Get Zodiac sign with PHP

I know this is strange but believe it or not for a project that I’ve been working I needed to get the zodiac sign from a given date. Besides part of not being sure if I could use comparisons within a switch statement I was able to bang this class out pretty quickly.

I assumed the year wouldn’t matter much so I’m dynamically added in the year via the date functions.

I’ve posted it on my github account in case someone randomly needs to do the same.


2 Fruit Smoothie – Raspberry Pineapple

Raspberry Pineapple Smoothie

2 cups of Apple Juice
1 tablespoon of Greek Nonfat Yogurt
1 cup of sliced Raspberries
1 cup of sliced Pineapple

This is blend was way better then my previous raspberry blend.
The pineapple gave it a much sweater taste then the bananas I previously used.
I giving this blend a 3.5 out of  5 stars.

2 Fruit Smoothie – Raspberry Banana

Raspberry Banana Smoothie

2 cups of Apple Juice
1 tablespoon of Greek Nonfat Yogurt
1 cup of sliced Raspberries
1 cup of sliced Bananas

This blend is just ok. It’s one of those drinks that I could see myself liking in the long wrong. But the initial taste was just ok.

I’m giving it a 3 out of  5 stars.  But like the previous drink the bright color makes it look delicious. 


My first 5K Journey, week 2

Week 2 was an incredibly crappy week. A few times this week my focus was thrown off in some major ways.

Starting off Monday.  So I decided to go to the gym a bit earlier then my usual time.
Why did I do that, hell if I know.

I think in combination with A.) It being earlier in the day then I usually go to the gym and B.) The weather getting warmer. There was a lot more people in the gym then what I expected.

Not a bad thing if everyone who was in the gym was there to truly work out.
Basically I caught a slight attitude when another dude decided to grab the treadmill right next to me (guy code #1, alway leave a space. This rule not only applies to the movie theater but also for the gym) and starts to lazy walk.

What’s lazy walking? Well that’s when you’re on treadmill walking at an incredibly abnormlaly slow pace.. I mean slower then what any person would normally walk.

During this time he’s flipping channels on the tv like a mad man… G-wiz.
When he finally decides on a channel… it’s some cartoons. Why is this dude watching cartoons in the gym.. wtf. But then he starts giggling out loud and this goes on for a good 10-15 minutes.
Now I probably could have gotten past the lazy walking but the fucking giggle was overboard, so I just left having only did a bit more then a mile.
I mean if your not in the gym to train… get the hell on right?

Wednesday, instead of the gym I went to the park to practice on my running, god that sounds funny. But yep you can probably guess it has something to do with what I heard on Youtube again.
So I’m now convinced that the reason I’m not making faster gains (running longer and faster) is because I have a heel strike issue.
The few videos I’ve watched basically stated that in order to reserve more energy and run longer, a runner should land on the forefront of their feet and not the heel.
So I practiced that for like 30 minutes on Wednesday and I still feel awkward while running.

And for Friday, OMG this was both my best and worst day ever at the gym.
So I’m in the gym, totally in the zone, killing it when this random dude knocks on the gym window to get my attention.
I look up and wave him off… I mean I’m now 25 minutes into a 45 minute run and like I previous said I was in my zone I wasn’t about to stop.
Well I guess that pissed him off because a few minutes later he starts banging on the glass like some Wildling (Game of Thrones reference 😉  ). For a second I thought, this fucker is gonna break the glass.

At this point I’m more then pissed because my focus is HELLA GONE. I turned to him, while still running and start screaming back “I CAN’T LET YOU IN!” and “YOUR SCREWING MY RUN UP!” (note it’s 02:30 a.m. when all o f this is going down.)

Well the dude left but my focus never returned. Cause now I’m constantly looking out the window to see if he was ducking behind a corner or messing me my car.

The only positive thing that came from this incident was that after I stop yelling at the weirdo I noticed that I had hit the 1.5 mile mark. This was the first time that I had run 1.5 miles without stopping. If you remembered my format. I usually run 0.5, then walk 0.5, then run 0.5 and so on. So this was a big milestone for me.

So yeah this part was awesome but I can’t stop from thinking what if I was was able to keep my focus? How far would I have gone. That night I came in a bit slower then my last weeks fastest time and finished 2.7 miles in 45 minutes.

Mon. Tue. Wed.
Week 2 0.0 mi 0.0 mi 2.7 mi


2 Fruit Smoothie – Peach Pineapple

Peach Pineapple Smoothie

2 cups of Apple Juice
1 tablespoon of Greek Nonfat Yogurt
1 cup of sliced Peach
1 cup of sliced Pineapple

.. AWESOME! Awesome blend.
I’m giving this a 5 out of 5 stars.
Smooth and very pleasant drink. There’s not much more I can say after that.

My first 5K Journey continues

It’s been about a month since I’ve posted an update on my 5K training. I like to believe there’s a good reason for that.

For the last 3 weeks my training has been all over the place. I have to admit I’ve been getting a lot of my info from YouTube, which has probably led me to more confusion.

I started out trying to break down the 3-mile run into 3 separate miles and focusing on each mile independently. I thought “hey if my goal is to run a 5k in 35/45 minutes then I should first focus on conquering the first mile in at least 11/15 minutes, then the second and the third”.

Then half way through this format I found article that said the best way to train for a 5K is to focus on running 30 minutes continuously. I tried this maybe for 2 days before I decided to switch it up.

The final and current format that I’m on is one that I came up with myself.
I again looked at the total amount of miles, which is 3 and time in which I wanted to complete the run, which is in 45 minutes. I then broke down the run into 6 half mile run and walk sessions.

So basically I run 0.5 miles, then walk 0.5 miles then run 0.5 mile then walk 0.5 miles and so on until either I reach 3 miles or 45 minutes.

I love this format, it works for me, but there is only one problem.

My quickest time so far is a 2.8mile run in 45 minutes and to get that time I was pretty much huffing it.

Week 1 2.5 mi 2.7 mi 2.8 mi


It’s not all bad news I am getting better and faster. I noticed the other day that my mile runs are now under 12 minutes. I didn’t start off that way. In the beginning it was somewhere around 18:00.

I have to admit I’ve made a hella lot of mistakes during this journey. Some include.

  1. Never eat lasagna before a run. That craps painful.
  2. Wear pants that don’t continuously fall down during your run. Instead of focusing on your run you’ll be wondering if your ass showing.

The issue I’m having now is how do I continue with the pace I achieved during the 1st mile for another 2 miles? I’m sure overtime it will come; I just hope it happens before the end of May.

Oh and my goal is to do this run non-stop. For me it’s not a successful run if I can’t do it entirely without stopping.

2 Fruit Smoothie – Orange Pineapple

Orange Pineapple Smoothie

2 cups of Apple Juice
1 tablespoon of Greek Nonfat Yogurt
1 cup of sliced Orange
1 cup of sliced Pineapple

.. Okay this one was really good.
I’m giving it a 4 out of 5 stars.

2 Fruit Smoothie – Blackberry Banana

Blackberry Banana Smoothie

2 cups of Apple Juice
1 tablespoon of Greek Nonfat Yogurt
1 cup of sliced Blackberries
1 cup of sliced Bananas

This is blend was terrible!
My rating for this blend is 2 out of  5 stars.  The 2 stars is only because it looked really, really good after making it.
Drinking it was incredibly difficult.  The seeds in the blackberries made it hard to drink. In every sip I found myself spitting seeds… this blend just sucked.
As of right now I recommend you’ll stay away from this blend 🙁 


2 Fruit Smoothie – Strawberry Banana

Strawberry Banana Smoothie

2 cups of Apple Juice
1 tablespoon of Greek Nonfat Yogurt
1 cup of sliced Strawberries
1 cup of sliced Bananas

This is blend as ok, I would probably give it a 3 out of  5 stars. I think I was mostly amazed about the color. The bright pink color makes this blend look delicious. 


2 Fruit Smoothie – Orange Banana

Orange Banana Smoothie

2 cups of Apple Juice
1 tablespoon of Greek Nonfat Yogurt
1 cup of sliced Oranges
1 cup of sliced Bananas

This is a good blend. We had this blend several times  last  week. Most definitely one of my favs


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