Ramblings from another nerd on the grid
Life can be an interesting ride. You never really know what path to take but you really aren’t living unless you jump in. Hopefully you won’t crash head first into a rock just below the surface. On a few occasions I have blogged about my desire to get in better shape, exercise more, eat right, etc. Talk is cheap, but I am here to report some results.
I have dropped nearly 60 pounds. Yea, for real. A couple of years ago I looked in the mirror and really didn’t like what I saw. It was embarrassing. I mean seriously, 250 pounds on a 5’10” frame isn’t good. It’s a heart attack waiting to happen. So I decided to do something about it.
It started ever so gradually. The first thing was simply getting off my ass and walking again. I would take breaks in the middle of the day to walk with the wife and dog down the street. This is 15 minutes of your life. 30 minutes would be better but just that small amount of exercise in the middle of the day helped dramatically.
Second, I started eating better. Don’t get me wrong, we aren’t talking some wild diet. I simply cut cheeseburgers, nachos, chips, and various other items from my diet I knew I could live without. Instead of getting cheese enchiladas, I would get grilled fish tacos. You can still go to your favorite restaurants with family and friends, but you have to make smarter healthier choices from the menu. I also started making better choices for snacks and meals. Fruits and vegetables are very good for your body so instead of reaching for the Doritos, reach for some organic strawberries. I will admit part of this change came in the form of the cancer fight with my late wife Nacheska, but little did I know it would be a lifestyle change for me as well.
The other lifestyle change that occurred is a serious reduction of adult beverages. Alcohol is a major source of sugar and you know what your body is going to do with that. The reduction first started when I realized I need to be alert round the clock. Later I realized it (alcohol) wasn’t needed at all. Again, this started a couple of years ago but it has become a welcome habit. I can’t drink and ride my motorcycle so it’s a great way to keep me sober.
On July 4, 2013 I hosted a small party at my home. It was typical. I supplied the open bar, grilled all sorts of goodies, and provided a healthy banquet for my family. There was a key exception. At the end of the day, I had not had a single beer or drink. That takes a lot of will power but it is a refreshing change. And no one noticed until I posted it on Facebook. I still love a custom crafted margarita at Casa De Combs, but I just pick the time and place more carefully now.
I started working out again. I am not a gym rat, but I do enjoy the cardio benefits of the elliptical step machines at 24 Hour Fitness. I walked in the door in mid-May, and have been going regularly ever since. I hit the gym 3-4 times per week and prefer to do more if time permits. I also started a training program called Focus T25 produced by Shawn T of the Insanity fame. This program is more advanced than I am at the moment, but I am working into it carefully.
I went from being 250 pounds to a current weight of 188. I would like to get to 180 if possible. My original milestone was the end of this month for that mark, but I don’t think I am going to hit it. It’s an exceedingly difficult mark because as I lose weight, I am now gaining muscle mass.
The end benefits are great. I sleep better. I am more productive. I am doing more activities outdoors. My image has certainly changed and it is really fun to see the reaction of friends and family. It just motivates me to continue on this little adventure. I am also using a fitness band around my wrist. Call it a portable cattle prod.
Each and everyone one of you can do the same thing. It really isn’t hard but set LONG term goals. Like TWO YEARS down the road. Start small and work your way each and every day towards that goal. You can do it.
I am doing things now I haven’t done in a long time. Life is fun again. If you want to follow my adventures more, shoot me a Friend request on Facebook.
And On Blogging
You might be wondering about my blog work. I am still blogging but you may not know it. I am the Editor and Managing Program Manager for the Server and Tools Blog Network. I oversee curating content on that network and promote articles I think you should see.
I also sit on the Server and Tools Marketing team responsible for all of the social media outreach. I have written on the order of fifty blogs posts since before TechEd North America and we have a lot of fun plans for FY14 which started a couple of weeks ago. In short, I am deeply involved in the content Microsoft produces for IT Professionals.
As always, feel free to let me know personally how we are doing. I welcome your feedback, good and bad. We can’t improve unless I know what you want.
More fun to come!
Good for you, for recognizing the path to heart attack you were on. I was more stubborn than you, and didn't lose the 50 pounds until AFTER the heart attack. I recommend to anyone that if you have the chance to experience a heart attack, pass it up. I am 12 years past the heart event, and in pretty good shape for a geezer. -jj
So it's now time to replace your "Me" picture, or post the old one as "Me Before" with a new "Me After" current photo... LoL, wink, wink.
I do have a before and after pic planned but I'll post it on Facebook. The before shot is me in bathing suit in 1999 on the island of Lanai. I believe I was 175 pounds in the picture. The after shot may be taken soon at another vacation destination, with the exact same surf trunks. I discovered them in a drawer not long ago.