Pictures and Cigars

I got my hands on some nice cuban cigars yesterday.  It was really good.  By the time I finished one, the buzz was on par with a few beers!  Then I fell asleep, lol.

I also added a few new pictures to my flickr account (which is almost maxed out now).  Enjoy!

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Settling Back In

Its been about 2 weeks now since I got back and I’m starting to get back into my old routine.  I really miss everyone, especially my lovely wife, but it was much easier this time than when I first arrived.  About 5-6 months to go then I am home for good!  I saw an article today in my google alerts hopper here about members of the 48th Infantry Brigade getting ready to ship out.  These guys are our replacements!  Woohoo!  It will take some time for them to geta ll trained up and final over here, but their movement has already started, and that is a great feeling.  It makes home seem that much closer.

In other news, I’ve posted a few new pictures on my flickr account (click on a picture on the right) if your interested.  My bandwidth is pretty limited so they are low rez and I cant add a ton of pictures.

I’ve started a new workout routine with a friend of mine which is quite a bit more advanced than our previous, and it is kicking my ass!  I haven’t been this sore in a long time!  Taking a month off from lifting while on leave and travel didn’t help much either though, I suppose.

That’s all for now, have a great day!

Diet and Workout Help

So in the last few weeks, I’ve really started getting committed to this whole fitness thing.  I have the perfect opportunity to start some good habits that will make the rest of my life healthier, happier and longer (Inshallah!)

Of course, I didn’t really know anything about it or where to start, so as usual, I hit the internet.  I have found some sites and really learned a lot.  I have spent a lot of time researching and making a game plan and I’m dedicated enough to stick to it.

I’ve also found a few very useful tools out there too.  Obviously diet is extremely important while also being something I know absolutely nothing about.  Check out this site  M & S Nutrition to learn how many calories you should be taking in and how to break that down by Fats, Carbs and Proteins.  I about gave up then because I figured there was no way that I would be able to track all that!  Who knows how many grams of fat are in the turkey sandwich I ate for lunch?  Not me!  That’s when I found FitDay.  Its a site that helps you keep track of your diet and has a vast database with many of the foods you already eat.  If something isn’t on there, you can create custom foods too!  It really makes it easy and fun to plan meals for the day.  It makes it VERY easy to meet your nutrition goals.

Just to share, my personal Daily Calorie intake is 2600 (a 500 cal deficit to help lose weight) with 40% carbs, 40% protein and 20% fat.  I lift 3 days a week and do cardio 5 days (overlappign on weight days, with Fridays off.  I also use Friday as my cheat day for meals.)

If this motivates anyone else to make some changes, let me know.  Support is always helpful!

Sink or Swim

Sorry I havent posted in a while.  I have been really busy and not around a computer all that much lately.

Anyways, this rain is insane!!  All the water levels are really high and some highways are even closed from flooding.  We have a PT (physical fitness) test in the morning, unless it is raining.  I have a feeling, I wont be taking it 😉

The Chicago skyline looked really cool because it was shrouded in mist/fog and you could only make out parts of the buildings between it.  I tried to get a pic on my phone, but traffic sucked and I like living 🙂

Quick post tonight

Just about to go to bed but I just had to make another post 🙂

I’ve been experimenting with video game console emulators (NES, SNES, Playstation) and man are they fun!  I always kind of thought that the old games I played as a kid were more fun than new games, but I figured that it was just my memories and the fact that I was a kid that they “seemed” cooler to me.  No.  I spent most of th day Sunday playing Zelda: A Link to the Past for SNES.  It rocks!  I was talking with a buddy from work today and he said it is because they used to focus more on gameplay than graphics.  More development went into making them fun to play rather making them shiny.  I think he is totally right.  You dont mind the fact that its 16bit graphics engine at all.

You probably wont hear from me ever again if I can get my PSX emulator working with Final Fantasy VII.  I think I missed most of 1997-1998 because of that game.  God was it fun!!!

Chicago Air & Water Show

We met Steph and Kevin up at North Beach for the 50th Annual Chicago Air & Water Show today.  It was awesome!    Lauren really wanted to go to see the Blue Angels, because she hasnt seen them since she was a kid and her Dad was still in the Marines.  I dont think I’ve ever seen them before, but it was really cool.  Its amazing the things they can do!  The battery on my camera died afterwards, so I’ll post some pics once its charged up again.

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Here is a sample pic, but go to my flickr stream to see them all! joegeis’ photostream

Bored!

How I feel

Saturday night and I am bored! Wofe is at work, and there isnt much to do.  I figured I would just surf the internet for a while, which was pretty uneventful, and eventually led me back here.  So its a pointless update.  I think I’ll go get some grocery shopping done and pick up something to eat.  I might as well be useful if there is nothing to do!