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

What Happens in Vegas...

Aug 20 2019
What Happens in Vegas...

I was doing so well, turning things around. Then I went to Las Vegas for work for nearly three full weeks. That was nineteen straight days of no workouts, and of eating nothing but restaurant meals every single day. The good news is, the results weren't as bad as they could have been. The bad news is, the results were still bad. So here we go.


(Blake's 7 Wiki Recap)


(Blake's 7 Wiki Recap)


(Blake's 7 Wiki Recap)


(Blake's 7 Wiki Recap)


(Blake's 7 Wiki Recap)

Look, I got a little behind on posting, okay? Let me try to zoom through this.

Moloch: the Liberator crew follows Servalan's ship and winds up on a hidden Federation planet where they have created some kind of matter replicator. Drama ensues. The whole thing turns out to be run by a midget puppet. Avon defeats him, Servalan escapes, roll credits.

Death-Watch: Terrant's brother turns out to be the selected champion in a war-by-proxy. Basically the two planets in conflict each choose a champion, they fight to the death, and whoever's champion wins also wins the war without either planet having to suffer loss of life and property. Drama ensues. Tarrant's brother dies, but the other champion turns out to be an android or something. Tarrant destroys the android. Roll credits.

Terminal: Ok, this one was really excellent. Avon seems to be totally off the chain, taking the Liberator somewhere without telling anyone on the crew where or why. Turns out he got a signal from Blake, and is trying to rescue him. Also turns out the whole thing is a trap set up by Servalan. Along the way the Liberator flies through a Whatever Space Cloud that ultimately corrodes and destroys the ship. Oops. The entire crew is marooned on the titular planet Terminal with no ship and no means of escape. Servalan is on board the Liberator when it explodes, but I don't believe she is actually dead. Roll credits.

Rescue: New season, new credits sequence, new logo. Due to a very late pick-up for renewal, actress Jan Chappell had already booked a new gig and was unable to return, so Cally dies an ignoble death offscreen in the first few minutes. This leaves only Avon and Vila from the original "Seven". Good news about that, they were always my two favorites anyway. The rest of the crew gets rescued by the mysterious Dorian, piloting the super-advanced space ship Scorpio. Dorian turns out to be an on-the-nose cliche, a man who has lived for hundreds of years without aging. In his case, rather than a magical portrait he is kept alive and young by the means of some Whatever Creature in the caves beneath Xenon Base (the Scorpio's home port). Drama ensues, Avon kills the Whatever Creature, which in turn kills Dorian. The rest of the crew are now stranded on Xenon Base instead of Terminal, without access to reach the Scorpio because of a locked door that Vila is unable to open.

Power: Avon goes exploring outside of the base, and is immediately captured by barbarian men. Vila meets a telekinetic woman while he continues to alternate between drinking and trying to open the locked door. Drama ensues. The barbarian men are defeated, the telekinetic women are defeated, and our heroes wind up in possession of the Scorpio - a super advanced warship that is in no way like the Liberator aside from also having a teleporter and also having a semi-sentient computer named Slave. They also pick up a new crew member to replace Cally, so now instead of having a telepathic woman on the crew they have a telekinetic woman on the crew. All the pieces are in place, so presumably now we can get on with the good part of the season.

That felt like a heck of a lot of writing to just zoom through it.

As for me: I was afraid I would gain ten pounds while I was in Vegas. So I guess only gaining seven points should count as some kind of victory. Maybe. And some of that was illusory, I had already lost three of it by my second workout. That's normal, in my experience, When you go for a long time without a serious workout and then jump back into it, your body obliges by immediately dropping a surprising amount of weight overnight. Then it becomes a real fight after that.

So where I am at now is, it is going to take me the rest of the month to get back to where I was at the end of July. Which is what it is. But hopefully now that the craziest part of my work year is finally behind me, now I can really get back on track. that's the goal anyway. The five day moving average will beat me up for the next three days, and then ideally by the weekend it will turn around and I can start crawling back to where I want to be.

At this point I have eleven episodes left to watch of Blake's 7, then I want to watch the collection of animated Doctor Who stories that I just picked up on BluRay, and then I plan on diving into Sapphire & Steele. By the time I finish that, a couple of new season sets will have come out for me to re-watch, plus the upcoming animated reconstructions of The Macra Terror and The Faceless Ones. I've got plenty to keep me occupied for a good long while yet. I would like to be back down below 260 before the end of the year, which seems like a supremely achievable goal. Stick with me?


Episode(s): Blake's 7: Moloch
Steps Walked: 7,102 today, 4,904,246 total
Distance Walked: 3.17 miles today, 2,539.51 miles total
Push-ups Completed: 0 today, 12,220 total
Sit-ups Completed: 100 today, 7,565 total
Weight: 272.48 lbs (five day moving average), net change -34.82 lbs


Episode(s): Blake's 7: Death-Watch
Steps Walked: 7,019 today, 4,911,265 total
Distance Walked: 3.00 miles today, 2,542.51 miles total
Push-ups Completed: 80 today, 12,300 total
Sit-ups Completed: 0 today, 7,565 total
Weight: 272.20 lbs (five day moving average), net change -34.82 lbs


Episode(s): Blake's 7: Terminal
Steps Walked: 7,231 today, 4,918,496 total
Distance Walked: 3.40 miles today, 2,545.91 miles total
Push-ups Completed: 0 today, 12,300 total
Sit-ups Completed: 100 today, 7,665 total
Weight: 271.30 lbs (five day moving average), net change -34.82 lbs


Episode(s): Blake's 7: Rescue
Steps Walked: 6,032 today, 4,924,528 total
Distance Walked: 2.44 miles today, 2,548.35 miles total
Push-ups Completed: 0 today, 12,300 total
Sit-ups Completed: 100 today, 7,765 total
Weight: 272.68 lbs (five day moving average), net change -34.62 lbs


Episode(s): Blake's 7: Power
Steps Walked: 6,809 today, 4,931,337 total
Distance Walked: 2.74 miles today, 2,551.09 miles total
Push-ups Completed: 50 today, 12,350 total
Sit-ups Completed: 0 today, 7,765 total
Weight: 273.44 lbs (five day moving average), net change -33.86 lbs

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