Tuesday, June 24, 2008

100 Pushup Challenge – Week 1: Day 1

Yesterday was Week 1: Day 1 of my pushup challenge. I looked at the numbers (10/10/8/6/>7) and thought the workout wouldn’t even be a challenge. It ended up being tougher than I thought. It wasn’t so tough that I feared not being able to finish it; but I was challenged towards the end.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Joining the 100 Pushup Challenge

I’ve jumped on the latest internet bandwagon and decided to do the 100 pushup challenge. The site has a graduated 3 times per week workout schedule which is set up to guide one in attaining the ability to perform 100 pushups in one set. It’s at least a six week program so a certain level of commitment is required.

For my initial test and I was able to perform 17 good-form pushups. Quite the downslide considering that I could do at least 50 during my Marine Corps days. I’m looking forward to adding 83 to my current total.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Burnout Paradise

I finally tried the game out the other day and I was ready to get into it. Unfortunately the up-close camera position completely turned me off. I gave it a shot and continued to play in the hopes that the camera angle would grow on me. It didn’t so it ended up going back in the Gamefly sleeve after less than a couple hours.

On the plus side I liked the gameplay.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Netflix Eliminating Profiles

When checking my email this morning I saw the following message from Netflix:

We wanted to let you know we will be eliminating Profiles, the feature that allowed you to set up separate DVD Queues under one account, effective September 1, 2008.

Each additional Profile Queue will be unavailable after September 1, 2008. Before then, we recommend you consolidate any of your Profile Queues to your main account Queue or print them out.

While it may be disappointing to see Profiles go away, this change will help us continue to improve the Netflix website for all our customers.

If you have any questions, please go to http://www.netflix.com/Help?p_faqid=3962 or call us anytime at 1 (888) 638-3549. We apologize for any inconvenience.

- The Netflix Team

I’ve been considering adding another dvd to our plan along with a new profile for my daughter. I guess Netflix has made that decision for me. They better have some kind of queue management system ready to go the moment they eliminate the profiles because otherwise I don’t see an easy solution for my wife and I using the same account.

Two people rating movies on the same profile sounds like a great way to destroy the effectiveness of Netflix’s recommendations system.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Partial Fast to Full Fast

Yesterday I made the switch from a partial fast during the day to a full fast – meaning no food products at all during the fast period just water, coffee, and tea. I wish I could go monk style and add beer to that list. J

Since it was my first day I decided to go with a 16/8 split: a sixteen hour fasting period with an eight hour eating window. I intend to move to an 18/6 split over time.

Things went quite well. I got up at 0615 as usual and had my customary 2 cups of coffee around 1000. I didn’t experience any hunger pangs until 1250 and they were slight. At about 1320 I decided to have a cup of tea and break my fast later than the 1330 time that I had originally planned.

I ended up breaking my fast at 1430 and everything went well. The only hiccup came later that night. I was done with supper by 2000 and I figured I was all set. At 2130 I was logging the day’s intake into The Daily Plate and I was stunned to discover that I had only consumed 1,031 calories. I simply wasn’t comfortable with a number that low so I added a large glass of milk

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

UACC Court Case – June 17, 2008

I went through a court session for the case that UACC is bringing against me due to not recognizing a revocation of acceptance on a vehicle that the dealer (Auto King of Grand Rapids a.k.a. Chris Buben a.k.a. liars & cheats) refused to make requisite repairs on.

The lawyer for United Auto Credit Corporation (UACC) is Douglas E. Doornbos. This “man” fits the bill as the stereotypical unscrupulous lawyer who will do anything to win no matter how unethical it might be.

In my case he refused to answer interrogatories or supply me with UACC’s copy of the contract. A month after I sent my interrogatories he sent me a set which I decided not to answer until he answered mine - I naively thought that as a lawyer he wouldn’t purposefully ignore my interrogatories unless it was legal and ethical. Then he had the gall to file a motion against me for not answering his interrogatories AND he tried to get $200 out of me in the process.

His contact info:

Doornbos and Hoeksma

2932 East Paris Ave SE

Grand Rapids MI 49512-1924

Phone: 616-957-4950

Fax: 616-957-3629

Email: doornboshoeksema@i2k.com

Monday, June 9, 2008

Quit Raining

Please quit raining so I can ride my bike!

I’ve wanted to do some trail riding for the past few days; but it’s been raining heavy every day. The problem with the rain is twofold:

· I don’t want my daughter to get drenched and freeze her butt off as a result.

· The trail I usually ride is likely flooded in multiple areas.

More thunderstorms are expected this afternoon, tonight, and during the day tomorrow so it doesn’t look like I’ll be getting a break anytime soon. Maybe the radar will show enough of a gap for me to go for a quick ride after work, there’s another trail that I’d like to try and it should be less flood prone.

Friday, June 6, 2008

First Real Fast Day

Yesterday went really well on the fasting front. My intake consisted of:

  • Black coffee, 2 cups
  • Strawberries,
  • Water, lots
  • Zone Bar

Hunger really wasn’t an issue. Sure the feeling popped up as the day went on; but I’ve had worse, it was more an annoyance than anything else.

Beginning today I’ll be replacing the Zone bar with two or three boiled eggs. Other than that and switching up the fruit, I think I’ll be keeping the above list as my limit during the fast period of my day.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Daughter Pushups

I got a small workout in last night and my main issue was knee pain during squats. At first I dismissed it as phantom pains due to my past MCL tear; but it continued so I stopped performing squats. I’m glad that I stopped because my knee has been achy this morning.

I can’t do pushups with my daughter around. Whenever I try, she gets on my back and I end up doing pushups with a 25 pound living weight on my back.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Back to The Daily Plate

Today I started using The Daily Plate again to track my food. I’ve used it in the past and it helps greatly when tracking calories and macronutrients. I prefer it over FitDay due to the layout and the number of foods that are already in their database.

Monday, June 2, 2008

I'm Fat

Ugh, I’m disgusted with myself. Through a period of laziness of managed to balloon myself back up to 180 pounds. I’ve been finding too many excuses not to exercise and I haven’t been watching what I eat. There have been far too many calorie heavy lunches during the workdays (which have the added side effect of making me feel tired for the rest of the day) and too much snacking before supper.

It’s time to buckle down get serious about dropping this flab around my middle. A large portion of my clothes don’t fit and the ones that do fit certainly don’t fit well. I’m down to three different pairs of dress pants for work and two pairs of jeans.

What am I going to do to get back in shape? The root of everything is diet and I’ll be returning to an eating style that’s worked for me in the past: an altered version of The Warrior Diet; which is a version of Intermittent Fasting (IF) where one fasts during the day each day (as opposed to every other day, 24 hour fasting). Even though it’s a fast, a small protein intake or two is acceptable.

On the exercise front I’m mainly suffering the loss of my BJJ classes due to having to be at home with our daughter while my wife goes to work. So I need to do more at home exercises as well as go out bike riding more. I have a seat for my two year old daughter on the front of my bike, so there’s no reason why I can’t go riding more often. Inside I’ll just have to concentrate on bodyweight exercises, especially pull-ups.