Wow . . . Exactly one year ago to this day, 2 Fat Nerds went live with our first post. The concept of the blog was simple: Brian and I would randomly post our thoughts on random things like music, technology, food, and most importantly exercise. Would anyone read it? Did it matter if they didn't?
We wanted a system in place to hold us accountable on our weight-loss quest. We figured that publishing our results to a blog, and more importantly to social media, would add a little bit of pressure to help keep us going when we wanted to give up. A daily blog seemed liked an excellent way to do that.
What this blog has turned into, compared to its original intent, is simply astounding. I never thought it would become such a prominent hobby in my life. I never thought it would teach me how to develop web content serving many simultaneous users, or how to encrypt passwords to prevent hacking, or even how to set up a server on which to do all this. Utilizing mysql with php, jquery, and ajax wasn't even close to being on my to-do list. I never thought it would unite people from Buffalo to Boston and everywhere in between, or that I would keep track of someone's marathon training who lives halfway across the country in New Mexico.
Aside from my personal growth, as a group, several of us over the past year have run in our first officially sanctioned road races. A few of us have even competed in multiple events. Four of us are also pushing toward a half marathon a week from now, and for three of us it will be a first at that distance. To see people getting excited about exercise, about running and bicycling is simply awesome. A growing number of people in the 2FNS community have worked out routinely for ten or more weeks. The vast majority of those in this category were virtually sedentary previous to that, and I take pride knowing that this blog, at least in small part, is a motivator for some people.
Today, I thought it would be neat to look at some overall statistics, a year in review.
Total Weight Loss by All 2FNS Members
To date, we have lost an astounding 205.3 pounds, with an average weight loss of 8.92 lbs (over 22 people keeping track of their weight). The top-three users who have lost weight have totals of 48 pounds, 34.8 pounds, and 21.9 pounds.
Total Workout Statistics
We have 1,970 workouts logged into the system (mind you the system only accounts for data from January). In these workouts, we have traveled a total of 8,891 kilometers, or 5,524.61 miles. All of these workouts have contributed to 77,284 minutes, or 1,288 hours.
Here is a graph depicting account creation in the tracking system. We are up to 42 registered users, 30 of whom are actively logging.
To see this system being utilized has really encouraged me to push harder to make it better. I am super excited about what we have in the works, and we hope to have it released in the coming weeks!
My Personal Story
I also wanted to share some of my personal data. Since I've started this blog, I've lost a total of 48 pounds. Here is a before-and-after picture for ya!
On the left is a picture of me at my brother's wedding. I guess I never realized how . . . large I had gotten. As I approached my heaviest weight (which was actually a couple of months after that photo was taken), I was getting more and more upset about how I felt and how I looked. I guess it got to a point where a change was needed.
On the right is a picture of me at a family friend's wedding a couple of months ago. I was seven or eight pounds heavier in that photo than I am now. Losing that much weight has made a world of difference for me, to be honest. I have a ton more energy and I truly feel better about myself and how I look.
I wanted to thank everyone for making this whole project worth while, and encouraging me every day to keep it going. I really do believe in the power of community, and I know that there is enough love and support to help everyone accomplish their goals. I am looking forward to another awesome year!
I’m so proud of all that we’ve accomplished here, and so happy to see how happy and healthy you’ve become, Jon. I love you! (i’m very emotional today, this post made me cry)
<3 u.. Turkey Trot!
way to go Jon!
Thanks so much for stopping in! And thanks for leaving a comment!
I just joined (I started C25K last week – even after only two weeks, I already feel better) – feel free to list me in the rss feed (I’m JonTheBaptist)
My dad just asked me how “Jon the Baptist” was doing!! Good luck on your C25K program! You should run in the Reindeer Run with us this year . . . 😉
Congrats! Keep up the great work!
Thanks very much for stopping in and commenting!
Way to go Jon!!!
Thanks Steph! Congrats also on the awesome 10k time you posted the other day, awesome!
All I can say is WOW – I am too choked up to say anything else. Be proud of all you are accomplishing Jono, personally and for everyone who is actively participating in 2fns. Looking forward to watching you all finish the half marathon next week.
We are looking forward to heading to Boston and seeing everyone! Check your email, the plans for the Troy Turkey Trot are in your inbox!
Super proud of you Jono, and grateful to you for the inspiration and the forum that makes it so much fun to share and keeps me motivated !! Accountability is a beautiful thing ! You are doing great, and you look great, and YOU FEEL GREAT!! Can’t ask for much more than that 🙂
I’m glad you got involved and are having fun with it. I don’t know how you get up early to walk somedays. I think it’s awesome that you can at lunch too!
Nice work, Jon! You’ve achieved a lot in one year, and you should be proud of yourself! And thank you for creating this system. As I’ve said before, 2FNS and AFP have become a part of our daily lives 😀
Thanks Jade! I’m so glad you guys are having fun with it, and I heard a rumor that I need to install some values for Rock Climbing!! Totally Cool!