Go to the gym when you’re bored

I got a gym membership at the local YMCA last weekend, and so far this week I have gone every day. I’ve been swimming, trying to get my lap times back to where they were when I was swimming every day a couple years ago. I’ve also been spending some time on the stationary bike, because as my foot is still recovering, I thought it would be good to turn up the resistance and building some strength in my legs until I can run again. The one thing I have learned this week is that the stationary bike is boring. Like, really boring.

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Yesterday after my swim I was so bored by the idea of sitting on the stationary bike, that I decided to play with fire and walk on the treadmill. After about three minutes of walking on the treadmill, I turned up the speed and started jogging. I figured if my foot started to hurt, I would just stop it, and then I would know that it’s not ready yet. I jogged for 10 minutes, and my foot felt just fine! I walked after that, because I am out of shape, but I’m really excited to know that my foot is definitely ready to try running again.

I’m going to start slow, maybe intervals of walking and jogging until I am confident that my foot isn’t going to be mad at me. But after 6 weeks off my foot, I have been going stir crazy. Time to run! Time to train! Time to set a goal and work towards it. I’m beyond excited and ready for the challenge of working back up to running a 5k, 10k, and even that half marathon.

I’m going to go out for a run this afternoon and see what I can do. It would be awesome to be able to run a Turkey Trot this Thanksgiving. Who’s with me?

Weigh-In Wednesday October 22nd: Erie Otters?

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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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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Football is lame.

I too returned to the gym this week, much like my mother and sister. It has been a long time since I’ve worked out with any regularity to a  multitude of reasons, and it was finally time. Despite having to return back into the house several times for headphones, gym cards, keys and every other possible thing we forgot to grab in order to work out, we finally made it.

On our way, I realized that Monday Night Football on ESPN was on. I was very excited, because last year we cut the cable-cord on our expensive packages for basic broadcast tier. I.E – No ESPN/ NFL Network / MSG for Sabres games. I love watching hockey while working out, the amount of action in the game naturally captures my attention. I thought Football would have been the same way, but boy was I mistaken.

After fifteen minutes on the treadmill, I was absolutely blown away at just how boring football is.  Even watching Fitzpatrick toss touchdowns and J.J Watt dominating, I grew bored with the constant commercials and the 2 minutes in between plays. I guess I never realized just how slow watching football really is.

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Credits : http://www.pinterest.com/pin/110127153363578476/

After a solid half-hour on the treadmill, I hoped off and spent a while stretching my ever-so-sore left hip area. Football was perfect for this activity . . . low and slow.

Considering the popularity of the NFL in this country, I wish there were ways to speed up the game. Either being less strict on penalties, lowering the play-clock, not taking television time outs, or whatever . . . something should be shaken up to make it a little bit more exciting.

Maybe I’ll start participating in the football workout program.  That’s a guaranteed 4 hours+ of working out.

I’m Back

Last week I got to watch my Dad run a Half Marathon. I never, in my wildest dreams, would have imagined my family would turn into half-marathon-running superstars. It’s amazing! Being in the stands at the finish line at the Half was bittersweet. I was incredibly happy to be there, given my recent move half way across the country. I was excited to watch my dad finish the race and I was proud to hold up the sign that my mom and I made. All the same, it was hard to be there because I had my bib for the same race in my handbag. My bib that didn’t cross the start line, and would later prompt an email from the Boston Athletics Association asking me to complete a survey about why I didn’t run.

Due to a hairline fracture in my left foot, I was unable to run the B.A.A Half Marathon with my dad. Gracie, who trained her heart out and was really the most ready to run, came down with the flu the night before the race, and decided it was in her health’s best interest to sit that one out. The Distance Medley that the three of us started came down to my dad, running 13.1 for himself and for all of us. It was a difficult day, but despite my disappointment at my lack of participation, attending those events is always inspiring. I left Franklin Park in Boston that day knowing I will run a half marathon. (Although perhaps not as soon as Gracie, she signed up for a race this coming weekend in Ashland, MA. If you’re in the area, go cheer her on!)

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When I got back to Michigan I sat on the couch for 5 days, and then went out and got a gym membership. I’ve had a hard time being active since moving. My schedule has been disrupted, and my lack of a full time job (combined with my foot injury) has shifted my priorities from fitness to cover letters. But listening to myself make excuses reminds me that motivating yourself to get active is never easy. Maintaining fitness is just as hard as getting going for the first time. But my foot feels fine now, and I need to get going again before I gain back the 20 pounds I lost this year drinking my weight in lattes at my part-time barista gig.

If you have fallen off the wagon just like I have, now is the time to get back on. I know my lack of exercise has made me feel crazy, lazy, and incredibly bored. I don’t feel like myself, and I know working out again will make me feel amazing. Working out will probably make you feel amazing too, so get outside tonight and go for a walk. Or go for a run. Or a bike ride, or a swim, or run up and down your stairs for a while. Just get up and I’ll see you out there.

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The Race We Need To do

Around this time last year, my brother informed me of an event that involved picking up a light-weight spouse, and running down a course to win her weight * 5 in beer.

I seriously wish I had remembered this was a thing, because that sounds like an absolute blast. Sadly, we missed it this year, as this weekend was the North American Championship at Sunday River.

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These types of events, be it a wife-carry, run for your life from zombie runs, tough-mudders, color runs, and inflatable 5ks seem to be popping up everywhere you look.  It is amazing to see just how many different ideas/gimicks people can come up with.

Ellie and I have been trying to plan out our strategy for the rest of the fall and winter, as we have been falling short of our fitness goals. With Frisbee wrapping up for the year due to 6pm sunsets, the idea of heading back into the gym without our sights set on an event seems like a waste.  That being said, after the amount of money we spent racing last year, it has been nice to avoid the $50 fees to run most races . . .

Does anyone have any fun races lined up for the fall or winter? We’d love to sign up for something fun!

Weigh-In Wendesday October 15th: Half-Marathon Done!

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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Quite a lot of stagnation… I think we need some sort of weight-loss challenge!

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.

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Buffalo Offers A Surprise Behind Every Fence

Each Monday from May until November, a group of Canisius Alumni and friends meet up to play a riveting game of Ultimate Frisbee where the score is perpetually 0-0, and last point ends the game in a tie. For the past two seasons, we have met each and every Monday in Delaware Park near the public golf course, pee-wee soccer players and couch to 5k runners.

In the spirit of October and Fall, we switched it up this week and moved over the H.H Richardson, as we spotted a large open field via google satellite imagery. Little did I know that the Richardson complex has absolutely beautifully well-kept landscaping.

Credits: Christopher Hyzy http://www.christopherhyzy.com
Credits: Christopher Hyzy
http://www.christopherhyzy.com

The field we played on was large, open and not full of divots made by tiny soccer players. There wasn’t massive holes where dogs had dug into, or where golf players missed their mark. Instead, we had a smooth field that was relatively well-drained after the rain from the morning.

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Credits: Christopher Hyzy http://www.christopherhyzy.com

Aside from the field, the actual park is very well put together, with walking trails that wind around the buildings and greenery. These are well-lit with a substantial amount of light posts, with plastic bag offerings for dog walkers, and trash cans to dispose things. We saw many dog walkers taking advantage of this hidden island of peacefulness inside the city.

The Richardson Complex is showing signs of life. Plans are in the works to revitalize this amazing campus. Boutique hotels, a conference and event center, and shops are all in the works. Situated directly adjacent to Buffalo State College and the Elmwood Village, I am very excited to see this property come back to life.