Weight Loss Progress – Month One Update

I posted on Jan 10th that I wanted to lose some weight and I figured today would be a good time to report back on that. I strategically weighed myself this morning before pigging out for the Super Bowl get-together we had today. It turned out that was a good idea since I’m pretty much in a food coma right now. What I’ve Done Since I posted on Jan 10th, I’ve been pretty disciplined about my diet. It took a little while to “ramp up”, because it’s difficult going right from eating not so healthy to eating really healthy. I’ve taken several steps over the past few weeks to ensure that I’m eating lots of organic fruits and vegetables. I joined a CSA which made the process a lot easier. The weekly CSA box included wonderful leafy greens such as spinach, Swiss chard, arugula, and more. I also eat a lot of berries, vegan Indian food, and grilled veggie sandwiches. I’ve limited my meat intake to just a couple servings per week. In fact, I didn’t eat any meat this week until today. Another thing I wanted to mention, is I never deprive myself of food. I don’t count calories and I don’t limit what I eat. In In fact, most of time, I eat until I’m really full. In addition to my diet, I’ve also been getting regular exercise. This is also something I had ramp up to, but now I walk at least 3 miles per day. They aren’t easy miles either; all of the walk is on pretty steep grades. My goal is to get to...

Great Content and Long Tail Searches

This isn’t the first time I preached about how important quality content is for your website. In my opinion, if search traffic is important to you, then need to be adding large amounts of quality content to your website. Is it possible to build content light sites and still rank well for certain keywords? Sure, but you would be missing out on another gold mine – long tail searches. Not only that, but you run the risk of Google “catching up with you”. Meaning that Google’s is always changing its algorithm; sites that play tricks, or are content light typically reap negative repercussions in the end. Content Should Be Your Number One Priority! When you think about SEO, the first thing you think about these days is building links. The problem is many SEOers get hung up on this and forget about what is really important – content content content. The reality is that link building is actually the least important part in the process, or at the very least should be the last part of process. I daresay that with great content you can forget about link building entirely, because it will happen naturally. If you have great content on your sites, people will link to it. A great example of this is a project I started when I was still in the online poker affiliate industry called Poker News Daily. This site was all about content from the very start. It never once purchased a single link, asked for a single link, used any link bait ploys, or had a link building campaign. So, what’s the point?...

Indian Wells – BNP Paribas Open Tennis Tournament

For those of you who know me, you know that I’m really into tennis. Over the past five years I’ve played A LOT of tennis and even joined a tennis club while I lived in the Cayman Islands. When I was a member of the club I played in several organized leagues, took weekly lessons, and played several times per week. I also love going to live tennis matches and watch all the major tennis tournaments each year. I’ve been going to the US Open the past couple of years, but our RV trip this summer is going to conflict with that. Luckily, we are near the next best thing – The BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, CA. I just purchased my tickets and I’m really excited to be going not only for the tennis, but to take in the entire area. About Indian Wells and the BNP Paribas Open If you’re not into tennis, then you’ve probably never heard of Indian Wells, CA. However, you’ve probably heard of Palm Springs, CA – Indian Wells is just a suburb a few miles to the east. Indian Wells comes alive each March when it plays host the BNP Paribas Open, the fifth largest tennis tournament in the world. Basically, you have the Australian Open, Wimbledon, French Open, U.S. Open, and then this tournament – it’s that big. The Stadium at Indian Wells has a capacity of 16,100 people. To put this in comparison, here is a list of tennis stadiums and their capacity: Arthur Ashe Stadium – the main court at the U.S. Open has a capacity of 23,200...

JR Organics CSA – Week 4 Report

Today was our last pickup of our 4 week trial membership to JR Organics CSA. It was kind of sad knowing that we won’t be able to enjoy their great food much longer since we’re heading out of town pretty soon. Week 4 Box Contents: This week’s box contents included Lettuce, Broccoli, Arugula, Swiss Chard, Bell Peppers, Carrots, Baby Leeks, Beets, Apples, Navel Oranges, and Avocados. As always, JR Organics lets you swap out up to two items from your box. So, we elected to swap out the oranges (since we have orange trees in our backyard) and the carrots. We replaced those items with a bag of spinach and a bunch of bok choy. Here is what we ended up with: Our Review Of JR Organics CSA: Now that our trial membership is over I wanted to give a review of JR Organics. Overall, I would have to say our experience was extremely positive. The people at JR Organics couldn’t be nicer. I looked forward to going to their stand every week and being greeted by extremely friendly staff. As I mentioned, they let you swap out two items each week; they make that process extremely painless. Plus, they give a discount to CSA members on everything else at their stand. Since we are leaving San Diego in three weeks, we obviously can’t renew our CSA membership. However, if we were sticking around I would renew for sure! The only thing I would do different is switch to a small box versus the large box we had been getting. The large box is simply too much food for...

Dabbling in the stock market

I guess I need to start out by saying that the opinions expressed within are my own and by no means are a recommendation to buy stocks or options. You should consult a financial adviser before making any transactions. Thank you SEC. Now that that’s out of the way, I decided to start creeping back into the stock market. It’s not because I think that now is a better time than any other to buy, I’m just trying to beat the 1% or less I’m getting in my savings account. Over the years I’ve learned to really respect the stock market and because of this I’ve had sizable gains over each of the past 3 years. I don’t “trade” anymore, but rather buy and hold companies that I have a strong belief in. I also use several options strategies such as covered calls and naked puts to enhance my gains. Criteria that I use before buying any stock: 1. The company must turn a profit – I got myself into a lot of trouble when I was younger buying companies with negative profits and I tend to stay away from these now. I want large, stable companies that have a long track record of making money. 2. Low P/E ratio – I generally look for companies that have a low P/E ratio. In reality this is really the price, not the share price. I generally like to find companies that have a P/E ratio of 20 or less, but I will make exceptions to go as high as 30. 3. History of dividends – A company that pays a...