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Magic Weight-Loss, or How to Get Fit (and Stay That Way)

November 1st, 2007

If you came here from a search engine looking for an undiscovered “magic” diet that will trim you down in weeks….

you’re going to be disappointed. Not because this won’t work, but because it will require changes you aren’t willing to make. Yes, I know you’ll eat cucumbers and tofu for a month, or puree all your food and drink it for two weeks – there’s nothing you wouldn’t do, right? If that’s really true, this’ll be a breeze for you.

All you need to do to get in shape is change your life, in a couple specific ways. Here’s the plan:

  1. Change how you spend your time. Decide on something to give up every day so you have 30 minutes for exercise.
  2. Change something you eat or drink. By change I mean eliminate or replace with something healthy.

That’s it! It really is that easy, I promise. The scariest part of the whole thing is “Change”. But you can do it, and it won’t be that bad. In fact, I think you only need to worry about point number one – exercise. If you can commit to that, you’ll find the rest to be easy.

Are you wondering why this would work? Why no bran flakes or fish-only? Why no carb-counting or points or formulatic hand-waving? Shoot, you could just take all the time you used to use planning and implementing a fad diet, and exercise instead – you’d be there, baby! This works because our main problem isn’t that we eat too much, or exercise too little.

Again, our main problem isn’t that we eat too much, or exercise too little. Our problem is that we don’t listen to our bodies. The reason you need to give up 30 minutes out of every day is so you can learn to listen to your body. The exercise is a nice conduit to this goal. I’m going to assert that if you are committed, and do this right, you won’t have to worry about anything else. Food? You’ll actually want to eat healthier, and eat less. Exercise? You’ll start enjoying it, wanting to do it. Time? You’ll actually look forward to your “exercise time”, a little peace and quiet where you can actually think.

In fact, you’ll become willing to fight for your exercise time. Which is good, because you’ll need to fight for it. You’ll need to fight hard to keep at it, 5-6 days a week, all year. There are two tips I can give you that might make this last challenge a little more doable.

  1. Give up something in your own life. I know this is hard, but it’s going to be impossible if you don’t do it. This is a very hard lesson for me, as I like to “have my cake and eat it too”. But it is a simple fact that you only have 24 hours a day, so something’s gotta budge for you to have an extra 30 minutes. Oh, and taking that time out of your sleep – nice try. You’ve already done that with too many other things, it sure won’t work during the critical first 3 weeks of your new exercise lifestyle. I suggest you commit to giving up a single T.V. show that you now watch. If it’s that important, you can buy (or Netflix) the season DVD later to catch up.
  2. Buy a Wii. Seriously, if you’re having trouble getting started, try the “Wii Sports” exercise regime. It will get your body moving, and help you find 30 minutes a day. You might not take my advice for your health, but if it’s fun….

And on that note, we’ll end today. I’m going to take my own advice, and let you know how it goes this time (after falling off the wagon this year). I’ll be putting more up on the Wii soon, so come back later this week.  I’ll also cover how to change what you eat in an effective way.

Ninja Parade

October 30th, 2007

Don’t miss not seeing this awesome sight – a Ninja Parade!

On a related note, I considered being a Ninja for Halloween this year.  Don’t know if I’ll be able to find adequate supplies of throwing stars and katanas, but piano wire should work in a pinch.  Then again, the opposite extreme calls to me as well…

5 Hours to Leopard’s Release!

October 26th, 2007

Leopard, the new operating system from Apple, goes on sale at 6 pm today.

If you’re still using Windows at home, and you want to do typical home-user things (photos, movies, music, web-surfing, email), Mac OS X is the best game in town right now.  Windows XP and Vista just don’t compare to the truly best-of-class consumer apps that Apple is providing lately.  Even better, Leopard now lets you run Windows side-by-side in case there are a few things you absolutely need on Windows.

From my point of view the absolute best feature for the average household?  The safety and security features.  You simply don’t have to worry about viruses and malware like you do with a Windows machine.  There’s the added advantage of not supporting the unethical Microsoft corporation, which has enjoyed (and abused) a monopoly for some time now.  Luckily it looks like those days are drawing to a close, as the market is already responding to the last several years of Apple innovation.

One more day

October 18th, 2007

We’ve got one more day at the hospital, so Aria can stay under the “bily-lights”.  She’s a little jaundiced, so better safe than sorry.

Because of that, I’m going to relieve Grandma of kid-sitting.  She’s probably ready to take back her statement that she wouldn’t mind more kids.  ;)

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October 18th, 2007

Ok, I’ll admit it: I’m too tired to think of a clever title. This post is about pictures and sleep – and some of the family meeting the baby.
Contrary to the pictures below, though, we are doing more than sleeping around here. At least that’s the story I’m sticking to. :D Head over to the gallery for a full selection of pictures from the last two days.
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Aria Raine, welcome to the family

October 16th, 2007

Aria Raine made her big debut at 5:32 a.m. She weighed in at 7 lbs 10 oz (just over half a stone, or 3.5 kilograms), and was 19 3/4 inches long (that’s 50 centimeters for you metric types ;) ).

So far she likes to sleep, with a little singing and eating now and then. I should note that Mommy also is a fan of sleeping right now.

Thanks for all of you who are thinking about and praying for us.  Check my gallery for some quick pics.

If you’re a reader from the technical side – well, check back soon and I’ll have something interesting up. Maybe about a new site launch, even….

There’s a (baby) comin’

October 15th, 2007

No, no storms’ brewing, but there is a baby coming.

Unlike most blogs, this probably means my lucky readers will get more updates.  I’ve got lots of topics and posts lined up, so check back soon – that is, after we recover from the delivery.

Oh, and if you’re desparate to know the name – it’ll be posted up here tomorrow, presuming the little miss arrives by then.  We sure hope it doesn’t take longer than that!

live-blogging from the hospital.  How far this world has come….how far it still has to go.  :)

Breakfast with Selah, dinner with Tessa

September 25th, 2007

This morning, the following exchange between my wife and 2 1/2 year-old, while one fills out paperwork and the other eats cereal…

Selah: What you doing, mommy?

Mom: I’m doing paperwork.

Selah: I’m doing cerealwork!


We just celebrated Tessa’s 5th birthday.  During the celebrations, she informed us:

“I’m five today.  I’m a grown-up.  I can do lots of tings now![sic]“

“Oh?  What can you do?”, mom asks.

“I can drive!” she exclaims.  Uh, hate to break it to you kid… (especially after seeing her drive a race-car at Chuck-E-Cheese – it’s been a while since I’ve been lapped BY ALL 39 other cars before even finishing one lap. :D )

Chicken Ice Cream

July 9th, 2007

As I walk into the playroom, I hear this exchange:

Tessa: Chicken Ice Cream.

Selah: hehehehehe, chicken ice cream

Tessa: You like Chicken Ice Cream?

This from the girl who won’t eat anything except chicken nuggets, french fries, peanut butter, or ice cream.  Not sure why Selah was laughing either, but it cracked me up.


I guess you had to be there…

Beautiful Video Ad

June 15th, 2007

Apple should hire these guys – this video is more beautiful than the iPod ads.   Check it out here:


I have never been too interested in “The Big Apple”.  I don’t like cities, but I do like people.  This unofficial ad for the iPhone made me, for the first time, really see the appeal in New York, New York.  It is truly an inspired work of art.

It helps that I want an iPhone also.