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ActiveAugust –> Getting More Fit

Posted by sqlwiseguy on July 28, 2009

ActiveAugust started as a discussion on Twitter and Mike Walsh (@mike_walsh) has set the bar with his blog post about it.  The general idea is to commit to lifestyle changes by becoming more active and/or eating healthier.  The key thing is to setup a plan, blog your plan, and then blog/tweet updates on how you are doing.  Because you have made the commitment public you will have some accountability. There are several SQL Server “personalities” that are taking part including the aforementioned Mike Walsh, Brian Kelley (@kbriankelley), and Jorge Segarra (@SQLChicken).  There may be others that I have missed or don’t currently follow on Twitter. 

Here’s my plan:

  1. Reduce portions at the dinner table.  I don’t measure now, but the goal is to eat 1 helping and stop there.
  2. Fruits and vegetables instead of cookies/brownies/candy/chips for the nighttime snack.
  3. At least 20 minutes of purposeful exercise 6 days a week (walking, biking, swimming, etc…) in addition to the normal time spent with the kids or playing basketball.
  4. Sit-ups and push-ups every day.  I did 25 sit-ups and 15 push-ups last night so I that will be the minimum.  The goal is to add 10 per week.  So on August 8th I should be doing at least 35 and 25.

Another part is a regular weigh-in as the goal is to become more fit and weight loss is usually a good measure of that.  I weighed in yesterday morning at 184.5 lbs so that will be my baseline.  I’ll post my progress weekly starting the 8th.

Hope you join in.

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Mid-year update on my goals

Posted by sqlwiseguy on July 7, 2009

I recently saw that Steve Jones had posted an update on his 2009 goals and realized that is was about time for me to do the same.  So let’s get to it.

Learn SQL Server 2008, particularly Policy Based Management, Resource Governor, and Service Broker.

Still not much progress here.  It’s really a matter of getting myself moving.

Write 1 article per quarter for SQLServerCentral

Doing okay here as I have had 2 published and some others in my queue, not SSC’s, but I think this one will get done no problem

Record and Submit 1 video per quarter to JumpStartTV.

Behind on this one as I have only done 1 this year, but I do have some ideas on ones to get in.  I can definitely make it.

One Blog Post per week

I was doing really well on this on until the last month.  I took a vacation where I did nothing technical and didn’t even have internet access and since I have been out of sorts and not interested in writing.  It looks like I do have the quantity, but not the regularity.  This is still a work in progress, but I definitely think I’ll get 52 posts in 2009.

Become more involved in leadership in my local user group (OPASS)

This one is slow going, but I have become involved in pursuing speakers and need to get more involved in finding sponsors and encouraging others to be involved.  I have also been involved in some of the early planning for the next SQLSaturday – Orlando, which is technically a user group event.  I know Andy Warren would be happy to see me do more.

Speak at 2 community events

I have actually met this goal already.  I did my Introduction to Profiler session at the Tampa SQL Server User Group in June and also at SQLSaturday – Pensacola.  I am also scheduled to speak at the Space Coast User Group in September  on the Default Trace.  I will probably submit my Default Trace session to SQLSaturday – Orlando as well.  I did submit 2 sesssions for the PASS Summit that, unfortunately were not selected, but it was the first step.

Attend the PASS Summit

Believe it or not I am still waiting to get permission from my boss to go.  I have permission from my wife to go, so now I just need to get permission from work.  I’m pretty sure this one will happen and if it doesn’t it won’t be because I didn’t try.

Summary

Overall I am doing okay, but I need to use my time better to meet them all.  It’s my nature to do the easy ones, speaking, going to pass, and blogging and procrastinate on the harder ones.  I guess that should be a goal for next year.

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Update on my 2009 Goals

Posted by sqlwiseguy on April 2, 2009

Since we are 1/4 through the year I thought I should give an update on my goals.  Overall I think I am doing okay, but I need to work toward them with more purpose.

  1. Learn SQL Server 2008, particularly policy-based management, resource governor, and service broker.
      Not a whole lot of progress here.  I do have it installed on my laptop, but I have not done much with it, nor have I bought any books.  I really need to get started.
  2. Write 1 Article per quarter for SQLServerCentral.
      Well, I did get an article submitted in the first quarter which will be posted early in the second quarter so I am on target, especially since I have the information for at least 2 more articles already, so I “just” need to write them.
  3. Record and submit 1 video per quarter for JumpstartTV
      Again I did get one done in the first quarter so I am on target.  I also have some ideas for others so it is all about getting them scripted and recorded.
  4. One Blog post per week
      Another one I am meeting with 19 posts in the first quarter.  I have to admit to this being a struggle for me.  I really want the posts to have good content and not just be announcements and recaps of meetings I have been to.  There is nothing wrong with those posts, but I’d like to be sharing something others can learn from more often.  I think that as I write more, it will get easier and better, not just to write, but also to find topics.
  5. Become more involved in leadership in my local user group (OPASS).
      I’m trying to do make the time to do this, but I need to be more purposeful about it.  I am trying to help out by pursuing speakers from within my network.  Of course, a bigger network would make it easier.  Time is limited and whatever I do try to do I want to do well.  Also I have become more involved in PASS as my friend Andy Warren (the OPASS president) is on the board of directors, so I’m trying to help out there as well.
  6. Speak at 2 community events.
      I have a submitted a session to SQLSaturday – Pensacola and will be submitting at least one session for the PASS Summit, so I am making some effort.  I do need to contact some of the other User Groups within driving distance (Tampa, Jacksonville) so I can get more experience.  Odds are I will put together another presentation for OPASS this year and at the next SQLSaturday – Orlando.
  7. Attend the PASS Summit
      I am working on this one.  I have spoken to my boss about possibly getting some funds for it, but, regardless, I plan on going.  As I already mentioned I will also be submitting at least one session.  This is probably the easiest one to do as all it takes is a little money and some vacation time.

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Why Speak at a User Group?

Posted by sqlwiseguy on April 1, 2009

This post was going to be a plea for volunteers to speak at my local SQL Server User Group (OPASS), and, in reality, it still is, but as I began writing I thought I would share some reasons why I think you should consider speaking at a User Group, hopefully OPASS and why I did.

  1. Share your passion.  People will listen to anyone speak on any topic if they can tell the speaker is passionate about it.
  2. Become an expert.  There is no better way to become an expert than to teach someone else.  I spoke last year on SQL Profiler, which I thought I knew, until I prepared for my presentation.  Now I am an expert, but one who knows there is more to learn.
  3. Build your brand.  Steve Jones writes and speaks about this.  By speaking, you build your professional profile.  If you are willing to share your knowledge with “strangers” this can set you apart in your next job search.  Being a team player and a good communicator comes up in almost every job posting and interview, if you speak publicly you’ll have evidence to support your claims.
  4. Contacts, contacts, contacts.  In real estate they say it’s all about location, in the business world it’s all about contacts.  Not just for job searches, but for people you can contact for help on that issue you just can’t solve.  You may become that person for some, but you’ll also gain people who will be that person for you.
  5. Personal growth.  Public speaking is scary, but very satisfying, and you know what, everyone wants you to succeed, so our fears are usually unfounded.  Once you get started you’ll be more confident.
  6. Respect of your peers.  Don’t we all want that?  There is nothing I respect more than someone willing to take a chance.  No matter what people think about the presentation, they will respect you for daring to do it.

I have to be honest, I have only spoken twice on SQL Server (same presentation) and I was very nervous both times, but once I got started it just flowed and was over before I knew it.  Both times there were questions I couldn’t answer, but no one was upset by that because I didn’t bluff, I just admitted it.  As I said earlier, the audience wants you to do well, so relax and go for it.

If anyone is interested in volunteering to speak at OPASS, we do need a speaker for our next meeting which is in May, and to the best of my knowledge the rest of the year, you can contact me at corbett.jack@gmail.com and I’ll pass along your information to our president, Andy Warren.  We usually meet on every other month on the 2nd Tuesday, but we can be flexible with advanced notice, so if you are going to be in the Orlando area at another time and want to speak let me know and we’ll try to arrange it.

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Goals for 2009

Posted by sqlwiseguy on January 2, 2009

I’ve read several posts recently about how people did on meeting their goals for 2008, so I thought I’d post my goals for 2009.

  1. Learn SQL Server 2008, particularly policy-based management, resource governor, and service broker.
  2. Write 1 article per quarter for SQLServerCentral.
  3. Record and submit 1 video per quarter for JumpstartTV.
  4. One blog post per week.
  5. Become more involved in leadership in my local user group (OPASS).
  6. Speak at 2 community events (user groups, SQLSaturdays, etc…).
  7. Attend the PASS Summit.

Certainly all of these are attainable, but each one stretches me professionally. It has only been over about the last year that I have attempted to “broaden my horizons” through writing and speaking on technical subjects. The best part is that I have discovered that I enjoy doing it and that it has really helped me become a better SQL Server professional.

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