MyZone, MyJob and MyHeart

As a small step back onto the exercise bandwagon, I ordered a MyZone heart rate-monitoring belt and associated watch. (They sent me a $70-off link if anyone wants to buy one. I don’t believe it kicks back to me; I hope it kicks-back to my gym).

Like the MeasureUp DEXA scan we take at the beginning and end of every F45 eight-week challenge, the idea is that “you get what you measure”. MeasureUp have that written on the side of their van. MyZone go with the shorter and more pithy “Effort rewarded.”

The same idea shows up a lot, it’s considered a “business truism” according to brief research using Google. Certainly when we started looking at Scrum and Agile/Lean at work, this came up a lot.

I mean “You get what you measure”, not “Effort rewarded”. The latter is a Dilbert comic:

 - Dilbert by Scott Adams

I tend to pull this one out when we’re talking about communication, not salary reviews.

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One less excuse

My mother pointed me at CalorieKing Australia which is a web site for helping with weight loss.

I’ll be using this to track my food intake and what little exercise I do. I’m quite hopeful, given its large-looking food database. So far there’s not much I’ve had to add (the kangaroo meat I’ve been eating the main thing missing, and their Home Brand range seems rather small. In the latter case, I’m picking the things I believe are the branded equivalents.

I’ll see how it goes, anyway. One of my weight-loss complaints was that it was all too hard to manage. This site has a menu-suggesting thing, and has an option to exclude all dairy items, so once I’m organised a bit and have gotten through the stuff in my cupboard, I might see how the suggested meals turn out.

It also lets you input nutritional targets and such, and provides some defaults, so I can get a good idea of my fat and protein intake (keeping them down) and my calcium intake (keeping it up). I was disappointed to see that the goat’s cheese I get doesn’t have a calcium value on the packet or the site, and it also about half my daily fat intake. So I’ll be drinking more of the chocolate VitaSoy drink, which turns out to be a healthier way of getting my 1g of calcium a day. (That’s a whole litre. I’ll have to start taking it to work again. Horrors! ^_^)

The only issue I have with it so far is that I have to add a food to my daily record to see its statistics. So when trying to work out what to have for dinner tonight, I had to keep throwing combinations at it until something came up that balance out well. That’s mainly because I had a pretty awful lunch though. ^_^

The site has a built-in blog system, but I don’t see an option to just auto-publish my meals. I’d like to do that… I’m not sure why.

Edit: Carefully hidden away in the account options, my meal diary is now online.

Edit: That’s not how you spell CalorieKing

All juiced out and nowhere to go

I’m out of juice

In other news… Finally upgraded the blog to WordPress 2.0.3 and Spam Karma 2.2r3. Also decided to celebrate with a new theme, blog.txt. It’s OK so far, apart from the title sizing… Dunno if I’ll stick with it yet.

The actual content of this post is twofold… I used CurlFtpFS (A FUSE-based filesystem) to update the site. I chose CurlFtpFS over Fuseftp because the latter consistently failed to handle vimdiff. ^_^

Happily, on Debian, it was easy to set up. m-a a-i fuse gave me the fuse kernel modules, and then grabbing the CurlFtpFS Debian package.

The main disadvantage is that you can’t see the FUSE-mounted share from my windows box over Samba… This may just be a permissions thing, as I can follow symlinks across filesystem mounts OK, although I didn’t used to be able to.

The other fold is that I finally started my exercise regime. Tonight, about a half-hour on Stepmania, for 14 three-foot songs and a four-foot song. I’m working alphabetically through the list of songs at three-feet, and then my last set of the three for the night is whatever I feel like. And tonight I was in a Bubble Bobble, そばかす and WITCH DOCTOR mood.

Most frustrating song of the night was Beyblade 2000 – Off the Chains, the BPM seemed to be tuned to the rappers, not the actual beats. On the other hand, most frustrating in a good way was Cowboy Bebop – Tank [Para Para mix], 307BPM of surprise steps. Fun. ^_^

Final good news, the author of the Top 10 posts plugins noticed my updates. I was linked from a blog that shows up in the WordPress Dashboard. ^_^

Meh, a few other things going on, I should be able to blog about them later this week. >_<

Edit: Back to Ocadia. Also, I bought juice. ^_^