Note – I actually listed to the original versions that he offered off of his blog when he did Thing a Week so many moons ago, but this seemed a little easier to post in a playlist-type format, so you end up getting a mix of live performances, fan music videos, and more – enjoy!

Seriously, how did we ever even exist without the ability to stream from a basically endless supply of videos on YouTube through the air to a computer that fits in the pocket of one’s gym shorts???

For what it’s worth, it helped speed me up by 5 minutes on tonight’s walk, too! 🙂

Apple-Chipotle Pork with Sweet Potatoes!

July 30, 2013 9:55pm
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When wives start cooking again, we all win! 🙂

…well, *I* win, anyways…

P.S. It was good.

An interesting video about what 200 calories actually looks like…

And actually a really great idea on how to prevent yourself from overeating! I could use about 20 of these things…

Kickstarter: The Kitchen Safe

(I had an idea kinda like this in a humor column last year – great minds think alike!)


Got a good chuckle out of this very random ad when I came across it – not for nothing, but if the secret to killing belly fat was found in pepperoni pizza, yours truly would already be a living Adonis amongst the pizza-loving masses… 😛

It’s weird – I thought that I was doing pretty good for about a week, and then things started to fall apart again.

…specifically with regards to food…

My problem isn’t that I’ve been eating the wrong foods over the last couple of weeks, but more so that I’m just eating way too much of the right foods. Believe it or not, while I was sick I was actually able to curb my junk food cravings for the most part, switching out deviled eggs and Atkins snacks and Nutrisystem meals (long story, but we’ve got A TON OF THEM right now) for potato chips and cookies and whatever other garbage I would normally be eating. That week was pretty great, and then I started feeling better and while I was able to keep myself on the same diet, I unfortunately found myself eating more…

And this time around I’ve also made the correlation that those days when I eat considerably more than I should also happen to be the ones where I feel myself getting sluggish and tired by the end of the day, even when I managed to get a somewhat decent amount of sleep. It makes sense … kind of like when you eat too much on Thanksgiving, and you think it’s because of the turkey but it’s really just from the ridiculous size of your average holiday dinner in general … if you give your body too much food to digest, it needs to divert its attention from everything else simply to deal with all of the excess fuel that you dumped into your gut!

Fuel that, obviously, I don’t need in such great excess, and on top of that, it’s really dragging me down productivity-wise to be falling asleep at my desk at 10:30pm when I still have half a night’s writing to finish up! I suppose that gives me two reasons why I need to curb my overeating a bit … a little unexpected because I’ve really never noticed anything like that before, but then again, these bones be gettin’ old and it unfortunately makes sense that these things are just going to compound themselves the longer I let them drag out before officially dealing with them once and for all.


Thin Blog : Past & Future

May 3, 2013 11:11am
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Last night my wife and I walked 8 miles, and frankly, I’m pretty proud of that! 😀

It’s been a long time since I’ve blogged about exercise & dieting … or at least blogged positively, anyways … life has been particularly chaotic lately. But really, it’s been doing that for almost a year now because it was only a month shy of 1 year since life last got crazy and we were forced to start looking for the house that we ended up buying three months later.

Anywho, the point is – I want to get back into some better habits, particularly with regards to all of this because it’s just been too long. Over the month of April I’ve slowly been getting better at taking Cleo out for our nightly walks again, so out of curiosity, after finishing the walk that felt like it would never end last night, I pulled up the stats on my good, old-fashioned Fitocracy profile


On one hand, it’s a little bit of a downer to see how I built up such a great start at the beginning of 2012 and then watched it come crashing down in the months to follow … but at the same time, I didn’t think that I’d already been doing that good in April, either, so I think that’s gotta count for something.

Sara and I are really trying to go at this together this time because we both really need to up our game and the time together to chat about life, the universe, and everything certainly couldn’t hurt, either! I’m not really near a point where I’m ready to start setting goals again or anything – I think things are still a little too busy for that, but if I have to set only one, I think a good start would be trying to break my totals for April and if we can keep up with doing the big one once a week, that actually leaves a pretty reasonable gap for me to fill in with shorter walks the rest of the week.

Let’s check back in a month and see what happened! 😉

Weight Loss 8.0 – A New Hope

January 9, 2013 11:40am
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Of course I’m starting a new weight loss program – it’s a new year!!!


So I don’t even know where we left off anymore and frankly, I don’t care.

That’s part of my new philosophy for 2013 in general, but particularly in trying to get back on track with moving my health in the right direction – if/when I have a bad day, I don’t dwell and beat myself up over it … I just do my best to learn from it and move forward.

I think a lot of people fall off the horse with diets and exercise because they build up unrealistic goals for themselves and then when they have the slightest slip up, the whole thing ends up falling apart like a house of cards. I know that I’ve done that in the past – I can remember being super proud of myself for having exercised consistently for several weeks in a row, but the very first time I missed a day, it was all downhill from there because instead of having exercised “for 23 days straight,” I was back to “2 or 3 days in a row” which didn’t sound anywhere near as impressive.

I guess it sounds kind of weird, but in a way I’m trying to be less hard on myself with this latest weight loss iteration because I’ve tried so many different approaches over the years and none of them have quite worked out, it’s something new and when I think about it long term in my head, it kinda makes sense. You see, I know that there are about a million different things that I could be doing to maximize my weight loss, from exercise to diets to sleep, but I’ve also got a lot of other things going on and in the past, it’s always been quite the struggle to juggle the two. I could either excel in weight loss or I could maintain my writing schedule, but I never had enough time to do both.

Eventually I’d sacrifice one for the other, which was great in the short-term because I’d lose 10 pounds or get a bunch of writing done, but then I’d want to swap and sacrifice the other to play catch-up, and all of my hard work would get erased while I switched focus away to the other thing.

So I don’t want to repeat that again in 2013. Instead, I want to try making little changes here and there that I can really absorb into my daily routine before moving on to other things. Right now my focus has been on the following:

  • I’ve been cleaning up my diet and trying to get my daily calories down from all of the bingeing that I did throughout the holidays, although ironically I think being sick last week kinda helped with that!
  • At the advice of my wife, I started taking a multi-vitamin each morning. I had jokingly asked if I could get them shaped like the Flintstone characters that I had growing up, but she surprised me with these gummie ones that don’t really feel like I’m taking pills at all! Why doesn’t every kind of pill come in gummy bear format?!
  • I’m trying to do one exercise-y thing each day, whether it’s walking the dog, spending some time on the elliptical, doing some yoga and playing games on WiiFit, or just a few rounds of push-ups.

At this point I’m trying not to even think about weight loss goals because it’s too easy for me to extrapolate out the math and say, “Well, if I can lose 2 pounds a week, that’s 50 pounds in 25 weeks, so I should be all done by the end of May!” Of course, I’d like to lose a couple of pounds a week and WiiFit insists on tracking my progress every time I turn the thing on, but more important to me at this point is these little baby steps. Besides, I know that if I’m doing these things right, the pounds will start to come off on their own, so it’s really just a different way of looking at things.

Who knows – maybe this time it’ll be the approach that actually works.  😐

attempting to re-mount the horse…

December 20, 2012 11:45pm
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Trying real hard to get back to exercise being a regular part of my life … it’s tough right now due to a (perpetual) lack of time … and also the weather is kinda crappy (it’s raining tonight!), but right now I’m just trying to take it one walk and/or elliptical session at a time.

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