Lean Six Sigma for New Year Resolution

Posted by @BoutWithGout on Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Lean Six Sigma for New Year’s Resolution


Another new year, another resolution?  Here’s an idea to make it work this time or at least make it a little more successful.  It’s something that is used quite effectively in the business world so why not use it in other non-business situations, including personal new year resolutions.  It is a technique or set of techniques called Lean Six SIgma.  One tool that could be really effective for a new year resolution is the DMAIC (Define, Measure, An...


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Secretly training for a half marathon

Posted by @BoutWithGout on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 In : Event 
I haven't run this much in my life but lately I've been pushing at least 3, maybe 5 or 6 miles per run with a goal of increasing mileage each week for the next month or so.  I'm trying to train for a half marathon. There's one coming up in late November--which is about 4 weeks away.  But if I don't make that one, there's a few more early next year.  And a half marathon is my next goal. I know I can do century rides with ease now but I'd like to push myself to running some distance.  I didn't ...
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Bike ride from Seattle to Vancouver

Posted by Boutwithgout on Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Ride Seattle to Vancouver and Party (RSVP)

Probably one of the best and most organized rides that I've ever done.  Seattle to Portland (STP) was very organized and very scenic but this ride to Vancouver BC is quite a different and amazing experience.   It was relaxing in many ways and the views are really spectacular.  It is not an easy ride but it is not as difficult as I had anticipated.  There are some hills but I can count in one hand the real difficult ones.  

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SeaFair from the seat of my bike

Posted by Boutwithgout on Thursday, August 8, 2013
I've lived here in the Pacific Northwest for a total of 12 years since 1990 and I just realized that the best way to view and experience these SeaFair festivities is from the seat of my bike. I rode the Lake Washington loop on my bike for a total of about 40 miles.  I made several stops to just experience and soak in the SeaFair excitement. I started on the east side down to Coulon Beach.  It's also an excellent stop to get some fish and chips from Ivar's or some burger and fries from Kidd Va...
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Work out with a view

Posted by Bout With Gout on Tuesday, July 23, 2013
It has been 4 months since I've made the move from the East Coast to the Pacific NorthWest... and it has been awesome!  The views have been spectacular and how can one ever get enough of it.  The snow-capped mountains, the glistening Lake Washington, the towering Evergreen trees.. I see why Seattle is called Emerald City--it sparkles in the summer.  These last few months have really been showcasing the best the West has to offer.  The weather is perfect--cool in the morning and abundant sunsh...
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It's warming up in the Northwest!

Posted by BoutWithGout on Wednesday, May 8, 2013
It is finally getting warmer, the daylight is getting longer, and there are more and more and sunny days in the Northwest!  And with all the biking and running events coming up in the next few months, I really have to ramp up my training.  The struggle lately has been just trying to find consistency.  The weather seems to help a bit especially now with the longer days.  That means I can get out and run or bike even after dinner.  It also helps that it's still warm in the evening.  The goal of...
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Move from DC to Seattle Completed

Posted by @BoutwithGout on Thursday, April 18, 2013


It'll be a different running and biking scenery out here in Seattle.  No more Monument, Memorials, White House, and Capitol.  It's not necessarily a bad thing because now I get to run in a different scenery with evergreeen trees and snow-capped mountains as the backdrop.  I'm still in an urban setting so I'm surrounded by trails that go through the city, through some wooded areas, next to a freeway, and by a lake.  Having a variety of options to choose from when deciding which jogging route t...


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New Year's Resolution Trumped by Winter Blues?

Posted by Boutwithgout on Friday, March 1, 2013
It is absolutely tough for those in the north to get out and run or bike or do anything outdoors this time of year.  The new year got many of us fired up but the cold winter months slowed us down.  It is hard to stay consistent with my runs lately.  But whenever I get outside to run, I find a great opportunity to work on my speed (rather than distance).  It is too cold to be out for a long time and my feet and fingers get numb after a mile or so.  So this is probably the best time to work on ...
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Goal-setting for new year resolutions --from a psychological standpoint...

Posted by BoutWithGout on Monday, January 7, 2013
A follow-up to the previous blog...

Got goals for the new year?  Last year, I had some goals I have set and I have to admit that it feels good to have met all of them, including meeting some other positives along the way.  I finished a 200+ mile bike ride and my first 10K.  And as I prepared for those major endeavors, I also set some sub-goals along the way--all of which I'm happy to say really worked.

Goal-setting is all about achieving what you set out to do.  From a psychological perspective...
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Project Managing Your New Year's Resolution

Posted by BoutWithGout on Thursday, January 3, 2013
Do you want to have a more effective resolution that is meant to last longer than the other resolutions you've made in the past?  The new year is always a good opportunity to reflect and to improve but we all know how difficult it is to stick to these resolutions for 300+ days.  Resolutions are just not always easy to implement and not always easy to maintain.  So as many of us make our new year's resolutions, why not borrow some techniques proven to be effective in the business world a...
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About Me


I'm a blogger hit with gout early when I was in my 20s (now a couple of decades ago). But I just can't give up biking, running, hiking, and just being able to be out and about exploring places. As an office worker, an organizational psychologist/data analyst, I tend to be sedentary so getting up and about is a must. But as a psychologist and data geek, I'm interested in the psychological aspects of gout as well as the data. And really, I just want to share what I learn about gout, what works for me (and doesn't work). Gout is a very personal battle and each individual is unique. I'm not an MD, so please take heed and always check with your physician.

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