Saturday, June 18, 2011

Vacation over!

So some of you may have noticed that I have not posted in about half a month. Well the reason for that was I was on vacation. I went back east and visited family and friends. I really enjoyed myself, so much so that I gained over 6lbs. But for eating anything I wanted and drinking what I wanted it wasn't that bad I suppose. I did indulge in some delicious cake and ice cream which I probably haven't had in a year. I spent a lot of my time just hanging around and even went rock wall climbing.

While I did enjoy myself there was one thing I did not. And that was flying. As I have posted before I have a rather irrational fear of flying. I did alright by not freaking out and even slept for a few moments at times. What really worked out for me was on my flight home my original flight was canceled so I had to reschedule. I was fine with this as I didn't mind another day there but I did get bumped to first class. I have to say this made the return flight so much more enjoyable. I was not cramped between two people or having to deal with a screaming baby. I was even served a free dinner and had I been 21 I would have had free drinks! I feel spoiled as I do not want to fly anything but first class. Below are some pictures of the mean and how much more room I had on the A320. But I will be back to posting regularly now that I am back home.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Credit Card update

So if you have been following my post I recently posted about looking into a credit card. Well I did finally settle on applying for a Discover Student card. It has a cash back reward and because of my limited credit history (only student loans) I wasn't sure I'd even get approved for that. Turns out I was approved and with a much higher credit limit then expected. I was set a $3000.00 limit on my first card. I was bit overjoyed when I was told this and to my surprise the customer service representative ask if I felt this would be enough. If anyone is curious my Credit score ranges from 655 to 680 (depending on which of the 3). I am just a bit happy about being approved for this amount and also being approved in general that I'd thought I'd share.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Back to School

I have finally gotten everything squared away to attend Western Oregon University. I was accept back in March but due to waiting for paperwork to be sent across the states. I am still fighting so I do not have to pay out of state tuition. It seems that Oregon's law is that you are required to be living in the state for a year or more before the start of the term in order to be qualified. Regardless of that I was able to get registered for classes on the college's transfer day. I am very glad I attended this as the system here is very different from where I come from.

To start the credit amount is a lot higher but this is due to the term system. I am used to the semester system where you have only fall and spring not Fall, winter , and spring. This means instead of having 30 credits a year I should have somewhere near 45. I am really looking forward to have classes only last 2 months instead of 3 1/2. I felt like classes lasted a long time and look forward to them being over sooner. Also all my credits transferred which was a pleasant surprise to me.

The other difference is how many credits classes are worth. For example some of my science classes were worth a total of 4 credits (3 class and 1 lab) and are not worth 6 (4.5 lecture and 1.5 Lab). It makes me feel like I accomplished more then I have.

TL;DR -> I transferred schools and they go on term system not semesters.

Feel free to comment about your experiences with transferring schools. Maybe something to watch out for.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Credit Cards.....

I have recently been looking into getting a credit card mainly as a way to help increase my credit score and have a way of having emergency funds. This sounds like an easy task of signing up for a card and getting approved or denied. As I have learned there are loads of fine print associated with the cards.

I have been looking to get a card with less than 20% APR, which isn't easy since I don't have much credit besides my loan debt. This isn't a an easy option because most cards require a co-signer or at least a higher income amount then I can current obtain thanks to school. I can't get my parents to sign as my mother isn't a viable credit candidate and father being deceased. I am looking into to possible student cards offered by Citi and discover but am not so sure the APR and annual fee is high.

Its hard not to be dragged in by the special perks they offer such as cash back or bonus points. I just feel as if I will never get a credit card before I graduate college. I am taking a break from searching and am open to suggestions from readers!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

No more diet Soda

I have decided as of yesterday to start kick my excessive habit of drinking diet soda. I have come to realize that it is not only an expensive but not healthy either. I am currently on day two of "detox" I guess you could call it. I started yesterday cutting back from 2 - 3 liters of diet soda to 12 oz. I did even better today at only about 8oz. I plan to keep going eventually drop it all together. Now I am sure you are asking yourself what have you replaced it with?

Well I have switched to unsweetened tea and water. This isn't exactly the greatest tasting stuff in the world but I just tell myself it's a whole lot better then what I was putting in my body. The reason for going with the unsweetened is to avoid all the artificial sweeteners that are not good for your body. A lot of people have said how bad it is for weight loss but I kind of put that in the back of my head and kept drinking it. Ultimately it is to help me continue on my weight loss goal.

I am having sort of withdrawals whether it be from caffeine consumption dropping or the actual soda contents. I have had headaches and been pretty tired but I keep pushing through it as in the end it will help me out. I feel pretty good getting down to 195 but I need to keep pushing down to at least 175. I know this won't be easy but dropping diet soda can only help (I hope).

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Portal 2

So lately I have been playing Portal 2. I never played the first one but always saw reference to it whether it be companion cube or a obscure reference to GLaDOS. I have to say I didn't think a game in which you simply use portals to solve puzzles was going to entertaining. I thought after awhile the puzzles with just be the same old shoot a portal and be done, but I was pleasantly surprised to find it wasn't. Sure you have to use portals to solve every puzzle but it's not that easy. I often found myself over thinking the puzzles only to find it is simple. There are a few plot twist which I rather enjoyed and kept me entertained.

The story mode is great and even if you haven't played the first portal game (like myself) you will be able to pickup and follow along. The dialog is absolutely great and has you laughing all the way till the end. The AI GLaDOS has a smart remark for everything and also great cheap insults that will. I never felt as if it was generic comments that took absolutely no thought to put in a game. The Co-op also has some great commentary by GLaDOS in which the AI attempts to pit you against each other.

The Co-OP is a fun addition to the game as it allows you , and even encourages you, to kill your partner. Now I don't mean in the same sense of get a gun and shoot but offering you achievements for dropping a walkway from under your partner. I have had many laughs and frustrations with my partner as it seems hilarious to close a portal as soon as you run towards the exit causing you to fall in water.

If you haven't played it or you are debating on playing it, give it a try! For a puzzle game it is one of the better ones. I have spent hours going back to find the hidden Easter eggs, which I won't ruin here but below is a video (from the end SPOILER) featuring a musical note from the turrets who spent the game shooting at you.



Translation of the song:

Cara bel, cara mia bella.
(My dear, beautiful darling.)
Mia bambina, a tra che la stima che la stima.
(My child that I admire.)
A cara mia, addio!
(To my dear, farewell!)
Mia bambina cara, perche non passi lontana si lontana de scienza?
(My dear girl, why don't you stay away, yes away from science?)
Cara cara mia bambina.
(My dear, dear girl.)
A mia bel.
(To my lovely.)
A mia cara.
(To my dear.)
A mia cara.
(To my dear.)
A mia bambina.
(To my Child.)
A cara, cari a mi!
(My dear, dear to me!)

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Subaru SVX

So some of you might have noticed I haven't posted anything in the past 9 days. Well between work and all these games that came out I haven't had time. I recently attended a Subaru SVX car meet in Northern WA. This car meet was just a basic meet to get to know the fellow SVXers and do some basic maintenance on the fellow cars. I have been a part of this club for a few years now and they have been nothing but helpful in any kind of assistance I need as far as the SVX goes.

Now most of you have probably never heard of a Subaru SVX or haven't heard about them in many years. The Subaru SVX came out in 1992 and features a unique window-in-window designed by Giugiaro, who designed many super cars. This was one of the first Subaru's (Minus the XT-6) to feature a 6 cylinder boxer engine. It features (at new) 230 HP and 228 ft*lbs of torque. It unfortunately only came with a 4 speed automatic transmission as there were no manual transmissions Subaru had to handle the torque the SVX put out.They only made 25,000 cars worldwide which for a production car is not a lot. Below is my car (former owners plate not mine)

I had put a bit of work into my SVX and added a 2003 WRX manual transmission , sporting a 3.90 gear ratio compared the stock 3.54 ratio in the auto. I have also added the stylish WRX STi BBS wheels. But feel free to show some Subaru love or general questions comments on this unique car.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Short Update!

So it has been a little while since I have posted about my weight loss. I have been going to the gym but work makes it hard. I have also been eating well and avoiding fast food. I finally reached below 200lbs, which means I am down over 34lbs. I am feel well over this and want to continue going hopefully getting to 190 and then so on. But my hard work is paying off, slowly. I know weight loss is not a quick thing but I kinda wish it was at this point.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

The love of Flying

I have a trip coming to visit my friends back in good old North Carolina. Normally planning trips are exciting and usually bring about a happy feeling. And for the most part this is true for me except one aspect of the trip. Flying. I have, for whatever reason, a huge crippling fear of flying. I mean I can fly, I do not have a panic attack or flip out when boarding but I do have other issues. It starts with what I assume can be called irritable bowel syndrome (however embarrassing that is to admit to). I do get sweaty and often find myself gripping the handles. I can't help it even though I have seen the statistics and they help but for some reason I can't get over that. I also attempt to keep distracted with movies and/or other stimulants.

I have had a bad experience on my last flight with a smaller regional jet. I was flying from a larger international airport to a smaller regional one on a slight stormy day. We took off without a problem but soon after words we noticed we stopped climbing and seemed like the engine was not running at full power. Shortly into the flight (roughly 30 minutes) the pilot informed us that we had a mechanical issue and had to turn back. This of course was combined with pretty bad turbulence. It wasn't until we reached the airport (and me slightly freaking out), that we found out the reverse thrusters where not working and not allowing up to cruise at proper speeds. They ended up fixing it and flying us back out in a thunderstorm. It was that day I vowed not to fly for a long time.

I am going to be honest and say that the recent issue involving the Southwest Boeing 737-300 and the 5 foot hole in the top of the airplane. It is that kind of issue that worries me and also well general crashing of a plane. I know if I had been on that flight I would have had a panic attack or two. If you haven't seen or heard read here

I guess where I am getting with this rambling is I hate flying and want to find ways to overcome this fear. I had no real rational reason to be afraid of flying as I know there millions of people who fly safely year around. I mean pilots fly almost every day and most live long prosperous lives so maybe I shouldn't worry as much. If you have an suggestions on ways to stop this let me know!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Mining is hard.

I recently started playing a game I vowed not to play, that game being minecraft. Now at first I had no freaking idea what was going on in the game except at night I kept getting blown up or shot with arrows. The game has no advice to give in the beginning so you kind of lost to adventure and figure things out. Eventually I looked up online how to craft items and found it slightly amusing but slightly more annoying. I finally got annoyed enough with the damn monsters I turned them off and found it much more enjoyable. I spent a lot of hours mining and finding 3 diamonds so I could make a diamond pickaxe. But of course as I was grabbing the last one when lava showed up and ruined the day. I couldn't return to the point to recover anything as it was all lost in a fiery river of pain. The game is fun and allows to create anything your heart desires, if you have the patience.

if TL:DR check this video out. It pretty sums up the game.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Up the Mountain

Since I had the weekend off (first time in a long while), I decided it would be a good idea to head up Mount Hood. It was about a 2hr drive and the drive up was pretty entertaining. I have never really been up a actual mountain (with snow) so this was something new to me.

I had planned on taking a snowboarding lesson at a place in Government camp. But I got there too late to start. It was a big disappointment, but I will be going back in a week or two to attempt it. I have a feeling I'd be the oldest person in the beginning class but growing up in the south didn't exactly present many opportunities to go snowboarding. The people there were actually really nice and even willing to show me the basics, although I couldn't get into the class. I didn't accept it vowing to return to get an actually lesson. Any advice on what to expect when I finally do get a lesson? Sorry for the short post but I will be updating in a few days with some goings on. I already know I need goggles and possible better pants.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Milestone #1

So lately work has been kicking my ass. Changing shifts to early morning and what not has thrown me off. I haven't been able to get to the gym every night and have been attempting to go every other day at least. But I did get a chance to weigh in today and finally hit a milestone. I have lost 30lbs, according to the scale here, since I started this. I defiantly have more muscle tone in my legs and arms but stomach still is in need of help. So I will keep going and hopefully soon I can reach under 200lbs for the first time in well a long time. As far as 5k training goes, I haven't had time to lately but I am working on setting up training for it. I plan on reading up beginning running and possible getting my running analyzed so I can find out if I pronate or have other issues I don't know about. Sorry for the short update will post more when I have time!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Running or the lack of

So through my work there are some sponsored 5k runs that they provide free entry into. I have decided I might attempt a 5k but needed to get into running. Now I have no problem doing three miles on a setting of thirteen on an elliptical. I can usually average 5.1mpg on that setting but I attempted to run on a treadmill only to be struck down. I am thinking maybe I should start slower and work my way up but maybe I can get some advice on that later.

My issue is when I started running on the treadmill I could feel immediately what I'd describe as shin splits. It wasn't a horrible pain until I got about a mile in and I had to stop. Now I have to say I have not ran ever in my life and that could be part of my problem. I stopped after a mile, or 10 minutes 20 seconds in, and after about 5 minutes or so of resting the pain went away. I have decent shoes , Adidas Super Nova Glide 2, which have nice cushion and support. I am not sure if I need more arch support but I don't feel I need it. If anyone has suggestions on how to avoid shin splits let me know. I am also looking at how to get into running not as permanent thing but to participate in a 5k sometime.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Dragon Age II

So I had taken some time to finally play Dragon Age 2. What can I say about it.... Its damn awesome but has its flaws. I enjoy the graphics and the cuts scenes so far, especially after killing mobs and being covered in blood. I have to give credit to the quick switching and setting of the battle system. Being able to set an NPC to attack or be a defend is nice so you don't have a Mage constant charging into battle to tank. It's also great to have the tank being able to defend other NPCs besides sitting there swinging a sword. Also if you haven't seen or heard about the facebook game Dragon Age legends it allows you to earn in game items for a simple version online (which are alright as far as rewards go). The graphics are great and the cut scenes allow the options of responses. I am not sure if the responses actually change the game but I defiantly feel like. Another great thing is the talents systems, which allow you to specialize in new different types. For mages can be healers or even specialize in fire / ice. I still have a bit to go so not sure if you will be able to complete all the specialization skills but either way makes it unique.

Now the bad. The combat system is great except for the AI of the party members. It can get annoying if you have a Mage to set to heal it doesn't exactly keep up with the task. I understand it has a cool down but I have come across many times switching to Mage and seeing it being able to be used when my character is almost dead to find it ready to use. Another issue that bothers me is all the junk items you find that you cannot sell or do anything with besides take up space. I will be honest I haven't gotten into the crafts like potions and stuff so I could be missing out. One huge issue I have is the quest system. When you accept a quest and are in zone, it has no way of showing which you are headed towards. Now it does show you before zoning but once in there, especially if more than one quest is in the zone, it can be annoying.
I love the game and will recommend it to anyone even if you haven't played the first one. If you have doubts about the game and enjoy other RPG give this one a shot and sit back because it's a great ride.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Weight Update

So It has been over a week since I started posting about my weight loss goal and thought I'd share a short update. I have been going to the gym regularly with cardio and weight. I have been pushing 45 minutes on the elliptical and ranging  anywhere from 3.35 miles to 3.75 miles and burning between 580 -640 calories. I have been maintaining about 1800 - 2000 calorie intake.  I have been combining cardio to included upper body work out. I have seen a  bit of change in muscle definition in my legs and arms compared to months ago. My stomach still has fat that I want to get rid of but has come down in size. I have also added crunches to my routine. Now I know I have a ways to go still but I have done down from  211 to 206ish. When I say 206ish I mean depending on the time I weighed myself it varied from 207.2 to 205.4. So I took an average of the weight to come up with 206lbs. I am hoping that over the next few weeks I can get reach 200lbs and lose some more fat while gaining muscle.  If anyone as advice as far as what to throw in my workout let me know.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Serious Lawn Mowing

  Today I had but one goal in mind, to mow the jungle that has emerged in the yard. Now I am sure you probably are saying to yourself "It can't be that bad, it's just grass". Well you are correct, it is just grass but here in the Northwest its always wet. Meaning that to in order to cut dry grass in the winter you'd have to wait a couple days of sunny skies. Even then days are usually filled with spotty showers. I don't want it to sound like living in the northwest is nothing but rain but after living in the south I can say it does rain a bit more often.  This wouldn't be a problem but this grass that covers the yard is excessively thick and one way or another it had to be cut. 

  Normally getting to a lawn mower is a simple task of heading to the garage and removing it. But I should note I have a slight fear of spiders. I can view them from a distant and not care but being within a close range I get uncomfortable.  I headed out to the garage and the first thing I noticed was this spider in the corner. I would have just left it alone but there is a latch on the door which has to be unlocked and his web was blocking it.  This spider had defiantly had his cool face on saying "Problem?" as I eyed the lock.  After seeing him I had to go back and get the spray, as I couldn't have it climbing down on me as I opened the door.  

 Before I hear that I should not have sprayed the spider and they are vital to the ecosystem, you need to understand a few things. The yard and house has excessive spiders, I mean a lot of them. I often find them all around the house and in the summer I have to be careful even leaving the house. Now I sprayed down the door only seeing the one in the corner.  I left it alone for about 10 minutes and go back outside to open the door. There are 5 decent size spiders all hanging dead from their webs. I promptly clean them up and remove the lawn mower.

 I spent the next two hours mowing the yard. Now I wasn't joking when I said the grass is excessively every two passes it required me to stop and clear the blade.It is partly due to the fact the grass is just wet and clumps together so well.
I finished the backyard and finally was wrapping up the yard work when I was headed back to the garage door. Being confident I had killed the spiders I went to walk through the door way. Now as if I was in some kind of comic, as soon as I walked through the door what hit my face? A damn spider and I kind of freaked out a little. Swatting my face vigorously and just plain freaking out.  The good news is I didn't get bit, but am now even more nervous about entering that damn garage. 

On a side note, after freaking out I cooked some delicious grilled pork and yellow rice.I used Sweet Baby Rays Barbecue sauce and if you haven't had it, you need to try it. You probably will not be going back to any other kind of BBQ sauce. Although I am still a bit jumpy from that damn spider incident. 

TL:DR I hate spiders. 

Sunday, March 6, 2011


Today I had  the privilege of taking a trip to Portland. But what made that trip even better was the fact I was headed to the Adidas Employee Store. I had heard that they usual carry a lot of the stuff you can't find in other stores like Star Wars items. The first thing you notice when coming up on the Adidas campus is the giant campus style shoes which are pretty impressive. There was also a giant Blazers sign plastered on  a side of a building which you pass pulling around to the Employees store. I didn't get a chance to take a photo of it as I was driving but did get a picture of the entrance.

When I got inside I saw all the running and training stuff which was nice but I was after the Original items. I found it shortly after fumbling around and saw the jacket I wanted. 

I know, I'm nerdy. I saw this jacket and just couldn't resist buying this jacket. They also had a white storm trooper one but had too much white on it for me to keep clean. Also if you hadn't noticed that is Darth Vader on the left side and the back contains a picture of the Death Star. It is rather badass, and just as nerdy. 

After leaving the store I decided to finally visit a place I had seen on the travel channel show Man vs. Food. This place, The Stepping Stone Cafe, was featured because of its signature Smother B.A.  This enormous item contains a chicken fried steak, with hash browns (with peppers and onions) on top of it, topped with eggs and sausage gravy.  Sure it is a fating meal but it is a damn delicious. They were right in featuring this cafe, as I have never tasted such delicious breakfast. Now of course I'd include pictures. 

If you are ever are in Portland you have to look up Stepping Stone Cafe located at 2390 NW Quimby Street. Now time to finish off that delicious food.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Charlie Sheen

So I am sure most of you at this point have heard of what Charlie Sheen is up to and I gotta say its great. He is making an uproar all over every media station and website on the internet. Everyone is falling for it, its doing nothing but raising his popularity. I think its a great strategy for a long time he was pictured just as a drunk and druggie but not he is becoming a sensation. Sure he is still pictured as crazy but something is working here, he is the second hottest topic according to google trends.

Look at what happened when Brittany Spears shaved her head. People went absolutely nuts over and it was all over the news for weeks about how she is crazy and what not. But I think it was all intentional to call attention as she hadn't been in the spot light in a long time. I think some of these "stars" just crave the attention and do these crazy acts to draw attention so they can be back in the spotlight. I think we can all agree Sheen has a drinking issue if nothing else but I gotta say after watching his live cast on USTREAM, I find all of this funny and excessive. I don't think he is really as bad as people say he just wants attention. I mean he doesn't have Two and a half men anymore so he is trying to fill a void. If you haven't seen his interview go check it out on youtube, you can't take it serious. He talks about smoking a 7 grand rock and winning. Now I don't usually follow celebrities as I don't usually care one way or another but all this Sheen stuff has been hilarious, speaking of which here is a video of a remix I found funny.

Anyways my point of this crappy post is to say: Don't take him serious, all of this is for attention.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Changing Room

I work for a major footwear company at a store located in a mall and often come across "interesting people". Now I am not talking about a weird looking or rude nasty person but more of the "eccentric" persons. I recently had one of these persons come in and ask to use the fitting room to try on clothes. Now normally this isn't an issue nor does it raise any attention  but I knew something was up when this person spoke. If you ever seen a cartoon when they have a guy dress up as a girl and they still have that manly voice, this is what that "lady" sounded like. Now I was expecting a man until I turned around. What I encountered was a 6'2 "lady" with size 12 (at least) feet.
 I don't judge people, if a guy wants to dress like a girl and parade around that's great for them.  I allowed this person in the fitting room with some short, shorts and a tank top, with the hopes they wouldn't come out and ask any questions. Well of course "she" did. Wearing the short shorts and the tank top asking if I had it in a larger size. There is nothing really like seeing that and not in a good way. I think I have been scarred for life thanks to this "lady".  After parading back into the changing room she comes out wearing what she wore in. Thankfully she made her purchase and left after that but the damage was done.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Another day, another work out.

So when I posted my first blog about weight loss it was actually written about a week and half ago. I just haven't had the time to post it up. I have been taking that pill every time I go to the gym and if nothing else I feel a little more energy. I have started using the elliptical more (as I hate running on treadmills) and have gone to 45 minutes of non stop. I have jumped up to burning about 600 calories every 45 minutes depending on the amount of energy I have. I should note I have weighed in at about 207lbs and still have a bit to go but seemed to help some if only with the energy I have towards exercise. Well I will update more later when I have time and not exhausted.

Xbox Mod

Since weight loss isn't an over night thing I thought I'd also included other things in this blog besides it. I finally after years decided to mod my xbox using a connectivity kit, as I had a Lite-on version 7 drive. Modding the disk drive to read dual layers disk was relatively straight forward and went very smoothly. The real fun part was doing the case mod. I chose to do a cut out of Boba Fett's symbol on the side and apply plexiglass underneath it.

Below shows the work step by step.

Starting out with stenciled design

Here is the hard work after 6hrs of drimmel and cutting.

First coat of paint.

Second coat of paint.

Final product that needs a bit of touch up.
So after a bit of hard work I am please with how it turned out. I wanted to make it so the disk drive is see through as well but that will wait. it took a total of 10 hours I think ti complete the cut and paint. The hardest part was the sharp corners and areas on the skull right above the tusks.Not much more to say about it, so I'd love to hear some comments.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

First day

Like most I am skeptical of a pill that is supposed to "melt fat away" but I have had friends who have tried other products like Jack3d and loved it . So I figured I'd attempt to give myself a boost in helping me reach my goal of 180lbs by June. But before I go into my rolling review of this product here is a little information about myself.
                 I am a 20 year old male and current weight is 211lbs with a starting weight of 234lbs as of Dec 31st 2010. I just recently joined Anytime fitness and although I don't love working out this gym has made it much easier. I can go anytime and its usually not busy at all. I have been attempting to go twice a day, one in the AM and once in the PM. I have been averaging 30 minutes on the elliptical machine burning anywhere between 250-300 calories. I also spend about 15 minutes on a stationary bike pushing between 100-120 calories. After these work outs I am drained and usually exhausted but I keep pushing through them so that I can reach my goal. I should note that I lost 20lbs with minimal exercise, 3 times a week on a treadmill burning about 300 calories. I made major changes to the portion sizes I was eating, cutting out virtually all snacks.  I tried to stay at about 1700 calories to 2000 calories but like most people I had my bad days of eating more but enough of the intro on to the review.

I was initially skeptical of this product but after reading reviews online I figured it was worth a shot so I went down to my local Rite Aid with a GNC inside and found a bottle of 90 pills on sale for 39.99, no sales tax here (yes I could have gotten it a little cheaper online but I was rather impatient and didn't want to wait for shipping) . I also purchased a multi vitamin as I should have been taking them a long time ago but just never got around to get a bottle. I reach home and immediately open the pill bottle to see these purple pills and think "Huh reminds me of the Nexium commercials". But I read the directions and followed them (taking the first pill on am empty stomach before breakfast).  Within 15 minutes I started to feel very nausea but reading online I saw that I needed to drink more water and after 15 minutes or so of drinking 32oz of water I did start to feel better but I was starving. So I ate some cereal and skim milk feeling full afterwards like usual. At this point I wasn't feeling over energetic but it was time for my AM working at the gym so I head out. I still wasn't feeling anything but as soon as I started my normal workout I started to feel different. I had more energy and was able to push harder on the elliptical then I ever had.  I was pushing around 130 rpm compared to my normal of 116-118 rpm and maintain them for the whole 30 minutes. After the first few minutes I also noticed I was sweating a lot more than normal and by the end of my elliptical workout I had drenched my shirt.  Normally I would feel tired and have to push myself for the 15 minutes on the bike but not this time.  I hopped on the bike and begin the workout extending it to 25 minutes with ease. I could have kept going but work called and ask me to come in. So far I am impressed, I have burned off 560 calories this morning, compared to my normal 350. I'll report in later to see how my work out is after work .