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[EAST] PAX East 2012 Fitness Group! [Meetup Friday 4/6 1PM outside the Wyvern Theater]

BaconSandwichBaconSandwich Registered User regular
edited April 2012 in PAX Archive
Meetup info!

We'll have a small meetup right after the Fitocracy panel, 1:00 PM on Friday. This is conveniently 30 minutes after the PA Q&A. Challenge coins will be awarded to our winners there.

I kept meaning to make up some sort of swag, but I'm sorry it didn't happen this year. The only things I'll have to give out are 2 coins. And hugs.



Old stuff is old and being kept here so others can see what I tried (and failed) to do.

Welcome ladies, gentlemen and smizmars to the only thread completely dedicated to making PAX East 2012 the sexiest PAX yet!

We have a Fitocracy group, feel free to join: http://ftcy.co/vbq5sa

EDIT 3/25/2012 Ok, there are just a couple weeks till PAX so I thought I would update with the standings of our weight loss competition. Remember, highest percentage weight lost gets a spiffy PAX East 2012 Challenge Coin for their very own.

The entrants and current percentages are as follows:

Dgeorge318 233.5 - 210.8 (-9.7%)
vttym 234 - 219 (-6.4%)
ishtra 148 - 138.6 (-6.35%)
LexiconGrrl 190 - 179 (-5.8%)
redfield85 243.2 - 231.0 (-5.0%)
Izzie 194 - 187 (-3.6%)
PurpleBek 170 - 164 (-3.5%)
PayneTrayne 258.6 - 250.4 (-3.1%)
browncoatbeth 197 - 192.0 (-2.5%)
TheAsianKnight 210 - 205 (-2.4%)
BaconSandwich 247.8 - 242.4 (-2.2%)
Direwolf 316 - 309 (-2.2%)
Dreamwish 252 - 252 (+/- 0%)
adidas.angel 134 - 134.5 (+0.4%)
SpectacledBear 261 - 262 (+0.4%)


If you are not on this list, you have not logged your weight more than twice. There is still time though! I know people are on different weigh-in schedules, but I would ask that everyone submit their final weigh-in on or before Wednesday, April 4th so I can make final calculations and declare a winner. If you are the winner, you will need to be at the Fitness Group meetup at 1PM outside the Wyvern Theater, directly following the Fitocracy panel.

As far as our Fitocracy Group Challenge is concerned, MWX is currently in the lead, with PayneTrayne and Dgeorge318 hot on his tail. If Dgeorge, who is currently #1 on the weight loss competition, also takes #1, I will have to construct some sort of makeshift obstacle course so #2 on both Fitocracy and on weight loss must compete for the final prized Challenge Coin.


OLD STUFF:

PAX East 2012 Get-In-Shapeathon!

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What this is:

Get-In-Shapeathon is a bunch of nerds trying to increase their stats, and helping each other along the way. As opposed to last year, it is not a contest, but there are prizes!

Get-In-Shapeathon will run in two 6-month rounds, 4/6/11-10/5/11 and 10/6/11-4/6/2012. It's okay if you don't start right at the startup date, but your goals will be much easier to attain if you start early

Each entrant should set at least 3 Stat Boost goals and 1 Level Up Challenge per 6 month period. Stat Boosts could include building muscle (STR), honing a physical skill (DEX), endurance (CON), or anything else. I will allow just about anything so long as there is good reasoning behind it. Level Up Challenges should be something you want to attain in 6 months (lose a set amount of weight, run a half-marathon, etc.) Each Stat Boost gets you a +1 button of the appropriate stat, Level Up gets you a Level Up button.

What you need:

I would ask that entrants post an introduction and their list of 1st round Stat Boosts and Level Ups. If you feel like uploading a Before picture of a scale, bodyfat reading, or self photo (SFW obviously), that makes for some excellent motivation.

I would ask that entrants update weekly if possible. Once you have achieved a goal, please let me know so I can update my list.

Interested members:

Oldmangloom315
RedBerries
LollerskateDJ
Korvas
psychopez
RockTheGolem
Razemual
pureval
juju
Durinthal
Holyyakker
feitocomfruta
SirJohnBear
LedaXI
ArmyKnife
Stephidabefida
F1CTIONAL
zeeklumpkins
Korvas
tortured3
zepherin
Soyduck
Bigmike64
Direwolf
spiderz13
BaconSandwich

ORIGINAL POST

This one kind of fizzled out last year, but I'm willing to give it another go. Basically, this is a challenge for all those who maybe feel like they were lugging a few extra pounds around the BCEC and want things to be different next year.

Right now, I'm just looking for interested people. If we get enough on board, we can set up some Official Rules.

I'm thinking the only way to make this fair, and also the least complicated is weight loss only[EDIT no it's not]. Percentage lost seems to be the best way to keep an even playing field.

Anyway, post if you're interested and we'll build on this as we go! Thank you.

BaconSandwich on
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  • Oldmangloom315Oldmangloom315 Registered User
    edited March 2011
    I was one of those that dropped off the face of the planet last year. I'm interested and now that I have a stable living situation again, definitely would want to participate and keep up this year.

  • RDubbRDubb Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    I was wondering what happened to this.

    It's really great idea and you should definitely pursue it again. I'm not sure how many people will stick with it for an entire year if you start now, so perhaps getting serious about it once Fall arrives would yield more participants. Or maybe make Prime 2011 the end date and then restart it for East 2012?

    Were you going to have some sort of organized weight loss competition or just make it a support group with a meet-up at PAX to celebrate? On the same note, could people who don't want to lose weight but want to build muscle get involved?

  • RedBerriesRedBerries Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    I would totally sign up for this! I was dead on my feet by Sunday! I am doing to Jimmy Fund walk this year too so I can tie it into to my training for that as well

  • BaconSandwichBaconSandwich Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    RDubb wrote: »
    I was wondering what happened to this.

    It's really great idea and you should definitely pursue it again. I'm not sure how many people will stick with it for an entire year if you start now, so perhaps getting serious about it once Fall arrives would yield more participants. Or maybe make Prime 2011 the end date and then restart it for East 2012?

    Were you going to have some sort of organized weight loss competition or just make it a support group with a meet-up at PAX to celebrate? On the same note, could people who don't want to lose weight but want to build muscle get involved?

    Yeah, looking back at the OP I basically put NO real info in there. I will update it later but for now:

    Get-In-Shapeathon is a weight loss challenge. As I currently see it, the person to lose the highest percentage of weight gets a free 3 day pass to PAX East. That in mind, I see the contest running until passes go on sale. Like everything else, all suggestions are welcome.

    Being a freshman Kinesiology major, the idea of just weight loss kind of rubs me the wrong way. What we really want to find out is fat lost/muscle gained, right? Only trouble is, it's really hard to quantify that unless you have a body fat scale. They are not expensive at all, but I understand a lot of people won't have one. I'm open to suggestions for fixes.

    To make things easy, I would ask that you have some sort of digital scale, a camera (timestamp if possible), and the motivation to post an update with a new weigh in every week.

    More to come as it comes to mind

    PAX East 2010/2011/2012 Omeganaut!
  • LollerskateDJLollerskateDJ Registered User
    edited March 2011
    I'm down for this. Although I think doing a short-term goal by Prime 2011 and getting to the long-term goal by East 2012 would be awesome, in fact, that's what I'm shooting for! I can't do any meetups since I live in the middle of nowhere(no really, put my location in googlemaps) but let's do this. brb getting a head start, I have a lot to lose ;-;

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  • KorvasKorvas Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    I'm def gonna be a part of this... I don't really have much to loose, but I am def an advocate for healthy living and wouldn't mind helping out whether it be tips, or just motivation. I think this is a great idea!

  • psychopezpsychopez Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    I've been on and off of http://plus5cha.com/, and having a geek community behind you and a goal really helps. I'm up for a Prime 2011 goal as well as an East 2012 goal...

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  • King of MarsKing of Mars Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    The best part about this is that it's from someone called BaconSandwich. :P I don't need to lose weight, but I'll provide moral support/encouragement to anyone who needs it. Good luck, everyone! :)

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  • RockTheGolemRockTheGolem Registered User
    edited March 2011
    RedBerries wrote: »
    I would totally sign up for this! I was dead on my feet by Sunday! I am doing to Jimmy Fund walk this year too so I can tie it into to my training for that as well

    Red led me here to this thread. I am totally in. I've been dieting and working out for a little while now, and I dread the thought of how rough PAX East would have been this year if I hadn't lost the weight I already have. But one thing I've discovered is that the work is made easier when there are other people suffering through it with you (misery loves company after all). So, lets do this thing!

  • RazemualRazemual Registered User
    edited March 2011
    I would totally be on board for this. It actually would probably give me pretty good motivation for something I've been wanting to do for a long time.

    Totes new forum poster, long-time reader.
  • purevalpureval Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    I am in. I have been losing weight/working out for a few years now and could use some motivation to keep me going. Give or take 80lbs down so far and more to go. The weigh in picture is the hardest part for me as we do not own a scale.

  • jujujuju Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    I'm signing up for this thanks to the people busting my butt over it on Twitter (You know who you are o_O)

    I could stand to lose weight but I'm not super-overweight. As I live and work in metro-Boston, I don't have a car so I walk every day anywhere from 10-25 minutes, as well as stand and walk from 8-12 hours a day. I eat a lot of small meals and don't "diet" at all, but I haven't gained weight in a while even though I eat some terrible things, all because of my current activity level

    I probably won't give many people a run for their money for the PAX badge as I'll probably circuit train (muscle=weight) but I'm super competitive and my overall goal is to be active - I got a bit of the way into training for a 5k last year but I sustained an ankle injury that got me off-track. So let's give this a whirl, shall we? ;)

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  • LollerskateDJLollerskateDJ Registered User
    edited March 2011
    You volunteered to join in. PEEEEEEEEEEEEEER PRESSSSUUUURRRREEEE

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  • DurinthalDurinthal Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    I'm in too. Now I need to go buy a scale.

    Now waiting...
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  • HolyyakkerHolyyakker Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Sadly I did the HUGE bulk of my weight lost prePAX. I've gone from 205 to 175 since December 27th. That said, I'm still about 20 pounds of goal and currently I have the benefit of a trainer so I can share what is working for me and what mistakes I have made if it helps.

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  • jujujuju Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    We should make a sub-team. Team Twitter Spam [LITE]. See how many full people we can make out of all the weight we lose as a whole. Lollerskate DJ will be our ~thinspiration~. King of Mars will be our team mascot.

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  • LollerskateDJLollerskateDJ Registered User
    edited March 2011
    Why do I have to be the thinspo....i'm the fattest one *A*

    Edit: Ohhh I see why now. I have the most to lose...therefore being the inspiration.

    Very well then I accept that title and will lose as much weight as I can.

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  • feitocomfrutafeitocomfruta Denver, Colorado, USARegistered User regular
    edited March 2011
    I want to join in this year, since last year I missed the deadline. Let's try to get this all organized so that we can start with the official weigh in on April 6th (or whatever the first day of PAX is in 2012) to give us a full 365 days. Then we can do a final weigh in right before we all show up, and have a meetup to share results!

    I think that if we are going to do this right, we need a bit more organization, so we will need a few people to plan things out and keep things running smoothly. I'd be up to helping out.

  • SirJohnBearSirJohnBear Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Count this fat slob in.

    Moral support ftw.

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  • BaconSandwichBaconSandwich Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Awesome to see so much initial support!

    The short-term/long-term thing sounds really good. We can have a mid-term prize of a 3-day pass, and maybe some sort of PAX swag package for the final weigh in? Considering having a scale at PAX for an official weigh in for the end of the contest.

    April 6th seems like the perfect deadline for signup right now. It's late, tomorrow evening I'll go over everything a little more and come up with some rules and a good format.

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  • LollerskateDJLollerskateDJ Registered User
    edited March 2011
    Oh awesome, that means I can have a delicious steak and fried cheesecake one more time for my birthday before the party begins.

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  • LedaXILedaXI Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Count me in for this. I lost some weight for PAX and it did make all the difference even though it wasn't a hugely significant amount. I'm not near my goal weight, yet. I've got another 40 pounds or so to lose (but I'm short, so it doesn't really look it). I've been overweight for a couple years now and it's time to fix that.

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  • ArmyKnifeArmyKnife Registered User
    edited March 2011
    Might I recommended rather than pure weight loss (which can be unhealthy), we adopt a goal-and-challenge system? E.g. at my current level of fitness I'd like to have the goal of running a certain amount of distance in a certain amount of time, and not be completely buggered by it. Each person could set five or so achievable goals for themselves, then like two or three challenges that would be great to accomplish but aren't reallt on the fitness horizon (like meeting the GSG-9 physical requirements or something xD ). This would all be based on the individual and where they are fitness-wise. Challenges could be worth more than normal goals. Weight loss could indeed be a goal but I think that having pure wieght loss as the deciding factor could lead to some unhealthy behaviors. This way people of all fitness levels can compete! Goals should be realistic but not easy.

    Also sign me up :)

  • StephidabefidaStephidabefida Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    I signed up for this last year and then just kind of disappeared. That might have been because I actually gained weight instead of what I was supposed to do :? This year I am definitely in!

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  • BaconSandwichBaconSandwich Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    ArmyKnife wrote: »
    Might I recommended rather than pure weight loss (which can be unhealthy), we adopt a goal-and-challenge system? E.g. at my current level of fitness I'd like to have the goal of running a certain amount of distance in a certain amount of time, and not be completely buggered by it. Each person could set five or so achievable goals for themselves, then like two or three challenges that would be great to accomplish but aren't reallt on the fitness horizon (like meeting the GSG-9 physical requirements or something xD ). This would all be based on the individual and where they are fitness-wise. Challenges could be worth more than normal goals. Weight loss could indeed be a goal but I think that having pure wieght loss as the deciding factor could lead to some unhealthy behaviors. This way people of all fitness levels can compete! Goals should be realistic but not easy.

    Also sign me up :)

    While I love the idea of goals and challenges, and I do agree that a focus on extreme weight loss (a la Biggest Loser) is a terrible idea, it's incredibly hard to quantify personally-set goals. I would love to be able to measure things in RPG format - STR, DEX, CON, even CHA to a degree, but I really don't see how I can do that while being fair to everyone. "Realistic but not easy" is a very fine line.

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  • ArmyKnifeArmyKnife Registered User
    edited March 2011
    Then what if the prize isn't as expensive as a free PAX badge? I understand that it's a fine line but I think if people went to a gym for a free trial day and got a baseline of some basic things (maximum bench press, how far they can run / jog / elliptical in ten minutes, etc.) then we could help as a community to set some goals. It's a bit more legwork (okay, the pun was intended xD) but I think the payoff will be greater.

  • HolyyakkerHolyyakker Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    I would also recommend that rather than just logging weight loss we use the following metrics:
    % of body fat
    physical fitness

    The reason I'm against using weight or BMI as a benchmark is they are flawed measurements. For example, if I was 180lbs and had 5% body fat I would be perfectly healthy, but my BMI would still calculate to overweight. The only problem is that measuring body fat is not as easy as measuring weight.

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  • ArmyKnifeArmyKnife Registered User
    edited March 2011
    Skin-pinch test? Honestly though I think general physical fitness is a better goal than simple fat-reduction. You can bear a bit more fat and be a healthier individual than someone with lower body fat and no physical fitness.

  • LordGimmikLordGimmik Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    I've been into fitness and healthy living for a while now. I started at 230 and I'm now down to about 180. One thing I know for sure is that there is NO fair way to track fitness on a global level. Fit for me may be obese for you, and underweight for her. It is extremely challenging for the AMA with all their facilities and expensive test equipment (dual x-ray based body-fat analysis) to produce guidelines for what's healthy and what's not. Add to that the differences in the sexes and this becomes a near impossible feat for amateurs.

    I would highly recommend that we dispel with the contest portion of this thread and turn it into a support and encourage group for those wishing to get in better shape, both for PAX and for the quality of their lives in general.

    I'm always available via PM if anyone has any questions.

  • F1CTIONALF1CTIONAL Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    I've constantly tried time and time again to get back in shape. I keep giving up because I'm not seeing results fast enough which causes me to get discouraged and get a "To hell with it." kinda feeling. To hell with that.

    I'm in. Let's do this.

  • feitocomfrutafeitocomfruta Denver, Colorado, USARegistered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Regarding the "Biggest Loser" style extreme weight loss, you need to remember that they are on the show for multiple weeks with no jobs or responsibilities to anything other than losing weight. They have not only the resources, but the time to lose 100 lbs in 9 weeks. The truth of the matter is, we are saying one YEAR of work total, with other circumstances in our lives continuing going on. It would be physically impossible for us to get the same results as they do on the show, as safely as they do on the show, in the same time period.

    I think in one year, it is a reasonable thing to lose 80-100 lbs, because that's roughly losing 2 lbs a week, which is healthy. As for competition stuff, it never hurt anyone to be competitive, but at the same time, that competition should motivate you to work, not motivate you to overwork.

  • ArmyKnifeArmyKnife Registered User
    edited March 2011
    That's why I support making this goal-oriented for individuals. Maybe if we had prizes for meeting a certain number of your goals? Nothing too expensive, and maybe everyone who wants to can pitch in to buy said prizes.

  • BaconSandwichBaconSandwich Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Wow, thanks so much for the feedback guys. I already had some misgivings about a pure weight loss challenge, I basically picked up someone else's work from last year and am running with it.

    Weight loss is not enough of a true indicator of health, and while fat percentage is a better way to go about it, it's still not enough. ArmyKnife, I really like the idea of actual fitness goals and the only reason I dismissed it initially was in the interest of keeping this simple, in order to have a clear goal for a contest.

    I think the 'contest' portion of this is actually the impeding thing, as LordGimmik pointed out. I think from now on, this will be a support/peer pressure fitness group. A Twitter list sounds like an excellent addition, also maybe a facebook group. I'm really seeing this culminating in a meetup of sexy in shape people at PAX

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  • RedBerriesRedBerries Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    I am all for having a support system. Right now Golem and I try to hit up the gym every night but Friday at the Work Out World in Randolph we are also going to try and Hike in Blue Hills. All are welcome to join us, be prepared to talk about D&D game mechanics and weddings planning though.

  • zeeklumpkinszeeklumpkins Registered User
    edited March 2011
    This would be cool. I have been working fairly well on a diet before PAX E (removed 10lbs!) but a more constant incentive and group to keep it up would be very cool. I also agree that there should be some good measures, such as a min level based on normal age/height goals to avoid problems. We soooo need to honor Jane McGonigal's keynote and make a game out of this! Work up some levels, powers, and end rewards :P

  • KorvasKorvas Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    this thread is getting good! Would def love to see a game made out of this some how... I agree with LordGimmik as well. and Hiking is a favorite past time of mine!

  • HolyyakkerHolyyakker Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    So, since I currently have the benefit of a trainer and I've had a lot of success I thought I'd share my "plan" with the rest of you. If you are about the same place as me weight wise it might be a good place for you to start.

    I'm going to break it into diet and exercise. The diet portion is far more important than the exercise.

    Diet:
    Spoiler:

    Exercise:
    Spoiler:


    So this is what worked for me REALLY well so far. Again, I started out at around 200lbs and 26% body fat. I'm now down to about 175 and 16% body fat. If you are heavier or female you'll need a few calories more than 1500, if you are lighter you will need less. Following this plan I've shaved off many inches and I feel much more physically fit than I have in a long time.

    If you have any comments or questions please feel free.

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  • tortured3tortured3 Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    i'm in...gives me a reason to jump back on my diet

    grym & kvlt
  • zepherinzepherin Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    I personally think contests are silly but if anyone is in the norther virginia area and wants to go hiking, swimming, basketball or some physical activity to get in shape I'd be in. I'm also thinking about joining a yoga class.

  • ArmyKnifeArmyKnife Registered User
    edited March 2011
    So how should we officially set this up, then? Personally I think we should buy some kind of cheap prizes for each other if we all set some personal goals and manage to achieve them - note, this doesn't mean making it a contest. Just gives us all some extra incentive! I'm sure everyone'll be reasonable about setting their goals and challenges ^_^

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