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Sunday, September 15, 2013

I have a new habit!

So… guess I have a new habit… “Working Out”. I have been exercising every day for the last three weeks. At this point, I guess it’s considered a habit. Not a bad habit to have… I find that I’m calmer now that I have something to tire me out completely every day after work (not that the kids don’t also have something to do with that).
Over the last three weeks, I’ve been racking up “vitality points” like crazy. We get a discount at work for being healthy, so I have some monetary incentive to participate.  I’ve also gotten my blood work done over the last three weeks. All my vitals are healthy (cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure,  BMI, etc.).
Anyway, next week is my 1st official 5k since 2007. I’ve worked out since 2007…. just have not documented it to this level. I’ll post my results next week. :-)

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Getting fit for "the Man"

Last year, my company added to our health care package an added "total wellness" service. The idea behind it, I guess, is to empower the employee to be more knowledgeable about healthy lifestyle choices, thus reducing overall health expenditures. It has the added benefit that healthy employees are probably happier and more productive. I don't really mind the service or the suggestion of the service. I'm pretty healthy, tend to eat healthy, and have daily activities that keep me "fit". For the record..... I still fit into my clothes from freshman year of college.... and that was more than a decade ago.. almost two decades ago. (Note: I should donate my wardrobe items from the college era).

Last year, we got a discount on our health insurance if we had BMI, cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood pressure ranges that were "normal". They have stepped up the program a little this year.... and want us to achieve a certain "point" level in our "total wellness" site. I shouldn't have a problem getting to that level. One of the ways to achieve points is to document your exercise using an approved partner app (in my case MapMyFitness). The app also syncs with Nike+, so that good. I have been using the app for the last two weeks and documenting my "activities".

As you can see, I've been active over the last two weeks. All this activeness has prompted me to do a couple of things.
  1. I went ahead and looked up my race time for my last "official" 5K. Then, I ran 5K in an area around my house. The last 6yrs have not been too rough on me :-).... I'm only 20 secs a mile slower.... and I probably will get that back just by keeping my exercise up for a few weeks.
  2.  After running my "unofficial" 5K, I decided to go ahead an run a real 5K again. I'm going to run the Hoofin' it 5K on Sept. 21st.
    Here are my time differences. I'm not a speed daemon, but I'm not a tortoise either....

It's been awhile....

So, it looks like it has been like 2 yrs since I have posted ANYTHING. Sorry, I have been busy with my family life stuff (moved to a new state, raising two toddlers, lots of business travel...etc). Now, the fact that I have not published anything, doesn't mean I have not been doing anything :-)... Just haven't blogged it.

So, I guess I'm going to take the action to now start posting stuff again. It's football season, and I generally watch football and waste the day away on Sunday's. So, I guess I can document stuff during the football games. I have NFL RedZone, so I shouldn't miss a minute of the action.