Weekly Recap

Fitness & Nutrition

Completed week 3 on the Body Earned program and I absolutely loved every minute of it! Each workout is so different than the other, the exercises are super-intense and I like the challenge every time. I feel that I am getting stronger every day and I am increasing the weights with every workout. Plus it is so much fun and, just like with yoga, I completely disconnect myself from everything (I even stopped taking my smartphone with me while working out because it’s so distracting) and enjoy my time at the gym.

I planned out my workout days so that I can incorporate biking again on the weekend for cardio after weight lifting but the weather decided to play a trick on me with a cold rainy weekend. Nevertheless I stuck to the plan and went to the gym both on Saturday and Sunday.

I have come to the point where I plan out my weekly workouts on specific days (hence the Weekly Plan blog post series for accountability), prepare my gym bag the evening before and automatically head to the gym after work without thinking too much about it (well, mostly). I seriously think that this kind of dedication and also creating a habit are the key to success.

My nutrition has been clean and healthy mostly. Reverse dieting is going great and this week I had a breakthrough so this weekend I finally increased my calories to 1,750. After so many years having low calories/ low carbs/ low fat/…, I couldn’t have imagined eating this much while also maintaining my weight.

Geek

I’ve been studying for my upcoming MCPD upgrade exam, mostly concentrating on WCF, reading articles on my Learning Plan on the Microsoft Learning Platform and watching courses on Pluralsight.

I also started researching how to develop Windows 8 apps, looking at samples and watching (yes, again ๐Ÿ™‚ ) Pluralsight videos.

For the start I am learning about the MVVM pattern, the new Windows Store project templates in Visual Studio and their benefits and restrictions (for example Windows Runtime Component vs. Portable Class Library) to decide which would be the best solution structure and architecture for my first app.

I set up a virtual machine with Windows 8.1 and Visual Studio 2013, created a team project on Visual Studio Online and I can’t wait to start coding!

I updated my iPhone and iPad to iOS 7.1 and, besides the usual issue with the battery getting empty too fast, I am very confused about the new keyboard layout and it seems that I am not the only one, there is even a website for tis: Is my shift key on or not?

Finally, for anyone interested, there is going to be a series of online courses called Building Blocks as a preparation for the Microsoft Build Developer Conference. The courses are from 26-28 March and it’s completely free!

Links:

Building Windows Runtime Components on Pluralsight
Reversi C#/XAML Windows Store Sample Game
Linq for C++
JScrambler

Media

I’ve been watching season 2 of Revenge this week and I have come to really love this series. The actors and the story are awesome, full of suspense!

I listened to a few episodes of the .Net Rocks! Podcast, the content, the guests and the hosts are great, but I am not such a big fan of so many ads during the show.

I’ve been also enjoying the Hello world Podcast, I’ve listened to Julie Lerman and John Papa this week and it’s so great to hear how they started out in programming.

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