Weigh-In Wednesday May 27th 2015: Eggplant Strato!

Here at 2 Fat Nerds each Wednesday is a Weigh-In day, where all of the data from the previous week is collected, displayed, and analyzed. If anyone is interested in taking part in weekly tracking, leave a comment!

Weight Loss

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Anti-Fat Points

Anti-fat points (AFP) is a system designed to give some sort of value to each and every workout, regardless of type. It is based on metabolic-equivalent values out of the compendium of physical activities. Submit a workout, get AFP. Each week we post the totals for each person for the week. In addition, you may see the monthly AFP leader-board on the right-hand sidebar. This is meant to be a fun way to encourage competition to see who can earn the most points!

Weekly Points

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The Chain-Game

To put more emphasis on current progress and current streaks, I am now only displaying the current active streak for each player. It is calculated the same as before, minimum three days a week. Each consecutive week you gain a link.

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Buffalo Half-Marathon Success!

Congratulations to all the Buffalo runners who successfully completed the half marathon or full marathon this weekend!

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Celebrating with a Flying Bison Mile 27 Brew!

We all did well, and it was a great race overall. Looking forward to the next one!

To conclude Friday’s post about Cupcakes vs Muffins:

Cupcakes vs Muffins

I am currently no longer speaking to my office-mate. He has crossed the line. He argues that cupcakes and muffins are one in the same, with the exception that cupcakes have some sort of frosting/icing (crumbles need not apply). I cannot work like this.

While I agree, that we can make snap judgements based solely on the presence or absence of frosting, there is an underlying chemical difference in the recipes themselves. However, there is such a wide variety of preparation methods that confound this clear distinction.

For a much more concise definition, there is a wonderful write up on stack-exchange:

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I took this to twitter to the only bakery I would trust to make this call.

With any luck, we will hear back and settle this once and for all.

Weigh-In Wednesday May 20th 2015: Cheerios

Here at 2 Fat Nerds each Wednesday is a Weigh-In day, where all of the data from the previous week is collected, displayed, and analyzed. If anyone is interested in taking part in weekly tracking, leave a comment!

Weight Loss

team-weight

Anti-Fat Points

Anti-fat points (AFP) is a system designed to give some sort of value to each and every workout, regardless of type. It is based on metabolic-equivalent values out of the compendium of physical activities. Submit a workout, get AFP. Each week we post the totals for each person for the week. In addition, you may see the monthly AFP leader-board on the right-hand sidebar. This is meant to be a fun way to encourage competition to see who can earn the most points!

Weekly Points

afp

The Chain-Game

To put more emphasis on current progress and current streaks, I am now only displaying the current active streak for each player. It is calculated the same as before, minimum three days a week. Each consecutive week you gain a link.

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Put Away Your Food!

An article on NPR discusses a recent study that looks into the daily food habits of obese patients. Researchers wanted to quantify “every aspect of the home environment related to food.” They confirmed exactly what I have felt is my main issue. The availability of food leads to overconsumption.

[T]hey also found obese participants tended to keep more food visible in the places they spent the most time compared to non-obese people. If the bedroom was one of their favorite places at home, then snacks were also usually there in plain sight. In other words, food was almost always close at hand for the obese individuals. “It doesn’t take a big leap of faith to say if you’re spending most of your time where there’s more food sitting out to see, that’s going to make it harder not to eat,” Emery says.

The best example I have is the jar of candy. If there is a jar of candy out on the table in close proximity to where I am sitting, I will make several trips to the jar of candy. But if we do not have candy in the house at all, I rarely go out and make a special trip just to buy some.

Though this article is based on observation only, I think the take home message should be, put away your food. Having a tray of candies for “guests” is fine, but don’t leave it out when you have no guests, nor are planning to have any in the immediate future.

Buffalo Half Marathon – Reviewing the Course

This year the Buffalo Half Marathon course deviates from what we raced a couple of years ago to accommodate the vast amount of construction taking place in Downtown Buffalo. Previous years had runners journey out to the Outer Harbor, which is undergoing a drastic facelift along the Ohio Street Corridor.

Only a little bit of construction . . .
Only a little bit of construction . . .

To deal with this changing waterfront landscape, runners will instead journey up to my neck of the woods, Delaware Park and the Elmwood Village area. This route was typically part of the full marathon, and now has been expanded for those running the half as well. Screen Shot 2015-05-15 at 1.10.09 PM

I honestly love the change, because I find it a lot easier to run in familiar areas. At mile three I will literally be within a stones throw of my apartment, and for the first seven miles we will be running a route we typically take on 90% of our training runs.

The part of the race however that I love the most is going to be miles 8 to 9, which will have us running through LaSalle Park and around the Inner Harbor. This is one of my favorite places in Buffalo, with its picturesque view of the lake, and a nice cool breeze typically cooling us down. I am very excited to have this so early on in the race.

Overall, I like the changes. I think the single best part is no longer having to run over the old iron drawbridge on Ohio Street through Silo-city. That bridge felt awful on our feet 8 miles into a run.

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