BLUBBERGEDDON: Administrative update

If you don’t know what BLUBBERGEDDON is, you may want to have a quick peek here.

We’ve had two readers join in, who will be known as Mike and Kate.  And of course Cam, Travis and I will also be participating to shed some unwanted weight so the Whaleoil team will be leaner.  Not sure if we can be meaner.

One small change to the rules:  weigh-in is on Saturday.  I need to have the weights in by the end of Saturday for the Sunday post when we publish the results.  Of course, this Saturday will be our starting weights.  So quick – have that last ice cream, because soon it’s going to be all on.

UPDATE:  email your weights to petalwobh AT gmail.com – please add your “name” as it appears on the graph so I know who to credit with it.

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  • GregM

    Here ya go….

    • Travis Poulson

  • Sponge

    I am keen if it is not too late….

    • Alright. You’re on then. Email your start weight to me (petalwobh AT gmail.com) Saturday, and update me the same way for the 12 saturdays that follow. Confidentiality guaranteed, apart from your weight and “Sponge” appearing on the graph.

    • Here you go. You’re on the board.

      • Sponge

        Sweet – let the de-lummoxing begin!

  • Um, quick question, do we have to be in the hundy club to participate? I’m about 6kg overweight, but I see that my current mass wouldn’t even make it on to your vertical axis…

    • rockape

      I am not sure Cams will either, but from the other end! :-)

    • unsol

      Just get on your bike more Donovan…and maybe drink less beer :-)

      • Some of that is good advice….some of it CLEARLY not!

        • unsol

          :-)

        • Travis Poulson

          Alright here’s a challenge, see if you can gain weight as fast as we’re losing it.

    • Travis Poulson

      my 100km in 30 days is just a personal thing, how/where/when people lose weight is entirely up to them. All we ask is they have both feet on the scales when weighing in.

    • Kate will start well below the 100 mark. The trick really is to have enough weight to last 12 weeks…. wouldn’t want you to end up anorexic.

  • unsol

    Very cool guys – well done on making your goal so public.

    Not sure I am a fan of running 100km in 30 days as this usually results in injury or burn out (start off welll then start to pike). Nor am I a fan of everyone running – few know how to properly so often end up merely swapping obesity issues for other issues (hips, knees, joints etc).

    But if you are determined to run here’s some free tips:

    1)get proper shoes
    2)Start with the couch to 5km program in addition to walking & biking (30mins p/d maintains weight, more means weight loss…assuming you dont scoff a pie as soon as you’re done)
    3)do running drills at least 2x p/w (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vcH97Dx8VCk), don’t run any more than 4-5 times a week
    4)stretch & hold each stretch for 30 seconds
    5)if prone to shin splints etc do this exercise http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vZVq3ov914&list=UUMAbR-YejxWdHZFcMNHzd8Q&index=29
    5)dont do any speed or hill work until you can at least run for 1 hour.
    6)make sure you drop your training volume by 40% every 4th week.

    I look forward to the before & after pictures…maybe get Blobby on board too as he is self-confessed pie obsessor.

    Good luck!

    • Dave

      I was keen to join in until i read how much effort would be involved. So pass me the remote, get me another beer and a Pizza please Unsol.

      • unsol

        Haha – the running thing is just me living up to the unsolicited advice part of my online name :-)

        Hope that beer is XXXX (I only recently found out what the hell that was!)…

        • Dave

          God no, not drinking that, much prefer a Heineken, or a Montieths, Tui is hard to get over here.

        • PM of NZ

          Didn’t know what XXXX was? A tour of the ‘Brisbane Temple’ should be on any guy’s bucket list! Just skip the tour, go straight to the tap room.

          • Travis Poulson

            4X? have you no standards?

          • kehua

            With a dash of sars it is bearable.

          • unsol

            I’m not Aussie, male & I don’t drink beer. If I do I go for boutique.

    • Travis Poulson

      I’m a well experienced runner, used to compete in half marathons when I was a bit younger and 20kg lighter. Cheers for the advice but I’m an old hand at this:)

      I’ve done 5 runs since I decided to get off my fat ass, 3 runs of that in my ‘100 in 30’ days goal. I may have under done that goal, I’ve already knocked off 23 km since 11th May (yesterday was a rest day) so 200 may have been a more realistic target. Back when I was doing athletics distance running and half marathons the normal training week would be 60 – 90km.

      • unsol

        Good stuff – advice still stands for anyone else who is keen to get out running!

        And still good to be cautious as age can be a bit of a bastard if you haven’t been keeping it up.

        If you don’t mind me asking what happened? Why did you stop? Did you get an injury?

        • Travis Poulson

          Combination of 2 things: developing a bad problem with shin splints during a half marathon (like an stubborn bastard didn’t stop and made it worse) and ended up in a bad way for a couple of months having trouble even walking. After that I struggled with getting into running again falling victim to my shins every time I started to get fit so I just stopped bothering. Then I started ‘exercising’ my liver….which is where the pounds have come from.

          Fortunately after trying several different methods/techniques/shoes/remedies I almost gave up but tried acupuncture as a last resort (I hate needles). It worked, and is the only thing that keeps the shin splints in check, which isn’t bad considering I always thought acupuncture was a load of hookie kookie nonsense. The running is becoming enjoyable again, even though recovery times are slightly longer than they were 10 years ago. That won’t be an issue (almost isn’t now) once the fitness picks up.

          • unsol

            Eeck shin splints are awful – I have heard acupuncture is really good, but I would def recommend the above exercise & doing the running drills – which you would no doubt have done if you have been part of the athletics circles (that’s where I was first taught them). I am also a big fan of strengthening glutes – as you’re no doubt aware a lot of people tend to run using the quads when the power should come more from the glutes & hammys (helps to increase the fast twitch muscle fibre). I find deadlifts & 1/4 to 3/4 squats are the best way to switch the right muscles on.

            But everyone has their favourite way of doing things – sounds like you have got it sussed so good on you – might see you in a race sometime :-)

      • RightOfGenghis

        Are you a stayer or a player Travis? Don’t want to be a damp squid but how’re you going to keep it off? Weight loss is a lifestyle change not a race to chalk up a quick hungy ;) .

        • Travis Poulson

          No doubt a complete change of lifestyle will be needed to maintain it, at the very least cutting beer consumption right back and regular exercise (all beer and no exercise previously), at best I could become obsessive about running again. Must say though, it was alot easier as a single man to disappear for a 25km run after milking the cows and not having to worry about anything/anyone else.

          • RightOfGenghis

            I sense you’re 40ish. With the passage of time you will find pain in hitherto unknown places. If I may offer up two bits of advice. Try to keep the ticker below 150 beats and don’t take advice from anyone more fucked than you ;)

          • Travis Poulson

            40ish…not sure if I should be flattered or offended…

          • RightOfGenghis

            Well I blew that one :(

          • Travis Poulson

            I’ve got a bit more rubber on my tires than that.

          • unsol

            I put you at early to mid 30s & Pete – around mid to late 50s (he’s mentioned he’s heading towards retirement)…

          • I look great then

          • Don’t worry. That’s not the worst of it. A week ago someone asked him when the baby was due.

          • unsol

            You mean like this guy (yellow):

            [Sometimes ‘do as I say not as I do’ translates into gold…literally :)]

          • Bunswalla

            That looks very like the late great Duncan Laing, only the best swimming coach we’ve ever had. Coached a young upstart by the name of Loader, did quite well at the Olympics I believe.

            In that case, you’d better do exactly as he says, he was a hard bastard when it came to training (other people).

          • unsol

            Good spotting. He was an incredible man whom I had the privilege of being coached by for a season & proof that knowledge does not dissipate merely because one fails to overcome their own personal demons.

            Plus, as they say, those who can’t (or just simply don’t) ‘do’, teach :)

  • I would have been keen to join if not for my sciatica. Even then I’m still keen, as I’d like to boast that I bet the Whale despite having sciatica :)

    • Travis Poulson

      I had to google that to find out what it was, sounds bloody painful.

      • Me too.

      • It is, though luckily my back feels ok now (after about 3 months), my hip is starting to feel a little better (after 3 weeks) but now my thigh and calf are in pain and I’m starting to lose feeling in my foot. It is no fun at all, plus it means no gym, no exercise and slowly putting on weight.

    • Just go to the Truth during office hours, ask for Cam and beat him then. A lot easier and quicker than doing it our way.

    • Bunswalla

      Yes, I would have joined the People’s Front of Judea’s radical action too, only I’ve got a bad back.

      Reg.

  • spollyike

    As a REPSNZ Registered Personal Trainer, let me officially say: This should be interesting…..

    • As long as people don’t do it by starving themselves, I’m cool with it.

      • unsol

        Exactly – Claire Turnbull is a good lady to go to for advice (since most of you are in Auckland) if anyone wants any (not affiliated, just like her style – she’s the HFG lady).

        • Travis Poulson

          Visited her org. last year, although the diet didn’t last long….

      • kehua

        Drop the bread and sugar for 10 days and get a fright.

    • unsol

      PT & a maths geek – aren’t you an interesting combination!

      • spollyike

        yeah, two mutually exclusive qualifications.

        • unsol

          Not always – understanding the Lydiard system properly is not something that average PT bunny/jock can understand; they seem to confuse a 1 year course with a 4 year degree at Otago!

          • Bunswalla

            Well since 75% of the time at Otago they were on the piss, it probably works out about the same…

          • unsol

            So true – the PE students were right up there with the med students when I was at Otago (a long long time ago!).

  • cows4me

    Going cruising soon so it would all really rather pointless, to much good food and drink to even consider something as stupid as a diet. However it shall be spring soon and any weight gain over the winter months is quickly dispensed with.

    • unsol

      See (healthy) food & eat it diets are best – I.e lifestyle rather than fads.

      Cruising – as in cruise ships? Are you part of a caravan club too? :-)

      • kehua

        Nah he`s cruising as in `gay`.

        • cows4me

          Quite right Kehua, will be very gay when I board the ship and sale away.

    • Well we’re all hoping for norovirus so you can come back super slim and in shape.

      No not really, but jealousy does make one nasty.

  • Chad Chambers

    I lost 18kg in early 2012. Took some personal responsibility, got on a bike, and snacked on carrots and celery rather than cheese and chocolate biscuits. It took about 5 weeks of effort but nearly 18 months later I’m still 83kg.

    See if you fatties can do it.

    • Bunswalla

      i congratulate you on your effort. Not the effort to lose weight and stop eating biscuits – anybody can do that.

      I mean of course your herculean effort in deciding, after what is evidently a lifetime of relying on nanny state and aunty Hullun to make every decision for you, to take some personal responsibility. Bravo, sir!

      • Chad Chambers

        Oh thanks, I think. You are wrong that anyone can do it because plenty of people can not do it. Just goes to show that taking responsibility for oneself is not the preserve of National voters despite what one reads here. And furthermore, being fat and ill-disciplined with food and exercise is not the preserve of Labour voters neither. Who would have thunk that?

        • Lion_ess

          True, it’s just that the Labour Government feels it’s their job to save people from themselves, with other people’s money, and therein lies the difference.

          • Travis Poulson

            Nailed it Lion_ess.

        • Bunswalla

          Once again, you’re completely wrong. Anyone can do it, there’s nothing preventing them. They choose not to, because they falsely think the pain of making change now is worse than the pain they’ll inevitably get later. It’s called laziness.

    • Lion_ess

      You took personal responsibility – surely you joke? Didn’t you campaign to have all food outlets shut down – after all the suppliers are the cause of “the vulnerable’s” problems, aren’t they?

    • LabTested

      Well done on the weight & i congratulate you on writing a decent post that engages people rather than being a wind up

  • Going well.

  • Chad Chambers

    Whale must live near me if he drives through Remuera on his way to work, tut-tutting over other people’s parenting of a morning. Cam, get a bike and ride up Mt Wellington four times a week. You will be trim in no time.

    • Only if I get to punch you in the face on the way past…you seem to have green type sanctimony down pat.

      • Lion_ess

        You’ve got some new trolls – make them welcome.

      • Chad Chambers

        Ah yes, fight training, another very good exercise program. Also would suit you well as a great outlet for that aggression. There are several martial arts and boxing facilities on Marua Road.

  • Ronnie Chow

    Just to help you along , how big a serve of vegetables would you need to equal the amount of calories in a Big Mac , Large Fries and a 1 liter cup of Coke ? The answer ; a large supermarket shopping trolley completely filled up .

  • kehua

    Bit tough doing this in Winter, ricepuddings an all…….

    • Travis Poulson

      Now you’ve done it….been a while since I had a good rice pudding…lemon rind…cream….stop it….

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