Day thirteen of fitness plan

I’m on vacation today. So, I’m going to goof off more than usual, but I did manage to get my exercise done.

I’ve been having a lot of trouble dragging myself out of bed in the morning lately, so I’ve decided that I’m going to spend today thinking of reasons to get out of bed in the morning and to think of a project that will engage my passion. This fitness plan thing is good for me and all, but I have to admit that I’m not enjoying it. I need to find something that I enjoy that will get me going each day.

Weight: 282 pounds

Exercise: Week 2, Day 3 of the hundred pushups plan. 5 sets (5,7,5,5,8)

Yesterday’s breakfast: 6 Weight Watchers points. 1 cup All-Bran Strawberry Medley cereal, Half-cup skim milk, 1 banana.

Yesterday’s water:I drank two 1-liter bottles of tap water. Unfortunately, I drank them just before bedtime so I had to get up several times during the night. I definitely will be drinking the water earlier today.

Day twelve of fitness plan

I was watching a video on youtube earlier today that provided a supposed secret to success. It was a computer science lecture from the University of New South Wales in Australia. Lecturer Richard Buckland was saying that the way to get really good at something that requires discipline and years of practice is to make sure that you make the activity something you want to do. He had talked with a successful music teacher who had shared the secret of getting students to stick with practicing an instrument for years. You have to make it fun.

So, I figure I need to find a way to make exercise fun or I won’t stick with it. I’m going to start taking my mp3 player with me and listen to podcasts while I run. That should help a little. I’ll have to give it some more thought to find other ways to make exercise fun.

Weight: I forgot to weigh

Exercise: Week 2, Day 3 of the couch-to-5k running plan. There was a bitter wind blowing this morning. My hands and face were painfully numb by the time I was done running. I’m going to have to switch to the treadmill for days that are this cold and windy.

Yesterday’s breakfast: 6 Weight Watchers points. 1 cup All-Bran Strawberry Medley cereal, Half-cup skim milk, 1 banana.

Yesterday’s water:I drank two 1-liter bottles of tap water.

Day eleven of fitness plan

Weight: 280 pounds

Exercise: Week 2, Day 2 of plan. 5 sets of push-ups (5,6,4,4,7). The last push-up in the last set was a struggle, but the rest was a cakewalk. I’m hoping that I’m improving enough that I won’t have to repeat any weeks.

Yesterday’s breakfast: 6 Weight Watchers points. 1 cup All-Bran Strawberry Medley cereal, Half-cup skim milk, 1 banana.

So, I did the healthy breakfast thing yesterday. Today, I’m going to add the drinking 2 liters of water.

Day ten of fitness plan

Weight: 282 pounds

Exercise: Week 2, Day 2 of the couch-to-5k plan. It was easier than the last run. On Sunday, I was about to fall out, but today I was just breathing heavy.

I’m still doing terrible on the diet portion of this. Maybe I need to phase it in bit-by-bit. First things, I’m going to do are eat a healthy breakfast every day and to drink a half-gallon of water every day. Then maybe I’ll stretch that into a salad for lunch or no eating after 8 p.m. or something like that.

Thinking about joining a spiritual organization

I was reading this article on Slate about whether atheists or religious people are happier. It came to the conclusion that religious people are happier on the whole, but not because of their religion. They are happier because they are connected to a community. That makes sense to me.

So now I’m thinking that I should either start attending church at the All Souls Unitarian-Universalist congregation down near the Plaza, or that I should start going to meetings of one of the several local humanist or free-thought groups listed on I’d rather not go alone, so I guess I need to research the available options and see which ones I can get my family to attend with me. I’m betting the All Souls option is the only one that would get takers.

Day eight of fitness plan

Weight: 282 pounds

Exercise: Week 2, Day 1 of Couch-to-5K plan. Five minute warm-up walk, followed by 20 minutes of alternating 90 seconds of running with 2 minutes of walking. (Obviously, that doesn’t come out even, so the last walking section only lasts 1 minute.)

Jake and I went to the Bridger track together today. I barely made it through the last 90-second running interval. I really am horribly out of shape.

I didn’t even attempt to follow my diet yesterday. I ended up eating half of a Pizza Hut stuffed-crust supreme pizza for dinner last night. I might have better luck with the exercise half of this fitness plan if I paid more attention to the diet half.

Day seven of fitness program

Weight: 279.5 pounds

Exercise: Took Ollie for a 25 minute walk around the neighborhood. It’s my off-day from both the pushups and the running.

We’ve had our English Setter, Ollie, for 10 years this month. He was a full-grown stray when we took him in. Michelle’s sister Billie found him outside of her work near Swope Park. He is somewhere between 11 ad 13 years old now according to the veterinarian’s guess about his age when we first took him for his shots.

He seems to be aging pretty well. He was like a puppy on our walk today. He was running all over the place sniffing and peeing. But he’s kind of like me: he’s losing some hair. He had a flea problem a couple of months ago that caused him to lick and chew at his skin until he had a bald patch on his lower back. We took care of the fleas but his hair isn’t growing back very well. I wonder if they make Rogaine for dogs.

Day six of getting in shape

Fallling back to the wimp category allowed me to finish the Week 1, Day 3 workout of the plan but just barely. I did five sets of pushups (4,5,4,4,5) and I just barely managed to do the fifth pushup in the last set. Although the plan is six weeks long, I suspect that I’ll be forced to repeat some weeks because of failure to progress. I used to think I was in pretty good shape for my age, but boy was I wrong.

I weighed 280 pounds on the bathroom scale this morning. I’m starting to think I should weigh less often. The daily ups-and-downs mess with your mind. But then again, my mind is already plenty messed with.

I’m on vacation from work today. EDS has a use-it-or-lose-it policy on vacation days, so I’m taking random days off between now and the end of the year just so that my vacation days don’t go to waste as they have in years past. Next year, I’ll be up to 18 vacation days. I’ll have to try a little harder next year to spread those out. Maybe we’ll even have to go somewhere as a family next summer since we haven’t done that in a couple of years. I love going to see St. Louis so maybe we’ll do that if we only have a long weekend, otherwise, I’d like to try someplace new.

Day five of exercise program

I think my bathroom scales must be broken. I weighed 283 this morning, and two days ago I weighed 277. But I did overeat again yesterday afternoon and evening. I really have to cut that out.

Jake and I went running together this morning. I’m on Week 1, Day 3 of the Couch-to-5k running plan, so I did a five minute warm-up walk followed by 20 minutes of alternating 60 seconds of running with 90 seconds of walking. It was still dark out so I had to keep turning on the light on my watch to check the time. My hands hurt today after running too, but this time it was because they were cold. It was 40 degrees and windy, yet I still somehow managed to get sweaty.

In other news, I’ve been shopping for a Linux netbook that I’m hoping to get as a birthday present next month. So far, I’m enamored of this Asus Eee PC that I found on Amazon. For some reason, the white one is a lot cheaper than the black one. Hell, I’d take a pink one if I thought I could save money on it. I had been looking at the Asus since I saw one at the Target a few weeks ago, but Target is overpriced. They want $299 for the version with the 7″ screen and the 4 gig flash drive. The one I found on Amazon is a much better deal.