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

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Well That Was Pointless

Well That Was Pointless

I gotta tell ya, I am getting worn out. Aside from my daily treadmill time I am working full-time at my day job plus rehearsing five hours a night for a show I am in that opens in ten days. I am right tuckered out. Today is the first time in two weeks I have walked under four miles, and actually my overall pace was the slowest in a month. I got it done, but holy cow I am looking forward to sleeping in next week while I am on vacation.

I also wrapped up the Key to Time today, so let's talk about that.

Mentalis Strikes

Mentalis Strikes

As usual lately, it's late and I want to get to bed but I need to get this done before I can sleep. So this is gonna be mighty brief. I completed my workout, including another ninety second plank (barely). I don't know how in the world I am going to last for two full minutes before the week is out, but that is the goal. We shall see. I also bumped up my treadmill speed again to 4.9 MPH, but I could only keep the pace for the first half of the run. We'll see how tomorrow goes.

As for Doctor Who, I watched the middle third of the current story. So let's talk about that.

Five Hundred Episodes!

Five Hundred Episodes!

This morning I watched the five hundredth episode of Doctor Who to be aired. It was numbers 501 and 502 that I have watched since February, since I began by viewing the original unaired pilot first. That's a heck of a lot of Who. Today also featured the first appearance of Tom Baker's future ex-wife Lalla Ward, although not in the role of Romana (that will happen later this week), but rather as Princess Astra. It's just an all around big day of viewing for me.

So let's talk about that.

This One's a Stretch

Nov 12 2017
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This One's a Stretch

Good news, everybody! My bounce back has bounced back. After setting a record low weight last week following an astounding amount of weight loss in under two weeks, I spent the past four days with my weight inching back up in a the expected bounce-back. Today, however, it dropped back down again. Not quite the record low, but enough to show that the overall loss was not a fluke. So that's nice. Also, I have been doing a planking challenge, and this morning I lasted for ninety full seconds. Two weeks ago I could barely hold for ten seconds. I am very pleased. My intention is to spend the rest of November focused on core strength, and then in December I will begin to work on upper body strength. Trust me, all the time on the treadmill has my lower body doing just peachy.

Also, I finished the current story today, so let's talk about that.

Progress is a very flexible word. It can mean just about anything you want it to mean.

Nov 11 2017
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Progress is a very flexible word. It can mean just about anything you want it to mean.

After so much rapid weight loss in the last two weeks, the inevitable bounce-back has finally happened and I am somehow simultaneously disheartened and relieved. Ideally tomorrow it will drop down again slightly (unless I ate too many of the delicious cookies my wife baked today, oops). Aside from my regular workout I also did the yard work plus spent several hours today walking around the Magic Kingdom with my son, so I have certainly burned calories today. Today was also the third consecutive day I have held a plank position for sixty seconds, tomorrow I am shooting for 90. We'll see how that goes....

Anyway, let's talk about today's new Doctor Who story.

Gone Fencin'

Gone Fencin'

Dang it, I am really getting tired of checking my news feed and finding out another classic Doctor Who contributor has passed. This evening I learned that actor Scott Fredericks died on Monday following a long illness. He appeared prominently in two classic stories, first as one of the soldiers from the future in Day of the Daleks, and much more recently in my viewing as the very awesomely-named Maximillian Stael in Image of the Fendahl. He also appeared in Blake's 7, but of course virtually every Doctor Who writer, director,and actor from the late 70's wound up on that show as well at some point or another. 

But enough dwelling on mortality, let's talk about the second half of the current story.

Gone Fishin'

Gone Fishin'

I set another personal record on the treadmill today, going 4.4 miles in my 55 minute workout -- a full tenth of a mile farther than my previous record. At this point I am up to 4.8 mph and it has not begun to cross over yet from a walk to a jog. Being 6'2" I have a pretty long stride. I expect that at some point soon I am going to hit the point where I am running instead of walking, which will be an interesting wall to break through. I am starting to ponder what I will do when I finish this project, and while initially I figured I would just move on to Torchwood and/or The Sarah Jane Adventures, perhaps I might take a break from the treadmill and switch to running while listening to Big Finish audio dramas. We'll see. I still have several months before I reach that point. 

In the meantime, let's talk Doctor Who.

Oh, Goody. A Space Trial. My Favorite.

Oh, Goody. A Space Trial. My Favorite.

In pop culture I have two weirdly random pet peeves. The first is any song with lyrics paring high mountains with wide rivers - I can't explain why, but that particular metaphor is like nails on a chalkboard to me. The second is any science fiction story that does a courtroom episode. They are inevitably cringe-worthy, and always turn on a plot point where the hero finds and exploits a previously-unnoticed flaw in the wacky space-laws. Unfortunately, just like every long-running horror franchise apparently has to devolve into a " in space" movie, every long-running science fiction franchise without fail ends up with a damned space trial story. So, you'll never guess what today's viewing did.

Yeah. Let's talk about that.

R.I.P. Dudley Simpson

R.I.P. Dudley Simpson

One sad thing about loving a television program that has been on the air for over fifty years is that the people involved with that show keep passing away. I was saddened yesterday evening when I heard the news that composer Dudley Simpson had died. His name has been appearing in front of me virtually every day for the past several months, and will continue to do so for several more weeks. Although the iconic title theme for Doctor Who was composed and recorded by someone else, Mr. Simpson was responsible for all of the other music in nearly 300 episodes spanning more than 60 stories ranging from Planet of Giants in the First Doctor era up through The Horns of Nimon in the Fourth Doctor era. He is also responsible for the title music to Blake's 7 and The Tomorrow People, among many others. He is perhaps not as well known as other Doctor Who luminaries, but he personally contributed new material to more episodes of the show than any other person. He is a true legend, and will be missed.

In happier news, I started a new story today. Let's talk about that.

What's It For?

What's It For?

I don't have anything interesting or noteworthy to talk about today on the personal front. I did my workout first thing, I weighed in again at the same all-time low of yesterday, and I am about to leave for rehearsal for the show I am doing. I'll be practicing dance choreography for a solid five hours, which pretty well counts as a second workout for the day. This is going to be a pretty brief post because I need to get out the door, and I won't want to stay up late to finish this after.

And on that note, let's talk Doctor Who.

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Progress is a very flexible word. It can mean just about anything you want it to mean.
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