This is a really good idea…


I don’t always agree with everything I see on NerdFitness.Com, but this challenge is something I want to invite everyone following this blog to do.

This month is a short month. 30 days hath November, April, June and September. And there have already been two and a half days that have ticked away on September, so really, this is only a 27-day commitment.

Put on your hard hat, and do one healthy thing per day for the rest of the month. It is your JOB to do this now. The payoff isn’t a paycheck, it’s a new good habit. By the time you finish this less-than-a-month challenge, you will establish a good habit that will stick with you. I guarantee it.

I have done this before. On January 1st of this year, without making a big deal out of it and making a New Year’s Resolution, I stopped drinking diet sodas. The only stuff I drink with bubbles now is Club Soda, Perrier, 2 Cents Plain, or some other sparkling water. I guess Emergen-C also has bubbles, so that is another thing I will drink with bubbles. It’s not the bubbles I’m rebelling against, it’s chemical artificial sweeteners. I gave up Aspartame, Splenda, Saccharine and other Frankensweeteners. It was a big deal, because I stopped drinking regular sodas back when I was teenage. I get my caffeine now from unsweetened iced tea, iced green tea mostly. I brew it mega strong. It gets me through my day. I suppose if I can readily find a diet cola sweetened with Stevia Extract or Monkfruit Extract or Xylitol or some other plant-origin non-nutritive sweetener I might drink diet cola again. But then again the “caramel color” crap they put in cola to make it brown is also suspect. No biggie: I like my unsweetened iced tea. It’s one of those things I have on my training table all the time.

So yeah…either mention here on the blog or on the FB group (if you don’t belong I will let you in as soon as I see the request) what you are going to do as part of this Hard Hat Challenge. And then post it on Nerd Fitness too, to get in the running for that hard hat. Did I mention it was a contest? Whoops! Silly me! Yeah, you can win something! Go to the link, read the rules, and get in the running!


Gotta thank Dan from TOKYOPOP…

…because we got a whole bunch of new folks here thanks to one little post!

OK, just so people learn the lay of the land here, the basics.

Rule number one is borrowed from uber-Geek Wil Wheaton: Don’t be a…umm…JERK. (There might be kids here, gotta be careful.)
Rule number two: obey rule number one. Basically, be excellent to one another. Flame wars and trolling will be terminated with extreme prejudice by Yours Truly.

A suggestion, not a rule: please follow the “forum” tab on the menu bar and get an account set up at our LeFora forum. This is where I’m hoping a lot of discussion will be going on. I’m there as msgeek. It’s pretty easy to get an account there and I’m pretty sure it’s free. If it isn’t, please let me know, because it will make me very mad and I’ll have to go find another forum to use.

One very important rule, which actually falls under the rubric of “Don’t be a jerk”…no cutting down or criticizing people for their appearance. This is about HEALTH, not getting buff or looking like a model. It’s also not about what skill level or fitness level you are at. Saying snide things about noobs or wimps or whatever is not going to help anyone. One of my big things is acceptance at any size. Some people simply will not get skinny or will not get buff or whatever. We come from all over the world, and body type has a lot more to do with genetics than some in the fitness game will cop to. For instance, my ancestors are pretty much all from Eastern Europe. I’m sure you’ve seen women from that part of the world: most do not look like Natalya Sharapova.

Together we are way stronger than we can be separately. That’s the importance of community and support systems. That’s what Otagenki is all about. Let’s support each other, OK?

Lecture over. Recess time!