Weigh-In Wednesday September 17th: 2-0 Bills?!

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

Each week, members who have opted to have their weights publicly displayed for the world to see have them graphed on the main blog. It is a great way to keep track over time, and it gives a bit more accountability to your workouts. If you are interested, leave a comment!

Adrienne Update!!

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Percentages

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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 threshold is back to 100 AFP, Green is over and Red is under. Try to get 100 AFP and turn your bar green!

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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Playing With Bootstrap

Part of the fun of being fluent in various programming languages is messing around with new toolsets. I’ve talked many times about making a mobile friendlier version of the tracking system, to encourage users to submit on the fly rather than having to boot up the old pc. The Twitter Bootstrap API is a code framework that is geared toward responsive web design.

What is responsive design? 

Responsive design is an approach to developing web content that in simple terms, looks sexy on any device used to view. With the rise in tablets, mobile devices, laptops of all sizes and strengths, it is increasingly becoming a baseline requirement to make websites viewable across all of them.

Responsive design is a solution for this design challenge. Formerly, each device type would require a complete dedicated code base to handle rendering the website. This would mean duplication or even triplication of code to accomplish this. That is a ton of effort to maintain, which is why previously most websites simply were for desktop only, requiring users on mobile devices to “pinch in” to read and reformat on their own.

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Starbucks has a uniform look and feel regardless of device.

For my own application, I choose Twitter Bootstrap, which is a pretty flexible and lightweight framework for rapidly deploying responsive websites. Instead of launching an android app, an iphone app, and a mobile site, I’ve decided for now a slick mobile-web interface would be a step forward.

What I Like

The documentation for the API is extensive. It has been extremely easy to dive right in with their available templates, and a transition to a responsive theme is going to be fairly seamless.

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What I  Don’t Like

This is more of a critique for my existing system, than for Twitter Bootstrap, but some of the nitty gritty server-side model-view-controller setup that i have already installed needs to be completely overhauled. This is much more of a function of me hacking things together, without a great design, so I guess I can’t really count this as a negative against bootstrap.

The only other complaint is that data submission  (forms) on mobile devices still sucks. No one likes it, and theres no way around it to make it better. I am open to ideas for better ways to submit data via mobile devices.

My Goals

I want to get an update out for the tracking system very soon. The mobile version of the site is rough right now, and it is long overdue for an update. A list of things I want to change:

  • Upon submission, give a detailed breakdown of key statistics
  • Easily edit and delete weight and workout submissions
  • Chatter Feed for Mobile
  • Integration into external APIs (weather.io for one)
  • Introduce Achievements

Amazing Progress, Go Read This Blog Post!

If anyone is lacking motivation, or haven’t hit their stride in a while, go check out the post Erika wrote. She just hit the 100lbs lost mark, which is an incredible accomplishment. She writes:

Here is what a year and a half of grit, tough love, blood, sweat, tears, and 100 pounds off my shoulders have taught me:

  • There is no magic pill (sorry, Neo), no perfect shake, no fad diet, and no “quick” fix to substantial lasting weight loss. This is probably the most devastating thing I had to accept early on. It’s a whole lot of blood, sweat, and tears (blood coming from my crazy rages during food cravings, of course).

I think to see first hand the absolutely stunning success that Erika has earned, each and every week at Frisbee , has been the single biggest source of inspiration that I have had since starting this whole fitness thing a few years ago. She has been a grinder, working her tail off each and every day. She reminds me why I run, why I sweat and why I crave to go out and pound some pavement.

Go show her some love at her blog,  she’s earned it.

http://lezbelean.wordpress.com/2014/09/09/a-half-marathon-100-lbs-gone-and-a-bunch-of-sappy-stuff/

It’s September 12th

and that means that the B.A.A Half Marathon is in exactly one month! Wow! That’s terrifying!

So my training has not gone as I planned for a variety of reasons (moving across the country, etc.)  But since moving to Ann Arbor I have gotten out on regularly scheduled runs and they have been feeling pretty good. My mileage isn’t where i want it to be, but I am feeling pretty confident. Or, at least, I was until this past Monday when we went out for a hike in the Arboretum with visiting Danna. It was not a strenuous hike, nor was it meant to be, but afterwards I felt some pain in my left foot. I chalked it up to pain from wearing sandals on a 5-mile walk, and went about my life. The pain in my foot has not gotten better over the last 5 days, so I was starting to get a little nervous. Pain in my foot is one thing, but not getting in my runs before this half marathon is another. I hated missing that many days of running; each day that went by without a run made me more and more anxious. But I didn’t want to push it, knowing I was injured, so I took a couple days off.

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This morning, as I was sipping my coffee and catching up with the internet, I checked the weather and it was a runner’s dream day: cloudy and 55 degrees. Man! This is what I’ve been waiting for since like…April. So I started to get ready for my run, planning on doing 5 miles. I ignored the pain in my foot as I went up and down the stairs, because I am a baby, and I tend to exaggerate things. I figured this was just another excuse I was using to not run. Yes, my foot hurt, but did it really hurt so much that I couldn’t go for a little run? I am so used to making excuses for myself and really believing them. So I chose not to do that this morning. I put on my sneakers and headed out for a 5-miler, on a hilly course (unavoidable in this town) that would bring me through downtown and up to the parks around the river, just north of town. Well mile 1 went really well. It was mostly uphill, but with showtunes and my determination, it was faster than my average mile. Mile 2 was all uphill, but it went OK, until I stopped for a minute to take a picture of the river. As soon as I stopped, shooting pains starting pulsing through my foot, and I had to sit down. Well crap. I was 2 miles from home and the tendons in my foot felt like they were going to explode. Cool! So my options were to walk 2 miles, run 2 miles, or sit and cry until Jeff came and found me. Well, I ran another mile, stopping every so often, and then I limped the last mile home. And now I’m going to go have my foot x-rayed.

One month to go!

Weigh-In Wednesday September 10th: No Title Post is Fail

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

Each week, members who have opted to have their weights publicly displayed for the world to see have them graphed on the main blog. It is a great way to keep track over time, and it gives a bit more accountability to your workouts. If you are interested, leave a comment!

Adrienne Update!!

adn

Percentages

percentages

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 threshold is back to 100 AFP, Green is over and Red is under. Try to get 100 AFP and turn your bar green!

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.

chain

What Terry Pegula Owning The Bills Means To Buffalo

What started out as just an ordinary Tuesday in Buffalo rapidly became a very exciting day. While driving down the 290, already late for work, news broke on WGR550 that reports of Terry Pegula owning the Bills was a “done deal”.

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The immediate psychological response was a huge wave of relief. There was no more fear of losing the team to a Toronto based Bon Jovi group, whom we have  waged war against in every juke-box-containing-bar in the city.

If you haven’t been to Buffalo recently, there is a certain feeling in the air. Honestly, living in Buffalo has felt . . . better. It isn’t depressing anymore to tell people you are from Buffalo. There is pride, excitement and a tangible delight. Going downtown is legitimately fun to do, there are things to do, places to hang out and enjoy.  This place is alive.

Since Pegula took over the Sabres, major redevelopment has occurred downtown. He has invested hugely into the Cobblestone/Arena district, and major, major changes have happened on our waterfront.  Each and every day there are events, festivals, markets and concerts to take part in downtown. Hell, we even have  rock walls being built on our old grain silos.

 

Down at Canalside for Fourth of July
Down at Canalside for Fourth of July

Pegula’s purchases  of the Bills solidifies are march back to relevancy by reinforcing the belief that Buffalo is coming back after many winters of hibernating.  Although the product on the field may take many more seasons to get back to a respectable quality, it almost doesn’t even matter.

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The Bills mean a lot to this region, and knowing that they will be here for many years to come feels good. I often joke to my wife that I’ll have a hard time raising our kids Bills fans because of all the heartache, but when the time comes, I know it won’t even be a question. They will be drenched in the Red and Blue, and Blue and Gold of Buffalo.

The Bills Won and Terry Rode His Bike

This weekend turned out to be a pretty big success. The Buffalo Bills went into Chicago, and actually won. For those of you who do not know me or my family, we are pretty big Bills fans. My brother lives in Boston, and is a season ticket holder. He actually chronicles it here!

It is hard to be a Bills fan. Despite being ahead by 10 or more points, there is always a feeling of imminent failure.  But not yesterday, we actually won. The city of Buffalo heard shouts of joy from the rooftops. Only 15 more games to go . . .

The other success of this weekend was Terry’s completion of the  NYC Century Bike Tour!

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Not a bad ride at all! Congrats on getting it done, that is a serious distance.  Plus, I imagine that is an awesome place to do a full bike tour.

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Anyways, I hope everyone else had a great weekend!