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Tuesday, May 02, 2006Gift Baskets
Thought I would take a moment to plug the new business of a friend of mine. If you are in need of gift baskets for any occasion, visit Gingham and Posh. The website is in need of some work, but give them a call and they will make a basket to order.
Friday, April 21, 2006SI Goal #3
Eat healthier and exercise.
I have the good fortune of having a fairly high metabolism, so even though I eat like there's no tomorrow, I don't really have a lot of weight to lose. Having said that, I would like to replace about 5 pounds of fat with 10 pounds of muscle. Towards that end, I have decided to start the Abs Diet.
Written by a Men's Health editor, the Abs Diet just makes more sense to me than many others. Basically, the author gives a list of "Power Foods." The idea is to include as many of these in each meal as possible. He doesn't ask you to count calories or limit portion sizes. The diet does ask you to avoid fried foods and limit your intake of highly processed starches and "junk food," but that makes sense. There is also an exercise plan that is an integral part of the diet. Since maintaining muscle burns calories 24 hours a day, this can greatly increase your fat loss.
Once TechnoBaby was born, I let my gym membership lapse, since I simply didn't have the time to use it. Luckily, most of the exercises in the Abs Diet require very little equipment, and can be performed effectively at home. However, I find that going to the gym motivates me to work out harder, so I would like to find a convenient, affordable gym to join.
In addition, I think it's important to take a multi-vitamin to ensure that you receive all the vitamins and minerals your body needs. Personally, I take Vemma, because I think the liquid form makes assimilation into the body easier. Anything is better than nothing, though.
Friday, April 07, 2006SI Goal #2
Set a budget and get finances in order.
Where to begin? This is a toughy. I haven't figured out the whole budget thing yet, but I definitely need to. The first thing I plan to do is monitor my spending for two months. I figure that will give me a good baseline for everything that I need to spend money on, and likely shed some light on areas that I can cut back. In fact, I already see one glaring area. I eat out way too much.
As part of the budget, I want to make sure that I include putting some money into a savings account/CD/MMA/whatever. I'd like to have enough money easily accessible to get me through 3 months.
Of course, you can't ignore income in the budget, and it would certainly make everything easier if I could swing a raise and/or promotion. I like my current job, but if I can't get a raise by the end of the year, I'll need to start looking elsewhere.
Budgeting has never been one of my strong points, so I think this will be the toughest goal to accomplish. Wish me luck.
Tuesday, April 04, 2006SI Goal #1
Get organized and practice better time management. I mean this mainly professionally, but if there was some spillover into my personal life, that would be great. I'm trying to develop a plan for this, but right now I just have some general ideas.
I've been using GTD TiddlyWiki to keep track of projects and To-Do lists. If you're familiar with the concept of a Wiki, this is pretty easy. Even if you're not, it will just take a couple of minutes to get the basic idea. There are a couple of thinsg I really like about this. First, it's completely editable, so you're not locked into anyone else's style. If you don't like it, change it. Second, although there are some server-side adaptations of this program, I like the fact that it is a single local file. Leave it on your laptop, or even put it on a USB stick and run it from there.
The GTD in the above paragraph refers to "Getting Things Done," a book and time management philosophy by David Allen. From what I've read, it seems like an effective system, so this book is now on my short list of things to read. I'll post an update once I read it.
Past those two things, I'm trying to keep my email inbox as low as possible at all times (see Inbox Zero for tips and inspiration) and I'm considering trying out the Hipster PDA. Oh, since I've used a few links to the site already, 43 Folders is a great site for time management and oraganization tactics.
I know everyone has their own system, but if you have one that you think is particularly great, post it in the comments.
Friday, March 31, 20063 year subscription to Kiplinger Personal Finance for 4.91
1) Go to NetMagazines
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4) During checkout, use coupon code DCMPS40D to take 40.00 off the price.
I found this deal over at Money Dummy.
Wednesday, March 29, 2006Self Improvement
Every few years, I go through a self improvement kick. After a while, some things stick and others don't, but I feel better for having made the effort. I suppose that shortly after having a kid is a natural time to re-evaluate so, in that spirit, here are my four self improvement goals for this year. I will post a separate entry about each in the coming days, and give updates as time goes by.
SI Goal #1: Get organized and practice better time management.
SI Goal #2: Set a budget and get finances in order.
SI Goal #3: Eat healthier and exercise.
SI Goal #4: Get more sleep.
Nothing earth-shattering in the list, but I think they can make a tremendous impact on my general well-being. Stay tuned and feel free to add some of your own goals in the comments.
Monday, March 27, 2006HP donating to the Livestrong Foundation
HP and AMD are making a donation to Lance Armstrong's LiveStrong foundation. For every picture uploaded to their website, they will donate a dollar to the LiveStrong foundation, up to a maximum of 25,000 dollars. Click here to upload your photo and help a great cause.