The Strongest Man in the World:

In the past five years, Shaw has added more than a hun­dred pounds to the svelte three hun­dred that he weighed at his first con­test. “It gets old, it really does,” he said. “Sometimes you’re not hun­gry, but you have to eat any­way. Training is easy com­pared to that.” Pudzianowski once told an inter­viewer that his typ­i­cal break­fast con­sisted of ten eggs and two to three pounds of bacon. “Between meals, I eat lots of candy,” he said.

The arti­cle is full of things that make you won­der how in the world some­one can do that.

What mat­ters is that you get back to the basics — as my friend so elo­quently stated — and focus on reliev­ing stress. The hour away from work can greatly increase your pro­duc­tiv­ity when you come back to the office more relaxed and fresh.

Use that hour to escape. For me, the only time I can dis­con­nect my mind from my startup is when I go to the gym to play squash and to relax after the match in the steam room. Even when I’m sleep­ing, I dream of my startup, but thank­fully I was able to find my escape, and know that I can go there when I need to.

Spencer Fry - Startups: Stress and Depression.

Chalk this up as some­thing I never real­ized: mov­ing causes you to walk a ton. Fitbit tells me I walked over 9 miles and 22,000 steps last Saturday! All while just mov­ing boxes and fur­ni­ture in and out of a U-Haul. Dang.

Automattic’s WordPress 5K

Just got back from a 5K run for Automattic’s World Wide WordPress 5K. The weather wasn’t as nice as yes­ter­day, the last mile was in sprin­kling rain, but it was still a good workout.

Like Nick men­tions, it’d be cool to set up a counter next year to see how much dis­tance peo­ple log around the world. That com­bined with a map of where peo­ple are run­ning, walk­ing, bik­ing, or swim­ming their 5K would be a cool visu­al­iza­tion of the WordPress com­mu­nity in action.

Fitbit weekly summaries

Fitbit now sends weekly sum­maries of your activ­ity right to your inbox. It includes a recap of your steps, miles, weight, and sleep changes.

There’s a leader­board col­umn in the email as well as on the site. Not sure how that works since I’ve kept my Fitbit data pri­vate. For those who want, or need, an extra boost to get going a leader­board could be a cool way to com­pet­i­tively exercise.

Having a reminder of your activ­ity is a great way to reflect on the past week.