Hi, My Name is Gurkie

January 23, 2017

Who am I? Well I am Gurkie, as if that says something. Although I guess if you want to read into things you could. It means I either like to pick a random name or I came from a family with non-traditional names. It’s the latter by the way. But more importantly I am a wife, a mom, a sister, a friend and of course an individual. In terms of what…

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P90x3 Challenge Kickoff

January 19, 2017

With the death of the Xbox Fitness Challenge and a New Year upon us, I’ve been searching for a new form of motivation to get in shape and eat healthy. I think I’ve found the next step: It’s time for the P90x3 challenge. My wife had bought me the P90x3 DVDs a few years ago as a birthday gift. I had tried countless times to go through all 90 days, but always…

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Things I Like: Healthy New Year’s Resolutions Edition

January 4, 2017

As part of New Year’s Resolution Week at Rampant Discourse, I thought I would mention a few things I like that help lead to a healthier life and meet your healthy New Year’s resolutions. Hydro Flask I love ice cold water. Ever since I was a kid, I would fill my glass up to the very top with ice, leaving barely any room for water because I wanted to make sure that the water…

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Eight Money Saving New Year’s Resolutions That Also Save The Planet

Path
January 3, 2017

It’s 2017 and that means it’s time for some money saving New Year’s resolutions. All of these are free or cheap to do so they’ll save cash quick. Having some more dough won’t hurt your bank account, and the energy they’ll save will help the planet too. Doing everything below could save you thousands of dollars a year, but even if you only do the Good option for a few you’ll still save…

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Car Free Tempe Baby

Father and son biking past the Tempe Center for the Arts
December 20, 2016

Getting started When I first learned that we were moving to Tempe, Arizona I figured we’d take our car along with us. We’d be moving there at the start of August, when temperatures could easily break 120 F. I’d done a fair amount of non-car travel in my past, but we’d have our 8 month old baby with us in this harsh desert, so of course we’d have to have a car,…

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RIP Xbox Fitness (Challenge)

December 16, 2016

Well, the Xbox Fitness Challenge is over. Not entirely. In a bizarre decision from Microsoft, despite the official “sunset” date being on June 30, 2017, the Xbox Fitness team has discontinued two of its oldest, most varied and most substantive workout routines over 6 months early: Mossa and 10 Minute Solution. Together, they represent a total of 33 different routines containing workouts ranging from low-impact dance moves to weight-lifting; from…

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Xbox Fitness Challenge: Month 2

December 8, 2016

Note: If you want to read more about the challenge kickoff, check out the Xbox Fitness Challenge Kickoff post. Now I know why people choose to start exercise and diet changes as New Year’s resolutions instead of kicking it off in November. I absolutely don’t want to make excuses, but here are the “challenges” that I faced sticking with my plan for November: The change of season means coming down with…

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Things I Like: Podcasts

November 23, 2016

I love my job, but my commute is less than ideal. It’s about an hour to and an hour from work. That’s a lot of time stuck behind the wheel of a car during the course of a week. I probably spend more time commuting each week than I spend doing anything else beyond sleeping and working. In fact, I estimate I’ve spent roughly 5% of my life commuting during the…

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Xbox Fitness Challenge Kickoff

November 3, 2016

For those who don’t know, Xbox Fitness was a free app that was launched with the Xbox One that took advantage of the system’s Kinect peripheral to track the user’s movements and grade how well they were following the exercises and provide helpful advice on how to improve. Users earned Fitness Points for each exercise done, and completing certain challenges rewarded users with stamps that helped them earn new fitness cards….

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Hi, My Name is Miguel

October 25, 2016

Hello. I generally do not like doing these things, but Paul is insistent. I consider myself generally Libertarian. My political evolution came along a little differently than some others here. I used to consider myself either Democrat/Liberal almost by default. I was never enamored with the party or its political figures, but well, lesser of two evils seemed to win out. However, in college with the discovery that alternative viewpoints actually…

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