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"Goodbye, Jean-Luc, I'm gonna miss you. You had such potential. But then again, all good things must come to an end."
- Q, Star Trek: TNG

The Ides of Geek Fitness

by Ken Newquist / March 16, 2010

It's mid-March, which makes it a good time for an update on my March fitness initiative. So far it's going considerably better than February - I've been to the gym almost every week day, and have made a nice dent in my Alias Season 2 and Firefly viewing schedule. On the weight front, I'm at 213 lbs, which is down from 215, but still within my personal margin of error (though it is nice to be back at 213; I had been bouncing the other direction, to 217, on far too regular a basis).

Foodwise I've been drinking less soda, but I had far, far too much pizza last weekend chased down by a goodly amount of Mountain Dew but I haven't been overdoing it on a daily basis, so it all balanced out in the end.

Or at least, that's the theory.

My plan for the or the rest of the much is more of the same: working out at the gym for 30-40 minutes each day, walking to work as much as I can, keeping the soda in check, and avoiding those second helpings at dinner. I don't know if it's enough to get me to my goal of 210 lbs by the end of the month, but its a good routine nonetheless.

One thing I'm looking forward to adding to the mix is throwing the baseball around. With the weather hopefully turning warmer and sunnier, I'll be able to get back out on the college quad with my co-workers and spend 15-20 minutes throwing. I'm under no illusions that it's great exercise (except when I have to run down the occasional ball), but it's great for stress relief, and that helps in its own way.

Playing catch wasn't something I did much of as a kid -- I think I can probably count the number of times I did it on one hand -- but it's become a standard part of my spring/summer/fall routine. I'm looking forward to getting back to it.