Potpourri Update

It’s been awhile since I have posted anything on my blog. As I said to Jimmy Moore, the reduced sunshine, early sunsets, and everything that imples (like no opportunity to workout outside after work) saps a lot of the energy to do the extra stuff. Rest assured though, I haven’t lost the low carb energy or drive to exercise completely. This malaise hit shortly after the Living History Farms Race as living in the North there was nothing to train for anymore. It is hard to believe though it has been over almost year since my prolonged 6 week absence from home for the National Guard.

That has changed. I have set my resolutions for 2007 in terms of goal races. I may do other races, like the Red Flannel 5 mile race in February, but my major races for 2007 will be the Drake Relays Half Marathon and barring a poor performance in the first race, I will running my first full marathon for the Des Moines Marathon on October 21, 2007. Lately, I have been listening Steve Runner’s running podcast, Phedippidations. I know how this sounds, but he proves that ability to complete a marathon should be within everybody as evidenced by his running of 110th Boston Marathon where he gutted gastrointestinal problems. I am hoping to meet my goal of 4 hour marathon, which is only going to be possible with a lot of hard work.

I did just present on the Atkins Diet to a local weight-loss group. I am not a professional orator by any means, so I appreciate their consideration with my constant umms and rambling orations. It was difficult to get my story out and how to do Atkins in only 30 minutes, and in the end, it was closer to 1 hour 30 minutes. If any TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) people are visiting my blog, please visit my youtube profile for a more coherent view on How to do the Atkins Diet. I promise there are new videos coming shortly, but in the meantime, make sure you visit the Living La Vida Low Carb Podcast. I just got a new mp3 player for Christmas, which has the tools for making listening to podcasts that much easier than a standard RSS feed reader. Jimmy celebrated the start of the New Year with a week of how to do Low Carb and the tips to be successful.

As for work, I have been extremely busy prepping for Disaster Recovery hotsite test, which is only a week away anymore. I have the responsibility for the Netware environment, which includes 2 clusters. We just found out the rushed Netware 6.5 SP5 upgrade that we put in broke our processes using dsbk.nlm (solved by back revving the nlms) and our cluster restore process. Needless to say, it was good to encounter it in pretest tests than while in Chicago.

I have also been actively furthering the cause of VMware ESX. We already have an extensive virtual environment where I work with 144 VM servers and 10 hosts. In 2007, we will see the environment double once again. It will absolutely play a HUGE role in our DR environment as we reduce our dependence on Sungard by either self accomplishng DR tests with site COOP (COntinuous OPeration) activities or at worst simply reduce the number of Sungard provided servers by restoring virtually. I am however betting on an ESX Replicator solution being prevalent to speed restores using the cost benefit savings from Sungard and lower server costs to fund the projects.


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  • **Reach your Dream**

    Wow, you have a reason to be proud! I’m starting atkins again the second time in about
    a year. I was so depressed this Christmas because last Christmas my daughter had bought
    me a size 14 pair of levis and this Christmas I couldn’t even get in them! I started back on
    January 1st. I have to realize that junk food is my downfall and like an alcoholic if I have
    just one I’m gonna be off the wagon! This time I want to be strong I know it works its just
    that I think I get bored with it but looking at pics of success stories I hope will keep me
    strong! Good luck to you!

  • Have a great 2007! Hang in till the sun returns. :-) PJ

  • Thanks for the comments. 2007 will be the year of low carb success. The 2003/2004 “old timers” (yeah I know some who have been at goal for much longer, but the majority started in that time frame) are at goal and have proven long term success can be had. So what if the low carb convenience foods are not as prevalent that doesn’t prevent making wonderful things like Low Carb Cheesecake. For my money, there is also nothing better than Sausage links or Chicken fajita salads for breakfast.

    I wish much success to everyone who just started this Way of Eating, and if you have any questions, certainly feel free to ask.

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