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December 27, 2006

The Polarity of the Token Fat Guy

I get up and get my gear together for my trip to the gym. I have my Zune for music...car keys...ready to go. I'm so looking forward to it because after the pig out that was Christmas day, I need to get back on track as quickly as possible.

I arrive at the gym and look for a recumbent bike to use. I see my favorite one is free, so I mount up. As I get settled in, I do a quick scan of the people there. Pretty good crowd for the day after Christmas. I guess I'm not the only one with this idea. HEY WAIT A MOMENT!!!

I feel an cold icy stare...some one is watching me. Who...oh there he is. What's his problem? What does he want? I see...he's big like me...perhaps bigger. He's a fat guy. I realize what he wants...he wants my title. He wants to be Token Fat Guy.

You would think that fat guys would stick together...perhaps form a friendly competition. But that's not how it tends to work. It is TOTALLY illogical...but for some reason we don't want to be around each other. It could be because we don't want to be reminded of ourselves...or that we want to believe that if we do the same thing that thin people are doing then we will get thin too (and thus don't want to have other fat people blocking our view).

Some of it has to do with the size of the gym I go to. It is rather small...so it can't really support too many Token Fat People. I've seen large gyms with 3 or 4. The Harris YMCA can probably hold the most. This is mostly due to the way it is split up. One main lifting area...with some cardio machines, then an overflow area with more cardio machines, upstairs there is an inside track with another lifting area at one end and cardio at the other, there is an outdoor track, and so on. It really splits people up so the Token Fat People can have a nice comfort area...or Neutral Zone. Just like in Star Trek.

Why is this necessary? Who knows. But I do know that the Balentine YMCA is MINE. I'm the Token Fat Guy there. And if that lard ass tries to flex on me, I'll take him right down.

So how bad was Christmas on the diet? Right Awful...

I switched my cheat day around so it would land on that day...that helped...but it was still a disaster. Just for grins I wrote down everything I ate so I can see how much damage I was doing. I didn't eat any less. This was just to satisfy my curiosity. I won't get into the specifics but I consumed TWICE the calories of a normal day. So my weekly caloric intake is trashed.

On a better note, I switched my upper body exercises today. Actually, I changed them last week in preparation for today. This is something I started doing awhile ago. Appearently, if you do an exercise enough, your body will eventually get used to it and you will not get the same benefit that you originally got. So they say you should change your lifting exercises about once every 4 - 6 weeks. I used to think this was sounded stupid. I finally get used to a workout routine and then I have to change it? How will I ever get good at the exercises? But I was wrong.

Even if I think something is wrong, I'm willing to give it a try to see if there is anything to it. So I started changing my exercises about once every 6 weeks. And you know what? It works.

Once I got past my ego (wanting to try to lift 'heavier' weights) and started lifting 'smarter', I've noticed more definition in my arms and chest...something I just wasn't getting using the same exercises over and over.

Now I actually look forward to switching stuff around. So give that 'bench press' a rest and try something else for a bit. You will end up better off in the long run.

So speaks the Token Fat Guy.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are doing great! Show that guy what for and claim your territory! (Just remember not to pee on the equipment!)

December 27, 2006 at 5:14 PM  
Blogger Robert said...

Thanks...

As long as the other guy keeps his distance then we won't have a problem. lol

December 28, 2006 at 12:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gigglesnort.

Hugs,
Colleen

January 2, 2007 at 10:07 PM  

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