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Adventures with the Wretched Daystar

The recent shake-up at work, which saw a big chunk of the Icarus Studios team laid off, convinced me that I really could no longer afford to live the way I had the past few years – drinking sugary sodas every day, consuming a diet of pizza and chicken wings (and pretty much any other tasty thing that I could find), and little or no exercise.

Now that I’m part of a smaller, sleeker team working on Fallen Earth, I can’t allow conditions that make it more likely that I’ll get sick or even function at less than 100 percent.

Steps that I’ve taken include:

* Downloaded an app for the iPhone called LoseIt! This allowed me to set a trackable goal of 185 pounds, with recommendations for daily caloric intake and tracking of exercise accomplishments. Even better, I’m able to be friends with others who are using the app, so we can encourage each other as we work toward our individual goals. Right now, I weigh in at 224 pounds and I’m on track to reach my goal in October 2010.
* Downloaded an app for the iPhone called c25k. This program automates a “coach” who puts me through a series of walk/run exercises. Early on, these are 30-minute blocks but they increase in intensity over time. Eventually, the goal would be to reach a condition where I could successfully run a 5k race.
* Started paying better attention to what I eat and drink, and in what quantities. I only drink diet sodas and water (and, when I’m at home, it’s almost exclusively water). Foods like pizza and chicken wings, which I’ve adored in the past, are just too high in cholesterol. Got to give them up. Focusing more on protein, fruit, and vegetables.
* Set a pretty firm sleep schedule. This has been a huge thing. Rest is critical, especially if I’m exerting myself a lot with hikes around the area each day. Work is tiring, and exercise adds to that exhaustion. So, I’m usually in bed no later than 10 or 11. I awake at 6:30 or 7 at the latest.

This has an unhappy side effect: I end up with very little time during the evenings to tinker on OtherSpace. I’m going to try to be better about working on the game on the weekends, but even that becomes dodgy because I spend much of my work day now looking at the computer screen that I become less interested in doing so during my free time.

That said, I need to suck it up. I’ve got some important work to do on OtherSpace, including:

* Picking up the thread of the Zar’s rift plot and taking that to its conclusion.
* Working on the new PDF newsletter.
* Adding some new veteran awards for the 12th anniversary in June.
* Continuing work on OS: Dominion.
* Pushing for functionality to allow for serendipity in crafting – chances for random cool stuff to be generated when making something else.

Meanwhile, I’m juggling more stuff for Fallen Earth and hoping to have some semblance of a personal life again in the near future now that I’m out of the over-priced house and into a much more affordable apartment.

We’ll see how it goes!

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  1. Anshera
    May 20, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    Good job on deciding to make yourself healthier!

    If you’d like, I can help you on the diet side of things so you don’t get bored with what you’ve got. I’ve got tons of healthy and delicious recipes to give out, a lot of which can be made in bigger batches and frozen, which saves you some time in the long run. :3

    I keep meaning to poke you about the thing with Vard cause we were kinda lost as to how to go about catching him since he’s vanished into a rift, but i’ve also put it off /because/ you’ve been so busy and in the long run it’s just not that important compared to you doing well at your irl job.

    Hit me up on AIM when you have some time. We’ll talk food, it’ll be lovely. ❤

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