February 23rd, 2004

pinkie pie

Health and fitness

I've been sort of sick of being a bit on the heavy side for quite a while now -- I went from being tall and scrawny at the end of high school (6'2", 32" waist, dunno how much I weighed) to being a bit too solid by the end of university (38" waist, ~220 lbs). Somewhere in between sounds about right to me, so that's what I'm aiming for -- getting back down to a 34" waist or so, but doing so with lifestyle adjustment rather than "dieting".

That said, adjustment #1 was to stop eating so much sweets and stop eating out of boredom. I'm accomplishing that with the No S Diet, which provides simple rules: no snacks, no sweets, no seconds, except on days that start with s and special occasions. I was always bad for keeping snack food around the house and munching on it at the computer, and this approach takes care of that nicely, but I still get to treat myself occasionally.

It's only been one and a half weeks and I'm noticing a shift in my approach to food already -- while I've always appreciated good food, I'm appreciating boring food way less. The level of self-disappointment is a lot higher than the value of the snack for pretty much everything I used to munch on, so willpower is winning out.

I've been keeping a 1L bottle of water at my desk lately too, to keep my water intake up. Getting through a litre a day is easy.

I've been dragging myself to the gym at work too. For now I've been getting in two 30-minute cardio sessions on machines aiming at maintaining 75% of my maximum heart rate. As of the last session I pushed that up to 45 minutes, and I plan on getting three sessions per week this week and from now on. Much later I'll start adding in resistance training -- before, I found that resistance training made me want to avoid the gym, so I'm getting the psychological side of things taken care of first.

Anyhow, the end result of all of this is that lately I feel great without feeling like I'm doing anything particularly weird, which I think is what will make this all sustainable. To keep track of what I'm doing, I created reductionism, which is going to be my detailed food and exercise journal; you're welcome to watch or check back occasionally if you're interested, but I imagine it'll be pretty boring if you're not me.

(Also, please avoid using comments here to advocate a particular diet regimen; I don't want that discussion here.)

  • Current Music
    Keoki -- Ego-Trip

I bought a guitar!

I bought a guitar!


It's an OLP MM1, which is a licensed entry-level copy of the Ernie Ball Axis made overseas.

I'm getting it secondhand (but only barely) from a friend who moved on to a Les Paul Jr. pretty much right away. It's coming from Texas, so it'll probably show up towards the beginning of next week.

While I've played bass semi-pro I've never got past fooling around with guitars, and found myself suffering on my poor-condition old Kay archtop, so this will be a nice new start. I need to pick up a practice amp, though, and solicit recommendations -- I'm leaning toward a Pignose or a Vox Pathfinder, but advice is welcomed. I imagine I'll be playing mostly blues and alt-rock but poking at other styles.

Yay, new toy! I've been thinking of picking up an electric guitar for years (since I was back in Montreal, at least), so I'm really looking forward to this.

  • Current Music
    Apples In Stereo -- Velocity Of Sound