System Maintenance.

We’re doing some system maintenance on Simpleweight.  Please patient as we get the system back up and running.  It may take a bit of time.  Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.  I’ll post again when its back to normal.  Thank you.

If your First Plan Fails, Try Another! Religious Sacrifice.

If the first plan which you adopt does not work successfully, replace it with a new plan; if this new plan fails to work, replace it in turn with still another, and so on, until you find a plan which does work. Right here is the point at which the majority of men meet failure, because of their lack of persistence in creating new plans to take the place of those whose fail. … No man is ever whipped, until he quits — in his own mind.
Napoleon Hill. Think and Grow Rich

I have had a recent set-back in my Groundhog Resolution plans. There is a reason I am not a garage door repairman. I hurt my finger pretty good while repairing the garage door opener motor. My painful experience put a big cut in my Pick and commit a time to exercise 10 minutes a day plan.  Don’t worry though, The doctor says I’ll be okay and everything will return to normal with time.

In my persistence for fitness, I am required to find a plan that works for me and you for that matter. We must keep trying and trying until we hit the mix of exercise and healthy eating that’s proper for our individual bodies.

So, a new plan?

Sacrifice: an act of giving up something valued for the sake of something else regarded as more important or worthy as defined by Apple Computer Leopard’s Dictionary.

Sacrifice

I’ve talked a bit about different motivations for fitness. We all are unique, and consequently we have to find what will motivate ourselves. Weight Loss and Fitness is as much as a physical battle as it is a mental battle. Re-thinking old habits and building new healthy habits takes time, persistence, and motivation. Sometimes, we need a little extra help with motivation and our sacrifice to fitness.

  • By giving up eating too many calories, we can achieve a healthier body.
  • By giving up sleeping an extra 30 minutes in the morning, we can exercise and achieve a physical fit body.
  • By giving up unhealthy habits, we can create healthy habits.

We must give up and sacrifice in order to create new.

Now when I hear sacrifice, I usually think Religion.

Most religions require some sacrifice during your religious calendar. Jews have Yom Kippur, Muslims have Ramadan, and Christians have Lent. Each is a time to fast and atone for sins and a way to teach patience, sacrifice and humility. These Religious periods offer a perfect time for those motivated by God to offer up healthful-based sacrifices.

If you have Faith, make a promise to God to abstain from sugary sweets, chocolate, alcohol, French Fries, Coca Cola, or other unhealthy habits. I think that would be one promise you’d want to keep. No on wants to make God unhappy with broken promises.

If you don’t have Faith, then make a promise to your most motivating best friend to abstain from some unhealthy habit.

Back Story

Lenten Sacrifice is exactly how I gave up drinking Coca Cola. I used to drink almost a two liter of Pop (Coke, Dr. Pepper, Mountain Dew, etc…) a day. I decided during lent of 2001, that I would give up Pop as a sacrifice to God. After 40 days abstaining from Coke, I decided to see how long I could go. It is now 2009, and I have about two cans of pop (usually Sprite or 7-up) a year and no Coca Cola.

So, I suggest you and I use the next 40 days to focus on eating habits.

What can you sacrifice that is valued in your diet that may be unhealthy?  Is it Starbucks Coffees?  is it French Fries?  Is it Candy?  Is it Alcohol? Make a promise to the most important person in your life, possibly God for some of you readers, that you will abstain from that unhealthy eating vice.

Let’s Review:

  1. Who’s the most important person/entity in your life now?
    • God, Spouse, Best Friend
  2. What are the unhealthy items in your life/diet?
  3. Make a promise to sacrifice your unhealthy vice for the next 40 days to your most important person.

Hmm, let me think, What are the some things I commonly over-indulge in lately?

  • Peanut M&M’s
  • French Fries
  • Ice Cream
  • Brownies, Cakes, Cookies
  • Starbucks Hot Chocolates
  • Fast Food

I guess there is no rule that says, I can’t cut them all out.

So, a new plan.  What’s your Sacrifice for Fitness?

Simpleweight Health-Club Has Started.

How did you spend your Friday evening?

Well, my brother and I had a fun evening deploying simpleweight health-club edition.

It’s late, and I’m tired.  So, I’ll save a full report over the next few days.  Here’s the abridged update:

All Customers have a new simple weight home page which we call the simple weight health club.  You can now easily share your Simpleweight information with Friends and Family.

By the request of some of our users, we’ve made a couple of new reports.

Also, if you hadn’t noticed, we’ve integrated a new wordpress theme into simpleweight.

More Details to come.

What’s the one thing that if we added to simpleweight will help you become more fit and healthy?

Interactive Health Look of My Body

You didn’t expect to see “my” body did you?  I’m not ready for that.

I saw this cool, interactive, guided health tour of the body at NY Times.

Other Simpleweight News:  We’re putting the final touches on our next Simpleweight upgrade.  What can you expect?

  • Expect a new design.
  • Expect a couple of new nutritional reports.
  • Expect the ability to create your own public page.
  • Expect a little bit of downtime of the blog.  I’ll post some timeframes when you will see a hic-up.
  • Additionally, expect a price increase to $29/year.  We feel we’ve added value and simpleweight is worth more.  We’re still going to have a free account, but we’ll also have an advertising-free full account.

Now, if you sign up today, you will lock-in our current price of $18/year.

What can we do to help you acheive your weight management goals?

Food back up!

Simpleweight Food is back up and running.  Thanks again for your patience.

We’re in the process of rolling out some new features of the next couple of weeks.  So, we’ll do our best to minimize any downtime.  I’ll write a post with some details coming soon.

Thanks.

Weight Loss updates completed.

Simple weight updates were completed March 21 evening. Ryan did a great job adding some new features for our free public users.

What’s New with Simple Weight Loss?

  • Exercise Calorie Calculators
    The General public can now calculate their calorie burn using our nifty activity calorie calculators.
  • New, improved, and quicker Charts and Reports
    We’ve replaced some of our flash charts with simple image charts. The site loads much faster.
  • Charts and Reports have the beginnings of Social Features: One can now easily paste their favorite chart or report into their own blog, facebook page, myspace, etc… Here’s my weight loss for the year 2008:
    Chart?chxl=1:|jan+01|jan+21|feb+10|mar+01|2008-03-21&cht=lc&chg=16
    Of course, this chart demonstrates that one needs to focus on the trend and not the day to day fluctuations.
  • Minor feature and bug fixes for various requests by users. For example, you can now save custom foods with your own serving size without having to click or save twice.

What’s Next?

Well, we’re working on a site design refresh to liven up the site and make it more attractive. We plan to re-organize the public pages to better explain our exceptional simpleweight offerings. We’ve been promising more social features.

Why do we add and make changes?

We’re always trying to make simpleweight easier to use, and we’re trying to make it easy to follow weight loss’s aggregate best practices:

  • Weigh yourself on a regular schedule. (I suggest every day, or once a week.). Make sure you weigh yourself the same time with relatively the same clothes
  • Track your energy expenditures and how much exercise you can do.
  • Track how much you eat, when you eat, how you eat, and why you eat
  • Make your weight loss social!

We’ve got tools simplifying the top three in that list above, and Social Features are coming. It will just make it easier if you just start using Simpleweight now.

What can we do to make Simpleweight so simple you will actually use it

StrongLifts 5×5 Fat Loss, Muscle Gain Free eBook Workout Review

Kinder Surprise: Weight Lifting Jerry source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/yogi/163795458/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/yogi/I have been Robert Scoble like in my rabid reading of blogs. While doing so one day, I ran across stronglifts.com. I subscribed a while back, but I never really read much of the content. It was too body-builder-ish for me. But a recent post caught my attention: How Will Smith Became Successful and How You Could Too. Take a look. There is a great video where Will Smith says the two keys to life are Running & Reading.

Motivated and Inspired. I needed to do some reading. I thought to myself. What can I get my hands on to read? I have said in the past, “You are What You Eat, Read, and Do.” So, if you read junky, rumor-monger tabloids. then, you become a rumor-monger yourself. If you read economics books, you will become an economist.

I want to improve my physical fitness. So, I need to read Fitness books. Since, I subscribed to stronglifts.com rss feed, I noticed a link for a free StrongLifts 5×5 eBook, and I decided to check it out.

Wow, There are some gems in that book, and I can’t believe it’s free.

Bad workouts are better than no workouts. They train you mentally & reinforce the exercise habit. Don’t rationalize.

You are what you repeatedly do. Make a plan & stick to it. No matter what.

See, what I mean about gems.

I don’t agree with everything the eBook suggests, but I can not knock it because I have not tried the 5×5 program.

At a glance, The program suggests working out 3 times a week 30 minutes each time. During your workout you will perform:

  • Squats
  • Overhead Press
  • Bench Press
  • Deadlift
  • Barbell Row
  • Pull-ups & Chin-ups (optional)
  • Dips (optional)

Here’s why I will not do it. The author strongly recommends squats. To do squats effectively one needs the appropriate gym equipment and fairly flexible hips and ankles. Guess what, that strikes me out on two accounts. I do not have the appropriate gym equipment and my hips and ankles are stiffer than a rusty break-dancing Wizard of Oz Tin Man trying to do a Mr. Robot move.
Weightlifting Tom. Or Jerry.  src:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/yogi/280741410/  http://www.flickr.com/photos/yogi/
Of course, it does not help that StrongLifts does not mention Simpleweight as the service for tracking your eating, exercising, and biometrics. (strike 3 and your out) I’ll give him a pass since Simpleweight is still a rather new service.

The other thing I love about the ebook are the inspirational quotes from Napoleon Hill. Napoleon Hill is excellent. I love his books. So, Of course, I have to follow with the closing strong lifts Napoleon Hill quote.

“You can do it if you believe you can.”

If I believe I can follow the weight lifting program prescribed, then I can do it. There I go again: Thinking and Losing Weight.

So, Do I recommend the book?

Yes, I recommend the book. One can not beat the Price (free), and it’s a good quick read.

Do I recommend the workout?

I recommend the workout plan for those with the appropriate equipment and reasonable hip & ankle flexibility. The exercises are great and the program looks straight forward.

However for those without access to the appropriate equipment, I think the are other methods to achieve the same benefits using more of a dumb-bell workout. I’ll talk about those in the future.

Update soon.

Look out tomorrow evening. Ryan has been doing some great work with Simpleweight. We’ll be doing a minor upgrade Sunday, Jan 6, 2008. There may be some down time between 9pm and 12am  updated: 6pm – 9pm CST.

There are no big feature changes for paying customers. (Those will come soon.) But, we do have some changes. I’ll detail later.

Thanks for your patience.

Pay it forward – Simple Weight Loss style!

Leo Babauta from zenhabits.net is sponsoring a pay it forward web event, and I am giving away free 12 month simpleweight subscriptions. To learn how to receive your subscription, keep reading.Pay It Forward to bring people closer and restore kidness

What is a pay it forward web event?

The purpose of the event is to bring people closer and restore kindness

To quote Leo quoting Ben Franklin:

Here’s Ben Franklin on this concept:

I do not pretend to give such a Sum; I only lend it to you. When you […] meet with another honest Man in similar Distress, you must pay me by lending this Sum to him; enjoining him to discharge the Debt by a like operation, when he shall be able, and shall meet with another opportunity. I hope it may thus go thro’ many hands, before it meets with a Knave that will stop its Progress. This is a trick of mine for doing a deal of good with a little money.

To Demonstrate the goodness of Humanity, The idea is to perform some act of kindness, but with the intention of never receiving anything in return except asking the person to perform some act of kindness to someone else in the future.

So instead of paying me back, you need to pay it forward.

Leo mentioned he would link to my website if I perform some act of kindness. I don’t know if he will or will not link to me.
(Leo if you’re reading this and you do choose to link to my fantastic simple weight loss site. Thank you.) Regardless, I plan to participate.

What do I have to give to fulfill my act of kindness?

  • First, I have some positive inspiring comments I can give to my family and friends.
  • Second, I have some stuff (clothing, home furnishings, technology items) I will bring to the local goodwill.
    Reduce, Reuse, Recycle to clean the environment
    .
  • Finally, I will give free 12 month subscriptions to use simple weight to the first 12 people who leave a comment on this post describing how they will use our website to better handle their weight management goals.
    (I recommend SMART goals).

What do I ask in return?

  1. You truly need to dedicate yourself to using the site. We want you to reach your weight management goal. Using the site can be as simple as entering your weight weekly or tracking exercise habits daily.
  2. Of course, I will trust you to pay it forward and help someone else down the road.

I know you do not want to be the Knave to stop the progress of random kindness.

Remember, weight management is as easy as food in = food out.