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 told you to stand by, not lie down

I told you to stand by, not lie down

Eighty push-ups today! Granted, I broke early on in the final set, so I am not ready to increase yet. But still, I completed eighty push-ups in five sets of sixteen, and that's not nothing. It is also my fourteenth wedding anniversary, and my wife and I are running away tonight for a short getaway. I don't expect to work out tomorrow. For today, though, I spent some more quality time with Blake's 7.

What's the matter? Did I bleed on the wrong bit of floor?

What's the matter? Did I bleed on the wrong bit of floor?

Huge victory today, on two fronts. First of all, my weight trend finally flipped back in the right direction again. It remains frustrating, but at least it is getting better and not worse. I'll take what I can get. More importantly, today I upped the push-ups to 75. I expected to struggle with it, but I actually managed to complete the five sets without breaking form on my first day at this level. That means that on Tuesday I will jump to 80. I will be back up to a hundred, I think, by August. How cool is that.

Also, today I watched what was easily the best episode of Blake's 7 I have seen to date...

Holy Crap, Colin Baker!!

Holy Crap, Colin Baker!!

Ugh. Just... ugh.  I felt like crap yesterday, didn't even work out. I really didn't feel like working out today either, but I forced myself to get it done over lunch. The only good news is that I actually did 70 push-ups without breaking form. That is up from 65 on Tuesday. I expected it to take at least two days to make it through all five sets of 14 without breaking, so I was very pleasantly surprised. This means that on Sunday I will take it up to 75. I am still weeks away from getting all the way back up to 100, but I am on the right track. So that's all fantastic. On the downside, the combination of being sick and missing a day means, of course, that my weight trended back upwards. That is, to put it mildly, frustrating. I keep telling myself that I actually feel great (which I do), and that I deliberately never had any weight target for this ridiculous project (which is true), but it doesn't make it any less frustrating. I feel completely hung up in the low 270's, and that is particularly galling since I originally blasted right through this number nearly two years ago. All I can do is keep going back to my fundamentals, and keep trying to focus more on how I feel physically and less on what number is on the scale. It ain't easy, though.

And then there was today's Blake's 7...

When you live on the permanent dark side of a planet, no-one cares too much what you look like

When you live on the permanent dark side of a planet, no-one cares too much what you look like

This is gonna be quick, I'm playing catch-up. It was a good workout, with a hundred sit-ups and then over 7,200 steps on the treadmill. My weight continues to be frustrating, being as I have bounced back up over 270. So...  crap. Blah blah blah emotional bear trap.

So I'm not gonna think about it, and move on to Blake's 7.

A bald dwarf shouldn't be too hard to find

A bald dwarf shouldn't be too hard to find

I just got home from a massage, and am ready to just fall into bed. This is going to be a fairly quick one. I mentioned before that I am trying to work my way up to doing 100 push ups (done in five sets with a two minute break between each set). Two days ago I did 65 in five sets of 13, but I broke on the last set. Today I was very pleased to do the 65 without breaking. That means the day after tomorrow I will bump it up to 70 in five sets of 14. At this rate the very soonest that I will get back up to 100 is in another two weeks, but I am skeptical I will hit that. More likely it will be another month or so for me to work back up there. Still, I'm feeling pretty dang good about that. Other than that, I don't have much going on workout-wise, so let's get down to Blake's 7.

There isn't a volcano alive that'd dare to swallow Avon

There isn't a volcano alive that'd dare to swallow Avon

It's another happy day here on the Time Treadmill. My weigh-in this morning came even lower than the one yesterday, which is just lovely. That also means that I am due for a correction tomorrow, but I'll deal with that emotional train wreck when it happens. I was definitely still a bit dehydrated this morning -- I didn't sleep well last night, and this morning I was not able to maintain my previous day's pace. I didn't quite manage to break seven thousand steps, which is a tad frustrating. but on the whole it was a good workout. I am three weeks out from needing to be parading around in my formal business attire at a huge conference, and I am feeling pretty good about that.

As for Blake's 7, the most I can say is that the content of today's viewing did indeed live up to the title.

I'm all in favor of healthy curiosity. I hope yours isn't satisfied too easily. I think you've cured my headache.

I'm all in favor of healthy curiosity. I hope yours isn't satisfied too easily. I think you've cured my headache.

Let's say it all together again:  "Weight loss is an emotional bear trap."  Rationally speaking, I am all good. I am a solid three pounds ligher than I was a week ago. Broadly speaking, in my (emphatically non-medical) experience, roughly two pounds per week is a healthy and sustainable rate. Why, then, am I so frustrated? Because after missing workouts for over two weeks, and then literally getting back on the treadmill and logging two days of agonizingly high numbers, last Sunday I dropped to barely over 270. I knew I was hyper-dehydrated that day, and expected a bounce up the next day, but it didn't. So I figured a goal of getting solidly below 270 by the 15th was a reasonable and acheivable thing.  For five consecutive days I kept at it, and my weight crept back up to just over 272. Understand, that's still two pounds lower than where I started after my gap, and a perfectly reasonable number in that context, but it is just so damn frustrating. T ...

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