Archive for March, 2007
Ugh. Back from a trip and a crazy week. Need to get caught up. If you haven’t heard from me and normally would have, this is probably why. Will try and get down to 20 or so for Monday (somehow). Hell, might even update this post throughout the weekend as I progress :)
Update: 7:18pm, managed to have real life get in the way (car accident, everyone’s alright), so didn’t have as much time to process email. Still, I am down to 65 items. Will need to put in a couple of hours tomorrow to get it down to 20 (ish) though!
Had a crazy week this week. Emotionally. Physically. Workout-wise (trainer cancelled twice). Motivationally.
In fact, was generally on of those “didn’t meet my own expectations” weeks.
Still, woke up this morning to a 228! This was great to see and was really exactly what I needed. I can see the changes in my body, I’m enjoying the extra energy (while also being frustrated by it, since I sleep less) and I’m enjoying having more clothes to wear.
Maybe the last week and a bit was just a plateau (that I didn’t survive very well). Maybe it was my body taking on water and stuff to deal with the new muscle mass. Maybe the drop is due to increased metabolism due to increased muscle mass. Mabe it’s just temporary due to travelling.
At this point, I don’t care. I can bump up to 230 again for another few days and I’ll be okay with that. Body fat also dipped a %, though, so I’m hopeful that even if the 228 was just the low point of the weight pendulum, that I probably won’t be at 233 again (like I was last week).
Now I just need to deal with email and get caugh up at work again and I’ll be feeling pretty good. Oh, and take some time off this weekend since I’m way too stressed ;-)
Just a heads up that the time management posts for this week will be delayed until this week. Yeah, yeah, irony or what, eh? I have travel and my time is fully booked this week, so taking 5-7 hours off to write the posts simply wasn’t going to happen.
I’ll be back next week though ;-)
In the absence of a “current openings” page on the TorCamp wiki (ahem @ Will), I figured it’d be useful to post some positions b5 either has open now or will very soon have open. If you or anyone you know is qualified and interested in working in a dynamic environment, please let me know. Packages will always be competitive. Location is open, though in most cases Toronto is preferred (that said, we’re a virtual company so we’re pretty open).
Here are those positions:
Advertising Sales Representative: We are looking to fill this position in late April, early May. We are looking for an experienced (2-3 years) ad sales rep who is looking for something more engaging, fun and fluid than working in the typical larger organization. Our packages for ad sales are more than competitive, so if you’re looking to push the boundaries of the ad industry, let us know. Ideal locations are (in this order): Toronto, NYC and San Francisco.
WordPress Developer: b5media is a major WordPress company. We’re (give or take) one of the top 10 WordPress installs in the world. We continue to push the boundaries of WordPress, and this year will see us making major strides in what WordPress can do, in contributing to the core, to the team and to the community and in pushing the boundaries of what blogging means. Our packages for this position are, again, more than competitive. So if you want to work in an environment where there are always 1000 things going on, where your input is critical in many day-to-day decisions and where you get to immerse yourself in WordPress development, let us know. Desired locations (though any is doable) are (in this order): Toronto, Baltimore, NYC and San Francisco. This is an immediate opening.
Operations Manager: We are seeking someone who is experienced in managing the operations of a technology company. The ability to speak “tech”, “dev” and “business” is critical. This is a Toronto-based position. You will be working with a fresh young team and will ultimately be responsible for most of the day-to-day activities of the company and will work closely with myself and Mark Evans. This is an immediate opening.
Affiliate Manager: This is another crossover position. 1/3 sales (not ad sales), 1/3 community development and 1/3 customer service/tech support. You will be the first person in a new business unit, growing the business aggressively. As such you’ll do “everything” at the start (though you’ll have access to internal dev/design/tech resources) and grow the team over the next year. We are effectively looking for an entrepreneur within our entrepreneurial organization. Experience in bizdev, technology, blogging and knowledge of the ad industry are all key qualifications. Ideally this would be a Toronto position, though we’re open. This can be a part-time, trasitiona position for the first 2-3 months. This position is vague on purpose, so apply if you’re interested in: growing a new business unit, selling ice to eskimos, having fun, developping community, and helping bloggers build and grow beyond where they’re at now. This is an immediate opening.
Music Phreak: This is an immediate opening. We are looking for someone truly passionate about music to run a new business unit. This is more than vague on purpose. This is a part-time position (for now), working from anywhere is fine. Core skills are a huge passion for music, a love of developing community, some technical skills and a desire to do “new stuff” (read that how you will).
Print Designer: This is a contract position. Immediate opening. Any location is fine. We are looking for a print designer to take some of our existing material and either repurpose it or create a half-dozen print items from scratch. Having a fantastic printing partner comfortable with die cutting, masked gloss overlays and other advanced print techniques such as foiling is critical.
How to Apply
Interested? Drop me an email: email@example.com! I’ll be in touch as soon as possible (might take a day or two) :)
Been awhile since I’ve fatblogged. Been interesting, as I did put on weight post-travel. Got back into my exercise routine (most of it) and got back to my diet (mostly), so I’m back down to 230.
Workouts have become more intense, as my trainer and I are stretching them out to 90 minutes 3 times per week. Basically doing 20 minutes full cardio (walk/run) to warm up (I suffer from mild asthma, so my goal is to do 1.5 miles in that 20 minutes sometime next week), then a full-on workout (weights 2 days and HIIT one day) followed by 20 minutes of full cardio again (on the bike).
Eventually we’ll work up to 2 days of HIIT, and my full cardio will hopefully turn into full jogs or runs instead of intervals, but yeah.
Big milestone this morning though! I fit into jeans I bought nearly 3 years ago. In fact, I now fit into all my size 38 pants. At my highest weight I was a 40/42, so being a solid 38 is great. All my “big” pants still fit, so I don’t need to buy new clothes yet, but that could actually happen in the next month or so. So while I’m not losing much weight, I am dropping fat, which is fantastic. My in-home body fat calculator (which is off by about 5% overall) says I’ve dropped about 5% bodyfat since I started working out, or about 14 pounds of fat.
Anyways, today was supposed to be a workout day, but my trainer had a doctor’s appointment, so we’re going to do about 2 hours tomorrow. Should be fun and exhausting ;-)
I have 3 upcoming milestones though (assuming I can start dropping weight instead of just swapping fat for muscle): 227 (my lowest weight in 3 years), being able to weigh myself later in the day (I weigh in the mornings) and still be under 230 (my weight gets as high as 234 right now during the day) and 225 (a real milestone, as I’ll be down nearly 20 pounds since starting this).
To be honest, I’m a little disheartened by not losing weight. I’m definitely seeing more changes in my body (sadly, all the loss I’d seen in my face has reversed, but ah well), but I’d really like to see those numbers come down. Hitting 227 would be hugely motivating for me. I know it will happen, but I’m definitely hitting some motivational walls right now because the numbers really aren’t going down at this point.