Category Archives: Exercise

Notes From the Sleep Deprivation Experiment

So it’s been a few weeks since I posed anything of note on Wednesday, and I probably haven’t commented much on your blogs either, and even Around the Web Friday’s have been erratic.  Some of that has been I don’t have a lot new to say.  But a lot of it has to do with how busy life has been – between work and training there has not been much time or energy left to formulate a few thoughts into a post.

I’ve spent a lot of the summer in what feels like a medium term sleep deprivation experiment.  I’ve mentioned I work in IT, and we’ve been rolling out a new system to upgrade a fairly unstable existing one.  It’s been tricky work for a variety of reasons I won’t go into, but an important component of the system runs around midnight local.  Between dealing with issues with the old one and keeping an eye on the the new one, plus working hectic days dealing with issues from either there were many a week where by Saturday morning I had racked up enough sleep to count for 2-3 ‘normal’ nights for the week.  Things are calming down (a bit) now that that portion is done (with some fanfare success I add), but marathon mileage is up now.

I’m about 95% pleased with how things went during that time period.  I got my exercise in pretty consistently, tho there were a few times where I was heading down to the gym at 11:30pm (did I mention I get up at 5:40?).  I gave in to a few cravings here and there, particularly towards the end, but even then, they were much healthier.  A fair few mornings, I was dang close to an egg/bacon/cheese/butter/wrap but by the time I got there I talked myself into my current normal breakfast of toast and yogurt.  A couple of times I splurged and got myself the big yogurt with granola (about 250 calories over 80 regular ones), but not too often.  A few other times I treated myself to an extra nice salad at lunch or some bonus fruit.  Only a few times, especially towards the end did I got a little OTT with frozen yogurt a few times.

That said, I’m not too sure if I could hold out a lot longer.  It was a long summer.  See you round all!


Lose It! Sort Of Summary Week of August 13, 2012

I’m not not posting it because I’m hiding, but because I didn’t receive my weekly email.  So here’s a screenshot.

Summertime Running

Thankfully the summer has been rather mild for the most part here in the greater NYC area.  So the running outside hasn’t been too bad, but still, I come back rather sweaty.  That’s when this plays out..

Heading to the bathroom for a shower.  Hands grab onto shirt to pull it off (don’t worry this isn’t 52 shades of gray)..

Head:  Humming along tiredly..

Hands:  (partway pulling the shirt up)  Eww WTF this is disgusting!  (Let go of shirt which falls back down)

Body:  (much like a boiled frog, previously ignorant of the disgusting sweat infused material covering it, has been woken up) AAAAAAAAAAA, get it off get it off GET IT OFFFF!!!!

Hands:  No way am I touching that again.

Body:  Cmon cmon cmon it’s gross.  Just grab it quick.

Hands:  Nuh-uh

Head:  Humming along tiredly…

Legs:  Hey knock it off up there.  We’ve been running for miles carrying you lot and we want a hot shower and a sit down.

Body:  (Wailing on the ground gibbering) get it off get it off get it off

Legs:  Don’t make us come up there!

Hands:  Alright alright.  Pull shirt up.

Face:  (suddenly covered in sweaty shirt) (muffled) AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!

One to be proud of

I’ve been waiting for this one to come in 🙂

I can’t claim my logging is 100% perfect but it’s pretty good, and it’s been a great tool for me to get things under control.



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