Archive for May, 2007

Weigh-in: 305.7

It’s a sad day for Project Joe Gets Fit, my personal journey to better fitness and better health.

Well, not really a sad day. Just because I gained back half-a-pound, doesn’t mean that I should give up and forget about the whole thing, right?!?

Weight isn’t the only thing to measure. While it did go up a smidgen, I have vastly improved in other areas.

  • I am now up to 14 minutes on the Elliptical machine, coupled with 7 minutes on the treadmill for a total of 21 minutes of cardio pre-weight training.
  • I added a 3-5 minute run on the treadmill after each weight-lifting routine.
  • Scott has now joined me for a couple of weight exercises after his lengthy jaunts on the cardio machines.
  • Rugby Sevens has started up this summer, which gives me an opportunity to do some intense cardio outdoors.

I did let my diet slip a little this week. My best friends (otherwise known as the MeiMeis) convinced me to go to a buffet dinner on Sunday. I didn’t eat as much as I have in the past at a buffet, but I did overeat. I have been overeating at dinner time, too, and I think it’s mostly because by the time I get home from the gym I’m too hungry to make good portion decisions, and also because when I cook dinner for myself, it’s usually enough for four people so it’s hard to portion control when you can just go back for seconds and thirds.

Maya has also been given the slip lately. Last night, I was just too tired to spend time with her, and on Tuesday, I was at rugby practice which I used as a substitute for Maya. She’s going to berate me when I see her next, I just know it!

So where does that leave me? Recommitment Time! I will Eliminate the opportunities to go back for second and third helpings, which means no more buffets, and cooking for two (Hi, Boyfriend!)

The gym has been good to me so far, and it’s quite nice that Boyfriend has offered to take Ethel out just before he goes to work, which allows me to get to the gym right after work rather than trekking back and forth. I will be sure to include a healthy snack after my workout routine to hopefully take the edge off of hunger.

That’s all for now. RECOMMITMENT TIME!


Secure your servers without patching?

I ran into this article on InfoWorld (via BladeWatch), a product from Blue Lane Technologies that is described as a “patch proxy”. Basically it is a device (or software if installed in the VMWare Hypervisor), that intercepts and cleans/repairs or discards malicious traffic on the wire, protecting your precious computer without having to actually patch your servers.

I don’t think this is something I would exactly trust, but I can see in which environments it would have merit. For example, if we had very stringent uptime requirements, including planned downtimes, or if the change management process were so tightly regulated as to make it arduous or ponderous to deploy patches on the almost-continuous cycle they are currently being released.

The fact that it works within the VMWare Hypervisor to protect all the VMs hosted on that server, is of course, enticing. I will have to read more about this, and keep my ear to ground about any further developments.

Anyone out there heard of or used this product?

I’ve lost 560,000,000 Internets so far!

From Amazon’s blog, a researcher tried to figure out how much the Internet Weighs. According to his calculations, the Internet weighs about 0.2 millionths of an ounce. Given that, I’ve lost the equivalent of 560M Internets!


Weigh-in: 305.2

The train just keeps on going. I was somewhat trepidatious for this week’s weigh-in. I felt like I had gorged on a little bit too much rice (the anti-food for Project JGF). Also, the gym on-campus was closed for most of this week. Maya (my favorite digital fitness instructor) and I had a 45-minute workout session to make up for Wednesday’s normally scheduled gym day. You think that 45 minutes with a literally unreal trainer would be cake? Oh no. Maya introduced me to the most challenging of workouts I’ve had so far.


I kid you not. I was in Warrior 1, Triangle 1 & 2, and Moon pose (along with the prereq kicks, knee lifts, and double step-touches), for a good long time, and I’ve never sweated so much in my life! At the end of each workout, Maya tells you approximately how many calories you’ve burned. In this yoga workout, it came to about 407, in other words, nearly double any other workout I’ve had with her, for only 50% more time!

I had thought yoga was supposed to be relaxing and not necessarily a workout, but boy was I wrong!

In any event, my schedule this week was like this: Gym on Monday, 30-minute-Maya on Tuesday, 45-minute-VinyasaMaya on Wednesday, 15-minute-Maya on Thursday (she was lucky I showed up at all), Friday off, and then Gym today (8:30am with Scott!).

I hopped on the scale after my workout, and am pleased to report that I have lost another 2.1 pounds. Go me! Am I having fantasies of looking like Andy Roddick on the cover of this month’s cover of Men’s Fitness (btw, the most body-fascist, misogynistic, and heterosexist rag I’ve ever read)?

Kinda…I don’t want to look like Andy Roddick. I want to….well……what I would say is not fit for mixed company.

Phase 1:


Pounds: 7.0 / 31.2 (22%)

Weigh-in: 307.3

All I can say is, unbelievable. 7 days since the start of Project Joe Gets Fit, and I’m down 4.8 pounds. I’m giddy as a school-girl.

These super-great results just make me want to try even harder!!! Thanks, again, to Scott for coming along for moral support!

To borrow a graphical device from Scott:

Phase 1:


Pounds: 4.8 / 31.2 (15%)

Project Joe Gets Fit Report #1

Now that Project JGF has gotten off the ground, everyone should expect regular status reports.

First, I decided on a fitness regimen. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, I will leave work on-time, run home and take Ethel out for a walk, and then hop into my car and head back to the gym for 15 minutes of cardio and 45 minutes of weights. This weight training is important because I would like to build up (more) strength for rugby.

On Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, I will do 30 minutes of cardio with the help of “Maya”, a virtual-trainer in an Xbox exergame called “Yourself Fitness”. (Janice and Terry are both familiar with Maya, and I believe Janice used the phrase “I hate Maya”.) While it might not be the absolute best way to get my cardio, it has the benefit of being regimented, at-home, and potentially enticing Boyfriend to come on board the fitness train.

15 minutes on Friday, 30 minutes on Saturday, and 15 minutes this morning! I have to say that the 15 minute workout this morning seemed to make my morning more upbeat. I verily skipped to the bus stop on my way to work! Also, this morning, Maya decided that I needed to do a “Core Strength” routine, which involves sit-ups and what not. Ethel decided that it would be a great time to get involved and licked my face through most of the first 5 minutes!

Should Ethel come on board the fitness train, too? Peeps only, please.

Another thing I found out this weekend is that late-night snacks are a challenge. I got home late on Saturday night, pretty tired after being out all day, and was a little peckish. I decided to make myself a PBJ&C sandwich…which actually ended up being a triple-decker with loads of PB, slatherings of J, and a couple of slices of C. Did I know it was probably not the best idea? Yeah…I actually remember thinking that to myself. Did it stop me? Unfortunately not.

So, I will have to come up with easy and healthier alternatives for my late-night snacking cravings.

***PBJ&C = PB&J + Cheese

Weigh-in: 312.1

Scott and I just went to the gym and I put myself on the scale (I brought Scott along for moral support).

Project Joe Gets Fit has officially begun. 312.1 pounds.

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