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It’s finally here, folks! I’ve wanted to do a Geek Fitness podcast for a while, and I finally pulled the trigger. We have had such a blast working on Geek to Geek together that we had no choice but to start our very own podcast network of shows (watch out Geek & Sundry, here we come! *ahem* ….riiiiiight….), and Geek Fitness Health Hacks is my solo show.

GFHH will basically be an audio version of the blog–but will be way more consistent and full of even more awesome. We also have Void’s Video Game News Now, where he summarizes the major gaming headlines of the day to save you time, and the upcoming Knowby’s Longbox, a comics podcast that’s going to be just phenomenal if the proof-of-concept episodes are any indication. We think you’re going to enjoy all this many, many bunches!

That said, the feed for Health Hacks is being submitted to all the major players (iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, etc.), and it should be approved soon. But you can listen to the very first episode right now. Just click the play button in your browser. It’s that easy.

And as of right now, I am going to be posting the show notes and links to the episodes as they come out here on the blog, make sure you sign up for the mailing list so you never miss an episode.

Anyway, enough rambling about that. Let’s get on with the show. Literally!

Geek Fitness Health Hacks – Episode 001 – “Running with Asthma!”

RUNNING WITH ASTHMA!

  • Roughly 15% of athletes are diagnosed with exercise-induced asthma, but many people believe it’s a make-believe ailment.
  • You can still be a runner if you have EIA or traditional asthma.
  • You need to train like you have asthma by altering training plans, allowing yourself more time, keeping an inhaler handy, and not comparing yourself to athletes who don’t have asthma.
  • You will progress more slowly, but you will progress.

Beej’s SOMETHING of the Week!

  • Quest Bars are the best protein bars I’ve found. They’re expensive, but worth the splurge. Especially since I discovered this health hack.
  • Bake them in the dashboard of your car! Just leave the bar in the sun and come back to a delightfully warm cookie bar. OMG!
  • The wrapper made it lovely and soft and delicious.
  • I am so going to leave them in there all day long and see how it is. I can’t imagine how it would be bad.

THE QUEST LOG

  • I have gained 25lbs since September because of an injury, and I am trying to get back down to where my clothes fit.
  • Trying not to use weight as a metric as much as my energy levels and how clothes fit.
  • How? Portion control, exercising more, eating less garbage
    • For instance, when my wife was out of town, I ate 4 Double Stuf Oreo Sonic Blasts in 4 days. (And a week before that, having a large one with both M&Ms and Oreos in it.)
  • My body is reacting to my re-adopted healthy habits much like you’d expect–”Holy crap! I’m dying!”
  • But…my body is slowly adapting. And the pounds will melt off soon(ish). I hope.

Feel free to reach out to me! I’d love to hear from you!

Geek Fitness Health Hacks is part of the Geek to Geek Podcast Network. Check out our other podcasts and bask in the awesomeness!

 

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Watching Over You in the Overwatch Open Beta

I’ve been playing a ton of the Overwatch beta this week. I’d played a couple of the previous beta weekends, and even though I don’t like first-person shooter games, this one has really grabbed my attention.

That’s probably because I can play a support character (i.e. healers!) and not feel like I’m dead weight. Blizzard has managed to make even the most basic healer/support heroes complex enough that I don’t feel like I’m just following other players around, cleaning up their messes. I get to actively support my team, which is amazing for me in a FPS game (especially since I don’t have the twitchy reflexes required to play most modern FPS games).

Void and I did a whole episode of our Geek to Geek Cast on Overwatch this week. You should definitely give it a listen. It’s pretty awesome.

Still not sold on Overwatch?

Then I highly suggest watching these amazing Play of the Game clips of yours truly. Then you can add me on Battle.net as Lesser#1993 and join in on the fun.



The game officially releases on May 24, and I can’t wait. This is definitely going to be one of those evergreen games for me (games I can just pick up and put down whenever I want for a very long time).

My biggest issue with Overwatch is that it’s pretty easy to sit and play for hours. And since I’ve gained about 25lbs since September (I injured myself and went through some weirdness with anxiety, but didn’t blog much about it–sorry!), I really need to move my FitDesk into my new office and ride it while blowing people up. I should definitely do that soon.

Oh, and speaking of riding bikes…I got a new toy!


I can’t wait to get this baby out on the trails again. So between my FitDesk inside with Overwatch and my new Raleigh M40 outside on the TVA Trails, I should be in a pretty decent place to get back into clothes that fit me.

Summer break just started, and it’s looking pretty darn good to me.

Have you played Overwatch yet? What did you think? Who are your favorite heroes? And do you have any new toys for the summer you can’t wait to share with the world?

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The Geek to Geek Podcast with Beej and Void

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I’ve wanted to be a podcaster for a while now. After doing a handful of guest-spots on other people’s shows, the bug bit me, but I never got it off the ground solo. Not long ago, however, my buddy Void over at A Green Mushroom asked me if I was interested in co-hosting a podcast with him.

I jumped at the chance. And the Geek to Geek Podcast was born.

Our first episode went live today, and it’s about the subjective value of games and media. We talk about the awesome Stardew Valley and Firewatch, Steam sales, and a whole lot more. It’s good stuff. You should definitely check it out.

We plan on talking about a broad range of topics on the show, but all wonderfully geeky. In fact, I believe next week’s episode is set up to be about writing and creative projects. So that’s gonna be neato.

Anyway, if you’re interested, it’s up on iTunes, as well as Overcast, Stitcher, and Pocketcasts. It can always be found at libsyn, too.

And hey, if none of that works for you, just click play right here and listen in your browser.

Let us know what you think, and I promise to love you forever if you drop us a review on iTunes or your platform of choice. They really will help us hit the ground running. Hope you enjoy!

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