I am an entrepreneurNow, what I always have been is an entrepreneur. I am an idea man. Even when I was a child, I was an entrepreneur. I always had little businesses of my own to make a little extra money. I guess those were the early days of my “streams of income” attitude. When I was 9 years old, i remember getting started doing things like cutting grass for neighbors. Soon, I was picking weeds for people, doing any kind of yard work that they needed. The word was around the area that if you needed yard work done, “Bobby” was the guy to call. I was known as Bobby back then, although it is a name that I hate now, so don’t call me that! As I got a bit older, i started offering babysitting services too, and I had a lot of business. I remember when I was in 7th grade, as I recall, the big craze was a new type of bubble gum which was called “Bubble Yum”. I lived in Fullerton, California at the time. This Bubble Yum was desired by all of the kids, but you could not find it anywhere. I don’t recall what a pack of gum cost in those days, but let’s say it was 25 cents. If you could get your hands on Bubble Yum, you could get $2 for the pack, nearly 10 times what it cost you. That was because it was extremely desired, but very scarce and hard to find. Somehow I made a deal with the manager of a nearby convenience store. He would get a case or two of Bubble Yum once a week or so. I told him that I wanted to buy all he would get, and I would pay double the price. He would call me and let me know when the supply came in, I would go down there and buy it all. The next day at school I would have my locker full of Bubble Yum. I would spread the word that I had plenty of supply at $2 per pack, and by lunch time I would have it all sold. Problem was that I could not get more until a week later! These kinds of businesses were the norm for me, and I was always finding new ways to make money.
Later in lifeOnce I finished High School, and then finished a couple of years of college, I started working a “regular job”. Well, really, I started a regular job when I was a sophomore in High School, I guess. Still, though, I was always on the lookout for “side ways” of making money. I worked “regular jobs” until I was about 30 or so, then I started a publishing company. I designed and printed maps of every state showing where all of the Ham Radio repeaters were located. This information was available in book form, but having it on a map was something nobody had thought of. So, I did it, and the sales were great. Once sales took off, I quit my “regular job” and jumped in head first. Soon, a book publishing company saw my maps and they asked me if I wanted to put all of the maps into book format.. my first book was published a few months later.
The Internet Came alongNot long after that, this thing called “the Internet” came along. When I heard about it and started using it, I knew almost immediately that this was the new cash register of the future, and I started selling things on the net. Mt vision was certainly correct on that, although it took a lot longer than I thought before the use of the net to make money was widespread. That is a good thing, though, because it meant that I got in on the ground floor.
I moved to the Philippines in 2000In the year 2000, I moved to the Philippines. I kept doing my entrepreneurial things and in addition to doing Internet businesses, I also opened a few brick and mortar businesses as well. It did not take very long, other expats started noticing that I was able to make money while living in the Philippines, something that they felt was impossible to do. The key, though, mostly, was the Internet. The Internet suddenly made it possible to sell things anywhere in the world, to anybody, no matter where you were physically located! It didn’t matter if you lived in the Philippines or Philadelphia. You still had the same access to worldwide audience and customers! I took advantage of that. And… it worked! I was 38 when I moved to the Philippines. I was not retired from work as most expats are. Most expats have Social Security income or Pensions from the company that they worked for. I had nothing. I had to earn money in order to feed my (young) family,and I did it. I find it very satisfying to have been able to accomplish that, because most people thought it was impossible. I nearly failed several times, but each time I came back stronger.
As I said, I was never a businessmanI never saw myself as a businessman, although that is how a lot of people saw me. I always saw myself as an entrepreneur. A person who had a lot of tiny little ways that made a small amount of money. I found a few ways that made me a lot of money, and that is exciting when it happens. But, as a friend once told me… “nothing lasts forever”. And, I found that to be true. Well, one thing that just might last forever is that I will always be an entrepreneur. It is in my blood. It is part of my DNA.
Intermittent Fasting. I tried it for the first time on Tuesday of this week. Today is Friday, so today will be my 4th day of Intermittent Fasting.
How it works
I am doing an 18/6 Intermittent Fast. that means that 18 hours of the day I don’t eat. 6 hours of the day I am allowed to eat, but I must eat a ketogenic diet. That means very low carbs and plenty of protein and fat.
In the morning, a couple hours I get up, usually around 8 AM or so, I have a cup of Bulletproof Coffee or Bulletproof Tsokolate. This cup of coffee is very filling and holds me until my scheduled eating time, 2 PM. Usually at 2 PM I have a meal, lunch you can call it. I will eat some snacks between 3 PM and 6 PM or so. Then, at 6:30 or so, I eat dinner. Right now, I am eating super low carbs, less than 10 grams per day, usually only about 5 grams of carbs per day.
After about 7:30 or 8:00 PM, I do not eat again that day. Again, the next morning, at about 8 AM, I drink my Bulletproof Coffee and start eating again at 2 PM.
So far, I am very impressed. Here are my weight loss numbers so far:
Day 1 (Wednesday morning weighing): Lost 3 pounds
Day 2 (Thursday morning weighing): Lost 2 pounds
Day 3 (Friday morning weighing): Lost 2 pounds.
So, in the past 3 days, I have lost 7 pounds. Hard to argue with that.
Those are great results and I am very happy.
Is it hard to do?
I have never really fasted for long periods of time. I consider 18 hours of fasting to be a fairly long period of time, even though there are people who fast for much longer periods. I was worried that I could not do it, or that it would be like I was in agony. Surprisingly, I was wrong! It has actually been very easy for me. I don’t know how it would be for you, I only know that for me, it has not been hard at all.
Drinking that cup of bulletproof coffee really fills me up and holds me for about 4 hours. After that, I do get fairly hungry at about 12:30 PM or so, and I am relatively hungry for about an hour and a half, until 2 PM when it is lunch time. Sometimes, if I am very hungry during this period I will make a cup of regular coffee or a cup of tea. Drinking something hot gives me a sensation of being full (or fuller), so that helps me a lot.
Things I like about IF
Probably the main thing that I like about IF is that I actually get hungry, and to be honest it is a good feeling. In the past, if it was time to eat, I would eat. It did not really matter if I was hungry or not, it was time to eat. It has been rare that I would actually be hungry before eating. Feeling hungry is a fairly new sensation for me on a regular basis. I like it. I like teaching my body that “hey, when this feeling comes along, that is the time when you eat”. It is important for me to learn that.
Of course, I like the weight loss too. I don’t think ti will continue at the rate that it is going now,a nd I won’t get discouraged if it does not. I follow a few people who have been doing IF for a long time. Most of them lose, on average, about a half pound per day. With almost any diet, you lose significant weight at the beginning, and I know that. But, on this IF thing, I feel good, it is not hard to do and does not feel artificial. It really feels like my normal lifestyle now, and I hope it continues that way.
A year ago, I was using 100 units of insulin each day to keep my diabetes in check. Even with that high level of insulin use, my diabetes was not in really good control, only fair control. When I started Keto last year, I went down to using 40 units of insulin, and have been on a journey or decreasing insulin use. On Monday of this week, I was using 26 units of insulin each day to control diabetes. Starting on Tuesday when I started doing the fast, I have been closely monitoring my blood sugar, and adjusting my insulin use based on the numbers I am seeing. Tuesday I used 16 units of insulin and the numbers were very good. Wednesday I used 10 units of insulin and the blood sugar numbers were fine. Yesterday, Thursday, I used 6 units of insulin and the numbers were still great.
Today, I plan to not use any insulin at all and see how it goes. I am confident that I will be fine without any insulin at all.
Back in December 2016, I met with my Endocrinologist, the guy that helps me manage my diabetes, and I told him that my goal was that by the end of 2017 I would no longer be using Insulin. He told me that he felt it was impossible. I believe that today I will be starting my “no insulin” goal. I think it will work fine, but we shall see. Even if I have to stick with using 6 units per day, that is an amazing accomplishment in my book, but I really want to get off of Insulin altogether.
Insulin promotes weight gain. So, using less insulin means that I will lose weight more easily now. That is why I want to get off of the insulin!
So, at least for now, I am going to continue with Intermittent Fasting, and a Ketogenic diet during my non-fasting hours. i am liking it, and it is working for me!