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%

Recap:

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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The Pros and Cons of Stress Eating

First of all, sorry for the missing post last Friday for the still-untitled third section of the blog. Still lacking internet. I might have to break down and start paying someone for internet again. Either that or hunt down who my landlords get (or more accurately don’t get) the internet through, and then call them every 5 minutes whenever I’m not working. The second idea is surprisingly tempting. Moving on…

This week’s food post is all about stress eating. I’m currently in that totally awesome period of time where I’m just waiting to hear back from the schools I’ve interviewed with and waiting to see if the last two schools I haven’t heard anything from will give me an interview. I also got my first rejection (from a school that I interview with). Not that much of a surprise, but the wait list would have been nice. So I’ve been bouncing back and forth from a general level of stress from waiting to a full blown WHAT THE HELL AM I GOING TO DO WITH MY LIFE!?!?! level. I’m sure most recent college grads or soon-to-be-grads can relate.

I generally deal with stress in a few ways:

  1. Extreme irritability–Much scowling and complaining here. I try to avoid it, but it happens. (My apologies to the Girlfriend)
  2. Sloth–Some people work out to deal with stress. Occasionally I do when the irritability builds up too much. But more frequently, I don’t do anything. As someone who is trying to lose weight, this usually doesn’t help things much (weight-wise or stress-wise)
  3. Eat–As long as I’m not working out, why not eat more! Because stress isn’t bad enough for one’s health on it’s own!
  4. Eat Some More–Especially sweets, resulting in a never-ending spiral of more sweets.

So, in order to convince myself more thoroughly why I should avoid stress eating, we’re going to make a pros and cons list.

Pro: Eating Makes Me Feel Better

When you’re stressed, why shouldn’t you do things that make you happy? I like eating. I can’t help it. (“It’s the genetics!” whispering in the back of my mind. Might want to get that checked out.) And it does make me feel better. Who doesn’t like cookies and milk? (I mean seriously Whole Foods, how many weeks can these cookies be on sale? You’re killing me!) I can feel the endorphins flooding my system with each bite until I hit an only slightly uncomfortable food coma.

Con: The Subsequent Self-Loathing

First, let’s be honest. I rarely stop at slightly uncomfortable and go full bore into an extremely uncomfortable food coma. Then I feel guilty about eating an entire row of cookies. Plus, I’m already not working out because of the sloth strategy so I only hate myself more. Things just keep spiraling more and more once I start stress eating.

Con: More Eating Out

An increased appetite. A crabby attitude towards cooking (see extreme irritability) and the dishes that go with it. Just wanting unhealthy food. It all adds up to ordering out more. Now I’m spending more money and eating less healthy than before.

Pro: More Eating Out

Tasty food. No dishes. No cooking. Doesn’t sound that bad actually. We’ll call it a wash for now. Ignoring the money part.

Pro: I Like Sweets

Cookies, brownies, chocolate bars (dark chocolate = healthy right!?)–I like them very much. They are delicious. No further arguments are needed.

Con: My Inability to Moderate Myself

Once a little bit of sugar enters my system, it creates an unquenchable need for sweets. It’s like a vacuum. I’m turned into a mindless, sugar-killing machine. When I was younger, I would eat an entire pan of cookie bars over the course of the day. Any time I went into the kitchen, I’d grab one or two. Eventually, I’d be making up reasons to go to the kitchen. I need something to drink. Oops, forgot my pen in the kitchen. Get back here you silly cat–oh hey, cookie bars! Then it would devolve into getting a brother to bring them back for me. Hey Aaron, I’ll give you a dollar if you bring me a cookie bar. Hey Kyle, get me a cookie bar and I might not punch you. Bam! All gone. (And Kyle probably punched.)

Things haven’t improved. You’d think without brothers to bribe or extort, it’d be a little better. But now I make the sweets. Which means I have the leftover batter or dough all to myself. Which might be worse, since I eat all the extras and then eat the cookies or brownies too. Plus the Girlfriend doesn’t put up nearly as much of a fight as my father in terms of quantity eaten. Which leads to…

Con: Increased Need to Work Out

All the bad eating and uncontrolled bingeing means, more working out. And another bad week in Baldaufs vs Genetics. As someone who doesn’t love working out, definitely a con.

Verdict: Stress Eating Is Bad

Okay, no real surprises here. But let’s be honest, this was mostly an exercise in convincing myself to stop eating so shitty. I really need to find a different stress hobby than eating. While stress eating is enjoyable and maybe even helpful in the short-term, it only creates more problem down the road. And while it is important to blow off steam once in awhile with a few cookies, an entire pan of brownies is probably a bad idea. So remember kids–Moderation!!

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Trust Me, I’m Going to Be A Doctor Intro

Welcome to Trust Me, I’m Going to Be A Doctor (hopefully). Once a week I’m going to post on various public health topics that interest me or catch my eye. A lot of the time, it will probably be one link or video that I will breakdown and/or discuss why it’s right or wrong. Usually, I’ll provide further links for people that want to know more. As always, I’m open for suggestions! If you have a topic you want discussed or are just curious about, let me know. (My email is srbaldauf@gmail.com if there isn’t an easy way to do so on the page).

Anyways, I’m going to jump right in this week. This was one of the first videos that really got me thinking about public health issues. The video itself is a little long at 20 minutes, but definitely worth it and I highly encourage you to watch it at some point.

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Cooking Tips for Non-Cookers

A lot of people I know don’t cook. They don’t want to; they don’t like to; they aren’t good at it, etc. I never used to be someone who cooked a lot. Cooking meant mac and cheese, frozen pizza, or fried egg sandwiches (nom nom nom). I started cooking more chiefly because I no longer had my mom to cook for me (horrible day). Then it kind of grew on it’s own as I moved towards a healthier, more organic diet. I would suggest Michael Pollan or the Slow Food movement for anyone more interested in why they should cook. I’m still not an excellent cook, but I’ve come a long ways from the mac and cheese days. So now I’m going to post some tips for you non-cookers out there to get you on your way.

1. Start Off Simple

It’s easy to screw up meals and get discouraged, especially when you aren’t sure what you’re doing. So you’ve got to ease into it. Start with basic recipes. Try to keep the ingredient list down and the amount of things to do at a minimum. I probably spent an entire year or two where I mostly made a pasta/stir fry thingy. Great starting point. Buy some meat, a few veggies and throw them in a pan with a little oil. Add noodles and sauce and you’re good to go. Or rice I suppose. But I still screw up rice so maybe hold off on that. Or maybe it’s me. I’m not really sure why I struggle with rice.

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Pulling (Sweet) Teeth Intro

Welcome to the revamped Shane vs. Genetics. I’m doing three posts a week on different subjects. Mondays/Tuesdays are food. They’ll all be found in the Pulling (Sweet) Teeth category listed over thurr –>. Wednesdays/Thursdays are public health topics. They’ll be in the category, Trust Me, I’m Going to be a Doctor. Fridays/Saturdays are working out and other random stuff. Still working on the title for that category.

Anyways, this is Pulling (Sweet) Teeth. I’m going to talk about cooking, eating healthy, and food in general here. Why Pulling (Sweet) Teeth? Well, eating veggies (and healthy) has always been like pulling teeth for me and the rest of my family for the most part. Just ask my mom. The sweet part has to do with my diabolical sweet tooth (or teeth. They probably all work together to conspire against me).

If you have any suggestions for posts in this section, let me know. If you think of something to say with an article, comment! Please! Some discussions on these posts would be great.

Where Have I Been?

Judging by the fact that I have still been getting views, many of you have probably been wondering where the posts have been. As I mentioned in the newest Baldaufs vs Genetics, I’ve been without internet. Being lazy, I’m just going to copy and paste that here to help those of you who are too lazy to scroll down to it or find it. So here’s what’s been up:

“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 break has allowed me to rethink how I’m going to work the blog going forward. Baldaufs vs Genetics will continue, but Operation Suit Squeeze has essentially come to a close with my last interview scheduled for tomorrow, for now. Similar to the old weekly links, I’m going to pick one link a week to discuss more in-depth and hopefully start some conversation in the comments. I’m also probably going to do one post a week that is a random topic chosen by me. This could be ranking workout songs, figuring out the perfect workout place, etc. Not sure how this one’s gonna work out. We’ll see. But once my internet is back up, I will be back to posting regularly. Hopefully with the three set posts a week, it’ll help me keep them coming on a regular basis. Be back soon. If the internet gods are kind.

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.)”

Recap:

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) 

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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OSS Phase 2 — 13 Days Left

Phase 1 is complete. Had the interview yesterday; everything fit just fine. The interview went okay. I’m now 2 for 2 with interviewers I can’t get a read on. Med school interviews in general frustrate the hell out of me. I go and see all kinds of awesome things, and the only thing I want is to get started. I’m sick of waiting around, trying to keep up with the bills. I want to start med school and getting learning the things that interest me.

And then, after seeing what I have to wait for, I have an interview that leaves me doubting if I’ll get in or not. Yes, I am aware that I have less of a medical background then most people. I would love to be working as an EMT or Anesthesia Tech (okay, maybe not that one–too much chemistry probably) but I can’t afford the classes and I certainly can’t afford to push back med school. Yes, I know all about the challenges of med school; and yes, I still want to do it.

Alright. Sorry for the venting. Phase 2 is all about still fitting into the suit for the next interview in two weeks. Or fitting into it better. On the suit front, things have not been going well lately. I still fit just fine, but I’ve been sick or having an allergy flare-up (not really sure). Either way, been feeling fairly shitty and certainly haven’t felt up to working out. Especially the boxing gym. An diminished ability to inhale, combined with a cough, up against a 30 minute, non-stop, high-intensity workout sounds like a recipe for death. So yeah. Hopefully things improve soon.

Also have been eating out too much, especially with traveling for my interview. But I’ve got this week all planned out now for cooking. So things should be better on that front. Which is good, need to kickstart some weight loss for Baldaufs vs. Genetics. So that’s the update. Sorry again for the venting.

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OSS — 1 Day Left

First interview is tomorrow. Had the whole suit on yesterday and it fit! Without any discomfort too! (Other than the neck, which was just a little tight, but who needs to breath anyways?). Pants are slightly tight still, creating a muffin-top effect (the girlfriend’s term). Yay for love handles. Guess that’s the next goal.

Anyways, this week didn’t actually go very well for any of my plans. The weather was beautiful, but my allergies really killed it for me. So I didn’t get much working out in, unfortunately. Didn’t do terrible on cutting down the carbs. Ate out once. Not a great week but I did limit myself pretty well all week. And things apparently worked.

So Phase 1 is complete and it’s a success. After tomorrow, it’s on to Phase 2. Fitting into the suit even better for the next interview in two weeks.

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