Setting daily goals

April 2, 2009

Alan Weiss is a consultant (Summit Consulting) to business consultants. He has a monthly email newsletter. It is the only monthly newsletter that I read (apart from a couple tech sales websites).

In his latest newsletter he says:

#10 Here’s a good way to start a staff meeting: “What are we going to do to increase our value and improve our clients today?” Or, to start the day: “How am I going to improve my personal and professional life today?”

So I’m going to try an post daily on what I’m going to do to improve my personal and professional life, starting today!

Errr.. I probably should’ve thought about this a bit more before posting. Here’s some quickfire things that I WILL DO.

  • Turn up to training early and do some extra skills and movement drills
  • Vacuum my room
  • Email Hamish Clarke to see if he has any work/leads for Chase the Sun.

That should do for a start


I used to struggle to blog because it felt like I never really had a lot of important things to say. I’ve found Twitter is a bit more to my suiting since its shorter, a bit more casual, and seems to be a bit more reactive to other users (from my perspective).

I’ll prob still post about code and big insights tho.

My twitter:

Overdue update

March 3, 2009

Well! A bit of stuff has happend till I last wrote:

On Saturday I played my first game of Ruggas since surgery! The held up flawlessly, and I apparently played quite well! I can’t remember much from the game since I took a few highshots and got ko’d. Played a full game though and gave a couple of good hits back. Yay. Stink thing is I have to stand down from this weeks game. We’ve got Taradale who are always good aponents.

Work has really picked up which i’m stoked about. Pranil went on a massive mission about a month ago and source a bit of work. We now have some more good contracting suppliers in the Gold Coast, another one in Palmy, and a designer in Bunnythorpe of all places haha. Everyone seems to be pretty pleased with us which is great. A couple more sources should have us sitting pretty smitten.

Final diet, 92kgThe gym is going well so far. I’ve been managing to go to after trainings. I’ve lost Chris though, but think I might have picked up Meerkat & Tenga as new gym partners. We should be hitting tomorrow night. Also, my body weight has dropped to the lowest since I can remember! 92 fricken kgs. I don’t mind though since I feel like i’m in the best shape I’ve been in for a long time. Also getting around the park is a joke now, running feels more like floating lol.

Sprained disc

February 4, 2009

Saw me physio this morning. I’ve strained a disc in my back. He’s given me some more ab statics to do, bridges, and some birddogs: nuteral spine, high chest, opposite arm up recuriting the lats. Drawing out a box with leg opposite leg. I can still do straight line running, and straight weights in the gym. 10 day stand, another crap start to the season.

Ok, so I injured my back just under 2 weeks ago playing touch.. My hammys were quite tight leading into the game. I ended up spraining a ligament in my back while dumping the ball. Anyway my lovely physio told me to take 10 days off to let the sprain settle. I told him about my tight hammys. He tested me and found that I was majory hamstring dominant, and that I don’t use my glutes whatsoever. He gave me some bridges to do to light my glutes up and to make me start using them again..

The problem is, after a couple of hours after every rugby trainging, my hammys are tight as, and I get some pretty bad back pain. I did a little research in on the web and found Lordosis.. I’ve actually noticed that my spine does sit a bit like that (just have to look at this photo). I also have all the symptoms stated in that article. Anyway, i’ve decided to try doing all the exercises and stretches every morning.. id give anything to get rid of this back pain! Also gonna buy a foam roller for SMR and might book a massage sess in the morning if my back is still buggered :S

Outliers is a book about extraordinary people. We tend to believe that these people are naturally great, but surprisingly, they are a result of numerous external factors. Outliers looks deep beneath the surface of these people to reveal those factors.

I first read about this book here on Kevin Rose’s website. I was dead set on buying it, but then I didn’t have to. My flatmate got it for Christmas from his father (what a cool present!).

I really like this book. It definitely made me look at people in a different light (may they be very successful people, or a type of people as a whole). I’m thinking of buying it for my father for his birthday. Recommended for anyone 🙂

Diet progress

January 28, 2009

After a week on crash diet

After a week on crash diet

I started a ‘crash’ diet Monday last week, and i’ve lost 4-5kg since then (a bit of that will be water, but a bit of that has also been fat). I’ve got rid of the beer gut (10kg since last photo post) and got some shape in my abs again (phew). But there still a bit on the sides that I wouldn’t mind getting rid of:

The crash diet is for people wanting to shed some quick weight/fat. It’s not something that is ment to be permanent. I’m only going to be doing it for two weeks, then ill move onto a more flexible diet (even though I haven’t been truley strict to the rules lol). Basically the diet is based on stripping carbs, fat, and only eating protein. You must take fish/flaxseed oil tablets to get your essential fatty acids, and a multivitamin also helps. Anyway its all in this book that I got my hands on: The Rapid Weightloss Handbook. And yes, I read the entire thing (it was only 100 pages and actually pretty darn easy to read).

Effects: Aside from losing weight, I’ve noticed that I’m no where near as hungry as I used to be. I can eat a lot less and still feel full. I have a lot more energy. And best of all I smashed my old 3km running record by 20 sec. I never knew how much of a difference 5kg makes to running. It feels like your just floating along, it’s insane!

The diet is from Lyle Mac Donald, you can find him over at Also, I used for calorie counting. Oh, and bought digital foodscales from Briscoes for $35 🙂

I hope someone might find this useful.

Bring on the 8pack.

I feel like i’ve had one of the best xmas & new years periods since I can last remember. Even though I worked all the non stat days. Xmas eve was awesome, went to the Celtic In on the Regent arcade with some old flatmates, and also caught up with Adam and Dinz. Sipped a few ales and remmanissed over the good old days. Also took a lot flak for STILL being in Palmy lol.

Xmas day was great! Went with the olds and my newphew out to foxton to have lunch with my Nana. Was very relaxing and peaceful. On the way back from Foxton I made a little detour to Feilding to pop in and see Kirsten & family. Was good to catch up with her parents and talk about their exciting new plans about their new self sustainable house that they’re going to be building very soon out on Cemetery road. They’ve sold their exisiting house and are on the verge of starting the new voyage. Later that night when we got into town Emma and I went to a Killa’s house to have a couple quiets. His parents Jimmy & Robyn had a few people round. Funtiems.

Boxing day was a bit different this time round. We didn’t go to the races! Emma, Porno & I started at G’s house for a couple beers. We eventually ended up back at Emma’s flat with the rest of her flatmates. The remainder of the night is a sloppy expensive blur.

Working the non stat days wasn’t too bad, which was surprisingly weird. Usually I feel like im missing out on all the fun that everyone else is having.. recently I had been struggling to get through any hours at all for our subcontracting stuff. I was peaceful though. I wasn’t in a hurry to get home and do something else. Just put my head down and got on with it.

New years! Well, Emma had to work all day on the 31st. I picked her up at 5pm and we were outta Palmy by 5.30pm. We were off to stay with my old friend and flatmate Micheal Ducket. The drive up was pretty quiet. We got confused in Rotorua.. Drove around looking for the highway that would take us to ‘Tauranga’ not knowing we were supposed to follow the many that were pointing to ‘Whakatane’. We eventually managed to get there at about 10.30pm. The streets were crammed with drunk and restless teeny boppers (much to be expected). Our night was pretty tame. We just ended up chilling in the lounge and catching up over some cold beer. num num num.

The next day we hit the beach. It was perfect. The sun was pumping, the waves weren’t too shabby and the beach was packed with hotties haha. We got to throw the ball around and hit the surf.. It had been way to long since I had been to a good beach like this. We ended up on the chop that night and hitting Tauranga. It was pretty quiet though but still fun. Saw Pele out with his ‘sweat towel’ lol.

The next two days consisted of chilling at the beach and window shopping. Nice and cheap lol. The only thing I didn’t like about the holiday period is that I took no photos what so ever. We drove back Saturday night to stay away from the rush of everyone else returning from holiday on Sunday. Was probably easier than the drive up.

Umm, 2008 was another bloody quick one to fly past. Its main points that leap to mind are, starting a business (Chase the Sun) with my friend Pranil, and also my freaking knee injury and surgery which has kept me away from sport which sucks big time!

New years resolutions..

  • Read more
  • Drink less alcahol
  • Blog more
  • Travel (move away from Palmy)
  • Keep enjoying running (I’ve only just started to enjoy it for the first time in my life)
  • Get motorcycle license
  • Enjoy rugby (easy)
  • Finally, a long avaiding goal of mine – Get out of debt.
  • Take more photos!! (need a good camera)
  • Paint with mum
  • Take up a photography class

They’re not impossible goals, I like them! I’ve already started on the 1st goal by buying a new book today! It is Dalai Lama – How To Practise , the way to a meaningful life. Kevin Rose listed it on his website as one of the books that he enjoys. I stumbled upon it today and thought ‘why not’. Edit: I also just requested an info pack for UCOL’s short course in photography. Go schmee!

I can’t get no sleep

December 13, 2008

I’ve just moved into a new flat that has 2 Xbox 360’s a PS3, and a flatmate that is getting addicted to CS..

I’m getting no sleep 😦

ps. i’ve lost 9kg, im down to 97kg! Still don’t have abs though, and lost 20kg on my max bench press. I’m thinking the diet is inhibiting strength gains too much. Still can’t see me abs either lol. What a waste!

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