How I Lost 30lbs For Free

Friday, September 23, 2011
Omron HBF-510W Scale
In earlier posts I had written about a rough period in my life where I gained a lot of weight. I worked hard to lose around 40lbs.

Unfortunately, things got in the way and I lost my way. My work increased and changed in some ways and I wound up spending most of the day sitting in front of a computer. Around October of last year I had trouble fitting into one of my favorite pairs of jeans and it really hit home.

That's when I got back into the habits that helped me lose the weight the first time around. After going through it a second time I made some changes to how I went about things and it's made it easier to keep up with this time.

Giro Hex Bicycle Helmet Review

Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Giro Hex Bicycle HelmetA couple of months ago I decided I should start wearing a bicycle helmet again and I really agonized over which commuter bike helmet to get and finally decided on the Giro Hex.

I spent many hours over the course of a week looking at different bicycle helmet styles to try to find one that wouldn't look too dorky or look huge on my big head.

You can find more details about the requirements I had for choosing the right bicycle helmet for me. Your criteria may be different from mine so hopefully the process I went through to make my decision can help you.

My P90X Fail

Monday, September 19, 2011
Before purchasing the P90X workout program I did a lot of research. I looked through a lot of articles and blogs of P90X users.

There were a lot of good and honest P90X reviews and many people had impressive results.

There were also some that had started blogging about their P90X transformations and just disappeared from the blogosphere. That's kind of what happened to me too.

Shirts That Don't Show Sweat

Sunday, September 18, 2011
A sweaty shirty can make you feel uncomfortable when working out or heading back home so I started looking for shirts that don't show sweat.

I remember the first time I tried to jog. It was horrible. My heart was racing and I was exhausted and I barely made it a block. Recently I have had much better results than that first attempt.

One day I was very impressed with my performance. I had jogged longer than I ever had before. It filled me with such great joy.

Walking home from my run led me through my town's crowded main strip. Past many businesses and restaurants with open air seating. Along the way I noticed a few people staring at me. Was my elation so obvious as to draw that attention? Not really. It was a very hot day and my jog had made me obviously sweaty.

Planet Bike Blaze 1 Watt Headlight and Superflash Taillight Review

Saturday, September 17, 2011
Blaze Headlight and Superflash Taillight
I've been on a few bike rides this summer that wound up being longer than expected or I got a later start than I had wanted and wound up bicycle riding at night. As the days are getting shorter, that could happen more frequently.

If I get tied up, I don't want to have to miss my after work bike ride because it's too dark.

To increase my safety when I ride my bicycle at night I decided to get a bicycle light set.

After checking out different bicycle lights and reading many reviews I decided to buy the Planet Bike Blaze 1-Watt Headlight and Superflash Taillight Combination Bicycle Light Set.

Read more for the bicycle light set review and video of Blaze 1Watt and SuperFlash at night.

Carpenter's 8 Hike in Palisades Interstate Park

Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Getting back in shape all started with walking for me and it's something I still do. During the summer it's mostly hiking and one hike I try to get in once a week is what I call Carpenter's 8 at Palisades Interstate Park in Fort Lee, NJ. It's a combination of Carpenter's Loops I & II where I go up Carpenter's Trail twice creating a sort of figure eight.

The hike is easy for me to get to and it combines a wide variety of scenery as the trail goes along the banks of the Hudson River and along the wooded area on top of the cliffs.
In total, the hike is about 8 miles and takes me roughly 2.5 hours to complete. Most of the trail is fairly flat along the Shore Trail and Long Path but Carpenter's Trail is a 0.2 mile long, 300' climb on old steep stone steps. This really gets my heart rate up as if I was jogging. It's a pretty tough climb but a good workout. Sometimes I'll jog for parts along Shore and the Long Path.

I remember reading that stair climbing is a great workout for your butt and since I spend a lot of time with my butt sitting in front of a computer, I decided to include Carpenter's Trail twice in my route.

In this post I'll describe the route and include some photos.

Orange and Green Tea Sports Drink Recipe

Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Sports drinks do more than quench your thirst, they help restore electrolytes such as sodium and potassium as well as provide carbohydrates to give you quick energy.

During the summer I like to do most of my cardio outdoors by hiking, biking and jogging. With the heat and humidity I sweat a lot and wind up drinking a lot of water. When it's really hot and I'm sweating a lot I tend to feel groggy afterwards. That's where sports drinks come in.

But buying sports drinks 4 or more times a week can add up so I decided to learn how to make my own and have come up with a recipe for an orange flavored sports drink with matcha green tea.

Adult Bicycle Helmets That Look Cool

Sunday, July 3, 2011
I used to think bicycle helmets look dorky. A bicycle helmet makes my big head look even bigger.

In the warmer months I enjoy biking. It's a nice change of pace from my usual exercise routine and I get to see some nice scenery. It makes exercising more pleasurable. In the past I've even used my bike to commute to work.

When I'm riding my bike on the road I never wear a helmet. I own one because I used to do a bit of trail riding in parks that required them.

If you're reading this, you probably think like me about how bike helmets look but, as I do, you understand the safety benefits if god forbid your head hits the pavement. Or maybe helmets are required by your local laws or the regulations of areas you'd like to go bike riding in.

Sale on Timex Digital Heart Rate Monitor Watch

Wednesday, January 19, 2011
I have such a hard time buying things without doing a lot of research. For months I've been meaning to buy a heart rate monitor for working out and bike riding but I couldn't settle on which one.

I didn't wan to spend a lot of money but I didn't want to get one that was useless. So many of the reviews for affordable heart rate monitor watches seem to be negative that I was very nervous about purchasing one.

The more expensive Polar Heart Rate Monitors seemed to be worth the money but I didn't want to spend that much.

The Omron HR-100C Heart Rate Monitor has over 700 good reviews and is only around $30 with free shipping and looked to be the watch I was going to get but this morning I saw a sale on the Timex T5J031 Unisex Digital Fitness Heart Rate Monitor Watch.

It lists for $100 but I saw it for $49 so I ordered it.

I liked the Timex because it has some extra features that the Omron didn't such as a calorimeter (calorie counter) and review. Most of the reviews also seemed to be favorable. Once I get it and put it through it's paces I'll add a full review but in case anyone reads this try and snag this great deal before it goes up again.


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