Looking back: 30 Day Challenge for December 2014


Re: My ‘more steps and more activity’ 30 Day Challenge

Looking back at the Fitbit data for the month of December and while I didn’t hit my goal of 15,000 every day — I only went below 10,000 steps on one day. That day was December 19th, and I did 9,123 steps. To be fair about missing my bottom level goal that day, I had an ultra-marathon scheduled for December 20th, and therefor was taking it a bit easy. Regardless, I still missed and could have gotten to 10,000 without issue.

Otherwise, I only had one other day where my steps were in the 10,xxx range. The other day was December 29th when I did 10,687. Not a bad day, but not where I wanted/hoped to be. Aside from those two lower days I managed to get over 15,000 steps for a total of 12 days.

In total that means I had one day below 10,000, and twelve days above 15,000. This goes without saying, but the remaining days were somewhere between 10 and 15 thousand steps.

In the end I would say I still need to keep working on this challenge, and while I wish the above 15,000 step days would have been higher — I still consider this challenge a success because it got me thinking about being more active THROUGHOUT the FULL DAY as opposed to getting majority of my activity in a short one hour period.

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30 Day Challenge: More steps and more activity


On the surface I appear to be a really active person. I run daily, with most of those runs being in the 5 mile range. I also ride my bike and swim, and because I run daily — the days when I bike or swim simply mean two workouts. And because of my running, I’ve sort of become the town runner. Everyone from friends, to parents of my kids friends, to random people ask me about running. Usually the question is something along the lines of;

Was that you I saw out running earlier?

Which is often followed by something along the lines of;

You seemed pretty far from home. How far do you run?

Seriously, it has gotten to the point where I tend to respond to the first question by saying one word — probably. And as if the attention from non-runners isn’t enough, I even get comments from other runners. Those usually tend to the fact about running everyday, and running ultra marathons. Bottom line here, I’ve become (locally known in my small town) as a runner, an active person.

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Switching to prepaid, and likely sticking with a 2013 Moto X


My family spends a small fortune on cellular service each month. Just above $300 with taxes and all that good stuff. We have solid service, in fact, I’ll likely miss what what we have, but it is time to start thinking in terms of dollars. Or more specifically, in terms of saving some dollars. We’ve decided to go prepaid, and will begin using the $30 per month (100 minutes, unlimited messages, 5GB of data) plan from T-Mobile. We currently have four lines and will be moving to prepaid accounts as those contracts expire.

The first of the four lines to come off contract is mine, and that will happen in about a weeks time. That means it is time for me to start thinking about a new phone, as my current will not work with T-Mobile. That may give a good hint of my current carrier. But current carrier aside, I’ve been using, and loving the 2013 Moto X. I like this handset due to the size (I always run with my phone in hand), and also for the ability to unlock using the Motorola Skip functionality, which I actually have programmed not to a Skip, but to an NFC chip I have implanted in my left hand.

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Send your name on NASA’s Orion Spacecraft

Send your name on NASA’s Orion Spacecraft at http://mars.nasa.gov/


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Out running…


Out running…you can catch a fish in most any body of water in Florida, and sometimes after heavy rain and flooding – –  you can also find them on the sidewalk (nowhere near a body of water).

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September 11th is more than 9/11

Hear me out before making any snap judgements…

In reference to the title, September 11th is the day, which happens to be today. Then 9/11 is THE day. The day from 2001 that many choose to remember and reflect on on September 11th.

I am not saying we need to forget what happened on 9/11, in fact we shouldn’t forget — but we also need to take a few minutes and remember that, for many people, September 11th is another day entirely.

Today I am not choosing to forget 9/11, but I am choosing to celebrate today, which is something I’ve been made to feel guilty about doing in past years. You see, today is my wedding anniversary. My wife and I married on September 11, 1999. For my wife, our family, and myself, this year has to be about us.

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Linked: Hillsborough County PTC meeting regarding Uber and Lyft

The Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission (PTC) meeting regarding Uber and Lyft took place earlier today. There isn’t much to say in the way of an outcome, however there has been plenty of solid coverage on the topic. Below are a few of the recent links;

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