Week 1 Day 5 – Completed A Day
31 Mar

Week 1 Day 5 – Completed A Day

Yesterday I was finally able to honestly say I’d completed a full day. Recording from morning to night I have a honest reflection for the day. To be fair though it wasn’t a really good day, featuring too much junk but it’s a start.

Today’s been a new day and got off to a good start. I had a nice healthy breakfast and an egg mayo lunch, but it went south from there. The afternoon was filled with chrisps and cream eggs. I also failed to go for a walk after work.

I’ve gone over my previous food diaries and I’m starting to think bread is a big part of my downfall. It seems everytime I have bread, be it breakfast of lunch, I end up snacking between meals. This is only a ruff guess sadly since my recent logging as been pitiful so I’m going to add two new items to my Nomie setup; Bread and Snacked

Farely simple and self explanitory but I hope this will ether shed highlight a pattern or disprove it. Obviously I hope to disprove since I’m quite attached to bread but we’ll see in a couple of days what the numbers say.

  • Target Weight: – 188 lb
  • Starting Weight: – 193.21 lb
  • Current Weight: – 194.23 lb

But its time to call it a night, so – if you have been – thanks for reading

7 Ways to Win Any Step Challenge – Plus Two Tactics That Won’t Work

7 Ways to Win Any Step Challenge – Plus Two Tactics That Won’t Work

March 29 , 2017

If you haven’t taken part in a Fitbit step challenge, what are you waiting for? Whether you’re motivated by competition (invite friends and family to an official Challenge, join a group, or track your spot on your seven-day friends leaderboard) or would rather just compete against yourself (start an Adventure), there’s something for everyone.

Week 1 Day 3 – 21 Days is what it takes
29 Mar

Week 1 Day 3 – 21 Days is what it takes

Last week I took a day off and here I am week later coming back to it. After a quick search I find common research seems to think it only takes 21 days to form , new habit, so adding it up if I can commit to my doing everything I want to everyday until Week 4 Day 3 then the habit should be formed… 

Right? I’m sceptical but we’ll see.

Windows 10 DNS Problems
24 Mar

Windows 10 DNS Problems

This week I came accross a strange problem in Windows 10, and since I’m likly to have the same problem in future I thought it worth to record what happened – and how I solved it.

Starting at the beginning I’ll layout the problem. I run my own DNS server on my network both for simple caching and security but mostly to override certain external domains with their internal host. So you can imagine my headache when Firefox starting saying my hosts were unavailable.

After some digging I found, thanks to the ping command, Windows was looking at the wrong IP address. Instead of getting my DNS servers local IP address it was returning the external IP address. My first thoughts were the DNS server was at fault and I spent two or three hours going down that line of thought with no sucess. I finally struck on the idea of using Wireshark to check what was coming back from the DNS server. This at least confirmed that the right – by which I mean local – IP address was returned from DNS which meant Windows was doing some after the fact.

I eventually traced the problem to my Avast anti-virus. Avast has, what in most cases is a really useful – feature called ‘Secure DNS‘ which was intercepting my requests and altering the returned IP. As soon as I disabled this feature my problems were solved.

So I’m posting this here for anyone else whoes having a similar problem. I hope it will help someone else.

Clean Break
22 Mar

Clean Break

Since I’ve made a point of starting this site in earnest this week I’ve commited and cleared out all my old site stats.

Since I track anonymized user visitors through Piwik, with an opt out option for anyone who wishes, I cleared out the database last night and stopped it tracking my visits (a setting I’m ashamed to say was left enabled before).

These stats give me some idea of the content you enjoy and why your here but it’s not perfect since Google and others block keywords I only get half the picture. So I’m keen to hear from you about the type of content your interested in.

So please take to the comments or email me directly with the type of things you would like me to post.

Week 0 Day 1 – Another Push
20 Mar

Week 0 Day 1 – Another Push

I’ve started and stopped this fitness thing so many times in the last few months I’ve lost track of where I am and sadly have little faith this will be the final restart. I’m also moving house next month and have been thinking that would be a good time to put this off till – a clean start and all that.

But too stick to that assumption would be giving up before I even started and waiting till I’ve moved is just a stalking tactic. Same as saying you’ll quitting smoking, after the one your drawing on as you say it. The only way I could quit was to stub it out half way through and make the commitment there and then.

So no matter what this is I’m starting again and if I had a doughnut in my hand I’d throw it away, but as much as I’d like to start my day with a doughnut I don’t so I can’t.

Next step is to setup some goals and a time frame to work towards. I’m getting married in August so August 1st that seems like we good a target date as any.

  • Weight – my target will be 188 lbs with a body fat around 20%
  • Blogging – the best success I’ve ever had was when blogging daily, so by week 3 I want to be blogging at least 5-6 times a day.
  • Streak – so far my best steps streak is 14 days, I want to beat that.