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CompUSA Somehow Got a Resurrection and They are Cool, Somewhat.

So… boredom struck me and ever since I have been addicted to Voice Command on my HTC Kaiser, I have found it somewhat interesting to have it read out my text messages while driving. Just my Bluetooth headset was good, but it didn’t quite match up to my Kaiser. I decided to check out the “NEW” CompUSA, as it seemed like they had been given new life by a managing corporation…

On walking in… I was surprised they were trying to come off more like a Best Buy, albeit smaller and more controlled. I was more interested in scoping out the Bluetooth headsets and I was a bit shocked to see unlocked GSM phones for sale. Brand new phones, completely unlocked, and unbranded. No pushy sales reps trying to cram a contract down your throat either.

It was interesting seeing the shop in a new light as their prices are far more reasonable than before. It was bad when they tried to be the guys at the top and fall, but personally, if they can keep to the new principles… they may just succeed.

Sleep is for the Strong Seeking Strength

With depriving my sleep, my gains from last week barely made any impact on my gains. The worst part of depriving my sleep was it effectively messed up everything about my progress. My mind was nowhere near as fresh, my frustration tolerances were much lower, and the biggest impacting factor… I was not eating properly to fuel muscle tissue repair. Over this past weekend I tried my best to kick myself back into proper sleep and eating, but it wouldn’t be until today that I would finally get enough sleep to get my body back into track.

With finally giving my body the nourishing sleep it deserves, I feel the tissue healing and much less soreness. I am glad to have gotten more sleep today rather than hit the gym and half-ass my progress or produce additional soreness. I just need to get back into high gear and then I’ll be seeing my gains again.

What’s to Come and Fun Times with GPS

I have been spending some of my downtime lately with my coffee break game of choice: Final Fantasy VII – Crisis Core and sadly… I am already close to beating it, but here’s the caveat. I got to the end game part within 13 hours with Zack at L30. The combat phases are getting hard, but it has forced me to take up some of the “Missions” from the internal menu to seek leveling up. My equipment has been sparse but then again, I have been relying on in-game story drops rather than the premium mission drops. When I finish Crisis Core (probably soon) expect me to write it up. All I can say about Crisis Core is… If you haven’t played Final Fantasy VII on Playstation or PC AND watched Advent Children, Crisis Core may not have as big an impact on you. It brings one of the greatest Final Fantasy stories to a complete close. Luckily, Dirge of Cerberus for PS2 is not required “material” to play to understand Crisis Core.

Yesterday, I finally got to try out my GPS on the road but without a car mount, it was more being navigated by audio. When I got a chance to glance at my GPS, it was rather accurate. My speed was exact to my speedometer and all the road information was rather detailed. I don’t know why I didn’t get on the GPS deal sooner, ’cause it’s rather useful in pinch situations. Just I have one new problem to solve… Getting a car windshield mount, external GPS antenna, and car charger to enhance my use and benefit of GPS. Guess I’ll be saving my pennies for all that after my 8GB microSD card. 😉

A Year Older, A Year Somewhat Out of Debt

So here I am sitting at the office of ZeroXR 13mg just pondering and reflecting on what happened all in the past year. It has been quite a year of battle, blood, and suffering to attain somewhat of a bitter-sweet victory. I am somewhat out of debt with debt collectors but under the charity of my family which they have now turned into my loan officers. I have been fortunate for their blessing and I have been able to curb my spending much better to try expediting payment back to them.

Developmentally, things are getting better. I basically took another semester at The School of Hard Knocks and I have been learning to break more of my nativity away in hopes of understanding life better. I am much more able now than I was years ago, which has saved my sorry tail from being kicked around. I have been trying to break my cynicism into a more manageable state, as cynicism has cost me a number of things. I have also learned to embrace optimism because I know I can break through.

I know that this year is important and I need to embrace it to really merit the benefits of it. I will push forward and hopefully I can break serious ground with regard to my dreams.

Happy birthday to me… I hope this year will bring much more joy than 2007 had.

Bad_httpd Error & Wally World for “Coffee Break” Materials

Had an error from a messed up DNS file basically kick my site offline. I ended up fixing it and then heading out to Wal-Mart while Dreamhost said to give my site some time to regenerate the DNS entry. Ended up picking up some materials for my lunch kits and wandered off to the games for fun. I ended up picking up Patapon and Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core for cheap. I ended up playing the games on and off while doing sit-ups and waiting for the site to regenerate on getting home… They are rather addictive that you almost forget to take a break. Patapon is more due to a simple concept while Crisis Core being a wicked cool chain of action that’s almost non-stop.

I’ll probably post up my reviews on both when I get a chance to really delve into them.

For now… I just want to be thankful that my site is back online without much hassle like from the WordPress upgrade.

Workout Log 3/26/2007 – Food Logging Discrepencies

Did a few quick sets due to my personal emergency…

Squats – 3 sets, 12 reps, 30 lbs
Front Lunges – 3 sets, 12 reps, 30 lbs
Side Lunges – 1 set, 10 reps, 30 lbs

Due to being at Parkland from damn near 7:30pm – 10am, I have found that I don’t even remember what all I had to eat save for today. I am really more trying to concentrate on eating well for dinner and then hitting the hay super early… I have a long day ahead with tons of territory to cover at the office. I will feed myself more nutritious food and ease up on junk and garbage my body can do with out ’cause my body should be respected like a machine and I need to turn a new page on getting it into seriously fit shape. Expect me back to 100% by tomorrow and doing pull sets.

Workout Log and Food Log (Breakfast) 03/19/2008

I had a horrid nightmare which killed my sleep to zero so I am running on basically nothing as far as restorative sleep goes. So not only did I lose sleep, but I also got up late to go train. I didn’t go to hard, just did some cardio to keep my heart toned up. I am wired from my sprint on the crossramp machine and my nightmare isn’t helping me focus. I know I should be feeling better, but the nightmare seemed too real. I’ll probably post a more personal entry about the nightmare if I even remember to focus on it. Let’s get on with my logging.

To one of my fans: Thank you for empowering me, I appreciate it like you could never believe.

Crossramp Machine

  • Duration: 15 Minutes + 5 minute cool down
  • Crossramp level 10
  • Resistance (workout/cool down) Level 6/5
  • Caloric burn: 205 Calories
  • Distance: 1.75 miles

Breakfast: Soy milk protein shake with L-Glutamine, 1/2 of a 16oz dose – 200 calories, 18 grams of protein.

I will be saving the other half of my dose for lunch at work as my nightmare has me so amped up that I have completely lost all appetite for today… Maybe I’ll get it back tonight… but I just don’t feel great at the moment.

Workout Log 03/18/2008

For scaling back up to my hard workout from backing down to home workouts, I am surprised I performed well. My heart rate is just as strong as I had it last at the gym, dare I say possibly even stronger? I did take it easy on myself and I am really surprised at my results! My intensity is still there as well as my drive to push. It is really inspiring to see myself being able to keep a pretty good pace without exhausting the hell out of myself.

Crossramp Machine

  • Duration: 25 minutes + 5 minute cooldown
  • Crossramp level 6
  • Resistance (workout/cooldown): 6/5
  • Total caloric burn: 313 calories
  • Distance: 2.67 miles
  • Average heart rate: 165 beats per minute
  • Maximum heart rate: 185 beats per minute.

Torso Rotation

  • 8 reps
  • 2 sets
  • 30 lbs resistance

Butterfly Machine – Rear Deltoid form

  • 10 reps
  • 2 sets
  • 60 lbs resistance

Abdominal Machine

  • 15 reps
  • 3 sets
  • 50 lbs resistance

Ab Crunch Bench

  • 105 degree angle
  • 15 reps
  • 3 sets

On top of that all… I have also decided to hit up Vitamin Shoppe in West Plano to pick up some of my supplements and begin my hardcore regimen. I ended up picking up a 16oz jar of L-Glutamine powder and a 2 lbs Crea-Tech Extreme from Vitamin Shoppe’s BodyTech brand. My protein powder jar is running a bit low, so I will have to pick up a new jar soon. I have called up Ultimate Sports Nutrition out in Frisco about getting in some Activate Xtreme so I may swing by and get a bottle and watch myself amp up again. I am still in debate about the nitric oxide and a thermogenic, but probably may not go that route… Due to the loading dose recommendation on the Crea-Tech Xtreme, I will wait until next week when I can go seriously hardcore with the 5 day loading dosage and from there do my maintenance dosing.

To add a mix to things… I will also be logging my meals and snacks just so I can keep rough track of how many calories I take in for accountability . This is so I can try to stick with my goal intake of about 1,500 – 1,750 calories, as some of the BMI calculators online seem to say that 133 lbs is where I need to be for lean muscle. If there are fitness junkies or fellow “deathbeasts” out there who could better advise me, it would be appreciated.

Revival of the Self – The Fitness Logs Return!

With my $500+ in parts being shipped from Trussville Mazda, I will be doing 60,000 mile service soon. I figured that going too extreme may be a bit much on my system to go from home routines of jump rope, sit-ups, push ups, crunches, etc… So I will restart my efforts at the gym again with lots of cardio and some weights again. I hope to rise early and just begin my power regimen again.

I will probably order my supplements soon and pick up some of the “essentials” locally. Creatine, L-Glutamine, and possibly Nitric Oxide to help boost my results. I am debating on adding a thermogenic to the mix to amp the energy of my workout, but I am open to suggestions that any readers would like to give me. Keep in mind that I work and then also work on ZeroXR.com as my second “job” so if you have instant or more portable supplements, let me know!

Dead Sure Supplements

  • Whey protein (18 grams of protein per shake, post workout)
  • Clif Builder Bars (snack, 20 grams of protein per bar)
  • Multi-vitamin (One-a-Day Men’s Formula)
  • Creatine
  • L-Glutamine
  • Activate Xtreme testosterone booster (only for a 2 month duration and discontinuing)

Maybe Considering

  • Redline liquid thermogenic
  • Nitric Oxide (i.e. NOexplode)

My big issue right now is burning fat around my abs and chest to hopefully turn those target zones into muscle. I have exerted dietary control and a work out heavy on crunches and other ab exercises… yet nothing seems to be nixing the fat. I am not gaining any fat due to a control caloric intake so it has me perplexed. Anyone who’s a “gym freak” or “fitness junkie” who can offer tips would be appreciated. I would like to get more progress than the dead wall I am at and forge new territory.

For accountability sake… I will update my Twitter to show that I am at the gym. Feel free to encourage me or drop a motivational comment! I will give it all or nothing!

A Semi-Sane Blurb Before I Go Nutty

With the chaos of my job at the office, corporate cannot rally reinforcements to aid me. Due to this, I am going to be at the office for an entire 12 hours. I do get two 30 minute lunches as the law requires, but a person must have something to look forward to endure a mental flogging of sorts. Me? I do my 12 hour shift tomorrow only to walk in 12 hours later and work 9am to 5:30pm Thursday. I may possibly be disgruntled and maybe a tinge insane, only if things at the office mess up continuously. I know the past Friday, I was on edge from the fax machine imploding on itself from the paper feed mechanism choking on itself with me trying to service the machine and juggling phone calls with other offices and clients… I can only hope that I can try to hold my sanity through. I mean, I had an insane Friday and then an insane Monday, so the worst is over for now? I just hope so.

I don’t mind the money, because the more cash… well, the quicker I can get to my 60,000 mile maintenance parts. Considering it’ll be $550 in parts and supplies, I could use all the money I can get. Lucky me, I will be doing the 60,000 mile service with my friend Radioactive from the Dallas Miata Enthusiasts, which saves me $800 – $1,100 in shop labor fees as well as 2-5 days of downtime. My main cost will be 10 – 12 hours of laboring on my car with a buddy who will keep me laughing and conversing. I do look forward to my car running like a properly maintained machine… after the 60,000 mile maintenance, oil change, new spark plugs and wires, new synthetic gear oil… I expect to be seeing a side of Devil that I have possibly never seen. I have never had a chance to ride with Devil in near brand new status and even with a brand new batch of gear oil either. After that, my next task will be to get new tires to ensure I get a proper contact patch on driving. My next major expense for Devil will be the drop top maintenance. I am seriously debating on buying an upgraded cloth top with new seals as I hate the vinyl top limiting me to days warmer than 65F.

I may have to hold off on getting a phone upgrade from my considerations to doing maintenance and potential upgrades to Devil… As fun as it would be to get an HTC Touch Dual, TyTN2, or even a Blackberry device, it’s not necessary as my P990i does the job well enough. Gaming expenses will definitely be taking a hit for me… I may look into DS and PSP hacking and modifications, but that’s a while away. I hope that my school will play nice with Ubuntu Linux, especially with regards to the proprietary Windows applications for some of the CD’s packed in academic textbooks out there… There’s always the route of getting VMware on my laptop, should things get desperate.

Hopefully the office can let me just do weekend shifts while I am at school to get a steady source of income to pay for my car note and insurance. If they can’t… it’ll muck things up a bit more. I just need to make sure before anything… If they can’t I may need to request a transfer to another division where I can be guaranteed weekend shifts on a weekly basis. It does suck to have my car note and insurance payment as my only encumbrances, but far better than being in constant debt. Though for me, it puts insult to injury as I will be the “poor, starving college student” with reducing my work load in exchange for an education.