December 13, 2011

Better Health Through Gaming - Week 5

Ugh last week was a long one, but I apparently survived. Mostly unscathed, at least if you don't count my almost utter lack of sleep. The company Christmas party went very well, and our performance seemed very well received. Now I just have to finish mixing three of five songs in less than four days. They're definitely not going to be my best work, but they should still sound pretty decent.

With all the craziness going on last week, I have finally missed some workouts. Both my Thursday and Saturday workouts were skipped entirely. This was a conscious choice by me. I simply didn't have the energy or desire to do them on those days. They are marked in my calendar to be made up. While all three make-ups likely won't happen this week, I think I might be able to slate one of them in.

Even with all of that stuff I still managed to lose a little weight. It's more likely due to my lack of sleeping than any food intake changes I made. But hell, I'll take it.

Workouts: 3 (actually 2, the game oddly counts fitness test as a workout)
Duration: 52 minutes
Calories Burned: 408
Average Heart Rate: 115 bpm
Max Heart Rate: 173 bpm
Distance: 0.85 miles

This week will be better.

December 05, 2011

Better Health Through Gaming - Week 4

Busy busy busy busy busy.

Work, practicing for a late-notice show with one band. Recording with another band (with a week less time than I was promised). Plus regular Christmas stuff and just trying to keep up with all the meetings I have to organize in addition to my normal job duties! Busy only barely starts to describe things.

So on that note; Monday night gaming is cancelled for this Monday and next. I just don't have the free after-work time to make it happen. Tonight I'll be doing drum cleanups and hopefully tracking bass parts if it all goes well. But you don't care about that, you're here to read about my pain and out-of-breathness.

Week 4 is finished and I've yet to miss a workout. The program thinks I did though. I made the mistake of starting a new program (9-Week on Easy) on the same day as finishing my first program. Since I marked Saturday as a workout day, it decided I'd missed that workout. I'll slip it in next Sunday I think, even though it's technically not correct.

Anyway, 4 weeks of exercise at 4 days per week is not a bad accomplishment. I just wish I were seeing more results. I know that I need to fix up my food timing and intake, so that'll be getting into the mix over the rest of December. It's not a matter of what you know, but what you do with that knowledge. So I guess it's up to me to keep things rolling.

Workouts: 4
Duration: 1 hour, 48 minutes
Calories Burned: 754
Average Heart Rate: 116 bpm
Max Heart Rate: 179 bpm
Distance: 1.44 miles

The average heart rate is still going down, so that's a good thing I think. I'm hoping for a decent weight loss before Christmas...time will tell there.