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World of Workout?

41ekwjop9fl_sl500_aa280_1Like 37% of Americans, I’m a slight bit overweight.  Over the ten or so years that I’ve done IT work, I seem to have contracted “Cubicle Gut.”  I’ve done the whole “New Year’s Resolution” thing, I’ve tried DDR, Wii Sports, walking while listening to gaming podcasts, and to tell the truth, I always seem to get bored and quit.  Since the question has always been willpower, I decided to try to apply some tricky logic.

Over the course of the last few years, I’ve had several friends begging me to play Blizzard’s own crack.  I know my personality enough to know that would be a very, very bad idea.  Once I get hooked on something, I tend to apply pretty much all of my free time and energy to that activity.  I remembered reading this blog post a couple of years ago and being intrigued.  Also being totally uncreative, I’m going to duplicate this experiment.So, I’m going to be keeping track of my stats spreadsheet-style and posting my progress.  I have no idea how long this experiment will run, but my goal is to lose thirty pounds.  If I’m not ready to kill myself afterwards, I’ll keep going.

Rules:

I’m going to be weighing myself each day after my morning shower.

I’m going to add pushups to the routine: ten pushups at the character select screen, ten pushups each time a quest is completed and ten when I log off.

My goal is one full, uninterrupted hour of WoW/biking per day.  I may not be able to play a full session every day, but since I also have an exercise bike at work, (and WoW installed on a tablet PC) I’ll try to at least get in some time on my lunch hour and some time spinning my peddles.

I’m going to be also charting steps with a pedometer and my character’s level, and a short writeup of my gaming experiences.  I’m planning on posting all kinds of exciting charts and photos weekly, and updating a daily Twitter account.

Equipment:

Stamina 15-0120 InStride Cycle XL

Cheap Wal-Mart pedometer

Wish me luck.  Oh, and For the Horde!

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