Training

I’m going to start martial arts training in addition to my cardio and regular workouts.

It’s something I’ve always been interested in, I love MMA, and at 43 I feel like it’s time. Kickboxing and Brazilian jujutsu.

Also going to be getting my first tattoo when we get back from vacation, again something I’ve always wanted to do, but I never had anything meaningful enough to me to tattoo and I felt like I was not in good enough shape.

I’m in the best place I’ve ever been in with my wife and we have embarked on some new experiences as well.

I feel like a caterpillar that is coming out of its shell and morphing into a butterfly. That’s the best analogy I could come up with.

Im so excited and can’t wait to see where this will all take me!!

Big Changes

Hey everyone, sorry it’s been a while since I’ve posted, With everything going on in the world, I have lost track of time, days and weeks go by quickly.

I have a few things I would like to share, first is that my love of tech is lacking lately, scrolling through my twitter I still engage with some tech accounts, and tech posts, when the iOS 14 beta came out, I added it right away, and I have added chat groups there in iMessage now, I don’t need any other chat apps, which was an issue for me before, switching around, on my iPhone I have mainly switched to stock apps, and don’t have a lot on my phone anymore, and I don’t find myself having much to say in the group chats anymore, my homescreen isn’t super interesting, there haven’t been any new apps that blow my skirt up, I’m not rushing out paying for subscriptions I don’t need, I have cancelled them all, pretty much, I’m not really downloading the latest apps, I’m just feeling meh about tech these days, and I’m not sure if and when that will change, I will always love tech, but also the fact that this year I’m not looking forward to the new phone, and I’m seriously considering keeping my 11 pro and watch series 5 for another year or so, says a lot to me, that would have never happened before! I will still write and post about tech but prolly not that much, my interests have shifted.

I have gotten back into basketball and UFC again in a large way, I have really gotten back into fitness, set some serious goals, and I’m starting to crush them, I have been spending a lot more time with my wife and kids, connecting with them on deeper levels then before, I have also been focusing on making friends and maintaining relationships, so those are the things that interest me a lot now.

I have been going to counseling to deal with childhood and early adult issues that affect all of my relationships and I feel like I’m growing as a person and a husband and a father and a friend.

I will be continuing with this blog as I feel it’s important to me, but what I’m saying is that it’s not going to be primarily tech focused, I may write about some workouts or fitness goals, I may write about my thoughts about this weekends UFC fight, or any UFC fight, or about professional or college basketball, or some awesome sneakers that are coming out or for that matter I may get personal and write about stuff that has happened to me in the past, and how I deal with it, or write about stuff in my life, or maybe just post photos of fun times.

Basically I’m saying that I’m changing, my interests are changing, and my writing will be changing, and I hope you all stick around for it, because I appreciate all of you guys that read this!

Thoughts

I have been super busy trying to prepare for quarantine the last couple of weeks. I haven’t been writing much, I haven’t been on my social media, or engaging in my chatgroups as much as normal. I will be trying to change this behavior ASAP. I still have a lot of topics I would like to write about, and I’m working on those now, and I’m starting to interact more in other places. I hope you all stay safe in this challenging time.

It Always Feels Better When We Meal Prep

We meal prep virtually every week, I can’t remember a time in the last year when we didn’t, except for last week, it totally threw me off, we had a hectic Sunday and just couldn’t get time, and with 2 small kids, activities for them and work for us, Sunday’s is the only time we have to meal prep.

Last week my week was totally thrown off, I had to adjust my daily routine to try and scramble to make something before work, or stress about what I was going to get at lunchtime, and for two of us eating out for lunch 5 days a week can be quite expensive, there are healthy options, my work is right by a subway so that’s what I chose, but doing that three times last week was a little much.

So this week we got right back at it, meal prepped and ready to go, it just puts my mind at ease that I know we’re spending no extra cash, and that I know exactly what I’m putting in my body, as I am very much in the middle of a body recomposition and my focus has become very much into working out, being active and eating healthy.

This is what our lunches look like for the week

Mixed brown rice and ground turkey, steamed broccoli, almonds, yogurt, and pinapple

So now I will relax Sunday night knowing our meal prep is done and that we are back in our weekly routine

Here’s the link for the meal prep containers, They are glass and 3 compartment and very reasonable on Amazon

Health And Fitness Apps

Over the years I have tried to use a number of health and fitness apps only to realize the things they were trying to get me to do I did already.

I have tried to keep Waterminder installed multiple times over the years, it’s an amazing app and top of its game for what it does but what I realized is I already drink a ton of water a day and when it reminded me I never acted on it I just swiped away the notification and then eventually deleted the app because I found it redundant.

I have tried many calorie tracking apps over the years Calory , My Fitnesspal, Lose It! , all with the same result, I would never remember to log my food and it was a tedious process, again, all great apps but I realized I meal prepped every week and I ate as healthy as I could so I didn’t really need that either, also as I am eliminating subscriptions that was another one I could remove.

I tried Zero which is an intermittent fasting app, again great design and very useful for a lot of people but what I found was that I ate at dinner every night and then didn’t eat again till breakfast every day, and it was consistent, so I didn’t really need an app to track that.

I tried Oak which is a meditation app, it’s great but for me I found 20 or 30 mins of yoga when I was feeling stressed worked out great for me.

I tried Zones which is an intensity tracking app, again, I got all the same data pretty much in workouts and sometimes I had issues with syncing, so I deleted that as well

I tried most of the heart tracking apps, some were good others not so much but I found that the heart rate app and the info in the health app was sufficient for me, I suffer from indigestion induced AFib so that’s an important one for me and When I am in AFIb I download Heartwatch but it hasn’t been updated in over a year so I don’t really keep it downloaded unless I’m in AFib.

I tried all the sleeping tracking apps as well and AutoSleep is by far the best IMO I have that downloaded and will keep it downloaded, I check and use it daily.

So for me I found that the less apps I have the easier my life is to manage, and that I kept apps around for no reason and didn’t really use them, and that I can manage a lot of health related things without relying on an app. Others are not that way, and these are all great apps and if they help you that’s fantastic but I’m finding I actually use less and less apps on a daily basis so I have been purging the ones that are non useful for me.

Instagram

I have recently shifted spending a lot of time on tech to spending a lot of time researching health related items, workouts, healthy eating, sleep effects.

In my research my wife pointed me to Instagram, now for my social media use people know I’m a twitterholic, and I used Facebook to keep up with local events and my family and friends, instagram never usually had a place for me, it always fell kind of in the middle, the place where I posted pictures of nights out or my kids, I never thought it could be a place for research.

So I started looking and I found many accounts that I now follow, workout routines, health coaches, healthy cooking and it turns out it’s amazing for that. I would have never guessed. Now I check my instagram more often than my facebook and my wife and I are always sending each other something we have seen on there.

Download Instagram Here

Here are some of my favorite profiles

Coach Daniel

Lean Belly Tips

Simply Fit Society

Booty King

Clean Food Crush

Meal Plans

Nourishing

Meal Prep Monday’s

Taking A Break From Chat Apps

I recently decided to take a break from extra chat apps, I deleted them off my phone, Slack is gone, Telegram is gone, and WhatsApp is gone.

The reason is I’m really getting focused on fitness and health related things, and even if I put a chat app on a second page or in a folder I can’t stop checking It randomly.

I also find myself spending time in them that could be much better spent elsewhere, and I have noticed myself being not as present with my family or what’s going on because I’m wondering what was said by who, etc.

By deleting them I no longer have that option, and it’s a great fit for me, I still am using Twitter and iMessage, that’s plenty for the time being.

Have A Plan

So with the new year in full swing, a lot of people are working on getting into shape.

One piece of advice I can offer people is have a plan when you goto the gym.

I went yesterday, I thought we were going to take a day off so I didn’t plan any workout, or lookup a routine, so when we went there I spent an hr working out but it was random.

I did some cardio, I worked on a few machines, did some free weights, worked all different parts of the body, which isn’t the best for what I’m trying to do, focus on different body parts on different days.

I got a good workout in, but it wasn’t focused, and if I had made a plan it would have been so much more effective.

I just started using an app again called Gymaholic to plan my workouts, I had forgotten about it until recently when I was discussing things with a friend.

I used that app when I first decided I wanted to get into shape, I used it on my watch to track my workouts, until I found out you could not get the badge awards unless you used apples stock workout app, which I still think is nuts, but that’s besides the point.

So I spent an afternoon setting it back up, it’s a subscription based service, but it’s very worth it, with the sub you get a ton of exercises with demonstrations how to do them in the app, as well as a bunch of routines.

Download Gymaholic Here

If you take a little time to plan your workouts it will be less stressful and overwhelming once you get to the gym, especially if your new to fitness, as well as very beneficial in setting up workouts that focus on specific areas of your body.

Using Drafts To Track My Workouts

Recently I was looking for an app that would help me track my workouts. I realized I didn’t need to look any farther than an app I was already using.

Drafts is a totally versatile app, it can basically do whatever you want it too, from simple items to complex scripts and actions.

Download Drafts Here

So for my use I just open the app and write down what exercises I did that day.

My Workout From 1/2

Then I copy and paste it to Apple Notes, In there I have created a folder called Workout Records, In which I keep all the notes, They will be in order from the date I created them so I can have a record of everything I have done for a week.

Apple Notes View

I’m sure their is an easier way to do this and automate it and maybe create a template, I will keep researching those, I also think I will post a screenshot of my Apple Watch when I’m done with my workouts in each Apple Note as well for reference.

I’m finding you might not always need an additional tool, just maybe tweak one of the ones you already have in your toolbox.