Welcome to spth, a blog to share the journey of getting into shape and living a healthier lifestyle. I am Spencer, a young software engineer who enjoys playing sports and exercising. Lately, I’ve started taking my fitness more seriously, and I want to document my experiences in hopes of motivating myself and others to do the same.
I’m not a doctor or nutritionist or any other type of professional. I’m just a guy who wants to get into shape, and this is what has worked for me so far. If you have any questions or concerns about anything you read on this blog, don’t hesitate to reach out.
This website was inspired by Ryan Hoover’s personal blog [http://rrhoover.com/](http://rrhoover.com/). He’s an incredibly motivated individual with a passion for making products people love, and writes about it on his blog too. A bit about him: he’s the founder of Product Hunt, Growth Advisor at AngelList, advisor at Buffer and has been named one of the Top 40 entrepreneurs under 40 by Business Insider. He’s also an incredibly nice guy, who is incredibly supportive of those around him (even the 20 year-old college dropout.)
Ryan is one of my role
Welcome to spth! My name is Steve, and I will be using this blog to document my journey of getting into shape and living a healthier lifestyle.
My intention here is to share what works for me with others who may be struggling with the same issues. I’m not a health professional, so nothing I write should be construed as advice from one.
I read a lot about fitness, nutrition and wellness and am constantly testing new ideas on myself to see what works for me. If you read something that you like, I encourage you to try it out for yourself. If it doesn’t work, don’t blame me — blame science!
My main focus will be on losing weight through an improved diet and exercise. But I’m also interested in exploring other aspects of fitness, nutrition and wellness as well as how they relate to mental health.
Welcome to my site! My name is James, and I am a full-time software engineer in the San Francisco Bay area. In my early 30s, I have developed a love for photography and traveling (both local and abroad). As a result of this enjoyment, I have also embraced a very unhealthy lifestyle of poor diet and very little exercise (despite enjoying sports throughout my teens and 20s). To improve my health condition and hopefully change this pattern of behavior, I plan to use this blog as an outlet to document my journey towards healthier living.
I know that I am a little late to the party, but better late than never right?
I have decided to start this blog as a way of keeping myself accountable. I have had my fair share of ups and downs with my weight over the last couple of years and now I believe that I am ready to make some real changes.
My hope is that by sharing my journey you will be inspired to join me and we can do this together.
This is meant to be a safe place where we can support one another in our own personal journeys towards health and well being. I welcome any feedback, suggestions or comments that you may have.
The first step is to get a goal – a time period and an event to work towards. For me, the goal is to run a 5k race in under 22 minutes. To achieve this goal, I need to lose some weight (~10 pounds), gain some muscle, and get more endurance. This will be part of my daily routine.
I think that one of the biggest issues when it comes to getting healthy is diet. We have all seen the “eat less and exercise more” comment, but the truth is that dieting is not easy. One way to help with your diet is to keep track of what you eat. I’ve found that keeping a food journal has helped me immensely as it allows me to see what I’m eating and how much I’m eating. There are many apps out there that can help you do this, but I’m currently using myfitnesspal (http://www.myfitnesspal.com/). You can set goals for yourself and keep track of your progress by logging in every day. It also has a social component so you can follow friends or join groups if you want some support from others on their journey as well!
Another way to make sure you’re getting all the nutrients you need is by taking supplements like
In this blog post I will be discussing the fitness and nutrition program that I have been following for the last three months. It is based on a book written by Jason Ferruggia called Man 2.0 Engineering the Alpha.
Prior to reading and implementing the recommendations in this book, I had never followed any type of workout or nutrition program or plan before. I would just go to the gym and do whatever exercises I felt like doing and eat whatever food I desired. This obviously led to inconsistent results and an overall lack of progress towards my goal of building lean muscle mass and losing fat.
The first thing that I did when determining what my fitness goals were was to determine what my body type was. There are three main body types: ectomorphs, mesomorphs, and endomorphs. An ectomorph is naturally thin with little muscle mass but has a high metabolism that makes it hard for them to gain weight or muscle mass; a mesomorph is naturally athletic with medium-sized bones, muscular build with little body fat, and who gains/loses weight easily; an endomorph has a larger bone structure, gains weight easily, and finds it difficult to lose weight.
I learned through self-assessment that I am a mesomorph which gave me
I’ve always been a big fan of the [rabbitmq](http://www.rabbitmq.com/) project, and in particular their excellent [guides](http://www.rabbitmq.com/getstarted.html) to help you get started with it. One of the things I noticed was that the examples used in these guides are all written in ruby and java, which is great for learning the basics, but not so helpful when you want to use an alternative language such as python or nodejs.
As a result, I’ve created my own versions of these tutorials for these languages, so that you have something to refer to should you be working with one of them instead.