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16 September 2011 @ 09:29 pm
Fitocracy  

About three weeks ago, my friend Random mentioned this Fitocracy thing on Twitter. Said something about its geek-appeal in making a person exercise by turning exercise into a…not game, but geek-friendly activity by assigning points so you could level up by exercising.

Intrigued, I went to check it out. And yes, that’s what it is: a site that (afaict) gives you a point per calorie burned, and encourages you complete fitness quests that give small bonus points, and…and, well, you level up. It’s silly, but it’s also fun and bizarrely addictive, and it *works*. Last week I logged my activity, discovered I was, I don’t remember, 45 points from levelling up, and went and did 120 crunches JUST TO LEVEL UP.

Tonight I’m about 120 points shy of level 7, but not feeling man enough to go for it. Still, idea is pretty solid.

Here’s the other thing it’s done: it has made me log my walking every day for the past 23 days, not just miles-to-Rivendell as I used to do, but as an actual record of physical activity. And what I determined was that I get a lot of exercise, actually, and if I would stop eating so goddamned much there was very little doubt I would lose weight.

Monday I started tracking all my calories. I have not, frankly, covered myself in glory as far as staying on track with them is concerned–3 of the 5 days, I’ve gone somewhere between slightly and dramatically over the caloric intake I’m aiming for (which is not a paltry number in and of itself). But I’ve been keeping track every day for a week (at Lose It, which has made me at least a little more mindful of what I’m eating, and despite going well over the desired number a couple of times, I’m still down 2.5 pounds this week.

Somehow it really annoys the crap out of me that eating less and exercising more, like, y’know. Works.

(x-posted from the essential kit)
 
 
 
Xixpioti on September 16th, 2011 04:35 pm (UTC)
*laugh* I'm with you there. If good intentions were enough, I'd be a size 2! (I'm gonna exercise, real soon now! And do yoga! And this that and the other thing! Why haven't I lost weight?) :D
Laura Anne Gilmansuricattus on September 16th, 2011 05:47 pm (UTC)
Hrm. I went to the site, and was told I'd have to wait for it to be open before I got an invite code. It's still in beta?
Dan/Дмитрийicedrake on September 16th, 2011 07:48 pm (UTC)
I still have, I believe, five invite codes. gmail OK?
deliiriadeliiria on September 19th, 2011 02:41 pm (UTC)
if you still have any invite codes, I would love to check it out. erh, assuming you don't mind giving one to a random person that you don't know, of course...
Dan/Дмитрийicedrake on September 19th, 2011 03:00 pm (UTC)
I don't mind in the least! See PM.
dea_zinndea_zinn on September 16th, 2011 07:06 pm (UTC)
If you get an invite code, can you please send it to me?? Thanks!!
No Xtink is Xtink.goingferal on September 16th, 2011 08:26 pm (UTC)
Got any invite codes? :)
annathepiper on September 16th, 2011 11:46 pm (UTC)
It really is amazing how difficult it is to remember that eating less and exercising more works, innit?
Jason Drakejasondrake on September 17th, 2011 01:37 am (UTC)
For tracking calories I really like the food diary and database function of http://www.myfitnesspal.com They have a medium for logging exercise as part of the diary but it doesn't have the same sort of functionality you describe. A friend of mine uses both :)
Wolf Lahtiwolflahti on September 17th, 2011 12:20 pm (UTC)

That sounds like a devious way to get geeks fit. Do you know me well enough to send an invitation?
mikaela_lmikaela_l on September 19th, 2011 05:27 am (UTC)
Sounds fun, but I would never remember to use it. I use the stepcounter in my cell to keep check of how much I have moved. 4000 steps? Easy. Over 5000? Takes a bit more work.