Back up and running

May 31, 2010

The site is back up and running.  Just need some cosmetic changes (but that is Monday’s job).

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The end of the second 6-week challenge

May 25, 2010

It’s hard to believe, but 6 weeks have come and gone already.  Here are the results:

For starters, I didn’t achieve my goal (again).  By week 4, I had lost 3 pounds and I was on my way to success, but then something changed.  Week 5 sent me up a pound, and then two more by Week 6, leaving me right back where I started.  However, all was not bad news.

Chest:  I lost 1.84 inches around my chest if you compare the base measurement with the results from Week 6.  If you take a 3-week moving average, I lost 0.73 inches.

Stomach:  I lost 2.08 inches around my stomach if you compare the base measurement with the results from Week 6.  If you take a 3-week moving average, I lost 1.17 inches.

Waist:  I lost 1.59 inches around my waist if you compare the base measurement with the results from Week 6.  If you take a 3-week moving average, I lost 0.33 inches.

Buttocks:  I lost 0.5 inches around my buttocks if you compare the base measurement with the results from Week 6.  If you take a 3-week moving average, I lost 0.44 inches.

Not too bad, even if you use the 3-week moving average.  I did have a problem near the end of Week 6 by agitating something in my right knee on Thursday.  It was hard enough to walk on Friday, so I was not able to get my last day of rowing in before the challenge ended.

Using the exercise workout guide that I found on the Concept 2 website was handy as it provided a wide range of routines, making the challenge more interesting (as compared to doing the same exercise every day).  In fact, I’ve decided to use it again starting next week.  That way, we can directly compare my performance over the past 6 weeks to the next.  I am giving myself this week off as a reward … as well as a chance to let whatever I did to my knee to pass. 

Over all, it was nice to be on a rowing machine again.  Other than maybe the Elliptical, there is no other machine I would rather use to exercise on than a Concept 2 rowing machine.  If you ever have the chance to use one, I highly recommend it.


Make Money Online: SEO

May 25, 2010

SEO, or Search Engine Optimization, is a website development and management technique to make sure your site reaches the top of the common search engines.  A higher ranking on the search engines means the more likely traffic will be directed to your site.  You can spend a lot of time and effort experimenting on how to maximize your web presence, or you can tap into the resources and experience from a SEO company.  If you choose to take it on by yourself, there are a slew of free videos on YouTube that will show you some tips.  Or, if you want more detailed step-by-step advice, there are SEO ebooks available online free for you to download.  Simply search for “SEO help” to get started.


Ex-New York Giant Lawrence Taylor’s arrest for rape

May 7, 2010

One of my favorite football players ever – Lawrence Taylor – has found himself in trouble with the law again.  The current allegations include prostitution and rape. While I hope that these allegations are not true, it would not surprise me if he is guilty.  As the article sums up so well, Taylor has always had a troubled life.  I wish he (and others who fall into this fame trap) would have someone next to him to help him make he right decisions in life.

Ex-New York Giant Lawrence Taylor’s arrest for rape sad commentary – Peter King – SI.com.