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Do you have 7 Days To Die?

Several years ago a colleague at work who is a PC gamer started mentioning a new game he was playing. Knowing my affinity for zombies, he thought it was something that I would be interested in. He knew my OCD riddled brain loved Minecraft and its addictive nature and my zombie obsession matched the theme and play-style of the game and began to tell me of his humorous feats of PVP. He had countless stories of his boobie-trap massacres and skyline levels of player kills. Well let me rephrase that to “Revenge induced player suicides in attempt to track him down, invade his bases, and kill his face, kills.”

I really liked the sound of the game but was stalled by two important issues. One being it was in Alpha and most servers you would play on were regularly upgraded and reset to keep up with the new bug fixes and releases. The other was the poor Mac/Linux version support. Although the engine the game was built on was multi-platform and Steam (who distributes the game) is the core reason we have more Linux based games today, he said their versions were generally more buggy and slower to update. I understood of course considering all of the modern gaming on PC’s has always been on PC’s. I decided to wait mostly because, at the time, I was only really using Mac and Linux at home. A year later, much of the same continued both in his humorous adventures as well as the lesser support for Linux/Mac.

Finally in the Fall of 2016, due to some life changes, time availability, and the need for distractions, I had a GameFly account again for a few months and noticed there was a console version! Since I could “try before you buy” in this manner, I went ahead and rented it. It took all of about 10 minutes and I was hooked. This game WAS Minecraft with pretty damned good graphics and real survival situations. Zombies, houses and cars to loot,  and realistic dangers such as overheating, hypothermia, thirst and starvation pretty much put the nail in the coffin of my ability to hold out.

I decided “What the hell?” and decided to buy into it. Due to a Steam deal at the time, I bought a 2-pack for pretty much what a single would cost and gave a copy to a friend to join me. The game was still in Alpha however, after many years of this I just assumed this is one of those terminal “Alpha” games that companies do a lot more often these days to bypass the critics of bugs and balance issues. Actually come to think of it, it may have been the fact that the game company was just as noncommittal as I am. 😉

After playing a few days locally on the PC and/or Peer-Peer I decided: “Screw this, I’ll just get my own server to make it easier for multiplayer.” I found a good deal on Gameservers.com and for the most part as they say “The rest is history.”

I will continue later with my point of view regarding game play, server stuff, fun and lunacies regarding 7 Days To Die.

And now for your moment of zen…

 – Jason

Yet Another New Start

I can’t recall how many times I’ve “restarted” this blog after a long hiatus. I’ve come and gone over the years as my life allowed or I had the desire to write or contribute different categorical things. Well, I have made a lot of life changes over the last year or more and I’m thinking I may jump back into this arena as I have time. Don’t get me wrong, just because I’ve made changes and I feel more relaxed with life itself, I actually seem to have less time than ever.

As a message to any of you who were like my former self that think you do not have any time to do anything because you’re busy… Yeah, A lot of times, you’re not as busy as you think. I never seemed to find time for pleasure or relaxation however, now I know that my life had it infused all over the place. Just because you don’t have huge blocks of time bundled together to do what you want or not do anything, does not mean you don’t have time. A lot of times, like in my case it comes down to time management. That is something I’ve never been quite disciplined at but something over the last year I’m becoming more and more disciplined at.

I have so much less time these days both at work and at home that I look back and just shake my head. I’m still happy and a lot of times, busy is good for me, but I just want to smack the spit out of my former self for being so lazy and bad with time management. 😉

See you soon!

  • Jason

How To Piss Off Women Not Really Paying Attention!

No this episode is NOT designed to piss off women but it will still happen. It will happen because people will listen to this episode without paying attention to what I am truly saying. Want a hint? It’s about women’s equality and how they are not truly equal and what it will take to make it that way.

You can’t demand equality while still requesting special privileges. Thats now how equality works. Equality is EQUAL. Either you want to be equal or you don’t. I’m not talking just about women in that aforementioned statement but for the sake of this post, I will be.

 

Men’s pro tennis players play five sets. Women play three (a holdover from 1902, when the US Lawn Tennis Association cut women’s play, fearing over-exertion).

A 12-year-old girl who enters a local tournament sanctioned by US Kids Golf plays just nine holes; a boy her age in the same tournament plays 18 – regardless of their relative skill or experience.

Rule differences in sports?

Lacrosse:

Men have to wear heavy gloves, women can choose to wear thinner gloves for a better grip.

Men allow 10 players on the field at a time, Women allow 12. (wtf?)

Basketball:

Women: Smaller basketball, No time limit for crossing half court, 3 point line is closer

Football: HAHA I would love to see women play football. Thats not sarcastic, I believe they could do it however, I would have no interest if they couldn’t physically engage the other player which kind of ruins women’s LAX. Let them hit, be hit, and enjoy it just as much as a man. I’m not sure a lot of sports I’d allow cross gender playing because of size differences of male athletes vs. female athlete’s but I think there are a few that could allow it easily due to them being a lot more equal. I think men and women could play basketball and/or soccer together. Women are not at a true disadvantage by size in these sports. Pro American football however, would be a very unfair and dangerous game. There are exceptions to every rule but I think these are pretty obvious.

Enough about sports, lets venture elsewhere.

The military:

Now I’m not the know all / end all regarding military training so if I am off on a few things, please let me know.

Hair: Bootcamp’s biggest kick in the teeth for a lot of people is the shaved head. It sets uniformity and helps put everyone on the same low level psychologically. Women want to be more and more equal in their military positions right? Why are women not required to fully shave their heads like men? Is the military saying women deserve any more special treatment than the men?

Well the Marines first messed up but then during their backtrack did what should have been done all along. Kudo’s Ladies and Gentlemen.

The article is here: http://www.thedailybeast.com/the-hero-project/articles/2014/01/07/lowering-standards-for-female-marines-is-not-gender-equality.html

Your MOS / job is based on your physical capabilities as opposed to your gender. No man or woman deserve to be in a position strictly because you lowered the standards for them to be there. If men can’t pass the test, they can’t be allowed to do the job, same as women.

The workplace:

Personally as with the rest of these topics I do not have any issues with women wanting and getting to be equal. Go for it. However, earn it. If you get a lower standard in order to be ‘equal’ with a man, you do not deserve it. I feel that way about anything and everything. It’s not about male vs. female. It’s about the word ‘equal’.

Now in the workplace generally there’s no need for standards to be lowered. Men and women have the same capacity for mental skill and education. No one man is smarter than a woman because he is a man, or vice versa. Now some jobs may be easier for a man to do… even mentally. We generally are less emotional when making decisions in comparison to women but thats not a weakness on a woman’s behalf and sometimes is a benefit.

There is one time a year or every couple years that I definitely discriminate by gender. Its when I vote. Now hold on, don’t get your panties in a twist ladies. I discriminate in  your favor. Whenever I vote for judges and I unfortunately do not know a lot about the candidates, I tend to vote for the woman. Historically women are harder on criminals that deserve it than a man. I don’t know why, and maybe its the motherly nature of women protecting what could potentially be the next victim but generally women judges cut less slack.

  • Jason

 

The Militarization of Our Local Police

I’m a supporter of our military AND our police however, I still will call a turd a turd. We have a big problem right now where military surplus is handing down loads and loads of gear, equipment and vehicles to our local police departments and it’s starting to become a problem.

A map of bother paramilitary raids: http://www.cato.org/raidmap

http://store.cato.org/reports/overkill-rise-paramilitary-police-raids-america

Tactics and Toys: The Dangerous Militarization of Local Police: http://www.takepart.com/article/2014/08/14/9-ways-police-military

I don’t want to spend the entire time beating up police officers, and be sure, if you listen that I am doing far from that. Officers are humans too, and they as persons are not the problem, they are working with what they are given. Bad situations, super gear, and situations that they could assume could become hairy at any time.

 

**UPDATE**

It appears there are problems that even the police departments and sheriff offices are finding out for themselves.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/aug/28/police-saddled-with-unwanted-equipment-amid-milita/?page=1

 

 

Stupid Government Spending is Costing YOU. Taxes Pt. 1

We all have our own beliefs regarding taxes. Some hate all of them, some ignore all of them, and some consider some relevant and others an over reach in order to cover irresponsibility regarding spending.

The things we hear about all of the time is ‘Our soldiers need supplies’ or ‘Our senior citizens need food because Social Security isn’t covering them.’ ‘… and we need to increase the taxes.’

What we don’t hear about is the abuse of spending that goes on that render’s the government its inability to cover its important expenses. And thats what today’s post is about. Government Spending and the things you don’t know about.

In 2013: (CNSNews.com) – The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded $1.5 million to study biological and social factors for why “three-quarters” of lesbians are obese and why gay males are not, calling it an issue of “high public-health significance.”

Now why is that relevant and why is my money being used for this? Are lesbians any more or less biologically human as the next man or woman? I mean if there’s a gay gene then are we saying it’s what makes you fat? Ok, let someone with shit loads of money and a high level of curiosity figure it out. Do NOT use public tax funds to research segregated topics.

I mean, are not random straight men and women fat or obese? why are they classifying them? I’ve known obese gay men just as I’ve known skinny lesbian women. This is preposterous and NOT the US governments responsibilities.. yet this type of shit happens behind the scenes all of the time. Lobbying and back room deals throwing our money away faster than we can give it to them.

Taxes should be collected to provide the constitutional duties delegated to the appropriate level of government. Our military and our Civilian government officials. Then Fire and Police were added. Most people agree to these. Then highways and roads along with educational funding. Why is my money being used for irrelevant scientific studies that are only for people being either nosy or looking for something to do. Where do YOU draw the line? We spend insane amounts of money on ridiculous shit daily.

Our current national debt is above 17.5 TRILLION dollars and is doing nothing but climbing. Yet we have idiots in DC that believe we should spend over a million on why lesbians are obese? We need politicians to be held accountable. We need PEOPLE to be educated about who they are voting for and what these politicians have voted during their records. We need to get the politics and back room deals out of Washington because they don’t see a problem.

“Oh, we spent too much money? Our only solution is to raise taxes in some way, oh darn” These guys don’t even think about the possibility of CUTTING SPENDING! Oh yeah, they talk about it and end up stripping from social security or military funds. While stupid shit gets pushed through.

What does 17 trillion dollars look like? –  “Back in 1981, the national debt was only about $1 trillion, yet Reagan still tried to put it all in perspective. He said, “I’ve been trying ever since to think of a way to illustrate how big a trillion really is. And the best I could come up with is that if you had a stack of thousand-dollar bills in your hand only 4 inches high, you’d be a millionaire. A trillion dollars would be a stack of thousand-dollar bills 67 miles high.” Multiply that by 17 and you get 1,139 miles high,”

Examples: (Gathered from http://commercialobserver.com) (2013)

  • The government spends about $100 million every four years to subsidize parties at the political conventions.
  • The Department of Agriculture spent $2 million to fund an internship program. The program hired one full-time intern.
  • Last year (2012), $120 million was paid to dead federal employees.
  • A total of $146 million was paid for federal employees to upgrade their flights to business class.
  • The government spent $2.6 million to encourage Chinese prostitutes to drink more responsibly.
  • The Department of Health and Human Services provided an $800,000 subsidy to build and IHop in Washington, D.C.
  • The National Institutes of Health has given $1.5 million to Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston to study why “three-quarters” of lesbians in the United States are overweight and why most gay males are not.
  • During 2012, $25,000 of federal money was spent on a promotional tour for the Alabama Watermelon Queen.
  • The U.S. government spent $505,000 “to promote specialty hair and beauty products for cats and dogs” last year.
  • NASA spends close to $1 million per year developing a menu of food for a manned mission to Mars even though it is being projected that a manned mission to Mars is still decades away.
  • Over the past 15 years, a total of approximately $5.25 million has been spent on hair care services for the U.S. Senate.
  • The U.S. government spent $27 million to teach Moroccans how to design and make pottery in 2012.
  • During fiscal 2012, the National Science Foundation gave researchers at Purdue University $350,000. They used part of that money to help fund a study that discovered that if golfers imagine that a hole is bigger it will help them with their putting.
  • A total of $10,000 of U.S. taxpayer money was actually used to purchase talking urinal cakes in Michigan.
  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture has spent $300,000 to encourage Americans to eat caviar produced in Idaho.
  • The National Institute of Health recently gave $666,905 to a group of researchers that is conducting a study on the benefits of watching reruns on television.
  • The National Institute of Health also spent $592,527 on a study that sought to figure out once and for all why chimpanzees throw poop.
  • The IRS spent $60,000 on a film parody of Star Trek and a film parody of Gilligan’s Island.
  • Last year, the federal government spent $96,000 to buy iPads for kindergarten students in Maine.
  • The U.S. government spent $200,000 on “a tattoo removal program” in Mission Hills, Calif.
  • Last year, the government spent just under $1 million posting snippets of poetry in zoos around the country.
  • The U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research spent $300,000 on a study that concluded the first bird on Earth probably had black feathers.
  • The federal government spent $75,000 to promote awareness about the role Michigan plays in producing Christmas trees and poinsettias.

From: http://endoftheamericandream.com

#5 The federal government has shelled out $3 million to researchers at the University of California at Irvine to fund their research on video games such as World of Warcraft.  Wouldn’t we all love to have a “research job” like that?

#11 A total of $615,000 was given to the University of California at Santa Cruz to digitize photos, T-shirts and concert tickets belonging to the Grateful Dead.

#14 One professor at Stanford University was given $239,100 to study how Americans use the Internet to find love.

#18 The federal government spends 25 billion dollars a year maintaining federal buildings that are either unused or totally vacant.

#19 U.S. farmers are given a total of $2 billion each year for not farming their land.

#23 According to the Heritage Foundation, the U.S. military spent “$998,798 shipping two 19-cent washers from South Carolina to Texas and $293,451 sending an 89-cent washer from South Carolina to Florida”.

 

2009 – http://origin.heritage.org/research/reports/2009/10/50-examples-of-government-waste#_edn3

  1. Government auditors spent the past five years examining all federal programs and found that 22 percent of them — costing taxpayers a total of $123 billion annually — fail to show any positive impact on the populations they serve.[4]
  2. Federal agencies are delinquent on nearly 20 percent of employee travel charge cards, costing taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars annually.
  3. Washington spends $60,000 per hour shooting Air Force One photo-ops in front of national landmarks.[30]
  4. Washington recently spent $1.8 million to help build a private golf course in Atlanta, Georgia.[46]

 

So how do YOU feel about all of this? What are YOU going to do about it?

  • Jason

State Smoking Ban and Legalizing Weed Tidbits

For the first ‘real’ podcast with yours truly I think I’ll start out with something like this…

Although it’s kind of a ‘too’ late situation here in NC as it is in other parts of the country, the conversation recently arose about the restaurant/bar smoking ban that was enacted here several years ago. I was quite vocal and involved with the process at the time including contacting the appropriate politicians voting on the topic. It is a RIDICULOUS notion that a private business owner be forced to not allow a ‘legal’ substance in his own establishment. It is NOT big brother’s choice so long as the substance isn’t illegal. I’ll also say this, I was already non smoker at the time.

I fully believe in the Capitalistic approach. You as a proprietor should be able to choose to allow smoking and alienate non smokers or ban smoking and alienate smokers. You sunk the money into it and you should be able to choose your own fate. In most industries… all industries… money talks. You choose. The government has NO legal right to do this yet, they have. Argue with me? Bring it.

Lets touch on a few of the arguments?

1) “What about the employees who ‘HAVE’ to go there?” – Well guess what? They don’t! Last I checked this wasn’t a communistic society where your jobs were chosen for you and you were forced to work one place without option.

2) “The short divider walls that separate the smoking and non smoking sections don’t work” – Well, I completely agree. Having a knee wall dividing the smoking and non smoking sections of a restaurant is like having a peeing and no peeing sections of the local pool. However, back to the opening statements. You don’t HAVE to go there. Freedom of choice.

3) “Second hand smoke is bad!” – Yep, probably so. However, 1) YET AGAIN, your choice to be there just like it’s your choice to over eat or eat fatty foods till you swell and rot. And 2) Although you may see a small factoid here, it’s an argument forcing someone else to change something so you can have your way and go there.

You know what… I give up on this part:

I’m even looking up arguments on the internet now because I can’t even think of any arguments that aren’t ridiculous. Even google is struggling to find any that aren’t opinion based and/or smug serving a ‘me me me’ society that can’t comprehend that it’s not your job to tell a business owner what they can and cannot do if they aren’t forcing pain and suffering on you, AND THEY’RE NOT.

Most if not all of the general arguments for banning smoking are pretty much opinions based on a person or groups personal preferences. The only facts that are truly being stated are that liberties are being violated by a strong armed government forcing owners/proprietors to do stuff in/on their own private properties based on personal preferences. What’s truly the biggest ‘wrong’ here? No it’s not a personal preference that smoking is bad for you and that second hand smoking is too. However, personal preference comes into play when you choose to go into these places and then say they shouldn’t do that so YOU can have a better time. It’s like going into a gay bar and feeling uncomfortable because your a homophobe so you’re going to mandate that gay be taken out of the bar because you think ‘family establishment’ means man/woman/child and not ‘good safe fun’. Unless people are getting raped in the back, shut the fuck up!

I am a non smoker. I don’t care for the smell or agitation of it in my face. But it is MY choice to visit any private establishment I find myself in. I respected McDonalds and Burger King 20 years ago when they (as a company) decided themselves to ban it. Because it was THIER choice. I still visit these places today. The local and federal governments DO have the right to ban smoking in their own establishments such as court houses, post offices, etc. These are places you MUST visit generally and if you’re there it’s not usually 100% by choice.

I would rather the government step back and stop fucking with us and deal with a few less enjoyable restaurants than to give the power hungry fuckers more of a reach. Because they are coming for cigarettes today, tomorrow it may be something you enjoy.

Because it was the government’s actions that forced this on these establishments, I can’t hold it against them. But let’s switch it up for a sec. Currently I am a Vaper. I’ve been vaping for over two years (i think haha) and haven’t had much trouble with going anywhere with them up until recently. Since I firmly believe in boycotts I’ve decided that these recent events have given me a legit reason to avoid certain establishments. Because I’ve yet to hear a legitimate argument as to why one shouldn’t be allowed to Vape in an establishment. I will be making a page for these places and showing my fellow Vape heads where they can avoid confrontations and or agree to not give money to assholes. For the sake of this show I’ll list two off for now:

Denny’s as a complete chain.
Woody’s in Downtown Raleigh.

Buyer be warned (chuckle)

Marijuana – A good legalization option? How do you guys fare?

 

 

Holy Terror Balls Batman… (Bazz) Week 2

So, although Bazz is coming along great with regard to biting in general he still has his moments. It’s been almost two weeks and if he’s bored, which he gets bored after about 10 seconds with any toy, he comes at you chomping.

I personally love waking him up from his naps for his walks because for about 2 minutes he is the sweetest boy on earth. All lovey dovey and kissy faced. Get it while you can because momentarily his full throttle will kick in and it’s his turn to take you down to chomper town. Even with all of this, he’s coming along.

With ‘he’s coming along’ being said, the little shit was in a mood Tuesday.

There was nothing that could be done to console him. He was terror on paw pads. No toy would satiate him. He wanted flesh and/or clothing. Anything he could reach. He would not listen. He would not behave. He would not do anything but chomp and shred at anything that could piss off an adult. This was officially the first time I felt hopeless in rescuing this sweet baby boy.

I believe his problem was his stomach was upset and although while he looked like he was playfully lashing out, in all reality I think he just didnt feel well and did not know how to express it. I needed to actually step away for a few minutes becuase I was at the point of lashing out myself.

Wednesday morning was rough but not as bad and by Wednesday night, he was back to normal for the most part. Poor guy. He’s picked up this habit when he’s feeling feisty for attention in which he follows behind you and jumps and bites at your ass…. This is one thing I WILL NOT TOLERATE. I have very little patience for this one and he unfortunately learns quickly that my fuse is short with this one particular behavior.

We’ll see how this goes….

Week one with Sebastian. (Bazz)

So, the first thing we found out about Sebastian, our new 11 week old bully is…. the bastard bites… A LOT! I mean, yes he’s a puppy and I’ve been around plenty of puppies but damn! We couldn’t pet him because his way of loving back was BITE BITE BITE! Those little razor sharp shark puppy teeth and bully jaws… OMG, this is going to be an adventure but before I get too far ahead of myself….

Our friend told us that we could use our carrier for a bit as a crate until we had time to purchase one. We put him in it for the night on day one. Ahem, night one. Nope, this isn’t going to work. It was tighter than a horse in a transfer trailer… poor guy. He dealt with it on night one but the next day we got him one. We made sure we got one that would be sufficient when he’s grown to full size but has an adjustable partition wall to keep him in a smaller area for now. While crate training any puppy you do not want to give them too much room. Dogs that are training need to feel that they do NOT want to relieve themselves in their own home. If you give them too much room, they will feel that the other end of the crate is sufficient for a bathroom and WILL take advantage of it instead of holding it for when you walk them next.

Now back to Sebastian and his wicked ways…

The little turd burglar wouldn’t let us pet him without feeling his love through his razor-like mouth. Although he picked up ‘sit’ immediately, the only time we could reward him with a pat or rub was if he was eating his treat (2 seconds) or if you had him completely engaged with a chew toy. Now don’t get me wrong, this pup has NO issues with being touched. If occupied orally, you can grab, tug, pull and pet anywhere on his body pretty much. He has no qualms with you handling his ears, tail or paws. That is a good thing. He just wants to ‘love’ you back and doesn’t understand that his mouth and teeth aren’t the only way of doing such.

In the last week we’ve taught him ‘sit’ a bit better so you don’t HAVE to have a treat handy, and ‘down’ (lay down) is coming along nicely. The most important thing we’ve taught him is ‘kisses’. This is where he licks your hands, etc instead of gnawing on them. Don’t get me wrong. The little asshole still has his moments when he just wants to be a butthead and nibble but we’re down to maybe 30% of what he was before and most of the time now you can pet and caress him freely without being used as a chew-toy yourself. I consider this a great accomplishment!

RHCSA

Recently my company sent me to the RH124 class for Red Hat Enterprise Linux. For the most part it was a ‘yawner’ because it was 1) GUI driven and I’ve avoided Linux GUI for so long (mainly because when I first started working with Linux GUI was all but useless) and 2) it was 90% based on things I already knew. I needed to take it as a prereq for RH135 so I took advantage of it either way. The class was hosted at Red Hat headquarters in Raleigh which definately was like a sort of ‘Holy Grail’ location for me. (Also a side note to avoiding the GUI is that most of the time as a SA, you will be in a remote shell window and not confronted with a GUI. Most Admins turn GUI off to save resources [Microsoft is just now catching on to this concept with Windows 2008 Server] and also if the GUI goes kaput… you can still do your job and work around it until you can get it back online.)

Flash forward to present and I find myself attending the RH135 class. This is the class of commandline driven System Administration of RHEL (Red Hat Enterprise Linux) and a lot more advanced than the prereq class. With 135 there is an included exam for RHCSA certification which was my goal the entire time. The exam is on Friday and I’m hoping to do well. 🙂

My predecessor at work was our #1 Linux guy after he was sent off to obtain certification when we began using RHEL for one of our applications that he was primary support for. Since he has now left the organization and I’ve been handed his system/s, I’ve had to rely on my years of Linux (self taught) knowledge to scathe by. I’m not a complete ‘n00b’ at Linux being that I’ve used it on/off since the late 90’s but I’ve only learned what was needed to do what ‘I’ needed to do. I can run web servers, mysql servers, etc. but to maintain production enterprise systems for a large organization I felt the need to get a little ‘official’ training under my belt.

I have to say. I knew a decent amount prior to this class but I’ve learned just how far Linux has come over the last decade. I’m amazed at how replacable Windows is now and how easily it can be accomplished. The scaleability of Linux vs. Windows is incredible and the things Linux can do easily that requires a LOT of ‘finagling’ in Microsoft world is an eye opener even for someone like me who already knew about some of it.

I definately plan on spending some time pouring the Kool-Aid into each one of your glasses over the next ‘X’ days/weeks/months but for now all I can say is if you’re even remotely contemplating doing anything with Linux…. definately give it a shot!

– Jason

so… I’m Back With A Brand New Plan

Well, Kind of a new plan. I still have the good ole’ habit of abandoning this place because I stay too busy with all the new things I have to keep myself involved in for whatever reason at one time or another. Nevertheless (<– my most abused word lately), my latest point of interest that I’ve thrown myself into is actually beneficial in every aspect. Curious yet? I figured as much. I finally decided actually DIET. No, I’m not on ‘Jenny Craig’ or ‘Weight Watchers’ or any other shop around diet plan. I’ve collected enough common sense information and have decided to do the ‘Jason Diet’. No, this is not some new fangled, new aged crazy crash diet. This is basically a diet at it’s simplest form that most people seem to have forgotten…. <top secret> and Discipline.

I do not track Carbs, Sodium, Vitamins, Fats, Trans Fats, Glucose, blah blah blah… or any other sophisticated sounding words. I track 1 thing. Waaaaaait for itttttt. Waaaaaait for ittttt. Calories. YES! Calories! <not so top secret anymore is it?> Remember those? My diet plan is simple and there are a few more parts that come into play over all to assist with the diet (which I will get to) but overall. The only thing I pay attention to day and night is my calorie intake for the day.

Calories are simple. (yes yes I know there are also ‘calories from fat’) but we’re not going there just yet. The goal of this diet is pretty simple. Take in less calories in a day/week than you actually burn. Your body burns calories just to operate normally (BMR) as well as everything you do all day/night. So you basically figure what you burn in a day and take in less than that magic number. I will get to showing you how to calculate this since I know you are oh so interested. Some nutritionist may come in here and say “Jason! Your’re explaining this all wrong!” at any point but they won’t be able to say that I’m wrong in the results. I may not know some terminology or exactly how glucose is broken down but I’m merely going to explain to you what I’ve learned right or wrong. This is your one and only disclaimer. What you read here is ‘USE AT YOUR OWN RISK’ however, it is also so much based on common sense that you should be able to stand back and realize it just works.

Ok, Your body burns calories much like a car burns fuel. If you take in less calories in your daily dietary intake, then it will burn off calories that your body is storing in other forms… Such as fats?????  There we go. Ok, good luck Bye now….

Just kidding. You do have to be careful. The safe average that I’ve found in weight lost during a week is about 2lbs. Much more than that and your body can go into starvation mode. Once this happens your metabolism slows down to conserve. (which is a bad thing for dieters.) Also you need to worry about your body beginning to burn away muscle instead of fat. In my ‘country boy’ ignorance I’ll have to say I don’t scientifically know why it switches to muscle but so long as I avoid it, I can spend time learning that as I go.

Lets break this down using my numbers: My BMR is almost 1800 calories a day. BMR is your Basal Metabolic Rate. This is the amount of calories your body will burn if you laid in bed all day and did not do a single thing. The amount of calories needed to sustain bodily functions such as heart rates, breathing, etc. If you have a desk job like myself and are generally pretty ‘sedentary’ throughout the day you can probably add about 600 calories to your BMR as the small amount you’ll burn just moving about doing your daily tasks. This puts my average unassisted calorie burn at about 2400. People who are more active may burn upwards of 3000 or more not counting excercise.

The average calculated amount of calories per 1lb of mass is about 3500. I say that to say this. In order to lose 1lb. a week without excercise would be to average -500 calories from your total amount burned a day. So if my normal burn rate is 2400 (BMR+activities) then assuming I only intake 1900 calories a day…. after 7 days (7 x -500) I would be -3500 for the week thus losing a lb a week. Make sense? 2lbs would take me to a daily intake of 1400 a day. You need to be careful. If you’re a smaller person in general then your total (BMR+activities) may only be 1600 a day and you cannot afford a deficit more than -500 a day. Your body needs more than 1000 to 1100 calories a day. (again, I am no nutricianalist and my numbers as far as minimums needed safely may be off a bit.) Any less than that and you risk starvation mode. Intake of less than that here and there is not a major ordeal but a crash diet of sustained daily calorie intake of less than minimum is dangerous.

I will just leave you with that for now. Feel free to chew on it and throw information my way. I am not inviting any flaming posts about this and that but good helpful insight to things I may have wrong or have missed is appreciated.

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