Archive for January, 2009

Brrrrr, It’s Cold.

courtesy of Christmas w/a K

courtesy of Christmas w/a K

I’m having moderate success with my daily exercise commitment.  I’ve managed to exercise a little bit every day since the beginning of the year.  I’m feeling more energized during the day and I feel a little stronger than when I started.  That’s the good from this.

Now for the bad.  It’s cold.  When it’s cold like this, I have zero desire to get out and do some appropriate cardio.  Also, when I’m stuck inside I tend to eat more.  I’m eating better than I used to, but my calorie intake isn’t low enough to yield weight loss.  My weight is basically just holding steady.

So, in summary:  I’m still exercising daily.  It’s not enough.  I’m eating too much.  My weight is holding steady.

Weekly Geek Workout for Twitter Junkies

Hello and welcome to your first Weekly Geek Workout; a weekly workout supplement that will take your love for tech, movies, and all things geeky, and use it to whip your ass into shape.  The goal is to provide a daily exercise or two to add to your normal workout regiment.  Which exercise and how much you do is all based on the weekly theme and your geek cred based on that theme.  This is a fun way to push your workout just a little harder, but remember, this is meant to be added onto your normal workout.  If you are too sore or tired to do everything, then don’t!

This week is for all of you Twitter junkies out there.  If your anything like me, Twitter is a source of infinite distraction and increased screen-time.  But not this week!  Oh, no.  This week, it’s time for your Tweet tooth to take a healthy turn. (Tweet tooth… Get it?  I just made that up.  I’m the funniest, most cleverest guy I know!)  ready?  Well then, here we go:

Monday – Upper Body

Take the square root of your total number of twitter updates (on the top right of your twitter profile).  Do that number of push-ups.  For example, I would need to do 15 push-ups.  I got off easy!  Poor Leo Laporte has to do 40… Sorry Leo.

Tuesday – Abs

Head over to TweetStats, enter your twitter name, and click ‘Graph My Tweets!’.  Take the number of tweets from your most active month and divide it by your tweets per day.  Do that number of crunches and hold a left and right side plank for that number of seconds.  For example, I would do 34 crunches (55 tweets during my most active month divided by 1.6 tweets per day), a side plank for 34 seconds, and then a second side plank on the other side for 34 seconds.  If your numbers come out to be unreasonable, just do what you can, but remember to push yourself.

Wednesday – Cardio

Today will be fun!  Today, I will assume you use a Twitter app like Thwirl or Twitterrific, an app that gives an audio notification upon receiving a new tweet.  Turn up the volume on the computer, and every time you hear a new tweet, stand up and do 30 jumping jacks.  Every time you get an @ reply (someone posts a message with @yourname in the message), run in place for one minute.  Do this all day.  You can even do this at work, unless you will get fired, of course.

Thursday – Lower Body

Click on the profile of the person that has the newest tweet.  Take the square root of their total updates, like you for yourself on Monday.  That will be the total number of leg exercises to do.  Start doing ten repetitions of each of the following exercises: squats, lunges (alternating legs), mountain climbers.  Keep rotating until you meet the total number of leg exercises.

Friday – Flexibility

Go to your Twitter home page.  Count the number of unique posting methods from each of your followers.  This is the section at the end of each message that says: “

That’s It!

You’re done.  I hope you had fun with this.  Please let me know how you did, whether you enjoyed it or not, what you did different, etc.  I also want to remind you that I am not a professional, so anything I recommend or suggest has no medical basis.  Please consult your doctor to make sure you are capable of doing the exercises presented here.  Please keep checking back for updates to this series, such as the weekly geek workout for coders and the weekly geek workout for social networking nerds.  If you have any ideas, please email me or just leave a comment.  As always: Have fun and stay active!


Back on Track

I’m happy to report that I’m turning this fat ass ship around and heading back towards my goals.  I started off this year with a calendar to mark off every day that I exercise.  I just finished out Day #8, and I have to admit that the chain of “X”s are starting to motivate me.  Every day I’m trying to do something be it walking, pushups, sit ups, squats, lunges, whatever.  Anything that makes the heart pump a little faster and cause some sweat.  

Starting out like this is a slow process, but it keeps me from getting burnt out.  I haven’t lost any noticable weight, but I’m feeling better.  I never realize how crappy I feel when I’m not exercising and eating too much until I start back.  My energy level is up and I feel good.


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Here we are.  Another year has gone by and I still have the same top priority resolution on my list, losing weight.  Last year I managed to end the year losing about 20 pounds, but I fell short of my goal to lose 45 pounds.  At one point I was only 15 pounds away from my goal, but I fell off the wagon and gained some back.

Failing is really rough on me.  With everything else in my life, I’ve been able to do what I’ve put my mind to.  Why is losing weight so different?  I wish I knew; I suppose I’d be a rich man if I did.  All I can do is keep trying.  Eventually something has to stick, right?

Last year wasn’t a total failure.  I did manage to lose some weight.  I was doing good for the first 3/4 of the year.  After that I stopped exercising and let my diet go a little bit.  I didn’t fall all the way into my old terrible eating habits, but I did slack a bit.  The lesson for me there is that I have to stay diligent.  I’ve come to accept that this is going to be a life long struggle for me.  My father was overweight and never got a hold of his problem.  He died at the age of 41.  I can’t let that become my fate.

Here’s to a new year and a new struggle.  I wish the best to you and yours.  Stay tuned, this just may be the year when I reach my goal.  You wouldn’t want to miss that, now would you?

(Insert Cheesy Motivational New Years Title Here)

Start Fresh for 2009

I hope everyone had a great Christmas and became well rested for 2009 over the holiday break.  I haven’t put much thought into providing much original content, but I thought I would provide a couple of good posts from other blogs I have seen over the break that really seem to have gotten me excited about starting the new year fresh!

1. Zen Habits: How to Press the Reset Button On Your Life

The New Year is an exciting time. It symbolized transformation and starting new. It’s a time when you can let go of the old, shed your past and begin again.

2. Being Healthy for Busy People: Achieving Your New Year’s Resolution

Make sub-goals: Sometimes the main goal can feel so overwhelming that it becomes hard to achieve.  So, break your goal into smaller components.

And since the season of giving was just a week ago and you might have received have a little bit of holiday money, here are a few ways to invest in yourself for the new year:

  1. Give or get a subscription to Men’s/Women’s Health Magazine (~$20).
  2. Buy winter workout clothes.  Don’t use the weather as an excuse to be lazy.
  3. Use it towards the first few months of a gym/health club membership OR
  4. Invest in a cheap home gym or some workout DVDs.
  5. Buy an iPod.  You can use this to listen to music while you workout or start listening to some of the great fitness podcasts that are out there.
  6. Or you could be like me and buy a new flat screen TV so I can practice my Shimmy… I loves me some Shimmy.

The most important thing to remember for the New Year is that it is not too late to start getting back into shape.  Just because losing weight has been your resolution for the last three years and you have yet to meet your goals does not mean that you shouldn’t set the goal this year as well.  At some point, it is going to click and everything will work.  So just remember to keep with your goals and use this time to start fresh.