One fat geek's SUCCESSFUL attempt to regenerate into a not-so-fat geek by watching the entirety of Doctor Who while walking on a treadmill

Where Did I Run Off the Rails?

Sep 21 2019
Where Did I Run Off the Rails?

I figured it out today, exactly where I went so far off the rails. I mean, look at that chart over there to the right. Just look at it. It is blindingly obvious where the seemingly-permanent upwards trend happened. I just finally went back through my blog to pinpoint the moment, and I am not even a little bit shocked. On August 6th of 2018 I watched the (at that point) very last episode of Doctor Who ever broadcast. I crossed the finish line. And yeah, I mentally checked out. Although I spent another six months or so watching all of the various spinoffs, that was the point when I stopped watching Doctor Who on a daily basis. And what was my mantra for dang near eighteen months? 1. Drink More Water 2. Eat Less Crap 3. Get More Exercise 4. Watch Lots of Doctor Who.

Now, I will grant you, I have made forward progress in the last two weeks. I have changed up my treadmill routine, and started actually running for increasing periods of time. That's great. And I am focusing again on numbers 1 and 2, which is also great. But there is one more vital element that has been missing. By my count I have another 9 days of Sapphire & Steel (which I am thoroughly enjoying), and after that? After that it is time for The Time Treadmill v2.0: The Second Lap. That's right, another rewatch of the entire series from start to finish, this time in broadcast order. Which means no difference at all for the first 17 seasons, but then it means watching the various spinoffs interlaced with the main series exactly in the sequence they were originally broadcast. I am excited! I am pumped! Let's go!!

Also, let's talk about today's workout and viewing, below the fold.

Wait, Who Are the Heroes Again?

Sep 20 2019
Wait, Who Are the Heroes Again?

I missed posting yesterday, but I did not miss working out. I just had a jam-packed day between work and then a birthday party in the evening that led to staying out much later than usual. As for my workouts the past two days, I am still seeing incremental improvements in my running. I have a loooong way to go, but I continue to fit in more steps and farther distance each day, if only by a little bit. I am also very pleased with my weight trend. I can actually see the downard trend on the chart. I just need to keept that trend going, which is always the battle at this point. In any case, I am in great shape going into the weekend. I am right on target with what seems like sustainable momentum, and I feel mighty good about that. As for my viewing, between yesterday and today I watched the second half of the longest (and apparently darkest) Saphire & Steel story. How dark?, Well, the ending kind of reminds me of how I felt at the end of Children of Earth....

What Does a Railway Station and a Submarine Have in Common?

Sep 18 2019
What Does a Railway Station and a Submarine Have in Common?

Yesterday was a really frustrating day. I had a vexing code problem at work, a few other stresses, and I capped off the day by accidentally breaking the windshield on my wife's car while installing new wiper blades. It was not exactly my proudest moment. Today was much better. That vexing code problem? It turns out I was chasing a ghost. The code actually worked, the problem was with the tool I was using to examine it. It frustrates me that I lost six full hours to chasing that issue, but I am glad it at least got resolved. As for my wife's windshield, that will be replaced tomorrow and insurance is covering it with no deductible. I'm still embarrassed it happened, but at least it is taken care of. As for my workout today, I was able to sustain about another two minutes of running time beyond what I did yesterday. It is an incremental improvement, but an improvement none the less. My weigh in was good, my five day moving average crept down slightly, and I can almost see the downward slope at the end of that chart on the right without squinting. So it's all good. And as for chasing ghosts, I watched another episode of Sapphire & Steel during my workout. I didn't even have to wait two months to see it.

Railway Stations are Creepy

Sep 17 2019
Railway Stations are Creepy

New running shoes today, and new knee braces. I had put about two thousand miles on my previous ones (I am not making that number up), and they recommend you change running shoes every 300-500 miles. I was a wee bit overdue. I could feel the difference immediately, much more cushion in my heels and better arch support. I worked the same running pattern as I have the past two workouts, alternating between running and walking at regular intervals, and managed several minutes more running time than yesterday. It wasn't anywhere near easy, but I can feel the increase in stamina. I genuinely am kicking myself for not taking this approach along time ago. As for my weigh in, it was also positive. The five day moving average dropped another half pound, and the one week change is hovering right around the rate I am shooting for. Looking at that graph over on the right, I can finally see the barest tick downwards. I have a good long ways to go before it really looks like a trend, but at least I am finally back on the right track. I just need to keep at it. As for Sapphire & Steel, I started a new story today. Check it out below the fold.

This is the house that Jack built

Sep 16 2019
This is the house that Jack built

I am typing this awkwardly, because I have been trapped under a cat for the past hour and I can't wait any longer to write today's post. The cant is still on my lap and I am twisted sideways to get at my keyboard. This will probably be very brief. So, today's workout: I had to cover the treadmill controls in saran wrap to keep my sweat from shorting out a button again, as I once again focused on varying speed instead of incline. When I first tried that two days ago, the longest I could manage a 5mph sprint was about 90 seconds. Today I did a 3-2-1 pattern (3 minute run, 3 minute walk, 2 minute run, two minute walk, 1 minute run, 1 minute walk). I completed the entire sequence three times during my workout, with a five minute walk before each sequence, plus a cool down at the end. The first sequence I ran the entire collective six minutes. The second sequence I managed about four minutes of running, and the third was about three minutes. Overall that was a dramatic improvement over my first attempt on Saturday, while also leaving me plenty of room for growth. It felt amazing. I also had a great weigh-in, and my moving average is indeed moving in the right direction. I should have moved over to this whole running thing ages ago. I am totally stoked. I also finished the first story of Sapphire & Steel, which I will talk about below the fold.

Now Lead is On the Job as Well

Sep 14 2019
Now Lead is On the Job as Well

I tried something totally new today, with both positive results and unexpected difficulties. For more than two and a half years on this ridiculous project, my time on the treadmill has focused on a steady speed with variations in grade (incline). I would seek to increase the speed from day to day so that my pace and step count increased, but it was always with a focus of trying to maintain a particular speed for the duration of the workout. Today, instead of that, I kept a steady 1% grade but alternated between running and walking. For the first half of my workout it went really well, although it turns out when I am going at a jogging pace I also fling out droplets of sweat all around. The dog loves it, the rest of the world not so much. In particular, apparently some of my sweat got underneath the button controls and caused one of them to read as being continually pressed. The circuit board for my treadmill only recognizes one press at a time, and will not recognize any other button until the first one is released. The side effect was that for the second half of my workout I was trapped at a walking pace of 3mph with no ability to change it in any way. I guess the good news is it got stuck at the walking pace and not the running pace, because I would have had to abort the workout since on Day One of trying this method I can only maintain a running pace for about 1-2 minutes. It is telling to me that despite the fact that I had to spend the second half of my workout at well below my normal pace, I still finished with over 7k steps and 3 miles. I felt really good, and could have continued to alternate more running time, but I will happily take what I got. So, a positive day overall. As for my viewing, check below the fold.

Sapphire and Steel Have Been Assigned

Sep 13 2019
Sapphire and Steel Have Been Assigned

I had a late workout today because of childcare issues. I got it done, but it was over lunch instead of in the morning before work. The workout itself was good, the fastest pace all week, so that was nice. The numbers are what they are, kind of a mixed bag. If you look just at the five day moving average, it ticked up very slightly. But if you look at the one week change from the moving average last week, I finally show a loss of nearly a full pound, instead of a net gain week-over-week. So, you know, I try to focus on the good and not let the bad bother me too much. That chart over there on the side of the page is frustrating to say the least, and I won't feel really positive until I see an actual visible trend line in the right direction.  As for my daily viewing, I am taking a three week side trip from the Whoniverse to delve into a weird little show from the late 70's and early 80's recommended to my by my friend Rik Hoskin. Check it out.

Some men are born great, others have crates thrust upon them

Sep 10 2019
Some men are born great, others have crates thrust upon them

So let's see, what did I say yesterday? " I expect tomorrow to be a slight bounce up in weight for the daily (I was definitely dehydrated this morning) but to still show another drop in the moving average." Well, guess what? I had a slight bounce up in weight this morning, but my moving average still dropped by a half a pound. It's almost like I've been doing this for over two and half years and know how my body works. Astounding! As for Doctor Who, I watched the 2009 animated story Dreamland. I wasn't especially impressed. Check out below the fold if you want to hear all about it.

So, Earth... do you know Karen? From Earth? Karen, I think?

So, Earth... do you know Karen? From Earth? Karen, I think?

Don't Bury the Lede, Part 1: As I had hoped, today my cumulative weight lost based on my five-day moving average went back above 30 lbs. In fact, I weighed in more than 5 lbs lighter than my peak weight several days ago. That, of course, is not a sustainable rate of weight loss. That being said, it is in my experience a normal amount of movement in the first week of really getting back into a workout routine.  I expect tomorrow to be a slight bounce up in weight for the daily (I was definitely dehydrated this morning) but to still show another drop in the moving average. Yay me!

Don't Bury the Lede, Part 2: Allow me to tell you about the comedy duo Chris & Jack. I discovered them a couple years ago and I absolutely love their work. I will embed a couple of my favorite of their videos below the fold. Anyway, a while back they did a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for a series of new shorts, which I decided to back. Late last night I got an email from them with my backer reward -- an audio sketch written and created just for me, in which poor Everyman Dave is once again abducted by aliens (it happens to him a lot), and his abductor turns out to be a fan of this blog. I laughed a lot. I don't know if anyone else will find this nearly as amusing as I do, but here it is:

Dave Learns About the Time Treadmill, and Also Eats Some Cereal

For reference, here is Dave's first alien abduction:

Check out below the fold for another of my favorite sketches from them, as well as my thoughts on today's episode of Doctor Who.

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Blue Line: 5-Day Moving Avg
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