Developer Fitness in 2018: Quarter 3

At this point in the year, it’s evident that I’ve been sharing the things I’m doing outside of sitting at a computer most of the day.

Thus far, I’ve shared:

And if you’ve not read the rest of what I’ve been sharing since last year, you can read them using the following links below:

  1. Developer Fitness: Getting & Staying in Shape
  2. Developer Fitness: More Progress, My Devices, Apps, and What’s Next

As we’re headed into the fourth quarter of the year, it’s the time that I take a look back at what I did this summer and how I stacked up against some of my goals and what I’ve been doing in the past year.

At the end of the previous post in this series, I mentioned:

So that’s the plan for the upcoming quarter. I’m sitting at 179 right now and I’d love to hover around 180 – 185 so if I can stay in that range, I’ll be happy.

I’m extremely interested to see how next month’s challenge pans out. And I’m eager, for those of you who are working to work out, to share your stories, posts, reflections, etc. on your blog, via email, or via Instagram.

With that said, here we go with 65 miles and counting.

So here’s how everything panned out over the course of the summer.

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Developer Fitness in 2018: Quarter 2

Apparently, with the exception of my previous post, this is turning out to be my week to share things related to the second quarter of this year (the first being about taking some time off of social media).

Earlier this year, I talked a bit more about why I think it’s important for we, as developers who spend so much time at a desk, to focus on our health as well. Granted, this is has been compeltely focused on my own goals.

Specifically, I said:

The purpose of this post is to go a bit further into what my goals have been first the first quarter of the year, what I’m aiming to do in the second phase of the year, and some additional thoughts on the devices I’ve been using.

But this doesn’t mean it can’t translate into your own life in some capacity, right? I’m the last to say that “what works for me will work for you” because I think our body composition plays a massive role and we’re all different.

Anyway, if you’ve not read what I’ve written thus far, check out these posts first (if you have the time):

  1. Developer Fitness: Getting & Staying in Shape
  2. Developer Fitness: More Progress, My Devices, Apps, and What’s Next
  3. Developer Fitness in 2018: Quarter 1

Even though I’m a bit later than planning for writing my second quarter retrospective, here it is, nonetheless.

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Developer Fitness in 2018: Quarter 1

For the last few years, I’ve been writing a bit about developer fitness, why I think it’s important, and my goals and progress.

You can read a bit about what I’ve shared in the previous posts:

The purpose of this post is to go a bit further into what my goals have been first the first quarter of the year, what I’m aiming to do in the second phase of the year, and some additional thoughts on the devices I’ve been using.

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Developer Fitness: More Progress, My Devices, Apps, and What’s Next

About two years ago, I wrote Developer Fitness: Getting & Staying in Shape. There’s not a synopsis for that post other than this:

  1. I didn’t like where I was,
  2. I wanted to return to a weight at which I was happy,
  3. I did some work,
  4. I reached my goal.

In my early-to-mid twenties, I was a runner, and that was my primary form of exercise. I participated in 5Ks, 10Ks, and half-marathons, but as life changes so go our habits. Sometimes, at least. And that was the case for me.

So the motivation for writing the post two-fold:

  1. After being self-employed, working from home, and learning to adjust having two children around the house, I gained enough weight to be as heavy as I had ever been.
  2. I found that during the time I went from wanting to lose weight, I discovered a genuine interest in fitness. Granted, this looks different for each person, so perhaps it’s better to say that I have an interest in my level of fitness. Thus, I wanted to document what I’ve been doing and what works for me.

I’ve wanted to write a follow-up post ever since but the time never felt right as I was still figuring out what I wanted to write. But I’ve finally gotten to a point where I’ve learned enough, and I’m comfortable sharing more information.

A Short Disclaimer

But first, a few things:

  • Whenever a male writes about losing weight after having children, it’s easy to roll eyes and say “Yeah, but women have…” I’ll state it here: I believe women are the stronger of the two sexes (ask any of my friends how often I claim that), and I don’t mean to compare to imply anything other than that. I’m talking about something that happens to coincide when we had children and how I aimed to adjust my own fitness. Nothing more. 🙂
  • Fitness for those who work in our industry – or who have desk jobs – can be hard to come by. We work long hours sitting (or standing) at desks, and when we’re done for the day, the last thing many of us want to do is to get physically exert ourselves after the exhaustion that comes from thinking through problems all day. The thing is, this is not unique to our industry.
  • I’m not a health professional. I’m an average guy who has done some reading on some things and have began to understand what works for my body type. I’m not a personal trainer, nor do I claim that what I’ve used worked for me will work for you.
  • I do think there are certain things we can all do to help ourselves, more on this later, but whatever I do isn’t necessarily great for everyone else and vice versa.
  • Fitness isn’t a “reach your goal and finish.” It’s more something I incorporate into my life has become something I try to do every day (or as much as possible).

And with that said, I’m happy to share what I’ve done, the progress I’ve made, and my goals, but I also want to be clear that I know this won’t work for everyone.

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Developer Fitness: Getting Back To and Staying in Shape

One of the things that seems to be unique to open source is many opt to share their annual reports of their business regardless of how the business performed over the year. Others also talk a lot about their mental health – again, regardless of if it’s good or bad. And when you’re part of a larger group of people who are doing the same thing, it’s really inspiring, educational, and also prompts you to aim to be a better friend and peer. An amiable goal by any measure.

In short, it’s something that’s really cool to see even if you opt not to disclose that information yourself.

However, one thing that we don’t see as much of – not because people don’t share it, but because it doesn’t seem to be as popular to share – is the idea of developer fitness. I know people are involved in all kind of things offline. For example, I know Sean Davis hosts a number of workout contests and is also involved in a number of different sports (most recently, racquetball based on his Twitter feed). I also know that Sunny Ratilal shares his FitBit progress throughout the week giving insight into his level of activity.

Cool, right?

Anyway, the point is that I know we’re all active in different ways but we don’t blog about it as much for whatever reason. And I get it: Talking about health, fitness, and exercising is boring. Or it can be boring.  It can also be a lot of fun depending on if you’re found the right kind of workout for you (more on this later).

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