Monday, October 13

Time for my fat ass to get (closer to) back in shape

OK, I've been doing the fat software geek thing for too long. Ever since a broken ankle back in 2000, I haven't seen the inside of a gym, and have grown less and less active. I'm completely out of shape, and weigh far more than is healthy, by any measure.

I don't care if the Web 2.0 bubble has burst, I'm going to leverage Web 2.0 apps to the hilt. You'll notice the new, ill-fitting skinnyr graph tracking my weight in the sidebar. I'm hunting around for a nutrition planning/tracking app, preferably something with a Windows Mobile or mobile web component, or something with an open API for which I can write my own WinMo app.

I'm setting my first goal today: lose 10 pounds in 4 weeks. I'll be weighing in tomorrow, October 14th, wrapping up a week or two before Thanksgiving -- great timing, I know! I plan to make a few simple changes:
  • add a few minutes to 3x daily dog walks - always at least 15 per walk, instead of 5-10. try and get 4 walks in when possible. (buy new timberlands!)
  • get more sleep; don't half-sleep with the TV on.
  • drink more water.
  • stretch every day.
  • no alcohol, no chicken wings; generally better eating: leaner meats instead of my ribeyes, for instance. no more weekend home fries. no more fast food at lunch.
On other notes, I'm working on a blog redesign, one that will fit widgets and content better, and one I'll be putting together entirely in ASP.NET. I want infinite flexibility and customizability, I want to pull in and manipulate all kinds of outside content. I think the only way to do that is to build a new site around my blog. A new URL will follow.