This post at Lifehack about stand-up desks caught my eye. I've found myself working this way at home recently -- we have a jelly cupboard in our library that's about the perfect height for me, and since it's in the middle of our first-floor is the perfect place to check e-mail or work on a project and still keep an eye on the kids.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After two weeks of being sick and not wanting to eat anything (strep throat has that effect on me) I've managed to reach a new low of 203 lbs. I'm finally feeling better thanks to the amoxicillin and getting my appetite back, so we'll see if it stays off.
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...
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.