5 Dimensions of Health

Working for IBM, they have a wellness program that focuses on the following 5 dimensions of Health.

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I thought it would be good to reflect on these 5 dimensions as a current state.

Physical:

Overall, I feel I am in ok health.  I am about 180lbs but according to my low cost scale, I am close to 24% body fat.  I am increasingly spending time on running and biking.  Biking because it is fun, running because it doesn’t require much gear.  In addition, I have challenged my self to complete a Sit-up, Push-Up and Squat Challenge.  I won’t complete it in the desired time frame, but I do plan to complete it.  100 Pushups, 100 Squats and 200 Situps.

Mind:

As an introvert, I find plenty of time to reflect.  I try to practice mindfulness at least once a day for between 2 and 10 minutes.  I use Calm for longer sessions.  And I use my Fitbit Charge 2 for the 2 minute sessions.  I am good at setting goals but can always improve at completing them.  I would say this blog has helped me in this category and has helped me gather my thoughts, however I haven’t had a break through yet in finding my purpose or passion.  I am closer, but I definitely can’t say that I have found it.

Financial:

I don’t like to talk much about financials, but in general, I have a good career with a good salary and have worked hard to have a comfortable savings while still enjoying life.

 

Social:

This is an area I feel I am lacking in.  I have friends and family.  I have one friend that I really connect with, however he lives in England which makes staying connected difficult.  I do wish I had a similar connection with someone here in the use nearby.  My close friends here seem to have drifted away.  I try to reach out, but it doesn’t seem to work.  I need to find my passions and a community to go with those passions.

I also have had issues were family members are distant as well.  I need to find ways to connect with family more…including my own family fast asleep in their bedrooms right now.  My fear is if I put 150% into them…what happens when they (my boys) move out?

Purpose:

Again, this is really the point of this blog…to find my purpose and my passions.  I continue to search.

 

I do like these 5 dimensions and can see how if each one of these were stable, that one would most likely be content and happy.  I will continue to strive to improve in each of these areas.

 

As I end this entry, I wonder…

  • What was the happiest I have been since the boys have been born (not counting their birth)?
  • What was the happiest I have been when it was just Alissa and I?
  • What was the happiest I have been before meeting Alissa?

I wonder at those times…what did my 5 dimensions of health look like.

 

 

 

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Habits – Blogging and Other

I know I haven’t been blogging much lately.  I have great intentions, but then seem to let it fall to the wayside while other priorities take over.

So what’s keeping me from blogging more?

  • Now writing isn’t my favorite thing to do, so this might be part of it.
  • Also, I used to travel a lot more which allowed me more personal time in the evenings to try to get a weekly post together.
  • In addition, as you can tell from this blog, I have many interests that I continue to explore..which makes the blog about too many things I am sure.  However, the intent of the blog was to do exactly that…explore my interests to hone in on my true passions.  I think it has helped me do that.
  • Lack of comments and followers….I think I am getting to a point that if I would like people to be listening and interacting with about this blog.  Any topic..but I’ve struggled to get followers.  I know this is most likely my fault because of my lack of consistency or even the fact that my topic isn’t of interest to the readers that do find it.
  • In consistent ups and downs on views and visitors
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  •  Lack of me sharing it on my social accounts…which doesn’t help with getting followers…but I don’t want my current social account followers to be following my blog.  I am in search of new followers…ones I can better relate to in my search for Finding My Passion so that I can “Live My Legend”.
  • Questioning myself…why would anyone want to hear about this from me?  Am I capable to teach this/share this information?

 

So I wanted to document a little bit of this and would love to hear from anyone about how you break through some of these issues…or maybe how you suggest I move forward.  Should I create more passion specific blogs?  Should I simply narrow down this blog?

For now…I will commit to getting one post out weekly and ideally I would hit on each passion area at least once monthly.  Maybe this isn’t frequent enough…but it’s a start.

My passions to focus on will be:

  • Finding Purpose with Experiments
  • Music – Product reviews..how to articles and Vlogs
  • Photography – Product reviews…how to articles and Vlogs
  • Innovation and Product Development – Topics I have encountered at clients, Tools, Best Practices
  • Fitness

If you’ve read this far…please comment and let me know your thoughts on how I can improve as a blogger?  How can I meet more needs of readers that find my blog?  What are you interested in reading or learning about?

Thank you!

Troy

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Fitbit Charge 2 Product Review

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I thought I would take some time to review my new Fitbit Charge 2 in hopes of encouraging others to pursue a fitness watch.

I received it about a month ago and have been using it every day since….and I’m lovin’ it!!!  Perhaps it’s because I am an Engineer at heart, but I love seeing data!  I know that there are limitations to the accuracy of the data, but in general, I am finding the Fitbit to be a nice motivator to becoming more active, thus leading to a healthier lifestyle.  It also allows me to always try to beat my set goals.

Fit & Styling:

Overall I like the styling of the Fitbit.  I do wish it had a larger display, but am also appreciative that it gives me the info I want with an extremely compact design.

Setup:

Setting up the watch with the app was a breeze.  I actually received the watch as I was leaving town and did the entire setup as I traveled.  I was only confused when it came time to login to FitStar.  I didn’t know what it was and thought it was part of the setup, but ended up skipping that step and completed the setup.

I was a bit nervous about which watch band size to get but it appears the larger one was a good option for me.  Apparently the cross over between the two must be sufficient as I was on the low end of the large band, but still have 4 notches to go.

Charging….my Fitbit needed to be charged, but luckily I had a car charger.  Once charged, I get 3-4 days on average for use before I try to plug it in.  I could probably go 5 days, but usually want to take a break for a bit.

There are three main areas to setup.

  • Profile
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  • Device Setup
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  • Account Setup
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Features:

The Fitbit Charge 2 offers some nice features…some of which I haven’t started to use yet.  I will list all the ones that are automatically tracked as long as you are wearing the device that I am aware of:

  • Steps counting / mileage
    • As mentioned above…I’ve notices some accuracy issues, but in the end..I am not trying to match my steps exactly…the goal is to beat the steps from the day before.  I have done the manual method to set stride and actually this is really close.  It comes down to the algorithm for what Fitbit counts as a step.
    • If you feel like your count is really high, you can set
  • Stairs
    • This only counts ascending stair climbs..not decending.  Perhaps rightfully so, but I believe that the it should track both….the band should be able to tell if it is going up or down a set of stairs.
  • Minutes active
    • This will show you how many total “Active” minutes you’ve had.  This means anything that is 10 minutes or more of moderate activity.
  • Hours with activity
    • This counts the number of hours that you had some level of activity.  The goal being to ensure you move some every hour.
  • Days with exercise
    • As it sounds, this is intended to ensure you set a goal of number of days with exercise.  An exercise can be auto logged if it is a moderate activity of more than 15minutes.  I think the time can be adjusted.  So if you start a workout on your fitbit…and stop before your set time (15 minutes in my case)…you get credit for steps and moving, but not for Exercise.  If less than 10 minutes, it will not count as “Active” minutes either.
  • Heart Rate
    • This is the one that all of my Triathlon friends say isn’t good because it isn’t accurate enough.  A fair point, but I use it just as a point of reference.  At some point I plan to get a chest strap and find a way to sync that to see how close the Fiibit HR tracker is to a chest strap tracker.
  • Sleep
    • This tracker is interesting…however I am not quite sure how to improve other than to exercise more, drink less alcohol and eat right.  More insights are desired for this tool.

Additional items you can track with manual input:

  • Diet –
    • I started this, but don’t have the patience to enter all my meals.  Perhaps I will take one week and log everything to see how it goes.  For the few days I did track, I was significantly under my consumed calories.  Perhaps this is why I struggle with muscle gain but not weight gain?
  • Water Consumption
    •  I am using this and still find it hard to meet the goal.  I like the tracker, but would like the ability to have a separate reminder to drink a glass of water.
  • Weight
    • I am using the “Log” for weight and body fat.  I’m sure I could connect a scale to have this auto-log, but this will suffice for now.

 

 

Dislikes:

My main dislike, is that if Fitbit is my “Health App”…then why won’t other apps sync to the Fitbit App.  I am able to connect Fitbit to these Apps, but it is only one way sync from Fitbit to “Map My Run” or “Strava”.  Ideally these would all talk bi-directionally to each other and all “Workouts” “Biking” “Hikes” “Walks” etc could be seen in any app.  Or if it needs to be one way…have the other apps talk to Fitbit where all of my other measures are kept.

Summary:

All in all, for the price, I really like the Fitbit.  I am considering upgrading to their “Fitbit Iconic to gain the GPS, Music and Pay features that come with it so I can go out with out phone or wallet.  The battery life is much better than the Apple watch which is my main and probably only reason for not getting an Apple watch as I am a huge Apple products fan!

If I progress and stay with the healthier life-style, my preferred watch still looks like it would be the Garmin Fenix 5 as it appears as if it would do more accurate tracking of sports data that I am interested in.  I just can’t bring myself to spend that sort of cash for a wearable.  Maybe I’ll just wait for the next version and then buy the older one at a discount:)

I hope you enjoyed my review.  Please comment on if you like it or if there is something else you would like to see.

Please follow my blog for future product reviews or a variety of other content!  Thank you!

 

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September Experiments

Connection:

  • Call mom and dad weekly✅
  • Visit mom and dad at least once✅
  • Call/Visit dad once❌
  • Call sister and family at least once✅
  • Close friends – reach out at least once via email/text/telephone/f2f
    • JO✅
    • BT
    • BB
    • EP✅
    • DR✅
    • RH
    • JK

Health & Fitness:

  • Please note that I was awarded a Fitbit Charge 2 from my company and I have really been enjoying the data it presents.  My daily goals are:
    • 10000 steps✅
    • 5 miles✅
    • 10 floors⚠️
    • 9hrs with some form of  activity✅
    • 30 active minutes✅
    • 64 fluid oz of water⚠️
    • 8 hours of sleep❌
    • Also shooting for 5 days with 15min or more of exercise per day
  • Be more mindful/present
    • Daily Mindfullness – 2 minutes of mindfullness via my Fitbit✅
  • Exercise more to feel better and for a healthier body/longer life
    • Run 1 miles 1-2 times per week✅
    • Bike 10 miles 1 time per week✅
    • 0-200 Situp, 0-100 Pushup, 0-100 Squat challenges from Fitness22 LTD.✅
  • Healthy Eating to feel better and for a healthier body/longer life
    • I will also drink 64oz of water a day  (8-8oz glasses or 4 bottles of water)⚠️
    • Learn how to cook 2 healthy meals – Pick 2 meals❌
  • Reading
    • Harry Potter Book 2 Completed✅
Innovation
  • Consume
    • 15 min of reading daily in the morning❌
      • Finish – Creative Sprint – Sprint #4,5,6 and share on this blog❌
      • Finish The Moonshot Effect – And share actions from this book on this blog.❌
    • 30min of Twitter/Linked-In/News max = morning / evening✅
  • Progress Simpler Goals:
    • REX topic training-Design Thinking Training❌
    • Write paper topic❌
  • Create
    • Innovation Article Topic Defined – Posted to a new blog?

Music:

  • Consume – Learn how to play ….Bon Jovi Dead or Alive❌
  • Create – 1 recording❌

Photography:

  • Consume
    • Complete Photography Course❌
    • Read Blogs⚠️
  • Create
    • Practice and build portfolio – One photo posted to Instagram per week⚠️
    • Explore Adobe Portfolio?❌
Passive Income Business
  • Map Topics❌
  • ID a business or product to start within 30 days❌

 

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August Experiments

Connection:

  • Call mom and dad weekly✅✅
  • Visit mom and dad at least once✅
  • Call/Visit dad once❌
  • Call sister and family at least once❌
  • Close friends – reach out at least once via email/text/telephone/f2f
    • JO✅
    • BT❌
    • BB❌
    • EP✅
    • DR✅
    • RH❌
    • JK❌

Health & Fitness:

  • Be more mindful/present
    • Daily Mindfullness❌
  • Exercise more to feel better and for a healthier body/longer life
    • Run 1 miles 1-2 times per week❌
    • Bike 5 miles 1 time per week✅
    • 0-200 Situp, 0-100 Pushup, 0-100 Squat challenges from Fitness22 LTD.⚠️
  • Healthy Eating to feel better and for a healthier body/longer life
    • I will also drink 32oz of water a day  (4-8oz glasses or 2 bottles of water)⚠️
    • Learn how to cook 3 healthy meals – Pick 3 meals in August❌
  • Reading
    • Harry Potter Book 2⚠️
Innovation
  • Consume
    • 15 min of reading daily in the morning
      • Finish – Creative Sprint – Sprint #4,5,6 and share on this blog⚠️
      • Finish The Moonshot Effect – And share actions from this book on this blog.⚠️
    • 30min of Twitter/Linked-In/News max = morning / evening✅
  • Progress Simpler Goals:
    • REX topic training-Design Thinking Training❌
    • Write paper topic❌
  • Create
    • Innovation Article Topic Defined – Posted to a new blog?❌

Music:

  • Practice the 5 positions of the Pentatonic Scale⚠️
  • Consume – Learn how to play ….Bon Jovi Dead or Alive❌
  • Create – 1 recording❌

Photography:

  • Consume
    • Complete Photography Course❌
    • Read Blogs✅
  • Create
    • Practice and build portfolio – One photo posted to Instagram per week⚠️
Passive Income Business
  • Complete Shareable Images for Blogs and Social Media Course✅
  • Complete Start a Blog that Matters Course❌
  • Future
    • WordPress✅
    • Google Analytics
    • Grow email list
    • Website Traffic

 

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Creative Sprint Day 3

So this one was challenging….a very generic item to look at…how to I add creativity to it?  What should I be doing?  How can I stretch my thinking and think different?  I decided to try to look at the leaf from different view points.  Each leaf has some symetry.  Each one can be unique.  If drawn correctly (I’m not artist:)) then it could look like a head sticking through a mirror.

I think this book would be more fun as a “Book Club” / Group exercise with discussion afterward.  So, going forward…feel free to comment or take the challenge and give me your thoughts.  Help me stretch my thinking:)  My goal is to post one of these each week…so more of a 30 Week challenge vs 30 Day.

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Creative Sprint Day 2

Ok…so I’m probably not going to do these consistently, but will post them as I get them done.  Stay tuned!

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Healthier Lifestyle Transformation Initiative

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On a recent annual retreat with a few of my college friends, I found myself re-motivated and inspired to make a change to my lifestyle.

As a background…this blog was started to find my purpose and my passion and what I’ve found over the past year is that I’m very focused on passions, however this blog has allowed me to figure out that behind my passions…I have a general purpose.  One of my passions/focus areas is “Fitness”.  I’ve been searching for a way to improve my fitness that I enjoy and have had a few starts and stops.  My friends have re-ignited my interest in moving towards a healthier lifestyle.

One friend has accomplished an Iron-man Triathlon many times.  He is a confident person, but found that he seemed to exude even more confidence and calmness than I have ever seen in him before.  I also noticed a body transformation where he has less weight and has improved the tone and definition of across his body.  Very inspiring as I haven’t ever been truly over-weight but also have never achieved a body definition that I have wanted.  Not sure I am or want to be an Iron-man…but it would be nice to run a few miles without feeling like I am going to kick the bucket:)

My second friend has been over-weight and has recently lost a tremendous amount of weight and is looking amazing.  She too has a new confidence and happiness to her personality and more and more good things continue to happen in her life because of this happiness and confidence.

So I am inspired….I am not sure how long this inspiration will last, but know that I need to start.

My drive/reason for action:

  • I want to get my cholesterol levels in line.
  • I want to show my kids how important it is to live a healthy life-style balancing good diet and exercise balancing the good and the bad in both.  I do truly believe in the saying….”Everything in moderation”
  • Reduce my sugar intake to reduce my risk for diabetes or other illnesses.  I have a sweet tooth and am starting to notice all the natural sugar along with added sugars (fake and real) that are in my diet (but they are soooo tasty!!).  I need a different ratio of Carbs, Proteins and Fats.
  • I want to tone my body and shed 10-20 lbs.  I currently am 6′ tall @185 lbs and would like to be closer to 170-175 with a higher percentage of muscle.  So I need to turn some of the fat to muscle while shedding a few lbs.  I am not sure how accurate my smart scale is…but it has me at about 25% body fat.  I would like to get to 12%

 

What I am starting to do:

Exercise Thanks to Fitness22:

  • 100 pushup and squat challenge in 10 weeks
  • 200 Situps in 10 weeks
  • 0-5k App…not sure if I’ll do it in 8 weeks as I am pairing it with the next item
  • Bike 10 miles once per week with a goal of having a 30+ mile ride before September

 

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Diet:  I’m still researching options here, but am open to ideas or suggestions you might have.

  • Reduce sugary snacks
    • Replace with nuts,  hard-boiled egg, fruit, celery, Snow Peas
  • Reduce sugary drinks
    • Replace with water or tea
    • 1 sugary drink a day max (Soda or flavored coffee)
  • Increase protein
    • Nuts
    • Eggs twice per week for breakfast
  • Reduce carbs from pasta and bread
    • Lettuce wraps for sandwiches
    • Smaller portions of pasta
    • Smaller portions in general
  • Find an easy way to estimate calories and % of the three focus areas
  • Get a body analysis done

 

Wish me luck….and I’ll keep you updated as things progress.

I would love to hear from you about how you have fit exercise and healthy diet into your life.

 

Troy

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Creative Sprint #1 – Day 1

Fill this page with as many tiny things as you can think of:

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Photography equipment


I’ve recently been holding back and hoping to go get new equipment.  This post has me rethinking that need.  Thank you for sharing Ion Paciu!

http://www.ionpaciu.co.uk/
https://petapixel.com/2017/07/03/swapped-pro-dslr-cheapest-one-available/

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