Friday, February 27, 2015

Apple Cider Vinegar (Review)

Is drinking this stuff really worth it? I have no idea yet but one thing I will talk about is how terrible the stuff tastes. I will also tell you about a few of the things it has done to me. When I say things it has done to me, some pleasant and some unpleasant.

When I first started drinking this Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) I had to make a choice. Do I drink this straight or do I mix it with water and prolong the bitterness and shock! It is a bittersweet decision because drinking it quickly in a shot style makes the agony go much quicker. If I make a concoction of some sort then I have to drink it longer but it won't be quite as shocking. I chose to shoot it. I think this is the best way but it is very gross. I drink 2 tablespoons 3 times a day. That doesn't seem like much until you are drinking it. When you wake up in the morning and BAM a shot of acidic ACV! YUMMY.

The positive things it has done for me so far have been slight but noticeable. I think it has been giving me more energy. I am unable to say for sure if this is from the ACV, a placebo or all the coffee I drink. I feel better so my body is starting to run more efficient, which feels like more energy compared to feeling bad. I am not certain about this yet. I also want to mention that one morning I had my gorgeous wife put a dab of the stuff on her zit. The vinegar dried it up within hours. We haven't repeated this process on other zits. To conclude the zit clearing qualities of vinegar is inconclusive at the moment but our very first experiment is successful.  Next thing is the detoxifying ability the stuff contains. I will spare the details for sake of my readers but let me tell you that Charmin Ultra Soft is worth the money.

My recommendation so far would be to do some research and see if ACV is something you would be willing to try. I have been Tweeted that ACV tablets exist out there and they are very capable. I enjoy the challenge of shooting ACV 3 times a day!!

Here is the ACV I have been drinking. 2 tablespoons 3/day! Yummy.
Thank you for reading.
-Jay

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Weight A Minute!

I want to talk for a minute about my weight. The last photo update I did on June 14, 2014 day 283 I weighed in at 209#'s. That is pretty good. Since then I have put on a little fluff and got up to 239! It was totally worth it! Now that I am back in the gym I'm down to 229#'s. That's pretty good considering my eating isn't on fleek yet.

So for the update... I was heavy, spent 280 some days to weigh 209, then spent a bunch of days to gain it back. Such is life. My diet is getting back on track and today is the first day I ate very clean. I spent a couple of weeks dialing down and weaning things out so it doesn't happen all at once. Then I slowly changed the volume of food I consume. Next I changed the food and the frequency. I have found over the years, if I cold turkey my eating I will be miserable and probably cheat.

Being back in the gym has been great. I love working out. I am happiest when I work out. I don't know that it has anything to do with making me look better or feeling better physically. I imagine that helps but going to the gym for me is a place to relax and zen. My mind is always running even though I may not look like much is going on. When I go to they gym though I am able to turn it off and live in the moment. The only thing I am thinking about is how much this hurts or that burns etc. It is calming and I need to make it a higher priority.

I don't mind looking better, feeling better and all the things associated with going to the gym. What I need to focus on is how to make it more of a priority. Who doesn't like to look better, lose weight, feel better, have a six pack whatever. I think what it is for me is I am not too concerned with "looking" amazing. What I should focus on is why I fail. Why did I do so well, then stop. What is it that made me quit. I love going to the gym for the zen like feeling I get. So why stop? Maybe I get a tolerance for the calm? Maybe I feel like I am there? Maybe I get bored? I really don't know what it is but I think I am going to work more on making going to the gym a priority. The rest will follow.

Where I was at 209... 
P.S. NOT photoshopped. It's the power of self tanner.


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Music In My Mind!

Music has always been there for me. I listen to all music and what I listen to depends on the mood I am in. I will listen to certain music to help change my mood also or supplement whatever it is I might be doing. When I work out, it is certain music. When I drive other music. When I write, who knows what I might have playing.  I find sometimes listening to dark music makes me happy. Happy music calms me down. Today I found myself wanting to listen to things on the groovy side. A song will pop into my head that I must listen to at that moment. Today, the song was "Smooth Operator" - Sade. What a great song. I love the passion, tempo and feeling it has. It is very sexy, smooth and groovy. If you have never heard this song, give it a go. If you have heard it before, I am willing to bet it has been a while since you grooved to it. This song is pretty old, I can imagine some of the stories you could tell when you first heard it.  I listen to it a couple more times, then move on to another. In my mind is a guitar playing and I can't get it out of my head. I remember this awesome guitar riff as a child. I can't get it out of my head. I won't stop searching until I find it. It goes something like, bada bada bap bump bummp, buhmp buhmp. It is a very sexy guitar riff from the 70's and it has this whimsical jam session toward the end. I finally find it. The song is "From The Beginning" - Emerson, Lake and Palmer (1972) It is a relief when you find a song that has invaded your mind. What a relief! Give this a listen.

If you are a movie buff I will share this with you. The movie trailer for Terminator Genysis (2015) played a song that I instantly recognized. The song that is playing in the trailer is, "I'd Love To Change The World - Jetta" This is a great cover of a song that I have been in love with for many years! If you love this song by Jetta, please pay tribute and give a listen to the original by the guys ahead of their time "I'd Love To Change The World"- Ten Years After (1971).

Now I must share music of today that I just can't get enough of! First is, "Through The Night" (Radio Edit)" - Cedric Gervais. What a groovy jam!  Love it. I am also loving "Something About You" - Hayden Jaymes. There is something about you... Are you a freak?...Start to shake! OOOOOOOOHHHHH! Love it

I could go on forever and list so many more but this is a couple of tracks I like right now and classics I missed.