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Monthly Archives: July 2013

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Weigh-In Wednesday July 31st: Gone Fishing.

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No weigh-in post today as it would be rather hard to convince my entire family to get on a scale today.

See you next Wednesday!

Application Review: Anki Flashcards

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Flashcards are a powerful tool when trying to commit things to memory. Recently I’ve had a renewed interest in building my German vocabulary base. After reviewing my daily productivity,¬†I decided that I had some time where I could fit in quick, two-minute sessions of flash-card review.
Most of the tools and commands used when working with […]

Vacations: My Annual Fall Off the Wagon

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This post comes from my lovely wife, Ellie, who apparently snuck a lot of the caramel chewy bars when no one was looking. Enjoy!

It’s time for the annual trek to Cape Cod, and I am so excited to be spending this time with family and living it up the briny ocean air!

Just like the holidays, […]

Eat Fit Not Fat- Summer Thai Salad with Zucchini and Yellow Squash

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This weeks recipe was partly inspired by a coworker of mine who pretty much runs a small farm in her backyard. She was generous enough to share with us her own bounty this week and brought XXL fresh zucchinis and cucumbers in for all of us. Delish! Thanks Katie ūüôā Again, with help from some crafty and talented individuals on Pinterest I found a recipe that was super simple and brought a new flavor to our favorite summer veggies. Feel free to try out your own veggies or play around with sauces/seasoning as you so desire. I doubled the sauce because of our XXL zuchinini.

Ingredients

 Ingredients

The salad:
1 medium zucchini, cut into matchsticks
1 medium yellow squash, cut into matchsticks
1 red bell pepper, seeded and thinly sliced
2 tbsp minced cilantro
1 tbsp minced mint leaves

The dressing: (* we doubled the below measurments secondary to the size of our veggies. Use your best judgement.)
1 tbsp fresh lime juice
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp fish sauce
1 tsp rice vinegar
1 tsp agave nectar or honey
1/4 tsp chili garlic paste
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Continuous Health Statistic Monitoring

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I stumbled upon an article this morning on NPR that looked at the growing trend of continuous monitoring of health data. The article focused primarily on one “hacker” who has worked to set up his own system of tracking his vital signs using a wireless bracelet and software.

A link to his work can be found here.

Personally, I love to see the use of technology and software programming to gather statistics like this. Working on my own tracking platform, I am always interested in seeing ideas of what other people come up with. I like getting ideas and potentially integrating them into what I have done.

The article  makes an important point toward the end, and I wanted to discuss it briefly today. An important question to consider is: When is there too much information? Research has shown that people who routinely monitor their weight typically manage it better. But what about other vital signs, like blood pressure? The NPR article suggests that if you notice a spike in your blood pressure, it could lead to stress; thus, higher blood pressure.

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Weigh-In Wednesday July 24th: No Title!

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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 dive into the numbers!
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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Tech Tuesday: Expresso Upright Stationary Bikes

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Being a member of the Buffalo JCC has its benefits. The first and foremost, is the gym equipment is absolutely phenomenal. Today I want to take the time and review one of the more interactive pieces of equipment that I have been using recently, The Expresso Stationary Bike. I’ve used these bikes many times over the course of a couple of years, and have realized recently how they might really assist in my training. Like most gym equipment, you get out what you put in, so try to challenge yourself while using it. It can be really easy to sit back in a low gear while watching T.V. The power of this machine is its variable settings and its ability to mimic real life situations.

Bike in a virtual world!

This stationary bike’s hallmark feature is its interactive virtual world in which you train in. It lets you ride any number of courses that range from flat tracks to curving mountain climbs. I’ve been selecting the hardest possible climbs in preparation for the triathlon, in the hope that the 30% grades that this machine gives me will be enough to get me fairly used to the familiar burn of going up hills for a prolonged time.

If you aren’t interested in the courses, you can switch it over to T.V mode too and watch whatever you want. I spent many a night watching Buffalo Sabres games or the Knicks play, and I fully anticipate more of this in the winter months to come.

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Biking Buffalo: Surprises at Every Turn.

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As I steadily gear up toward a triathlon in August, bicycling long distances has become inevitable. ¬†I was slated to do ~25 miles on Sunday, ¬†which got me thinking about potential routes to take. Twenty-five miles is quite a long distance, even by car. ¬†Fortunately, the urban sprawl that is the city of Buffalo is […]

Eat Fit Not Fat- Turkey Taco Lettuce Bowls

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It does not get more simple then this, folks! Pretty much one pan cooking this week. We have all been to our favorite tex-mex restaurant and had those awesome taco salads that are piled high with all the toppings you can imagine and dumped into a fried tortilla bowl that comes to your table with […]

Whats Your Policy? Data Issues on the Terabyte Scale.

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I hinted at the start of yesterday’s post that we were having some fairly catastrophic hardware failures at work, and for those curious, I wanted to elaborate on that a little bit.

For those not technically/network-engineeringly inclined, all our resources are interconnected. Two big 48-terabyte storage systems, which mirror each other, both failed on Tuesday. Forty-eight terabytes is the equivalent of  750 of the biggest iPhones, in terms of storage. Alternatively, it is 12 million MP3 files. So we are talking a lot of space.

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