Laissez Fair?



Can you believe the month of Jan is almost over? 2008 is 1/12th completed! Like the Steve Miller Band once said ” Time keeps on slippin, slippin, slippin – into the future“. But seriously will someone please slow down this ride. It keeps picking up speed the older I get.

Realizing that the month of Jan is almost over is creating a bit of urgency in me. I do feel like I am making forward progress on my goals, but I am not sure if I am making that progress quick enough. Also, some of my goals are getting more attention than others.

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Free Rice So I heard about this website the other day where learning new vocabulary has tremendous benefits. Free Rice is a vocabulary game that donates 20 grains of rice for every word you guess right to those who need it most .

The rice is distributed by the United Nations World Food Program (WFP). Donating food to those who need it most is a good thing.

The game is quickly catching on. Just yesterday alone 96,471,120 grains of rice were donated.So go and play. Learn a few new words. And help your fellow brothers and sisters.

Oh by the way, I am stuck at level 40. The word avulsion tripped me up. No I am not going to tell you what it means. You will have to discover that yourself by playing a game that literally can save someones life.

I clearly remember the first day in my algebra class when I boldly/smugly asked the teacher what most of the kids in the classroom were mumbling under their breath. “Why do we have to learn this stuff? When am I ever going to use a+b=c in real life”.

Imagine my surprise when I realized that the formula applies directly to weight loss. “What? How? How does a+b=c apply to weight loss”, I can hear you asking. Continue Reading »

Thinking Man
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Can you believe it? Already the end of the second week of this new year. So let’s do a quick check-in to see how I am doin’ on My Direction. Continue Reading »

Rocky Stream
Photo By: Kristian j. Olsen

I don’t know about you, but some of my best thinking happens while I am exercising.

Today I decided I would take half of my lunch and head outside to get some exercise. While I was running stairs I started thinking about commitment. In my line of work I get the opportunity to support people in getting the most out of their educational experience. My colleagues and I often get frustrated when students end up dropping out, often due to a lack of commitment. But is that why they drop out? Is it due to a lack of commitment or is it due to misplaced commitment.

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Here we are. The end of the first week of the New Year. My how time does slip by.

Ok, so let me give you a quick update on how I am doing.

Spiritual – Well I am teaching Sunday School tomorrow and have not prepped yet. So in this category I would give myself a 4 out of 10.

Intellectual – I am currently reading a book entitled Founding Brothers. It is a pretty interesting read on a few of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America. Also, I have been following current affairs almost every days. So overall I give myself a 7 out of 10.

Emotional – I have spent some quality time with my son Noah. He is such a cute kid and growing up quickly. Also, I have been fairly consistent in my efforts. Overall my efforts garner a 7 out of 10.

Physical – I am pretty tired here at the end of the week. Why? Well I started exercising. I was not 100% on my goals. But I did pretty good. I got about 3.5 hours of cardiovascular in. I did hit my goal of doing some kind of resistance training 3 times this week. And I did a pretty darn good job at cutting back on sugary and fatty foods. In fact at work they put a bowl of chocolate right next to my desk and I only gave in twice. Not to shabby if you ask me. I am going to give myself a 7 out of 10 because I did not get as much cardiovascular exercise in as I should have.

Financial – I would give myself a 3 out of 10 in this category. I need to start working on the business idea and I spent a little to much today on eating out and a movie.

Fun – This was a work week so fun was not to be had. However, I did have a good day today with a friend. So let’s say 6 out of 10.

Overall it was a 6 out of 10 week

Take It Off

bathroom scale
Photo by: Jeff Reguilon
Well the new year is here. And that means that I am off to the races, so to speak. Over the course of the year I am going to write about my experience to accomplish the direction that I have set for myself. I hope to not be too boring. Meaning I do not want this to be simply a travel log but also an accounting of my hopes and fears. My success and failures. And most importantly how have I learned and grown as a person.
So let’s get started. One of my targets is to loose 20lbs. Here is my strategy.

    • Exercise. Get at least 60 minutes of cardiovascular 5 days a week.
    • Strength Train 30 minutes 3x’s a week
    • Decrease my intake of refined sugar. Eliminate Soda and drinks with High Fructose Corn Syrup
    • Improve my intake of whole grains, vegetables, and fruit
    • Implement the 80% Rule…eat until I feel 80% full.
    • Increase water intake

    I know it is not rocket science. Most things in life are not. The real challenge is staying consistent. It is easy to “be good” for a day or a week. But for a month, 3 months, and heaven forbid a year. There lies the crux. With that I am off to exercise. Wish me luck.