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Ask Slashdot: How To Stay Fit In the Office?

Attila Alternate day fasting and a bit of exercise (372 comments)

I'm in my mid forties. My doc told me a couple of years ago that I was just a little overweight but that I was going to have problems in ten years if I didn't lose some.

I lost 30 pounds in 2011 by just eating less but found it extremely difficult to not "cheat." I finally hit a plateau 10 pounds short of my goal and in the first half of 2012 I put 5 pounds back on. It was a real struggle; I felt I was constantly depriving myself.

Last September I started alternate day fasting, not so much to lose weight but for the potential longterm health benefits. Compared to constantly watching how much I eat, this is relatively easy since I feel like I'm only depriving myself for a single day and I feel rewarded every other day. On my fasting days I eat just 600 calories which requires planning, but on my eating days I can pretty much eat what I want without guilt or lasting negative consequences (I find I can't pig out like I used to anyway).

I lost the 5 pounds I gained at the start of 2012, hit the plateau again for a couple of weeks, then lost another 5 pounds. I was still 5 pounds short of my goal but I was happy at that weight. My doc was too. I crave healthier foods now on my eating days and my sense of smell is stronger, to the point that a lot of junk food I used to like now smells and tastes terrible and I have no desire to eat it.

On top of that, I discovered it was easy to get back onto my schedule after vacations and holidays, so I let myself go over Christmas when I was constantly around family and food, put on 8 pounds, got back on my schedule after New Year's and have since lost 4 pounds. I really feel I'm now in control of my weight.

For exercise, I started walking home from the train station after work a few years ago. 20 minutes of walking every weekday isn't enough, of course, so I started walking to the station in the morning as well (every work day, even through the long Canadian winter). I also set a daily reminder in Outlook to get up and move and -- whenever it pops up -- I jog up and down four floors in my office building, then snooze the reminder for an hour. I can't always get up when it goes off, but it sits there on the screen until I can take a break. Again, it's not a lot of exercise but it's more than I did before, and I discovered after injuring my foot and taking a break from my little jogs that even with the fasting I need that little bit of exercise to maintain my metabolism and lose weight.

Finally, I needed to do something for activity in the evenings and on weekends, so I set up hourly reminders on my Ubuntu workstation at home (alarm-clock.pseudoberries.com), the idea being if I'm not at my workstation I'm already moving around (or, if I'm watching TV with the family, I get up at the end of each show). I haven't found the perfect exercise plan yet, but currently what works for me is lifting weights (three to eight reps, only one set, arms one week, chest and back the other week) on eating days, then 20 situps and morning glories (with weights) on non-eating days. It's about five minutes out of every hour... not likely the best plan for serious bodybuilding, but I am looking better and feeling great, I'm moving, my blood pressure dropped to a healthy level, and most of all I find it fairl

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Options For FOSS Remote Support Software?

Attila Re:TeamViewer (247 comments)

The OP wants a solution that works on OSX 10.4 and Teamviewer does not. So much modern software does not work on 10.4, though, that I considered it a lost cause and upgraded my kids' iMac rather than try to continue to support it. The OP may want to cut his/her losses and do the same.

more than 2 years ago

There Is No Plan B, the Ugly Transition To IPv6

Attila Re:Procrastination (717 comments)

Sorry, my fault. Been working on the global warming thing.

more than 4 years ago

Lost Ends

Attila Art imitates life (955 comments)

One thing I took from BSG and that I think applies to Lost is that good television is like life; appreciate each new episode 'cause the ending's gonna suck.

more than 4 years ago

Pirate Bay Operators Stand Trial On Monday

Attila Live audio stream (664 comments)

[...] they are going to send a live audio stream from the trial. It will be broadcast without editing or translation.

Thanks, but I'll wait for the torrent.

more than 5 years ago



Attila Attila writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Attila (23211) writes "A respected climatologist speaks out about how the scientific findings of his committee were twisted for political purposes by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (part 5 of a series from admittedly conservative Canadian newspaper The National Post)."


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