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Month One of My Fitness Plan

Month One of My Fitness Plan

If you have been following along, last month (June 2014) I decided to start on a path of fitness to get into better shape. It has been an interesting month and I have had some break through moments.  Over the last month I have learned somethings about myself, changed my diet, and had some successes.

Things Learned in Month One of my Fitness Plan

Some of the things I have learned about myself during the first month of my new fitness plan are eating out is not hard, listen to my body, and you have to feed the fire within.  Eating out has always been a challenge and is most likely a challenge for anyone trying to improve themselves. You just have to make better decisions. For example, ask for grilled chicken and steamed veggies with no oil. At times when working out in the past, I have ignored the simple things like over extending my arms on some exercises. Over extending your joints during working out will hurt your recovery time and get you out of sync. Instead, make note to change your form. If you have a trainer, tell them! Your trainer should be able to change up the work out to help you still meet your goals. Finally, you have to eat. When trying to loose weight you have to keep the flame inside you burning during the day. Eating smaller meals five times a day will help you get into the groove of things. I did notice in the beginning that I could not eat as much but over the last few weeks I have noticed I am getting hungry between meals. To combat this issue, I added more veggies to my meals.

Diet Changes

I have touched on my diet changes but I want to explain more of what I have learned. Sam uses a nutrition plan he calls Zig-Zag. It has various levels of low-carb and high-carb days. He explained to me that the reason his plan works is that it keeps your body guessing and your metabolism going through out the day. Six days a week, I alternate a low-carb day with a high-carb day and it has surprisingly worked out very well. I start everyday eating a high-carb breakfast, within 30 minutes of waking, to get the body going. At first, eating this soon after getting up was extremely difficult as I used teat about an hour after I got up.

Successes so Far

The biggest success so far has been that I have lost 13 pounds to date and I have noticed my clothes fit a little better. A few weeks ago, before I started the fitness program for the first time in my life I started having body issues. It was a strange feeling as I have pretty much been the same size since high school. I hated looking in the mirror and seeing myself after I got out of the shower. A week ago, I got out of the shower and instead of seeing my current situation, I saw the future me looking back. Another success was today for the first time ever, while working on my chest I actually felt my chest. Before when I was working out, I think I used my arms more when doing chest exercises. Having proper form when working out makes a world of difference. These are not the only two moments but they are the two I wanted to share because they are the most important.

Twitter Auto Reply: Why bother!

Twitter Auto Reply: Why bother!

I am all for automation when it comes to social media and posting your updates; but what about the Twitter auto reply feature? I find it interesting when you follow someone and within a couple of seconds you get a direct message from that person with a canned message. The message can range from the generic, “Thank you for following me” to something like “We invite you to submit a blog to our website.”

In an informal poll around my office I found that in general, most people feel like that is the same as sending a spam email message: just not worth it. I would have to agree. As someone who manages social media for several different brands I find it odd when I get a message from someone and it has nothing to do with my brand or product offerings.

I decided to see what other thought about the auto reply on Twitter and here are some interesting points:

  • Check out their profile and re-tweet something you find interesting. (Sponsored Tweets)
  • Twitter frowns on people using this feature to send messages:
    • “Including an automated “thanks for following” message to your new followers might be annoying to some users. We do not recommend this behavior; if you receive a DM you don’t like, you can unfollow that user and they will no longer be able to send you messages.” Twitter Help Center
  • Reply to a tweet you find interesting. (Blog Clarity)

I must say, I hate getting these messages and often find myself not paying attention to that user. After all, they did not  research who I am or what company I represent so obviously they don’t want my attention.

What do you think? Should people use the Twitter auto reply feature?

Blog or Not

To blog or not to blog that is the question; I am trying to decide if I should create a blog.

I have often thought, if I write a blog what will I write about.  There are a number of things to write about; I am sure most have been covered by someone at one time or another.   I could write about some of my passions: roller coasters, reading, cooking, etc.   Then I thought, why not just create one just to write about anything and everything?  In reality, I don’t care if people actually read my blog; it would just be a great way to exercise my mind and clean out some stuff…

So to blog or not to blog?