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The Journey to a New Body

Knowing that  having a newborn around the house I need to get myself back into shape and shed off the pounds that I have put on with my marriage and my 3 year old.  The only thing is that I know what to do but the question is how to find the motivation to do it between raising two girls, work, hobbies, and spending time with my wife.

That is where a Life Fitness Coach comes into play.  I was on Twitter the other day and a message caught my attention in regards to how fitness can positively impact your life and my reply was “I agree but how do you start with so much going on?”, and thus a conversation was started with Lisa Johnson.  In that conversation I remarked that it would be great if I could use her as a Life Coach as I needed the help and coincidentally she was starting that up as part of her website so I became her guinea pig in this new challenge.

A week in and I have done more then I have done in the past 3 years.  It really goes to show that you don’t need to be in the same physical room to find someone that inspires you to change your lifestyle.  You can use the tools of the Internet and your trainer can be anywhere in the world.

We sat down one morning and talked via Skype and within 20 minutes a plan of action was laid out including what exercises to do and what calorie intake I will need to lose the weight that I want to lose.  I use Google Docs to keep a journal of the excercises and calorie intake in which I share with Lisa so that at anytime she can look and see if I am keeping track and staying on course.  We keep in touch via Twitter if I have any questions or if she needs to change things in my nutrition or excercise.  I also use her website – Lisa Johnson Fitness to view all of her tips and any blog posts she does.

I never really understood the value of a trainer until now and even it doesn’t have to be full-time.  Just someone around that every once in a while makes sure that you are staying on target and give you a bit of inspiration.  Lisa is great in detailing a program suited to your lifestyle and what tools you have available.  Defintely worth something to check out and find out if it is right for you.

Oh yeah guess I need to give you some idea of where I am and where I want to be.

Currently I am weighing in at 227 pounds and by October I want to be 170 pounds.   I guess by posting this is my inspiration of saying goodbye to the Daddy baby weight and finally fit back into my clothes.

Cheers

Jay

Lisa Johnson Contact Info –

Twitter – http://twitter.com/LisaJohnson

Website – http://www.lisajohnsonfitness.com/

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How Social Media has Made the World Smaller

Being a kid of the 80’s our version of social media was watching tv and then talking to our friends about it the next day at recess.

I don’t ever remember knowing beforehand if a show was canceled or if it was a rerun the next week.  Let alone knowing what the actors were doing outside of the show.  Now we can actually follow the daily activities of our favourite celebrities and feel like we are a part of their lives.  Obviously to what they want to share with us.

Before you call me on stalking it’s just more of seeing that they do lead regular lives and it shows that they have fun with this new media as well.

Here is a perfect example of how the world is a much smaller place.  Growing up in Canada there were 3 crushes a boy would have – Punky Brewster, Samantha Micelli and Erica Ehm.  The crushes came from more of seeing them as be individual and not afraid to do their own thing.  The only interaction we had was laughing at what they said on TV.  Now with the Web tools such as Twitter and Facebook we get to become virtual acquaintances and follow their adventures and even get the ability to contribute to the discussion which is something you could never think of back then.

Why there is this need for this type of interaction I am not sure but it is fun to be able to follow the life adventures of people you grew up admiring.

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Redefining the Home Entertainment Center

I am one of those techy people who always want to be ahead of curve with my friends when it comes to home entertainment.  I was the first of my friends to have a DVD player with a surround sound system.

Being ahead of the curve does bring up some issues when I venture to other people’s houses as it always leaves me wondering why they still had a VCR and listening through little tiny tube tv speakers.

Now the home entertainment center is redifined again with the XBox 360 being the component to bring it all together.  And you can have everything you need at your fingertips.

My current system includes:

  • a 32″ HDTV
  • Satellite TV with 120 GB DVR
  • XBox 360 hooked up to the internet through home network
  • Nintendo Wii

While this doesn’t sounds like much but with the Xbox 360 hooked up through the home network I am able to access my home computer so that I can watch movies, listening to music and scan through photos all from my couch.

I never imagined a few years ago when I had a seperate system for music and movies that we would be where we are now where everything is all in one place.

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Living the Google-centric life

You might as well give up and give to Google being king on how you can organize your life.

First off would be to start using Gmail.  It is a free email service and it has unbelievable features including a great search system that you can find any email or information in an email no matter how deep it is in your inbox.

Another great feature of Gmail is that ability to turn your email into IMAP which would keep your inbox updated whether you logged in on the web, mobile, or a desktop client like Microsoft Outlook and all of your email would be synced and automatically change when you receive, send or delete.

With Gmail comes the Contacts feature in it which on the outside may seem plain and boring but is quite powerful.  The one feature I like is that anyone who either you emailed or has emailed you gets put into an ‘All Contacts’ group so that even if the email gets deleted you will always have that contact information.  From there you can choose to place them into the main ‘My Contacts’ grouping.  Another great feature of Contacts is that you can go through you contacts and see what recent conversations(email or instant message) with them so you never lose that email.

Moving from Gmail is the Calendar feature which again is automatically synced if you have your Gmail IMAPed so that anything you change on one device is changed on another other devices you have synced.  There are a number of incredible features that come with GCal to list here but one feature is the the ability to put public calendars into your own GCal account so you don’t have to spend time inputting each item indivually.  So you can get your favorite sports teams schedule or your favorite TV channel schedule put right into your calendar so you never miss a date.

This is just the tip of the iceburg on what you can do to keep your life organized.  Try it once and you will find it hard to go back to your old system.

Find all the information to get started at:

Gmail

GCal

All information Google on lifehacker.com

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Twitter Friends

However you use Twitter there are definitely people on there that are interested in what you’re talking about.  Even with only 140 characters you can definitely find some tweetfriends to spur on some good discussions.  The best thing about Twitter is that you can have conversations with people you have never met and have it turn into a great resource.

For me I got onto Twitter because yes I am a geek, but never really got it until I started using the search button to find topics that I was interested in.  Only then did Twitter become a great resource.  For me getting laid off and having frustration in finding the next job I decided to use government programs to my advantage and thought about switching to a computer career.  So I searched Twitter for what training I needed for web development and the answers came flooding in and from that I have a great network of friends that I can discuss about web development that I never had before.  While at home with my daughter I apparently put myself on the stay-at-home diet where you gain pounds and not lose them so I used Twitter again and came across a group of people who were all looking to get their family healthy and fit and found a website WeFitFamilies.com and from there I am now participating in a huge Mother’s Day Giveaway

This giveaway involves group of bloggers who mostly all met through Twitter and are giving away prizes on May 1 with a huge Twitter Party.  Check out the list of prizes and sign up with all the bloggers there at We Fit Families.  

Twitter can be a great tool and you can really develop some good friendships through it but you really have to decide how you are going to use Twitter and you really do have to participate in discussions or else you will never get the full benefit of it.

You can find me on Twitter – @permeister

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Mother’s Day Mega Bash Giveaway

 

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Are you ready to celebrate Mother’s Day in style. WeFitFamilies.com, a website to help families get more active and healthier, is holding a Mother`s Day Mega Bash Giveaway on May 1, 2009 on Twitter.

 To help in the celebration they will be giving a grand prize away from McCormicks Spices which includes a $200 gift certificate to winner’s local grocery store and a basket full of goodies.  Please visit WeFitFamilies to enter.

WeFitFamilies has been a great addition to my life as I have connected with lots of people around North America in a similar situation as I am,  at home with a child and wanting to get healthier but not getting the motivation.  You can find tips, tricks, recipies and challenges all in order to have a healthier and happier family.

To build up the excitement of the WeFitFamilies Mother’s Day Mega Bash on May 1 they have partnered with selected members of the forum to giveaway prizes from thier blogs, including this one.  If you have little ones then you will want to try and win these.  Crayon Rocks has been kind enough to give me prizes to send to three lucky readers.

Crayon Rocks are great for preschool children as they are easy to hold and make great drawings with vibrant colors and beautiful textures.

The three prizes are below:

Student Box of 16 Summer Colors      Treasure Bag – 8 Primary color Crayon Rocks           “Just Rocks” – 64 crayons in 16 colors

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How to win!

You must be on Twitter and leave me a comment with your Twitter ID. At the end of the giveaway I will draw 3 names from all the entries. Please leave a separate Comment for each entry.  To find out if you win you can join WeFitFamilies on May 1 on Twitter at the hashtag #fitfam.

The giveaway is open to anyone 18 years of age or older.  I reserve the right to remove any entry from this giveaway. This giveaway ends 4/30 at 11:59pm est. Please allow 4-6 weeks for mailing and is only open to US Residents.

I have a couple of friends that are also giving away prizes for the Mother’s Day Bash and head to their blogs to see what they have.

A Few Fries Short Giving away Squirrel ADD T-shirt
The Daily Planet Giving away $25 PhotoFiddle.com GC
It’s Me Betty Giving away McCormick Spices

Oh and you can follow me on Twitter – @permeister

 

All rules for the Mother’s Day Mega Bash Giveaway can be found at WeFitFamilies.

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Twitter

I am sure you have heard that word – Twitter – either from CNN or from someone who is a bit into computers.  What is it and what do you do with it.

Well Twitter is what they call a ‘microblog’ or in laments term a website that you can let people know what you are doing or promoting.  It can be as silly as “I’m moving from the couch to the chair” or as serious as “Planning a charity event at Roscoe’s, hope to see you there”.

To get started sign up for an account at www.twitter.com and then start telling people what you are doing, or in Twitter terms send out a tweet. Now at first the only ‘tweets’ you will see is yours but if you know people that are on Twitter you can find them and click on the Follow button which would allow you to there ‘tweets’. To really get something out of Twitter you have to build both the people that you follow and the people that follow you. That makes for great conversation and really see what is going on in the world. Another great tool in Twitter is the search tool in which you can search for certain subjects and you will see all the people that have ‘tweeted’ about that subject and what they are talking about.

There is a great application in which you can download to your desktop that gives you incredible power with your Twitter account. The program is called Tweetdeck and Cali Lewis gives a great rundown on how to use it at her website Geekbrief.tv

Hope this helps with your ‘tweeting’ and you can find me @permeister

Cheers.

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