The Poor Man’s Caffeine Fix: ProLab Caffeine Tablets

First and foremost: I’m not affiliated with ProLab Nutrition in any way, shape or form. With that said, I’m a believer in hyping up products I believe in and trust.

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I buy ProLab caffeine tablets from the Vitamin Shoppe website from time to time. I always keep a fresh stock. At $5.89 per 100-count bottle, it’s a sexy ass bang for your buck. Each tablet contains 200mg of caffeine. No flash, no frills. It gets the job done. Point, blank, botom line. No horseshit added. No calories. Just pure caffeine.

Here’s the kicker: I’d much prefer drinking a VPX Bang energy drink or a SPIKE energy drink (from Biotest), but the bottom line is, energy drinks can be expensive as all get out. I have a leftover stock of Bang and SPIKE in a cooler, but I only consume sparingly, because I’m too broke to drink them consistently.

I’ve been arduously trying to cut down on my expenses recently. Over the last month and a half I’ve pretty much been living off of 1.) eggs, 2.) butter (real butter, motherfuckers), 3.) coconut oil, 4.) onions, 5.) spinach, 6.) bananas, 7.) potatoes, occasionally some coconut oil and sometimes avocados (when the local old country store has ’em for sell for 66 cents a piece). I look out for sales on cheap cuts of steak from time to time that are on sale.

Earlier this year, I pimped out Death Wish Coffee. It’s great stuff, but it’s overpriced if you are just wanting a caffeine-related jolt. $20 bucks for one pound of coffee is pretty outrageous, despite the fact that their company rocks and the customer service is kickass. If you can afford it, more power to you, but if you are trying to cut back on expenses, fuck it, pick up the ProLab caffeine tablets.

“But bro… you are not getting the same benefits from the caffeine tablets as you do from coffee! The antioxidants, mane!”

Well… the antioxidants that do exist, I feel, are highly overestimated and over-heralded. The driving force behind coffee is the caffeine, simply put.

“But you like wasting money on energy drinks from time to time?”

VPX Bang and Biotest’s SPIKE energy both offer pretty cool shit. Bang features CoQ10, amino acids, 0 calories and 300mg of caffeine. Spike, in the 8.4 ounce “Shooters” (my favorite) features 300mg of caffeine, 0 calories, L-Tyrosine, a shithorde of vitamin B12 in its most active form (methylcobalamin) and a potent stimulant in yohimbine HCl that promotes fat burn when taken on an empty stomach (due to fucking around with alpha-2-receptors)…

“All those ingredients are bullshit!”

How so? They are not going to change your life, but they add a little bit of oomph.

Anyway, I love caffeine from caffeine pills, to coffee, to energy drinks.

My biggest annoyance with coffee, on a personal level, is in the inefficiency of it all, as a consumer. I want to get up in the morning and usually consume caffeine ASAP (out of habit). Making coffee is time consuming. After making a goddamn cup (or pot), you have to wait for it to cool down enough to enjoy. For time related purposes, I like ProLab’s caffeine tablets. However, if I actually had the time, I’d consume more coffee (if available).

This whole diatribe is/was a fucking mess. I haven’t ate since yesterday at around 7 (intermittent fasting). I just wanted to pimp out ProLab’s caffeine tablets. They are excellent, and they are the best bang for your buck when you want some heavenly caffeine.

Jason Blaha Trash Talking Bodybuilders Who Whine About Their “Struggles”

I’ve been critical of “bodybuilders” in the past.

I enjoy lifting weights, albeit I prefer bodyweight workouts.

Jason Blaha knows what’s up. I used to talk to him here and there on the bodybuilding.com forums, particularly the “Nutrition” subforum 5-6 years ago. He was always a really down to earth dude back then. About three or so years ago, he started making YouTube videos, and now he’s fairly popular (as far as I know; I don’t keep up with the community) in the fitness community, but he also gets a lot of hate, particularly because he calls the fitness industry out on its bullshit and he’s exposed molecular structured frauds like Marc Lobliner and Jerry Ward and whoever else.

I don’t agree with all of Blaha’s content. He’s too obsessed with guns and seems to flip flop on his opinions a lot. Before recently, last I heard he was a goddamn vegan in the UK, and now he’s back in the states tearing down meat again.

Anyhow, he hit the nail on the head in a recent video about bodybuilders and other fitness folks who bitch and complain about “struggles” all the time. Good shit.

Sometimes You Have to Give Up Short-Term Pleasure for Long-Term Success

And long-term happiness (I didn’t want to turn the post into title gore).

I cancelled my EA Sports UFC 2 preorder for the Xbox One. The game is releasing in ten days. I was (still am) excited for it, being a huge MMA fan. I’m not a big gamer, and I don’t play much, but I haven’t truly enjoyed a UFC game since THQ’s UFC Undisputed 3 in 2012. EA Sports’ first UFC game in 2014 was pretty good but was flawed from top to bottom, and the offline portion of the game was barebones. The career mode was bland and the online tired me out. The second game looks like it’s pretty deep and offers a lot of options.

But I had to cancel it.

I’m in the middle of a grueling college semester right now.

The fall semester of last year offered up my first ever taste of chemistry. I made a B after studying my ass off and trying my best.

I’m taking the second part of chemistry, CHEM112, this semester. I took the first test almost two weeks ago and I made a 48. I’d studied for five days straight before the test. It had to do with gas laws and molarity/solute mixtures. Something that is easy for others was a painful process for yours truly to learn. I guess I couldn’t remember all the gas laws, and that was my downfall. I felt terrible about failing, but my disappointment and pain was assuaged when I heard of all the fellow students around me talk about their piss poor grades.

I need to get better. There are only two more tests this semester. I must focus. I can’t lost focus. So I cancelled my preorder for EA Sports UFC 2. Like I said, I hardly game these days. Other people might say, “Dude, you could’ve still bought it and made time to play it”, and that’s true, but here’s the kicker: I’m an all-or-nothing kind of guy. My multitasking skills are atrocious. When I decide to do something, I’m either all-in or not! What’s the point of buying a $60 game when I won’t be able to properly enjoy it or play it?

I hate procrastinating with a passion. If I know I have something to do, it eats away at me. There’s no way I’d be able to play that game in the middle of the semester while knowing I should be studying, working on assignment or being active or something. This is why I believe one day, probably soon, I’ll be giving up video games forever (at least until I have kids or if my girlfriend wants to play sometimes), because my “hey, let’s do this work, fucker!” conscience kicks in all too often.

I guess this is a good thing.

Do I want to play the game? You bet your ass. I’d love to pick it up on its release date and play it for hours!

But I can’t. I need to pass. I told myself when I returned to college in 2014 that I’d get my shit together and avenge my poor showing in 2009.

I can’t stop now. The show must go on.

You can apply the above to all walks of life.

Discipline is a very underrated thing, everybody. We all have temptations. To be crude and straightforward, every day at the college I see smokin’ hot babes who I’d love to bend over and rail six ways to Sunday, but I simply enjoy the view rather than ever doing anything, because 1.) I’m not a cheater, 2.) living a life with a clear conscience is way easier and relaxing than one full of chaos and guilt, and 3.) I love my girlfriend, and no piece of ass is worth losing her.

(If you are offended by the terminology above, get over your politically correct self and try to see the actual message.)

I have a post on motivation coming soon. Mostly about a deficiency at times. Questioning myself.

Have a wonderful day today. Don’t waste it. If you start something that you need to be doing, at least for five minutes, you are more likely to continue that task! Don’t stop!

People Love to See Others Fail

At least the majority of people seem to do.

Why do people always bring up Donald Trump’s failures?

I’m neutral in regards to the upcoming election. I don’t like any of the candidates, to be honest. I likely won’t even vote, because voting for the lesser evil is still choosing evil.

Trump is a polarizing figure, and on the side of the detractors, everybody wants to bring up his failures, his bankruptcy. Why? Of course he’s failed. Anybody who goes out of their way to accomplish something will fail, and they’ll probably fail more than they succeed, but at least they are going out there and taking risks. Trump has taken millions to billions.

I don’t understand people. What’s with this line of thinking to bring someone down all the time by mentioning their failures? What have you done? Let’s see the skeletons in your closet. I reckon that’s called throwing a stone from a glass house.

We’re Just Two Lost Souls Swimming in a Fish Bowl, Year After Year

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Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here. My all-time favorite song. I’m 25-years-old and I fell in love with it back in in the year 2009, which was the year I graduated from high school, although the meaning of that song, subjectively to my heart, didn’t inflict me with any deep emotions until 2011.

In essence, Wish You Were Here reminds me of my first love.

Yes, the song’s original meaning is alleged to be about former Pink Floyd member Syd Barrett’s mental health, but to me, it’s simpler. It reminds me of my first love, and how she was, well, who she was during the first year and a half of our relationship and how she changed.

“We’re just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl” takes me back to when we were just high schoolers, knowing nothing about the world or the future, just living day by day with big plans and heavy hearts. We thought we’d be together forever. We had big ideas.

In the most teenage ways possible, we changed. Most emphatically, she did, as she was the younger part of our relationship. I was her first boyfriend in general. Things didn’t end so well, and it wasn’t a mutual split, but that relationship ended nonetheless, and here I am. I don’t think about her all the time, but I do think about her often. She was my first love, after all. Nobody forgets their first love.

Every time I hear, “Wish You Were Here” I think about her, because a part of me does wish that 2008-2009 version of her was still here with the 2008-2009 version of myself.

We haven’t spoken in over two years.

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How to Stop Procrastinating and Be More Productive

You can write that sentence (“how to stop procrastinating and be more productive”) into Google and find a number of websites with listed ways to thwart procrastination.

We all do it sometimes. Just admit it.

Here’s my one very simple tip:

Every day, in the evening, write out power goals for the next day. It can be three to five things, but never more than five. It can be something as simple as brushing your teeth or as complex as learning more about gas laws for your chemistry class. Power goals are for you, as a way to accomplish something in your life every day. It helps stave off mild depression and following through with your goals adds a sense of accomplishment and happiness in your life. It will affect the reward center of your brain, too.

Don’t write down more than five power goals, because you could overwhelm yourself or cause yourself to get off track. So, in review, at least three power goals and five at the most. Don’t be a hero or an overachiever (unless you are a psychopath).

That has nothing to do with procrastination, but the following paragraph does.

When you wake up in the morning, after you’ve ingested some caffeine or whatever it is that you do, get your biggest goal of the day over with. Just start it. When you wake up, your day’s slate is clean. You haven’t yet had the chance to procrastinate unless you are one of those people who grabs their phone and leans back in bed. Get up and devote five minutes to what it is that you need to get done.

Just start it as soon as you wake up.

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Once you start and devote a few minutes to doing what you need to get done, you’ll find it easier to maintain the motivation to do it and you’ll be less likely to procrastinate.

Try it. Just do it. Let me know your feedback, strangers of the internet.

Having Racial Pride is Stupid and Pointless

What is the point?

Being proud of ‘your history‘ is pretty weak.

Who CARES what your great, great, great grandpa did or didn’t do? It’s irrelevant. Where your ancestors came from means very little. What YOU do… now, that impresses others.

I don’t understand racial pride — or national pride, for that matter.

What sort of idiot is proud over an accident of birth?

Cain Velasquez is a quality mixed martial artist, but his “brown pride” tattoo is silly. If you don’t believe it to be silly, then let me ask you, would you think “white pride” is fine, too? I think both are silly. Why have pride in something you didn’t personally accomplish? It’s pointless.

Also, expecting respect because of your ancestry is as wrong and childish as making judgements about people because of the color of their skin, or the country their great grandpappy came from.

Stop.