If the voyage of the best ship is a zigzag line…

I’ve often thought that if you look back through the history of my blog, how would you describe it? With categories like 30 day challenge, Development, Low-carb diets and Photos – probably the kindest thing you could say is that I am a frustrated entrepreneur who doesn’t know what he wants.

I’ve signed up for the #Trust30. This is described as:

To celebrate Emerson’s 208th birthday, The Domino Project is republishing a work of art that’s especially relevant today. Self-Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson urges readers to trust their intuition rather than conforming to the will of the majority.

Sign up, and you get a daily warm fuzzy inspirational message. Funnily enough, today’s message really made me stop and think:

If ‘the voyage of the best ship is a zigzag line of a hundred tacks,’ then it is more genuine to be present today than to recount yesterdays
By Liz Bobulate:

I often notice that I beat myself up. I kick myself when I find myself off track (what track that might be at the moment…).

But on reflection, if the best (insert noun – ship, space craft, person) takes a path that is never straight, why would I be any different?

Thanks Liz!

Rock on,
Christian

The power of a daily affirmation

The power of a daily affirmation

How great leaders inspire action – by Simon Sinek

How great leaders inspire action – by Simon Sinek

I love this TED talk!

Simon Sinek discusses how great leaders inspire action:

The 'art' of manliness??

I recently came across the blog The Art of Manliness.

In a recent post, Brett McKay writes on how to measure yourself for clothing (business shirt, pants sizes etc) beyond the typical X, XXL.

I am a bit embarrassed to admit it, I first thought the site was either some sort of homosexaul, greco roman wrestling site or an attention seeking spam site.

I was wrong on both occasions!

It’s a quirky “man’s man” site.  It has advice on how to shave, how to tie a tie and to stop hanging out with women and start dating them!

It is as if the writers squared up at Justin Bieber and all the modern day metro sexuals and kicked them square in the nuts!

I was really surprised at how its not gratuitous or rude.  It is literally a time warp back to the 1950′s!

Go have a read!

Low carb update

It’s been a while since I last posted on the whole low carb / weight loss thing.

So here’s my 6 months review:

  • It works!
  • Weight loss to date is 12.5kg / 27 pounds
  • My cholesterol is sky high! (7.7)
  • My waist measurement is 104cm (<94cm is optimal)

Mentally my outlook has drastically changed.  At my age (36) and height (6’2″) I should be aiming for about 90kg.  Never before have I felt so confident that I will hit that.

Physically I have so much more energy.  Not in the “I’m going to go to the gym for the 9th time this week”.  It is more in the little things.  For example, I used to leave the dirty dishes in the sink and clean them the next day.  Now I see it has something that I can do in 5 minutes.

The only downside I’ve found is sugar.  I’ve been following Season 2 of Masterchef.  Some of the deserts look fantastic!  But from a weight loss point of view they are very expensive!

Take for example a Neenish Tart.  I would often have one of these with a coffee (~ 1 per week).  Now I know they aren’t good for you and that I shouldn’t have them, but just how bad are they?

(I’m not going to promote one low carb vs another.  I had great results with Michael Eades’, your results may vary).  The Wikipedia article couldn’t clearly define what is and isn’t low carbs.  So for arguments sake, lets say you are eating 20 – 30 grams per day.

What is in a Neenish Tart?

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 batch 768g
Calories 3187
Calories from Fat 1368 (42%)
Amount Per Serving %DV
Total Fat 152.0g 233%
Saturated Fat 93.5g 467%
Monounsaturated Fat 39.8g
Polyunsaturated Fat 7.1g
Trans Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 603mg 201%
Sodium 1807mg 75%
Potassium 676mg 19%
Total Carbohydrate 427.9g 142%
Dietary Fiber 6.3g 25%
Sugars 250.7g
Protein 37.3g 74%
how is this calculated?

In my experience, going off the rails like this isn’t the end of the world, but it can be a setback.

What’s your experience been like?

Where is Matt?