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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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Weekly Links #5 — Obesity again and goals

This week’s links are short and sweet. It’s been a busy week between work and the Badger game yesterday (Russell Wilson’s pretty good, turns out). Next week I’ll be back on top of things, scouring for those fatalistic genetics articles.

1. “Study: U.S. obesity rates projected to climb by 2030” This article caught my eye because of its relationship to last week’s articles. In particular, the war on fat article talked about the CDC scaling back obesity projections. This article contrasts with that, citing another study’s projections. Odds are, things will probably fall somewhere in the middle. I did find it interesting, however, that the study noted the problems that childhood obesity could cause with the overall populations obesity. I also liked that they noted some of the cultural problems behind the obesity projections.

2. “It’s Not a Goal, It’s a Reason” This article does a good idea of recognizing both the value and the problems with goals. Goals are great for short-term motivations (like fitting into a suit) but goals are also limited to smaller timeframes. A goal of living a healthy lifestyle is difficult to keep up as motivation for an extended period of time. You need a reason and you need to keep it in view. My reason for wanting to be healthy is to avoid the health problems much of my family has had. It’s about writing my own destiny and not just giving up because I will probably have lots of problems with my weight and health.

I’ll be back next week with more. OSS and Vegetarian Adventures will be coming in the next couple of days.

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Operation Suit Squeeze

So here’s the situation. Last year, I cashed in my birthday and Christmas presents from my parents for a nice suit. My first and only suit. I needed it for medical school interviews.

Fast forward a year. I just finished all of my secondaries. Round two of interviews are coming up. Aaaand my suit doesn’t quite fit anymore. Awesome.

I know what you’re thinking–take the suit in and have them do some alterations. As I have nooo money, I’m going to try to avoid that. (Plus it makes for good motivation to get into better shape). The vest and coat fit okay still. The coat’s a little tight across the shoulders, but it’s more of a comfort thing than anything else. Besides, I don’t really think I can de-broaden my shoulders. I’ll alter it down the road.

The pants are the problem. Can’t get ’em on. At all. I need to lose at least a half inch off my waist. Maybe a full inch if I want to breath comfortably for the whole interview. So the time has come for drastic measure. I’m talking set-in-stone workout routine. Smarter eating. A complete ban on sweets (like I said, drastic measures).

I figure I’ve got 4-8 weeks before I really have to worry about interviews. The plans will get hammered out over the weekend. Everything will be chronicled under the Operation Suit Squeeze category. I’m going to breakdown what kind of things I need to look out for and avoid, how I’m going to eat, and what I’m doing to work out.

This better work. I’d really like to breathe during interviews.

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6 Things to Keep in Mind When Getting Healthy

1. “Things do not happen, they are made to happen.” JFK
Losing weight or getting healthy does not just happen. You can sit around and wait all you want, but until they invent a magic pill to lose weight, it’s not going to do anything. You have to make the changes and stick with them. Being healthy is about perseverance and determination.

2. Losing weight hurts
Your body doesn’t necessarily want to lose weight. You can’t lose weight without either feeling hungry or burning enough calories to make up for what you eat. You will be sore. But eventually, it becomes empowering. Walking through the cookie aisle at the grocery store without getting anything is satisfying. And it gets easier. Once you’re at the weight you want, maintaining it and living healthy is just a matter of making the changes in your lifestyle a part of your routine.

3. Stuff happens, get back to it
Sometimes, things get in the way. Maybe it’s been a busy work week and you just don’t have energy for the gym. Or an injure stops you from working out. We can’t control most things and it is too easy to get knocked out of a routine. It’s important to be able to roll with the punches and not let problems build up. More importantly, though, is to get back to business after things are cleared up. A healthy lifestyle can be a slippery slope for a lot of people. When something knocks you off the path for a healthy lifestyle, you need to climb back up that slope instead of getting stuck in a rut.

4.  Set small goals, but think long-term
There is plenty of evidence to show that setting small, reasonable goals for the short-term is effective. This is a very useful tool, if not necessity. But there always needs to be a big picture too. Most diets work for awhile and then fail. Losing weight or being healthy can’t just be a short term goal. Being healthy needs to be a long-term thing. It’s not just a diet, it’s changing the way you eat or live. Small goals help to keep people focused and from feeling like they aren’t making progress. Keeping the long-term in sight helps changes stick and can help you be more resilient when stuff happens (#4).

5. Just because it’s organic, doesn’t mean its healthy!
Yes, organic is better for you. But my organic cinnamon toast crunch does not count as a healthy food, unfortunately. Neither do organic two-bite brownies or organic chocolate bars. (I know, I was devastated too.) Switching to organic or natural food can help with many potential health problems, but losing weight and being healthy still requires eating well. This means less sweets, cheap carbs, and more veggies (sadly).

6. Everyone is different
Just because something works for one person, doesn’t mean it works for you. Find what works best for you. If you aren’t hungry in the morning and feel fine until lunch, you don’t have to eat breakfast to be healthy. If you hate running (I hear ya), find a different workout that you enjoy (rock climbing?). It is a lot easier to stick to changes if you find something you like doing or eating.

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