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Active August – Final Recap

Posted by sqlwiseguy on August 31, 2009

Well, I had a pretty good week this week.  I made an effort and met all my goals:

  1. Eat smaller portions – this is going well.  My body has adjusted to eating smaller portions so I am “filling up” faster and not feeling hungry as much.
  2. Healthier snacks – did a good job on this one as I ate more grapes and other fruit.  Very little in the way of junk.
  3. 20 minutes of purposeful exercise 6 days a week – didn’t really meet this one this week.  I had 2 days of basketball (Mon., Tues.) and on Friday and Saturday had to clean my kids school which was about 5 hours of moving furniture, sweeping, and mopping.  I counted that as my exercise.
  4. Sit-ups and push-ups every day adding 10 each week.  I made this one with some extra as I did 70 sit-ups and +0 push-ups on Friday night to close the week. 

Last week I weighed in at 180, Saturday morning at 178.5.  Here’s a chart to plot my weight loss:


Final Thoughts

I’m pretty happy with the weight loss, 6 pounds in a month.  It’s been about 2 years since I was last under 180 so I’m very happy with that.  As I have said all along, this is more about life style change and I think that has been pretty successful. I’m definitely eating less and eating healthier without really missing the snacking and junk food too much.  I’d like to continue to work on my diet and exercise and continue to slowly and steadily lose weight (1-2 lbs a week).  If I can keep that pace, I should be down to about 165 by the PASS SUMMIT and that would be great!

Thanks to Mike Walsh, for starting ActiveAugust, and others involved for keeping me motivated.

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Active August –> Week 3 Recap

Posted by sqlwiseguy on August 24, 2009

Well, I had a pretty good week this week.  I made an effort and met all my goals:

  1. Eat smaller portions – still working on this one.  Doing okay, although I do need to eat breakfast, I just hate getting up in the morning.
  2. Healthier snacks – I’m not necessarily having healthier snacks, but I have reduced.  We had company on Friday night so I had dessert (2 small brownies and a small piece of apple pie). Yeah, that’s a bad  mistake.
  3. 20 minutes of purposeful exercise 6 days a week – I made this one easily by walking every day except Friday with some extra work in the pool about several days.
  4. Sit-ups and push-ups every day adding 10 each week.  I made this one with some extra as I did 57 sit-ups and 47 push-ups on Friday night to close the week.  Didn’t add 10 sit-ups as I thought I only needed 55.

Last week I weighed in at 180.5, Saturday morning at 180.  Here’s a chart to plot my movement:

image I think dessert on Friday night is what kept me from getting under 180, there were mornings I was under, but couldn’t do it on the official weigh-in.

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Active August – Week 2 Recap

Posted by sqlwiseguy on August 15, 2009

Well, I had a pretty good week this week.  I made an effort and met all my goals:

  1. Eat smaller portions – this one is hard especially because I feel hungry most of the time.  I did okay, but probably still eat more than is really needed.  I really need to start eating breakfast every day which is supposed to help.
  2. Healthier snacks – I’m mainly not snacking although I did break down and have ice cream for dessert a couple of times and Friday night we had dinner at a friend’s house and they served some kind of caramel flan (a custard like dessert), that I couldn’t refuse.
  3. 20 minutes of purposeful exercise 6 days a week – I made this one easily by walking every day except Friday with some extra work in the pool about several days.
  4. Sit-ups and push-ups every day adding 10 each week.  I made this one with some extra as I did 50 sit-ups and 35 push-ups on Friday night to close the week.

As I have said before this effort is more about lifestyle change than weight loss which is why I don’t have an official weight loss goal, but losing weight is definitely welcome.  Last week I weighed in at 182, this morning at 180.5.  Here’s a chart to plot my movement:


I’d like to think I’m making progress in a healthy manner, but I have to be honest, I’d like to have seen 5 pounds a week gone instead of 2, but as I said, it’s about a healthier lifestyle not fast weight loss.

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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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Off Topic – Why I’m unclebiguns on Twitter

Posted by sqlwiseguy on July 15, 2009

There may be some people wondering why I go by the name @unclebiguns on Twitter.  I am basing this on the following facts:

  1. I have gotten some interesting followers (blocked of course).
  2. Comments that have been made about this user name in other places as well.

I thought I’d blog (at Andy Warren’s suggestion) why I have that handle.

It goes back about 12 years when one of my best friends had their first child.  He and I had an ongoing debate going on who ate more and who was fatter, so to try to get me going he taught his daughter to call me Uncle Biguns after my stomach.  It’s kind of funny because I have grown into the name as I now wish I weighed what I weighed back then.  Since it is a unique name (last night Chad Miller commented that I was the only unclebigun’s he knows), I decided to use it as a user name for fantasy sports, etc….

So if you wondered why or what it meant, there it is.  I hope you aren’t too disappointed.

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Bragging on My Daughter Again

Posted by sqlwiseguy on May 31, 2009

As I have mentioned before, my ten year old daughter Danielle is in the Young Marines.  One of the steps in the Young Marine program is Junior Leadership School, two weekends of drill and classroom training on leadership.  Danielle was nominated by her unit’s leadership to go to the training and did very well.  As part of the training she was required to do an oral report on one of the fourteen characteristics of leadership and she chose to do endurance.  Her instructors were so impressed that they asked her to do her speech at the Memorial Day ceremony at The National Vietnam War Museum in Orlando, The Bunker, on Sunday, May 24th.  Danielle accepted, but as the day approached she got nervous and wanted to back out.  Her mother and I did not let her back out because we believe that once you make a commitment you honor that commitment.  It was also important to us that she understand what an honor it was for her to be invited to speak at this event that honors those that serve or have served our great country in the military.

The ceremony included presentation of the colors, invocation, Danielle’s speech, Young Marine Recruit graduation, placing of the wreath, The Last Patrol, and Convocation.  There were about 100 people present and, I have to say, you would never have known that Danielle was nervous when she did her speech.  She spoke slowly and clearly and acted like she spoke in front of groups all the time.  I had her practice with me twice during the week and she did much better on Sunday than in practice.  Alice, her mother, and I couldn’t be more proud of her.  Not just because she did well, but because she honored the commitment she had made, even though she did not want to do it.

Alice and I are thankful for the children that God has blessed us with and are excited to see Danielle excel.

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Deploying Custom SSIS Components

Posted by sqlwiseguy on April 9, 2009

This post is really for me.  I have written 1 custom component for SSIS 2005 and wrote an article on it for SQLServerCentral that was recently re-published.  In the discussion someone asked for specific steps for installing and using it.  Well, since it has been about a year, I couldn’t remember all the specifics so I’m blogging the steps so I have place to go the next time I need it.  So on with the steps:

  1. Register the component in the GAC (Global Assembly Cache).  There are 2 ways to this:
    • Drag and drop the component into C:\Windows\Assembly
    • Use the GAC utility that that is part of the Visual Studio SDK and the Windows SDK.  Here is the syntax:
        gacutil.exe  /if Path\AssemblyName
    • Depending on which one you installed it will be located in one (or both) of these locations if you used the default install:
      • C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 8\SDK\v2.0\Bin
      • C:\Program Files\Microsoft SDKs\Windows\v6.0\Bin
  2. On your development machine put the component in one of the folders under C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\90\DTS (default install location):
    • \Connections
    • \ForEachEnumerators
    • \LogProviders
    • \PipelineComponents
    • \Tasks

The component I created is a Pipeline Component so it belongs in the PiplelineComponents folder.  Once you have put it here you can add it to your toolbox by right-clicking on the toolbox, selecting “Choose Items”, select the SSIS Data Flow Items tab (in this case), and select the Error Details component.

This is really a summarization of this blog post by Matthew Roche that you can read for more details.

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Props for my daughter

Posted by sqlwiseguy on November 2, 2008

I know that this is normally and is intended to be a technical/professional blog, but I have to brag about my 9 year old daughter, Danielle, today. She joined the Orlando Devil Dogs Young Marine unit in September. There are 6 Saturday’s of recruit training where the new recruits learn Marine and Young Marine history, customs and courtesies, physical fitness training, and drill. When you finish and pass (there are tests) each recruit becomes a Young Marine private, except for the Honor Recruit who is immediately promoted to Private First Class. Well, Danielle was the youngest and smallest recruit in her class of 7 recruits, and she was the Honor Recruit! This means she had the highest test scores, showed leadership, and desire to learn. I have to admit that I was not sure about her joining the program, but she LOVES it and is doing well at it. If she sticks with it and continues to do well, she will have the opportunity to travel and also earn scholarships. Any way, I know this is not a technical or professional post, but since it’s my blog I get to be the proud dad today.

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