Jay Lake (jaylake) wrote,
Jay Lake
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[personal] Health Neepery — Making an effort to live a little longer

I have this goal of living to be old. I want to yell at kids to get off my lawn. (Or possibly my cyberlawn.) I want to sit in the bar at Cons and mutter darkly about how the newest generation of writers just doesn't understand literary values, and by god a story was a story in my day.

Like a lot of people, I love food and hate exercise. Bad combo, that. Like a lot of writers, I don't have enough time to read. Bad career move, that.



frankwu and tillyjane prompted me to buy a stationary bike. I have done this thing, and it sits in my palatial basement quarters here at Nuevo Rancho Lake. I sat in a bunch of them, and found one that takes the least amount of extraneous effort to remain in the saddle of — a recumbent model. lasirenadolce rigged a reading light and a little station for book and water bottle. My goal is to get out of bed 1/2 hour earlier every day (that would be 5:00 am now) and spend that 30 minutes on the bike, reading and pedaling. Voila. Reading and exercise, in one swell foop.

The last two days, I've made it. Since I respond well to working without a net, I'm going to start posting my morning exercise times at the bottom of my daily link salad posts.

At the same time, I have followed lasirenadolce onto a diet she acquired from baghwanx. I've learned a couple of things. One, I'm convinced this diet (like most diets) is really about portion control. Not that I haven't known this for years, but I've gotten a bunch of positive reinforcement. Two, I tracked my weight by hour across several days, and have come to understand my body better. (Among other things, I have some fairly large weight swings through the day. As a percentage of body weight, under 2%, and I drink a lot of water, but it took me a day or two to stop gaping at the spreadsheet.) Again: Since I respond so well to metrics, I think I'll be doing daily weigh-ins and weigh-outs.

Here you go:

2/8/08
Time in saddle: 25 minutes
Last night's weigh-out: 277.2
This morning's weigh-in: 272.6
Tags: health, personal, process
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