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

Didn't we pass a castle back down the road a few miles?

Aug 04 2017
Didn't we pass a castle back down the road a few miles?

I went shoe shopping yesterday, and discovered something that I hadn't really noticed until I was trying on different pairs: I no longer have to hold my breath when I tie my shoes. It used to be that my gut was so large that the only way I could lean forward to tie my shoes was to take a deep breath, exhale completely, and then lean down and not breathe in until I had completed the knot. Sometimes it would take two attempts per foot, and I would be gasping for air by the time I was done. More often than not, rather than go through that I would just hoist my foot up over my other knee and tie it there, which would result in a weird off-center knot that tended not to be tight enough and so it would unravel at some later point. That was such a normal part of my life, and something that crept up slowly over time, so that I didn't really actively notice it. But yesterday as I was trying on different shoes I suddenly realized that I was bent forward tying them like a normal human being, and breathing normally at the same time. Like, I could continue it inhale and exhale regularly while doubled over with no effort at all. Amazing! So, even if I were to achieve nothing else from this project, that's a huge win.

And yes, of course I watched some Doctor Who this morning, specifically the first half of The Curse of Peladon. It was awesome. Let's talk about that.

Least Climactic Climax Ever

Least Climactic Climax Ever

So I watched the second half of Day of the Daleks today. There comes a moment when the tension is supposed to be ratcheted up to the max, as the Daleks and their ape-like servants the Ogrons launch a full-on attack against the World Peace Conference, with squadrons of UNIT soldiers defending the property. It should have been a hugely climactic battle with lots of action and skirmishes, and with soldiers nobly sacrificing their lives and such. Instead, the climax features three Daleks and five Ogrons just kind of casually strolling across a field towards the Estate, while the UNIT soldiers fire a few thousand rounds at them. Nobody dodges or flinches, but it is also not menacing in any way. They just kind of meander across the field until UNIT wanders away. It was.... sub-optimal.

Let's talk some more about that.

Take Care of Your Knees, You'll Miss Them When They're Gone

Take Care of Your Knees, You'll Miss Them When They're Gone

Over the past few weeks, something has become readily apparent to me: I am not a young man anymore, and perhaps going from zero to five hundred miles on a treadmill over the course of just a few months might potentially be a problem. Case in point, both of my knees have started having weird pains in which if a particular spot gets bumped then another spot feels like it is on fire. I went to the doctor this morning, on the presumption that if I might be crippling myself then I should probably find that out before I put myself in a wheelchair. The doctor  gave me a topical analgesic, and also sent me out for x-rays (as seen above). Of course it will take a few days to get any results back, which is complicated by the fact I am going to be out of state for work for the next two weeks, but I presume that if the news is bad my doctor will let me know right away. Hopefully I'm just being paranoid, or at worst I need to take some particular precautions or procedures while working out. For the time being, though, the Time Treadmill marches on. Speaking of which, I watched the first two episodes of Day of the Daleks this morning.

Let's talk about that.

Chap With Wings, Five Rounds Rapid

Chap With Wings, Five Rounds Rapid

Today was a light workout day for me, with only one episode to watch and an early appointment. I took it easy and only spent half the usual time on the treadmill. That's ok, though, in the next few weeks I will be getting in more than enough walking on top of the normal treadmill time, so it's all good. As for today's viewing, I finished up The Dæmons, including the single most iconic line from the Brigadier ever.

Let's talk about that.

Close your eyes, my darling. Well three of them, at least!

Close your eyes, my darling. Well three of them, at least!

How maddeningly variable is a person's weight throughout the day? Well due to the drive home from Fort Lauderdale yesterday I had to put in my treadmill time in the late afternoon instead of my usual morning routine, and so my weigh-in yesterday happened after that. This morning I returned to my regular routine of a morning workout and then weighing myself before starting work for the day. The upshot is that, on paper at least, I lost nearly five pounds between yesterday and today. The truth is that it is an apples-to-oranges comparison due to time of day. But hey, I'll take the win anyway. This is why I (try to) pay more attention to a moving average than the daily numbers. As for today's viewing, I watched the next two episodes of The Dæmons.

Let's talk about that.

The Day I Met Twelve, Amy, and a Weeping Angel

Jul 29 2017
The Day I Met Twelve, Amy, and a Weeping Angel

This is the second consecutive day without being on the treadmill or watching Doctor Who, but it was so worth it. My wife and I spent the day at Florida Supercon, where I started off by meeting the original Weeping Angel, Sarah Louise Madison. That's her autograph on the right. She was incredibly nice. Next I met the Twelfth Doctor himself, Peter Capalidi, and he was just the most spectacularly kind person. He seemed genuinely impressed with this project, and even took one of my business cards. Not that I imagine he will ever look at this website, but he was just so freaking cool and supportive. My last autograph of the day was Miss Amelia Pond, Karen Gillan. It took nearly three hours of standing and waiting, but it was worth it. She was very nice, and wished me luck and encouragement. As for my dear, sainted wife - she went above and beyond today with her patience in my geekiness. She's the real treasure in all of this.

Tomorrow, I will be back at it with The Dæmons. I'll see you then!

No Treadmill Today

Jul 28 2017
No Treadmill Today

Since I started this project back on February 20th I have only missed four days on the treadmill, and today makes the fifth. Not due to laziness or lack of motivation, but because today I was buried in work for the first half of the day so that I could escape to Fort Lauderdale. Tomorrow I meet Peter Capaldi (the Twelfth Doctor) and Karen Gillan (Amy Pond). So, no treadmill tomorrow either. Good thing I hit the big milestone yesterday...

Check Out the Big Brain on Brad

Jul 26 2017
Check Out the Big Brain on Brad

I'm keeping this one short because it's late and I want to go to bed. Tomorrow's a big day, I should hit the big 500 milestone. In the meantime, today I watched the middle two episodes of Colony in Space. Let's talk about that briefly.

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