Monday, January 31, 2022

The starting point for this blog.

Rather than try to backfill a bunch of Google Fit data let me just describe where I have been athletically leading up to starting this blog in January of 2022.

It's pretty simple - For 2 or 3 years, I have been somewhat regularly walking outside or on a treadmill at the gym for about 30 minutes to an hour. "Somewhat regularly" means probably a max of 5 days a week, and a min (sometimes for months at a time) of 0.  Maybe the average is 2 or 3 workouts a week.

I have been vegetarian for that time as well, with a year long flirtation with veganism.

I have experimented with intermittent fasting, but never had much luck.  In fact, there is a close correlation to quitting a fasting regimen, and body weight increasing above the baseline months later.

What's different now?

1) This blog.  This really is my own private fitness journal, just shared with the world.  It is a tool for not only logging stuff, but also reasoning about what workouts to do or what to eat.   I should exhort myself not to loose site of the blog in this role, and get too caught up in trying to make a successful web product.

2) As of December of last year, 2 months ago, I have a reliable heart rate monitor.

3) I think I have a general air of distrust for fitness influencers that is new.  When I said that I usually regained weight and more after a fasting routine, it was usually following somebody else's advice, rather than listening to my own body, and using my own head to reason about what is or isn't working.

4) I have a 24 hour gym membership both in Philly and in Long Beach Island.

5) My "pod" kind of disintegrated, so I am largely always responsible for my own meals.  This gives me room to experiment without offending anyone.