Weigh-In Wednesday: Tryptophan!

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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Thank you to Tony and my parents for getting their submissions in on time, you guys are awesome! The rest of you . . . fail!

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!

We are pretty close to achieving the goal! If we can hit 300 miles by Sunday we are good! One run or walk from each of us should be able to do it!November ChallengeNovember

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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App Review: Untapped!

One of my most recent app installs on my Android is a beer tracking app called Untapped. Its slogan, Drink Socially,  is a pretty good indication of what this app is about. When you drink a beer, snap a photo, give it a rating, and post to your friends. Pretty simple concept that relies solely on the execution of the app to make it work.

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What I Like

As stated above, the app is extremely simple to use. Have a beer, think about how it tastes, and snap a picture of it if you want. I haven’t yet hit a beer that isn’t in their database.

The interface itself is pretty straightforward as well. It is well planned out, and there isn’t a ton of options or screens that can confuse the user. I like that it has built in camera filters, for that artistic glamour shot of my labatt blue.

I do like that it doesn’t push anything to facebook, and there hasn’t been any unnecessary spam from what I’ve seen. I also believe that it has a pretty strong backend-api for brewery’s to review who is drinking their beers, from where. I think that is an awesome feature (and how they make their money I assume).

 What I Don’t Like

Screenshot_2014-11-24-12-26-10I wish you could rate individual aspects of the beer . . . like taste, smell, visual appeal, mouthfeel etc. This would be similar to how normal beer rating systems work. I think that would be a good way to get people to be more critical than just a 1 to 5 scale.

Integrating it with facebook is kind of amusing. I get to see what my friends are drinking and where. Some of them blow me away with the amount of variety, while others have stuck to the tried and true macro-brews like PBR, Bud and  Blue. Whatever floats your boat I guess!

Overall this is a pretty cool, simple app that accomplishes exactly what it is supposed to do without trying to do way to much. It really is just this: Record your beer, share it with your friends, and get praised for drinking beer.  How could you go wrong?

My rating: 4/5

City Sidewalks Filled With #LES Cheer

One of my most favorite things to do in Buffalo occurs only in winter. When the city is blanketed in a fresh coat of powder, I pull out my cross-country skis and head out into the fray.

By now I am sure most of you have heard about what is going on in Buffalo right now. If you haven’t, that is impressive.

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Western New York has been invaded by the Lake Erie Monster. This means one thing, besides an incredibly difficult commute for my wife and three days of class cancellations and work closures for me ; Go Go Urban Skiing!

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Going through the parkways, saying hello to the snowshoers and dog walkers, laughing at the stares of people passing by in their cars going  5 miles per hour . . . too much fun.

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Apparently I am incredibly slow on skis . . . But hey, that doesn’t matter.  It is a blast, and if anyone wants to join me, let me know!

Weigh-In Wednesday November 19th: #LES

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

November Challenge

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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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The Day It Snowed . . . A lot .

Buffalo is known for three things. Loosing 4 Super Bowls, chicken wings, and snow. Today, we reaffirmed the latter stereotype in record breaking fashion.

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Credits: Mark Branden
The Lake Effect line coming off lake erie, just narrowly missing the city. Credits: Mark Branden

Over 881 organizations closed their doors and cancelled their programs, yet UB and Canisius carried on the tradition of disregarding weather. They said F. U  to the Lake Erie Monster, and remained open, despite the three to four feet of snow dumped on most southern townships.

[West Seneca] has 22 plows on the road, but 10 of them are bogged down in the heavy snow. The town has called for high lifts, and is getting some help from Union Concrete.

http://www.buffalonews.com/city-region/west-seneca/west-seneca-one-of-the-worst-ive-seen-20141118

As a people, we know what to do though. In the wise words of our late, great Mayor Jimmy Griffin:

“Stay inside, grab a six-pack and watch a good football game”

Jono Meets East

There is an interesting side effect of being employed in the world of science, more particularly  in the realm of genetics. There is an assumption by most people that I am naturally skeptical of all things spiritual, meditative, or unexplainable by modern science. If a response can’t be measured or tested, it can’t be real.

I am always amused by people who make this assumption about me. Though I am grounded in reality by basic scientific principles (like the earth being a bajillion years old; sorry creationists), I have learned enough in my work to realize that there are plenty of exceptions to every rule and that anything is possible. For example, the human brain in particular is a pretty amazing organ capable of some bizarre stuff that defies logic. It is a highly flexible and dynamic structure and is constantly rewiring itself to better serve the body.

time-coverAlong these lines, recently I have found myself learning more about ancient Eastern ideologies, chakras, and meditation. I am trying to be more mindful in my daily life by practicing mindfulness to reground myself when stressed and overwhelmed. Mindfulness involves acknowledging the thoughts that are racing through your head, accepting them, and bringing yourself back into the present by focusing on senses like smell, touch, and sight. For instance, I have been grounding myself before ridiculous Cellular Biology exams. I try to clear my mind of the anxiety of not doing well, and instead I focus on the room I am in. I look at the hue of the lights or the dust on the chalkboard. Though I have no scientific proof, I think it has helped; I have definitely felt more focused taking each test.

On Saturday Ellie took me to my first official yoga class at East Meets West Yoga in Buffalo. First, I have never really appreciated just how difficult an hour of actual yoga is. I am incredibly inflexible, and I was sweating pretty good by the end of the class, despite it being a beginners’ section. Second, it was palpable how much stress was released during the class. I felt much more in balance afterward. Not just biomechanically, but also energetically. For a #Scientist, that’s a hard feeling to explain. I’ll call it “zen mode,” for lack of a better term.

I think there is a lot to gain from slowing down and focusing on the present, from removing thoughts about the past or worrying about the future. During yoga, I was simply present. I focused on movement, on feeling my tight hamstrings stretch for the first time in years. I felt the tension release with every different move. The only thing I was thinking about was getting the most out of each move . . . and remembering to breathe in and out.

After practicing in a calm, quiet environment with an educated, professional teacher, I now understand the therapeutic benefits of practices like yoga, more so than when Ellie and I tried doing yoga on Hulu and were interrupted with commercial ads in the middle of a plank pose. (Not very zen mode.) We definitely plan on returning to East Meets West, and Ellie is looking to find some quality videos for home. Despite my scientific background, I fully buy in to how much yoga and other mindful practices can rebalance my own energy . . . whatever energy that may be.

Buffalo Bills in Prime Time

The Buffalo Bills are on television tonight, and that trumps everything else I could possibly write today. I love primetime football, it is a nice mid-week pick-up, and it frees up Sunday from potential heart-ache.

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Happy Thursday