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

Net Change: Zero

Feb 22 2017
Net Change: Zero

I very nearly didn't get on the treadmill today. Being the parent of an adult autistic person brings its own set of challenges. Case in point: my son didn't sleep at all on Monday night, and last night wasn't much better. I had very little motivation to drag myself out of bed, and frankly having to watch another half hour of proper British cave men was not helping. But I forced myself to get up, and my reward was to weigh in at heavier than when I started this project.

So that was nice.

Look, I know. I've been at this for roughly 50 hours. Obviously dramatic change takes 72 hours at the very least.

In all seriousness, for anyone foolish enough to be reading this for inspiration, it is worth noting that it is totally normal for body weight to just naturally fluctuate by several pounds on a day-to-day basis, so the daily numbers really don't mean anything. Once I have a few more days of data, I'll be able to have moving averages that will filter out the noise. I know I said I don't have any specific weight goal, and I truly don't. But obviously I would like to be not-quite-so-fat, so there it is.

Speaking of fat, there was a lot of it in today's episode.

The Firemaker

I only watched one episode this morning, because it was the last part of the Tribe of Gum story and I didn't want to mix that bitter taste with the awesomeness of The Daleks. There's really not much to be said about this one. Our intrepid adventurers find themselves locked up again in the Grotto of Noggins, which I gather was decorated with actual human skulls borrowed from an abattoir.

From what I have read, the heat of the studio lights made the bones stink up the whole place and nauseated many of the actors. This, on top of the fact that the animal skins used for the costumes were infested with fleas. One poor actress showed up on the first day of filming thinking she had been cast in Doctor No, the first James Bond film. When she was told that she was going to have to black out her teeth and wear a mangy, flea-ridden bikini she apparently ran screaming from the studio and never returned.

Honestly, she was the smart one there.

So anyway, after more bickering and some lengthy hand-to-hand gladiatorial combat between competing savages, Susan gets the bright idea to stick torches inside some of the skulls lying around in order to frighten their captors. During the confusion the group sneaks out of the cave and runs back to the TARDIS. Barbara trips and falls along the way in an obvious pratfall, because of course she does. Once back at the TARDIS, the Doctor jumps the TARDIS to a new location, which I am sure totally won't be the Radio Active Planet of the Space Nazis. Because that would be crazy.


Doctor(s): First
Companion(s): Ian Chesterton, Susan Foreman, Barbara Wright
Episode(s): The Firemaker
Obvious Pratfalls: 1
Steps Walked: 5,752 today, 17,201 total
Distance Walked: 2.58 miles today, 7.47 miles total
Weight: 307.9 lbs today, net total change +0.6 lbs

Total: 2 Comment(s)
Michael Montoure  said:
Obviously, your slight weight gain is because you're already building muscle mass.
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Ron Miles said:
Ha! That's totally it!
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