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Aug. 23rd, 2006 @ 12:05 am The Numbers
Current Location: Carefree Hwy, Phoenix AZ
Current Mood: energeticenergetic
Current Music: Lady Be Good, Teddy Edwards / Midnight Creeper
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33 3600!

160 17200!!


It's the minutes and steps of my exercise workout!

Those of you that know me in person know that I struggle with my weight, exercise is the only thing that really keeps it under control (wow, what a concept!) and working as many as 86 hours per week at my old job meant there just wasn't any time left over to go to a gym or even do more then walk the campus a couple of times a day. I was pretty good at doing that, well ok I did it when I had a normal 60 hour week, but when it went over that, forget about it.

So the new job with 40 hour weeks was very encouraging to me. I'd have time to go to a gym, maybe even start doing things outside at 3AM before it gets super hot (Phoenix in the summer remember?) But the new job had a bonus built into my first tasks, a large building and utter boredom. I had literally hundreds of servers that I had to reboot 3-6 times in order to get them built. Each reboot took about 5 minutes (system checks) and other then the first 30 seconds (either putting it into bios setup mode or make sure the server wasn't going to just fall over dead) I had nothing to do for the other 270 seconds. So I started pacing the floor.

Now this floor is easily the size of a football field inside (100 yards by 40 yards for my overseas friends, sorry you'll have to convert the meters yourself). So a few times around the floor quickly added up to some decent yardage. Thanks to my trusty pedometer I knew I was doing at least 3 miles and topping out around 7! I got to feeling pretty good, the heat wasn't bothering me as much and other great things.

But, alas, I'm too good at what I do, I finished that phase of the project. Back to a desk 90% of the time. Gotta do something, so I bought an Elliptical trainer.

It came in two weeks ago on Thursday, I finished setting it up Monday night and jumped into it. My goal is to work out at least 5 days a week and to build my times until I get get up to something on the order of 60 minutes and 10000 steps. I know I won't have 60 minutes every day to spend and in fact am already planning on splitting it into a morning and evening workout, but if I can do a solid 30 minutes most days and a 60 at least once a week, I'll be very pleased.

Well that's the mystery this past week. I think future exercise posts will be completely behind an LJ cut, so you can ignore them if you're not interested in my numbers. But I like being able to look at the monthly posting calendar and see how many days I've worked out at a glance.

Thanks!
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From:monissaw
Date:August 23rd, 2006 09:18 am (UTC)
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Good going!

You'll just have to include something else in your posts from time to time.
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From:kradical
Date:August 23rd, 2006 11:29 am (UTC)
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Woo! Go you!

(Hey, you going to Anaheim?)
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From:ferragus
Date:August 23rd, 2006 03:57 pm (UTC)
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Yup, coming in Friday afternoon.

I'll be there for Suri's birthday bash!
From:deansavatar
Date:August 23rd, 2006 01:03 pm (UTC)
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Hell Yeah. . . .

Git down!
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From:wood_dragon
Date:August 23rd, 2006 02:00 pm (UTC)
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Congratulations! Keep up the good work.
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From:delkytlar
Date:August 23rd, 2006 02:10 pm (UTC)
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Good for you. It sounds like a good regimen, and more so if you keep at it. Although I'm stuck at my desk most of an 8-hour-day as well, I've developed a few items to keep me mobile:

1 - take the stairs. Not only are the elevators in my building slow, but the potential need to walk up from my 6th floor office to the 19th floor Royalty Department has been really good for my legs.

2 - no interoffice telephone calls. If I need to actually speak to someone, I head upstairs to see them in person. Sometimes, due to time constraints, I have to call, but in most cases, people expect to see me on their floor a couple of times a day.

3 - constitutionals. Unlike the rest of my department, I don't smoke. Therefore, since I don't take three or four 15-minute breaks each day, I will occasionally just go for a walk around the block when I have some spare minutes.
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From:ferragus
Date:August 23rd, 2006 04:01 pm (UTC)
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The place I used to work at had three large levels, nice gentle stairs, but still they were too much for me to do regularly. I'd do a flight, then circle the building (inside), do another flight, another circle and then a flight down. Most of the time it's really too hot to go outside, but a couple of evenings I'd walk the whole perimeter of the building and that was easily a couple of miles.

Same here for the constitutionals, when I noticed that half the cubes around me were off smoking, I'd take a walk instead.

I'm tempted to try skipping phone calls, everyone's on the same floor here, but even that little bit of movement is better for me then the same time spent sitting still.
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From:azang
Date:August 23rd, 2006 02:26 pm (UTC)
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Nicely done! Great job!
Angela who's also on the Carefree Hwy.
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From:ferragus
Date:August 23rd, 2006 04:03 pm (UTC)
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Thanks!
I really like it up near (off?) Carefree Hwy. I wonder what it's going to be like in 3-5 years though. I hope they keep houses off the mountain sides.
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From:azang
Date:August 23rd, 2006 08:53 pm (UTC)
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Sadly, there's been so much change in the last five-ten years that is so offensive, I fear it will only get worse. The funny thing is, I was thinking about houses on the sides of mountains only a few days ago. It seems they are finding ways of getting quite a few up there.

Do you know about the park north of Carefree at about 24th street (I think). It's great for walking...when it's cool-er ;)
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From:quarkwiz
Date:August 23rd, 2006 03:20 pm (UTC)
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That's fantastic! An elliptical, too--go, you! I've only ever tried that once and almost fell off. And now I don't go to a gym, so I don't have access to one.... When we moved out to the burbs, I suddenly lost a bit of daily exercise I hadn't even thought about: lots of stairs. We lived in a third-floor walkup, and there were the stairs in and out of the subway as well. The change to a ranch house and an almost stairless commute made the jeans a bit tighter. Not a size's worth, but it was uncomfortably noticeable. :-( So I still haven't gotten any true stairs substitute, but I've added a lot more walking. Don't have an unlimited Metrocard anymore, so I walk anything less than around thirty blocks or so if I have the time. And I make the time to walk more than that, frequently. I also got a weird exercise gadget called a "Legmaster" that I saw glowingly reviewed in a UK newspaper. I think it's working, but it hasn't been jeans weather. Colder weather will tell!
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From:ferragus
Date:August 23rd, 2006 04:13 pm (UTC)
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Yeah it's amazing how much a little change can effect you.

The place I was in when first moving out here was a second story condo. I got to hate those stairs though. They were the open construction (no risers, just open space), and that pebbled concrete that looks ok I guess. Well going downstairs one day on my way to the airport, I slipped, caught my foot in the opening and went down reasonably hard. (tumbling laptop and camera bag down the stairs! thank goodness for padded travel bags).
I strained my knee (which weren't too good to begin with) but didn't do any real damage. I did come to realise that I'd gotten near phobic about the stairs though.

The new place is a two story, with nearly two stair cases worth of stairs leading to the second floor. Somehow with the normal construction and carpeting, I've overcome my worries about tripping going up and down them.

Had to go check out the "Legmaster", looks pretty cool. Keep at it!
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From:kalligraphy
Date:August 23rd, 2006 04:42 pm (UTC)
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congrats! Hope you enjoy LA, sorry I am not going to make it. *hug*