Project Murph – Day 1

Well I’ve posted here and there about wanting to complete Murph once a week leading up to a Sealfit Kokoro even in the spring. Big Hairy Audacious Goal for sure. But I’ve lacked any sort of fitness project for quite some time, so excited to have something to work towards.

Biggest issue right off the bat is gonna be bodyweight and pull ups for sure. I don’t distance run that much but I’m not concerned about the 1 mile runs. And I can do pushups and squats all day long 50-100 reps at a time. My strength level at the pull ups is ok, but I need to specialize on increasing strength in them.

But I don’t see being able to do 100 pullups for any sort of decent time at my current 184 bodyweight. So my interim goal is to drop some bodyfat. I’ll use and blog about various techniques, including:

  • Running a mile each morning (probably worthless for fat loss, but I need to get better at the one mile run, and any extra activity is good for weight loss)
  • Ketogenic diet, bulletproof coffee etc. Basically super low carb, high fat, which is my preferred way to diet anyway.
  • No alcohol, if it weren’t for quite a few beers each week I think I’d be in Ketosis most days. This is an easy way to ditch a shit load of carbs and sugar in one step
  • Tabata’s as conditioning, probably mostly on the Airdyne
  • 300/8 Sprint workouts, I’ll detail this in a post
  • Barbell Complexes

My goal is to be 175 pounds in a couple weeks. I have a pretty active metabolism so once I clean up the diet I don’t see any issue. I’ll be tracking and logging pull ups closely, and training them during the day starting with sets of 4. My goal is to “grease the groove” by doing them all day long.

School Charity Project work with @timothysykes

The inspiration for this post came from many areas. But after finding out that Tim Sykes was working with some third world school building charities, I thought I’d highlight these projects. My interest comes from many areas considering these projects touch on so many of my core passions. Trading, construction, charity, youth and education.

Before going into the coverage of these projects and my involvement, keep in mind I did a full very detailed review of the trading education product that was used to fund both of these projects. Tim Sykes came out with “How to Make Millions” trading course and if you are interested click this link for tons of info. With this introduction to stock trading course Sykes has raised over $1,500,000 to date, all of being allocated to charity.

First off Sykes has a long involvement in charity projects going back to his college days at Tulane, considering he was funding scholarships from his dorm room I was not that surprised when I saw on my social feed that he had decided to allocate some of the proceeds from his charity DVD towards constructing third world schools. I have long been a follower of Pencils of Promise and Adam Braun, though I have never pulled the trigger on getting involved I have great respect for what these charities are accomplishing.

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Great thing is now through my relationship with Tim Sykes I will be able to help in a REAL way with these projects vs just sending a check. After complimenting Tim on his large donations to these charities I almost jokingly asked if I could go on a site visit with him and potentially actually swing a hammer or help in some other actual boots on the ground way. Tim quickly replied and said “Sure come along this fall and spring to visit Laos and Cambodia and we will see what you can do.” While I am unsure how much help I will be allowed to give, just having the opportunity to help out on a project like this in a physical way is very exciting to me. Not to mention just having the opportunity to visit and see the children and communities is greatly inspiring to me!

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At this point in the summer of 2016 Tim has funded two school related projects:

$50,000 donation to the Cambodian Village Fund (1 School)
– $120,000 to Pencils of Promise in Laos (2 Schools)

There is no doubt Tim Sykes is an “aggressive internet marketer” but it is 2016 and my social feed is full of guys selling products online, and I purchase many of them. But I have not seen any of these others create a product where 100% of the proceeds go to charity. And if they have I’m confident none of them have contributed close to $200,000 to make some of the poorest and neglected areas of the world better.

Its cliche but children are our future, and thanks to the internet, children anywhere in the world have a legitimate chance to the the next Steve Jobs or Elon Musk. IF and only IF they are given an education. Everybody likes to bitch on social media about what a fucked up world we live in, but $200,000 spent in a third world country to help 100’s or maybe 1000’s of children is a very real and substantial way to change the future.

Altering your profile picture or pissing and moaning on social media won’t do a damn bit of good in the end. While in the grand scheme of things its a small project Tim Sykes is making real change in the world. And something like building schools is a force multiplier. The potential for good to come out of these and future products is beyond exciting to me. And I thank Tim for the opportunity to help and can’t wait to visit and work on these projects!

Watchlist for 7-7-2016 – $TRCH, $GDEE, $VSR, $EYES, $LEDS, $MEET

Today’s Watchlist

Today’s List: Full list from Yahoo Finance

Torchlight Energy Resources, Inc. (TRCH) -NasdaqCM

Ideal push to $1.50’s for short on yesterday’s HOD’s.

TRCH

Golden Edge Entertainment, Inc. (GDEE) -OTC BB

Probably “everybody” short and it will crack at some point, but I’ll hope for a para/squeeze out.

GDEE

Versar Inc. (VSR) -NYSE MKT

I’m long bias, it held $1.50’s all day and perked into the close, will watch if it can get going, but thinking probably 50/50 it goes nowhere.

VSR

Second Sight Medical Products, Inc. (EYES) -NasdaqCM – SemiLEDs Corporation (LEDS) -NasdaqCM

I should probably be long bias on dips, but I’ll focus on big rips mid day to fade. Otherwise I’ll let them run and look to short in the coming days.

EYES

LEDS

MeetMe, Inc. (MEET) -NasdaqCM

Hoping for a rip through $6.00 to start a short.

MEET

Watchlist for 7-6-2016 – $BGI, $XBIT, $MEET, $TRX

Today’s Watchlist

Couldn’t get much brewing yesterday, missed GREAT potential trades on $XBIT and $INSY by being cheap on my order entry. But I always try and focus on only entering at my price, so it happens, I miss because of it. But it lowers stress so it’s my method. Ended up trading $EXAS mostly just out of “wanting action” after those early misses. I also flipped and tried a long on $INSY after it held in the afternoon, looked very solid until AdamF tweeted and brought that uptrend to a screeching halt. It happens.

Today’s List: Full list from Yahoo Finance

Birks Group Inc. (BGI) -NYSE MKT

Doubt I will trade this but pretty much have to at least keep an eye on it. My goal would be a morning rip, then a short entry mid afternoon for a fade into the close.

BGI

XBiotech, Inc. (XBIT) -NasdaqGS

Feels like the longs are thinking “we got saved” ideally a push to $20 then a fade back under, giving them an exit, then a long fade back to lows.

XBIT

MeetMe, Inc. (MEET) -NasdaqCM

More or less back burner watch, will have the chart in the background to spot a big rip squeeze out.

MEET

Tanzanian Royalty Exploration Corp. (TRX) -NYSE MKT

Meh, I like the chart, but thinking this just slow grinds up and then drops out of the blue, not sure if there will be an edge to be found.

TRX

Watchlist for 7-5-2016 – $VMRI, $EMES, $SGY, $RYI, $TERP

Today’s Watchlist

Back with daily watchlists, will be back to consistency. Nothing amazing on watch, lots of similar setups, not looking to short any sideways charts. I’ll look for big pops or fades that ideally turn into late day cracks.

Today’s List: Full list from Yahoo Finance

Valmie Resources, Inc. (VMRI) -OTC BB

Lot of action in this lately, I have not traded it up till this point. Would like a pop to $1.50’s with risk on Friday’s high.

VMRI

Emerge Energy Services LP (EMES) -NYSE

Never like trading commodities especially oil, but will consider shorting this if it gets above $12 or if it starts putting in lower highs and looks to fade.

EMES

Stone Energy Corp. (SGY) -NYSE

Again oil and gas.. Similar to EMES setup wise too, will watch pops or look to join a fade.

SGY

Ryerson Holding Corporation (RYI) -NYSE

Interesting chart, though a little too “real” for me. Will not join this grind, but setting an alert for a big rip to give exits to longs and start the fade.

RYI

TerraForm Power, Inc. (TERP) -NasdaqGS

Another play like a lot on watch, hoping for a big para or looking to join fade.

TERP