In a period of roughly a year and a half I lost 18 pounds. Shaving one pound a month may not sound much, but I was also working out, which meant I have probably lost more weight in terms of fat, but in turn gained back some lean mass. The point is, I lost 4 inches in my waistline, I now wear shirts that are medium or small, from XL or large. I get non-stop greets from people: “you’ve slimmed down!”
The best part: I was able to do so without really trying. It’s amazing how the smallest changes in one’s lifestyle can make a noticeable difference in one’s appearance. I’d like to share with everyone 10 tips with a disclaimer: your mileage may vary.
1. You can still eat burgers! Sometimes we have no choice: there’s nothing else to eat but fast food. It’s ok, but hold the cheese and mayo. Most of all stay away from the french fries.
2. Go ahead, have a soda, but make it diet. What you should stay away from are the bottled teas, artificial juice and Gatorade which are loaded with sugar or high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). While you’re at it, make sure you sweeten your coffee with calorie free sweetener instead of sugar. And while we’re on beverages, I’m sorry to say but the Frappuccinos have to go.
3. Speaking of HFCS, avoid it like death. Take time to look at the ingredients of what you are about to eat. If it contains HFCS, pass on it.
4. Have some chocolate. Who doesn’t want one occasionally? But be mindful of rule #3. Tip: Hershey’s milk chocolate and Kisses are HFCS-free.
5. You can still eat rice. I cannot ignore the fact that asians (like me) love rice. So go ahead, but limit your intake to 1 cup a day maximum. Eat oatmeal, bread or cereal for breakfast, then have fish or salad for dinner. Then I leave you to enjoy a hearty rice topping lunch. One thing to note: I’m not much of a pasta or noodle eater, and I think avoiding these helps a lot.
6. Fried chicken is fine. Just peel of all the skin. And since we are on the topic of meat, I would recommend you eat more fish or chicken, less beef or pork. If you have to eat pork, take the time to scrape off all visible fat. It’s worth the effort.
7. I’m not against snacking. But go for healthier options. Instead of Doritos or Cheetos, nibble on unsalted peanuts or a trail mix. That way you get less carbs yet more protein. Also, avoid stuff that are obviously evil i.e. cake, ice cream and doughnuts.
8. Switch to soy milk. Sometimes we just have to use milk for cooking, breakfast cereal or creaming coffee, but stay away from cow’s milk.
9. Work out once a week. No need to be intense. However, this must be a very serious exercise (pun intended). I.e. you must be very focused and do well executed reps and sets.
10. Wear your size! In the past I was guilty of wearing a size larger to hide the fat and to make provisions so that I don’t have to buy new clothes in case I gain more weight. Very wrong way of thinking! As you start to slim down, you would want to wear clothes with the correct fit.
Now that wasn’t too hard was it? The key is to cut down, without extreme deprivation. I believe this is a happier journey towards a better you.
2. Retina Display – I’m still using the 1st generation iPad. It’s now as slow as molasses and ready to die (although its battery life is surprisingly like new!). Maybe this year is the time for a new tablet. The iPad Mini is half-hearted. The New iPad is what I want.
Every guy should own a Casio G-Shock, that cheap, digital and plastic (generally speaking), sometimes colorful and always tough as nails line of watches. It’s like a two piece suit, a television, sneakers, or a pair of blue jeans: every man should have at least one (not to mention survive with only one). It has an all important place in a man’s wardrobe (or watch collection): for those weekends slacking-out or when you want to rough it up–two things us guys can’t get enough of.
If you don’t have a G-Shock, shame on you! But you’re reading this so you’re a step in the right direction. There are hundreds of G-Shock models out there, and Casio churns out about a dozen new models every month. So if you’re going to own one, which would it be? Allow me to suggest: the GW-5000-1JF. Currently, it’s the one and only G-Shock I own, and the only G-Shock I’ll ever need.
Why this one? Here are the reasons:
1. A spartan, no-frills model with a utilitarian tool watch aura, based on the form and construction of the first G-Shock ever released in the market: the DW-5000C, launched April 1983. No other G-Shock taps as deeply into its history and heritage.
2. Correctly proportioned, in contrast to most other G-Shocks with gargantuan heads. Guaranteed to please even the most conservative.
3. It’s one of the few remaining models that’s Made in Japan. Quality abounds.
4. It has a resin strap that’s softer and of higher quality than “regular” G-Shocks (translation: more comfortable on the wrist).
5. This G-Shock is made of metal (with a steel case and a DLC coated screw in case back) giving it even more toughness and reassuring heft.
6. Rare. While not a numbered model, it’s produced in very limited quantities. For the longest time, its supply cannot meet demand. A plus for watch snobs.
7. It is more likely to survive a Zombie apocalypse more than you can. It is also the perfect wristwatch for Doomsday Preppers.
Don’t trust me? You’d better. Do a web search and you’ll discover G-Shock loving Netizens raving over this grail model.
Convinced? Don’t hit the mall yet as this watch is quite elusive. Your best bet is to get it online. And while you’re waiting for the FedEx guy to drop your new GW-5000, feel free to enjoy more photos below. By the way, G-Shock is celebrating it’s 30th anniversary.
Today, wristwatches is a healthy multi-billion dollar industry, with the Swiss still dominating the luxury market and the Japanese owning the $1000 and below price bracket. In recent years, reports have shown a steady growth in watch sales and revenue. Yup, people still buy heap loads of them alright.
But what for?
Collectors appreciate the technology, craftsmanship and design that goes into watches, and this bunch often put their kids’ college or retirement funds at risk, to sustain their collecting addiction.
Others use them as jewelry and/or as status symbols. After all, aside from the German car in your garage, what else could better say you’ve arrived than a piece on your wrist that costs more than your buddy’s Toyota?
Wait, so they’re not used to tell the time anymore? Hardly. You have your tablet, phone and office wall clock for that. From a practical perspective, watches today have become useless in everyday life. Sure those who wear them still use them for quick time checks, but as a human, we won’t “die” without a watch, as much as we would not survive without a mobile phone.
I can’t help but wonder what the future holds for timepieces. Will humans 25, 50, 100 years from now evolve and shed the desire to wear an instrument on their wrist that is the most antiquated and inaccurate* way to tell the time? My best hunch is that we will still wear watches several decades down the road. The desire will remain, but for emotional than utilitarian reasons. Watches will be worn as a statement of style and status. Or as an appreciation of things artisanal. Or as an heirloom and remembrance of a loved one. Therefore, it will be the mechanical, well crafted ones that will survive, as opposed to the electronic, disposable types that may face extinction.
*A luxury chronometer mechanical watch deviates a few seconds per day. A mobile phone that syncs its clock to the network is theoretically as accurate as an atomic clock.