“But Have You Read the Book?”

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I’m one of those Game of Thrones fans that has read the books. Yeah, one of those guys. Up until the current season, of course. All bets were off with this season, season six, and next season. The television series has passed George R. R. Martin’s writing speed, as was predicted back when the series first began by many. Martin has, of course, given the HBO series’ show runners his outline and told them the ending of the Game, as it where. How the television series gets to that finale scene versus how the books get there will be a fascinating journey, I’m sure. Most of what we’ve seen this season has been speculated and guessed at successfully by fans of both book and series, so has anyone actually guessed the true ending? I can’t wait to find out!

But now, an admission. I’ve not watched the HBO series any further than the first season. I have seasons one and two on Blu Ray, but haven’t even broken the seal on season 2, for whatever reason. I think the thing that has set me off from the fantastic writing and cinematography of the show is the unnecessary – in my opinion – gratuitous nudity and sex. Don’t get me wrong, I know we can go into the whole, “Well, it fits the period. It’s part of the story. It’s how times were back when Winter was Coming.” I know. But each season since season 2 seems to try and out-do the other on how much and what they can swing, bounce and jiggle in front of the camera. I’m no prude, but I feel that 95% of what GoT puts into the shows involving nudity and sex detracts from the fact that it is an extremely well written and filmed show. Excellent acting on behalf of all the cast, from the lowest extra to the biggest star. And while it hasn’t hurt the ratings or fanbase at all, it has pushed away a rather decent percentage of potential viewers.

I’m not saying I’ll never go back and watch the series for the reasons I spoke of above. I already intend to begin catching up at the start of season 7. With 6 seasons under the table now, I can marathon those suckers at my leisure, then be ready for a completed season 7 by the time I’m done. No, I don’t approve of the excessive show of skin, but I do appreciate the rest of the show, and while one may detract from the other, that doesn’t take away from the fact that this is a groundbreaking fantasy series that has crossed many a genre fanbase. Plus, it has brought book and series fans together – sometimes at odds with one another – to cheer on their favorite characters and compare notes. For 5 seasons, book fans got to knowingly smile and nod their heads as first time television viewers were shocked and awed by the twisting web of the Game. Now we can join hands and venture into the unknown together for a change.

Now all we have to do is wait on Martin to, eventually, finish The Winds of Winter, the next book in the Song of Ice & Fire series, which is what we know as The Game of Thrones. I’m excited and on the edge of my seat to read and compare. While I haven’t been watching the last several seasons, I have been keeping up with episode reviews online, filled with spoilers and other goodness.

What are your thoughts and opinions on The Game of Thrones? Have you even seen it? Do you care about the nudity, or do you feel it detracts from the story at times? Maybe the violence bothers you. It’s definitely a show with many aspects that can’t always be tackled at once. Either way, I’m a fan – sometimes a bitter one.

Not Dead, Not Forgotten

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Still lurking around! Until then, here’s a classic to keep the spirit alive!

 

Fitness Goals Update

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I weighed for the first time in a couple of weeks the other day. I’d expected the worst and prepared myself for it, knowing that on top of being sick, I felt I had also been failing in keeping to my routine. I stepped on the scale with our 2 year old staring me down, ready to scold me, I’m sure.

The biggest I’ve been this year (2016) is 372 pounds. Since getting serious and actually following somewhat of a plan over the last, well, nearly 6 weeks now, I weighed in  the other day at a very surprising 354 pounds. That’s a total loss of 18 pounds. I’m happy with that, especially since I was expecting to have gained what I had lost back over the last few weeks.

I am now 54 pounds away from my first goal of 300 pounds. I’m hoping I don’t get too comfortable and sabotage myself.

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Post Update Notice

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If anyone cares, I updated my previous blog post to include additional information that will, hopefully, clarify some bits of information I provided. If anything is still questionable, and you’d like to know more, please post a comment and I’ll reply back and/or update the blog post.

-J

 

Thrive 8 Week Experience (Week 4)

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Updated on 4/19/2016 – added additional information, which is highlighted in red

I made the blog post a few weeks ago about trying the 8 Week Thrive Experience. If you aren’t familiar with what Thrive is, you can check it out yourself by clicking here. I’m not here to sell you anything, I’m just here to share my experience. Do keep in mind that we are all different and will react differently to products such as this. With that said, here I go!

The Premium Lifestyle pack that is recommended for the 8 Week Experience consists of the following: 2 capsules (there’s a men’s and women’s pack), shake mix, and the DFT patch. That’s it. The first month I got for a considerable discount through my first order from a friend’s personalized site. The 2nd month, which just shipped today, was for the full monthly amount of (taxes, s&h incl.) $209. We will discuss this again in a bit. With my first month, I also received a free 1 month supply of Balance, which is a nightly digestive aide, simply put.

The weekly plan is that you take the 2 capsules first thing in the morning. About 30 minutes after (I do not know why they say 30 minutes after) you drink the shake. The shake is the only odd bit as I was told to only drink it for 4 days out of each week. I looked around a bit, but I couldn’t find an explanation. Please note that the shake is not a meal replacement. You still need to eat a healthy breakfast, lunch,  and dinner! This isn’t a weight loss nutrition shake like you would buy at Wal-Mart. Finally, slap on the DFT and you are good to go. (I have had to use waterproof tape to get mine to stay on. Either my skin is super slick, or I just sweat that much, but the DFT easily comes off after a short period of time if I don’t tape it down.) That’s it. I’ve had no problem following these steps. It’s pretty simple. Oh, and drink lots of water, that’s suppose to speed up the absorption rate in your body. No caffeine. The capsules contain caffeine and digesting more through drinks will lead you to a crash and make you sluggish, according to the website.

That’s the basics. How am I doing four weeks in?

Well, starting out, Thrive was pretty amazing. It seemed to focus my thoughts and give me the listed mental clarity that it claims. It definitely curbed my hunger to the point that I wasn’t even feeling hungry throughout the day. I would have to make myself eat something, even if a pack of crackers because I just didn’t desire a big meal. I had energy that I had been lacking. I was at a point, before Thrive, that I would literally be talking to someone one minute, and dozing off the next mid-sentence. It was becoming troublesome at work, as you can imagine. Most importantly, some aches and pains I’d been experiencing faded away as if they never existed. Mainly, I’m talking joint pain. Knees, ankles, hips. I’m sure it isn’t magic, but I was amazed because the joint aches had troubled me for some time. What I found funny is that I posted as much as this on Facebook one day. My friend quickly messaged me and asked that I take the word pain out of my post because the company can not claim that their product cures pains. I laughed because I’m not part of the company but was just sharing my thoughts. I did change my wording so she wouldn’t be held accountable, though.

Now into my 4th week with my second month in the mail, I can share this about my own personal journey:

Thrive isn’t a miracle weight loss routine. If you don’t get up and exercise or eat right, you aren’t going to lose weight. You might feel better, which is the key goal of getting you up and out about your life, but it’s not going to melt the pounds away. I’m proof. Mixing in changes to our daily routine at home, being sick with a  stomach bug that hit each person in our home, and facing a couple of weeks of stress at work – things have been a bit hectic. As such, I’ve been picking up fast food here and there to rush things along. I have been eating under my allotted calories, though not healthily, getting in my walking at work but nothing extra outside of that as exercise, and I’ve lost a total of close to 10 pounds in the whole 5 1/2 weeks I’ve been attempting to cut back on my food intake. That’s 1 1/2 weeks on my own, and 4 under the Thrive program. Honestly, I feel the weight loss has been due to my own work, not because of the supplements. The supplements have helped in that I don’t get hungry, I can focus better, and while the first couple of weeks I had some aches vanish, they’ve made minor reappearances in the last few days, but I’ve also skipped a few days of Thrive due to my being sick with a stomach virus.

Overall, I’m enjoying the Thrive 8 Week Experience, and I can tell some changes that have taken place. Can you get the same burst of energy from multivitamins? Sure, I have with men’s One-A-Day multivitamins and Vitamin D supplements. Is it necessary to use the patch, take both capsules and drink the shake? I don’t know, I may experiment with that in the next 4 weeks to see if I notice any change. Is it worth it? Depends on each individual. Me personally: One side of me doesn’t want to pay out that money every month – although, if you break it down, it is just $7 per day (a fast food meal.) At the same time, another side of my is like, “Yeah, but that’s $7 per day that could stay in my wallet … or buy a fast food meal.”

Will I continue my experience after the 8 weeks I agreed to try it? I honestly don’t know. Right now, I’m thinking probably not, but we’ll see. Considering we are a family of 4 and work is a bit on the slow side, $209 is a lot of money each month to spend on a luxury item such as this. As a side note to that, if you are interested in selling the product, and can get just 2 people to sign up through your personal website, which is provided for free, you can get your monthly product for free as long as the 2 friends are on auto-renew. Something to think about!