LCD, or two?

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I only went for a short walk to Moore Park (2.2km) today because I wanted to see what was out there in LCD land. So I paid a visit to Bing Lee, Dick Smith PowerHouse and Harvey Norman… I think I have found the one I will buy, it’s the Samsung “SyncMaster 245B”, features a resolution of 1920×1200 and a 5ms refresh. It only has DVI and VGA inputs (why is it so hard to find dual DVI inputs?). So, I have contacted my bank and I am upping the limit on my credit card – Australians LOVE credit…

Well, I do :-)

All 24″ varieties were very expensive at these stores, the cheapest of which was around $750. The Samsung though was $999. A little out of my price range. Although a quick search on StaticIce (link) found many places selling these little BIG beauties from as low as $530…

One place would even sell them from little more than $500 if purchased with a new system. I don’t need a new system… Or do I??

That’s almost 2 for the price of 1! Maybe I should buy 2 :-)


I had another game of squash planned for today, but the guy I was to play didn’t recall that we’d made a pact to do such… and he’d already settled into a couple of beverages and so it would have been a little unfair to do it to him.

So instead, I troddled on down to the gym in my building complex. It’s not too bad, a rowing machine would really spruce the place up, but beggars can’t be choosers. I only did another short workout, 13 minutes on a stepping type machine (i don’t know the name of one machine from another… it wasn’t actually steps, but more like a “cyclic walker”???) and 10 minutes on an electronic bicycle.

I have to admit, these cycles aren’t too bad, almost as good as the rower, but it’s not… The rowing machine is my favourite. The cycle machines hurt your butt! Maybe that’s only a problem if you have a big butt, or something.

I did a little over 20 minutes, but I was sweating profusely today. The place isn’t too greatly ventilated, and the sweat was literally dripping of me (I mean, how else does it come off you?). I went back up to my place for a shower and fell asleep instead.

I was woken by a friend that reminded me we were having dinner tonight at “Taylors On Central”. I had steak (and chips)… tisk tisk… And two glasses of soda water. So upon coming home I donned the workout gear and back to the gym. Only another 20 minutes, pretty much the same routine.

But then I did something I have NEVER done before, or at least it feels that way… I WENT FOR A SWIM!

I only did half a dozen laps, but that’s half a dozen more than I have done in the last 10 years. I HATE swimming, but recognise it is an exercise that is low impact, so I should try and get into it. I don’t see it myself, but we can only wait and see.

Weight wise, I started this phase on Sunday 6th April 2008 at 95.6kg. This morning I weighed in at 94.8kg. almost 1 kg in 3 days. Tonights meal is not going to help matters too much, but we can’t eat healthy ALL the time.

We have to be realistic. :-)


squash racquetI played a game of squash with Woodsy today. A tall bastard with the reach of inspector gadget. I don’t know why I play him… Yes I do, because he kills me… Literally

He wipes the floor with me, but today I had a reprieve. He had a visitor from out of town so we played 2 on, 1 off. The sitting off never lasted long, but it was a break none-the-less. And this other guy gave Woodsy a run for his money. I don’t think he dropped a set all day, but I got close :-)

So we were on the courts for almost 2 hours and it was good. On the way home I stopped off at the Strawberry Hills hotel for a $5 steak (and a soda water). Considering these meals are so cheap, they are of exceptional quality. I have paid 2, 3 and even 4 times that for a steak of a much lesser standard. If you are ever in Sydney and like a simple meal (I mean, it’s can’t be too complicated for $5), then drop into the Strawberry Hills hotel on Devonshire Street. The serve meals til late. This almost feels like a shameless advertisement, but it isn’t. I have no vested interest in the place, other than the occasional meal.

Then after getting home, having a shower and getting changed, I decided to go to the gym at work and start and get all sweaty again. 15 minutes on the rowing machine which equated to about 3km. I then jumped on one of the computerised cycles and did another 10 minutes there. I raised a sweat, but I probably should have raised more…

next time…


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And what a start today was. It always seems to be the way that it is much easier for me to go for one of my walks when I find a purpose to it.

Todays purpose was a computer fair at Kensington… So into my walking shoes I jump and off I go.

The fair was less than 5km away, but going on to the beaches after it and doing the coastal walk from South Coogee to Bondi. Once there, that almost made 15km, so a bus ride was required for the trip home ;-)

Phase II

Today marks the start of Phase II. Phase I went well maxing out at a 12kg loss, but sliding back down to only 10kgs at the end of 3 Months. I’d lost 12kg in the first two months and in the last month I put 2 back on.

January was a GREAT month and February wasn’t too bad, but March just saw me falling back into my old ways… bad bad March

April is the new January. Back to doing all the things I need to do:

Exercise… eating well… and the hardest part, cutting back on the grog. April is supposed to be alcohol free, so [fingerscrossed], let the games begin

Day 65-77

So, as I just mentioned a couple of posts ago, I have been very bad the last couple of weeks. As can be evidenced by the graph on the front page. I went to Adelaide to visit my brother (photos are a click away on the left if you are interested), and my weight did jump up a bit while I was there, but I’m almost back to where I was before I left.

He and his wife just had a new baby boy, Tanner. Good looking kid, takes after his uncle.

Things got in a tither pretty much from the moment I got there. I was suppose to be there for 6 days (which I was – and was nearly extended, but it was planned that baby Tanner would arrive around the day before I left. In the end, he arrived the day after I got there! Well, less than 36 hours anyway.

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As a result, the walks and exercise I had planned while I was down there pretty much got thrown out the window. But I didn’t mind LOL!!

A week in Adelaide in the height of their longest heatwave on record. No day I was there reach a high of below about 35. And in the suburbs, it got to 40 a few times. At night, it rarely got below the low 20s.

Day 72 – a good day, amongst the bad

Since being back I have only done 1 day of moderate exercise and that was on DAY 72, the day after I got back. Actually it was pretty good, and if I could do this once or twice a fortnight, it would make all the difference.

I caught the bus down to Circular Quay, then took the “nurses walk” which is around 100 stairs up towards the Harbour Bridge.

At the bridge, I climbed the stairs at Cumberland Street twice (~108 stairs from memory). The first time, I got to the top and walked down to the next set of stairs, which comes out just south of the sports center there. I then walked back up Cumberland Street and did the climb again. Rested briefly and walked back down.

Across and under the bridge and off to High Street to Hickson Road, to the Great Stairs I found there. I only did those ones 4 times (105 steps each). I like doing all stairs 2 at a time, but on the last two runs up them I had to take them one at a time. My legs were burning so hard. Not as hard as the first time I did them though.

From there across to Darling Harbour where I found one more set of stairs up to the old Glebe Bridge (~50 stairs). Walked to a shop at Ultimo where I bought some computer equipment and walked back home again.

The entire walk was about 8km. The walk wasn’t hard, but the stairs were. I am finding this is the thing hurting me the most at the moment. So I will harness that pain

Day 64

The Giant Staircase

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This was a pretty good day. I actually started off with a train trip to Bondi to have some breakfast, then back home to get changed and then met 2 friends at Central railway Station.

We caught the 9.55am train to Katoomba and another mate jumped on at Strathfield. The only thing wrong with the whole day was the fact the train trip was 2 hours each way. The pain of the train strip was removed with the quality of company on the day.

When we got to Katoomba we decided to have lunch at a Coffee shop we found on the way to Scenic World. We downed that and we were on our way.

Once there, although the board only lists full return prices, we found that if you ask, you can by one-way train tickets to get down the mountain. This cost us $10 neat. A bottle of water for the trip and we were on our way.

The whole walk itself wasn’t too bad, quite easy and recommended for anyone. However the stairs at the end were a killer. I had to stop a few times, but once I finally got to the top it was really easy. I recovered well and started jogging to the end point (echo point). I think the stairs took about 30 minutes (for me) and the whole walk was not much more than an hour. An hour and a half tops.

The walk back to the station wasn’t that hard, but it was all uphill. We didn’t have long to wait for the train, and before we knew it, we were all back home.

There’s another group of us planning to do a similar walk in a few weeks. This one is going to involve an area known as the ruined castle. It’s visible from echo point and pretty much just involves walking in the other direction. This walk will also finish off with the Gian Staircase.

Day 63

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Only a short walk today, warming up for tomorrow and getting some computer parts to build a new PC.

I walked all the way to the shop (<2km) and had originally planned to grab a cab home since I had bought a whole tower in the process. But it was a nice day, the gear wasn't that heavy and so I walked back too.

The Great Australian Stair Case

is this a stair case, or what?

Can you even SEE the staircase in this picture? If you see it (and it excites you)… CONTACT ME :-P

I have been trying to find the largest publicly accessible stair case available (in Sydney) for a couple of weeks now, and other than what I found on my walk a week or so ago (on Hickson Street – refer Day 052 (link)), this has to be the master of all masters!!!!

800 steps… 1000 feet to climb.

If you can see the stairs, and you’re interested…. Tuesday the 4th March 2008 is the day!

Otherwise I have to assume you are chicken!

If you haven’t noticed, I am not the most physical guy in the world, in fact I still have a long way to go… But in an effort to find new and unusual things to make me get fit… I have found this… This is Tuesdays project.

Day 54

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I was to have lunch/coffee with a friend today, but unfortunately they had had a rather big night the night before and I only found out once I had started my route out today (hence the awkward shape of the altered route mid-stream), which assisted in making this walk totaling almost 20km!

Everything still worked out well though, I did the Bondi stretch (an extended 10km jaunt) in exactly 90 minutes. The first and last 30minutes were running/jogging/shuffling, with half hour of walking in the guts. As you can calculate, I do not run very fast. In fact the Ho Chi Minh shuffle (as I call it) is marginally faster than walking. I do find it much easier than running which just seems to hurt too much.

That accounts for the red part of the journey. The green was very much a slow walk and enjoying the sites. I have never done this walk before so I was just cruising having a good ole gander as I wandered the shoreline. A very pleasant walk and a beautiful day for it too.

Bondi Beach (left)
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The day went well, I still caught up with my friend who gave me several glasses of water – much needed. I was pretty much going to walk from there and go on home, but once I realised how close I was to Cogee and decided that if I was this close, I had to finish the walk off there. Once there, I decided my feet had certainly had enough. So I caught the bus back towards home and then did a little shopping on the last little bit of green you see in the map.