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Monthly Archives: January 2013

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When to Eat: Study Looks at When and How Much.

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Reading through the many health related articles on NPR’s The Salt blog, one caught my interest. This new article discusses recent research adding on to the sentiment that the time of day and the portions your eat have a large effect on weight-loss and metabolism.

The study published in the International Journal of Obesity found that people who ate their main meal after 3pm lost significantly less weight than those who ate the bulk of their calories at earlier meals. To many of you, this might not be a startling realization. Thinking about it, it makes sense that your body can utilize the resources more efficiently during the day when you are active, as opposed to at night when most of us are mostly sedentary. […]

Weigh-In Wednesday January 30th: Biggest Loser Week 2!

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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. Let’s see what data was submitted this week!
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!

Some of you may notice a bit of a difference in this graph. I now am graphing the monthly-average weight for each person, rather then every single data-point. I think it is easier to see the trends in weight by taking the monthly average, and unclutters the graph a bit too.

As always, if you would like to get in on the weight-loss game, leave a comment or email me and we can get you going!

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Website Review: StickK.com

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My wife recently started an account with a website called StickK.com. The concept of the site is to make a goal, and attach some sort of financial liability to it. It is a way to encourage a little bit of extra incentive to attain your goals.

The website is founded upon the idea of a commitment contract, making it more likely that a person would follow through and achieve what they set out to do. Setting a goal and then selecting what type of penalty you will incur if you fall short of it is supposed to help motivate a person to “stickk” with it. The system uses “Referees”, a third-party to validate that you are being honest with your submissions, and can have supporters sign up and encourage you through the process. […]

The Trim Challenge – 24 Days

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This post comes from my cousin Jon, who earned a degree in Strength and Conditioning from Springfield College and has been working in the field fulltime since graduation in 2011. A few days ago he described one of the methods he utilizes and I asked him to write up a post on it. The idea is a cleanse-like diet for 10 days, and then supplemented eating for another 14 days. His pictures are pretty impressive!

Before doing the 24 day challenge I weighed 165 pounds at 17% body fat and in 24 days I was able to drop 6 pounds of fat and gain 3 pounds of muscle! I was leaner, stronger and faster than ever before.

Once the challenge began I immediately began to notice differences in physical difference as well as energy levels. I was eating more often than I was used to and not craving the need to find energy sources. Receiving compliments on my face thinning out as well as NEEDING to wear a belt also increased my self-confidence.

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Baby Steps: An Ode to the Nacho

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Working towards a healthier lifestyle is not something that happens overnight and its not something that can be done going “cold turkey.” You can’t change lifelong bad habits immediately. I have a pretty bad habit of snacking, particularly at bars, and especially after some kind of mundane life crisis, of which I am prone to having. But, as part of my 2013 resolution to follow through on all of my endeavors, I have decided to become less of a nachos-in-the-face kind of girl.

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My Forray into Lifting: Kiss it?

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A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post talking about my general lack of knowledge, and courage for that matter, of the world of weight lifting. I talked about how daunting it seems to establish a routine, getting used to the equipment, and just not looking like an idiot. I wanted to take a few moments today to talk about my experiences thus far.

Since talking about it, I’ve completed four sessions of weight lifting. I should probably use the term session loosely, because it really wasn’t very formal, or really very much work at all. But I did do some pretty hard work. My strategy the first two days was simple, pick a few machines that focused on my upper body, and roll with it. To start, I selected the Seated Press, Seated Pull Down, Seated Row, and Seated Shoulder Press. I made sure to look at the machine, read the description and learn how to get it set up properly. I then took a few reps to figure out a comfortable weight, and then set to work. In all, it probably took me 15 minutes to complete. I can’t tell you how horribly sore I was the next day. […]

Weigh-In Wednesday January 23rd : Biggest Loser Week 1!

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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. Let’s see what data was submitted this week!
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 […]

Code Blue!

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First and foremost, a major shout out to Amy over at Lavender Parking who set a new PR in the half-marathon distance over the weekend. She is gearing up for the Boston Marathon, so go give some support and encouragement over at her blog!

Secondly, Happy Belated MLK day! 2 Fat Nerds went dark yesterday for the […]

How I Became a Runner

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Guest post by Andrew Strathdee

A couple of years ago my girlfriend Kimberly started a food blog about trying a new food every week of the year. She called it the “Caesar Salad Incident”, referring to the first time she tried Caesar salad after being told by her family her entire life that “she didn’t like […]

The Biggest Loser, an Eight-Week 2 Fat Nerds Challenge — With Prizes!

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Inspired by the long-running NBC Show, The Biggest Loser, Adrienne and I thought it might be really fun to create a new challenge for 2 Fat Nerds. Thus:
The 2 Fat Nerds Biggest Loser Challenge
The Idea
The idea is to encourage those members who are looking to drop a few pounds. I kn0w that weight-loss isn’t everyones […]