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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One Year Checkin

Feb 20 2018
One Year Checkin

Today marks the one year anniversary of the day I started this ridiculous project. In that time I have walked 1,224.96 miles on the treadmill while taking 2,369,202, watching 654 episodes and 143 stories of Doctor Who, and losing 60.54 pounds in weight. To say it has been a remarkable year would be a bit of an understatement. I have reached a bit of a plateau, and my personal trainer has instructed me to start doing pushups every day immediately after I finish the treadmill, so today I started with a pitiful 3 pushups. I'll be curious to see how that progresses. Aside from being my long-distance personal trainer, Chuck Rogers is also the author of the very excellent novel Heroes' Road and he wants me to be in fighting shape for when HBO options it as a new series and casts me in the role of.. myself (Lord Miles, Landgrave of Thunisia). I would hate to disappoint him.

In other news, this dropped today and I love it to bits:

Also, I finished The Trial of a Time Lord (and, by extension, the Sixth Doctor) this morning. So let's talk about that.

Genocidal Maniac

Feb 19 2018
Genocidal Maniac

Brutal honesty, the trend line on that historical weight chart on the right has been driving me nuts. I've been stagnant in the 240's since before Christmas. In the last week the trend line moved upwards significantly for the first time since I started this ridiculous project. And yet, this morning I weighed in at my lowest weight since beginning the project. Which is both awesome and frustrating. I am going to finish up the Sixth Doctor tomorrow morning, and he will be the first Doctor in the project with whom I have gained weight. As if Colin Baker hadn't suffered enough indignity already. When I started I said very clearly that I didn't care about weight, that it was just a good gross number to track progress against, and that I had no particular destination in mind. I really need to get better at convincing myself that this is true.

Anyway, I finished the latest sub-story in this stupid Space Trial this morning, so let's talk about that.

Ten LIttle Triffids

Feb 18 2018
Ten LIttle Triffids

Here's the weird thing about losing weight: it's a psychological bear trap. Case in point, I was really pretty upset with myself at the apparent weight gain I had experienced in the last two weeks. Bear in mind that also during those two weeks I pinched a nerve in my neck rendering my right arm anywhere from annoying to either numb or painful, and I also traveled out of state for a work conference where I had either limited or no access to a workout facility or treadmill. For six days I did not even have a scale to weigh myself. The natural and expected outcome was a slight weight gain, but it still bothered me (particularly because I nosed back up above 250, and getting below that number was a huge milestone for me). Today, with my pinched nerve slowly but progressively getting better, with my arm only being an occasional mild annoyance, and with drinking more fluids and getting back on my regular workout routine, my wieght has dropped back down to within 1.2 pounds of my all- ...

Oh My God, They Killed Peri!

Feb 17 2018
Oh My God, They Killed Peri!

I'll get to today's viewing shortly, but first I have to take note that on this day exactly fifty years ago, this happened:

On a Saturday night, not unlike tonight, in the third episode of The Web of Fear, the Second Doctor made his first on-screen appearance with Then-Colonel Lethbridge-Steward, played magnificently by the late great Nicholas Courtney. He was meant to be just another secondary character there to propel a story, but Courtney's performance was so strong that he was brought back again in the following year's Cyberman classic The Invasion. Of course he would go on to become a mainstay of the series, and one of the most beloved characters and actors in the history of the program. It has now been nearly seven years since he passed away. He was truly one of the greats.

Anyway, I also watched two more episodes on the treadmill today, so let's talk about that.

Then where will you be, eh? Dead. No, worse than that. Poor.

Feb 16 2018
Then where will you be, eh? Dead. No, worse than that. Poor.

The good news: second consecutive day back under 250. The bad news: the five day trend is still moving upwards. Even if tomorrow is a good day, the five day will probably still push upwards unless tomorrow is extraordinarily good (it won't be). I don't have a prayer of actually losing weight collectively with the Sixth Doctor. By my last day with him on Tuesday I will likely be back where I was when I finished the Fourth Doctor, effectively negating both Five and Six. The thing is, this was never exactly about weight. I mean, I'd be lying if I didn't say I would still like to get all the way down to 220 at least, but at the end of the day this ridiculous project has been about me feeling better overall and I most certainly have achieved that. Or am I just trying to convince myself? Hard to say.

In other news, I watched two more episodes on the treadmill this morning and was pleasantly surprised. Let's talk about that.

UK Habitats of the Canadian Goose by H.M. Stationery Office

Feb 15 2018
UK Habitats of the Canadian Goose by H.M. Stationery Office

Two bits of good news today:

First, after two consecutive days of being back above 250 lbs, I finally dropped back down below today. Of course, moving averages being what they are, that number went up even though my weight went down. At this point I fear that poor Colin Baker is going to suffer the ignominy of being the first Doctor in this ridiculous project for whom I actually gain weight. Oops.

Second, I got the results of my recent colonoscopy, and it was very good. I was a little bit paranoid because of my dad. You see, he was a very heavy guy. After he retired he decided to make some changes; eat right, get more exercise (with particular focus on walking), etc. Over the course of a year he lost a bunch of weight. Sound familiar? Well, at the end of that year he went to get an annual exam to show off to his long-time physician, and that's when they found the colon cancer. He passed away nine months later. So, as awesome as I feel right now I still had that bit of family history nagging me in the back of my head. Turns out I am all clear, and barring any other symptoms I don't need to go back for another five years. Yay!

I also watched the rest of the current sub-story, so let's talk about that.

Oh, Goody. Another Space Trial. Still My Favorite!

Feb 14 2018
Oh, Goody. Another Space Trial. Still My Favorite!

I saw that doctor this morning about my pinched nerve, and she started me on a round of Prednisone to see if that will help calm it down. It has been getting gradually better, but my right index finger is still mostly numb and I regularly get the janglies all down my arm. At least it is not actively painful anymore. It is making it harder to type, though, which is a problem since as a software developer typing is how I pay my bills. It's a six day course of medication, which means by the time I finish I still won't be done watching the longest single story in Doctor Who history. Although, whether or not it is considered a single story or four thematically related stories is a frequently-debatable topic.

So let's talk about that.

He Used to Be the Fastest One-Handed Typist in the Galaxy

Feb 13 2018
He Used to Be the Fastest One-Handed Typist in the Galaxy

I ain't gonna lie, I was pretty frustrated when I got on the scale this morning and was back over 250. I hadn't actually been on a scale since the morning I left for Denver last week, I expected some backsliding, but not quite that much. Hopefully tomorrow will be better. Still and all, as long as it is not a trend that continues then it is all good. I took more than half a week off without any serious exercise, the numbers will start moving back in the right direction shortly. This isn't the end.

But it almost was for Doctor Who. Let's talk about that.

Knight of the Woeful Countenance

Feb 12 2018
Knight of the Woeful Countenance

Today was my first day back on the treadmill after a weekend in the Rocky Mountains where I had no access (and, frankly, no desire). I expected it to be a rough go. but overall it wasn't bad. I still went for just over four miles, which wasn't half bad. Unfortunately, I spent it watching another damn Dalek story, and a weird one at that.

So let's talk about that.

I Didn't Realise Dying Heroically Was Such a Strain on the Nerves

Feb 08 2018
I Didn't Realise Dying Heroically Was Such a Strain on the Nerves

Today has been an epic day. I started out with an hour on the Time Treadmill down in the hotel fitness center (were I garnered a few raised eyebrows from other folks working out, seeing my very-80's science fiction television program on the screen). Then I walked over to a place called Syrup for breakfast, and had the crack bacon (if you are ever in Denver, I highly recommend it). Then I attended the second day of my software development conference, an during my lunch break I recorded the new song I wrote for the show - When the Avalanche Comes. I wound up being invited to sing it during the closing session, and it was a rousing success. Then i had a lovely evening socializing with other developers, and then going out do dinner with my wife and a co-worker. All in all a very successful day.

So, about that very-80's science fiction program, let's talk about that.

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