Counting calories burned with Counting Crows

My Sunday afternoon jogging music was a good one from 2004, “Films About Ghosts (The Best Of Counting Crows).”

I notice the band is offering a free “Digital 45” on its Web site. The MP3s are time stamped Jan. 11. The two “sides” are “When I Dream of Michelanglo” and “1492.” They are from the coming March 2 release of the album “Saturday Nights & Sunday Morings.” Get ’em.

Anyway, a track listing for “Films About Ghosts.”

  1. Angels Of The Silences 3:38
  2. Round Here 5:31
  3. Rain King 4:15
  4. A Long December 4:57
  5. Hanginaround 4:14
  6. Mrs. Potters Lullaby 7:45
  7. Mr. Jones 4:32
  8. Recovering The Satellites 5:23
  9. American Girls 4:33
  10. Big Yellow Taxi 3:45
  11. Omaha 3:39
  12. Friend Of The Devil 4:35
  13. Einstein On The Beach (For An Eggman) 3:52
  14. Anna Begins 4:31
  15. Holiday In Spain 3:48
  16. She Don’t Want Nobody Near 3:08
  17. Accidentally In Love
It was a pretty decent week exercising. Wish I had done one more session.

 
Sessions
Calories burned
Time exercising
Miles Jogged / Elliptical

 
Actual
4
2289
3:12
12.22
 
Target
4
1900
3:15
No advice
 
Total for the month: 26.62

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Looking back at 2007

I took an exercise holiday over the Christmas/New Year’s period (not a good idea), but I’m trying to get back in the routine.  The chart below has last week’s results.

I also looked at last year and was surprised by actually how much I had accomplished considering how easily I can miss my schedule. (I track this stuff at polarpersonaltrainer.com, which is great if you have a Polar “watch.”)

So here is the picture for 2007: I logged 533.71 miles either jogging or walking (running would be euphemism) at the track or using an elliptical machine, treadmill or stationary bike. Not great, but not bad for someone as athletically disinclined as I. I averaged three exercise sessions a week and averaged 10.264 miles a week (not all the sessions are running; I loath weights, too).

 
 
Sessions
Calories burned
Time exercising
Miles Jogged / Elliptical

 
Actual
5
2481
3:36
9.15
 
Target
4
1900
3:15
No advice
 

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Improvements

Last week was better than the week before!  I’m sure I will new found incentives  when this holiday season ends to get  back  into  it with vigor. Happy Holidays!

 

 
Sessions
Calories burned
Time exercising
Miles Jogged / Elliptical

 
Actual
3
2185
2:30
11.85
 
Target
4
1900
3:15
No advice
 

Month-to-date miles: 21.6

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Tis the season for no time

This holiday season busyness makes exercising hard!

 

 
Sessions
Calories burned
Time exercising
Miles Jogged / Elliptical

 
Actual
3
1570
1:56
7.50
 
Target
4
1900
3:15
No advice
 

Month-to-date miles: 9.75

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Goals unmet

I almost forgot to post this one. I reached my goal in sessions last week, but not anything else

 

 
Sessions
Calories burned
Time exercising
Miles Jogged / Elliptical

 
Actual
4
1436
2:02
7.31
 
Target
4
2000
3:15
No advice
 

Month to date miles: 2.25

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Run for your life!

This could put a damper on exercise just as the holiday gorging season beings. I’ve used lesser excuses.

 

 
Sessions
Calories burned
Time exercising
Miles Jogged / Elliptical

 
Actual
6
2592
4:11
14.26
 
Target
4
2000
3:15
No advice
 

Month to date miles: 41.35

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Go take a step outside, see what’s shakin’ in the real world

This week my exercise music was the John Butler Trio’s Grand National, the video above is the cut “Good Excuse.” More YouTube videos of the band.

Maybe everybody knows about this group; they been releasing albums since 2001. I didn’t, but I have the “old fogey” excuse. They’re an Australian roots/jam band group. They’re big in Australia and have had hits in France and Japan. In the US, they’ve been on Leno and Letterman and toured with Dave Matthews and John Mayer. The latest release, Grand National, came out in March. More on the band and its history.

Good stuff. I would love to see them play the Tennessee Theatre.

It was a good week exercising, too.

 

 
Sessions
Calories burned
Time exercising
Miles Jogged / Elliptical

 
Actual
4
2604
3:26
14.08
 
Target
4
2000
3:15
No advice
 

Month to date miles: 30.09

In search of no-sweat exercise and the no-diet diet

Got back to the right number of sessions, but not enough miles or time. Some improvement, however.

Hmmm …. I do know where the Halloween candy went.

Tim Ferriss of the four-hour workweek fame, has a blog posting on an exercise regimen called “I Gained 34lbs. of Muscle in 4 Weeks” and one on dieting called “How to Lose 20 lbs. of Fat in 30 Days… Without Doing Any Exercise“.

The guy’s hype is certainly something. He solves everything from junk info to junk food.

Recent postings on his blog:

  • How to Learn (But Not Master) Any Language in 1 Hour (Plus: A Favor)
  • Embracing Ignorance as Advantage—a Case Study (Plus: Speaking Nov. 5th and 10th)
  • How I Prostitute Myself (and Other Options for You)
  • The Art of Letting Bad Things Happen (and Weapons of Mass Distraction)
  • What Happens When an Agnostic Follows the Bible Literally for One Year?

Stowe Boyd says at least as far the four-hour workweek, he’s just bunk in “Cult Of Productivity: We Know He’s Lying, But Who Cares?

You got any thoughts on Ferriss and his miracle, no-sweat recommendations?

 

 
Sessions
Calories burned
Time exercising
Miles Jogged / Elliptical

 
Actual
4
1813
1:05
10.88
 
Target
4
2000
3:15
No advice
 

Month to date miles: 16.01

Slowly getting back into the routine

Trying to get back on the routine. Week before last, I was too busy with work and last week I was just unmotivated, but I by the end of the week, I did exercise a couple times. Hoping to see some additional improvement this week.

 

 
Sessions
Calories burned
Time exercising
Miles Jogged / Elliptical

 
Actual
2
691
1:05
5.13
 
Target
4
2000
3:15
No advice
 

Month to date miles: 5.13. Miles in October, 46.15.

Four in three

Crammed four sessions into three days. Ought to be doing five instead of four.

 

 
Sessions
Calories burned
Time exercising
Miles Jogged / Eliptical

 
Actual
4
2642
3:42
14.65
 
Target
4
2000
3:15
No advice
 

Month to date miles: 46.15