Monday, December 14, 2009

GutCheck 2.0 - Ep 46 - Stocking Stuffers For Geeky GutCheckers

This week, Doug is down, Zach is down.
We talk Geeky Gifts. Lego. Flashlights. Star Wars ships. Hot Wheels.
We also mention Albinophant, 'cause it's geeky fun. (Facebook link)


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Monday, December 7, 2009

GutCheckCast 2.0 Ep 45 - Big Brother Gut Checkin'

This week -

Doug is down a bit,
Zach is experiencing a gravitational anomaly in the vicinity of his bathroom scale.

We talk Lose It.
And Eat This Not That.

Many thanks to Steve Loopipe of the Wicked Good Podcast for the app tips this week!


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Sunday, November 29, 2009

GutCheckCast 2.0 Ep 44 - Eat This Turkey, Not That Pecan Pie


Doug is up a big, Zach is down a bit.
We talk about the Eat This, Not That book Doug picked up on sale.
And we talk Lose It (iPhone/iPod Touch app), now new and improved (Friend Us and Keep Us Honest!)

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Sunday, November 22, 2009

GutCheckCast 2.0 Ep 43 - Canadian Candidates and Their Cholesterol

Doug holds steady.
Zach jumps up. And is bewildered, because he is pretty sure he and Doug recorded last week, and has no idea what the heck happened to the podcast. Doesn't appear to be on his hard drive. Pretty sure he didn't hallucinate the whole thing... Anway...

Cholesterol! (It's bad, eh? Unless it's the good cholesterol. In which case it's good.)

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Sunday, November 8, 2009

GutCheckCast 2.0 Ep 41 - Exploding Numbers

Doug holds steady,
Zach jumps up.

Also, wordcount is discussed.

And a shout out to someone who's showing us up... Steve Loopipe of the Wicked Good Podcast.


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Monday, November 2, 2009

GutCheckCast 2.0 Ep 40 - NaNoWriMo is Wiggidy Wack, Yo!

Doug is up a little.
Zach has reached equilibrium with himself from two weeks ago.

We talk about how busy Zach is. Word is, he's slightly busy.

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Monday, October 26, 2009

GutCheckCast 2.0 Ep 39 - Doug's Night Off

In which we find that Zach is up slightly (but still under 230), and needs to find someone else to hold him accountable.

And that's it!


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Monday, October 19, 2009

GutCheckCast 2.0 Ep 38 - Two Minute Perils of Coordinated Costume Contests

Zach's lost his data. We figure he's down. From infinity.
Doug is holding that line.

We talk 2 minute drills and costume contests. Also, what contests will get you complemented on your legs.


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Monday, October 12, 2009

GutCheckCast 2.0 Special Ep - Fingertips!

B/c Doug and I both had crazy schedules this weekend, here's Doug with a little feedback from Steve over at the Wicked Good podcast.


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Oh, btw, that phone number for those who want to call the show direct is 512-850-4448.

Monday, October 5, 2009

GutCheckCast 2.0 Ep 37 - Spooky Time, and We Don't Mean Weight

In this episode...

Zach expresses uncertainty as to whether he's gaining or losing.
Doug attempts to hold the line.

We talk Halloween.

Zach issues a Costume Contest Challenge. (which he will almost certainly lose horribly).

And that's it.

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Sunday, September 27, 2009

GutCheckCast 2.0 Ep 36 - Everybody Loves Scott

Sigler, we mean.

He's on a tailgate tour around the country, promoting The Rookie. Haven't gotten your copy yet? Get 'em while you can at the site here.

Oh, we're both up.


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Sunday, September 20, 2009

GutCheckCast 2.0 Ep 35 - The Special Double Entendre Episode

Or maybe our minds are just in the gutter.

Doug talks snacking.
Steve talks Evernote.
We speculate on the possibility of female listeners, and take a moment to apologize to both of them:


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Monday, September 14, 2009

GutCheckCast 2.0 Ep 34 - Solo By The Numbers

Doug's flying solo this week, as Zach was (in technical terms) "crazy overscheduled" this week.

Zach's down a bit.
Doug's holding steady.

Doug talks state budgets, calorie budgets (in the form of Subway PDF's you can print from here), and Red Robin's Burger Customizer (henceforth known as "Pimp My Burger").


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Monday, September 7, 2009

GutCheck 2.0 Ep 33 - Homework Recap, and Super Juice

This week, we talk about last week's homework, (remember, you can see the real version at Holly Lisle's site), and about other such things as...
Incline Pushups (this may be a controversial name - some claim these are decline pushups)
And... superjuice!


Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Updated: Holly Lisle's Motivation Course available by itself

If you're interested in goal setting and would like to get the whole system for generating motivation, Holly Lisle has just made that instruction on motivation I mentioned in the last GutCheckCast available on its own for $34.95.

I've been taking the "How to Think Sideways" Course for the last six months, and I believe the information on motivation alone is worth everything I've paid for the course to date, which is a heck of a lot more than 34.95, if that's any motivation.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

GutCheckCast 2.0 Ep 32 - School's in, and You've Got Homework.

Hey everyone.

Here's the homework. We're working on motivation, and this is loosely adapted from Holly Lisle's "The Writing Craft". Sure, sure, what does writing have to do with losing weight / getting healthy? Well, they both require lots and lots of motivation.

This is NOT exactly her technique, she goes much more in depth in goal setting and motivation, and anyone interested in the full material should sign up for her classes (I'm taking the "How to Think Sideways Course" now).

If your goal is to lose weight, and you're having problems motivating yourself, staying on track, etc., it's pretty obvious that there's a part of you that really doesn't want to do it. You're getting some kind of benefit out of NOT doing it. You need to figure out what that is.

Take two pieces of paper, and a pen or a pencil, and a clock or watch you can time yourself with.

Take five minutes, and on the first piece of paper, list all the benefits you would get out of achieving your goal. This is a stream of consciousness exercise. Get started, and anything that pops into your head for this goes on the piece of paper.

Then, take five minutes, and write out all the benefits you are getting out of NOT working for your goal. Maybe it's things like "I don't have to waste time working out." Or, "I don't like the feeling of sore muscles." Maybe it's "breakfast tacos!" Whatever pops into your head.

Once you've got them both down, take a hard look at both of them, and ask yourself which list is more fulfilling.

You don't have to share this with anyone, but it's a very interesting exercise, and can help you figure out why you're sabotaging yourself.


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Sunday, August 23, 2009

GutCheck 2.0 Ep 31 - Traffic and Weather

With news on the nines.

Zach is up (a LOT), Doug is down.

We talk back to school, knuckle pushups, and podcasting equipment.


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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Step AWAY from the blueberries

My colleagues and I had our traditional "end of the week lunch" today because several of them aren't going to be around on Friday. So we decide to go to Bob Evans and I do some online research before we go. The Wildfire grilled chicken salad is a reasonable 440 calories, even with the added dressing(225). I figure some water to wash it all down and I'll be ok.

So after the fact, I start to tally lunch for later Lose It input and realize I need to know about the side order of blueberry bread that came with the salad. FOUR HUNDRED AND SEVENTY EIGHT calories. Yikes. Lesson learned... if you're not sure if you can "afford it", don't eat it. I'm thinking smaller portions for whatever is on the supper menu tonight.

Monday, August 17, 2009

GutCheckCast 2.0 Ep 30 - My butt! My butt!

GutCheck hits the local amusement park.

Zach is down (but will he stay down?)
Doug is up (a little)

And wackiness ensues. We discuss injuries! Appropriate steps for protecting your iPhone from sneaky log flumes! And rides that double as medical procedures!


Sunday, August 9, 2009

GutCheckCast 2.0 Ep 29 - We're not more than meets the eye

Well, I suppose if we sucked in our guts a lot, we MIGHT be more than meets the eye.

We discuss some movies, and our midsections.

Doug is up a bit. Zach is down a bit.


Monday, August 3, 2009

GutCheckCast 2.0 Ep 28 - Solo GutCheck is the Loneliest GutCheck

Solo Zach on this cast, because I missed the rendezvous.

Doug is holding steady.
Zach is once again below the Wall (230).

Zach moralizes for a moment on the topic of snacks vs. treats.

And begs for feedback.


Monday, July 27, 2009

GutCheckCast 2.0 Ep 27 - Spicy Revenge

Hello, everyone,

Doug is down, Zach is... on the roller coaster ride of all time... but up.

We talk... Yotsoba &! (And volume 2's piece on REVENGE!)


Tuesday, July 21, 2009

GutCheckCast 2.0 Ep 26 - Special Guests ROCK!

This week:

Doug is up slightly, Zach is down a bit. We both love Lose It! for the iPhone/iPod touch.

We get a TON of feedback from Chooch and Viv over at Into the Blender.


Sunday, July 12, 2009

GutCheckCast 2.0 Ep 25 - Lose It! in six minutes a week

Doug is back! And apparently he didn't get a chance to listen to last week's show.


But we're both down!
We talk Lose It! again (iTunes link)
And apparently we've been working way too hard.

We also mention Wicked Good Podcast

Oh, and Geek Acres.


Monday, July 6, 2009

GutCheck 2.0 Ep 24 - We Ditch Doug for Cuter Co-Hosts

And by we, I mean I. And by cuter co-hosts, I mean My Sweet Honey Reeta.

Both Doug and I are down.

We talk a couple of iPhone apps. (Hoping it's not the tool Doug was hinting at in his update...) Anyway, all three of these are iTunes store links.

First, iTalk - for recording podcasts. Including this one.
Lose It! For Calorie Budgeting and Exercise Tracking!
Runkeeper Free! For easy tracking/sharing/posting of your running habits.

Next week, we'll talk intervals, and Doug's Mystery Tool. And if it is something I've mentioned here, it'll bear RE-mentioning, I'm sure.


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Sunday, June 28, 2009

GutCheck 2.0 Ep 23 - Teknikal Difficulties

We're both up a little.

Doug will resort to the Hipster PDA.
Zach will... avoid cookies.

We talk: Foods that fight belly fat.
AND... Excess pounds may actually increase your lifespan.

We didn't get to talk about - Ten rules for gaining a pound of muscle a week.

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Sunday, June 21, 2009

GutCheck 2.0 Ep 22 - We May Be Mental About Fundamentals

This week:
Doug holds steady, and has an encounter with BBQ sauce and Cherry Coke Zero.
Zach loses a little, and goes to Cheddar's w/ the family.

We talk basic fitness rules, courtesy of Zen Habits and Matt Edenfield.

And Zach admits he's losing his memory early.


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Monday, June 8, 2009

GutCheck 2.0 Ep 20 - Summer of DANGER!

This week on GutCheckCast,

Doug and Zach are both up. Dagnabit.

We discuss summer and winter and their non-local implications.
The worlds most fun water slide EVAR!
Fun with explosive, concussive force. Stomp Rockets!
And, much, much more!

Tune in... IF YOU DARE! (P.S. next week - books!)


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Sunday, May 31, 2009

GutCheck 2.0 Ep 19 - Drive-In Summer Madness!

Basically, we talk about drive-in theaters. If there's one (or more) in your area, first you are LUCKY. And second, you should really get out there and patronize it.


UPDATE: I'm not sure why the episode isn't showing up in any feeds, it definitely is there. Dagnabit. - Zach

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Monday, May 18, 2009

GutCheck 2.0 Ep 18 - Gut Checking Summer Blockbusters

Show's a little backwards.

Boy had a birthday. Queso saw Star Trek.
Zach and Doug reminisce about Star Wars ANH.
We discuss kid-appropriateness in movies.

And Doug is down, Zach is up.


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Monday, May 11, 2009

GutCheck 2.0 Ep 17 - Reading is fundamental, we're just mental.

Doug is down a little, Zach is down some also.

Mother's day was good.

We discuss (very) briefly, The Biggest Loser.

Amazon is giving away a bunch of Kindle books at $0.00.

In two weeks, BALTICON!


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Sunday, May 3, 2009

GutCheck2.0 Ep 16: Just Say "Yes"?

Natural Highs - Endorphins - and exercise.

Zach is up, Doug is down.


And, of course, the beneficial effects of fiber.


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Sunday, April 26, 2009

GutCheck2.0 Ep 15: Chores and DANGER!

Zach is down a little, Doug is up a little. We discuss re-routing our mass elsewhere.

Also, Zach has a small announcement.

Also, we discuss dangerous things you can do with your kids. Zach was apparently hallucinating one of those TED lectures.

Also, we get chore advice from actual, factual parents.


Sunday, April 19, 2009

GutCheckCast2.0 - Ep 14: The Family that Sweats Together...

Hi, GutCheckers.

Doug is down a little this week, Zach is up. 

We talk a little about what we do with our families. What do you do with yours? We'd like your feedback.


Monday, April 13, 2009

GutCheckCast2.0 - Ep 13: Child Labor

Quick and dirty show notes.

Doug is up a bit, Zach is down (he's been sick).
We implore the podcast community to give us child-rearing wisdom in how to make the kids do chores, by referencing Into the Blender, Desperate Husbands (now sadly ended), BL8TN (now happily active), and Wicked Good (which despite the youth of the children involved may actually lead to some genius recommendations). 


Monday, April 6, 2009

GutCheckCast 2.0 Episode 12 - Retrenchment!

It's the weigh in.
Zach is down a bit, but not happy with his results.
Doug is up a bit, and definitely not happy with his results.

Today, we discuss a partial return to our old, regular weight-reporting ways.

Also, much man love is expressed in a purely platonic way.

And we have a brief discussion of OODA.


Monday, April 6

About ten minutes of lifting with the weights. See what I can so when there's a chance that people might be keeping tabs on me.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

GutCheckCast 2.0 Episode 11 - We're irked

While we love our kids, and want to bring geeky things into their lives, every now and then, they bring home something that just rubs us the wrong way.
On our hitlist this week:
Next week's a weigh-in! 

P.S. - a quick update. I am informed by my wife that Queso was telling all the other little girls in the car on the way to Girl Scout Camp that they should really be listening to Rush. So, I guess it's not as bad as I thought.


Monday, March 23, 2009

GutCheckCast 2.0 Episode 10 - Your Better Half

Due to an unfortunate mishap, Zach UNrecorded his half of the podcast.

So, we re-recorded this one.  THAT podcast referenced a web site about date night at home, and 43 date-night ideas.

THIS one referenced Star Trek: TNG, Balticon, and Gundam Wing.


Wednesday, March 18, 2009

GutCheck Interruptus

In which Zach apologizes profusely and admits to the use of pharmaceuticals.

Sorry it's late, and super short.


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Sunday, March 8, 2009

GutCheck 2.0 Ep 9 - Simplify, Simplify, Simplify!

We may or may not be very good at it, but it's a good idea to unplug and connect with the family. 

Slowing down and smelling the roses.

And maybe car shopping.

And maybe taking Mario Kart over to the neighbors. Or Guitar Hero.


Sunday, March 1, 2009

GutCheck 2.0 Ep 8 - Globesity

Doug and Zach are both up. (Rats)

Harvard tells us what we're doing wrong.
And Ririan Project chimes in with more helpful advice.


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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

GutCheck 2.0 Ep 7 - What's gonna work? Homework!

Doug is doing all right.
Zach is apparently podcasting from the bottom of a well.

Tonight, we talk -
The Adventures of Indiana Jim
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Math Fact Cafe
Personal Trainer - Math


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Sunday, February 15, 2009

GutCheck 2.0 Ep 6 - The Power of Example

This week, we discuss examples, both good and bad, both ours and those of others.

Doug gets a late night visitor making commentary on the placement of his split-rail fence...
Zach barely survives growing up on the farm, and describes jeepney travel ettiquette and town-wide water fights.


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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

GutCheckCast 2.0 5 - Out and About with the Geeklings

This week, we talk about going out and about with the kiddos. What are you doing to pique the geek of your own kiddos? We want to know.

Doug went to the Philadelphia Car Show. Zach's jealous and wants a Smart Car.
Zach regales tales of scary movies and older men hitting on his daughter. Who can't date until she's 32.


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Sunday, February 8, 2009

Taking longer than normal to check our guts...

Doug is out to the car show w/ boy, so we're putting the show on hold for a day or two so we can talk about that and other geeky things we take our kids to.

Just in case you needed audio RIGHT NOW...

Here it is.


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Sunday, February 1, 2009

GutCheck 2.0 Ep 4 - 2009 Kickoff!

This episode officially kicks off our GutCheck run for this year.

We've got a lot of work to do, and we'd like to hear from you about your own goals, so drop us a line either here at the website, or by writing gutcheckcast *at* gmail *dot* com.

This week - we talk about does and don'ts for losing weight as we get a little older, and we reference this article about developing the deep burning desire to set and reach goals.


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Sunday, January 25, 2009

GutCheck 2.0 Ep 3 - Books for Kids - from the experts

This week, Zach takes a bow out, and Doug and his family discuss some of their favorite books.

The audio quality on this recording isn't up to our regular standards, but I think that's overcome by the sheer burning power of teh cute.

Mo Willems

Anyway, Zach will be back next week for the kickoff of the Exercise '09 run.

Meanwhile, enjoy!

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Sunday, January 18, 2009

GutCheck 2.0 Ep 2 - Social Sites for Kids

Yes, continuing our trend of sharing things that our families enjoy, this week, we talk about social websites for kids. We mention...

Pixie Hollow (in passing)
and YouTube. Apparently they have music videos there, who knew?

And one more I forgot to mention - Addicting Games. That's more for older kids. My wife's little brother (he's 14) loves that site, but it might not be appropriate for younger kids. I personally recommend N. (Stands for Ninja)


Sunday, January 11, 2009

GutCheck 2.0 Ep 1 - Now for something completely different!

This episode, the format of GutCheck is changing.

Significantly, maybe. 

When we began, one of the main reasons we started our weightloss program was to be more active and involved with our kids. So in this episode, we'll start talking about other things that we enjoy with our kids. We understand this is a fairly radical change, and hope you'll enjoy the new format. The first week of every month, we will talk exercise and weight loss, and the other three weeks... well... we'll see.

This week, because Zach can't seem to do a podcast that doesn't touch on it in some way, form, or fashion, we talk... Pokemon.


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Sunday, January 4, 2009

GutCheckCast 37 - End of the Line!

This is it... the last weigh-in for GutCheck in '08. Yeah, it's technically '09. Give us a break, we didn't start this until Mid-April.

Doug is up slightly, but overall is down over 9 pounds!
Zach is holding steady, and overall is down over 23 pounds!

What we learned - Get Moving! And make yourself accountable.
And this week we discuss:
Weightbot - you may not have an iPhone or iPod touch, but if you can graph your progress, that makes a picture that can be very revealing, and very motivating.
And for those of us who are starting out, or re-dedicating ourselves to a healthy lifestyle in '09 - measuring your BMI at home.

We'll be back next week.


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