National Whiskey Day is . . . not yet (5/21) / Comic books via DC and Captain Blue Hen / Seth Godin quote

morning babble / Wednesday 05-18-22

This is the scribble that leads to the babble. Sometimes, it gets tidied up; but other times, not so much. When all else fails: watch the video!

World Whiskey Day – May 21st

LoCARB & MEATY MAY – still on. I had to make my kids Mac & Cheese with Chicky Nuggets last night. I ate an egg omelet with pepperoni and cheese.

228 days until EXIT PLAN

Welcome to AMA Wednesday –

Comic book from picture on Saturday Night

Captain Blue Hen Comics from Newark, DE – that’s my headquarters

DC vs. Vampires – originally for my son, but I’m digging it too

Written by James Tynion and Matthew Rosenberg

If I’m not reading this, I’m nursing this series along – The Boys – remain on Volume Five. Anything by Garth Ennis – I enjoy. Try to read fun things before bed. Don’t want to start up that brain and have it thinking of something and then it’s 2am before you know it.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“Gravity doesn’t care who believes in it. It’s still here. – by Seth Godin

LoCARB / MEATy May – 5/17/22

-9 lbs (last weigh-in 5/16 compared to 5/1 weigh-in)

Fast broken: 11:50am

Push-up Challenge = 13 (last done on 5/15)

Breakfast

Black Coffee – 4 (1 cup = 4 oz)

Lunch

1 cup of Classic Beef Bone Broth via Kettle & Fire

Vanilla Greek Yogurt with Blueberries

Snacks

1 1/2 cups of Frozen Mango

Green Olives Snack Pack

(2) Cheese Sticks

Dinner

4 Egg Omelet with Mozzarella Cheese and Pepperoni

Not Monday! / Podcast Tuesday with health hacks via All the Hacks / Cal Newport quote

morning babble / Tuesday 05-17-22

This is the scribble that leads to the babble. Sometimes, it gets tidied up; but other times, not so much. When all else fails: watch the video!

Smorgasbord

Cal Newport – Digital Minimalism

229 days until EXIT PLAN

PODCAST TUESDAY!

I’m revisiting one that I’ve talked about before: All the Hacks podcast with Chris Hutchins Episode #52 had writer and cookbook author Liz Moody on. The episode was called “Hack Your Health (While Still Enjoying Life) – click here to listen for yourself. She has her own podcast: Healthier Together.

  • Cold shower – goal 1 minute at the very end
  • Save your favorite podcast for working out. You’ll find yourself being driven to the exercise because you want to hear or watch a show. All last year I did this with Dave Chang Shows.
  • Breathing through your nose (not mouth) is critical – Mouth Tape

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“Clarity about what matters provides clarity about what does not” – by Cal Newport

LoCARB / MEATy May – 5/16/22

-9 lbs (last weigh-in 5/16 compared to 5/1 weigh-in)

Fast broken: 10:15am

Push-up Challenge = 13 (last done on 5/15)

What did I eat today?

Breakfast

Black Coffee – 4 (1 cup = 4 oz)

Lunch

4 Egg Omelet with Mozzarella Cheese and Pepperoni

Snacks

Cashews and Dried Cherries

Cup of Frozen Blueberries

Dinner

Rigatoni Pasta with Tomato Sauce and Spicy, Sausage (an obvious dinner favorite)

(2) Glasses of Malbec (we split a bottle)

Slices of Parmesan (had to finish that bottle with something)

Piling up the work plate for Monday / Accomplishing goals via Cal Newport / Confucius quote

morning babble / Monday 05-16-22

This is the scribble that leads to the babble. Sometimes, it gets tidied up; but other times, not so much. When all else fails: watch the video!

Monday – hip hip horray. We can do it. It’s all good.

230 days until EXIT PLAN

The other night I mentioned having a Dad Bod again. My daughter went on to ask “What’s a Dad Bod?” Well, a puffy person and little more “wobbly.” She then said, “You don’t have a dad bod, you’re skinny.” And now – my daughter is my most favorite person in the whole wide world.

GOAL SETTING MONDAY & REVIEW –

Finding myself having much self-control over my eating.

So many things I’m trying in order to set my goals and then reach them. Keep throwing them at the wall to see what sticks

Weight +/- for the day is -9 lbs when compared to 5/1 weigh-in

Push-ups done for the Bring Sally Up Challenge – Back down to 13

The “Bring Sally Up” Challenge 1 Play the song “Flower” by Moby 2 When the song says “bring sally up” – push up. 3 When the song says bring sally down – come down. 4 Do it continually through the end of the song. 5 If you complete the entire exercise, you’ll do 30 reps of pushups

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“We have two lives, and the second begins when we realize we only have one.” – by Confucius

LoCARB / MEATy May – 5/15/22

-11.4 lbs (last weigh-in 5/13 compared to 5/1 weigh-in)

Fast broken: 6:30am

Push-up Challenge = 14 (last done on 5/8)

What did I eat today?

Breakfast

Black Coffee – 4 (1 cup = 4 oz)

Cup of Frozen Mangos

Lunch

Wings from Washington Street Ale House

(3) IPAs (whoops)

Snacks

Large Ice Coffee from Dunkin (w/ cream & sugar)

Dinner

Burger but 1/2 bun

Cheese and tomato salad

LoCARB / MEATy May – 5/14/22

-11.4 lbs (last weigh-in 5/13 compared to 5/1 weigh-in)

Fast broken: 7:45am

Push-up Challenge = 14 (last done on 5/8)

What did I eat today?

Breakfast

Coffee with low fat creamer – Hazelnut flavor

4 Egg Omelet with Mexican Blend cheese, Ham, and Salsa

MUD\WTR with Almond Milk and Honey

Lunch

1 cup of Classic Beef Bone Broth via Kettle & Fire

Pork Rinds – Good bit too

Snacks

Green Olives Snack Pack

1 1/2 cups of Frozen Blueberries

Dinner

Artichoke and butter

Broccoli

Bacon Wrapped Steak

1/2 bottle of red wine (my honey had the other)

Couple pieces of dark chocolate

Late Night Snacks

Glass of Whiskey on the rocks – Maple infused

Recap Daughter’s 1st show: Black Pistol Fire, not Slipknot / New Music Friday: Kendrick, Black Keys, and more!

morning babble / Friday 05-13-22

This is the scribble that leads to the babble. Sometimes, it gets tidied up; but other times, not so much. When all else fails: watch the video!

Quick recap on some things – 3 Day Fast is over. I was truly greeted at the door by my wife with the Pomegranate Lime Tequila Fizz – my 1st of 3 for the evening. Also, had pasta with sauce and spicy sausage. Lots of sausage – so good. There was an ice cream date as we watched the stand-up comedian, Chris D’elia (deli uh). We limited the dessert intake but it did feel make me feel like Popeye receiving his spinach, but in ice cream form. My +/- for the month is now at -11.4 lbs since May 1st. Weight loss isn’t really the goal, but I am monitoring it. I’ll do that Bring Sally Up Push-up Challenge on Sunday – update that on Monday. I’ve got to do better than 14. And I’ll keep my shirt.

233 days until EXIT PLAN

Last Friday, we were in Philly at The Foundry for Black Pistol Fire. We took our kids. Elliott has been to a concert already, but this was a first for my daughter. She made it through the opening act and about 4 songs into Black Pistol Fire. She then crashed in my arms

Woman came up to me and said this moment for me made her so happy. Me and my daughter on my lap as incredible live music was being played. I thanked her and proceeded to say that my son was there too enjoying the show – way up in the front row. She then proceeded to tell me that the first show that she took her 7 year-old son to was Slipknot. Now – I like Slipknot. I think the lead singer Corey Taylor is amazing. BUT – Do you know Slipknot? (video) Did you see that? Please know . . . I am not making fun. Slipknot fans – all good. I have my favorites – like I said I’m a big Corey Taylor fan – solo, his other band Stone Sour, and even Slipknot. BUT – taking my 7 year-old son to their concert? Grow up fast.

New Music Friday:

  • Kendrick Lamar has released his new double album titled Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers. Last Sunday, the video and song for “The Heart, Part 5” was released. Within the video, Kendrick stands in front and delivers his powerful-like sermon. As the rhyming continues on, his face morphs into polarizing celebrities like OJ Simpson, Kanye West, and Will Smith. Near the end of the video, Kendrick transforms into Kobe Bryant and Nipsey Hussle as he pays to fallen icons.
  • Black Keys new album has arrived – their 11th and it’s called Dropout Boogie. They were just on Jimmy Kimmel the other night playing two of the album’s releases: “Wild Child” and “It Ain’t Over.” Fun Fact – tomorrow is the 20th anniversary of their 1st album The Big Come Up. All of their albums are good, but I am excited to hear the newest one and again it’s called Dropout Boogie. 10 songs / 34 minutes / Don’t blink. One song that jumped out to me is “Your Team is Looking Good.” 1st time through – I enjoyed that one and wanted it to just keep going.
  • Death Cab for Cutie have released a new single, “Roman Candles.” It’s the 1st tease of the band’s 10th album – Asphalt Meadows – which is due out Sept. 16th. Via Rolling Stone, the band explained: “Roman Candles’ is about the crippling, existential dread that goes hand in hand with living in a nervous city on a dying planet, and that the only way to be in the moment is to let it all go.” So, it’s a happy song. I’m excited though for the whole album. Death Cab has an odd place in my musical heart. Their album PLANS was the first album I ever downloaded onto my iPod, which definitely helped get me back into music. This past Tuesday, Apple announced it was discontinuing the manufacture of the iPod Touch, the last of the iPod models still being produced.
  • Post Malone’s forthcoming album twelve carat toothache is getting closer and closer – full drop on June 3rd. The rapper has shared a new single called “Cooped Up” and it’s featuring Roddy Ricch. I gave it a listen. I need to give a couple more. He’s one that can sneak up on you and get into your head. Later on, you’re singing it to yourself.
  • My Chemical Romance have returned with their 1st new song since 2014, “The Foundations of Decay”. No new album is in place. In fact, no new music was really going to be put out but the band’s been hanging out and about to embark on a reunion tour with dates in North America and Europe – ends in October. But today, we got the 6-minute new song from these guys. Again, it’s called “The Foundations of Decay”

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“If you like something, rock it. If you want to rock a cape every day, go for it.” – by Post Malone

LoCARB / MEATy May – 5/13/22

-11.4 lbs (last weigh-in 5/13 compared to 5/1 weigh-in)

Fast broken: 12:25pm

Push-up Challenge = 14 (last done on 5/8)

What did I eat today?

Breakfast

Black Coffee – 4 (1 cup = 4 oz)

Lunch

4 Egg Omelet with Mexican Blend cheese, Ham, and Salsa

Snacks

Pork Rinds – a good amount

Iced Toasted Vanilla Oatmilk Shaken Espresso (a treat via Starbucks)

Cup of frozen blueberries

Snack pack of Black Olives

Dinner

12+ Wings from Valle’s Pizza – wonderful!

Another Pomegranate Lime Tequila Fizz Drink

(3) IPAs – yeah . . . I was chilling a lot in the library

Late Night Snacks

Snack pack of Black Olives (I was soooooooo good here. I could have done sooooooo much damage, but I didn’t!)

LoCARB / MEATy May – 5/12/22

-6.0 lbs (last weigh-in 5/9 compared to 5/1 weigh-in)

Fast broken: 6:00PM

Push-up Challenge = 14 (last done on 5/8)

What did I eat today? NOTHING until 6pm on Thursday (5/12/22) – that’s when the 3 Day Fast ended.

Dinner

(3) Pomegranate Lime Tequila Fizz Drinks – so good (FYI – no carbs in Tequila)

Rigatoni Pasta with Tomato Sauce and Spicy, Sausage (yeah – a little carby)

1/3 of a Pint of Ben & Jerry’s of Coffee Toffee Bar Crunch (Whoops – but so damn good!)