also remember to drink water so you don’t dehydr8 m8

one thought that i had this week was – it’s good and important to want to be excellent at your work (especially if you are new and novicey like i am)!! but don’t lose sight of the Big Picture – if at the day’s end, no matter the outcome, your boss and your client will both go home to their families and be fine – if losing the case won’f crush them and leave them on the streets – then you should go home to your family and loved ones too and not beat yourself up over work. lay the ego aside, scoop off some of the stress that has piled up, and go give your parents and your bolster a hug (or two). PEACE 🙂


no-carb diets

now I mostly talk about this to my friends, but on the off chance that someone who buys into the above hops by this space:

No-carb diets work because they help you reduce your overall caloric intake. It’s like going on a ‘no-sugar’ or a ‘no-processed food’ diet or a ‘broccoli-only’ diet – by cutting out accessible and ‘staple’ food items, you reduce your caloric intake and make bingeing difficult. They’re not magic, though there is much to be said health-wise for reducing your intake of processed foods. To elaborate,

1. When it comes to weight loss, overall caloric intake is king. I quote AA on this: “If you’re comparing diets that match sufficient protein intake, you don’t lose fat more quickly with lower carbs (yes, even at keto levels). This has been demonstrated repeatedly:

  • “Body-weight loss and weight-maintenance depends on the high-protein, but not on the ‘low-carb’ component of the diet, while it is unrelated to the concomitant fat-content of the diet.”

2. In fact, consuming carbs boosts seratonin levels, which in human speak just means that it helps your brain make you happier. Going ‘no-carb’ Again, “KLC [ketogenic low-carb] and NLC [non-ketogenic low-carb] diets were equally effective in reducing body weight and insulin resistance, but the KLC diet was associated with several adverse metabolic and emotional effects. The use of ketogenic diets for weight loss is not warranted.”


3. Since it’s overall calories that matter, and since carbs actually do play a role in making you happy and helping you sleep better (plus they give you ENERGY if you exercise or live life in general), the most important factor to bear in mind when deciding your eating patterns should be health + sustainability. Any diet that makes you go loco and starve yourself of X food item for 2 weeks, then rebound with an ice cream potato chip binge one day when you snap, is a Bad Diet.

  • “Significant weight loss was observed with any low-carbohydrate or low-fat diet. Weight loss differences between individual named diets were small. This supports the practice of recommending any diet that a patient will adhere to in order to lose weight.”

If you want to get in shape, don’t go no-carb and deprive yourself of joy (and the delicious yumminess of carbs). Instead, go high-protein – because protein is (1) more satiating and it (2) helps you to retain lean muscle, which in turn increases your metabolic rate and helps to keep your body functional.

bonus: if you enjoyed reading the above, but you also worry about eating late at night because ‘eating after 8pm makes you fat!!!‘, welcome to more of alan aragon and nutrition science – !! don’t let silly myths ruin your enjoyment of food, especially if said food is essential for your health.

bonus 2: having a desk job and not having a gym membership doesn’t mean that you should be all sedentary and gain fat unhealthily. consider upping your NEAT (Non-exercise activity thermogenesis)!! one way to do so is illustrated by the delightful dorrismccomics over at Twitter:


have a pleasant week friends!!

consider it pure joy, my friend

On Saturday, September 16, 2017, Nabeel Qureshi, age 34, entered into the joy of his master, Jesus Christ, after enduring a yearlong battle with cancer.

There are only so many deaths that a person can hold in their heart. I have mine, and I will remember yours Nabeel, and your family, and your hope. Grant it to me, Lord, that my life might not be cheaply squandered and wasted away on worthless things, but that with all the time that I am given I might walk in the footsteps of my Christ, of sacrifice, of humility, of suffering, of joy.

“it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death.”

So be it unto me.

full immersion in the condition of being human

At one of his life’s crucial turning points, he recorded the following sentiment in his journal: “What I am craving is not so much recognition, praise, or admiration, as simple friendship. There may be some around me, but I cannot perceive or receive it.”

my doubts, my hopes, my fears and my joys, my pains, and my moments of ecstasy [ought to be] available to others as a source of consolation and healing… There was a time when I really wanted to help the poor, the sick, and the broken, but to do it as one who was wealthy, healthy, and strong. Now I see more and more how it is precisely through my weakness and brokenness that I minister to others.

“my whole point in teaching is for love to reign… of peace, of truth, of caring for one another”


Our God is a God of love.. so that should be foremost in our mind. Take care everyone, I’ll talk to you again soon, I’m sure.

thank you Nabeel for your love and your ministry. you’ve helped me learn so much in both my agreements and disagreements with you, and your life shows me what it means to resolve to:

Never henceforward, till I die, to act as if I were any way my own, but entirely and altogether God’s.

I hope that you will pull through, and continue to share your life and wisdom with us. But if you should go, I will pray for your family, and I will look forward to meeting you one day.