Archive for January, 2008

Nothing like (another) freak accident to put a damper on your plans

I put an axe into my foot while splitting some wood. Looks like the gym will have to wait a couple of weeks… :(


Just shoot me now

45 minutes of Body-Pump today. I got bailed out by my daughter, who needed a bottle before the class was over. I’m not going to be going back to that one for a while, I have other ways to get in shape that are less painful…


I weighed 217 on Christmas

One of the presents my wife gave me this Christmas was a new bathroom scale. That’s not too bad, really, I had been asking for one for months. It was a nice little extra to unwrap. Anyway, she knew I wanted one because we’ve both been planning to get back in shape and I like to be pretty methodical about that sort of thing and track my progress.

So I weighed 217. Well, we finally joined a local gym and it looks like we’re really getting started with a fitness program. Time to lose the baby weight! :)

Today I went to my first spinning class in what seems like forever. I’m pleased to report that it felt great, and 45 minutes was a good amount of time for me. I really miss riding, and my body responded very well to the motion.

I also weighed myself and I’m down to 212. What’s my secret? How did I lose five pounds with no exercise and no dieting? It’s simple–since January first I’ve been eating breakfast every day. I’m eating two Trader Joe’s waffles on the way to work. Cheap and effective. That does wonders for your metabolism, and it keeps you from wanting to snack all morning. It’s no way to get to your target weight, but it’s much healthier than not.

So the campaign to get in shape officially begins. At some point I’ll post measurements. Maybe if I’m really brave I’ll throw up some pictures. I’ll say it again–there’s nothing special at all about me so if I can do it anyone can.

1/19/2008–212 lbs, 45 minutes spinning


Observe, orient, decide, act

Bill Whittle has must posted another must-read essay, Forty Second Boyd and the big picture.  If you want to know why the surge in Iraq was successful by any military standard, read it.  If you want to improve your ability to compete in business, read it.  If you want to do better at that FPS internet game, read it.  It’s a great lesson in how battles are often won with brains more than brute force.

In other news, the garage needs to be cleaned.  It will be there soon, a lot of clutter had accumulated over the holidays and I cleared that out yesterday.  I hope to order the wood at some point, but have resigned myself to the fact that I probably won’t be sailing this spring.