Month: December 2016

2016 Year End Review – Content With Progress

I was reviewing my 2016 posts. Most posts documented some level of improvement, plus the occasional setback and frustration. What struck me was the progress. Yes, it was slow, so very slow at times. The thing about progress is that it tends to snowball. That’s what happened for me.  For example, compare these posts. Steps January 2016, 128 days (in a row) of 10,000 steps a day August 2016, 366 days…

Bias Toward Action

I’ve been reflecting on my 2016 health and fitness progress: What worked, What didn’t work. When I think about “what worked”, having a bias towards action is at the top of the list. I grabbed onto the idea after reading this book: The Achievement Habit is written by Bernard Roth, an engineering professor at Stanford. The book is part biography, part self help book that uses the concepts of design thinking,…

MY TRIATHLON TRAINING PROGRAM: WEEK 9 CONCLUDED

Summary I completed another week (Dec-19 to Dec-25 2016) of my triathlon training program. I completed the planned training sessions. Triathlon training program For context, here is a summary of my training program: I’ll consider a week to start on Monday and finish on Sunday. I’ll complete the following each week: Weight training sessions Standing overhead dumbbell presses (1 session) Deadlifts (1 session) 30-minute swim (3 sessions) 30-minute bike (3…

Triathlon Training: Getting to 1-Mile Swim

Yesterday, I swam 1-mile (1750 meters) in just under 85 minutes. For regular swimmers, this would qualify as “so what”. Or maybe even a snide “consider picking up the pace”. No matter, it was a good milestone for me. I signed up for an Olympic distance triathlon (1-mile swim, 25-mile bike, 6-mile run) 3 months ago. I put together a training program soon after. I’m currently in week 9 of…

MY TRIATHLON TRAINING PROGRAM: WEEK 8 CONCLUDED

Summary I completed another week (Dec-12 to Dec-18 2016) of my triathlon training program. I completed the planned training sessions. Triathlon training program For context, here is a summary of my training program: I’ll consider a week to start on Monday and finish on Sunday. I’ll complete the following each week: Weight training sessions Standing overhead dumbbell presses (1 session) Deadlifts (1 session) 30-minute swim (3 sessions) 30-minute bike (3…

Slow Carb Diet Executed within the Confines of Paleo

In a recent post, I discussed my plan to focus on weight loss in 2017. In 2016, I lost weight. However, it was (mostly) a byproduct of my focus on health and fitness, not the focus. In September 2016, I adopted a Paleo eating regime. My execution has been good, not perfect. Directionally speaking, Paleo has led to better choices day-to-day. I’ve been looking within the Paleo realm for how to…

Don’t Be Pointed, Be Directional Instead

I am amazed at how all or nothing some people can think and behave. Usually, this happens when a person has an unrealistic or not easily attainable vision in mind or has an overly binary world view on a certain topic. On these topics, they usually pick one of two paths: Take drastic action, causing harm Do nothing, causing harm from inaction Here are a two examples that I ran…

Starting to Think about 2017: Focus on Weight Loss

Regarding my food and liquid intake, I would summarize my 2016 goals succinctly as follows: Eat healthy Make healthy eating habit Remove fat (and not impact muscle mass) I’m real happy with my 2016 progress. Eat healthy No soda. I no longer drink soft drinks or fountains drinks. I only drink water, tea or coffee. Occasionally, I’ll have alcohol – at social occasions. My default is red wine. I’ll drink…

MY TRIATHLON TRAINING PROGRAM: WEEK 7 CONCLUDED

Summary I completed another week (Dec-5 to Dec-11 2016) of my triathlon training program. I completed the planned training sessions. The intensity of each session was lower than planned. Why? I had 4 (full) travel days this week, to 2 cities (Kansas City and Toronto). It was an exhausting week. By Wednesday, I knew it’d be a challenge just to finish all the sessions. I made a decision to finish…

MY TRIATHLON TRAINING PROGRAM: WEEK 6 CONCLUDED

Summary I completed another week (Nov-28 to Dec-4 2016) of my triathlon training program. I completed my planned training (mostly) without issue. Triathlon training program For context, here is a summary of my training program: I’ll consider a week to start on Monday and finish on Sunday. I’ll complete the following each week: Weight training sessions Standing overhead dumbbell presses (1 session) Deadlifts (1 session) 30-minute swim (3 sessions) 30-minute…