Fatherhood and Fitness

I think most of us would be lying if we didn’t want to be more fit for our kids, for our wives and for our health. But as a father, or the primary bread winner, it’s hard to be fit.  Or so I’m finding out.

Now a big part of this is that I have a hard time with self control and food.  When I get stressed, and there’s plenty of that to go around, I eat.  And it’s not good things. Additionally a wife who is half way through a pregnancy doesn’t help either.  He cravings are all over the place and I want to be supportive so I’m right there with her, most of the time, eating what she eats.  So it’s been a bit hard to drop a few pounds that I know I need to drop (lets just say it’s about 35lbs really!).

So right now I’m really trying my hardest to not eat to much at one sitting and I’m trying to get some exercise.  That’s a combination of weights and running, for the time being.  Since the gym I have been going to (ie: cheap!) was just purchased by Golds Gym, I suspect that I’m headed back to at home workouts. Which is fine….but when I get home the boy wants to play, so that makes it a bit hard.  Hopefully I can at least get to the point where I am able to do some running and then some body weight stuff.

Additionally I’m hoping by putting my weight out here in the open, it will motivate me to do better.

So as of 5/28/2014 I weighed in at 237.6 lbs!  Gulp.  I was around the 225 to 220 range last year. So that’s what I’m shooting for now.

Any other fathers fighting the bulge? Or just need extra motivation?

Good Bye Verizon…hello Straight Talk

We’ve been talking about it for awhile now, but we finally made the switch this week.  Bye bye Verizon and hello Straight Talk.  A few random thoughts on this process.

One of my concerns was the cost of the phones.  With a Verizon, or another type of provider, they lure you in with cheap phones and keep you that way.  Buying a new smart phone in this day and age can be expensive. And the phones that Straight Talk offered that were in our price range were no-names and something that just wasn’t 100% sure on.  In walked to Motorola Moto E.  I just happened to bounce over to Wired.com this week and see their article on it and knew it was what I wanted. Bought one for me to make sure it worked and it did.  Then bought another for my wife.  Cancelled Verizon and we are off.  In the end saving ourselves $40 to $50 a month!

Setup on Straight Talk is pretty easy.  When you bring your own phone there is a trick on the setup however.  You don’t enter the IMEI (think that’s what it’s called), you enter the code from the SIM card that you used.  If you do that you’ll be good.

Switching over a phone number from Verizon is pretty easy if you have all of your Verizon information.  Do that before hand and your phone number will port over in a couple of hours.

I highly recommend the Motorola Moto E (just released in May of 2014).  It’s not a big giant screen, but it keeps a pretty good charge, you don’t have Verizon’s crap running in the background, you can choose what you put on the phone and what you don’t.

Installing Vagrant on Windows – Stalling on HyperV message

I finally got Vagrant working on my work computer, which in turn will hopefully make my development life a lot easier. At a minimum it should remove my need for having a separate development Ubuntu machine! However it wasn’t without it’s hurdles.

Every time I tried to do ‘vagrant up’ it kept stalling on a message about installing HyperV, which was not what I was trying to bring up.  I was trying to bring up a Ubuntu machine.  I did get it solved and here’s how I did it.

  • Uninstall Vagrant
  • ReInstall Vagrant
  • In a CMD prompt (probably best to run this as administrator) I ran ‘vagrant box add precise64 http://files.vagrantup.com/precies64.box
  • Run ‘vagrant init precise 64
  • Run ‘vagrant up

That should get your machine up and running.  Except for the first two steps, it’s all done in a CMD/DOS Prompt.  In order to do the ‘vagrant ssh‘ step that many guides have you’ll need to do that from a Git Bash prompt.

Here’s a few links that I found rather helpful in this process:

Getting Started with Vagrant on Windows 7 and 8

Vagrant and Apache



We had just bought our first house and I had a lawnmower but no weed eater.  It had to be a gas powered one.  No weak electric weed eater for this job.  It was job that needed power a loud engine and a little bit of smoke pouring out of it. So that’s what I did.  I got a gas powered eater and it was great…for a few times.  After that it became a real pain to get started.  The thing never idled correctly and I had to run it full bore all the time.

Late last summer the gas powered monster I had bought 10 years earlier finally had a enough.  It was late enough in the year that I didn’t have to worry about it, but with spring finally here, it was once again time to address the problem.  I ended up with a batter powered weed eater.  Let me tell you it is AWESOME.  Now I’ve only used it once, but so far, I’m liking it.  Pull the trigger give it some juice and off you go.  Now I haven’t quite done my full yard yet, but the back yard I have done and it’s chewed through a good bunch of grass and weeds.

It’s amazing what a bit of time will do to simple decisions like these!

Cause and Effect

Our boy hasn’t quite figured out cause and effect as much as it drives his mom and I up the wall sometimes.  And that’s fine.  But I think we as a society have forgotten about cause and effect or at least pushed it so far out of our minds that the only thing that’s going to bring us back is something disastrous.

For the last couple of years I’ve wondered what the effect would be if a small town were to swear off of car’s.  Instead we walked to work.  Or we rode a bike to work or we took alternative transportation or even just carpooled (have you looked at the number of vehicles that have 1 person in them?  It’s staggering).  If that happened for a full month or even a week.  I’m not just talking about ride your bike to work day, I’m talking about every day and so that it was noticeable enough that you’d wonder what all the bikes were on the street or why there weren’t more car’s on the road.

Something to ponder…perhaps something to try and make happen.