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[Off Topic] Get Fit in February Developer Challenge

I’m on Day Two of the Get Fit in February Developer Challenge.  This month-long competition boasts around 200 participants who are vying for some nice prizes to the fittest of the fit.  Judged in 3 categories – total weight lost, percentage of weight lost, and most active participation – the winners can claim one of two Zunes or an MDSN subscription.

So I’m committed to this thing… here’s my starting point.  I’m at 183 as of last night, which puts my BMI squarely at 27, making me technically overweight.  My goal by the end of the month is to lose 12 pounds, which would land me at 171 by the time March arrives.  Beyond that, I’d like to trim down to an even 160, but we’ll reevaluate and set further short term goals once this challenge is done.

My plan goes something like this:

  • Work out every day, no excuses or exceptions.  Even if I’m exhausted, I can hammer out 20 minutes of cardio.  If it’s raining, I have the treadmill.
  • Lots of water.  Water water water.  It’s good for me, it keeps me alert, and it makes me feel full.
  • Stop the senseless munching.  I’m probably taking on an extra 2-300 calories a day by grabbing a handful of cashews here and a stack of potato chips there.
  • Eat a small and healthy breakfast, and a couple of smaller meals in the day instead of a large lunch.
  • Shore up the evening meal.  For the next two weeks, I’m eating only cereal and fruit for dinner.  I’ll do something similar for the back half of the month, but I’ll see what I’m craving at that point – I’m sure the cereal/fruit will get old after 14 days.
  • Weigh in biweekly (Monday, Friday mornings).  Post progress and my notes at least biweekly.

So I’m a full day into this thing and, excluding last night’s Super Bowl party, I’m doing quite well.  Tonight’s dinner was Special K cereal and a banana, and I pounded out 20 minutes of 10 degree climbing on the treadmill. 

Now this is a technical blog so I’m not going to post all of my weigh-ins or notes here; I will follow up here with a single final results post at the end..  If you’re interested in my progress or the event as a whole, visit to the Facebook group for this challenge.

Tim Mitchell

Tim Mitchell is a business intelligence consultant, author, trainer, and Microsoft Data Platform MVP with over thirteen years of data management experience. He is the founder and principal of Tyleris Data Solutions.

Tim has spoken at international and local events including the SQL PASS Summit, SQLBits, SQL Connections, along with dozens of tech fests, code camps, and SQL Saturday events. He is coauthor of the book SSIS Design Patterns, and is a contributing author on MVP Deep Dives 2.

You can visit his website and blog at TimMitchell.net or follow him on Twitter at @Tim_Mitchell.


Posted by Alan Vogan on 5 February 2009

Good Luck to you Tim! I'm at 198 and shooting for 178 by April 1st. No foolin' around. That's about 2 lbs a week.

Posted by mazzz on 26 February 2009

I'm curious to see how this went - in particular with regards to the hunger issues you must have faced due to a rather poor choice of evening meal :-)

Sugar-heavy meal => blood sugar spikes => hunger

Protein helps with this!

Posted by Tim Mitchell on 26 February 2009

Actually, I have varied my evening meal a bit and it's worked out well.  So far I'm pleased with the results.  I'll post a recap next week after month's end.

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