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Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Getting Back On Track

So the grand experiment to skip ceili and get to bed at a reasonable hour to get to work on Tuesdays on time is a failure. I didn't end up going to bed much earlier on Mondays, and I did manage to gain nearly five pounds in six weeks. Harumph. So, back to ceili I go. It was a hoot and I danced my legs off this week. Between Friday Night Waltz on Friday, Gaskell on Saturday, and ceili on Monday, I felt well exercised. I've also gotten back on the morning crunch routine.

But knowing that I really need more exercise, and especially something for my flabtastic arms, and being moderately inspired by the article Mackenzie posted about the perilous creep of desk-butt, I tried something new this week. I've got little three-pound hand weights at work. I've had them for a couple of years now, and I use them intermittently. But I've made a new deal with myself. While reading the morning posts (LJ, Facebook, etc.), I'll be exercising one arm at a time. I get one arm to drive the mouse, and one arm to exercise. When that arm gets tired, switch to the other. I can only read my morning fluff as long as I'm exercising. So far, it's working really well. Turns out I waste a good chunk of time in the morning reading this stuff, so it required switching back and forth several times until both arms are now a bit fatigued and better yet, I'm warm. This is a good thing. I spend most mornings freezing at the office. If I warm up my muscles, they'll be happier in the long run, and I'll be happier in the short term. This looks like an epic win. The only downside is my roommate wondering what the heck I'm doing and random passer-bys wondering if I'm waving my arms at them. I've explained to my roommate and she's all for it. The random passer-bys, well, they'll just have to deal.

Anyhow, suffice to say, I'd like to pry those five pounds off my butt post-haste, and follow them with the other ten that crept on last year. No more ice cream or pie for the near term. If it's not protein or veggies, I'm probably going to try to give it a miss for the moment, with little exceptions here and there so that I don't go completely daffy.

Also, playing Wii is far more vigorous than watching Lost. We played Toy Story Madness for the first time last night and I was amazed at the amount of flapping about that was required. A Wii Fit may be in my future. I am now curious.

3 Comments:

  • There's a funny bunny themed game for the Wii as well.

    By Blogger Chrisfs, at 4:58 PM  

  • Wii Fit Plus has a Wipeout like game where you try to run and jump your character across obstacles. Also, fun was the Rhythm Parade where if you march and do the right thing more people join behind you in the parade. I didn't try the one where you flap your arms to make your chicken suited character fly. Fun!

    By Blogger Kim, at 9:09 PM  

  • Recommend the Wii fit. I used it to good benefit for a couple months. Then lost that exercise time to my new job with a 1-hour commute.

    By Blogger John, at 8:15 PM  

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