Lose Weight with Video Games

According to my bathroom scale, I have a BMI of 25 – which is borderline overweight/normal. It sends a small electrical signal through my body when I stand barefoot atop the sensors and does all the math for me (after I’ve programmed my height and age). Not a perfect measurement, but I’d say it’s pretty accurate. I don’t feel normal yet – and won’t feel that way until I’ve gone the distance.

In less than a month, I’ve gone from ~175lbs down to 160. This brings me to the halfway point of my initial weight loss goal (145, if you do the math). I can’t say that this lifestyle adjustment has been simple, but I will say that it’s been far easier than previously anticipated. I’m using my geek skills to get me through, including a sweat-inducing workout on my Gazelle both last night and this morning. How is that geeky?

I pulled a 90-minute exercise session (without blinking) last night while I was playing Feeding Frenzy on the Xbox 360 – racking up a few achievements. I pulled an hour on it this morning, getting even more Feeding Frenzy achievements. I tell ya, the only way to work out is with a video game controller in your hand. I’ve tried it with television shows, but plain ol’ TV just doesn’t enable me to work up a sweat like a good PSP game or Xbox 360 diversion does. It’s not just forcing my mind to do something else, it’s keeping my controller steady, applying dexterity to the buttons, keeping my balance on the glider, etc.
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Making a Weight Loss eBook

Making a Weight Loss eBook

What the heck is this Windows fanatic doing – writing about losing weight? That makes no sense, as everybody in Gnomeland is in peak condition (and he’s the only one who could stand to lose a few pounds). Assuming the preceding statement is false, I’m going to move forward with sharing my weight loss experiences with everyone – as enough inspiration has already been spread through our little discussion list. In total, I’d guess that some of us have already lost a combined weight of 20lbs in the past week or so. I wish I could’ve lost twenty in the past week on my own, but that would have been entirely unhealthy to do. Regardless, I think there’s strength in numbers – which is causing me to formulate an idea that could benefit the lot of us.

Wanna share your weight loss / maintenance / health secrets with the rest of us? Tips and tricks could be geeky or not! I’ll get the ball rolling with a few bulletpoints, and I’m hoping that you can do the same. If you can, send those tips in to me ASAP – preferably in a semi-organized list format. Tell us who you are, what you do, and why you do it. Let’s inspire each other to keep going forward! Be sure to include your name and URL if you’d like to have credit for the submission. When I’ve collected notes from about 50 of you, I’ll issue volume one of Lockergnome’s Guide to Losing Weight. At the end of the day, we’ll have a small compendium of tips that might just help another Gnomie find his or her way to a happier body. Here are a few of my favorite geeky weight loss tips:
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