Month: January 2018

My Journey to a Healthy Me, Day 20

Whew, it is late. Sorry I didn’t get this in earlier.

I had Match Club bowling tonight. I bowled up in Pinole, Ca. It is a little over an hour to drive there. Then we had some lane issues that made me get home even later!

Bowling started off a bit rough. 187-181-277 for a 645 series. The middle game the lanes went down for 15-20 minutes. Eventually though, I got my grove going. The last game was feeling great. The other match club teams had finished by the time we were in the 6th frame of our last game. My match club was down 2-1 so far, so my team needed to win the series to make it a 2-2 split. So me bowling 277 really did it for us that last game.

Now some match clubs still offer food. There use to be big meals planned out. The hosting team would setup before we got there. Now though, Most all the clubs in the area stopped. Owners are too afraid of someone getting sick, and suing the bowling alley.

Tonight Pinole did have some food.

Two Pizzas, fried zucchini (I think), fries, wings, and mozzarella sticks. You guessed it, right behind the lanes I was bowling on. A month ago, I would have been all over this. Tonight though, I wasn’t even phased. It surprised me that I wasn’t tempted at all by it.

On to my Friday recap

I got a walk in. In general, I have been feeling great this week. Just riding this power of positivity!

This is WWE The New Day. They talk about the power of positivity a lot in their wrestling promos. I figured I would bring some of that in here.


MyFitnessPal Food Diary.  1458 Calories, 12 net carbs. It was a little odd yesterday, but it worked out. Had a burger from Burger King (No bun, no ketchup), and salad from Mcdonalds.


2.62 miles 47 minutes. It’s all over the place on the map, because I was getting pokéstops. I was going to go with a shorter walk, but decided to do some extra.


12:30 am to 8:44 am. I tried getting all the sleep. Still, I woke up some.

Onward to tomorrow

It is late, and cutting into my reading time, then bed. I will try to get out for a walk tomorrow, and will need to do some food prep.


My Journey to a Healthy Me, Day 19

Happy Friday!

Almost time for the weekend. I do have Match Club bowling tomorrow up in Pinole, Ca. I haven’t bowled there yet, so I am excited!

Today started off early. I had my eye exam this morning. I hadn’t realized how long it had been since my last exam. It was only in 2013. I have been going in ever two years for the diabetic eye picture they take. I’m due for that again in October.

The eye exam went well. It looks like my left eye changed a little bit. I’m overdue for some new glasses anyway! The doctor was concerned that I have high pressure in my eyes. That is an early indicator for Glaucoma. I have always had high pressure in my eyes. The doctor looked at my previous eye pictures, and saw nothing wrong. Still, she wanted some additional testing.

Luckily, they were able to see me in just a few minutes for the new testing. I didn’t have to make an appointment and come back. I was there for the Humphery Visual Field test. After that was done, I went to have a laser mapping done on my eye.

Then, I finally went for blood work. There was a lot of people in there, but I don’t think I was there too long.

When I got home, I noticed I had message waiting from my doctor. I usually see these when test results come in from blood work. So I wasn’t sure what to expect already.

The message was from the eye doctor:

Hi Mr. Tate,

Great news! The results of both the visual field test and nerve scans were completely normal. Please return next year for your routine eye exam.

Thank you,
doctor name here

So go to go with my eyes! Now the wait begins for my blood work results.

Thursday recap

Thursday was no walking. I did bowl in my Thursday night league, and did pretty well. Mood has been really great the last few days


MyFitnessPal Food Diary.  1401 Calories, 9 net carbs. Everything was going fine. A little boring for most, but fine for me. I did enjoy the ham and cheese omelet for breakfast.


None for the day


12:37 am to 7:23 am tracked. Had to get up early for my appointment. Overall so far this week has been rough on my sleep. A bit of too much on my mind, and just getting so sore while sleeping. We really need to get a new bed soon.

My Journey to a Healthy Me, Day 18

Today it looks like we are back on the rainy cycle. I didn’t get out for any walks today. I had the chance this morning, but didn’t take it. I did bowl tonight. 235-208-191 for a 634 series. Not too bad, I’ll take it.

I have been feeling really great these last couple of days since I have stopped all diabetes medication. I think those days I was having it rough, was from low blood sugar, and not from having low electrolytes. My blood sugar numbers have been much closer to normal levels now.

Tomorrow morning, I have my Eye Exam, and I will be stopping off at the lab to get my blood work in. Will have to wait and see what the doctor says after that.

I’m hoping it “Just don’t take them still” kinda news. This just enforces to me that Keto really is the way to be eating.

Wednesday Recap

Yesterday was a bit rough. Not just for me, but the family. 4 1/2 hours at the doctors. Thank goodness it wasn’t the 6 hours scheduled. Then just everything else going on.


MyFitnessPal Food Diary.  1781 Calories, 12 net carbs. The Calories were higher then I would have liked, but acceptable. I am mostly worried about making sure those net carbs are correct. We did go to Mcdonalds after the appointment. I had a salad and Double cheese burger with no bun, ketchup, or onions. I had snacked on pork rinds earlier. I made sure to pack a little something in case I got hungry while at the doctors. Plus I had my water with me.


None done. Honestly, I probably could have gotten something in there, but things were already overwhelming for the day.


My fitbit uploaded weird again, by having it start at 2 am. I adjusted it to 12:35 am to 8:11 am. Then when I reloaded, things looked better. I think it is pretty accurate, as I woke up a lot last night. Not sure what it was. I know in the morning, there was now way to get comfortable anymore, and I had to get up.

For Tomorrow 

I will be getting up early to get my Eye Exam in, and my blood work done. I am planning to get the blood work done before the eye exam, so I’ll be getting up at 7 am. Hopefully, I can get in a walk too.

My Journey to a Healthy Me, Day 17

Whew, today has been a roller coaster.

This morning we took my son in for evaluation to see if he falls into the Autism spectrum. 6 hour appointment, but lasted about 4 1/2 hours. Looks like he is what they would call a High Functioning Autistic. A very slight level 1. It is more the little nuances that get him in. They said if he wasn’t as social as he is, then he would fall into a deeper category.  There are classes he can be put in to help with trying to correct some of the social nuances he has. They are minor, but there. So catching it now, and trying to work on it will help him greatly in the future.

I’m actually feeling alright with this. Now they we know what we are dealing with, it will be easier to get the correct help that he will need in the future.

Since I knew things would be a little crazy, I tried to prepare a bit. I just had some chicken meatballs for breakfast, and took some pork rinds to snack on there. Plus my trusty water was by my side. I felt like it would have been very easy for me to slip into the “Just grab something I want” at a fast food place. We did get Mcdonalds, but I went with my normal salad, and a double cheese burger with no bun, onions, or ketchup.

On the blood sugar front, my numbers are returning to normalish numbers. This is without taking the medication for a day. I probably won’t get in bloodwork tomorrow, but I will get it on Friday.

Tuesday recap

Tuesday felt like a good day for me. I think not taking my diabetes meds actually helped too. I felt much better waking up. Go Go Keto :)  Felt good enough to get in a small walk.


MyFitnessPal Food Diary.  1438 Calories, 12 net carbs.  No issues with food. It feels like I am still going strong here. I don’t feel like I have to eat all the time. Not as bad on the impulses to want to eat something not in my plan. Last couple of days, I am eating more of the chicken meatballs, and pork rinds


1.35 miles in 22 minutes. It was shorter, but I tried to maintain the intensity a bit more.


Sleep was alright. I tried lying in a different starting position last night, and I think my body wasn’t having it. I also had to get up early, because we took my kid into his appointment.

Now I am off to read, and get ready to some sleep! Good night all!

My Journey to a Healthy Me, Day 16

Today, I am feeling great.

It’s just one of those times you wake up, and everything feels fine. I got up, and went for a small walk today. Nothing impressive. I just got out there and did it. Since I knew it would be a shorted walk, I tried to keep the intensity level higher for the whole walk.

I like walking outside for a couple of reasons. One, you do get some benefit from getting out there and moving. Even, if it is just a little bit. Second, it really puts my mind in a good place. While I walk, I get to think, listen to music, and just observe the beauty of the world around me. Of course it’s not always sunshine and rainbows, but it is what you make of it.

So today, I am feeling emotionally strong.

Monday recap

Yesterday went well. We had a lot of fun at the Hockey game, and my youngest son thought it was awesome that he got to sit on the bench during the warm ups.

I didn’t bowl well my last game of the night, but honestly, I always have fun bowling.


MyFitnessPal Food Diary.  1426 Calories, 16 net carbs.  Food was a bit more difficult with family around, and activities. I handled it well though. Wife went to get donuts for everyone. She didn’t get any apple fritters that are my favorite. Still, who doesn’t like a nice sweet donut ;)  Instead I made myself a ham and cheese omelet with some bacon.

Forgot to eat before going to the afternoon game, so I just had a hotdog (no bun), and water there. On the way home, we grabbed Mcdonalds. I had the Bacon Ranch Grilled Chicken salad (no dressing), and a quarter pounder with no bun. I added my own no carb dressing to the salad when I got home. I was a little surprised that the burger had so many carbs still without the bun. I guess that’s why it really is some garbage food there haha.


None done other then what I did walking around at the game. No big deal. We had family over, and had lots to do. Plus I did bowl.


Sleep actually felt good today. My fitbit had a weird upload issue, where it said 2am was my start. I readjusted, and it uploaded this. Says I was awake till 1 am, but I don’t think I was. Anyhow, 12:40 am to 8:47 am. I had woke up a bit earlier, and was trying to get back to sleep, but I was too sore, and there was too much people making noise in the morning.

All in all a good start to this week.


My Journey to a Healthy Me, Day 15

Today was a fun day. We celebrated my kids birthdays today and the San Jose Barracuda game.

As a surprise, my wife was able to get her and my youngest son down on the Barracuda bench to watch the warm up.

His friend was down there as well, and they got to interact with a couple of the players.

Once the game was over, I came home to get ready for bowling. I started off ok, but the last game was no good. My how team struggled the last game. I bowled 201, 200, 137. The last game I couldn’t seem to strike, and splits really killed it. Ahh well, that is bowling sometimes.

Weekly recap

It seems that this week, is stall week for me on the weight loss front. Though, I was prepared for it. I had looked up some information from other people doing keto. One of the things mentioned was the stall. Usually you drop a good amount of weight, then the body adapts. You get into a bit of a stall. The most important thing though, is to just keep going.

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353.8 today. Gained 1.6 pounds this week. Still down from my start of 367.6. I’m not freaking out about it. Just a number for me to track. I’m hoping the downward trend picks back up this coming week.


1/08 – 1507 Calories, 18 net carbs
1/09 – 1451 Calories, 15 net carbs
1/10 – 1594 Calories, 15 net carbs
1/11 – 1690 Calories, 17 net carbs
1/12 – 1399 Calories, 14 net carbs
1/13 – 1456 Calories, 17 net carbs
1/14 – 1438 Calories, 18 net carbs

I had some challenges with food this week. Some random impulses. Wanted pizza one day when the wife brought it home. Still, kept it in check. I did keep to under 20 net carbs each day. I just need to continue this on, and the results will come.


1/08 – None
1/09 – 2.78 miles
1/10 – None
1/11 – None
1/12 – None
1/13 – Technically didn’t go out for a walk. I did however walk intentionally around the long way to Costco after my hair cut.
1/14 – None

Not so hot here. I was under my fitbit steps from last week. Things were busy, and my mood wasn’t the greatest a few days. I’m not too worried here as my mood has been much better, and hopefully things won’t be so busy. Will look to improve this in the coming week.


I have done pretty well here. One night was a bit later, so I could finish reading a chapter in my book. One night I didn’t read, and stayed on the computer late. The last couple of days, I have felt like I am sleeping better overall. Still have too much awake time I think.

Low Blood Sugar

My bloodsugars have been running low all week. My doctor had me lower the amount of metformin I take. 2 pills down to one pill. Then she wanted me to let her know the results in 3 days. So I emailed her today, and my numbers are all still low. So she has me stopping all my medication. Next step is for me to get in to get bloodwork done, and we will go from there. I might not be able to get in until Friday. I have an Eye Exam that morning, so I can probably get it in before or after. Of course, I can always just get over there sooner.



My Journey to a Healthy Me, Day 14

Today had been a busy one.

I got woken up that my wife was stranded at the Laundromat. The car died. So I needed to get in the other car, that isn’t working too well, and come get her. We had some roadside assistance with our insurance, so we had them come out. Dead battery. They were able to jump start the car, but the battery was in a really bad location. So that meant a trip to a place to replace it. That place was Walmart. We started off with 8 cars in front of us. So we had to do some shopping anyway. About an hour later we were done. The car was not. Still 6 cars in line. So we went home to wait. We then got home to do some cleaning, because my sister in law and her family were coming to stay with us. We dropped off the car at about 9 am, and it wasn’t ready till after 1:30 pm.  Things settled down, but I didn’t get out for a walk.

I cooked some chicken breasts in the pressure cooker. They were done so much faster. Even tasted good.

Hung out with my Sister-In-Law and her family this afternoon. Then did a raid in World of Warcraft.

Saturday recap

Haircut, a bit of walking, Costco, and bowling done.


MyFitnessPal Food Diary.  1456 Calories, 17 net carbs. Overall, not bad. I lived a bit on pork rinds! I didn’t notice any weird cravings, or eating impulses.


No go out for a walk done. I did however walk a bit after my haircut was done. So some bonus points there at least.


Sleep tracked 12:29 pm to 7:50 am. I got to bed when I wanted, but did not read beforehand. I was on the computer later. It seems I could not get to sleep for awhile. Possibly from this. I do recall waking up to adjust my cpap face mask, and roll over. Otherwise, sleep seemed fine. I did get the wake up call from my wife though.

Onward to Monday

I’ll be getting a week 2 summary wrote up. Family is in town, because we are celebrating my kids birthday’s at a San Jose Barracuda game tomorrow afternoon. Both kids have January birthdays, even though they are 12 years apart.

After the game, I will have bowling.

We will see how things go.

My Journey to a Healthy Me, Day 13

Today has been a pretty good day overall.

I went this morning and got my hair cut. My wife dropped me off, then took my son to bowling. When I was done, I walked over to Costco nearby. I didn’t take the direct path though, I walked around the block a bit. While not a specific get out there and walk moment, I did still get in a little more walking.

My wife, and son met up with me at Costco. Picked up some items we needed. Then it was time for lunch. We decided on Jersey Mikes again. This time I didn’t get the Big Kahuna in a tub, but found a lesser carb sub in a tub. The #11 Stickball special. Provolone, ham and salami. In a tub, it is 320 calories, 10 carbs, 1 fiber. So better then a 15 carb. I added a little Italian dressing.

Next up was my Match Club bowling. The lanes were a bit tough. Really dry. Splits seemed to be my friend today. I did finally post a good game at the end. 140, 175, 227 for a 542 series. Well below my average. Our team ended up losing just by a few pins. Not sure how we did overall as a club.

I was interested in how much bowling would be a workout. So I set my fitbit in workout mode.

There was some heart rate fluctuations in there. So it isn’t an intense super workout or anything, but still burning some calories.

Day 12 Recap

Overall the day was a win for me. Decent bounce back for myself emotionally. Things feel like they are moving forward.


MyFitnessPal Food Diary.  1399 calories, 14 net carbs. Everything seemed fine with food yesterday. I had lounged around in bed for awhile, so never did get breakfast. Still got in everything. Even had a hot dog at the Hockey game.


Nothing specific happened here for exercise. I’m not too worried about not getting it in. Still, I really want to try to get this going. At least walking every day eventually. Then run again at some point, and start bodyweight workouts. Leading up to that day that I get weights involved again. Just starting with the baby steps again first!


12:51 PM to 8:35 AM. Looks like I didn’t quite make it to bed near my 12:30 window. I was reading, and finished the chapter. I guess it was a bit longer then. Not too worried about it. I did feel like I slept OK during most of the night. Had a bit of awake time before I actually got up.

Day 13 is almost done here. Day 14 will be cleaning, and prepping some food.

My Journey to a Healthy Me, Day 12

Today did feel better emotionally for me. I actually didn’t have breakfast today. I stayed around in bed too long. I was sore from sleeping funky, and wasn’t in the best mood when I did get up. Eventually I felt much better, after I took my shower.

Earlier in the day, I went out and did some Pokémon Go raiding. The new Legendary Kyorge raid was release. I made a quick blog with my raid.

Later on, we went to an AHL Hockey game. Our home town San Jose Barracuda, vs the Rockford IceHogs. We lost, but I still had fun. The wife and youngest kid were with me. My son had Nachos, I did not. My son and wife had popcorn, I did not. Thought, popcorn did sound good. My wife had a hot dog, and so did I. Only difference was I threw the bun away, and just had it plain.

Recapping Day 11

Yesterday was rough for me. I stayed the course though. My old brain wanted to fight, and get me to eat candy and pizza. I resisted with baked wings.

The fight will still be on going I am sure, but today was better.

My wife had to work late again, so this meant no Thursday night bowling for me.


MyFitnessPal Food Diary.  1690 Calories, 17 net carbs. Acceptable to me, considering I really wanted to eat other not so keto foods.


Again, I put it off in the morning. Then the wife had to work late. Plus in my mindset, I knew it wasn’t going to get done. Hopefully, as I actually get out there more, this mindset will change. Tomorrow is another day.


Fitbit tracked it as 12:39 am to 8:28 am. I am noticing more and more that I am starting to wake up while my wife is getting ready for work. Today it was enough for me to actually wake up and talk a couple of minutes, before I went back to sleep for a few more minutes. Of course, I slept in a weird position, and this caused me some neck and shoulder pain for awhile.

On to Day 13

Day should be a bit busy. My son bowls at 10am, I am going to try to get a hair cut while he bowls. Next we are going to stop by Costco. One close to the bowling alley that we only go to from time to time.

Once that is done, I will have to get ready for Match Club bowling. I have to be there at 4:30 pm. It is a home match up, so no 45 minute drive or anything.

We also have to get things cleaned up around the house, because we have some family coming into town for my kids birthdays.

In between all that, I need to get food made for myself, and get walking in on both Saturday and Sunday.

Move over Groudon, here comes Kyorge

Well, technically Groudon should be out for a few more days. His last day is on January 15th according to

I wrote a little blog about Groudon when it came out.

Kyorge is here

Announced to appear today January 12th until 1 PM PST February 14, 2018. One would assume, that Rayquaza would be next. Personally, I can’t wait for Rayquaza.

First let us deal with Kyorge. Kyorge is a water type pokemon. Typical wisdom woudl say Electric and Grass types will be your best battlers.

Thanks to reddit user, RyanoftheDay, we have his info graph for best Kyorge counters.

Kyorge can use Dragon Tail, or Waterfall for it’s Quick Move. 3 Charge moves are Blizzard, Thunder, and Hydropump.

It looks like Raiku (Thunder Shock + Wild Charge), and Sceptile (any + Leaf Blade) are your best against all movesets. Though Sceptile might not last too long.

Against Hydro pump, you will need Exeggutor or Venusaur (Any + Solar Beam). Another option might be Dragonite (dragon tail + Not Hyper Beam)

Blizzard counters are Groudon (Any + Solar Beam). Nedium attacker is Ho-Oh (Extrasensory + Solar Beam)

Thunder has Groudon (Any + Solar Beam) again, with Exeggutor or Venusaur (Any + Solar Beam)

There are alternatives of course. Like Jolteon and others.

My time to raid

Of course as soon as I heard, I was scanning the local discord group to see if anything was out there. It seems like Groudon are still possible too, so you kind of have to show up and wait.

Report came in that a level 5 hatch was happening at The Great Mall. It is a sponsored Sprint gym as well, and EX-Raids have happened there numerous times. I was going to go, then I wasn’t. Finally I decided to get over there before the hatch time.

I made it with about 5 minutes to spare. So many people there. Eventually the hatch happened, and it was Kyorge.

Next the people started breaking into groups. Valor over here, Mystic over there, Instinct was going public group.

The count down timer is ticking, and I am looking through different pokémon. I couldn’t decide what to try out, so eventually just settled on whatever.

Here is my raid:

I had heard from some others that it was hard to catch, and they were not wrong. First, Kyorge is really far back. Already that makes it tough to land Excellent curveballs. Kyorge also moves from left to right, and attacks from time to time. Normally, I wait for the attack animation before I throw.

I had 10 balls to throw. It took my 4 to catch it. CP 2296. 87% 14/11/14. Not too bad.

I did do a second raid at another EX location, but failed to catch it. One guy did attempted to catch it in AR mode (Only on newer iphones), but he thought he bugged it. I have seen some people reporting that it is much easier to catch doing the AR Mode.

Now get out there

Time to get out there and get Kyorge. Plus, Pokémon GO Community Day will be coming January 20th. It’s a great time to play.