Weight loss update

I’ve had an unpublished draft post here for several months, talking about a weight loss challenge my wife helped organize.  Since the challenge is over and I’m happy with the results, I might as well publish the details 🙂

My wife and some of her friends decided to start their own “biggest loser” weight-loss contest in January.  Of course, all the husbands got their arms twisted into joining the contest as well.  I was definitely in the “heavier than I ought to be category” in January, so I gave it a shot.  The contest ended in the middle of May (and thankfully right before a business trip to Brazil, so that I could enjoy lots of good churrasco there).  While I didn’t win the contest, I was very happy with results.  I was able to drop over eight percent of my body weight, and even more importantly I’ve maintained a good weight since then.

Just goes to show that a little hard work really can pay off!  Now if I could just figure out how to stop craving donuts…

Time to update the ol’ blog

It’s not like I don’t have a plethora of perfectly valid excuses for not writing in my blog. It’s just not something that comes easily or naturally to me. But since I’ve updated a few things on my server (including the software that powers this blog), I might as well at least post something to make sure ye ol’ blog is working as it should.

In other news, it’s been a very crazy spring. I’ve been doing entirely too much travel for work, and I’m a bit road weary. I thoroughly enjoy what I do (and love interacting with open source enthusiasts all around the world!), but it takes me away from my family too much. And when I finally roll into bed at yet another hotel after a long day of teaching class or speaking at conferences, the last thing I feel like doing is tooting my own horn on my blog.

OK, time to stop complaining! Here’s to a happy (and hopefully less stressful) summer!