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.