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November 13, 2016

In Pursuit of Greater Kindness

Pictured: Having a damn good time Over the years, I've had a decent amount of time to reflect on my own psychology. I've always been very big on the idea of doing no harm... put simply, I aim to have a damn good time while I'm alive, while being as kind as possible to everyone around me. Though this sounds good on paper, in the past, this mentality has caused me a significant amount of grief. The root of the problem lay within my own psychology... I cared too much (bear with me, you'll see what I mean). In the past, at the end of each day, my brain would systematically review the social interactions that had occurred, and it would identify the areas where I felt I had made mistakes... moments where I seemed…
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November 10, 2016

Haters Gonna Hate

In a recent blog post, I shed a bit of light on some difficulties I faced in my personal life: "2015 hit me like a semi. My life changed drastically, and I quickly found myself in a world where I could not find that feeling of peace that I had learned to use as my compass. Changes happened too quickly, without enough thought and comfort, and, as a result, my stress skyrocketed." 2015 was indeed a very rough year, but back in 2014, I had major conflicts with my family, my girlfriend, and even my mentor. As the year came to a close, I had no choice but to laugh at how unbelievably dark things had become. If asked to total up the problems I faced, I'd use one word: hate.…
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October 17, 2016

A Question Of Taste

As you may know from some of my prior blog posts, I sometimes push myself to extremes when it comes to which foods I eat, how I approach weight loss, and how I approach exercise. Somehow, extremes seems to work better with my brain, rather than slowly progressing towards an ideal change. So, I was intrigued when I randomly encountered a video on YouTube featuring Penn Jillette, one half of the magician duo Penn & Teller. In the video, Penn describes how he lost 100 pounds... while still being able to eat whatever he wants. Now, don't get me wrong - I fully understand how much the Internet is plagued by gimmicky weight loss headlines, but take it from me... there's an interesting message embedded here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NelIXCuuSZ0 If you just read the title, or…
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July 19, 2016

Color Me Rad

It all started with Prison Break Race... from that point on, I was hooked on the obstacle course lifestyle. It didn't take long for me to try a few more: Mud Hero, 5K Foam Fest, Polar Hero. The first promised a gratuitous amount of mud, the next threw foam into the mix, and the last was fearlessly scheduled during the winter. Each was interesting, and may even be featured in future posts. When selecting races, I was always driven to go for the most unique first. So when I heard of Color Me Rad, a 5k race where you get blasted with colorful dyes while running, I was definitely intrigued. I knew I'd have to try it at least once, so I signed up immediately. It's important to mention that unlike…
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June 15, 2016

My Experiences With Weight Gain and Weight Loss

Me, before For the majority of my adult life, I've been overweight, and at certain times, obese. For many years (though particularly prior to 2011), my discomfort regarding my weight kept me from experiencing life to the fullest. I wasn't comfortable in my own skin, so I was much more likely to spend time alone, rather than be social... at least in the real world. (You don't excel at software development without being at least a little bit introverted.) I went out like normal humans, but probably at a lesser frequency that you might expect. I spent more time typing things into glowing machines, and would often enjoy gaming as a hobby - it had social elements, but it was kind of taboo, where non-gamers were concerned. In any…