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Baldaufs vs Genetics: 10 Weeks Left

Time for another weigh-in. We’ve moved weigh-ins to Fridays for the rest of the challenge.  We aren’t weighing in after a potentially rough weekend this way. Also, I will hopefully be able to get them up on the following Monday (clearly worked this time). This week is pretty busy, so I’ve been lacking the time to get internet access (I will be adding it at home next week though! Get excited!)

Anyways, questions are:

  1. How are things going? Starting the new year off well or struggling?
  2. What’s your least favorite thing about working out?
  3. If you could make one food healthy magically, what would it be?


The Bob(father)

1. “The new year is going alright. Started dropping back down slowly.”

2. “Finding/making time to work out is really the hardest part. Once I’m doing something it’s not too bad.”

3. “I would have to say pizza, only because we seem to resort to pizza most often for an easy meal.”


Starting Weight: 223 lbs
Current Weight: 217.2 lbs
Overall % Change: -2.60%


The Dan (Uncle)

1. “Shitty. Struggling.”

2. “Working out?? What the hell is that?”

3. “ White bread, homemade. Great, now I need to have some bread.”


Starting Weight: 268.8
Current Weight: 261
Overall % Change: -2.90%



1. “New year is starting off okay. Ran a few times, but have kind of kind of tailed off now that winter has finally arrived. I need to get back after it or go to the gym, but this week is pretty busy and not really helping with that.”

2. “Worst part about working out is probably the time I attach to it. It might only take me 45 minutes to work out, but I stretch the time around it to almost 2 hours. I need to change, set up a playlist, go to the gym (which can add over half an hour…fuuuuck), come back, and shower. Just hard to block off that much time. Either that, or the motivation required to work out after working all day.”

3. “ I would say pizza, but I can enjoy a healthy pizza. Big fan of flatbread pizzas. Maybe bagels and cream cheese. Or ranch. Or fruit dip—but that leads to eating fruit. But I probably have to say…cookies. Especially if they include my mom’s cutout cookies frosting. Damn sweet tooth.”


Starting weight: 195 lbs
Current weight: 193.6
Overall % Change: -0.72%



The Bob comes back pretty strong, while I take a small step in the right direction and Dan plateaus. Even though Dan’s struggling, he’s still in the lead. There are 5 more weigh-ins left (ending on March 23rd) so only 10 more weeks to go. I think all of us would agree that we haven’t made as much progress as any of us would like. We all need to pick it up going forward if any of us want to meet our goals.

Pretty quick and dirty. Hopefully be back with at least one more post before the end of the week.


Baldaufs Vs. Genetics — Post-Holidays

We’re back for the first weigh-ins after the holidays. I did skip posting a weigh-in so I’ll do a quick re-cap. Before the holidays, our weights were: 215.4 lbs (Bob), 260 lbs (Dan), and 195 lbs (Me). Over the missed weigh-in, we all went up a little bit more.

Anyways, on to the new year of “Baldaufs vs. Genetics”. The questions for this week were:

  1. How’d the holidays go? What was the biggest struggle?
  2. Any plans for the new year?
  3. Any revisions of goals going forward here in terms of weight/etc.?

The Bob(father)

1. “The holidays were tough, food and sweets everywhere and I had time off from work to enjoy them.”

2. “I think if the first couple of weeks go well, I’ll stick with moderation and exercise, otherwise I may try Atkins again.”

3. “At this point I just want to get below 200. 190 might be impossible.”

Starting Weight: 223 lbs
Current Weight: 223 lbs
Overall Change: 0%

The Dan (Uncle)

1. “Not too bad considering the holidays were all about eating! Leftover Crab legs and Prime rib from New Years are gone, some Salsa and Chips left to get rid of and no more sweats should set me in the right direction again. My biggest struggle for the holidays was more about not getting out and doing anything like walking, hunting, etc than it was about overeating. Actually I overdrank more than I overate. Diet coke and rum.”

2. “New year, for me, has to bring some changes as I am feeling like shit often. Need the freedom and energy level of before! I am eating healthy cereal for breakfast, mini sub or salad for lunch and a sensable dinner, which will also include a veggie only day as this intrigues me.”

3. “There is no set goal anymore, it is about making the right choices and trying my best to stick with it. When I feel good enough, I will continue..”

Starting Weight: 268.8 lbs
Current Weight: 261 lbs
Overall Change:  -2.90%

Me (Shane)

1. “The holidays didn’t go too bad. I did pretty good in terms of not overeating around Christmas but really kind of failed on that around New Years. My biggest struggle, besides not destroying all sweets in sight, was probably the lack of working out without a gym membership.”

2. “A talked about this a little bit in my post yesterday, but my main plan is to eat smaller portions, add a veggie meal once a week, and to force myself to work out at least 3 times a week.”

3. “My goal is to get at least around 185, maybe closer to 180 depending on how it goes.”

Starting Weight: 195 lbs
Current Weight: 196 lbs
Overall Change: +.51%

(Note: I would like to take this opportunity to mention the importance of having your scale on a level surface. My first weigh-in for this week read 191.6, which I greeted with shock and more than just a little joy at having thrown myself back near the lead. Unfortunately, my disbelief won out and my next weigh-in at a different spot read 194.6. After using my iphone level app, I came out at 196. Sad.)


Dan made out pretty good over the holidays, staying right around even, while Bob slid back to his starting point. My father and I have a lot of ground to make up on Dan now, but we are through the worst of it. As for me, I’m not too disappointed being at 196. I can definitely work off of that and didn’t gain too much over the holidays. It’s all about getting back into the swing of things now, so we’ll see who can do that the quickest.


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Baldaufs Vs Genetics: Quick Catch-up

I’ve got a quick update on Baldaufs Vs Genetics here. This weigh-in post is a week late (though the weights and responses are still from last week). Anyways, just a few questions this week:

  1. Any new plans for dealing with the holidays?
  2. What do you see being your biggest problem with the holidays coming up?
  3. Where do you hope to be at weight-wise after the holidays are done?

The Bob (Father)

1. “Plan for the holidays is moderation although that hasn’t been going well for me so far.”

2. “Sweets will be the biggest challenge for sure.”

3. “I’d like to be under 210 after the holidays, seems pretty unlikely but it’s a goal.”

Starting Weight: 223 lbs
Current Weight: 215.4 lbs
Percent Change: -3.41%

Note: I just accidentally discovered how entertaining the title The Bob(father) is. I might be the only one who finds this irrationally funny. But it snuck up on me, so I wanted to point it out.

 The Dan (Uncle)

1. “No new plans.”

2. “I love food.”

3. “250.”

Starting Weight: 268.8 lbs
Current Weight: 260 lbs
Percent Change: -3.27%

The Me(?) (Shane)

1.”My new plans for the holidays is to survive. I just want to maintain and start fresh after the holidays. This also allows me to enjoy the sweets some. Also, I’m going to start some early morning runs twice a week. (I hate myself a little bit just typing that.)”

2.”Well I though my biggest problems were going to be: cut-out cookies, peanut butter balls, and christmas crack (one of my mom’s christmas treats–seriously addicting.) But it looks like my biggest problem is a combination of expired gym memberships and laziness.”


Starting Weight: 195 lbs
Current Weight: 195 lbs
Percent Change: A big fat 0.00%


Huge upset this week! Yes, The Bob(father), he of few words, actually had longer responses than Dan this week. All of us seem to be plateauing/backsliding a little bit, with the worst weeks for christmas treats still ahead of us. I still think the key for all of us is to just survive the holidays. If Dan and The Bob(father) can maintain their weight losses, they’ll be in good shape for a strong start to the new year.

Meanwhile, I’m back to where I started. It’s not good for the challenge, but I’m not super frustrated as it’s still at least 10 lbs down from the start of Operation Suit Squeeze. I feel like I’m just kind of stuck in this low 190 range, especially without a gym membership now, so I’m just trying to get through the next few weeks and then really get after it. In order to fight my laziness, I’m also going to start running early in the morning a couple times a week. I’m planning on posting about the runs, at least a first. Should be feasible.


Baldaufs Vs. Genetics: Pre-Thanksgiving

I am waaay behind right now in posts. This is a combination of my still-absent internet at home and busyness with Thanksgiving. (I miss the internet!! Come back to me, pleeeease.) So this was supposed to be up on Monday. Post-Thanksgiving, might be able to get back on track. But things might stay erratic until post-Christmas. Just to warn you.

So the big weigh-in!! Who will win the bottle of brandy?!? Let’s find out! Also for this week, we had two questions to answer:

  1. Any short-term changes for the last two weeks and how’d it go?
  2. Any plans for dealing with the holidays?


The Uncle (Dan)

1. “Hunting caused some short-term changes. Low carbs had gone okay, but hunting made it harder.”

2. “My plans for the holidays is moderation. It will suck, but I will watch my weight and know when it is time to quit and go clean for awhile. If I can come through Thanksgiving at 260 I will be happy, then focus on getting down to 245 my Christmas.”

Starting Weight: 268.8 lbs
Last-Weigh In: 260 lbs
Current Weight: 257 lbs
Overall % Change: -4.39 %

And most importantly,
2-Week % Change:  -1.12 % 

The Bob (Dad)

1. I did not receive a response for the first question. Clearly, he cheated somehow then.

2. “Everything in moderation.” (In case you haven’t figured it out yet, my dad isn’t very verbose with his answers.)

Starting Weight: 223 lbs
Last Weigh In: 216.8 lbs
Current Weight: 213.4 lbs
Overall % Change: -4.30 %

2-Week % Change: -1.52 %

Me (Shane)

1. “My plan for the two weeks was to try to not graze as much and to work out pretty much every day. Went alright for the first week, but I didn’t quite make it every day. The second week didn’t go so well. I kind of thought I broke a bone in my foot (pretty sure I did not now), but it hurt enough that I didn’t want to run/bike. So that kind of set me back a little bit. Probably could have eaten less sweets as well. And I had to celebrate a little bit (because I got into med school!!!!).”

2. “My plan is to not let the holidays become a holiday month. I’m fine with overeating on Thanksgiving and Christmas, but that’s it. Outside of those days, it’s all about limiting myself.”

Starting Weight: 195 lbs
Last Weigh In: 193 lbs
Current Weight: 190.5 lbs
(This is an average. I had to use my terrible scale at home and it couldn’t distinguish between 190-191.)
Overall % Change:  -2.31 %

2-Week % Change: -1.28%

The Winner

1st: Bob  -1.52%
2nd: Me  -1.28%
3rd: Dan  -1.12%

So the Bob wins the bottle of brandy (which I forgot to leave money behind for. I can get it to you at Christmas if you want to just take care of it Dan). Meanwhile, Dan holds onto the overall lead with Bob close behind while I lag behind. The next month should really separate the contenders from the pretenders though. We’ll see who can make it through the holidays the best. And one last thing…

I finally have a photo! Since neither of them gave me, I was forced to sneak a couple during Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to get any pictures of them eating tons of food because I was too busy stuffing my own face at those times. The Bob is on the left and Dan is on the right. (Also in the background is the Mother on the right and my Aunt Carla, Dan's wife, on the left)

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Baldaufs vs. Genetics, 3rd Weigh-In

Another two weeks, another weigh-in. We’re now six weeks in, with our first real hurdle (Thanksgiving) coming up.

As usual, I had a few questions for each of us to answer this week. They are as follows:

1. What do you think was the biggest problem that led to you needing to lose weight?
2. How are you dealing with any setbacks?
3. Any plans going forward?

So how’d everyone do the last two weeks? Well, let’s see…

The Uncle (Dan)

1. “The problem that led to my need to lose weight was the sneakiness of the problem. Its uncanny ability to creep up on you like Jason chasing a shirtless chick. Also, my love of food acting as a reward, motivator, antidepressant and energy source made it hard to step away from the table.”

2. “Dealing with setbacks has been ok for me, as I knew the actions would have consequences. The resulting setback was more of a leveling then gain.”

3. “My plan going forward is to stay with the anti-carb movement until Thanksgiving, cooking lots of whole grain breads for Thanksgiving and focusing on the biking until the snow flies. Then I might just take up running like Rocky in the snow (80’s movie reference).”

(Side note: If anyone doesn’t get the Rocky reference, I am very disappointed in them. Rocky IV is a very important movie about the end of the Cold War (citation Bill Simmons from ESPN). Also, it snowed today. Yay for Wisconsin.)

Starting Weight: 268.8 lbs
Last Weigh-In: 259 lbs
Current Weight: 260 lbs
Overall % Change: -2.53% 

The Bob (Dad)

1. “Lack of exercise, due to lack of interest in exercise and the inability to say no to food.”

2. “I’m whining a lot, but that doesn’t seem to be working either, so then I stress eat Halloween candy.”

3. “I think I’ll try going low carb, but Thanksgiving will be tough.”

Starting Weight: 223 lbs
Last Weigh-In: 215.8 lbs
Current Weight: 216.8 lbs
Overall % Change: -2.78%

Me (Shane)

1. “The biggest problem for me was getting into a habit of not working out. I had a problem with that my sophomore year of college, but I did a really good job of sticking with working out throughout my junior year. Around winter break of my 4th year, I got too busy and stopped working out and never really got back into it. And then it became the norm and I stopped caring about it.”

2. “I started off really strong last week but since then it’s been all setbacks. They’ve been killing me. Something will come up and I’ll miss a workout, and then I’ll follow it up by eating out or eating too many sweets. I haven’t been handling things well.”

3. “Really committing myself to working out. I missed Monday, but now I’m back on track. Princeton Club has been treating me well. I’ve done alright with cutting my portions down, now I just need to rein in my sweet tooth to a manageable level.”

Starting Weight: 195 lbs
Last Weigh-In: 191 lbs
Current Weight: 193 lbs
Overall % Change: -1.03%


The Bob takes the lead during a week of slip-ups all around. It’s not a great sign for us to be falling back with the holidays coming up, but it’s not unexpected. The fact that all three of us gained this time around suggests that it’s more of an general issue of the enthusiasm of the first few weeks wearing off.

So we’re combating that by placing a 2-week side bet. Whoever loses the most these next two weeks wins a bottle of brandy (or some other booze) from the other two, to be paid up on Thanksgiving. This should help kick start things before the holidays while getting all three of us back on track. Remember, it’s a combination of short- and long-term goals that holds the key.

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Baldaufs vs. Genetics: Second Weigh-In

Been without internet for a week and a half now. My apartment gets free internet from the landlord, but they don’t guarantee it then. So my ability to get it fixed has been limited to calling and waiting, while toeing the line of bitching too much and being told to get my own damn internet. Therefore, my internet usage has been limited to whatever I can conveniently do on my phone. Of which blogging is not one of. Hopefully the internet will be back soon.

Anyways, the second weigh-in for Baldaufs vs Genetics was on Monday. This one’s going to be quick and dirty. Need to maximize my internet usage.

The Uncle (Dan)

(Quick explanation: We’re each doing a brief summary of the last 2 weeks)

Starting Weight: 268.8 lbs
Current Weight: 259 lbs
Percentage Loss: 3.65%

“259.0 this week which is amazing considering the Vegas trip was filled with endless Prime Rib, Mexican, Chocolate fondue, and booze, lots and lots of booze.”

The Bob (Dad)

Starting Weight: 223 lbs
Current Weight: 215.8 lbs
Percentage Loss: 3.23%

“Soda is still winning. Been working late so I end up eating shortly before bed, that doesn’t seem to be the best way to lose weight”

Me (Shane)

Starting Weight: 195 lbs
Current Weight: 191 lbs
Percentage Loss: 2.05%

“Started a 2-month membership at Princeton Club, seems to be going pretty well. Ate out too much. I really need to work on the stress eating. Interviews haven’t been kind to me. But I’m making some progress and there’s a lot of areas to improve on, so things are looking up. Plus I smoked my brother in racquetball. I may struggle in tennis, but my hold as king of the racquetball court remains unassailable. (Seriously. Destruction.)”


Dan remains in the lead with the Bob keeping pace closely. Both of them are doing quite well with impressive losses so far. As for me, I’m finally on the board! And not out of striking distance yet. We’ll see if they can keep it up as I come after them in the next few weeks.

Baldaufs Vs. Genetics — First Weigh-in

**Update: Added my dad’s weight and corrected the wrap-up**

Two weeks in. Time for the first weigh-in. To check-in, I asked my dad and uncle to answer the following questions:

  1. How do you think things have been going? Better or worse than you would like?
  2. What’s been the toughest thing so far? The easiest?
  3. Any adjustments going forward?

Bob (The Father) 

Still no picture, so the Barrel Man continues

1. “I haven’t looked at a scale since I weighed in, but I think I started out
pretty well. By later later in the week was drinking as much soda as before
and the second weekend was homecoming here, so everything went out the window(Mary Muellenbach cookies are hard to resist). I’m going to guess that when I weigh in my weight will not have changed much. I think I was down, but gained some back. I hope you and Dan have done better, it’ll force me to work harder.”

2. “I need to find a replacement for soda, something that would help the caffeine headache would be nice.”

3. “I still think portion control is the key to sustaining this for the long haul, but I’m wondering if I should try a more Atkins approach to kick start some weight loss.”

Starting Weight: 223 lbs
Current Weight: 218 lbs

% Change: -2.24% 

 Dan (The Uncle)

Also no picture yet. Might resort to increasingly unflattering pictures until I get something to use.

1. “Things were going very well, until I hit the first weekend, seemed like we had 3 “get togethers” that lead to either drinking or eating the wrong things. Back on track after this weekend, down 7lbs, slighly less than I wanted , but enough to continue to motivate.”

2. “Cooking is the toughest thing, time does not always offer itself, therefore ease of eating out takes over. Easiest has been walking, going pretty well. Lunches are very difficult on the road.”

3. “Leaving for Vegas on the 19th, sticking to no carbs until we leave, dealing with repercutions afterwards. Try to continue to walk daily, bike 2 times per week.”

Starting Weight: 268.8 lbs
Current Weight: 261.0 lbs
% Change: -2.91% 

Shane (Me) 


1. “Things haven’t gone well at all. It started with problems with the scale I bought, which is a piece of shit. I think I have it figured out now. Anyways, I’ve been sickish so working out has really taken a backseat. Cooking took a little bit of a backseat too, especially with traveling for my interview.”

2. “Toughest thing has just been getting past this cold/allergies/hell. Not really any easiest yet.”

3. “Well, as soon as I feel better it’s back to the boxing gym. I have 2 weeks left on the membership there. Hopefully I’ll be playing some tennis with my brother (and if I lose again, the racquet probably isn’t surviving). I’d like to get back to the climbing gym soon. I miss going there but I could really use someone to go with so I can climb a couple full walls instead. Cooking should be back on track now. Trying to keep the carbs down a bit still and focusing on cutting down on the grazing throughout the day.”

Starting Weight: 196 lbs* (corrected)
Current Weight: 195 lbs
% Change: -0.51 %

So, not a great start for me. Dan and my dad are off to a good start though, but Dan’s trip to Vegas could give me a chance to get back into it. Regardless, I’ve got to pick up our game.

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The Competitors

To give everyone a little background, I had all three of us answer four questions. They are as follows:

  1. What are your goals for the challenge? Any specific weights/etc.?
  2. What do you think will be the biggest challenge for you in losing weight?
  3. What’s your plan? How are you going to lose weight?
  4. What specifically is motivating you to do this challenge?

Bob (The Father) 

I wasn't given a photo to use, so the Barrel Man will represent my dad for now. Why? Because I've always considered him to be barrel-shaped. Short, stout, and solid.

1. “I haven’t seen 190 since 1992. 20 years is long enough.”

2. “Portion control.”

3. “Portion control, more exercise, cutting way back on soda.”
(Side note: I am shocked about the soda thing. I’ve been trying to get him to do that for years. My dad without Mountain Dew is very hard to picture.)

4. “Generally just wanting to feel healthier.”

Starting Weight: 223 lbs

Dan (The Uncle) 

Also did not provide a photo, so he'll be represented by Garth Brooks. I've always thought he looked kind of like Garth. Might just be me.

1. “Significant size reduction. A1c of 6.0 in 6 months. Weight of 220 or less. Shoe size stays the same. Pant size to 36 or less. Wear size L shirts. My real goal is to maintain a healthy lifestyle with less food, more veggies, and more exercise.”

2. “Portion control and stopping even when the food is delicious. Keeping an exercise routine even when the weather is ugly.”

3. “Jump start loss with high protein/low carb system, fitting diabetic diet. Continue to exercise with increased length of time. After initial drop in weight, reintroduce carbs and use portion control to continue to lose.”

4. “I want to look great in my bikini, pick up chicks and turn some heads. Really, I would like to avoid some of the health concerns plaguing my (our) family. Get healthy and stay there.”

Starting Weight: 268.8 lbs

Shane (Me) 

Me. With a much smaller and cuter Olive in the background.

1. “Obviously, I want to fit into my suit first. But I want to get my weight down around 180/175. Maybe lower. My main goal is to generally get more fit.”

2. “Working out in the winter. Not eating out too much. And of course, limiting sweets intake.”

3. “Doing what I can with working out. Luckily, Groupon keeps having deals for gym memberships. So this month is a boxing gym. Also, I’m refocusing on cooking. Too much eating out lately.”

4.”Trying to get healthier and avoid the health problems in my family.”

Starting Weight: 191 lbs

(Side note again: Did not expect it to be this low. Last time I weighed myself, at the start of the summer, I was over 200. And I know I got worse. So Operation Suit Squeeze has been going quite well. My chances for winning, though, not great now.)



Baldauf’s Vs. Genetics!

Today starts Baldauf’s vs. Genetics!! Clearly, I’m excited about this as the exclamation points show (2 of them, look out!). So what is Baldauf’s vs. Genetics?

Baldauf’s vs. Genetics is a 6-month competition consisting of my dad, uncle, and me. For the next 6-months, all three of us are going to be trying to lose weight, and whoever loses the highest percentage of their starting weight wins. We don’t have the prize for the winner picked yet. We might also have a halfway point (roughly) winner on January 1st for a little added motivation through the holiday seasons.

I will have a quick profile for all three of us up later today/tomorrow for a little background and starting weights. We will each be checking in every two weeks with updates on weights and quick discussions on what we’re each doing or what’s been difficult.

I’m pretty excited. This should be really good for all three of us. Also, if anyone else wants to follow along/be a part of the competition, comment or send me an email and I’ll get you set up. Anyone is welcome to join!