Weight-loss Thursday Throwdown!

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.  Unfortunately I didn’t have time to get it done yesterday, so today is the very first Thursday Throwdown!

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!

As usual, lets dig into Adrienne’s results first!

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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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Weigh-In Tomorrow!

Sorry everyone! Normally here at 2 Fat Nerds we weigh in and post all of our stats for the week on Wednesdays. However, due to a culmination of both technical and logistical issues today, we are going to have to put the post off until tomorrow. I hope I didn’t ruin anyones afternoon blog-reading rituals!

delayedI promise to have the results tomorrow for the blogs very first, Weight-loss Throwdown Thursday!

 

Weekend Recap: Bragging about my mini-vacation

It’s always a nice break when you get a spell of cool weather during the summer. This past weekend was the refresher I think everyone in the northeast needed to be pulled out of the lazy habits that hit when summer just gets too darn hot.

I was lucky enough to enjoy a very relaxing New England weekend. After a half day’s work on Friday, Jeff and I hit the road to visit his family up in New Hampshire. It was a beautiful day, and perfect for a walk through town and along the brackish Swampscott River that runs through the cute little town of Exeter. With the salty air, Exeter really does feel like a coastal New England town, although it is pretty far inland. It’s nice to take a break from the city, we were definitely in need of a mini vacation.

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Jeff and his Mom in Ogunquit

All in all, the weekend was lovely. We enjoyed a meal out in Portsmouth, got to hang out along the banks of the Merrimack River further north, and had a fun night people watching at Hampton Beach. Sunday morning we woke up a little sluggish, after enjoying tasty treats and drinks the night before, but Jeff, knowing I would be very angry at myself later on if I brought my sneakers back to Boston unused, made me get up and head out for a nice run. The run went OK, definitely not one of the best, but for a vacation weekend, I’ll take it. Our first mile was a gradual uphill, which running in Cambridge has never prepared me for, the second mile was a winding country road, and the last couple were on trails through the woods, a first for me! The trail running was hands down my favorite part, and I wish someone would plant woods for me to run in near my house. The dirt path was so much easier to run on, I felt like I was being pushed along, as opposed to the hard hitting legs-on-concrete feeling.

Trail Running around Philips Exeter Academy
Trail Running around Philips Exeter Academy

After our run, we thought we’d be done with exercise for the day, but we were wrong! We went up to Ogunquit, Maine and Jeff’s mom brought us on a lovely (and gentle) 2.5 mile hike along the sea cliff; the Marginal Way path overlooks the ocean. It wasn’t too hot, and the sea breeze made it a perfect day. We topped off our exercise with fish n’ chips and ice cream, but, hey, life is about balance, right?

This guy was trying to steal the fried goodness on my plate
This guy was trying to steal the fried goodness on my plate

 

Feel free to share your active weekend victories!

My Hips Don’t Lie

Much like Shakira’s, my hips don’t lie.

While browsing an article about how the German National Soccer Team trains, #Mannschaft #SCHLAND, I jumped to one of the links talking about different training routines that they follow. One of them being dedicated completely to strengthening the hip joints and muscles. Needless to say, Brandon and I immediately sprang up from our desks and gave our best efforts to do a T-Hip Rotation.

I immediately fell over, kicked a chair into the wall and caused quite the commotion. He was a little bit more talented.

I learned something pretty immediately though, my hips are incredibly inflexible and generally weak. While I have pretty good linear strength, which I assume comes from running,  any type of rotation or twisting exposes me to general uncomfortableness.

Her hips really don't lie.
Her hips really don’t lie.

I feel like the hip joints, and muscles are generally overlooked when it comes to training. No one goes out and says, “Okay BROS, today is a HIP day.” I just don’t see that happening.

The hip is arguably the most important structural element in our bodies, responsible for supporting our upper body’s weight through an incredible range of motion, be it sitting, walking or running. Pretty important to this whole fitness thing we are trying to accomplish.

Some Fun Facts about  Hips:

  • 17 muscles work to form your range of motion in the hips.
  • Doesn’t fully fuse together until 14-16 years old
  • Has the second largest range of motion (damn shoulders!)
  • The Grande Odalisque features a spine and  hip rotation beyond plausibility.
  • It controls the Pelvic Inclination Angle.

Moral of the story, work out those hips! Feel free to follow this link to a bunch of helpful videos featuring some great hip workouts!

 

July Challenge Update: Work TODO!

As promised, the July challenge has started. I wanted to lay out all of the available workouts, and what we have done, as compared to what is still available for submission.

Still Available

CardioClass Skiing Snowmobiling
Boxing Snowboarding WaterAerobics
Stairs Kayaking Volleyball
Dancing Canoeing Cross-CountrySkiing
Hockey Rollerblading StationaryBike
IceSkating NordicWalking InclinedWalk
Jumprope Rowing TreadmillWalk
Kettlebell Snowshoeing
MartialArts SaunaSitting
P90X TouchFootball
Racquetball SkateBoarding
RockClimbing Surfing
Squash ShovelingSnow
StepMachine BellyDancing

Seasonally Challenging…

Completed

ArcTrainer Soccer
Bocce Softball
Calisthenics Swimming
CircuitTraining TaiChi
Cycling Tennis
Elliptical TreadmillRun
Golf UltimateFrisbee
Hiking Walking
HouseCleaning WeightTraining
Insanity YardWork
Paintball Yoga
Pilates Zumba
Qigong
Running

 

Not too bad so far! Lets get as many as we can done! I’d love to see pictures posted and shared with us too, to our instagram and twitter @2FatNerds !

Weigh-In Wednesday July 16th: Summer Polar Vortex!

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!

As usual, lets dig into Adrienne’s results first!

adn 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

Go go Boilermaker Points!

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

A Quick Hello, because I have work to do

First of all, I want to say congratulations to all those that ran in races last weekend, and a special shout out to those that crushed the 2014 Boilermaker 15k. I love watching the Boilermaker, its one of those races that is just notoriously horrible (due to sweltering heat and suffocating July humidity) and super inspirational to watch. Everyone running this year made it look easy.

As for my own running, I am getting back in the swing of things. I had two good runs last week (and one not so good) but they were just enough to remind me that I can do this, and a week of bad runs doesn’t mean a good one will never happen again. It is so hard to remember that sometimes, so I’m glad I was gifted a good 5-miler last Saturday. With 88 days to go, it would have been a rough training if I already hated it…

And in case anyone is needing a kick of inspiration here today, check out this BuzzFeed, it’s sure to lift you off the couch! Until next time, happy running!