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1) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Lose Weight With Monday II - Double Digits, but no double chins!!! (Message 1627665)
Posted 14 Jan 2015 by Profile Francis Noel
Ok I'm back down to an early Intel weight of 386 lbs, I lost 6 lbs.



In one day ?
2) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Lose Weight With Monday II - Double Digits, but no double chins!!! (Message 1627302)
Posted 14 Jan 2015 by Profile Francis Noel
Aye.
Accurate numbers allow for better retroaction and are invaluable in obtaining the desired results. It is up to you to quantify the adjustment you made and see how that reduction influences your weekly caloric balance. The muffin was just an example to illustrate the point.
For some lucky people 'eat less' works without any more thought. In my case I started by monitoring my weight for a while without changing my habits in order determine what was going on, pretty much as you just did yourself. Once I had the numbers on-hand it became a case of 'I need to eat at least exactly this much less over a week to maintain, or a bit less to start losing'. This then got converted to a daily caloric allowance. I don't obsessively count everything, but I do read all he labels, make some choices, and keep aware of roughly how much I'm taking in. Some days are overbudget, others are underbudget. The idea is to get at the end of the week reasonably close to the target total. You have some good data available Vic, I sincerely hope you can use it to your advantage. As always YMMV but im my very specific and personnal case figuring out all the number is what got me losing. I can't tell you how to do it, I can only recount what worked for me.

Incidentally today was effectively overbudget after I hit the ice cream for dessert tonight. I even topped it with a shot of irish cream :P. For me, this is where excercise comes in. Every 100 calories over the target translates to 10 minutes of sustained cardio. So when I'm looking at that box of donuts at the office it is not guilt or shame that stops me from eating three. I see each donut as a half-hour of jogging so what goes through my head is 'tastyyy, but not worth 90 minutes of excercise' and I usually walk away. Usually.
So I headed back outside tonight (11:00) for some more running around in the snow to offset, ironically, the ice cream. I wish I could just go out with shirt. Just for fun here is what I looked like after 10 minutes outside :

I'd take 50F anytime :D.

I've been spewing theory and numbers all over the thread lately, you guys let me know if this is boring/too heavy. Maybe we could start a 'Tips that Work for Me™' segment where we share some stuff we do that helps ?

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3) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Lose Weight With Monday II - Double Digits, but no double chins!!! (Message 1626997)
Posted 13 Jan 2015 by Profile Francis Noel
I wish I was that pudgy, since Nov 24th 2014(375lbs), I gained 18 lbs, I'm at 392lbs now...


Sorry to hear things are not going the way you want Vic.

I did a spot of quick sloppy math with the numbers you provided.
Nov 24th to Jan 12th (today) is 7 weeks.
392-375=17 so that is 17 lbs gained over 7 weeks.
17/7=2.4 lbs per week gained, averaged.

A variation of 2.4 lbs per week (be it up or down) is a bit high. Taking into account your total body weight you could very well be able to metabolize that much. The good news here is that if you can put it on (maybe you didnt, it might be water of something else) that quick you can also shed it off just as fast.

There is some other stuff to glean from those numbers. Lets round off the supposed gains at 2 lbs/week. For humans the rule of thumb is that 1 lbs of body fat (fat, not muscle, bone etc.) equates to 1500 calories. With the numbers you provided this suggests that you would need to lower your net weekly calorie intake by 3000 units to maintain your current weight or start losing.

3000 looks like a big number. It is not. Some people eat that in a day. Scoot over to say St*rbucks dot com and look at the nutritional value of a banana chocolate chip muffin. It scores 410 cal. A muffin a day, every day, for a week totals to 3000 cals. You therefore need to adjust your intake (or expenditure, or both) by the equivalent of 1 muffin a day.

I'm not trying to be disagreeable, patronizing or anything of the sort. Again english is not my first language. This is an attempt at working with the numbers you provided to extract useful, quantifiable information and then putting that information in a usable real-life context. I realize you did not ask for advice but since I had the numbers I went ahead and 'crunched' em.


As for me, after posting today about fitting my workouts in the schedule, I took action. When the day ended it was too late for the gym (closes at 10pm) so I went outside, shoveled so more snow, and then went for a 40min run on the hardpack in full winter gear at -15C. Conclusion: I need better footwear. My feet move around in the snow boots and rub like crazy. I'll have blisters everywhere if I keep running in those. But now I know I can do it. All in all a solid hour of sustained cardio.
4) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Lose Weight With Monday II - Double Digits, but no double chins!!! (Message 1626794)
Posted 12 Jan 2015 by Profile Francis Noel
Hello all :)

This morning's reunion with the scale puts me at 196.5. I'm having trouble finding the time to work out consistently these days so I'm assuming the holiday break 'cost' me about two pounds. Not too bad considering all the drinking. I'm way under my target for physical activity right now. So much so that my last visit to the gym resulted in DOMS even though I only did half duration/intensity. At least there is some snow to shovel from time to time to keep me somewhat active. From a weight loss perpective thats not really a problem as, in my opinion, weight loss is 80% (or more) a nutrition thing. However I do want to be reasonably 'in shape' when spring comes along so I can resume running outside when the weather allows it. Time for a New Year Restart of the workouts then. I know what I have to do. Just gotta fit it in the schedule.

May your efforts be fruitful in 2015 everyone :).
5) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Lose Weight With Monday II - Double Digits, but no double chins!!! (Message 1617647)
Posted 23 Dec 2014 by Profile Francis Noel
Hey monday is not over yet :).

Back up to 191 here, which in my case is a good thing. Had two easy workouts this week and I'm feeling much better. I expect to climb back up to at least 196 as I ramp up the intensity and duration of the workouts.

But ! Holiday frenzy is upon us so there will be no workouts for the next week as I will be touring the country to visit family and friends. In fact I expect anti-workouts. Holiday foods, dessert in abundance and such. Time to loosen the belt.

See you all next year :)
6) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Lose Weight With Monday II - Double Digits, but no double chins!!! (Message 1614330)
Posted 15 Dec 2014 by Profile Francis Noel
Thanks Angela. The half-marathon is still a project for the fall of 2015....we'll see.

celttooth that would be in Québec in the early 90s. But then again I am francophone and I was born in '78 so the odds were against.
7) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Lose Weight With Monday II - Double Digits, but no double chins!!! (Message 1614239)
Posted 15 Dec 2014 by Profile Francis Noel
Good going Monday !

Lenghty post today with some human physiology insight. You guys let me know if it was interesting/boring/meh to you. I do tend to ramble.

I've had a rough week. That bug I talked about last monday turned out to be a nice seasonal Cold. You know the kind where you ache all over, get super weak, miss work and so on. I'm better today (still stuffy tho) and I'm starting to feel the spring come back in my legs. I'm here with my Monday Weigh-In but it needs some backstory.

As I was barely able to shuffle around I skipped all the workouts I had planned this last week. You may have guessed from my previous posts that I was on a pretty intense workout schedule. I was. I have hopes of running a half-marathon next summer and that is what I am training for. To put some numbers on that claim I'll state that GPS data (from an iPhone) for the month of october where I could still run outside says I ran 225km at an average pace a bit over 8km/h. When the snow settled in I transitionned to a treadmill. This is (for me and my fitness level) a very,very high volume of rather intense cardio training. Due to illness I stopped all physical activity for a week.

One of the (many) specific adaptations prolonged steady-state cardio training brings (think running for 60 to 90 minutes without pausing) is a systemic increase in blood/blood plasma volumes. Think of it as the body holding on to more stuff, a lot of which is water, in order to sustain the training load. Well since I've stopped training my body let all that extra stuff go over the last week. Last weigh-in was at 196,5 and this morning the scale said 189,00 so I'm down 7 pounds week-on-week. I was extra watchful of my diet so I've probably lost some real weight in there but there is no way to tell how much and what proportions of fat/lean muscle mass it was that I lost along with all that other stuff. My next weigh-ins should show a gain as I slowly rebuild the stores when I start training again. Might be tonight or wednesday, I dunno.

Have a great week everyone !
8) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Lose Weight With Monday II - Double Digits, but no double chins!!! (Message 1610812)
Posted 8 Dec 2014 by Profile Francis Noel
No mississipis celttooth but I do use 'seconds since epoch' under certain circumstances.

This morning's weigh-in is at 196.5 pounds. Again this is a half-pound drop week-on-week and the trend continues. Quite satisfied with that result since it has been a rough week with holiday baking (fruitcake is like kryptonite for my willpower), an office party and I caught a bug so the workouts are +1 hard (cough, cough).

I don't expect to lose much faster than .5/week in the future. The workout plan I laid out for myself had me start weight training in addition to the cardio once I broke 200 pounds and that happened in the last weeks of november. From now on I am still losing fat but also (hopefully) gaining muscle mass so the net change in weight according to the scales is going to be pretty low until I reach 185 someday. At that point I'll have to measure my BMI and set new objectives or devise a maintenance plan. Sounds complicated but you need to have a goal in order to reach it, right ?

Have a good week everyone and hang in there!
9) Message boards : News : New Data from AO (Message 1609542)
Posted 5 Dec 2014 by Profile Francis Noel
Joy !
10) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Lose Weight With Monday II - Double Digits, but no double chins!!! (Message 1607717)
Posted 1 Dec 2014 by Profile Francis Noel
I am glad you guys enjoyed Thanksgiving :). No guilting and lets get back to working towards our respective goals, yes ?

Checking in at 197 this morning. Adjusted for the light morning factor (no workout yesterday) this translates to a net loss of half a pound week-on-week and is on target.

Since Canadian Thanksgiving was back in october I've not had to deal with that over my week-end :)

It's good to hear that you are on target Francis. Well done and thanks for sharing.

Thanks Monday!
I think you have the right idea in looking at this on the long term. 400 grams is a pound so this is far from negligible. Progress is progress :D.
Being Canadian I measure distance in meters, volume in liters, temperature in celsius and megaweight in metric tonnes but for small dimensions and bodyweight I revert back to imperial. Fun!
11) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Lose Weight With Monday II - Double Digits, but no double chins!!! (Message 1607708)
Posted 1 Dec 2014 by Profile Francis Noel
I am glad you guys enjoyed Thanksgiving :). No guilting and lets get back to working towards our respective goals, yes ?

Checking in at 197 this morning. Adjusted for the light morning factor (no workout yesterday) this translates to a net loss of half a pound week-on-week and is on target.

Since Canadian Thanksgiving was back in october I've not had to deal with that over my week-end :)
12) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Favorite candy bars (Message 1605941)
Posted 27 Nov 2014 by Profile Francis Noel
I am surprised, I really thought it
was better known out side of Quebec....


How about that.....no one got it.




Oh I know what that is. Yes, it is addictive.

Speaking of addictive does anyone remember Lowney's Caravan ? That was, and still is my favorite bar. Sadly Lowney was Borg'd by Hershey and their products disappeared.

I know you still have the recipes Hershey! Bring it Back !
13) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Talk about your profile pic (Message 1605768)
Posted 26 Nov 2014 by Profile Francis Noel
I like this thread.


My profile pic is me, as The Ray-Ban Warrior.
Pic was taken some 11 or 12 years ago at least. That night me and some friends decided to do some drinking. Outside. In the winter time. All we had was Budweiser, but we did have quite a lot of the stuff. I was being funny, and had chosen what I deemed an appropriate vessel for the Bud in the form of a very, very small mug. Also sunglasses at night. Funny. Drinking outside had to be canceled as the beer kept freezing since we hit -42 that night.

My avatar is Milkman Dan.
That's just horrible...


Your profile pic reminds me of the beer walks we do here in the winter. There are parts of town where there is bar after bar after bar, and some people like to hit each one in one night. :~)



We call that 'Faire la tournée des Grands Ducs'. The expression originates from the late 1800's where Russian Dukes would visit Paris and do exactly as you said.
14) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Talk about your profile pic (Message 1605516)
Posted 26 Nov 2014 by Profile Francis Noel
I like this thread.


My profile pic is me, as The Ray-Ban Warrior.
Pic was taken some 11 or 12 years ago at least. That night me and some friends decided to do some drinking. Outside. In the winter time. All we had was Budweiser, but we did have quite a lot of the stuff. I was being funny, and had chosen what I deemed an appropriate vessel for the Bud in the form of a very, very small mug. Also sunglasses at night. Funny. Drinking outside had to be canceled as the beer kept freezing since we hit -42 that night.

My avatar is Milkman Dan.
That's just horrible...
15) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Lose Weight With Monday II - Double Digits, but no double chins!!! (Message 1605512)
Posted 26 Nov 2014 by Profile Francis Noel
Thanks Monday !
Keep the goal in sight but no obsessing 'kay ? :)


I see lots of talk about diets. Specific calls of "eat this, don't eat that" and so forth. 'Bleah' indeed. Bleah I say !

Diets do work. But they do not work because of what you eat/do not eat while following them. They work because they are thought-out, calculated, nutrition plans that were purpose-built with a specific goal in mind.

Think about it.

You could base a complete 'diet' on carrots and oatmeal and lose weight...or bulk up. The foodstuffs themselves are unimportant (but you must get all necessary nutrients to stay healthy).

Be very weary of people telling you what you must/must not eat...or do... or think.

Food is fuel, food is fun and pleasure.

How are you all eating right now ? Do you have a plan ? I have one. Made it meself to suit me and me life. It includes hamburgers, pie and ice cream !
16) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Lose Weight With Monday II - Double Digits, but no double chins!!! (Message 1604977)
Posted 24 Nov 2014 by Profile Francis Noel
Hi there

Just stumbled on this thread.
I truly wish everyone's weight loss efforts are met with success.

I kicked myself in the butt mid-july this year and shed 30+ lbs since. I've been under 200 lbs for two whole weeks now. Final goal is maintaining at 190 lbs but there is much more to it than what the scales say.

Losing weight is hard work but the rewards are worth the effort, and the process (it *is* a process, not an end result) can yield so many other benefits !

Hang in there !
17) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Beer Drinkers thread part 18 (Message 1551141)
Posted 1 Aug 2014 by Profile Francis Noel
Today opens the first edition of the Festival de la bière de la Côte-Nord in my town. 12 microbreweries to be present on-site :D.

This is going to be a good week-end.

Cheers !



That sounds awesome! I need to brush up on my French, and head to Quebec. :~)


A beer tour of the province would be quit possible...
There are over 100 microbreweries (and less than 8 million inhabitants...), and at least 10 distinct beer festivals that I am personnaly aware of. Most of us understand English, too !
18) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Beer Drinkers thread part 18 (Message 1551082)
Posted 1 Aug 2014 by Profile Francis Noel
Today opens the first edition of the Festival de la bière de la Côte-Nord in my town. 12 microbreweries to be present on-site :D.

This is going to be a good week-end.

Cheers !
19) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Why do you run SETI@home? (Message 1488085)
Posted 12 Mar 2014 by Profile Francis Noel
make things better for humanity. My
ordinary life wont make that happen


Sir I disagree with your statement. I believe
that the reason that all of us are here is because
you and others like you, now and all through time do
what you do every day. You pay your taxes, you
keep the laws, you make small children smile and feel
safe. You should not say that you are not important to the
big picture. With out people like you and me, and all
the others who put in the time and effort to live every
day, there would be no Seti project, there would be
no town, city, country, or even human race. If you only
once had some one say, "You made my day" you are
important. I am glad that I know that you are alive,
and I am willing to bet that there are great many other
people in your life who are able to say the same thing. I'll
even say that the whole human race would have reason
to say the same thing. With people like you, me, or the
others in here, the future looks as bright as it can ever be.
I have read that there have been millions of other kinds
of animals that have come and gone on this world, but
we are here now. the reason for all of this is because of
individuals who living as we do, make things better for
humanity.


I agree with what you are saying celttooth. I do try, every day, to be the best human possible and to better myself along the way. I am not a native anglohpone so I'll try as best I can to clarify.

What I meant by that statement, which is to be taken along with those following it, is I do not have any more impact on the advancement of Civilization than any other average Joe. However I feel that S@H and BOINC give me an indirect opportunity to contribute and help advance real knowledge for everyone and generations to come just by runing software and paying the Hydro bill. Whitout those means I could maybe contribute money to some research fund but doing actual signal analysis and making BOINC possible is so much more hands on ! I am greatful to be able to contribute is what I'm saying.
20) Message boards : Number crunching : Worth running two WUs simultaneously on mainstream Kepler cards ? (Message 1487831)
Posted 12 Mar 2014 by Profile Francis Noel
Thank you Juan.

The cases you present are very interesting in regards to my concern about a slower CPU keeping a faster GPU fed. The Q8200 vs GTX670 seems to illustrate this well.

From what I see it looks my 1090T is still able to keep up with the 660 while crunching on all cores.

Tuning based on GPU load seems like the way to go.


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