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December 22, 2006

The website is starting to pickup. I had a couple people at work walk up to me and say, "Hey StrangeDOS! Love the site!" Afterwards I'm walk away thinking, "Who the heck was that?"

But I've had some 'clever' people say, "What a minute StrangeDOS! Why haven't you posted your progress this week? By now you are bragging about how you dropped another pound or two. And your weight chart shows you just jumping around 260 - 258 lbs. What's up with that?"
Well, you caught me. I hit 258 lbs and haven't lost an ounce since. But the week is still young. My official weekly check-in is on Sunday morning. However, I'm not going to have a meltdown if I don't drop anything this week. I know what's going on and I'm cool with it.

"Cool with it?!" you might be asking. Well, let me tell you. I had a scare the week of 12/11. Nothing major...but something I need to deal with. I dropped about 5 lbs of muscle mass in a week. You might have seen the posting I made when it happened. So I decided my caloric intake was too low and as a result I was beginning to burn muscle instead of fat. So I added a protein shake to my morning routine. The following week my muscle weight jumped up bit...but not back to where it was. However, while this is going on, I don't seem to be getting past 258 lbs.

It's kind of an unintended balance. I'm gaining back muscle mass, but I'm losing fat at a rate that allows my overall weight to remain pretty steady.

You might wonder why I'm so concerned with my muscle mass. It's not like I'm trying to become a body builder. I'm just trying to lose some weight. So why should I care if I drop a bit of muscle mass in the process? The answer is simple...

Muscle burns fat

A pound of muscle will burn approximately 50 calories in a day...and that's if it is just sitting there. The more muscle you have, the more calories you use in a day. So guard your muscle mass. It is your friend...your fat burning, secret weapon.

Does this mean I plan on becoming a muscle head? Hardly. But I have a threshold where I don't want my muscle weight to get below. So occasionally I will allow my weight loss to back-off so I can build a bit of muscle back. Then I can continue.

Is all this really necessary? Not really. If I paid more attention to my caloric intake in the first place, I wouldn't have these problems. Once I get all that down pat, the rest should take care of itself. Either that or I'm completely delusional...which is possible. Some weight loss gurus will tell you that you can't build muscle and lose fat at the same time. I say "up yours guru-nerd-boys". I might not be able to do both at the exact same moment. But I can do it over a period of time.

Now back to progress... You want to see progress. Well how about this for progress...

1. When I first started walking as part of my schedule, when I looked down, I would see the tips of my shoes poking out when I took a stride forward. One day I noticed my shoe laces. Then my ankles and shins became visible. Most recently I have discovered my knees and the lower part of my quadriceps.

2. While on the subject of walking, my last few walks at work I have actually been jogging a bit on one of the hills. I have to take it slow...protect my knees...but I am jogging. Well sort of...if I were a horse, I call it more of a 'trot'. Those of you that ride know what I'm talking about. I tried it at the gym today when I was on the treadmill. My speed varies between 3.0 and 3.5. Today I jacked it up to 4.0 and got a bit of a jog going. By the time I was getting off the thing, my calves were on fire and my shirt was wet and nasty. It was a good workout. And to my surprise, my knees aren't complaining.

3. Back in 2005...when my weight was getting really high, a bunch of my coworkers had their pictures taken on Hawaiian shirt day. I'm the token fat guy on the left. Damn I look upset.

I actually stopped wearing this shirt after this picture was taken. This morning it caught my attention as I was dressing. I put it on and...

Wanna see that again?

Notice the neck
Notice the slope of the shoulder in the older picture
Notice my big fat head
Try not to notice that the one on the right as a bit more white in his beard

NOTE: Thanks to Adam for resizing the images so I'm the same height. And props to Leonard for taking today's picture for me.

That enough progress for you?


Seriously, have a Merry Christmas. :)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heya! I just saw your progress pictures. GREAT JOB.. you look wonderful! :)

December 24, 2006 at 3:53 PM  
Blogger Token Fat Guy said...

Thank you Bridgie

I have such a great daughter...
good looking...smart...just like her dad

December 24, 2006 at 7:22 PM  

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