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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

Geek Fitness

197 lbs.: Breaking the 200 Barrier

by Ken Newquist / May 13, 2007

For the first time in years -- actually, probably a decade -- I weigh less than 200 lbs. I wish I could say some great feat of willpower brought me to this point, but it was more likely the nasty hacking cough and sinus infection that I've been fighting for the last two-to-three weeks that did the trick. As I've written before, I almost always lose weight when I'm sick as my appetite evaporates, and I've already upticked a few pounds from 195.

CNN: iPods can make pacemakers malfunction

by Ken Newquist / May 11, 2007

Hopefully I'll never have to worry about this, but older geeks out there might. A recent study of 100 people with pacemakers determined that iPods can generate electrical interference that can cause implantable pacemakers to malfunction, recording erroneous data and even stopping all together in one case.

Work Ethic vs. Workouts

by Ken Newquist / April 13, 2007

It's been a tough two weeks, with a lot of long hours at work, which caused me to fall back on my old bad habits ... namely skipping lunch (or rather, eating at my desk) and not exercising. The excuses are legion -- working too late, exhausted from wrangling the kids into bed, tired from a day of trying to do too much, etc. -- but all have managed to throw me off my game. Having two kids doesn't help -- they add a burst of exhausting confusion to the end of the day, and 12 hours spent with the kids can make Sue as stressed as me.

CNN: Healthy Coffee Lovers, Drink Up!

by Ken Newquist / March 24, 2007

Need another reason to exercise (other than building that geeky brain)? Then consider this report from CNN: for healthy people, heavy caffeine consumption &em; on the order of six cups of coffee a day &em; had no more effect on their blood pressure than those who abstained from drinking coffee entirely. No word on whether this carries over to Mountain Dew and other essential geek caffeine sources, but one can hope.

Build Your Brain: Exercise

by Ken Newquist / March 22, 2007

Reuters reports on a study that demonstrates exercise builds new brain cells, something of particular interest to 30-something geeks like me since:

Tests on mice showed they grew new brain cells in a brain region called the dentate gyrus, a part of the hippocampus that is known to be affected in the age-related memory decline that begins around age 30 for most humans.

206 lbs: Upticking Redux

by Ken Newquist / February 28, 2007

I gained two pounds over last week, primarily because I only went to the gym once or twice last week, and drank way too much soda (mostly on Game Day and the kids not being around on said Game Day, so I could play video games until 4 a.m. after the guys left at midnight).

If only all the running around I do in Oblivion translated into real exercise...

204 lbs: Sub-200 in Sight

by Ken Newquist / February 20, 2007

I missed the Geezer weigh-in yesterday because I forgot my iPod at home ... and there's no way that I am going to the gym without my podcasts. The good news is that I did make it today, and the gym scale surprised me with a weight of 204 lbs. I had to reset the scale and weigh myself again before I believed it.

I now weight 20 lbs. less than when I started this quest and as a fellow Geezer said today, the Land of Sub-200 is in sight! My 36 waist jeans and pants now fit well, and while they're not loose yet a 34 waist also seems achievable.

Battlestar at the Gym

by Ken Newquist / February 6, 2007

I swore I'd never do it. I said it was pointless, watching video on an iPod at the gym. The screen's too small, the iPod's too far away, and there's plenty of better stuff to listen to that doesn't risk the iPod going flying across the gym after an inadvertent tug of the earphones sends it bouncing off the elliptical climber.

Yet there I was, at the gym, iPod balanced carefully on the stand in front of me, tiny screen flickering with all the science fiction goodness of Battlestar Galactica's "Eye of Jupiter" episode.

Desperation led me to this moment. Sue had yoga, I had a Knights of the Dinner Table column due, Heroes was on at 9 p.m. and I had to get caught up on Battlestar before Tuesday's lunch hour, when I'd be getting together with friends to watch Part 2 of "Eye of Jupiter". I had too much too do, and not enough time to do it. So I did what I swore I wouldn't, loading the episode onto my iPod and heading to the gym.