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Week of 11/10

  11/18/13 00:25, by , Categories: General

We had a busy but fun week.

Monday night, we played Settlers of Catan with people from my work. I was shut down pretty quickly. Molly and Jacob worked to get everyone to block any possible paths I had for expansion. It was still a good time. Dave had never played before that night and the next day he was already asking when we were going to play again.

Settlers of Catan

Tuesday night, we met with Michael and Lisa at Ruby Tuesdays for dinner before going to the movies. I had never eaten there before. I always thought it was just like Applebees, but the salad bar and free cheesy biscuits were a nice touch. After dinner we saw Thor 2, which blew away my expectations.

Thursday night, we went out for dinner with Molly's uncle Robin at Zocalo's. He had been there once before and didn't like it, so we were hoping to prove that they do have good food. While Robin said that his food was good, it was pretty ironic that my food wasn't as good as anything I've had there before. The guacamole appetizer was good enough to make up for the lackluster entree, though.

Friday, I was trying to get a ticket to see Capital Cities and Fitz and the Tantrums. The show had been sold out for weeks, but I thought I might be able to get one second hand. I was only willing to spend $40 for a ticket, and the cheapest one on StubHub all day was $65. Karl already had a ticket, so I figured I would go with him to the venue and see if I could score one from a scalper. When we got there, a lady asked us if we had an extra ticket. She had been there for over an hour trying to get one. Karl was willing to try to help me get a ticket for a while before going in, so we started asking passersby if they had a ticket to sell. Eventually, I saw someone hold a piece of paper up across the street. There was a scalper with one ticket. I let the lady who had been there for so long go over and get it since I felt like she had more effort invested in it than I did. She paid $45 for the ticket. After trying to find another ticket for a while longer, I gave up. Karl went in to the show and I headed back to my car.

Later that night, Karl texted me to say that I was lucky to have saved my money and he wished he would have sold his ticket to that lady.

I had been invited to go to Ryan's house with some other people from work, so I decided to head down there instead of going home. Not that I don't enjoy spending time with my wonderful wife, but I felt like since my concert plans fell through I still wanted to do something different for the night. So, I headed down to Akron where Ryan has a nice house in the woods. Jacob and I played Ryan's MAME cabinet pretty much the whole time we were there. Others joined in from time to time. Marble Madness with a trackball was pretty intense. We also played Galaga, Millipede, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. It was a lot of fun.

The Biggest Loser II

  04/02/13 13:27, by , Categories: General

The final weigh in was yesterday and I got second place!

I lost 7 pounds in the last 3 weeks. That’s 20.5 pounds overall. My total body weight percentage lost was 10.35%.

I lost more than I thought I would and actually came within a percentage point of the winner of the contest. Unfortunately, taking off my belt wasn’t enough to put me in first.

I plan on continuing to pay attention to the number of calories I consume so that I can maintain this weight and I’ve already started weight lifting this morning. Right now, I’m just skinnier; I need to get stronger.

Before & After:

Before & After

The Biggest Loser II

  03/13/13 10:48, by , Categories: General

Oops. I forgot to update this last week.

I lost 6.5 lbs in the last 5 weeks. That’s 13.5 lbs overall.

The person who was in the lead for most of the contest so far has been diagnosed with Graves’ Disease which has resulted in him losing 9 lbs in the past week even though he was eating a lot of food and not exercising. We disqualified him and refunded him his entrance fee.

That puts me in second place, but the guy in third place is only about 0.2% behind me. My birthday is this weekend, so that makes it extra hard to eat healthy. I was planning on going to a Brazilian steakhouse for my birthday dinner. Now that doesn’t seem like such a good idea. Especially since I didn’t lose any weight last week.

The Mayo Clinic recently did a study on the effects of monetary incentives in weight loss programs.

The study results showed that those involved in the incentive-based programs were far more likely to reach their monthly target weight loss than those in the nonincentive groups.

Those who were able to earn money for dropping weight in the study lost an average of 9.08 pounds over the course of a year, compared with 2.34 pounds for participants in the nonincentive groups. Furthermore, 62 percent of those in the incentive groups completed the yearlong program, compared with just 26 percent for those who didn’t receive cash incentives.

The Biggest Loser II

  02/04/13 09:57, by , Categories: General

I lost 7 lbs in the last 4 weeks.

I’ve been counting my calories most weekdays and I’ve been running on a treadmill for an average of 30 minutes between 3 to 5 times per week.

I’m not in the top 3 losers for the contest yet, but I think if I can keep losing weight like I have been, slow and steady may win the race.

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The Biggest Loser II

  01/07/13 22:03, by , Categories: General

I’m running a “Biggest Loser” contest at work for the next 12 weeks. We’ve got 15 participants that each chipped in $15 to be distributed to the top 3 losers.

I’ve only gained 7 pounds since my final weigh-in from the 2008 Biggest Loser contest. I could still stand to lose some weight, though. I did a quick BMI calculation and I’m a pound or two over the line to be considered overweight. It would be great if I could get down to a good healthy weight and gain some muscle mass.

Last time around, I pretty much lost all of my weight on diet alone. This time, my plan is to not only count my calories, but exercise at least five days a week.

Having tv shows on my tablet to watch while running on the treadmill makes that activity a lot more appealing. While that is a great way to burn calories, I need to do some muscle-building activities as well.

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