Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Officially Official

So the cat is out of the bag. Kacey and I are going to have a baby, which will most likely be human. Fingers crossed! It's either that, or a badass alien that will protect us from the invasion and eventual zombie apocalypse. A boy can dream, can't he?

In all seriousness, we are super excited and scared. I mean ready. Scready. This new development has sparked a need to thin out the stuff in our house that we never use. We're not going super minimalist, but each weekend we haul more crap out of our house. It has left us wanting to get rid of more. Kacey and I both hang onto things for years and sometimes decades because we feel guilty about getting rid of it. Sometimes I actually LOATHE a given object, but because it was given to me by a distant relative in 1993 I have to keep it. Well that is no longer happening in our house. We're cleaning up, cleaning out, and preparing for the literal and figurative shit storm that will be greeting us on September 15th, 2012.

Life changes lead to other life changes, and in that way a little creature then the size of a grape convinced me to stop making excuses about my nutrition. I want to be healthy for myself, but more importantly, I want to be healthy for my kid. The rest is white noise.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Technology Schmechnology

Kacey and I have been preparing for the 8k at Virginia Beach's Shamrock weekend. We're planning to walk it with maybe some jogging thrown in. After several sedentary months, the last few weeks have been wonderful. I've been lifting with John on Tuesdays, and that has felt great. Kacey and I have been walking a lot, by ourselves and with good friends Justin and Denell. Slowly, we're also changing the way we eat. Not 100% "clean" but less of the bad and more of the good. Now I sound like Rain Man.

Technology has come a long way since I was young (I know, I know, my parents had to jog with portable phonographs, and I consider my life tough because all I had was a walkman). Right now we use the Nike Plus watch system, which does a passable job. Ours do not have GPS, and I'm hesitant to buy the Nike GPS watch since it's only for running and I want to get a bike again (ours were stolen supposedly, but I like to believe our bikes were spoke-crossed lovers who ran away to join the bike circus and live happily ever after). We're probably a long way from getting bikes, but I don't want to buy a $200 watch that only tracks running when there is a $250 watch that tracks nearly anything I would ever want to do. Having said that, if all you want is a GPS watch for running, I've heard great things about the Nike watch.

I've read arguments on both sides about whether to use technology while working out. Surely none of the options are 100% accurate. But I think they're accurate enough to show relative change when compared to your previous workouts. My brother introduced me to this Omron pedometer and I've been really happy with how it won't count a few steps at a time (and thus won't accidentally count when you shift in your chair or whip your hair back and forth).

There may be too much technology out there for purists, and there is an overwhelming number of options in each category. But the MotoActv comes closest to the perfect option for me: GPS for running/walking/biking/ etc, plenty of space for music, bluetooth for wireless headphones, Ant+ for a heart rate monitor and many other gadgets. Battery life is a major concern, though, and of course it still requires a chest strap for HRM. I hope it's successful and creates a new category, the all-in-one fitness watch. Imitators are welcome. Frankly, I wish Apple and/or Nike would go after this new product space, or perhaps Polar or Garmin. I want to see my progress. I want to have just one device when working out. I want simple yet extremely powerful. I want to be able to run and not worry about battery life or accidental shutoff. So please, fitness tech companies, make a product that will demand our money.

Friday, March 9, 2012

New Name, New Path

Let's be honest. This blog has worked out as well as my diet over the last 6 months. It felt like fits and starts of success mixed with holiday-fueled failures. So for now I'm just going to take each day slowly and try to become a better man a little bit at a time.

My big success this week was vegetables. Last night, with Kacey's help, I roasted a large batch of carrots, squash, and zucchini. The carrots held up the best, while the rest got a little soft. Next time it will all be better. But it was simple, and even though I was exhausted from work and still fighting a cold, I was determined to not let the vegetables go bad. Olive oil, salt, and pepper were all that was needed to make it a pretty delicious meal topper.

I'm hoping to actually use this blog regularly to talk about food, working out, tv, and whatever else comes up. For now, here are a few of my favorite things:

-This stuff is packed with vitamins. I like it with almond milk, but I even try to choke it down with water when I'm out of milk (like this morning... bleh).

-These have natural products, taste really good for the most part, and have tons of fiber. They are by far the healthiest protein bars I have ever had.