of homes is 2+ gallons of wasted water per flush). My thought would be that this second tank would be ran to specific systems in the house such as the toilet or bath.

    Another other option would be to build a condenser tank and the water being boiled would evaporate and be blown into the condenser tank and then that water could be routed to anywhere in the house for use or consumption.

    The second tank of water could actually be used for anything such as watering your lawn or washing your car. I know a lot of people will read this and think that it sounds pretty gross, but I look at it like this:
    It cannot be any worse or gross than swimming in a community pool. My idea is pretty similar to how a pool works in that it recirculates the water though a filter and is pushed back out. The water that little kids are peeing in is only cleaned by the chlorine that is being put in by the owners on a regular basis? Yet people still jump in and splash around and play in.

    My system has a filter and it is being cleaned by being boiled. While we could use a system that added bleach, chlorine or iodine tincture I would prefer not to use chemicals. So all in all I feel it is pretty safe and usable at its core.

    Anyways… This is just my thought / idea to save water. I know it seems gross and might even seem dumb, but when you think about parts of California right now who are on the verge of running out of water due to dry spells and the cities themselves are fining the general public if they are caught wasting water. My idea does not seem so crazy.

    Bearded Journey – Update

    Welcome to the second post about my Bearded Journey.
    As of today, we are going on almost 2 years and 3 months worth of growth. My original post with my photos from 1 month to 1 year 4 months can be found –> Here.

    I don’t have a whole lot to say that differs from what I said in the original post. I have noticed that the longer it gets the less wild of a look it seems to have. I also have noticed because I am a ginger that I tend to get a ton of compliments about my beard. I am sure to most people I look like a hobo, but to others, they really love the colour and how bright it is. After two years I stand by my original comment when I said: “The hardest part about growing a beard is growing the beard.”. I still get various comments every now and then telling me I should trim it. I just keep my head up and ignore people who say this and you need to do the same.

    What is my growth goal?

    Well, I do not really know. I would really like to try and grow it fairly long. I am talking ZZ Top long. Just to be able to say I did something like that. After I achieve this goal, if I like it I will likely keep it. However, if I do not like the length I will probably trim it maybe a little shorter than it is currently.

    Do I have any issues eating with it?

    lol, sometimes!
    I am actually pretty good at making sure food enters my mouth and stays off of my beard. However, every now and then it cannot be avoided and I end up with cheese sauce or something in my beard. At first, I thought this was going to be embarrassing, but it actually turns out to be quite funny and everyone around me usually just laughs and I say the typical line “I am just saving it for later.”.

    Will I ever cut it off before I reach my goal?

    It is very possible.
    I am currently in the process of trying to find a career. I would really like to work for Google in their Business / Marketing Dept. I would also enjoy working for them as an IT person doing various Networking projects. I have recently sent in my resume to be a Business Intern and if they called me to come in I would shave all of this off.
    I do not think I would shave for just any job, though. It would have to be something I really wanted to do to shave for an interview or, at least, something I felt would really advance me into an actual career.

    Well… How about we go on to the picture update?

    April 2014 - 1 Year 5 Months

    April 2014 – 1 Year 5 Months

    May 2014 - 1 Year 6 Months

    May 2014 – 1 Year 6 Months

    June 2014 - 1 Year 7 Months

    June 2014 – 1 Year 7 Months

    July 2014 - 1 Year 8 Months

    July 2014 – 1 Year 8 Months

    Aug 2014 - 1 Year 9 Months - Getting ready to see DBZ Battle of Gods

    Aug 2014 – 1 Year 9 Months – Getting ready to see DBZ Battle of Gods

    Sept 2014 - 1 Year 10 Months

    Sept 2014 – 1 Year 10 Months

    Oct 2014 - 1 Year 11 1/2 Months

    Oct 2014 – 1 Year 11 1/2 Months

    Nov 2014 - 2 Years!

    Nov 2014 – 2 Years!

    Dec 2014 - 2 Years 1 Month

    Dec 2014 – 2 Years 1 Month

    Jan 2015 - 2 Years 2 Month - Current

    Jan 2015 – 2 Years 2 Month – Current

    Nov 2014 - 2 Years! - Me being Goofy

    Nov 2014 – 2 Years! – Me being Goofy

    Oct 2014 - 1 Year 11 Months

    Oct 2014 – 1 Year 11 Months

    Time Travel and Parallel Universes

    What if Time Travel has been possible and people have been traveling to the past and future for years?

    When I am sleeping or I am sitting around just thinking about random things no normal person should be thinking about I often wonder the possibilities of time travel already happening. I would like to try and explain my theory or take on such events happening right now and why we might not have noticed the results or effects of the time travelers.

    I know what you are thinking right now. If people are traveling though time and making changes then we would never notice the changes because everything would have happened as they should have and nothing would be a miss.

    Well okay, but let us take a few minutes and open our minds to the possibilities that we are aware time travel is happening and also open our minds to the possibility of time travel.
    When I think of time travel I think of two instances in my life that I have seen it disproven. One of the instances was based on a fictional TV show “Big Bang Theory”. Sheldon and Leonard are going over the roommate agreement papers and one of the clauses in the agreements is if either of them discover time travel they would travel back into the past at that exact moment of the contract signing. Leonard and Sheldon sign the agreement and pause for a second in hopes that their future selves visit them in the past. After a couple seconds nothing happens and they are both disappointed.

    The second instant I have read about and is an actual true story.
    On June 28th 2009, Stephen Hawking threw a party and invited time travelers. No one showed up. Hawking did this to disprove the theory of time travel, but I have a weird idea/theory that might be the reason why we don’t notice time traveling happening around us.

    Whew. That was a pretty long introduction haha! Here we go.

    What I would like to propose is that time travel is possible however; you cannot actually change our current timeline. When traveling though time you instead create an alternative timeline or I would really like to call it a parallel universe.

    Scientist already believe that there are an infinite amounts of universes. Some scientist think there are numerous amounts of parallel Earth’s that are all based on different outcomes throughout the life of the Earth itself and the things that inhabit it. For example: We could call our Earth “Earth 1” (If you are a DC Comics fan you might get the reference). On Earth 1 you flip a coin and it lands on heads. On a parallel Earth we would call “Earth 2” you flip that same coin, but this time it lands on tails giving us a whole other timeline.

    So let’s tie my theory into the parallel universe theory.
    This time we are going to be observers of a person who is getting ready to use their time machine. This person is getting ready to travel to June 28th 2009 to attend Stephen Hawking’s Time Traveler Party. They hop in the machine and press a few buttons. Lightning bolts shoot around the machine like it is a homemade faraday cage and in an instant we are sitting in Mr. Hawking’s kitchen watching the Time Traveler eat a piece of cake and drinking tea with Mr. Hawking himself.

    When we return to our present time we hop on Google and see if what we witness just happened. We see a 2012 article that states “Stephen Hawking Throws Time Travelers Party. No One Shows.”.
    What the heck right? We just witnessed it happen.

    Here is what really happened:
    During the time traveling process the time traveler created a parallel universe (Earth 2) and he visited Mr. Hawking at his party. If we were on Earth 2 and we Googled “Stephen Hawking Time Travel Party” we would see that this in fact did occur and on Earth 2 the world would know that time travel actual exists.

    With that very long and drawn out example and explanation I would like to think that time travel is possible, but we would never actually know the changes it causes because it would never change anything on our timeline. I’d like to think of it as the universes way to protect itself and everything in it.

    I do know there are some flaws with this theory. One of the biggest flaws might be if we are time traveling and creating a parallel universe how does one make sure they get back to their original timeline?
    Is it possible that the time traveler never actually left in our timeline? Which means when he did travel through time and create the parallel universe he actually gets stuck in the parallel universe with no way to come back, but meanwhile on our current timeline the time travel process failed and he never actually left.

    Crazy.. I know.. This is my brain and what I think about. I love theoretical sciences because anything is possible.
    Hope you enjoyed!

    The Journey of the Beard.

    Some would say that growing a beard would be an easy task, but I beg to differ.
    Growing a beard is actually quite hard to do. Lots of people do not have the genetics to grow facial hair very fast or possibly even at all.
    During my journey, I had run into many things that set me back or made me think twice about what I was doing. I will explain my mistakes and the troubles I ran into, to hopefully prevent you from making the same mistakes.

    I am not by any means and expert on facial hair growing. My beard as you will see from the photos below make me look like a hobo (most of the time).
    The number one hardest thing about growing a beard is actually growing the beard. During this process, you will have the urge to trim your beard. DON’T!
    During the 1 year and 4 months I have been growing mine I ended up trimming it 4 or 5 times in the early stages and it turned out to be a very bad idea. 9 or 10 months into the growing of the beard I began to feel real hobo-ish looking. So I started shaving my neckline to about the bottom of my jaw line, not realizing that by doing this I was cutting away most of the thickness of the beard as it grew longer. There was a period about a year into the growth of the beard that it ended up looking really weird and thin. I thought about just scrapping the beard at that point and starting over, but I decided against that and I began to just let the hair grow and not touch it. It has been about 4 or 5 months now since I stopped trimming at all and now my beard looks much, much fuller.

    Now I don’t normally care a whole heck of a lot on how I look which brings me to probably my second and last reason why growing a beard is hard.
    Friends, Family and Strangers: If you are unlucky they will nag you about shaving. Telling you that you need to shave every time they see you. It tends not to play well on your psyche and makes you want to do bad things to your beard. Do not listen to them. If you want the beard, let it grow.
    When should you shave? After knowing what I do now I would say “Never!” However; you should trim when you feel like you are ready and feel the need to round out the beard around your face.
    Now I cannot tell how to do this as I have no experience with this. I actually have my mother who is a hair stylist do this for me when I go in for a haircut. The only thing I can tell you is when you trim your beard, not much comes off. You just remove enough hair to round off the beard to whatever style you are looking for. Oh and also to shorten those strangely long hairs that somehow grow to be 5 inches longer than any of the other hairs on your face.

    Why did I begin this journey?
    The short and sweet answer is Nov 2012 – No shave November came and I was 30 years old and I had never grown a full beard before. I decided it was time to give this a try. I had no motivation other than this. Below will be some photos of my journey and you can see what I started with and where I am now with my beard.

    Nov 2012 - 1 Month

    Nov 2012 – 1 Month

    Dec 2012 - 2 months

    Dec 2012 – 2 months

    Jan 2013 - 3 months

    Jan 2013 – 3 months

    Feb 2013 - 4 months

    Feb 2013 – 4 months

    April 2013 - 6 months

    April 2013 – 6 months

    June 2013 - 8 months

    June 2013 – 8 months

    Sept 2013 - 10 months

    Sept 2013 – 10 months

    Oct 2013 - 11 months

    Oct 2013 – 11 months

    Dec 2013 - 1 year 1 month

    Dec 2013 – 1 year 1 month

    Jan 2014 - IRON BEARD!

    Jan 2014 – IRON BEARD!

    Jan 2014 - 1 year 2 months

    Jan 2014 – 1 year 2 months

    Feb 2014 - 1 year 3 months

    Feb 2014 – 1 year 3 months

    March 2014 - 1 year 4 months

    March 2014 – 1 year 4 months

    The gallery above should be in order from 1 month to 1 year and 4 months.

    In the gallery, the last photo you will see is Beard Balm. I have recently discovered two items that everyone who wears a beard needs in their lives.
    Beard Balm and a Boars Hair Brush. I got my Beard Balm from BeardBalm.us one of the main reason I got it from this website is because it is made in Detroit, MI. I currently reside in Michigan so I felt like I wanted to help out people in my State by buying their products. I was very surprised when I received a handwritten note with my Beard Balm. It was nice to see a company who cared enough to take the time to actually write to a customer.
    The last thing I mentioned above was the Boar Hair Bristle Brush. When/if you buy one of these make sure you read the reviews and make sure it is real boar’s hair. I bought one from a company called Bass and it was not real boar’s hair, it was nylon or plastic bristles. It was also kind of hard and if you brush too firmly it can hurt your skin. Find yourself a soft brush and you won’t regret it. The day I got the brush in the mail I went into the bathroom and started to brush my beard and I was instantly amazed by how well it groomed me. I had less wild hair flaring off of my face and I looked like I actually took care of my beard! This was something I had been trying to achieve ever since I started growing it!
    The Beard Balm I have only used twice now, but it is awesome! It keeps your hair in place but does not make your beard hair all hard and crunchy. It keeps the beard very soft and the wax seems to disappear or soak into the beard fairly quickly so you do not have a greasy feeling beard. Also, it smells really good and I don’t normally like smelly stuff. It sort of smells like freshly cut sawdust to me and I dig that. It completes my lumberjack man look!

    That is all I have for now! I will update on this subject as much as I can, so check back!
    Keep on growing everyone!


    I am back again like the herpalurpies.
    This time I am hoping to bring you a more steady stream of blogging. Probably not super steady, but it should be fun none the less.

    So around this time last year I picked up my first DSLR camera and I bought it with the sole purpose of doing Astrophotography. Now for those of you who have no idea what this is. Simply put it is the photographing of the sky. Be it the Sun, Moon, Stars, or even deeper sky objects like Nebula and Galaxies. Well to my surprise this can be a super expensive hobby. So what I think I am going to do with this blog (among other things) is talk about my adventures into jumping in to the field of astrophotography. What I have learned and things I have done. Next weekend I am heading to a Dark Sky Park in Mackinaw City called The Headlands. Before I head up I am looking to fabricate up a Barn Door Tracker. This will allow me to track the sky so I can take longer than 20/30 second exposures with my camera with out having any stars start trailing in my photos.

    I will take photos and complete a write-up on the tools/hardware used to construct this and I will also include the prices as well.
    I have visited many sites and they all offer what I am going to be posting, but hopefully I will have more of an All-in-One stop shop type setup for you guys.
    Hopefully this will be a nice blog for the new guys getting into the field. We will basically be learning together and hopefully I can get a small following of people and we can have discussions and toss around ideas and what-not.

    I will try and make this as professional as possible, but my grammar is going to be something that some may find unbearable. That being said, if you are still reading this, hold on tight.

    So for starters I will go over my current equipment and setup.
    I am a Nikon User. The one thing that I dislike about other astro-websites is everyone uses Cannon and swears by it. I feel I have had just as good luck with my Nikon. So that being said, if you own a Nikon body and Nikon lenses, don’t go out and spend money on Cannon.

    Camera Body:

  • Nikon D5100 (If I was to buy a camera again I would buy a full-framed sensor camera)
  • Lenses:

  • Nikkor 35MM f/1.8 (My Baby! I love this lens)
  • Nikkor 85MM f/1.8 (I have not used this yet on the stars)
  • Nikkor 18-55MM f/?.? (I like using the 18MM)
  • Rokinon 8MM f/3.5 (I have not used this yet, but I will soon!)
  • Nikkor 70-300MM f/4.5-5.6 (Hoping to use this for deep sky)
  • Optron 500MM f/8 (Cheap-ass lens, I hate it)
  • Tripod: (A good sturdy Tripod is a MUST HAVE!)

  • Manfrotto MK294A3-D3RC2 294 Aluminum Tripod Kit with 3-Way Head
  • So to get you started you really only need a few things.
    Camera Body, Camera Lens (35MM is a cheap and great starting point), Tripod, Dark Skies, Snacks and Drink, and a few hours to kill.

    Setup your camera on your tripod and aim at any stars/constellations your little heart desires.
    Now if you are using the 35MM lens you want to set your shutter for 20 seconds. I have had good luck with a 20 second shutter and had no trailing produced on my star shots.

    What is trailing you ask? The Earth is rotating 465 meters/second so if you are photographing something in the sky for a long period of time you will see the stars start to streak or make trails since the Earth is rotating. There are many options to counter our star photos from having streaks. The easiest way is to use the Rule of 600.
    Take 600 and divide it by your lens focal length (ours is 35MM) 600/35= 17.14. So in reality the longest you really want to expose for is 17 seconds. My Nikon however only offers 10/15/20/30seconds. You could be on the safe side and shoot 15 seconds. I however have done most of mine at 20 seconds and had little to no trailing.

    Back to where we were: So we have the camera on the tripod and we are shooting Orion at 20 seconds. We take a look at the photo and we love it!
    Woohoo! Our first Astrophoto! Really that is pretty much the easy part.

    The next part which I have not dove into yet, but I will be in two weeks is photo stacking.
    So lets say you are shooting Orion and the photo is nice, but is a bit faint. So we would take multiple exposures of Orion and then when we import them on our PC/MAC we would use a program called Deep Sky Stacker (Freeware) and we would stack and align our photos. By doing this it would remove a lot of the grainy/noise from our photos and also make a nice brighter photo.
    More on this to come in the later weeks.

    Now, lets assume you want streaks/trails in your star photos. We could create Startrails! I absolutely love these photos! You can see a couple of mine in the photos below.
    For this you pretty much just set your shutter to 30 seconds (if your in a really light polluted area) and take hours worth of photos of just one spot in the sky. You would then take all of the photos and stack them in Photoshop or this program I like to use called Startrails (Freeware). This program pretty much does all the work for you and fairly quickly.

    Well that is about it for now. I will add more when I do more and learn more!

    I will add in some photos I have currently taken over the past year. This is not all of them, but the ones I find most fascinating (or the ones I like the most).
    Most all of these are taken with my 35MM. The only exception is the shot of the lit of staircase and Orion overhead. I took that with the stock 18-55MM lens the D5100 came with.

    Harbor1 BluSky

    Harbor2 Orion

    PurpSky Startrail1


    If you would like to see more of my photography/astrophotography you can check out my Flickr Account <---Click. Like I said above, I plan to add more about this subject on this blog and hopefully someone will be able to use this as a reference to help them along in this hobby. If you have any questions feel free to ask. I am learning this too so I may not be able to help right away, but I can probably find the answers. Check back later!