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

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I am looking on the bright side, and it's dark, very dark

I am looking on the bright side, and it's dark, very dark

The nice thing I have learned about sit-ups is that if I wake up with a kink in my back, doing several sets of sit-ups will sort it right out. In hindsight it seems obvious, the movement is exactly what is required to naturally get the spine back into shape. The first time I discovered that, though, I was more than a little surprised. I had hesitated to do the workout, but decided to try it slowly and carefully. During the first set my back was sore -- not in an OUCH something bad is happening way, but in an *ouch* something is out of place kind of way. After my first rest, when starting the second set I realized that whatever had been out of place had moved back into place and all the soreness was completely gone. Sure, by the end of the fifth set I was completely exhausted, but dang if my back didn't feel fantastic...

I've been nearly too clever by three quarters

I've been nearly too clever by three quarters

If I had to pick one word to describe this morning's treadmill viewing, it would be "disrupted". On the whole I think I am a good father, but I will be the first to admit that sometimes my reaction to my autistic son's obsessive behavior could be better. Case in point, this morning he was absolutely focused on his small red camera not working. It is worth noting that he has four, count them four digital cameras. Three of them were working properly, but he interrupted me on the treadmill no fewer than four times because that particular one was not. Fortunately my wife stepped in and contained him so I could finish my workout, because by the last time around I was responding less patiently than the autistic person. That's always a bad sign. In any case, I did finish the middle third of Shada. Here's what I thought.

Crackers? Oh, sometimes.

Crackers? Oh, sometimes.

You know what I learned today? Taking antibiotics causes weight gain because not only do they kill off whatever infection you are fighting (in my case, a middle-ear infection), they also kill off all of the helpful bacteria in your gut that helps you effectively digest food. I had finally been trending back downward in weight until mid-December, when it started to spike back up again. You know what else happened in mid-December? I had to do a round of antibiotics due to diverticulitis. So, there's at least a partial reason for spiking up again. On the upside, today not only did I do 200 push-ups, but I also managed over 4 miles on the treadmill for the first time in ages. So that was nice. Also today, I jumped back to finally start watching the infamous Shada for the very first time.

The Struggle Is Real

The Struggle Is Real

I gotta say, having finished Phase One of this ridiculous project and being well over a year-and-a-half into it, I am definitely battling against gaining weight back. Which, on one level this has never been specifically about weight, but it remains a good gross indicator. For the first six months it was a pretty steady progression, from nearly 310 lbs down to about 260 lbs. From there it became more difficult to keep the momentum, but I still got down to nearly 240 lbs. Then, as you can see from looking at the graph on the sidebar (which I keep there and public in order to keep myself honest and motivated), I started moving back in the other direction. Some of that, I tell myself, came from putting on muscle mass when I started adding push-ups to my routine. This past six months I have floated back and forth between a little over 240 and a little over 250. Don't get me wrong, I am proud of what I have accomplished, there is a non-trivial part of me that is vain enough to say I really want to break that 240 barrier. I am also vain enough to say that, for some reason, I really want to get down to a 38" waist (I started at 46 or even 48, and I am currently down to 40). So how am I going to get there?

Genesis of the Genesis of the Daleks

Genesis of the Genesis of the Daleks

Before I get to today's viewing, a bit of a story:  At some point in the evolution of the Time Treadmill I fell into a pattern of ending most of my above-the-fold paragraphs with "...so let's talk about that." (or some very close variation thereof. I don't know when I started doing that, I'd have to go back and look and that's more effort than I feel like expending, but in any case it pretty much became my default at some point. You can imagine, then, how chagrined I was last night when for some reason I watched an episode of the popular YouTube show Good Mythical Morning, and discovered that "let's talk about that" is their catch phrase -- to the point where now they have created a spinoff "show about the show" called (you guessed it) Let's Talk About That. Now, I have watched their videos before on occasion. I am not a subscriber, not a fan to the point of watching on any kind of regular basis, but I have definitely watched more than a few episodes. I honestly, truly, did not set out to poach their phrase. I don't even know whether I heard them say it before I started writing it, but it is possible. Which makes me a dirty, filthy plagiarist. So, um... why don't.. we... have a conversation... about the aforementioned subject...?  (Crap, that just ain't gonna work.) Nah, let's just hit the Time Treadmill and talk about Terry Nation unknowingly plagiarizing himself.

It's a mistake to clutter one's pockets, Harry

It's a mistake to clutter one's pockets, Harry

Wow, I got lazy in August. I mean, sure, I crossed the finish line and then took some well-deserved time off. But after a year-and-a-half of daily posts, I only worked out on 1/3 of the days in August. That changes in September. I am still working my way through the Tom Baker Season 12 BluRay set, and will be for another five days, and then I will start in on Torchwood. As for today, I had a unique pop-up-video style viewing. So let's talk about that.

Structural Redesign, and the Flexibility of Bubble Wrap

Structural Redesign, and the Flexibility of Bubble Wrap

Holy cow, I didn't intend to take another five days off. It just kinda happened. I don't even have any great excuse really. I mean, yesterday was a mess because a service technician was supposed to be here between 8am and noon so I didn't want to treadmill in the morning and be interrupted. I figured I would do it on my lunch break. Instead, the technician didn't show until mid-afternoon, and by then my day was shot. I had no time in the evening. So that's one weak excuse and four days with nothing but laziness to blame. I'm a complete fraud and failure. Ah, well.

On the other hand, I performed a structural redesign on the Time Treadmill and then watched the back half of The Ark in Space today, so let's talk about that.

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