Adventures in the Lone Star State

VLCD – Day 1

Well, today’s the first day of the very low calorie diet (VLCD). I must say that I woke up a bit nervous this morning. I had terrible thoughts about not eating, starving, etc. Nevertheless, I proceeded to start my regimen and had 1/2 grapefruit for breakfast along with 2 cups of water. Talk about yum. </sarcasm> Surprisingly, I didn’t feel too hungry all morning. On some mornings when I’m too lazy to make breakfast and give in to cereal, I’m starving by 8am or so. To make things even more challenging, I had an appreciation luncheon to attend with a co-worker at the Greenspoint Club. It was hardly the place I could show up with my brown bag lunch. Rather, the meal was catered with salmon, steak, mashed potatoes, bread, cheesecake etc. Fortunately, at the beginning of the line there was a large bowl of mixed greens. So, that’s what I had. A heaping portion of lettuce with a slice of lemon for my dressing. Kinda depressing when I think about it now. My co-worker gave me some grief and thought I was a little insane since I don’t look like I have any weight to lose (and I really don’t). When we returned to the office, I ate my home made lunch (3 oz chicken, 1/2 large tomato sliced, and an orange). It tasted great! I snacked on some more celery throughout the afternoon and had the same stuff for dinner. I’ve been busy every night, so I haven’t had time to plan my meals just yet.

The most difficult part of today was the mental game. I like to eat, snack, etc. Limiting myself to just celery for snack was a little difficult, but overall OK. Well, time to go help move a baby grand piano. Hopefully, I don’t strain my back in the process.

January 13th, 2011 at 6:57 pm | Comments & Trackbacks (0) | Permalink

HCG – Day 2

Last night, I went to bed feeling pregnant. My stomach felt like it was going to burst after all the food I ate. I weighed myself this morning and gained a whopping 1.6 lbs! Doesn’t surprise me at all given the amount of food I ate. Needless to say, gorging is not as fun as one might think. I’m pounding food even when I’m not hungry. Hopefully, this successfully tricks my body into burning fat. I’ll show it! Tomorrow, it’ll go along merrily burning fat and I won’t give it anything! OK, maybe just 500 cals–but really, that’s not a lot of food. My last In-N-Out burger probably had that much…Oh, I guess not. Who knew their burgers only have 390 calories. Not bad. However, that vanilla shake I had there has 580 cals. You see, it’s easy to eat 500 calories in one sitting. I’ve probably eaten double that amount today in cheese alone. Anyway, tomorrow is the true day of judgment. I’ll see if I’m up to the challenge after all. I have a couple of different relatives on HCG right now and one just did their first day of “VLCD” (very low calorie diet). They said they were doing fine. Didn’t really feel hungry (this is pre-dinner) and they had only 300 calories up to that point. I hope I can say the same. That’s all for today. I’m off to a Rockets game in one of their fancy suites. Thanks, Kathy, for the tickets!

January 12th, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Comments & Trackbacks (0) | Permalink

HCG – Day 1

Let’s see…it’s been nearly 4 months since my last post. Wow, that is bad. I wonder who still stops by this place. In my pre-married life, I used to blog. Now, my wife does most of the blogging. Anyway, today I am writing about HCG. What’s that you might say? No, I don’t have low sperm count. Yes, this is some total fad diet and I have decided to jump on the bandwagon. The story goes that I have some relatives that tried this out. Many of them experienced great success in losing weight. Some lost 30+ lbs in a matter of 30-40 days. Pretty impressive. It has now been about six months since these individuals stopped the program. Many of them have done well and maintained their new, lower weight.

Therefore, after much indulgence over Christmas, I decided to give it a whirl. Do I need to lose 30 lbs? Nope. Unless I want to weigh less than what I did in high school. However, like many other men, I have those 10 lbs. of cushion that have accumulated post high school and post college. Some might say, “go to the gym and eat less.” This is very true and valid. Ironically, while contemplating the HCG diet, I was reading an article in the latest edition of GQ that spoke directly to me and those 5-10 lbs. I could very well be more disciplined in going to the gym, build up more muscle, eat less, and lose the weight that way. However, I thought that the HCG diet would be more of a challenge. WedMD and Mayo Clinic frown upon this method. They state that HCG doesn’t make you lose weight, it’s the starvation (500 cals/day) that does it. I tend to agree with them. In fact, another relative cut back on eating a lot this past summer and lost 20 lbs or so. He did say that he felt like he was going to bed hungry every night, though. What is compelling about HCG, though, is that many people claim that HCG helps them not feel hungry. That is what I am out to discover. Does HCG really curb my hunger? We shall see…

Today is the first “bulk up” day. I get two of these. I am to eat as much fat as possible (healthy fat, that is — can’t blow it all of sugary nonsense) to condition my body to burn fat. My wife read a study the other day that stated one’s body burns more fat during a given day if you eat fatty foods for breakfast versus carbs. If you eat bagels (ie., high level of carbs), your body will burn more carbs and little fat. The HCG diet plans make the same recommendation. When I came home from work, my wife asked me what I ate. When I told her, she told me I haven’t eaten enough, so she whipped up a huge bowl of guac (can’t say no to avocados) and now I’m stuffed and I haven’t even eaten dinner!

Well, that’s a wrap for tonight. I will write everyday and give my readers (I can probably count them on one hand) an update on how I am doing. Besides, by going public I feel like I am now committed and can’t back out. Till next time.

January 11th, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Comments & Trackbacks (0) | Permalink

Silhouette Giveaway

In support of my wife (i.e., another entry), here’s a chance to win a silhouette. Good luck!

September 30th, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Comments & Trackbacks (0) | Permalink

Securing Your Passwords

I’m a bit behind in blogging on this, but this is quite true about real life.

Password Reuse

Source: xkcd (792)

September 19th, 2010 at 7:05 pm | Comments & Trackbacks (0) | Permalink

Argiope Aurantia

My cousin recently blogged about some argiope aurantias that are plaguing her home. Not knowing the banana spider by its scientific name, I looked it up on Wikipedia. I stumbled upon this little fact, which I find quite disturbing. It makes me glad to be a male of the human race.

Often, when the male approaches the female, he has a safety drop line ready, in case she attacks him. After mating, the male dies, and is sometimes then eaten by the female. (emphasis added)

September 8th, 2010 at 9:15 pm | Comments & Trackbacks (0) | Permalink

I’m Rich! :)

After perusing my email, I stumbled upon this exciting discovery! Somebody I’ve never met wants to give me $5M! Enjoy.

From: Dibor Kevin Esq. (For Trustees)

Managing Partner (Dibor & Associates Chamber)



On behalf of the Trustees and Executor of the estate of Late Mr. Mathew Williams, I Once again tried to notify you as my earlier letter was returned undelivered. I hereby Attempt to reach you again by this same email address onthe WILL. I wish to notify you that late Mr. Mathew Williams made you a Beneficiary to his WILL. He left the sum of Five Million One Hundred Thousand Dollars (USD$5,100.000.00) to you in the codicil and last testament to his will.

This may sound strange and unbelievable to you, but it is real and true. Being a widely travelled man, he must have been in contact with you in the past or simply you were nominated to him by one of his numerous friends abroad who wished you good. Mr. Mathew Williams until his death was a member of the Helicopter Society and the Institute of Electronic & Electrical Engineers.

He was a very dedicated Christian who loved to give out. His great philanthropy earned him numerous awards during his Lifetime. Late Mr. Mathew Williams died on the 16th day of September 2008 at the age of 90 Years and his WILL is now ready for execution. According to him this money is to Support his christian activities (May his soul rest with the Lord) and to help the poor and needy.

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Yours in His service,

Attorney. Kevin Dibor.

August 17th, 2010 at 9:38 am | Comments & Trackbacks (1) | Permalink

Union Hires Nonunion Workers for Picketing

Greg Mankiw tipped me off on this one and I about fell out of my chair when I read it. It’s seems completely paradoxical to hire non-union workers to protest for union rights. Read more at To Protest Hiring of Nonunion Help, Union Hires Nonunion Pickets.

Some classic lines:

  • Reason for using nonunion folks: “For a lot of our members, it’s really difficult to have them come out, either because of parking or something else”
  • Indifferent protestor: “Mr. Raye says he’s grateful for the work, even though he’s not sure why he’s doing it.”
  • Reaction to protestors: “I don’t blame them—they need the money, but they look like they are drunk or something.”
  • Union response for hiring nonunion workers: “By hiring the unemployed, ‘we are also giving back to the community a bit.'”

Frankly, I loathe most unions. No surprise since I see little benefit in what they provide people. However, I think it’s completely ridiculous that some unions can’t even find members to protest.

July 19th, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Comments & Trackbacks (0) | Permalink



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June 17th, 2010 at 6:59 pm | Comments & Trackbacks (0) | Permalink

The Over 30 Crowd

A co-worker of mine sent this to me:

If you are at least 30, or older (like most of us), you might think this is hilarious!

When I was a kid, adults used to bore me to tears with their tedious diatribes about how hard things were. When they were growing up; what with walking twenty-five miles to school every morning…. Uphill…Barefoot… BOTH ways. yadda, yadda, yadda

And I remember promising myself that when I grew up, there was no way in hell I was going to lay a bunch of crap like that on my kids about how hard I had it and how easy they’ve got it!

But now that I’m over the ripe old age of at least thirty, I can’t help but look around and notice the youth of today.  You’ve got it so easy!  I mean, compared to my childhood, you live in a damn Utopia!

And I hate to say it, but you kids today, you don’t know how good you’ve got it!

I mean, when I was a kid we didn’t have the Internet.  If we wanted to know something, we had to go to the damn library and look it up ourselves, in the card catalog!!

There was no email!!  We had to actually write somebody a letter – with a pen!   Then you had to walk all the way across the street and put it in the mailbox, and it would take like a week to get there!  Stamps were 10 cents!

Child Protective Services didn’t care if our parents beat us.  As a matter of fact, the parents of all my friends also had permission to kick our butt! Nowhere was safe!

There were no MP3’s or Napsters or iTunes!  If you wanted to steal music, you had to hitchhike to the record store and shoplift it yourself!

Or you had to wait around all day to tape it off the radio, and the DJ would usually talk over the beginning and @#*% it all up!  There were no CD players! We had tape decks in our car..  We’d play our favorite tape and “eject” it when finished, and then the tape would come undone rendering it useless. Cause, hey, that’s how we rolled, Baby!  Dig?

We didn’t have fancy crap like Call Waiting! If you were on the phone and somebody else called, they got a busy signal, that’s it!

There weren’t any freakin’ cell phones either. If you left the house, you just didn’t make a damn call or receive one. You actually had to be out of touch with your “friends”. OH MY GOSH!!!  Think of the horror… not being in touch with someone 24/7!!! And then there’s TEXTING. Yeah, right. Please! You kids have no idea how annoying you are.

And we didn’t have fancy Caller ID either! When the phone rang, you had no idea who it was!  It could be your school, your parents, your boss, your bookie, your drug dealer, the collection agent… you just didn’t know!!!  You had to pick it up and take your chances, mister!

We didn’t have any fancy PlayStation or Xbox video games with high-resolution 3-D graphics!  We had the Atari 2600!  With games like ‘Space Invaders’ and ‘Asteroids’.  Your screen guy was a little square!  You actually had to use your imagination!!!  And there were no multiple levels or screens, it was just one screen… Forever!  And you could never win.  The game just kept getting harder and harder and faster and faster until you died! Just like LIFE!

You had to use a little book called a TV Guide to find out what was on! You were screwed when it came to channel surfing!  You had to get off your butt and walk over to the TV to change the channel!!! NO REMOTES!!! Oh, no,
what’s the world coming to?!?!

There was no Cartoon Network either! You could only get cartoons on Saturday Morning. Do you hear what I’m saying? We had to wait ALL WEEK for cartoons, you spoiled little rat-finks!

And we didn’t have microwaves.

If we wanted to heat something up, we had to use the stove!

Imagine that!

And our parents told us to stay outside and play… all day long.  Oh, no, no electronics to soothe and comfort.  And if you came back inside… you were doing chores! And car seats – oh, please!  Mom threw you in the back seat and you hung on.  If you were luckily, you got the “safety arm” across the chest at the last moment if she had to stop suddenly, and if your head hit the dashboard, well that was your fault for calling “shot gun” in the first place!

See!  That’s exactly what I’m talking about! You kids today have got it too easy.

You’re spoiled rotten!  You guys wouldn’t have lasted five minutes back in 1980 or any time before!

The Over 30 Crowd

April 22nd, 2010 at 6:51 pm | Comments & Trackbacks (1) | Permalink