Archive for December, 2010

Don’t Set Resolutions This New Years Eve

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

With the start of a new year there is a tradition to set a resolution or resolutions for the new year, lose weight, get in shape, or quit smoking are examples. While a noble effort I would suggest setting goals instead of resolutions. And when setting goals, make them SMART goals. SMART being a mnemonic for:

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Attainable
  • Realistic
  • Timely

Too often when setting goals people miss one or more of these points. A good way to avoid doing this is write everything down. Write down the specifics of the goal, how you will measure it, is it attainable and how you will attain the goal, is it possible for you to reach this goal and why, and the time time frame for reaching this goal.

There you go, set goals for the new year, not resolutions.

Some Football Thoughts

Monday, December 27th, 2010

No surprise that Mike Singletary is gone from the 49’ers, just wasn’t doing anything.

Giants get my vote for biggest collapse at season end.

Seahawks could win the NFC West and make the playoffs with a record of 7-9, go Hawks!

I was impressed with Sam Bradford in the first game of the year, he looked like a professional quarterback. He should get rookie of the year.

Glad Time Tebow is getting some playig time to show what he is made of. He will be a good quarterback and seems to have the respect of his teammates already. I wish the Seahawks would have drafted him.

Speaking of the Seahawks, linemen and a quarterback should be the concerns in the off season and for the draft.

Luke verses 8 through 14

Saturday, December 25th, 2010

?”And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And th…e angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace and goodwill towards men.”

Haunted

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

What does it mean to be haunted?

Closing my eyes I can see the first time I saw you. I open and close them again and I see the last time I saw her. I hear a love song on the radio, especially a Beatles one, and I hear her voice in the lyrics. I can see your smiles and your tears. I hear you laughter and you sarcastic remarks aimed at me. Not a day goes by that you don’t drift into my thoughts, even if just for a second. I care for you, worry about you, and want the best for you.

I know you don’t feel the same, and I’m a realist so I know the odds of things changing are pretty low. So all I can do is sit from afar and be haunted by you.

Dave Castro Is An Idiot

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

I’ve pointed out before that I am no fan of Crossfit Headquarters (CFHQ), for many reasons. I think Crossfit has some good fitness ideas, just the  people running it leave something to be desired. The latest comes from the the Crossfit Journal entry Roundtable in Tahoe: Outside Domination. Many just plain stupid statement were made at this round table, but Dave Castro takes the bonehead award with this statement about athletes outside of Crossfit trying to compete against Crossfitters:

“None of these guys are going to come in and do well without any CrossFit training. That will never happen,” Castro says. “They don’t have that mindset to push like CrossFitters do.”

Professional athletes don’t have the mindset to push themselves? I’m sure many would be surprised they lack the mindset to push themselves, to win Super Bowls, gold medals at the Olympics, or win the World Cup. Yeah Dave, they don’t have the mindset you do.

Fun reading some of the comments from the Crossfit Kool-Aid drinkers too.

The masses and dim-witted

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

Crossfit Headquarters (CFHQ) announced changes to how people can qualify for the Crossfit Game. Main point was doing away with sectional qualifiers and going to on-line qualifications at that level. I’ll stay away from how silly this is if you want to be considered a “sport”, but think of how many sports out there on the professional level (baseball, football, basketball) that have teams or people qualify for their championships by having a video submission? What is this, “America’s Stupidest Home Videos?” There is a nice thread discussing these changes you can read through if you really care to do so.

If you have read the thread you probably came across Greg Glassman’s comment (founder of Crossfit) giving his thoughts on those that disagree with the changes:

“This entire fitness concept was launched amid near universal derision and consternation. I’m quite comfortable making unpopular decisions that irritate the masses and dim-witted. I’m proud of the decisions we’ve made, the deliberative processes we’ve engaged, and our track record generally.”

Kind of a nice thing to say to those that pay you money in some way or another isn’t it?  Many of us know that the whole “open-source” and all the other stuff that CFHQ says is mainly hot-air, CFHQ will listen and discuss things with you as long as you agree CFHQ is right and you are an idiot if you think otherwise. I’ve met Glassman before and heard him speak. He came across as a nice guy that had some information he wanted to share. But reading comments like this above makes him come across as an asshole in my opinion. This isn’t isolated either, many more comments, Glassman has many more comments like the above, not to mention kicking out any subject matter expert that doesn’t tow the CFHQ line 100%.

I don’t do Crossfit, I prefer doing a smarter training program focused on my goals. And I don’t knock people that want to do Crossfit. I would ask those people to stop and consider if they want to send money to someone that makes comments like the above about his customers? Even ig you go to an affiliate money is making its way back to CFHQ. You don’t need to pay anyone any money, especially the $100 a month or more so affiliates charge, you can do it in a home gym, at the local track, or youur local gym that charges you $10 a month. Just something to think about.

He has a lot to learn

Saturday, December 4th, 2010

You can always tell the new kool-aid drinker to Crossfit. A prime example is one Erich Anderson in a post he made on the CF boards:

“Censoring is what china does, not crossfit.”

Actually Erich Crossfit HQ is very good at censoring those that voice a disagreement with them, much like China. Even posting something CFHQ (Crossfit Headquarters) doesn’t like can get you censored, like one of my last posts on the boards. You can also check out the post made by Emergent Fitness on why they are leaving Crossfit.

Crossfit has some good affiliates out there doing some good programming. Others do not so good programming (main site being one of them). But censorship is something CFHQ  does very well.

Just A Distraction

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

A topic going around concerns earmarks, those little spending things members of Congress enjoy tacking onto bills to funnel money into their home states. I hate earmarks, just bad in my opinion.

That said, be realistic about them. Earmarks amount to about 1% or less of government spending. When talking about ways to save money earmarks get a lot of attention but they amount to beans in balancing the budget. Balancing the budget means hitting those items that people enjoy getting, Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare, etc.

Sure do away with earmarks but that is just a distraction in the scheme of things.