#YOLO and Mean Girls: Understanding “Insider Lingo”


DISCLAIMER: If you haven’t watched Mean Girls then you won’t really get this post. Also I hate YOLO and most references I’m making, but it’s the first thing that came to mind so I’m rolling with it.

I’ve been thinking a lot about how every person who gets super nerdy  about their hobbies have this sort of “insider lingo” that bonds other hobbyists together.

If you get the lingo and references, then you’re in the club.

There are literally millions of examples in your life.

Anime/Manga lovers(yours truly), gamers(sort of yours truly) are the quintessential examples.

However, if you can quote rap lyrics from Big L or the majority of the script from Mean Girls, you, kind sir or madam, are also a nerd in the traditional sense.

To me, Nerd = you’re obsessively into something.

Say you hate anyone who says YOLO unironically and Mean Girls is your favorite movie(why though). You’re out at a bar and you meet someone new who says “Oh my god, stop trying to make YOLO happen.”

Yes, old I know. Just imagine it’s 2011 for me.

What do you feel?

Besides pure rage at the mentioning of YOLO, you probably feel a few things:

  1. This person is awesome for hating YOLO
  2. This person is doubly awesome for liking Mean Girls

You might feel a bond over this exchange where you have something in common.

You think: “Omg this person is just like me!”

You feel like this person “gets” you or you “get” them, and they haven’t even directly spoken with you about anything.

I notice that when people meet for the first time, you can take the express lane from “stranger” to “OMG BEST FRANNNN” if you watch the same shows or listen to the same music.

That’s the supposed “shortcut” businesses want to do.

They think “Yeah! Let’s do pop culture references so we can be cool too!”

Problem is, they really fuck this up.

In the Mean Girls universe, they’re Amy Poehler.

They’re trying to be “cool.” Which isn’t the point at all.

People can tell when you’re trying too hard.

It’s a fine line and if you fuck it up…well…you can’t sit with us.

(Okay last Mean Girls reference..pinky promise.)

When it comes to marketing your product. It’s imperative that you learn empathy and can “speak” your customer’s language.

Marketers and most business owners are too general in their ads to ever resonate with anyone.

You need to understand what their lingo is and be authentic about it.

None of that “wolf in sheep’s clothing” type of shit.

Don’t use the damn reference just to try and be relevant.

In the NYC subways, a good example I’ve seen(that resonates with me) are Seamless ads.

It’s just enough, but not too much.

Granted, it’s sort of getting old now, but it was totally on point/fleek?(WOO 2015 REFERENCE) when it first started.

However, the snarky, sarcastic voice won’t jive with everyone.

I’m 23 so I sort of get it, but who knows if teens or boomers would get it.

The truth is, pop culture references are just one dimension of insider lingo.

It seems to be treated as the only one that matters, which is always the problem when it comes to using pop culture references. It isn’t exactly the most timeless thing, so the question you need to ask yourself is if you’re willing to use a reference that could die in a few months, leaving you having to continually reinvent your message.

It’s icing on the cake, and you should learn to use them in a timely manner, but it shouldn’t be your only  way of communicating with your target customer.

Your “tribe”(as Seth Godin puts it) of potential customers have multiple emotions when it comes to how they feel about certain things. It’s up to you to unlock those complex emotions, from the “Inside Out” (YES RELEVANT 2015 REFERENCE.)

Some other emotions you can utilize are:

  1. Fears/Anxieties
  2. Dreams/Aspirations
  3. Annoyances/Disgusts
  4. Nostalgia

There are many ways to resonate with someone, so ask yourself:

What “tribes” are your customers a part of? What magazines, movies and tv shows do they read and watch? What music and podcasts do they listen to?

And the absolute #1 thing that you must do is demonstrate how your product ties in.

How does your product relate to the emotion you’re conveying? How does your product enhance that emotion or alleviate that emotion for them?

So the bottom line is, figure out the emotions your target audience feels and tie that into your product.

*drops mic*



Thoughts on Travel Hacking

Jeez it’s been a long time since I’ve blogged. I should definitely do this more often. Whatever, this is something that I just want to put up because I haven’t written anything in a long time.

So lately I’ve been into what is called “travel hacking”. For those of you who don’t know, it’s a matter of taking trips basically for free, or at very very low dollar costs.

This requires one to earn points and miles that will be redeemed on airlines.

If you have bad spending habits, fix those first then come back.

(Learn Excel while you’re at it. You’re going to need it to track everything.)

It’s a huge shit show, and I’ve been scouring FlyerTalk forums, Boarding Area, and The Points Guy and 12038210 other websites for the past few weeks to try and figure out how to break down the process.

Here is the breakdown of the process:

  1. Earn points through spending (usually on a credit card)
  2. Use those points and redeem through airlines
  3. Have an awesome time and save some $$$.

That’s about as simple as it gets.

I’ll go through mainly stage one and two since stage three, well..you probably know how to do that.

For the first part, the strategy is simple enough. If you’re an employee, it’s pretty simple. You have a fixed set of expenses (which can usually meet the minimum spend for signup bonuses) and that’s the 80% solution.

You just want to utilize your existing spending habits and gain some rewards as a bonus.

Apply for a few cards at a time depending on your monthly spend in specific categories and take your vacation trip for free.

There are cards that earn you 2x-3x points for grocery purchases, entertainment purchases, shopping on Amazon, and even using transportation services like taxis and Uber.

For example, my (now defunct) Citi Forward card gives me 5x points on entertainment, restaurants and Amazon.

I can use these points (called Citi Thank You points) on anything from Amazon purchases to travel rewards.

As a general rule of them, don’t ever use your points for any purchases. I mistakenly did that a few years ago when Citi TYP’s were worthless(womp).

Now you can “transfer” them to airline partners at a 1:1 ratio, where 1,000 points = 1,000 miles.

Let me give you a bit of an overview on the Rewards programs that you can earn points.

Citi’s pretty behind, but the 3 big dogs when it comes to earning points are

  1. Starwoods Preferred Guest(SPG)
  2. Chase Ultimate Rewards(UR)
  3. American Express Membership Rewards(MR)
  4. Citi Thank You Points/Rewards (TYP)

Citi is a recent addition because last year it revamped TYP program.

The value in these 4 programs are all in their airline transfer partners. It’s important to diversify your point sources and, ideally, earn points in all of them.

I’m only earning in SPG and TYP at the moment, but plan on getting MR and UR in the next year or so.

You can find all of their transfer partners by Googling the above.

Each company (AMEX, Chase, Citi, and sort of SPG) have credit cards that directly earn points in each other’s respective programs. SPG is technically an AMEX card, but it has it’s own rewards program(and you can still get both and earn for each.)

These credit cards entice you with sign up bonuses for getting a large amount of points for a minimum spend. This is a staple in point earning and can really kick start your travel hacking. (The practice of repeatedly signing up for credit cards and then canceling them is called “churning” and will be discussed a bit later on.)

The best cards to get will depend on your situation so again, do your homework. Look at your expenses and see where you spend the most. I use Mint.com to track my category spending. Some reasons to get a rewards card:

  • If you eat out/get Seamless alot
  • If gas and groceries are a big chunk of your expenses
  • If you’re already a traveler (you should probably know a bunch of this stuff by now, if not, shame on you.)

So how do you decide which program you want to favor over the other? I have this problem since I’m relatively new and don’t fly a lot.

So, I probably should have prefaced everything with finding out where you want to go. Having a goal in mind will easily make everything much more clear.

For example, because my girlfriend who might be moving back to Japan, I’d like to go and visit her using miles.

Once you have your goal, you have to find out what is your closest airport and if they are a major hub of a specific airline.

Next, you want to determine how easy it will be to earn those miles(based on your spending categories and cards you choose.)

Through my research, I found that American Airlines miles are the best to Tokyo because during offpeak miles you don’t pay that much. A close second is ANA

The problem is, AA miles are relatively hard to earn(unless you sign up for specific cards for the miles) and it’s not a hub where I plan to be(SFO). The benefit of having a major airline as a hub near your home is that there is more flight availability.

Turns out United is a hub where I am, and while they aren’t the cheapest, they are easy to earn points directly using Chase (they are a 1:1 transfer partner).

So it seems that I should be earning United miles for the forseeable future.

For this particular trip though, I’d like to use my Citi Thank You Points, and they are a 1:1 transfer partner with Singapore airlines, which has a well known first class seat and okay availability depending on where you’re flying out from.

The team at Abroaders has mentioned in their great travel podcast that when planning out a flight, it’s important to figure out your long-haul(the longest segment of your flight) first, and then figure out the shorter ones.

One thing to look out for, which is beyond this post is how to time your credit card applications and they will affect your credit score. I’ve heard anecdotally that you can’t have more than 2 Citi applications every 90-92 days and it’s better to space out the applications at least 8 days apart.

With Citi, I applied for 2 in 2 days (one on one day and one the next day) and was approved for both with a credit limit high enough to do what I want. The Customer Service Rep(CSR) at Citi told me that “hypothetically” the more spaced out you are the higher credit you’ll be approved for so take it with a grain of salt.

I’ve had a friend who says the ding on your credit isn’t that bad as long as you have good credit. Again look into this to make sure.

I’m spacing mine out every 3 months in order to meet the minimum spending requirements for the bonuses.

As a normal employee it’s pretty simple to meet minimum spend to get the credit card signup bonuses.

However, in order to get at the heart of travel hacking, you’re going to want to minimize spend while maximizing point earning.

And that’s when the can of worms opens up.

Things like credit card churning and manufactured spending come up.

Credit card churning consists of reapplying for the same cards to get the sign up bonus again. The Big 4 above have gotten much stricter on this. Flyertalk has plenty of resources on which cards are churnable or not.

I wouldn’t do manufactured spending because you consistently have to be on top of the latest “cons” since it’s highly frowned upon and various tricks continue to be shut down. It’s honestly not worth it IMO.

As a recap here’s what you should do:

  1. Figure out where you want to go & when
  2. Find out how many miles it will take you to get there
  3. See which cards get you to that # of points
    1. Long-term strategy: See which categories you spend most in and see if you can get a card that has a relative sign up bonus & excellent point per dollar for the specific category.
  4. Sign up for those cards and meet the minimum spend
  5. Book the flight, take your trip and treat yoself.

That’s sort of the very vague overview of how travel hacking works. By no means is this comprehensive. Things like routing rules and figure out the flight are a whole other thing, so here are some resources I look at on a daily basis:

I use Feedly to consolidate all of this.

Until next time (hopefully sooner than 2 years.)


How I Made $1000+ a Month as a College Student

I do this. Every single day.
I do this. Every single day.

Holy crap it’s been a while. Almost a year to be exact. Regardless, I’ve been actually making money online, and IT’S FREAKIN’ AWESOME. Seriously, I’ve waited like 5 years for this. Yay. But enough bragging, you could totally do this too, whether you’re a college student or not, you can earn something on the side for sure. If you aren’t in college, this might take a bit longer to set up since you’re working, but it still works. Here are the two ways that I’m currently earning income:

Freelance Writing from Elance

Wage:  0.05 cents/word (1000 words is roughly 50 dollars not including Elance Fee)

Monthly Income: Around $450/month ($0 right now though, read below for why)

I should mention that my current situation is that they are switching to a much better CMS(like WordPress) and  are currently not paying for any new articles at the moment. However, Elance is great for getting writing gigs. With my particular employer, there isn’t a word limit, meaning I can write as much as I want to as long as it’s at least 1000 words. So with that, I’m making at least 50 dollars per article. The ability to increase my income is dependent on increasing my word count per article or assigning myself more articles for the week. While I have the option, it’s seriously as exciting as eating sand. Writing about mundane topics for 1000 words is hard enough, let alone 2000-2500. I’m lucky in that I only have one employer who pays me very well, but if this is something you want to do, feel free to get multiple contracts from those who are hiring if you’d like.

This also isn’t strictly for writers either. If you do web design, programming, even photography or illustrations chances are your skills are needed. If you have any questions about how to freelance your skills, leave them in the comments. 


  • Can increase income
  • Work from home


  • Topics can be boring; research is time consuming
  • Elance is competitive, expect rejection and low priced bids at first

Bottom Line

If you do plan on freelance writing, be sure to keep your profile up to date and your portfolio fresh. Use your academic papers as writing samples or blog posts that you’ve written previously. Writing samples are your friends and Elance is very competitive, so get your experience and feedback in. Don’t have any? Then start writing! Write about any topic you want, as long as it’s well researched and has a consistent voice, you should be fine. I do plan on quitting as soon as my other source of income can supplement this (which won’t take very long if I apply myself) because as stated earlier, freelance writing is very time consuming.

SEO Consulting

Monthly income: $1k

My friends have asked me what it is I do, and I usually just say that I do “Internet” or “Websites” and that’s usually good enough. Well if you’re one of my friends reading this (which you probably are…sorry we haven’t hung out 🙂 prepare to be filled with shock and awe and discover what it is I do!(Not really)

SEO? What the hell is that.

It’s basically getting websites ranked in Google. For example, whenever you search in Google, whatever shows up on the first page is golden real estate. That’s where I get websites to show up. That’s basically what it boils down to, oh and we apparently have a long standing battle with Matt Cutts and Google to game the system, so there’s that. I have 2 clients with one of them paying me about $1k per month. WHADDUP.

Website Making

When doing SEO, there’s also the route of making your own sites, writing articles, making videos and monetizing them with ads, affiliate marketing, or products. I have done this, but they aren’t doing too well after the Google update. Regardless, I hand wrote all the damn articles last summer and I should show you anyway because my pride can go f*ck itself.


I have some other blogs in the works, one about nutrition and another about not being a wimpy skinny boy anymore, but those are currently in the works.


  • It’s in VERY HIGH demand
  • You can charge a lot depending on the clients you go for(like doctors/lawyers in your area)
  • You can outsource the whole thing (I just hired a writer from the Philippines last week)


  • Getting leads is hard (surprise surprise)
  • There’s a bit of a learning curve
  • With personal sites, you won’t see money for a while(it took me 3-4 months to see any money coming in)
  • Google’s algorithm update keeps you on your toes

If you’re interested in learning more about SEO, I don’t wanna get too technical and junk, so you can look at these sites since they explain it world’s better than I ever could (but I probably will try to later on anyway).

Some Awesome, In Your Face, Kick-Ass Resources(I go to these places basically every day.)

Seosunite.com Forum


Matthew Woodward’s Blog



My 5k/month in 1 Year Plan

So there’s this “plan” that I have, where I basically want to make 5k a month through what I’m doing right now. I want to quit the writing job (which is basically nonexistent at this point) and do more personal SEO sites that interest me. I’ll probably do more affiliate sites for Amazon(like my food mixer site) and try my hand at local clients. The great thing is, I can really spread my income out wide and do a lot of things with SEO. So I got options. I’d ideally like to be making 3k/month by graduation, and 5k/month by next year. I’m already 1/5th there, how hard could it be right???

Anyways, that’s the end of this post. Again, If you have any questions about how to make money with your existing skills, leave them in the comments and we’ll figure it out.

Making my first sale on Etsy: A Reflection

We did it. We totally did it.

Words can’t describe how excited I am about this. I ACTUALLY SOLD SOMETHING TO SOMEONE WHO WASNT MY MOTHER. A real life person! Shouts out to you, new customer. You have given me motivation to actually do this and not kick it to the side like I do with all my other escapades. While it’s only my first sale, and it’s not enough data really to track a trend, it definitely did come out of left field for me.

# of views does not equal number of sales.

This one was a surprise, and while its obvious advice, its baffling when it hits you. I got a request for a custom order for a photo I haven’t even promoted yet, and was not featured or did not have that many views.

focusing on good photos

this leads me to believe that i may have to take shop on the content that I provide, although it could be a billion other things.

custom equals good. packages?

i guess people do like some choice and custom orders are what got me my first sale, so i might just keep going with that and add some nice packages, like packages for the home, the office, etc.

providing good customer service/follow up/retention

well now i can test out my customer retention model and customer service model. offering a discount for repeat purchases is something i’m looking into implementing, and of course building a list for a bimonthly newsletter as well. we’ll see how it all goes!

showing my product to the best place for it: Etsy itself.

this doesn’t seem that much of a revelation, but I have been posting my blog posts and shooting them to twitter, facebook, and social bookmarking sites, but most of my traffic comes from Etsy, and I need to be more involved with Etsy and the community there.

While there are other things like seasonal trends and colors that are in style, thats all I can really assess from my first sale. Now time to set some sales goals and really get the ball rolling. Ciao!





Selling my Photography on Etsy – Why I’m Doing It

So I’ve decided to try my hand at selling my photograph prints on etsy (I’ve also applied at a restaurant as a barista, can you say typical NY starving artist? Oh joy to me.)

Well I’ve decided to try and really push my photography and selling prints to people. They’re a little on the expensive side, as each one is custom and hand made by me. I’ll post more pictures on the process and things, but you should check out my photography page and look at some of the prints, and if you’re on etsy, add me to your circle! I’d love to check your stuff out.

I have a whole marketing plan and all that, but it’s all just a pipe dream for now. I’ll be making a contact list and reaching out to my extended network both here and at home for anyone interested in canvas art. Either way I’m essentially moving from amateur hobbiest to semi-pro, but it all starts with the first sale! My first sale will validate my idea and feed my ego, which is also sometimes   a good thing.

I’m also doing this in tandem with my Amazon Affiliate websites, which I’ve been slacking on ever since I started on etsy, so I gotta start hustling some more again and get things back on track.

The reason why I’m selling on Etsy is because aside from having an awesome office, I feel like it resonates with creating something of value, that you can offer to the world, which is totally bringing the hippie out in me. I sort of am excited to learn how to stretch my own canvas, do acrylic gel transfers, ship my stuff out and get paid for it. It’s like I’m creating something unique and tangible that someone else wants to buy. I’m showcasing my perspective of New York and presenting it in a unique way, where no two prints, even of the same picture, are the same. And who knows? The next 2 years, it could be NYC, then the next 2 years after that, maybe Shanghai, the Philippines, Africa, Ghana, you name it.

It meshes perfectly with the idea of making an income online and loving what I do every day. I can just take my camera and walk around NYC and it could potentially fuel my income, which sounds great to me. It’s going to take a great deal of work, and with the Amazon sites I may and already have found myself split in two directions, but these two things, when set up correctly, can definitely be my own blueprint to success that I’ve only dreamed about.

So once again, come check out my store at http://www.patrickdomingo.etsy.com  and I will keep you posted, since I’m going to try and start documenting my online journey with etsy and Amazon. Cheers!



My Current Project: Setting Up Online Income Streams

So I haven’t at all been posting on here because I’ve been working on figuring out a way to set up some online income streams. Now, before you call “Bullshit” on this, hear me out. A lot of people are making a living online, even some people are selling their art on Etsy (which is what I plan on doing) and have made a decent side income on it. My goal is to have multiple streams of these, so I can diversify my income in case one goes under. I want to treat my income like people treat stocks –don’t put them all in one basket.

I’m setting up some websites that can cover my basic expenses (around $3000/month) then I can do my whole “travel and photograph the world” plan I’ve always wanted to do.

What’s awesome about this, is that most of the work solely depends on how much I put in, and once it’s set up, it will continue to grow with various tweaks and tests. Don’t get me wrong, this is a hell of a lot of work and takes months, even years to set up. I’m going to try and hack my way into it. More on the websites later.

P.S. I’m trying to tweet more, mainly asking questions and things like that, none of that “omg this is my day” crap. Follow me! 😀 @patdomingo



A Quick Update


To all you people who occasionally read my blog, I apologize that I haven’t been blogging very much. I’ve been working on my website that will in a couple of years, (hopefully) give me some type of passive income. More on that later.

All I’ve really been doing is meeting up with old friends, making new ones, enjoying life. One thing I’m excited about is that tonight I will be meeting one of my favorite author/bloggers Ramit Sethi of the awesome blog I Will Teach You To Be Rich, and also Noah Kagan, founder of AppSumo. They seem like cool dudes, and I’m sure I can learn a lot from them, but I have no idea what to expect.

For now? Working. Paying off my credit card. Photographing whatever. Making Websites.

That’s the update! Off to work. Ciao.


P.S. If you don’t know, I entered a photography contest where I can possibly win $25,000 and a trip around the world! Please show your support by going to this page: patrickdomingo.see.me/onelife2012 

Food Photography: How to Make Food Look Shmexy For Less Than $20

It’s 5:30AM in the morning, and it’s way too damn hot to sleep, so I figure I’ll just rock out to some Beastie Boys and start on this blog post I’ve been postponing all week. Why not?

I’ve been doing food photography for my girlfriend’s food blog at Les Saveurs De Mimi for the last month or so. It’s an interesting relationship really. Our cooking/photographing time is when there is any semblance of normalcy. Every other time we’re just adorably weird. However, we made a deal that if she cooks the food, I have to make the food look good. The problem comes by the time I’m done photographing, since the food’s already sort of cold. It still isn’t bad, so this is just an ode to how much pain and suffering I have to go through to photograph it and make it look good, only to eat it cold. Not that I’m complaining. Far from it. I swear I will die of diabetes/some food related disease very soon. She cooks too many good things to not eat/photograph.

I use a simple 1 light set up with a plastic white picnic cover on it, which Mimi holds directly overhead, right above the food, and it’s done me wonders. I have Mimi’s food photography class that I dropped into to thank for that. It’s so ghetto, but works so well.

Here are some photos that I’ve taken with this setup:

I also do tethered shooting, just because it frees up the space on my camera, and it looks cool. However the set up can become to cumbersome, especially if you’ve been waiting to eat said food for an hour or two, so in that case it’s just better to shoot and get it over with before you eat. Tethered shooting’s awesome because it goes directly into your camera for viewing.

A quick tip on plating/composition/exposure.

I’m not saying I’m an expert, but if you know photography, then you’ve probably stumbled upon the rule of thirds. If not, it’s basically just a tic tac toe board across the screen, and all you need to care about is the intersection points, as those are the points that will make things aesthetically pleasing for you and the viewer. I also like to add some color if I can (garnishing with salsa, rosemary or other herbs) just to give it an extra pop. I keep my aperture wide open, around f11, unless I am looking for some bokeh, then I bring as big as possible. I shoot with shutter-priority, meaning I keep the shutter at at least 1/60 so I can shoot hand held, and either crank up the ISO or “stop-down” the aperture. Food placement and less negative (white) space is what I’ve learned from the food photography class. You just gotta play around with your food and see how it goes. Here’s my equipment list.

Equipment List:
Camera: Nikon D3100
Laptop: Macbook Pro
white plastic table cloth from Goodwill for $1
Software for tethered shooting: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 with a D3100 plugin or Image Capture on a Mac can be used for free.
Home Depot Lights – $13
Tungsten lightbulb – $5

Total: $19

So if you’re trying to get yourself some shmexy photos, the one-light-overhead-softbox-ghetto set up is what I would recommend for you if your’e just starting out. Happy shooting!



Slow Carb Diet Quick Start Guide

So if you’re interested in getting started with the Slow Carb Diet, maybe this post can help. I’ve had some friends who have followed this and have lost anywhere from 10lbs in a week to 30lbs in a month. Here’s how you can get started:

I’m not going to reiterate what has already been said. Read this post if you want to get started.

After you read that post, here are some unexpected restrictions and expectations you will/might encounter.

You’ll be eating a lot of the same meals over and over again, so plan your entire week out.

Pick a day like Sunday, and cook in batches. Use tupperware and store food in your fridge for the rest of the week. We didn’t follow it and spent more money than we should have on Chipotle lunches. Save yourself $10 a day and make it at home.

Have an accountability partner.

With Mimi, who made everything taste good, it was much easier than when I tried to do it by myself. Have a friend or your roommate do it with you, it makes it so much easier.

No fruit juice or dairy

This means no fruits or fruit juice, cheese, or milk.

Beans are a staple of the diet, it keeps you full.

If you don’t like beans, up the protein and veggie intake to stay full.

Butter’s OK.


Workouts are optional

We both lost weight and we worked out a total of 1 time for the last 2 weeks. If you want faster results, add Occam’s Protocol to your SCD.

Some staple meals:

Eggs/Turkey Bacon

Chipotle Burrito Bowl (or any general mexican bowl without the tortilla/taco bowl itself)

Steak/Chicken and Veggies

There is some room to mess up, but results will be compromised.

That bleu cheese in your salad might be a small amount, but the “just one bite” mentality might get to you, so it’s better to just stay away from any small amounts of anything that you could snack on. If you’re hungry or not full from a meal, just have another one. If you must snack on something, carrots and almonds, but only a handful.

If you have any questions, feel free to comment in the section below. Thanks!



Slow Carb Diet: The Last Day + Photo Contest!

Apologies for the late post, but I had to ‘ve decided to combine both today’s post and yesterday’sLast day today. You all might be wondering why I’ve decided to cut it short. Well considering that I failed a bunch this week, it is just way too impractical. Not saying I wouldn’t do it again, but this week has been kind of rocky with work, two classes at 8:30am and guests who we’ve had to eat with. Especially when eating out, it becomes hard to avoid carbs/fruit/dairy at restaurants. Tonight will be our last no-carb dinner night, and I can’t wait. I learned so much from this experience, about myself and my partner. I’ll probably write a lessons learned post tomorrow and a quick start guide so if anyone wants to learn how to get started and what to expect, they can do it themselves too.



Tomato soup with bacon (the tomato soup had cream in it, but we were both too lazy to make something, so it was kind of a fail)


Watched part of Bourne Supremacy and got some carne asada, onions, bell peppers, black beans, and salsa.


Mimi went to Eataly with her mother dearest and a friend, while I…sort of forgot to eat because I was working on my websites. Schmerp.



Since our photography class was at 8:30am, we so cleverly forgot to put an alarm on and woke up at 8:11am. So we rushed and had no breakfast, but TOOK SOME AWESOME PHOTOS OF BREAKFAST INSTEAD.


Totally aced that class..even though I didn’t pay for it. Seriously though, Mimi’s cooking blog photos will be so much shmexier.


Stupid old me decided “Oh hey let me get the veggie quiche, since there are so many vegetables in them!” Well turns out the majority of it consisted of potato. White. Carb. Potato. My first (or probably second/third) fail came when we went out for lunch with Mimi’s mom at Le Pain Quotidien. I ordered the sandwiches thinking I would just take all of the bread off. Well I caved in because I was so hungry. And it felt good that I would enjoy the sweet thing called bread once again.


Haven’t had it yet, but it will be shrimp and veggies all sauteed in garlic. Mmmm…garlic.

Thoughts on This Experiment?

The first week was so much better. Second week, not so much. It would have been damn near impossible to do it without Mimi, so I believe an accountability partner would be helpful. Sometimes you just have to cave in, and I would assume that more restraint would be needed if you’re actually trying to lose weight. If I were 20-30 pounds over weight, I may have been more motivated to do it, but since I didn’t need to really lose any, perhaps the second week I just lost motivation(although I did end up having a somewhat slimmer waist).

I definitely urge anyone who’s looking to slim down a bit to try this out for at least a week, two if you’re really motivated and have a friend you can rely on. Again I’ll probably come up with a quick start guide and post it up tomorrow.

P.S. I just entered a photo contest which would help me go around the world and win $25,000! If you check out my page and click “Collect Me” it will help me win. I’d definitely appreciate it if you did. Thanks!

Link to Photo Contest: www.patrickdomingo.see.me/onelife2012