I've been thinking about "Lost” this week — you know, that TV series about people trapped on a mysterious island after a plane crash. My wife and I love that show, but I hate commercials, so from the start, we've put off watching each season until it's available on home video. The final season came out on DVD on Tuesday, and at my urging, my wife picked it up at Target. In the past, I looked forward to marathon viewing sessions. I'd pile the coffee table with sweet and salty snacks, wrap up in a blanket and settle into a comfy chair. Thanks to the remote, the only times I'd have to get up would be to swap DVDs or use the bathroom. I'd watch one episode after another, racing toward each season's conclusion. Eight or 10 hours might pass. That doesn't sound appealing to me anymore. At all. I want to watch the show, of course, but I don't want to sit there for countless hours, eating and drinking and getting fatter. Lately I've been doing my TV viewing on the treadmill at home. I hook my computer up to the treadmill's speakers and watch streaming videos on Netflix while I alternate walking and jogging. Minus the commercials, most hourlong TV shows translate to about 45 minutes, which is a good workout time for me. When an episode ends, I go into my cool-down phase, walking at a slower pace for a few minutes. It's a better way to watch TV, at least for me. I have something to focus on other than the treadmill's timer and calorie tracker, which I tend to stare at otherwise. It also limits my time in front of the TV. I'm not going to stay on the treadmill for eight or 10 hours at a pop (although if I did, I could probably crack walnuts with my thighs). Exercise is paying dividends for me. My weight loss slowed for a couple of months, mainly because I wasn't exercising enough. Last week, I was more regimented about working out ... and I dropped 2 pounds. I'm down to 273. So I've lost interest in "Lost” marathons. I'm not saying I won't watch a couple episodes on the couch, but I'm not going to sit there like a lump for hours on end. That series is over.
Staff Writer Ken Raymond began a yearlong weight loss and fitness journey on April 1.
Here are his stats: Age: 41 Height: About 6 feet 1 inch Beginning weight: 307 pounds Current weight: 273 pounds