211 lbs: Back in the land of 200

It’s been a while since I posted a fitness update, so I thought I better fess up: I’ve been terrible about going to the gym. My summer routine of three-to-four days a week at the gym has slid to a dismal one-to-two days at the gym (and its usually 1 day rather than 2). This has had a predictable effect on my waistline: I’ve gone up from 196 pounds at my best to 211 now. It would likely be worse, but I’ve been walking to work most days, and that’s help me from skyrocketing back to the land of the 220s.

My diet hasn’t been much better; I’ve been drinking way too much Mountain Dew (defined as 2-3 cans a day) and not enough water (defined as less than 16 oz. a day). It’s an easy habit to fall back into, particularly when I’m writing … and I spent a hell of a lot of time writing this fall.

Given that it’s the holiday season, my fitness goals for the month will remain humble. I intend to go to the gym twice a week, and – if I’m lucky – stay stable at 211. Once the holidays are over, I’ll get my schedule back up to 3-4 days a week, with an eye toward being at 5 days a week again by the time spring rolls around. At the same time, I need to get back to walking the dogs every night; it’s good for both of us, and helps with goal #2 … which is listening to more podcasts and audio books.

As my exercise routine has slumped, so has the amount of time I have to listen to media. As a result, I’m stuck in the middle of American Gods and Eastern Standard Tribe, and I’ve only listened to a smattering of podcasts over the last three months. I’ve got a bunch of good shows stockpiled, including the Gamemaster Show’s review of Godsend Agenda, the Evil Genius Chronicles, too many episodes of the Geek Fu Morning Show and the return of Dragons Landing.

It’s great inspiration for getting back to the gym, which is good. As the night’s get darker quicker, I’m going to need all the inspiration I can get to drag my butt over to the gym for a work out.

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