Sunday, January 4, 2015

Happy 2015

Hi everybody, long time no speak! Hope you had a great 2014 and a healthy start to 2015. I had a great 2014, but ditched the exercise bike voyage after a couple of months - started going outside in March, coached baseball the majority of days from March through July, and never went back. Put on a few pounds, to be honest, especially through the holidays.

I'm not really back to blogging, but wanted a place to document my 2015 goals, and this is a comfortable, semi-public place to go on the record. Here they are, in no particular order.

1 - Lose forty pounds.
2 - Write a book about it.
3 - Make a difference in my profession.
4 - Develop pitchers.
5 - Connect with family.

The game plan for losing weight is pretty simple:

- Eat what I am calling "Green Light Muscle" - foods that are green and/or light and/or build muscle
- Limit to one plate per meal
- Walk/exercise daily, or close to

There's more to it, but that's enough for now.

The book is a bit of a reach, but I feel like I have a great idea for a weight loss book that would be truly different. I've had the idea for a few years and was waiting to lose weight before writing it. But in my career, I have learned that change follows experience, so I'm jumping in and I've already written 12,000 words. My goal is 70,000. This is not War and Peace.

This isn't a blog about my work, so I'll skip that other than to say I need to keep growing and pushing for ways to achieve success for who we serve.

You know that I coach baseball. Specially, I am the pitching coach for the two teams my son plays on, a Little League team and a team that plays tournaments in the summer and trains in the winter. My hobby has always been learning about baseball. Lately, I have watched more pitching videos than you probably knew existed. Working with eleven and twelve year old players, regardless of talent, and developing them is incredibly rewarding.

2014 was a great year with my family. I feel closer to my wife than ever and have made many efforts to spend quality time with my boys, not always easy as their lives get busy. I could do a better job with my extended family. Goal #5 is about achieving goals 1-4 without losing contact with those who mean most to me.

I hope you have a wonderful 2015 and I hope all of the friends I made through this blog during the years are happy and healthy. You have been good to me and good for me.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Dinner and Done

I sometimes wonder how much I would weigh if I didn't eat after dinner. Cutting to the chase, I'm going to try cutting that out.

Was out of town last week, but got in a ride in a health club connected to the hotel. Otherwise, we have baseball practice every day and I'm pretty occupied with that, and kind of sore as well after throwing batting practice on back to back days.

More later...

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Made it to the Hometown of Bing Crosby

Spokane, Washington, that is. A good week and I'll cross into Idaho, with a Cabela's overlooking the highway, just yards into beyond the state line, in case I need to hunt something between Washington and Montana.

I am feeling good. No soreness of any kind. Part of that might be because my pace has slowed down, but I do think I'm being smarter about riding position.

We are into baseball season now. A rare February week in Seattle with very little rain allowed the team I coach to get five practices in. For the next four months, there will be very few days without baseball. Again, I equate coaching to gardening in terms of physical exertion, so I'm getting some exercise out there every day. But it is slowing the biking down, just a bit. Between baseball and work, there's not much time left. I've done a pretty good job riding the exercise bike before work, so that helps.

My best story of the week was when an 11 year old outfielder ran up to me between batters in practice, handed me a tooth he had lost, and ran back into position before the next pitch. Good hustle! You know the Cardinals aren't taking a play off because of losing a tooth.

I'm not sure how many people still read this, but if you are I hope you are being healthy in your own way. All the best to everybody!