3 Months with Model 3

It’s been 3 months since I took delivery of my Model 3, so I’ve had plenty of time with it. It’s an incredible vehicle and I couldn’t be happier with my decision to get one.

A few interesting things:

  • Michigan has an electric vehicle (EV) surcharge on their license plate registration of $135 per year, because you’re not buying gas. Registration fees are also 20% higher! Glad we’re penalizing people for trying to save our environment. So dumb.
  • No, there is no engine and no transmission. I get asked this a lot. You don’t put gas or oil in a Tesla.
  • Due to no engine, under the hood is a small storage area called the front truck (frunk). There is still a full size trunk in the back.

Some great things about the car:

  • Not having to go to gas stations. The last time I bought gas was over 3 months ago for my truck.
  • Charging in my garage has worked out fine without upgrading to one of the really big outlets.
  • It has heated seats everywhere and the front seats remember your setting for the next time you get in.
  • Auto adjusting cruise control is probably my favorite feature. Takes so much stress out of driving when you don’t have to manually speed up or slow down for traffic. You set how many car lengths you want between you and the car in front of you and Tesla handles the rest.
  • The car keeps getting better and better because there are software updates. I’ve probably had 5 or 6 so far.
  • If you start crossing a line without a blinker on, that side of the steering wheel vibrates to alert you.
  • Due to regenerative braking, you almost never need to use the brakes. As you let off the accelerator the car slows down much faster than an internal combustion engine. The calipers should last the life of the car.
  • In addition to Park, there is also a gear/mode called Hold. When you come to a complete stop the can locks in the brake and you’re in Hold. You can take your foot off the brake pedal and the car won’t move until you press on the accelerator. I’m still getting used to this after having to stay on the brake for 20+ years at stop lights.
  • Not having to carry keys is so nice. The car lets me in and runs based on a Bluetooth connection with my phone. I’ve been carrying around the keycard, but haven’t had to use it since setting up the Tesla iOS app.
  • Super chargers are great. It can slow down your trip and you have to plan things out a little more, but in general I think this is a good thing. We’re in a rush too often and this lets you explore some new places while you wait an hour for the car to charge on long trips.
  • Being able to heat the car, open the frunk, check on charging, and do a bunch of stuff from the iOS app is extremely useful.
  • Last but certainly not least is the speed. When you hit that accelerator, instant torque is applied to the wheels and BOOM you’re off the line. I still laugh when I take off from a stop light and leave everyone in the dust. It’s so fun to drive.

A few things I don’t like:

  • The range estimate doesn’t take the bigger wheels into account, so I have to remember that I can’t travel as far as the car suggests. Hopefully they’ll improve this with a software update.
  • The scroll wheels on the steering wheel are good for some things, but not great for music volume. Several times a week I accidentally nudge the wheel while making a turn and the volumes shoots up or down.
  • If you’re using the cruise and someone driving the opposite way makes a turn across your lane, the car often thinks you’re in danger. It’ll alert you and start slowing down even if there was no chance you were going to hit that vehicle. I’m sure this will get better over time. If it wasn’t for this I think I’d activate cruise in the city a lot more.

Nick Colors #2

I did this and the first in this series for my nieces, which I sent to them with letters. Actually in between my two coloring sessions, I received a letter from the youngest with her own colored picture. Perfect timing.

Unbreakable, Split, & Glass

When the movie Glass was announced, I think everyone was a bit surprised. The first movie in the series, Unbreakable, was released in 2000! I remember seeing it and being excited for where it would go. Then nothing. Since it had been so long I had to watch it again.

It was a bit slower than I remember, especially by today’s standards. Unlike so many comic book movies of today, M. Night Shyamalan really took his time developing the characters and then there is the bombshell ending. That ending is why it’s so surprising it took almost 20 years to continue the story. It was neat how well the movie holds up though. If you didn’t tell someone it was made so long ago, I’m not sure they’d guess.

When I saw the trailers for Mr. Glass I thought one of the characters looked familiar, but until Friday night, I didn’t know that the movie Split was actually in this series. So of course I also had to watch it as well, the morning after Unbreakable. I would have bet this was out in the last year, but it was a January 2017 release in the United States.

While the development of this character was a process through the entire movie, the pace was much quicker than Unbreakable. James McAvoy did a phenomenal job with the multiple personalities. The ending was great for the continuation, so I’m glad I just watched it now.

I couldn’t wait, so went to watch Glass in the afternoon! All three movies in about 20 hours.

After having just watched Split, Glass was a bit of a letdown, because Split was just so good. Another ending I wasn’t expecting, but since the movie is new I won’t give anything away. Great series that I hope keeps going.

Link Dump – 2019/01/19

 

2019 Calorie Counting: Week 2

If you haven’t been following along, start with my explanation of this calorie counting experiment.

The second week is in the books. Some things were better and some were not. It was a net win though.

Macros

Something I forgot about last week that added to the difficulty dealing with more fat was that when I went to get milk the only skim left was expiring in a day, so I bought 1%. That gallon carried over through all of week two.

I think it’s important to repeat that during week one I got a bunch of home cooked food and really had no idea what the macros were. I estimated one day at 268 grams of carbohydrates, which shot the average up for that week. I’m going to go out on a limb and also say that my estimates were low on all of those meals, because the scale didn’t really show any progress compared to this week.

This last week was probably worse on the high fat Factor 75 meals, even with being able to pair them up better for the entire week. Yesterday was the first day I wasn’t fighting against fat calories from two meals. This new delivery is on point though because I selected all low/medium fat meals.

Carbs Fat Protein Calories
Baseline 259 99 140 2,485
Week 1 212 83 196 2,379
Week 2 200 85 200 2,365
Goals 220 70 200 2,310

As you can see, I was on point with my protein. Fat was a bigger problem than last week, causing carbs to go down in order to keep calories close. I’m looking forward to the next couple of weeks as I dial things in. I’m still surprised the macro counting isn’t feeling like a chore yet. Planning out all of my meals the night before has really been huge for me so far.

Water

Nothing exciting to report. Water consumption has been really easy. I went up from an average of 110 ounces to 118 ounces per day. I am trying to drink more earlier in the day, so I’m not drinking much before bed. Hopefully it’ll prevent multiple wake-ups to take a piss. Oh, and I keep forgetting to use my SodaStream.

Scale

I started at 199.3 pounds with 15% body fat and was 199 with 15.2% at the end of week one. Things started to move this week without any estimated meals. My three day averages for week two were 196.9 pounds and 15% body fat. Dropping 2.1 pounds in a week is about right. Curious to see what happens as I start hitting my carb and fat macros.

Thoughts

One change I made this week was picking up some Magnesium tablets to take in the morning with the fish oil and multivitamin. I haven’t had any alcohol since Christmas Eve, mainly because I was sick over the holidays. That changes with a beer tasting / comedy event tonight though. I also have not had fast food or takeout at all in 2019.

I’ve been pretty close to my calorie goals and haven’t had cravings for sweets and treats. I also haven’t felt like I was over-eating. So I was curious what macros the old Eat to Perform calculator would recommend. We based our diets on that calc in my early CrossFit days. It shows my BMR just under 2,000 calories per day, which is an estimate of how much my body needs to function at rest, and it calculates I need over 3,000 calories per day if I’m moderately active, which would be 390 grams of carbs! If I set very active or extra active in the calculator it increases carbs by almost 100 grams for each level! No wonder Eat to Perform didn’t work for me, eating was a chore, and I was always struggling to get enough carbs by the end of the day! Pizza and Mountain Dew sounds really good, so maybe I should try those wild carb goals. 😉

I’m not tracking today due to a drinking event tonight, so week 3 starts tomorrow. I may wait and do my next update after two weeks.

Check out the coupon Meijer gave me last night when I picked up milk and yogurt. Damn trolls!

All of these posts will be tagged 2019 calorie counting to make it easy to browse the posts.

Nick Colors #1

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First in a series of me relaxing with an adult coloring book. A lot of the pages in this book speak to my love of patterns and symmetry, especially when I can apply my own spin.

The Best Men Can Be

I’ve been waiting for my Dollar Shave Club blades to run out before switching back to Gillette Fusion because the vibrating action was such a better shaving experience. This ad seals the deal.

Men, we can be much better. None of us are perfect.

“A” Watches

A few things have been watched to start 2019 and they all happened to begin with the letter A.

Anon

Although I’ve noticed this movie several times while browsing through Netflix, I always skipped over it. After finally watching the trailer, it caught my attention. Anon really gets you thinking about future upgrades to the human body and how security and privacy could change some day.

Aquaman

Another solid one from the DC universe. Almost on Wonder Woman‘s level for me, but not quite. A lot better than the rest of the films.

Altered Carbon

Anyone and everyone seemed to rave about this series when it was released but I held off. Actually I’ve been trying not to start any new series until I catch up on all of the others I want to start. Absolutely loved it and watched all 10 episodes over the weekend, which rarely happens. Action was a big part of the show, which probably is my favorite new show of the last few years. Advances in tech really gets you thinking about the future of the human race with this one as well.

After making it this far, did you notice the first letter of every sentence?