Fitbit Charge first week

I have been wearing my Fitbit Charge on my non-dominant wrist everyday. I only take it off when I shower, for charging, and a few workouts where something on my wrists either feels uncomfortable or is in the way. It feels like you are just wearing a watch. It is comfortable and generally does not get in the way except when noted above. iPhone app works well. Screenshot below.


Fitness journey so far

I began my fitness journey a little over 3 years ago. At 5’7′, 205lbs, 47 years old. I bought a copy of Power 90 on VHS years earlier buy never really stuck with it.

With fresh motivation, I radically improved my diet and started with Power 90. After 4 months I lost 40lbs. Another 2 months later I was down an additional 15 lbs. Still 5’7″, 150-155 lbs for 3 years.

All exercise done with Beachbody programs and healthy eating.

My program progression:

Power 90 – 2 rounds
Power 90 Master series – 2 rounds
P90X – 2 rounds
Insanity – 1 round
P90X/Insanity hybrid – 2 rounds
Focus T25
P90X3 Doubles
P90X3 Elite Doubles – current as of May 2014

Next: Body Beast/P90X3 hybrid

Ideal Bookshelf


I came across the book and site, Ideal Bookshelf by Jane Mount and Thessaly La Forge and found it to be a great original idea. Here is my contribution to the cloud.

The Trail by Franz Kafka
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein
Complete Tales & Poems by Edgar Allan Poe
The Stranger by Albert Camus
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
Nausea by Jean-Paul Sarte
The Devils/Demons by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
For Whom The Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
Nostromo by Joseph Conrad
Dune by Frank Herbert
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Absalom, Absalom by William Faulkner
All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann


1st fitness goal – done

1st GOAL: 165lbs by November 1st, 2011 – my 48th birthday

Weight: 205lbs – July 28th, 2011
Waist: 38-40 – Pants size snug 38.

1st Goal:
Weight: 160.2lbs – November 1st, 2011
Waist: 34 – Pant size normal 34.

Still 5’7″.

2nd goal – wash board abs by Spring.
Other goals – working on a list

Weight lose time

Well, I finally had enough. No more procrastinating on getting fit and losing weight.

I have been doing Power 90 (not P90X) off and on for awhile but never really changed my diet. This equals no real change. I recently read The “The Dukan Diet” by Dr. Pierre Dukan. I like his very structured approach. I usually want to start new diet or exercise programs at the beginning of the week or the beginning of the month, maybe the middle. I was planned to start August 1st 2011. No more waiting and making excuses. Starting today July 28th 2011, Thursday.

Details and tracking will follow.

GeekTool desktop

I have been trying out different desktop layouts using GeekTool 3.0

Desktop picture courtesy of calmingbedlam at deviantART.

Current desktop:

Next update I will reduce what’s displayed. Date, Time, Calendar, Top 20 %CPU, and Weather should me enough. Although I do like Network, Uptime, Computer Info. I will remove Sunrise, standard calendar, This day in History feed, and my age since birth.

Book reading for 2011

I am still reading books working toward my reading challenges. Check Books tab or Read in 2011 sub tab for more info. I have been out-of-town off and on since last Christmas so I am getting behind on writing the actual book reviews. I will work on getting caught up by end of the month. I will need to read at least six books a month to keep on track with my reading goals.

2011 book reading list

I am not going to pick or post a dedicated list of books that I am going to read this year. I want flexibility to change my mind as the year progresses.
The main fiction genres that I am reading for 2011 are horror, hard-boiled crime, steampunk, various sci-fi, and some classics. I will also read a few non-fiction books as well, history, adventure, or business subjects.