Milestones, or lack thereof...

So I was at the gym on Thursday when I had my official "You've lost 30 pounds" weigh in, and Theresa (my trainer) got really serious for a moment and made me acknowledge that we'd done a LOT of work to get here, and that it was an awesome milestone. And she was totally right.

While I was thinking about this later that day, I realized that since I left Un-Scripted, I've been missing Milestones in my life. I'm not in a relationship, so there's nothing to look forward to there.  I'm not in a position to buy a house, or a new car, so there's nothing to look forward to THERE. I've given up on an actual promotion coming through at work until all of this insane company split is done, so there's nothing to look forward to there, either.  So without the cycle of rehearsal-open-perform-close-repeat of the theater, the last 10 months has just been a smear on the calendar.  This nebulous non-existance.  And I think that's been contributing a lot to this uber funk.

So as much as I swore I would never become one of the "health obsessed" it seems that my only viable Milestone right now is weightloss.  Breaking through the weight plateau I'd been on actually felt good.  Dare I say I actually felt a little bit hopeful for the first time in a long time.  Now, granted, the whole reason it happened was because of food poisoning, but... hey, don't look a gift horse in the mouth, right?
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The hobby that dare not speak its name...

So on a POSITIVE note (which I seem to share so few of recently), I've been seeing a trainer for the last year or so. Twice a week, 30 minutes a pop, plus she monitors my food intake via MyFitnessPal and provides feedback and support on that front.

I'm down 30ish pounds from my highest weight.  Until very recently, that number was 25, and had been at 25 since like... April.  It was the plateau to beat all plateaus.

My trainer has been pushing me to start walking in the evenings/mornings/at lunch/on the weekends more, because that would, obviously, help.  My fitbit step goal is set at 12,000 steps per day.  That's like six miles.  A day.  That's, apparently, what is needed for weightloss.  If I'm out for an ENTIRE day playing Ingress, I'll hit that goal (and likely surpass it), but every day?  HAHAHAHAHAHAAH! No.

Ingress slows down my walking rate because... I have shit to do! So it can take 4 hours to do 6 miles.  Which is just not feasable after work.  Saturday? Sure.

And I don't like to just "go for a walk" for the non-positive notes referenced above.  It fucking SUCKS to be alone with my thoughts, and even music doesn't really help drown them out.  Playing that game does.  But that makes hitting step goal difficult, at best.

But over the weekend, the Wheaton mentioned that he had started using the Zombies, Run! 5K training app.  I looked it up, read the description, and decided that it might just work.  Gamifying the run rather than just gamifying getting off the couch (no insult intended, Ingress).

And so yesterday, I did the intro mission.  And tonight I did the first training mission.

And it was kinda fun.


Yeah, it was kinda fun.

If you happen to also use the app, let me know.  Or if you want to take a gander at my profile (warning, story spoilers when you look at the whole thing rather than what I clipped above), let me know.  But you're going to have to promise not to make fun of my music choices, dick.