#100DaysOfFitness: 1/3 of the Way Done

Day 0, July 23, 2018.

  • Body Fat
  • Weight:
  • Chest:
    Right Thigh:
    Left Thigh:
    Right Arm:
    Left Arm:

Workouts Completed:

  • Running Distance.
    Running Time.
    Body measurements (monthly?)
    Other, such as physical activities not specifically being tracked.
    Steps taken as calculated by my FitBit.

#100DaysOfFitness Revisited with the Addition of P90X3

I had previously started the #100DaysOfFitness challenge on June 11.  I was meeting my goals but decided that wasn’t enough.  I signed up for Beach Body on Demand (BOD) and started P90X3 on Tuesday, July 24. With the addition of BOD, I reset the #100DaysOfFitness counter to 0.  It took me a while to post something because we’ve had a first responder course and a number of other things taking a lot of time the last month.

I don’t consider myself that out of shape, but I’m not where I want to be.  The command fitness leader (CFL) for our Navy Reserve unit may be switching units, leaving us without an enlisted person in that position.  I’d like to step up and fill the role, but that means I need an “excellent-low” score on my next physical readiness test (PRT).  I have been getting various stages of “good” on my last few tests, so I have to work on that.  In order for me to get an excellent on the PRT, I need to achieve the following results:

  • 1.5-mile run in 12:33
  • 60 push-ups in 2 minutes
  • 78 curl-ups in 2 minutes

I find running to be extremely relaxing. I’d go for a 10-mile run every day if I could. The hardest part for me is finding time and now I’m throwing in P90X3 on top of that. That may seem like an odd thing to do at first. Then you think about what I’m doing by adding something else. It actually makes perfect sense.

“Action expresses priorities.”

Mahatma Gandhi

I saw a quote attributed to Mahatma Gandhi – “Action expresses priorities.” It’s only three words long, but it sure says a lot.  If something really is one of your priorities, you find a way. You make a way. For me this meant shifting around my schedule.  Fitness is no longer something I fit in where I can, I have intentionally put it on my calendar every day.

Updated #100DaysOfFitness Rules

For this challenge, a week will begin on Monday and end on Sunday; the exception is that I started on a Tuesday.  Every week, I want to:

  • Take at least 84,000 steps (this averages out to 12,000 per day).
    • This may change as I see how my steps are affected by doing P90X3 in place of some of my runs.
  • Workout at least 6 days using P90X3
  • Post my weekly progress (starting September 3), to possibly include:
    • Running Distance.
    • Running Time.
    • Weight.
    • Body measurements
    • Photo.
    • Other, such as physical activities not specifically being tracked.
    • Steps taken as calculated by my FitBit.
  • Share my daily progress on Instagram.  
    • This may include a photo, how many steps I’ve taken, and what workouts I completed.
    • Daily progress will be posted for the previous day so I can get an accurate total for my number of steps. Example: My steps and workout for August 20 will be posted on August 21.
    • I’ll be using the #100DaysOfFitness hashtag along with anything else that fits for the day.

Before:  Day 0, July 23, 2018.

  • Weight: 199 lbs
  • Chest: 38-1/4″
  • Waist: 34-1/4″
  • Hips: 36-1/4″
  • Right Thigh: 22-1/8″
  • Left Thigh: 22″
  • Right Arm: 12-7/8″
  • Left Arm: 13″

On your mark, get set, go!

Have you started you own fitness routine?  What are you doing to get in shape or maintain where you are? What are your goals?  I’d love for you to let me know in the comments or on Instagram!

Why I’m Quitting #100DaysOfCode and [Temporarily] Support

Quitting #100DaysOfCode and Putting Support on Hold

With the addition of a new class to my schedule, I now have too much on my plate. I’m not complaining, but I need to make some decisions.  For the most part, I’m the one that chose to do these items.

This is exactly why it’s good to know your priorities.  It becomes a whole lot easier to make decisions when you know them ahead of time.  In addition to my full-time job, I’m working on fitting these into my schedule:

  • Volunteer Fire Department.
    • Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) Training. 
      This is a new class I started a couple weeks ago.  A handful of people from our volunteer fire department are taking this course.  It’s an important one (with homework and everything!) that I want to make sure gets enough attention.  It can literally be a matter of life or death with this one.
  • #100DaysOfFitness.
    I’ve wanted to get in shape for a while, but there wasn’t time to fit it in the schedule.  Now I’ve made fitness a priority and made time in my schedule.  As of right now, my goal every week is to run at least 20 miles, do 75 push-ups, and 150 curl-ups.  
    Read more about my #100DaysOfFitness challenge.
  • Kids’ Playhouse. 
    We’ve talked about building the kids a new playhouse for a while now.  We have some of the supplies, but as I really started going through the set of plans we have, a number of small things just weren’t making sense.  My grandpa was a carpenter and wouldn’t have even needed plans.  We’ve decided instead of rebuilding it from scratch, we are going to fix up the one we already have. 
  • Cub Scouts.
    My son is just finishing up the last of his Cub Scout requirements.  We got a few months behind because our previous Den Leader decided they weren’t interested in doing the job after all.  I took over as his Den leader and we’ve made some great progress.  He’s done with his Weblo requirements but I want to make sure he finishes up his Arrow of Light since that is the one thing that transfers to Boy Scouts.  Once he moves on to Boy Scouts, he will be doing more, but I won’t be running things.
  • Navy Reserve.  
    The normal Navy Reserve stuff.
  • Development.
    I have a couple projects I’m working on, including my Mug Monday WordPress plugin.  It will allow me to share a new coffee mug from my collection every Monday.

Quitting #100DaysOfCode

After several attempts, I’ve come to the conclusion that the #100DaysOfCode challenge isn’t a good fit for me – or I’m not a good fit for it, however you want to look at it.  I love the idea, but it just doesn’t work with my schedule and priorities.

My problem has never been to stay motivated; the problem is finding the time.  I do spend time on code and development, but not consistently enough for something like this.  I have too many variables (no pun intended) in my life that can take no time one week and 20 hours the next.

I still intend to work on freeCodeCamp, but not for an hour every day.  I’ll also continue to work on my other projects and learning development when I can fit those in.

Taking a Break from Support

This is the tough one for me.  Although I haven’t had much time for a while now, I’ve tried to keep up with a little with support here and there, including moderator stuff in the mornings.  I absolutely love doing it, but with everything else right now I’m just taking a break completely for a couple months.  There are some really kind, generous people on the support team.  I may pop into the Slack channel sometimes, but that’s about my limit.

Make the Most of Your Time

I already have enough going on that I don’t like to take too much time away from my family when I don’t have to.  For this reason, my fun stuff or hobbies fit in where there can. 

Obviously, I don’t have a choice sometimes, but evenings are usually reserved for family.  I typically wake up between 4:00-5:00 am so I can do my stuff without taking away from family time.  What doesn’t fit in before work, usually doesn’t happen.

The key is in not spending time, but in investing it.

Stephen R. Covey

Nobody has a lot of time and that’s why we need to make the most of what we do have.  Set your priorities and stick with them.  Don’t waste your time, but invest it things important to you.

How to Display Hawaiian Characters in Your HTML

One of my long term goals is to learn the Hawaiian language. I know a number of words and I studied the pronunciation years ago, so I’m not terrible with pronunciation.

Hawaiʻ i is not the same as Hawa’i or Hawaii.

As I start writing more Hawaiian words (including Hawaiʻ i), I want them to be correct. The ʻ , or ʻokina, is not an apostrophe, displayed as ‘. I won’t go into the details of the language here, but know there is a difference. Just as WordPress has a capital p and is not written Wordpress, Hawaiʻ i is not the same as Hawaii or Hawai’i.

Below is a chart of the letters in case you need to use them on your own site.

Letters Hex Code Entity
ʻ (ʻOkina) ʻ
ā ā ā
ē ē ē
ī ī ī
ō ō ō
ū ū ū

#100DaysOfFitness: A Simplistic Way to Get in Shape This Year

#100DaysOfFitness Challenge

I don’t really consider myself out of shape, but I’m also not where I want to be.  I’ve wanted to do something like this for a while, but just kept putting it off.  I really don’t like push-ups and curl-ups, but my body isn’t going to get in shape doing nothing.  At least not the shape I want. Some people only do stuff to get in shape for summer.  I missed the timing for that, but I’m OK with that.  Although this challenge is only 100 days long ,this is the beginning of a new way of living.  I enjoy running, but the hardest part is finding time.

I made a change in my schedule.  Fitness is no longer something I fit in where I can, I have intenionally put it on my calendar.

Overall Fitness Goals

Since I’m only tracking number for running, push-ups, and curl-ups, it may seem like this is focused on my Navy Reserve physical readiness test (PRT). That’s important, but there are other reasons I want to be in the best possible shape.

  • Kids.  My kids are 4 and 11.  I want to be able to keep up with them as they get older.
  • Fire Department. Be fit enough to continue doing my job as a volunteer firefighter for many years to come.
  • Navy Reserve PRT.  Improve the score on my fitness test.
  • MapMyRun You vs the Year 2018.  I’ve signed up for the challenge to run 1018 KM (~633 miles) this year.  So far I’m a little behind from where I’d like to be, at 190 KM (~118 miles), with 206 days to go.

#100DaysOfFitness Rules

For the purpose of this challenge, a week will begin on Monday and end on Sunday.  Every week, I want to:

  • Run an average of 20 miles.
  • Do at least 75 push-ups. This breaks down to 15 push-ups five times a week. 
  • Do at least 150 curl-ups. This breaks down to 30 curl-ups five times a week. 
  • Post my progress, to include:
    • Running Distance. 
    • Running Time. 
    • Push-Ups.
    • Curl-Ups.
    • Weight.
    • Waist measurement.
    • Photo.
    • Other, such as physical activities not specifically being tracked.
    • Steps Taken calculated by my FitBit.
  • Tweet my progress using the #100DaysOfX and #100DaysOfFitness hashtags.

On your mark, get set, go!

Have you started you own fitness routine?  What are you doing to get in shape?  What are your goals?  I’d love for you to let me know in the comments!

2018 is my year to get fit.  I intend to post a before and after picture.  As a starting point, my day measurements are:

Day 1

  • Weight: 205.2
  • Waist: 36-1/4″

Other Resources:

Welcome to Aloha Geoffrey and Happy Kamehameha Day!

Welcome to Aloha Geoffrey

Happy Kamehameha Day!  Today is in honor of King Kamehameha I, also known as Kamehameha the Great. He united the Hawaiian Islands into a royal kingdom in 1810.  Read more about King Kamehameha Day.  It’s no coincidence the official launch date for Aloha Geoffrey is a Hawaiian holiday.

E komo mai (that means “Welcome, come in” in Hawaiian”) and thank-you for visiting Aloha Geoffrey – my new personal site.  Aloha Geoffrey officially launches today.  There may still be some changes as I figure out what works best. 

My name is Geoffrey and I’m passionate about all things Hawaiʻi.  I have a website where I share web development-related topics, but this is my place to share everything else.  Some of the things you’ll see here include:

  • Hawaiʻi-related topics.
  • Recipes.
  • Productivity and organization tips.
  • Activities and projects.

For more on what you can expect, please take a look at the Start Here page.

Have any questions or comments about anything you see on Aloha Geoffrey or suggestions on what you would like to see?  Let me know!  Even if I don’t know the answer, I’ll do my best to find it for you. Now it’s on to the exciting stuff.

Aloha a hui hou (until we meet again)!