Of weights and scales

Here is what I don’t understand. They say that exercise is good for you. “Get moving,” they say.

So I did. I got and I moved.

And now, two days later, I can’t move. My legs hurt.

I don’t think that’s quite what they had in mind. (Who’s they, anyway?)

On the subject of diet and exercise, a new way of using the internet is to humiliate yourself thin. The humiliation diet is not a new concept – most of the groups out there, Weightwatchers and the like, run on the fact you have to go somewhere and weigh in, facing up to what you’ve done during the week.

Leo Laporte has been tweeting his weight every day with a Withings scale – “The Internet Connected Body Scale.” You set it up, stand on it, and your weight has been broadcast to the world before you can change your mind. It does other things as well, but that is the scariest feature.

Leo’s VP at TWiT, Dane Golden, also has a Twitter style plan. On the account Dane’s Fitness, he’s basically keeping track of his weight and measurements, along with everything he eats. The description:

Follow along in my year-long diet/art project as I photo and tweet all my exercise, everything I eat or drink (not water), daily weight and waist.

There are photos every day of all the food consumed, and actually, it makes me kinda hungry to read it.

Now, we already know that Leo has his whole life on the internet, and it wasn’t really a surprise to see him tweeting his weight. But what do you think? I know I could never do it, and I get the feeling a lot of girls would agree.

6 thoughts on “Of weights and scales

  1. Your legs hurt? That is a good thing! It means the exercise has done you some good. Take a rest day and then repeat! πŸ˜‰

    I started going to the gym for the first time in my life 12months ago and really considering what I eat. It’s been one of the best things I’ve done for myself in years. I feel so much healthier, fitter, stronger and more flexible than I used to.

    I don’t think that I’d want to broadcast my weight and diet to the world. However, it can be tough sometimes and training / being accountable to a friend is a good way to go.

  2. I felt good when I woke up this morning and went “ha! Pilates isn’t that tough after all’ but slowly throughout the day I’ve been getting sore. Someone told me it takes two days for Pilates soreness to show up. So I really can’t wait for tomorrow.

  3. So I really can’t wait for tomorrow.

    Hehe. The worst bit is, as someone who spends quite a bit of time sitting down, when you get up to move. Not only have I forgotten that my legs even hurt, but they hurt worse because they’re all stiff.

    Exercise is stoopid.

  4. I don’t think that I’d want to broadcast my weight and diet to the world. However, it can be tough sometimes and training / being accountable to a friend is a good way to go.

    Very true. A friend, yes. Twitter, no. πŸ™‚

  5. Ooohhhh, the sweet pain of the second day πŸ™‚ . Just when you thought that everything was going to be OK, there it comes to remember you that there is no glory without pain… Fortunately there is a solution: regularity. If you do the same exercise regularly (even only once a week), I’ve found that it disappears or, at least, it hurts much less. That, and proper stretching of the muscles after the exercise…

  6. Hello Christine…

    Well, if your legs hurt, walk off your pain. One set of leg muscles will tighten up if you do not move and that’s the pain you feel…. Exactly how far did you go for this excercies? If you did a 5 minute mile or a 11 minute two mile or a 5 mile walk right off the bat well, you deserve to be in pain….

    You are supposed to gradually build up your amount of excercise…..

    Second thing. You need a proper diet. A F1 podcasting diet is the least effective diet on the planet. The only thing you lose in a F1 podcasting diet is the broadcast schedule! πŸ˜›

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