This is the first update for my Tech Outbound Ship Shape Challenge. If you are catching up, the challenge, for me, is to lose 56 pounds of unhealthy body mass. I started the beginning of March, and I now have right around 4 months left to reach the goal.
It has been a challenging month all around. Not only have I been working to adhere to a very strict menu, but March was an extremely active month at SentryOne. I know some of you do this all the time, but I haven't seen this much travel in one month since my Army days. In March I was in New York, Wisconsin, Colorado, Ohio, and Florida. I think I was at home in North Carolina for maybe 5 or 6 days the whole month.
These trips were great. They were for our Road Shows, visits to customers, and the SQL Intersection conference. On every trip I got to meet with amazing people who all use SentryOne. They shared their stories and ideas, and each each one provided some unique perspective on performance management for the Microsoft Data Platform. I'm grateful to all of them for taking time to help us continue making SentryOne the tool of choice for proactive data professionals.
On the flip side, finding food that is both healthy and "on the menu" for my plan was really tough on some occasions. The most notable difficulty was actually in the airports. Airports seemed like some sort of different world, where the only food is fast food. Even the sports bars, and sit-down restaurants in airports are designed to get you in and out fast. It's great for traveling, but not so great for your diet.
I'm happy to report that I did find a safe harbor. One thing that is on my menu, and that can be found just about anywhere. My old friend, Buffalo Wings. Keeping in mind that portion control is definitely a thing, they can't be breaded, and it's best if they are baked instead of fried (not always an option) 6-8 Buffalo Wings fits nicely into my very low carb (VLC) nutrition plan. I even love them at home, where we can fry them in the air fryer.
Well, I don't expect this every month, but I am off to a great start. As of Sunday morning April 1st, I have lost 25 pounds. This is a very encouraging start, but I also know that these results are going to slow down. I'm also going to be hitting the gym this month, adding strength training to my routine. I had always planned to do this, but my doctor has now recommended starting ASAP to avoid any lean muscle loss. As much as I want to drop the weight, I must remember that the goal is to lose unhealthy mass, and losing muscle would be counter productive.
I will be back next month with another update. The challenge in March was all the travel, but the challenge in April might even be worse. Vacation!
Until next time,