Wednesday, November 2, 2011

The Return of the Shaggy Green Blog

I don't really have much to say normally, so my blog just kind of sat here for a long time and grew incredible masses of cobwebs.  Not sure what I'm going to say here, but I guess I'll use it as a place to write about what's going on with me.

At the moment, I'm involved in a weight loss contest at work.  Highest percentage of starting body weight lost in 10 weeks for each gender gets $500.  Second place gets $200.  I started at 303 pounds on September 12th and I'm down to 269.  That's 11% since I started.  I'm looking for closer to 15% by the end of the contest.  We have 2 more weeks left and I'm looking to get down to 255 or so.  I'm getting this done mainly through a low carbohydrate diet.  I've always responded well to this type of eating protocol and this time is no different.

I'm reading 2 books right now.  The first is The 4-Hour Body by Tim Ferriss.  It's really interesting information.  I'm saving most of it for after the contest is over, since it focuses on body recomposition, gaining muscle and losing fat, rather than simply losing weight, which is what I have to concentrate on during this contest.

The other book I'm reading is Good Calories, Bad Calories by Gary Taubes.  It looks at the research and science behind what we are told to believe about nutrition and challenges it.  It's not exactly a diet or lifestyle book, but more like a journalistic look at the research that led to the current state of confusion in the areas of diet and nutrition.

On the professional front, we're in the process of rebuilding our Atlanta Data Center and I've been doing some travel back and forth.  It's good to be getting that data center whipped into shape and onto the new architecture.  It's rough on the diet and sleep schedule, but getting to build new, high performance networks is what I'm in this business to do, so I'm having a ball.

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