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Monday, January 16, 2012

It's Time To Face the Facts

It's been about 10 months since I did a "real" post on this blog. If you are still subscribed to this blog and you're NOT subscribed to my NEW blog, this post is for you.

I encourage you to consider making the transition to my new website if

A) you're interested in health and fitness
B) you know someone that could stand to lose a few pounds
C) you could stand to lose a few pounds
C) you like finding new recipes
D) you know someone that knows someone that could stand to lose a few pounds
E) you ever discouraged about your fitness
F) you eat food regularly

If any of those, A-F, describe you, then jump on over to 1 Meal - 1 Workout and check it out. Not only do I blog over there fairly regularly, I also do a weekly podcast! I think you'll enjoy it.

I expect this will be my last post on this blog...for all your support and reading of Aaroneous Findings...I thank you!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The Tightwad Tech

Are you a teacher? Do you know a teacher? Have you ever met a teacher?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then The Tightwad Tech just might be for you. The Tightwad Tech is a podcast that is 37% humor, 86% tech savvy, 13% self-introspection, and 11% fabrication. Do the math. That 147% of podcasting goodness.

I'm exaggerating...but only slightly. the Tightwad Tech really is a podcast, part of Element Opie Productions, and it really is humorous and tech rich. Its target audience is (are?) "those in the education field who face ever-growing demands and ever-shrinking budgets". This may not apply to you directly, but you probably know someone that it does apply to. How about someone involved in the tech industry? Pass the word on to any and all of them. They might just find something in a Tightwad podcast that changes the way they teach or do business.



Okay...in the interest of full disclosure...

First, one of the hosts of the podcast is a long time friend of mine. Second, this little article might just win me a MP3 player! That being said, even if I didn't know one of the hosts, and I wasn't competing for an MP3 player, I'd STILL recommend it. Help me pass the word about this podcast that's attempting to help our teachers and those that support our teachers.

Thanks! And stop on by The Tightwad Tech and say "hi".

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

1 Meal / 1 Workout

Hey guys!  I've started up a new website.  I'll be doing most of my posts that are related to health and exercise, as well all the details about any upcoming events I'm planning.

Check it out!  Subscribe if you like.


Friday, March 11, 2011

I Love To Wash Dishes

I love to wash dishes.

Okay...that may be an exaggeration.  Maybe not an exaggeration, but at least a misstatement.

For a time, Cheryl and I hosted a "young married couples home group" for our church.  During one of our times together, we were talking about the idea of serving each other, working together, etc.  All the things you normally talk about in "young married couples home group".

One of the young husbands (as opposed to me...I was the old husband in the group) was saying that he didn't like to do dishes.  I said that I LOVED to do dishes.  That confused him...so I explained.

What I meant by this was that when my wife asks me to do the dishes, I love to do them.  I don't really love to do dishes, per se, but what I do love to do is bless my wife. 

I promise I'm not trying to sound like I'm Superhusband. Not in the least.  My love for doing dishes is at least 50% selfish. 

You've probably heard the expression that "if momma ain't happy, ain't no one happy".  It's true.  If washing a few dishes makes "momma" happy...them I'm happy to do it.  So when I say I love to do dishes, I obviously have something of an ulterior motive.

(Here comes the clever application of the previous life lesson to getting healthy...)

I'm not a "runner" like some people.  I don't run for the pure pleasure of running.  I run because it's good for me.  I run because it's good for my family for me to be healthy.  

I LOVE to run...just like I LOVE to do dishes. 

Monday, February 28, 2011

So How Does One Get REALLY Fat?

"So how does one get REALLY fat?"

This was the question posed to me by one of my close friends.  I just officially past the "100 lbs lost" mark, and we were discussing health in general.

"I mean, as you got bigger and had to buy bigger clothes didn't you realize there's a problem?"

Of course.  But it's a little more complex than that.

When you're fat you don't like to go clothes shopping. At least I didn't.  It's not an enjoyable experience to be confronted with the reality of your situation.  For me, it would usually go like this.

I would put off clothes shopping as long as possible.  As I gained weight, my clothes would do their best to accommodate me.  Shirts would get stretched out, buttons on pants would loosen...or pop off.  You get the picture.

Eventually I would be forced to shop.  Either because I literally did not have enough clothes to make it through the week, or I had a wedding or other event coming up.  When I ultimately made it to the store, I'd find out that I crept up a size...or two.  Each time, one step at a time, I progressed down that unhealthy path.  44 inch pants turned into 46s...2X shirts to 3X...

The problem is that by the time you're in the Big & Tall Store trying to buy pants, you can't just say, "Hey!  Whoa!!  Hold the phone!  I believe that I may have gained some weight.  I'm not buying any clothes today.  I'm going to go lose some weight and THEN come back and buy some clothes."  You're at the store, you need the clothes or you wouldn't be there, so you buy the clothes that fit.

Lather, rinse, repeat. It's a vicious cycle. In my case, this was perpetuated by an incorrect body image.

Most of the time when people think about weight issues and body image, they think about bulimia or anorexia.  People that see themselves as fat when they really aren't. Mine was the opposite.  It wasn't really that I was in denial, per se, but every time that I saw a picture of myself, I was surprised at how fat I was.  In my mind's eye, my body image was such that I saw myself 75-100 lbs lighter than I actually was.

So how DOES one get really fat?

Simple.  Avoid buying clothes as long as possible so that you aren't confronted with the weight you've gained in a quantifiable way.

That's what I did, and it worked for years!  By the way...I don't recommend it.