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High Tech; Red Neck

Posted on 2008.06.24 at 09:00
Current Location: 75070
Current Music: Giacchino - Speed Racer

When I moved to Anna I was a tight, lithe thing - but since then, I've gotten downright enormous. Problem is, I'm not motivated to do anything about it. I don't exercise and I love to eat. Now I'm good with diets, because I hate pre-processed, pre-packaged foods, and I love fresh, raw fruits and vegetables. Problem is, those things aren't usually readily available, nor are they inexpensive. Furthermore, the sheer amount of fresh fruits and vegetables I can put away isn't exactly the type of thing they're suggesting. Rock, meet hard place.

The problem seems to be that I spend my entire day sitting; eight hours in a chair. And this wears me out. So when I get home, I want to sit. Then I go to bed. I spend more time sitting than doing any other single thing. Its become a pastime! Surely all this sitting can be addressed, can it not?

I saw new pics of photogoot and was amazed as his transformation. He walks about an hour a day. ITS TOO HOT FOR ME TO WALK AN HOUR WHEN I GET HOME. Plus, you know, kids. I can't just leave them in the house alone for that period of time. Sometimes we'll walk around the plant before lunch - I can cover a mile easily here - all indoors. However, yesterday I was too buried to walk. This happens more often than not. So if there is nothing I can do about the sitting at work, I would have to address this issue at home.

I unfolded the treadmill last night, put on Excelsior! and walked at a brisk pace for eighty-one minutes and thirty-one seconds.

About a third of the way through, I'd wished I'd brought my laptop to place on the 'book holder' our treadmill comes with, but lugging that thing back and forth every day would just piss me off, and I really wouldn't be able to use the keyboard. There had to be a better way. All I was doing was walking on the treadmill waiting to finish so I could sit down in front of the computer...

THIS IS NOT A JOKE. THESE ARE ACTUAL PICTURES. Every time I was in front of the computer, I was walking. Now, I'm no fool, and this may not be a great long-term solution, but I'm going to stick it out a little bit and see what a little movement does before my muscles atrophy due to the Art of Sitting. Yes, that's duct tape.

I stood up here and walked for ten minutes this morning while drinking coffee and checking my emails.


galinda822 at 2008-06-24 14:13 (UTC) (Link)
I remember how much your appearance changed from when you 1st arrived in STL to when you left.

More power to you and good luck!
ehowton at 2008-06-24 14:24 (UTC) (Link)
By the Power of Grayskull!
galinda822 at 2008-06-24 14:58 (UTC) (Link)
You can do it!
wardlejew at 2008-06-24 14:25 (UTC) (Link)
Time for that wireless keyboard, mouse and headset eh? ;)

Looks like the cat enjoys the new setup!

I find it interesting you use a Monster box. Is that motivation or self torture?

Good luck. I hope Excelsior! is a pick up for you since your last post. Track 26 is great, as is track 20, and all the others. Throw in those motivating tracks at the end of Braveheart and you'll conquer the world!!
ehowton at 2008-06-24 14:29 (UTC) (Link)
Is that motivation or self torture?
Convenience. It fit the bill.
Melancthe the Woe, So-Called
melancthe at 2008-06-24 14:56 (UTC) (Link)
LOL at the kitty on the treadmill.
ehowton at 2008-06-24 15:23 (UTC) (Link)
What's really amusing is watching her cross it when I'm on there.

What is this thing? I mean, it serves no useful purpose for there to be a bunch of chompy, crushy things in the middle of a hallway. No, I mean we shouldn't have to do this, it makes no logical sense, why is it here?
time3 at 2008-06-24 22:46 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, the cat totally makes that photo :)

"Would you look at how much of a nerd my owner is?" - cat
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2008-06-24 15:37 (UTC) (Link)
You can do it!!!

I believe in you!!!
ehowton at 2008-06-24 15:38 (UTC) (Link)
By the Power of Grayskull!
irulan_amy at 2008-06-24 16:24 (UTC) (Link)
"I don't exercise and I love to eat."
And this is why I'm screwed when my high metabolism goes.

Too bad you don't have lots of farmer's markets there. They are my savior for cheap fruits and vegetables. They are better than grocery store quality and MUCH less expensive.

I think your duct tape solution is very clever. Any movement is better than none!
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2008-06-24 16:33 (UTC) (Link)
There are literally fields of fruit and vegetables just outside the door of his house which is surrounded by farms. He could pick them for free if he just wanted to dodge a few bullets!!!

Hey, that could be his new exercise routine!!!

Edited at 2008-06-24 04:35 pm (UTC)
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2008-06-24 16:38 (UTC) (Link)
In a side note, my family farm is not 15 minutes from where he lives.
irulan_amy at 2008-06-24 17:17 (UTC) (Link)
So in other words, he has no excuse? :D
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2008-06-24 19:46 (UTC) (Link)
None at all!!!
ehowton at 2008-06-24 18:32 (UTC) (Link)
I used to consider moving my fork to my mouth movement, but it turned out to be counterproductive unless it was empty :(
time3 at 2008-06-24 22:49 (UTC) (Link)
wtf @ printer?
ehowton at 2008-06-25 13:16 (UTC) (Link)
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2008-06-24 23:26 (UTC) (Link)

For those of you not in the know

photogoot at 2008-06-25 07:30 (UTC) (Link)
Do you remember my Room mate Dana in England? He was a member of MENSA who thought exercise and physical labor was too troublesome an endeavor. He bought a machine that by taping electrodes to his major muscle groups exercised his muscles for him. And without breaking a sweat I might add. He was a very skinny guy. But damn the facial expressions while he sat in his desk chair while that God forsaken contraption surged electricity through his major muscle groups! I'll eat an apple any day.

I force my son to walk, ride or be pulled during my walks. I told him he has to walk his dad so he can be healthy. Its a job like walking the dog. Of course I only have one though. Perhaps the duct tape used to configure your key board to the tread mill could be employed to keep the kids in one place while you walk. There are many options. ;-)
photogoot at 2008-06-25 07:39 (UTC) (Link)
BTW, is that Lady L hiding behind the monitor next to your tread mill? The least you could have done is to place the treadmill on the inside so the poor woman may come and go as she pleases from the desk.

Hey here is a thought. What if you only allowed yourself the same amount of time each week on the computer at home (non work activity) as you spend being active? You would have to earn time on the computer by working in the yard or walking etc... One hour of activity, one hour of play. Just a thought. Or another thought I wished I could use. Every time you are hungry instead of eating you could copulate instead. I would soo do that if I had an available partner.
ehowton at 2008-06-25 13:12 (UTC) (Link)
The least you could have done is to place the treadmill on the inside so the poor woman may come and go as she pleases from the desk.
The placement of our computers coupled with the arrangement of the furniture drove the ultimate resting place of the treadmill, oddly enough. I chose to NOT put it in front of her computer (can you imagine the connotation had I?) and since the ONLY place it would fit is where it is, I found it more practical than brilliant to place it there. In other words, its likely the same location my six-year-old would've chosen based on available data. Furthermore, her lack of online presence these last few weeks indicated to me that she wouldn't be put out much, seeing that she's so seldom on.
galinda822 at 2008-06-26 00:42 (UTC) (Link)
What if your partner isn't hungry as much as you are?
photogoot at 2008-06-26 01:15 (UTC) (Link)
Stoke the fires then! Prime the pump! Grease the skids! Water the Garden! Dittle the rower! Heave the Hoe! What ever you gotta do... do it! Talk these things out, don't let them fester. There are always needs which need to be met! Know what I mean? ;-)
galinda822 at 2008-06-26 01:31 (UTC) (Link)
Oh! I know, hon...I know!
codekitten at 2008-06-27 00:49 (UTC) (Link)
hey, whatever works man!
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