September 14, 2008
So, more thoughts on exercise, even though one week of good commitment is no guarantee of ongoing results.
- I'm struck by what a good idea for an aerobics-y program this is; much cheaper than real trainers (albeit not nearly as responsive), more private than a gym, more customized than DVDs, more varied than what I'd come up with on my own. I think that mix might be an important aspect, constant movement but with less of a sense of a grind that a treadmill or stepper has.
- I didn't do a routine yesterday -- I wasn't skipping, the program just decided it was a rest day -- and now I'm trying to think if I actually felt "worse" for not having done anything that morning, or if it was just wishful-thinking. (My body and my brain don't have the most reliable communication, and that goes all the way back to childhood to when I almost went deaf before reporting an earache to my mom.) I'm not sure if I've ever really had a feeling of "oh, I feel bad today because I didn't do my regular routine" -- it occupies that same quasi-mythical space for me as the "runner's high" -- so if I could develop that, that would be a huge positive change.
- Based on what exercises seem easy for me I seem to have strong upper legs. I think. On the other hand, I remember my old yoga class where it was always a pleasure to get onto the floor. (EB has noted I seem to like being horizontal, he'll often find me on the floor when it's time for a work break, or interacting with his daughter.)
- I'm not too body-clever, and some of the mutlipart aerobic steps take a lot of concentration, sometimes I have to make a little "left right left together" chant if the move isn't intuitive. And that's another weird thing I remember from yoga class; the easiest way for an instructor, virtual or otherwise, to break my concentration is a reminder to "stay focused".
- Yourself!fitness' Maya is voiced by Yumi Lee... I assume the semi-celebrity fitness trainer (interesting intro video there) and not the porn star who shows up on Google searches. (I find it interesting that the tutorials in the game switch over to a "polygon" mode, with a more abstract figure showing the exercise. I wonder if this is to prevent pervs using it for "poser art", a kind of porn made by putting video-game-like 3D models into various positions...)
Accomplishments of the Moment
So watched the Red Sox get blown out yesterday, and then I got the September issue of the loveblender out. So I made my monthly heart doodle a baseball player. Not my finest work, but a decent proof of concept for my new tablet laptop.
kisrael/kirkjerk, alienbill, and loveblender... thanks EB for passing along the rule of More Than Three.
Quote of the Moment
Each afternoon, I'd trudge across Park Avenue, pick up the Globe, throw out everything but the Arts and Sports sections, trudge back to my temp job, and head to the bathroom for about 40 minutes. I wasn't missed. By the way, here's something you probably already know: temping sucks. It's like committing suicide each day, but nobody ever finds your body.
--Fitzy in townienews
I think I would understand Windows better if I knew why the volume control takes about 30 seconds to actually show up.
ONE: don't put a mouse for another PC next to the one you're using, you're going to get mixed up. TWO: don't put a cellphone there either
Once upon a time it seemed like the Patriots knew how to make tackles.