Need more RAM for an old MacPro?

I do. For 2009 MacPro that I got in 2009 lol!

This one was recommended to me and I’m planning to add this to my Mac sometime in the next month. I’ll probably write another update about how it worked out 🙂 For now, I can neither update to the newest versions of OSX, nor install certain Adobe products that require more RAM.

Apple 4GB Module PC3-8500 Mac Pro MacPro5,1 MacPro4,1 Mid 2012 Mid 2010 Early 2009 Mac Pro MB871LL/A A1289 MC250LL/A MC915LL/A MD770LL/A MD772LL/A MB535LL/A A1289 MC561LL/A Memory RAM

Sold by “by A-Tech Components.”

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While the 2009 MacPro that I have says it can have up to 32GB of RAM (I have had 6GB for the past decade!), I’ve been told that people have already successfully used 64GB as well. That might be a little overkill for now, but it might make sense in another decade or so lol!

==> Check it out – There are various different models to choose from

Kingdom Conspiracy: Returning to the Radical Mission of the Local Church by Scot McKnight

A friend from Church asked what book that I was going to read in the new year. Well, this is tricky for me because I have books that I read on my own and then there’s book I read for my classes.

One of the books I’m reading for class early on is Kingdom Conspiracy: Returning to the Radical Mission of the Local Church by Scot McKnight.

Kingdom Conspiracy

I’m not going to say much about the book yet, but I’ll probably post a book review later on this year after I’ve read it. You can read the description HERE if you like to (it makes no sense to copy and paste it into this post).

There’s also a Kindle version.

Good Deal on Protein Powder

By now, you’ve probably seen various posts on our Facebook and Instagram where we talk about the 6-week challenge at Pro-TF. One of the things that we keep getting asked about is protein powder.

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One of the trainers at Pro-TF actually recommended this San Diego company to us and we’ve been very happy with them so far. While placing our first order, we found out that we can go pick it up in person at the warehouse within a day. The shipping is not very expensive but the day we ordered it we had also run out of protein powder so picking it up in Vista, CA the next day was perfect!

bulk-powders

We also found out that when ordering more than 7 pounds of one blend we get 5% off the total automatically. Then we also got promo code JOHN316 from a friend, which gave us an additional 5% off. Combined with free shipping, not bad for our first time ordering!

==> Try it out for yourself at TrueNutrition.com

custom-blend

One of the cool features of the True Nutrition website is that you can build your own custom blends. For us, we generally use the pea protein isolate so that part is easy for us. The part that’s harder is choosing just one flavor! There are around 20 different flavors to choose from. The Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup is our favorite so far!

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One piece of advice: if you add “boosts,” like we did, changing the “flavor intensity to “heavy” is well worth it because it masks the flavors that are added from the boosts. So far, we’ve only added the “Multi-Vitamin & Mineral” boost as well as the “Electrolytes” boost. This is because they have so many things in them that we like and need, especially Magnesium and Potassium. What’s really cool too about the custom blend builder is that it gives you the Nutrition Facts as you build. And then it also gets printed on the label of the container.

make-it-yours

Last but not least, you can also give your special blend a name. So the next time you order, you can just choose the blend you already know and love. On the other hand, maybe you still want to experiment before you name your perfected creation… don’t worry: your custom blend will be named “My Custom Blend #XXXXXXXX” and assigned a unique number (in place of the Xs) by default.

==> Create your own special blend at TrueNutrition.com

If you have any ideas, tricks, tips etc. that we haven’t mentioned here, let us know. And send us photos and descriptions of your creations using the comment form below or using the contact form.

What to do with 1/4 cup of “any nut” on the 6-week Pro-TF Fitness challenge

This first week on the Pro-TF Fitness 6-week challenge, we’ve been working out 3 mornings and sticking to a specific eating plan.

One of the things that are on that nutrition plan every day is a portion of something from the “fat” list. And one of the items in the list is 1/4 cup of “any nut.”

For this item, we’ve come up with a recipe we would like to share:

In a sandwich size ziplock bag mix:

  • 1/4 “any” nut -> we used peanuts
  • 1 tsp pico de gallo powder
  • 1 tsp lime or lemon juice
  • optional: cayenne pepper, to taste, if you want to add some heat

Make sure it’s all mixed well inside the bag. For best results, let it “marinate” for 1-3 hours.

Pro-TF Fitness 6-Week Challenge

So, on Saturday, we started on the Pro-TF Fitness 6-Week Challenge. It’s basically a boot camp to help us plan out our meals and eat a specific diet for our weight loss goals, and of course, lose some weight and volume. Did I mention there’s exercise involved?

On Saturday, we had our orientation, took our “before” photos, and got out weight, height and BMI measured. This is to have a starting point so we can measure progress. The main advantage of going through this challenge with Pro-TF Fitness is that we were also assigned an accountability coach. Accountability seems to be what Pro-TF Fitness is best at, apart from employing very knowledgeable and fun coaches, and the lack thereof appears to be why so many other programs have failed for us in the past.

As I am writing this post, I am having trouble standing up… So, there are daily workout programs that are taught by several different coaches throughout the day and week. We have so far completed two. Here’s the workout plan for the week:

  • Monday: “No Mercy Monday”
  • Tuesday: “TNTuesday”
  • Wednesday: “Legendary Legs Day”
  • Thursday: “Butts and Guts”
  • Friday: “Furious Friday”
  • Saturday: “Sexy Saturday”

Also, as I am writing this, my stomach muscles are still sore from No Mercy Monday – I’m told that it’s the “upper body” day.

Feeling the soreness is not great but it’s good to know and to show me how much I really needed this. I hope that after 6 weeks (better less), I’ll be feeling much better and less sore.

Pro-TF Fitness is also a community where everyone is there to help everyone else succeed, which is really cool, and also acts a lot like a family. We love giving each other high fives!

If this sounds like something you would be interested in too, let us know, using the comment section below or the contact form, or whichever way you generally get in touch with us. You can also reach out to Pro-TF Fitness directly through their Facebook page and learn more about the 6-week challenge. Make sure you tell them you heard about it from us so we can score some extra brownie points 🙂

Glutamine and BCAAs

Trying out some new supplements for our 6-week nutrition & exercise challenge…

Our Glutamine choices seem pretty straightforward and these here don’t have any fillers or unnecessary coloring etc.


Body Fortress 100% Pure Glutamine Powder, 300g Jar (1ct), Nutrient Replenishment Powder for Post-Workout Recovery Glutamine Supplement


Evlution Nutrition Glutamine 5000 5 Grams of Pure Glutamine in Each Serving Unflavored Powder (60 Servings)

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For the BCAAs, it’s a little trickier. The one that comes highly recommended to us is the following one. Apparently, it’s mint flavor and goes well with the chocolate flavor protein powder 🙂


BPI Sports Best BCAA Powder, Branched Chain Amino Acids, Arctic Ice – Build Muscle, Improve Recovery and Enhanced Energy Levels 30 Servings, 10.58 Ounce

Plant Therapy Spring Blends Set

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10ml morning sunshine

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day Green Smoothie

You don’t have to get drunk to have fun today! In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, we’ve created a Green Smoothie that will do quite the opposite; it’s not only good for you, it’s green and super tasty too! We’ve named it our Happy St. Patrick’s Day Green Smoothie – don’t worry, you can drink it any other day of the year too 🙂

St Patrick's Blender
St Patrick’s Blender

In a blender, combine:

  • 2 tablespoons Spirulina
  • 2 cups Power Greens
  • 1 cup Organic Daybreak Blend (frozen fruit)
  • 6 cups unsweetened Almond Milk
  • optional; 1-2 tablespoons Raw Honey, to taste
  • optional; 1-2 teaspoons Green Tea Matcha (for an energy boost)

Blend on high for 1 minute and serve right away in wine glasses.
Enjoy! Yields 6-8 servings

Bonus points if you’re wearing a green shirt!