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Day 1: Always fun

Day 1 of Induction to jump-start a lower carbohydrate eating plan is always kind of fun. Note I say "lower", instead of "low", because I'm a believer that one's nutrition should be tailored to activity level. At present, my activity is slow jogging, swimming, cycling, with moderate weightlifting. My injured shoulder precludes a lot of the intensity I'd like to bring to each sport, so I'm really not exhausting my glycogen stores.

Anyway, yeah, it's a special sort of "fun".

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Back in the saddle again...

Back in 2009, I reached an all-time low weight and body fat unseen since I was 19 years old: 200 pounds, with between 15%-20% body fat. From late 2009 to October 2011, I totally slacked off on my eating plan & exercise regimen. This led to regaining basically all of the 70 pounds I had lost. I was appalled at the family photos of our trip to Disneyland in October of 2011, and although I couldn't get over my fear of what the number on the scale would be, I began quietly scaling back my eating, did some bicycling to & from work, and began going back to the gym on occasion.

In addition, this past year I had a wonderful season of bicycling that unfortunately ended with a bicycle accident & injury. I went from almost zero endurance experience to 12-15 hours/week of bicycling, rode my first Century ride on August 25 (the FrontRunner Century), and lost quite a bit of weight. I dropped from a high weight of probably around 270-ish October 2012 (those Disneyland pictures looked AWFULLY fat!), down to 250-ish by January, to 230-ish as I peaked for my Century. I broke my clavicle during a group ride on September 2, 2013, and today finally stepped on the scale to see the damage: back to almost 238 pounds. It's time to get blogging and have some accountability as I lose it again!

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Larry H. Miller Megaplex Bans Toe Shoes

Tonight, Christy and I had an interesting run-in at the local Larry H. Miller Megaplex at The District.

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Matt's Gadgets for 2012

Here are the gadgets I currently use on a daily basis:

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Upgrading Mythbuntu from 10.04 to 11.10

I have been using MythTV for several years at home. My family loves the DVR; it's easy-to-use, mostly bug-free, and has allowed us to enjoy television at our leisure rather than at the broadcaster's schedule.

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Things I wished I'd known as a teenager

I now have two teenage children. As most parents of teens can attest, this is often a cause for introspection. Therefore, without further ado, here's a list of things I wished I'd known when I was a teenager.

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My 100-line Python program

I've been using Python for a few years, but mostly for extremely simple and short stuff. By and large, truly, I've mainly just referenced someone else's libraries in Python to do something that I couldn't do easily in Bash.

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Assessment Essay

Tonight, i wrote the following essay for my entrance assessment to Western Governors University. I hope you might find it informative and entertaining. It was fun to write!

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What's on your Pandora?

What's on your Pandora? Here's mine.

Let's see... on my list:
* Breaking Benjamin.
* 80's Dance Parties. When you just didn't get enough of "The Wedding Singer".
* Barry White Radio. Bow-chicka-bow-wow. But I think Barry may be lost on anyone younger than 30...
* BT Radio. Sweet techno tunes.
* Celtic Woman Radio. White folks singing about white women stuff in the Old Country.

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Utah Helis and More

Last night I went to the Utah Helicopter Association meeting in American Fork at the Rec Center. I often miss the meeting, but went this month because I've spent some time revamping the Utah Helicopter Association Web Site.

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