In an earlier blog post, I wrote about the dangers of working in IT. It is very important for application development people and really anyone who has a desk job to get regular exercise. My shocking moment was when I went to London with my son, and I saw myself walking across Abbey Road. There I am, and my “overhang”! To put more fuel on my weight fire, my boss is doing P90X. He has dropped several pant sizes and is looking good. To figure out how I was to lose weight, I did what all good application development people do, I observe what works for others. I recently read (and saw his picture) that Drew Carey lost 90 pounds in 8 months. His secret for his weight loss was getting on the treadmill for at least 30 minutes everyday, and eating broccoli. I looked at people who run regularly, and they are skinny! So I decided to run and eat broccoli. My diet currently consists of an apple in the morning, turkey for lunch, a banana in the afternoon, a protein shake after my run, broccoli, a small dinner, and maybe some skinny cow ice cream. This may be too much for some, but try these simple things to start: drink water instead of soda pop. Swap out a candy bar with a piece of fruit. As for the running, I go six times a week. I created a “course” at an executive park by my house. My first time, I barely got through a half mile. It doesn't really matter how far you go, just set a goal for yourself. Every day I wanted to go further, and eventually my course became three quarter of a mile. I found this Android app that is my favorite and most useful piece of software I have used. It's called Cardio Trainer. It uses GPS and Google Maps to track your running. It keeps track of you distance, time, and calories burned. I save my workouts, and now I have a history of my runs! In six weeks I am up to 16.5 miles a week while running three 5Ks in my training. I have lost at least 12 pounds (I am sure I have added muscle to my legs). My “overhang” has dramatically decreased, I have more energy, I sleep better, and I feel happier. The point of my story is that we application development folk need to get up and do something. If you have bad knees, try swimming. Find something that will make you active. Set a reachable goal, achieve it and set another one. I want you guys to hang around and read my stuff!