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My Glorious 7-Point Plan For Fitness In 2014

  1. subscribe to every fitness-related blog, tumblr, Yahoo group and Facebook page I can find.
  2. buy and download every fitness-related app I can find on my phone.
  3. buy at least one fitness equipment item (kettlebell, gorilla grips, resistance bands) per month, prioritise the ones that make me feel bad-ass.
  4. get very involved on the bodybuilding.com forums and the /r/fitness on Reddit and make sure I voice a lot of opinions that sound informed.
  5. post lots of inspirational fitness pics on my tumblr and facebook and like it when anyone else does too.
  6. get on Fitocracy and make sure I track it whenever I stand up or scratch my ass (hey, it’s activity, right?)
  7. get a FitBit and use it to track my extensive walking between the office and the bathroom (and track that on Fitocracy too).

I don’t see how this can possibly go wrong. I’m pretty sure I’ve covered all the bases.

My Workout For Tuesday February 26

I earned 76 points for my workout on Fitocracy!

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My Workout For Tuesday February 26

I earned 76 points for my workout on Fitocracy!

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My Workout For Saturday February 09

I earned 544 points for my workout on Fitocracy!

  • Barbell Bench Press +114 pts

    • 20 kg x 6 reps (+38 pts)
    • 20 kg x 6 reps (+38 pts)
    • 20 kg x 6 reps (+38 pts)
  • Standing Military Press +279 pts

    • 50 kg x 6 reps (+89 pts)
    • 50 kg x 8 reps (+95 pts)
    • 50 kg x 8 reps (+95 pts)
  • Ring Pull-Up +55 pts

    • 5 reps || assisted || 15 kg (+17 pts)
    • 6 reps || assisted || 15 kg (+21 pts)
    • 5 reps || assisted || 15 kg (+17 pts)
    • red + yellow band assist
  • One-Arm Dumbbell Row +96 pts

    • 8 kg x 8 reps (+32 pts)
    • 8 kg x 8 reps (+32 pts)
    • 8 kg x 8 reps (+32 pts)

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My Workout For Tuesday February 05

I earned 5 points for my workout on Fitocracy!

  • Light Walking (secondary e.g. commute, on the job, etc) +5 pts

    • 0:20:00 (+5 pts)

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Not too shabby! timmansfield earned 493 points for his workout.

The workout consisted of Chin-Up, Barbell Bench Press, Standing Military Press, and Incline Dumbbell Row.

(via Fitocracy)

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Bad news and good news

A little health update:

  • in a check-up with Gerard, my nutritionist, two months ago my bodyfat had crept back up to nearly 19% :no:
  • I’ve been travelling a bit in the last few weeks, including a trip to the USA, but I worked on my diet and went back to eating Ful for breakfast instead of porridge, tried to keep starches out of most meals, upped my vegetable intake :yes:
  • I haven’t been exercising much over that time :no:
  • I had a check-up last week and my bodyfat was a bit over 18% :yes:
  • Gerard let me know he’s leaving the practice to become a schoolteacher – apparently that’s fun! :-(( :no:
  • this morning I got my own Tanita bodyfat scale so I can monitor my bodyfat daily or weekly if I want to :yes:
  • Niche and I are kicking up our workout consistency this week and I’m planning to fit in more high intensity cardio. :yes:

So, on balance, things are good :-))

The Beautiful People

smiley lady
Back about a week ago, I made [a few observations](/blog/2006/10/23/scenarios-personas-and-the-iconic-face/) about [McCloud](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scott_McCloud)’s notion of the iconic face and how it related to persona detail when building scenarios for strategic visioning or for usability purposes.

I’m not the only design-geek to be fascinated by Scott, Kathy at “[Creating Passionate Users](http://headrush.typepad.com/creating_passionate_users/)” [name-checks his notion as well](http://headrush.typepad.com/creating_passionate_users/2005/10/the_best_thing_.html) and he gets mentioned a couple of times in the [comments](http://www.zephoria.org/thoughts/archives/2004/02/18/the_pictures_in_ichat_weird_me_out.html#comments) at danah’s “[apophenia](http://www.zephoria.org/thoughts/)” as people talk around danah’s frustration at [iChat](http://www.apple.com/macosx/features/ichat/)’s avatars.

That’s all good, but I just wanted to drop another observation. Most of the things that seem to help us consider a person [facially attractive](http://face-and-emotion.com/dataface/facets/attractiveness.jsp) – symmetry, conformance to a statistical average, makeup (which evens out visual distinctiveness like bumps and spots), even youth – seem to be about how far a face is toward the iconic end of Scott’s scale. Consider how attractive you find [averaged faces](/blog/2005/11/22/the-face-of-tomorrow/) and what that means.

These are the faces we choose to advertise products, the models, the one-hit wonders, the game show hosts. In addition to the well-accepted explanations for this, that symmetrical faces [indicate genetic fitness and are perceptually easier to process](http://www.frinktank.com/?p=369), McCloud’s theory adds an interesting perspective on why we do this – because the iconic face let’s us “fall into” the world of the ad or the show, we can see ourselves wearing that suit, winning that prize, using that toothpaste. Perhaps this strategy literally appeals to our [narcissism](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narcissism_%28psychology%29) – our need to see ourselves as the centre of the world.

People we actually consider beautiful – while mostly attractive in this classical sense – seem to me to have some unique, asymmetric features, some difference, something that resists our egoic demand and maintains a distance that makes real empathy possible. We become fascinated by The Other… hard to process, mysterious, not-Self.

Think of one of the hundreds of pretty faces you’ve seen in ads in the last week try to call it to mind clearly. Now try thinking of [Robert De Niro](http://images.google.com.au/images?q=robert%20deniro&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&rls=org.mozilla:en-GB:official&client=firefox-a&sa=N&tab=wi) or [Julianne Moore](http://images.google.com.au/images?svnum=10&hl=en&lr=&client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla%3Aen-GB%3Aofficial&q=julianne+moore&btnG=Search).

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