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My journey in weight loss: an update

The last time I talked about my weight loss here I was at 327 pounds. Today the scale greeted me with 254 pounds. This brings my total weight loss 119 pounds in all. I’ve been happy with the journey, and my body feels much better. I can walk a flight of stairs without turning the building into a vacuum by sucking in all of the oxygen. I can walk a parking lot without sweating through my clothes. I can play with my kids without having to take breaks. It feels good. I’ve slowly let up on the keto lifestyle, and have been living a low carb lifestyle instead. I have stuck with the 25 carbs or fewer per day thing, with the Friday-night cheat meal to enjoy whatever food my family wants to enjoy. I still eat a lot of the same things as I did when I was in…

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Bean Conflict released on Google Play

For immediate release: August 15, 2017 Ricky Ford Hobbs, New Mexico, 88240 appsupport@rlford.net Bean Conflict (Android Game) Launched on the Google Play Store Production release of Bean Conflict finished and released on the Google Play Store. For close to 30 years, Drug Wars has been a cult classic video game hit. It has spawned numerous spin-offs and has been remade countless times on many different platforms. An application previously developed by Ricky Ford, simply titled “Drug Wars” was an application on the Google Play Store that mimicked a lot of the original game, and it’s reason for existence was to bring the play style and themes of the classic game back into public eye. The project source code of the later rendition of Drug Wars, developed by Ricky for Android, was subsequently lost in a computer malfunction, as well as the secret key store file used to generate signed APKs…

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Keto Iced Coffee

I love coffee. I love the way it smells, tastes, how hot it is, the sounds as it’s brewing, and everything else that comes with it. I used to drink my 8 oz. cup of coffee with 3 tablespoons each of sugar and creamer. When I went on the keto diet I was pretty upset that I’d have to give up such an amazing staple in my diet that I searched far and wide for a recipe that I could love again. I’ve never cared much for iced coffee. Since I’ve loved hot coffee so much for so long, I never had a desire to drink it cold…until now. I’m about to give you the links to every product that I use to now cold brew my coffee, and enjoy my mornings again. Takeya Cold Brew Iced Coffee Maker ($18.99) Stone Street Coffee Cold Brew Reserve Colombian Single Origin ($14.99)…

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My journey in weight loss and keto

The Atkins diet was created in 1972 by Robert C. Atkins. For over 45 years, this diet has kicked so much weight off of so many people, that it’s a no-brained why it’s still in existence to this day. I’ve tried many diets; I’ve tried counting all of the numbers on the backs of the label, from calories to fat content, and nothing I’ve counted has come close to counting carbs. I started my low carb journey on March 2nd of 2017 (just a few short months ago). My weight at the beginning of this journey was 373 pounds. To say I’m overweight is an understatement. I went to a bariatric surgeon to begin setting up for the¬†biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch (often referred to as simply the BPD/DS procedure). While waiting I figured it would be a good idea to start getting my eating habits under control and start…

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PS4 Slow Download Speed Fix

The PlayStation Network is notorious for slow download speeds on the PS4. I have a 60mb/6mb connection at home, and for a 30GB game to download, the PS4 told me that it would take nearly 48 hours in total to download it all. Ridiculous if you ask me. If you have a Debian server available then you’ll appreciate the fact that you can combine a Squid3 proxy server and your Debian server together to create a middle-man to help the PS4 take better advantage of your download speeds. First off, let’s install Squid3 in the terminal by issuing the following command: sudo apt-get install squid3 squid3-common After everything has been installed, go ahead and edit the Squid3 config file like so: sudo nano /etc/squid3/squid.conf Once inside of the Squid3 configuration file, we want to secure it a bit so that we are only allowing traffic from within our local network…

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