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Monthly Archives: March 2013

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Eat Fit Not Fat- Creamy Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

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So I have been wanting to make baked mac and cheese now for quite awhile. I actually made the fat kid version 2 weeks ago that had piles and piles of 3 kinds of cheeses, stacks of butter and about a pint of cream. Thanks a lot Pinterest for the tasty treat, but I’m not gonna lie, I felt like an artery clogged Om-pa -loom-pa post indulgence. I scoured the interweb this week in search for a more figure friendly version of the beloved comfort food.  I came across this recipe on runnersworld.com. Definitely check out the link to this weeks recipe. Mark Bittman, marathon runner, chef and columnist for the New York Times came up with this tasty spin on an old favorite  for this weeks installment.  Thanks Mark! As always, I made a few additions to the recipe without comprising the overall health factor too much. As you will see this specific recipe omits butter, cream and cups and cups of cheese giving your a healthier meal.
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New Toys in the Lab!

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Fun happenings at work to report! Our sequencing core is now proud owners of the illumina HiSeq2500, upgraded from our HiSeq2000 platform. Look, shiny LED’s!

Recently our lab has also been recipients of two new sequencing platforms, the Life Technologies Ion Torrent PGM, as well as the Ion Proton platform. Pretty exciting stuff!

What this means? More […]

Weigh-In Wednesday March 27th: We Bought A Label Maker

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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!

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Monday Night post TBL, Inspirational Post Race Analysis, and a Pilsner.

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There are three topics that I would like to talk about today, the first being my monday evening post The Biggest Loser. As many of you have read, Ellie and I followed the NBC show fairly religiously for the past eight or so weeks, ending last week in an awesome finale where our contestant of choice walked away with the prize. Each monday, we would plop down on the couch, turn the show on, and without fail within a half an hour we would be so inspired we would be headed to the gym to put in some workouts.

Yesterday Ellie had planned on going to the gym, but I wanted to stay home and run out side in the low 40 degree weather. I felt good after taking the dog for a walk, and thought we would for sure get out and do a good outdoor run. Pizza that I had eaten didn’t end up sitting well, thus our evening was thrown off track. No TBL to get us out the door no matter how we felt. No inspiration drawn from other peoples successes. Monday night just got a whole lot more boring.

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Check-In Monday: I’m really lazy

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This is a short one, I have too much to do!

I love living in New England. Being close to the beach and the mountains is a great perk, but my favorite thing about this area is the seasons. We have them all and each one brings something unique. Winter has a bad reputation, but it’s […]

Eat Fit Not Fat- Southwestern Green Chile Turkey Burgers with Sweet Potato Fries

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Whenever I can, I try to incorporate southwestern/Mexican flavors into our dinners. For this weeks edition, we made green chile turkey burgers with sweet potato fries. We added some of our own components and I highly encourage you to deck out your burger in your own creative way. Have fun in the kitchen and use the flavors and spices you enjoy.
The Ingredients

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Epic Images of my Left Knee circa 2008.

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Five years ago this month marks an interesting anniversary for me. I was out running, something I did every single day back then, and suddenly I felt immense pain in my left knee. It literally forced me to sit right down on the sidewalk for what seemed like hours. I was nearly positive I had torn some kind of ligament or tendon or something like that, though I didn’t know enough about running injuries . . . as that was the first one I had ever sustained.

Eventually I made it back to my dorm room, where I ice’d and compressed it as best I could, and let it rest for several days hoping it would go away. My knee didn’t feel much better, and eventually I was on my way back to Albany for an MRI. I was actually hoping that it would find out what was wrong so I could get it fixed up quickly, as I had some imminent travel plans to Germany a month or so away, and I wanted to be good for that trip.

The results came back, and lucky for you guys, my parents found the images this past weekend. Enjoy!

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Weigh-In Wednesday March 20th: Sleepy Wednesday!

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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!

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15 Minutes In The Morning

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Despite my protests and attempts to prolong my sleep this morning, Ellie succeeded in getting me out of bed for a quick 15 minute trot around the block with our dog. I had an early meeting so Audrey would be home a bit longer today than usual, so we wanted to tire her out a […]

Member Spotlight: Pat M!

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This is the third installment of Member Spotlight, where we sit down with a member of the community that not everyone may know. This week Pat, the recent winner of the 2FNS Biggest Loser Challenge was kind enough to chat!

Cookin Bacon – Before Weight loss

I’ve known you for quite a while now, going back nearly ten years actually. You have gone through many cycles on the weight-loss front, having done Atkins, portion control, exercise and so forth. Through your experience, what has worked, and hasn’t worked for you?
A lot of diets work at least in the short-term. But eventually you get a craving that knocks you off the horse/wagon/some better metaphor and the weight starts coming back. I’m of the opinion that you diet to lose weight and you exercise to get fit. Anytime I try to kick up the intensity on exercise to lose weight, I just end up more hungry and eating more, so I’ve been going a more calorie-denial route. Not-eating 500 calories is easier than burning 500 calories.
I suppose that is a very Pat-approach / know-yourself approach,  I like it. Those in our audience who don’t know you, you have type 1 diabetes. Have you noticed any benefits to losing the past 25 pounds? What kind of impact has getting healthier had on that? Any improvements on A1C levels or other measurables?
My blood sugar control has been improving, but I mostly credit that to the Continuous Glucose Monitor which I was finally able to get. I got this around the same time as I put my serious weight-loss face on, so it’s tough to say exactly. Typically, better blood sugars result in weight gain due to increased insulin doses but since I’ve basically been eating fewer carbs I haven’t needed to change my insulin dosing too much.
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