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[…]Read more
I had the oddest sensation last week. I felt like myself. Like my old self. Like I was in college. No, I’m not nearly as spry at 35 as I was at 22, but my waistline is now nearly the[…]Read more
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,[…]Read more
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[…]Read more
I didn’t hit the gym nearly as much as I needed to in December and early January, but the good news is that despite eating quite a lot of good food during the holidays, I only gained about two pounds.[…]Read more
I spent the last week coughing and hacking (and taking care of equally sick kids) instead of going to the gym. The upside to all the phlegm though is that I didn’t have much of an appetite, and as usually[…]Read more
Slow and steady wins the race, or so they tell me. I’m at 212 lbs now, down from a starting weight of 224. The promised land of wearing pants 36 waist has been reached, though my old 36 jeans remain[…]Read more
The headline pretty much says it all: according to the gym scale, I’ve now 215 lbs. It was something of a surprise — I haven’t been hitting the gym as hard as I should have been the last week (going something like 3 out of 7 days) but I’ve still been watching what I eat and walking to working so I was still able to make some progress.
I’m switching to rabbit food (with an occasional helping of humus and some Triscuits) for lunch, which is undoubtedly healthier than my normal roast beef sandwich. Combined with drinking water instead of Coke, I’ve probably cut 350 calories out of my daily diet with that change.Read more
In the two weeks since my last fitness post I’ve started to see some improvement as measured by the gym scale: I now weigh 218 lbs., down from 224 on August 30. I’m approaching the eagerly anticipated “36 Waist” threshold.[…]Read more
Douglas Adams died at the gym. If geeks ever needed an excuse to avoid the gym, the death of the grandmaster of science fiction humor would do wonderfully. But geeks have never needed any excuses to avoid the gym, having come up with dozens on their own.
After all, we’re not athletes. It’s not that we don’t love games. We’ll play anything — card games, board games, role-playing games, war games even live-action role-playing games — as long as it doesn’t require some sort of physical activity on an actual turf playing field. The reasons for this are legion, though for me personally it’s a combination of bad habits picked up in high school (where a nerd in the gym was a ripe target for ridicule), laziness (after all, I used to go biking every morning when I was a teenager) and a sincere desire to do something more intellectually compelling (in this, I am not alone).Read more