There is the common stereotype that Geeks are not the fittest people around. A common media portrayal of the Geek-stereotype portrays the Geek as either emaciated and pale, or morbidly obese and pale. However, I think we all know that isn’t the case. Sure, we have our share of folks who aren’t athletically inclined, but I’m fairly certain it’s right up there with fans of more athletic pursuits, like football. However, we also have the folks who want to dress in N7 armor, and look like their version of Shep from the game. You have the “300” costumers who work and tone so they look good in their costumes. You have the men and women who will run Zombie 5K’s, both as the humans and the zombies. All of these people help to put that stereotype in the ground, six feet under, where it belongs.
One thing that helps many Geeks these days is the sheer amount of tech resources we have available to us. From sleep and exercise trackers, to applications on our phones, to websites where we can level up our fitness like it’s a video game, it’s easy for any techie to get their fitness on, and shed their unwanted pounds, and level up their life. Or, so one would think.
For those who don’t know me, I’m 5’10, 265.4 lbs, at least as of Wednesday morning. To say I’m soft around the middle is an understatement. Between the holidays, stress eating, and injury, I’m nowhere near in shape for the convention season, with the tight spaces, crowds, and large amounts of time on my feet, walking. However, I’ve attempted to use many of these things. I have a Fitocracy account, and before I rebooted, I was a fairly high level. Runkeeper was keeping track of many bike rides, walks, and so on. Spark People was watching what I ate. I had so many fitness accounts, I was logging into three things before I took a walk, having to wait two minutes for my watch (!) to get a GPS signal!
I was getting burnt out.
So, now that everybody is burnt out on their New Years Resolutions, I’m starting my goals. However, I’m down to two applications that I’m using. First, I’m going to keep attempting to level up on Fitocracy. Not only does the leveling help, but it has the best variety of exercises, and it makes it easy to keep track. For my walking, I have Map My Walk, part of MapMyFitness, that works very well for me, and I like the maps it uses. I’m really not making use of the social sharing aspect any more. However, past there, I’m going to attempt to use one more tracker.
Pen and paper.
I’m not an Excel person, but I am slowly attempting to put together a spreadsheet that I can print out multiple copies on, placing in a binder. That way, when I look through and see blank pages, I know I have failed myself. On here, I’ll be putting weight (weekly), food/calorie tracking, exercises (mileage/reps) and any aches and pains (because they will be there.) This is going in a binder, sitting next to my banjo tabs, and my blog planner, to be pulled out and written in every day.
I have a goal, I have a vision, and I have a tightness in the waistband of my pants that needs to be taken care of. While financially I’ve been unable to focus on the Costume Initiative 2014, I’m still thinking about it very much, and I want to be able to get good measurements when it’s time to do it. Plus, I’m hoping that many of the knee, ankle, and foot problems will start fading away.
My question for you folks: Is this something you’d want to see tracked on here? Not very often, mind you, or not on a blog post of its own, but perhaps as part of the Tuesday Tidbits posts? Would you like me to start talking about what’s working, what’s not working, perhaps help out people who are in a slump? Let me know. Also, what do you use? What do you enjoy? Or do you even worry about tracking, instead just going out and doing?
Either way, wish me luck!