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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 March Initiative

by Ken Newquist / March 3, 2010

Spring's in the air, or it would be if only there weren't still a half-foot of snow sitting in my backyard. Baseballs are flying in Florida and somewhere in Easton, Pa. there undoubtedly a few brave daffodil shoots fighting their way to the surface.

The last two months have been hard on my geek fitness efforts; I got of to decent starts in January and February, only to have family colds, home improvement projects, and snow storms sidetrack my plans.

With March upon us, it's time to try and get back into a routine. My immediate goal is to pick up where I left off in February, and continue my morning workouts. These are exceedingly hard for me -- I'm just not a morning person -- but it's the one surefire way I have of making sure my exercise for the day gets done. As I've demonstrated time and again, it's all too easy to let exercise slide when a meeting runs late, I get caught up in a project, or a family emergency breaks out.

I'm also going to be making a conscious effort to cut back on soda. At one point I'd gotten my daily Mountain Dew consumption down under a can a day, but it crept back up over the winter as I needed caffeine to get through the inevitable bedtime battles with the kids. With spring upon us, and the kids hopefully able to tire themselves out playing in the backyard, that battle will get easier. I might still need the energy boost to work on a particular project, but where possible I'll likely drink coffee or tea.

And finally, because I've found that setting goals helps -- I'm going to set one this month -- I want to be down to 210 lbs by April 1. That's a manageable target, and if I'm able to keep up my exercise routine and limit Mountain Dew to game days, it should be achievable.

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You may want to give diet sodas a try. Diet Mountain Dew is good. Coke Zero is good. Diet Coke with Lime is great. It's not like light beer (which is - across the board - bad)

I've tried it, but I can't stand diet soda. I'd rather drink water, which is healthier all around. :)

I quit drinking soda all together back in November. Since then I've dropped 20 lbs. When I redouble my efforts I'll likely try and work more water into the mix. Right now I'm drinking a lot of diet juices, iced teas, vitamin water, and of course coffee.

I enjoy Mountain Dew too much to give it up entirely (the same goes for beer) but scaling back seems to work wonders for me.

I'm glad to hear about the 20 lbs; that's great work! Even after bouncing back from my low of 196, I'm still down about 12 lbs from my high, and man, does that ever make a huge difference in day to day life.