Fitness progress – Spring 2015

Fitness progress – Spring 2015

Since fitness is a big part of who I am, I’ve decided to post a bit more often about what I’m up to, and try to share tips and tricks from what I have learned over the months and years of trying very hard to get in the best shape of my life.

When I make these updates I want those of you who are trying your hardest to get into shape to realize this was a very long struggle, and that I started my routines years ago when I was approaching 240 lbs. These journeys are slow, they are painful, and they will test you to your limits.

But you can get there. You can achieve your goals. You just have to believe in yourself and just keep moving. Just keep pushing. When you think you can push no further, push just a little bit more. DO NOT give in, and DO NOT give up.

Once you push into a healthy weight range, it takes some real time and effort to try to burn off the additional fat that your body will so stubbornly hold onto. Since I’m going for the lean look, I’ve been struggling to get down past 10% BF.

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Like always, I struggle with body fat along my midsection, but I’ve made progress since January. Some constants as well as changes I’ve made follow:

Constants

  • I am still cut way back on sugars and carbs. I refuse to add carbohydrates beyond vegetables and some of the various low carb wraps and tortillas I have found. I just feel so much better without them. Stevia is my replacement for drink and food sweetness where I need it.
  • I still have a very high protein intake normally exceeding 125g/day
  • I still take one day a week off from my lifestyle change diet and just get whatever I want food wise. Though I don’t normally eat a lot of junk food on this day, what I do eat, usually something fun like waffles for breakfast and a burger for dinner, seems to stifle cravings for the remainder of the week. The other bonus of the one day a week off is that it makes me realize how much better I feel when I eat good the other 6 days of the week.

Changes

  • I’ve begun eating a lot more on training days, and much less on off days. This really seems to have kicked my body into confusion and I’ve noticed more fat loss around my midsection.
  • Running:  I’ve added a bit of running, usually about 30 minutes, to my routine a few days a week after weight training at the gym. A few extra calories kicked seems to be helping a bunch.
  • I’ve added some training sessions to our gym membership and the trainer is more than happy to whoop my midsection at the end of every single routine. I’ve nicknamed him Vlad the Impaler.

I still have a ways to go before I’ll be happy to call it beach ready, but I hope this and my next few progress reports can help people looking for new ways to shed a few more lbs!

As always, have a happy and healthy week, and shoot me a message if you’ve tried out some of our newest InShape trails!

InWorldz and contributions to the metaverse

InWorldz and contributions to the metaverse

Recently a video was released where a core opensim developer claimed that InWorldz has contributed nothing to the greater OpenSimulator/metaverse ecosystem. The exact statements were “Actually, InWorldz is not committing anything back.”, and “InWorldz has not given anything back.” both of which were factually incorrect. I wanted to clear up the misconceptions here because many of the code contributions and consultation time were executed by me personally.

Below is a list of contributions InWorldz has made to the wider metaverse in the past year:

  • Reported a critical OpenSim security bug and provided a patch that fixed pin protection and prevented someone from taking over all of someone else’s objects on a region by simply passing them an object or attachment to rez. This patch was applied to opensim core by Jusin CC.
  • Open sourced a big-data scale Cassandra/CQL based inventory for OpenSim https://github.com/InWorldz/opensim-cql-inventory
  • I personally tried to push a libOpenMetaverse critical security patch that was never responded to, I will try to push again to the whitecore fork so everyone’s systems are safer.
  • InWorldz Made a $500 donation to OSGrid when they needed it. No, we didn’t announce it to the world. We did something nice without expectation of recognition, but also not expecting to be attacked later on.
  • Offered to open source and contribute our C++ WHIP asset server code with a history of ZERO critical failures to date after the most recent asset failures on OSgrid. Our solution wasn’t chosen, but it was offered unequivocally.
  • Initial consulting with MOSES about their efforts to bring PhysX to opensim core and a promise to continue to help and consult where we can. We’ve already had great success with PhysX on InWorldz and want to help spread an impressive physics engine.

InWorldz doesn’t believe in demanding an HG business or other blog article every time we do something, but saying that we do nothing for the greater community over and above just advertising to bring people in, which also isn’t cheap or easy, is untrue.

We have actively worked in the background trying to help the entire metaverse in many different ways. Listening to someone who is uninformed say otherwise is disheartening and having those statements followed up by glowing reviews of competitors’ contributions suggests a personal bias that should not be stated as fact.