Like 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.
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.
Cheap Wal-Mart pedometer
Wish me luck. Oh, and For the Horde!