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January 17, 2007

One of my most commented on blog entries was the one that I did for 'Things that weigh 34 pounds'. It was a humorous attempt to help people understand how much weight I've actually lost. For people that haven't actually been fat (and I hate you all) the idea of carrying around that much extra weight is sort of hard for them to wrap their minds around. Personally I think it is because they have starved their bodies of fat for so long that their brains are starting to be cannibalized.

NOTE: About two thirds (2/3s) of your brain is made of fats. That's why token fat people are so smart.

Anyway, once I hit that 42 lb mark, I decided to construct a new list based on that weight.


The Thanksgiving turkey named "Meatzilla" weighed 42 pounds dressed.

The 'stone' is a unit of weight used in Great Britain (part of the Imperial system that the US doesn't tend to use). A 'stone' is equal to 14 pounds. 3 stone = 42 pounds

NOTE: If you happen to watch British TV like I do, you might know of a show called "Absolutely Fabulous" where Edina (Eddy) was known to be 2 stone overweight (28 lbs).

42 pounds of cocaine has an estimated street value of $1.8 million.

The Superwinch 1450200 S5000 High Performance Utility Series 1.8-horsepower Trailer Winch has a 5,000-Pound Capacity and weighs in at only 42 pounds.

This 13 Ft. Telescoping Work Plank 8' - 13' Scaffolding System sells for around $200.
Weight - 42 pounds

42 - The answer to the great question of life, the universe, and everything. The number 42 is The Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything, according to Douglas Adams' series The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Numerous others have parodied this supposed mysticism of 42.


Heaviest Crustacean: Atlantic Lobster Homarus americanus
Several records exist of individuals that weighed over 20 pounds. The record, however goes to a lobster weighing 42 pounds which was caught in 1934 and nicknamed "Mike".

In Weird Al Yankovic's video ,"Fat", he states that his "shadow weighs 42 pounds".
Next week, Token Fat Guy goes clothes shopping. Should be fun!

January 10, 2007

Last week I hit the 40 lbs mark. From my starting point of 292 lbs, I've dropped down to 252 lbs. Some people have asked me how that feels. The short answer is that it feels great. But if pressed for details here are the things that spring to mind when people ask me how much difference 40 lbs made for me...

NOTE: For my overseas readers (and I do have some)...

292 lbs = 132 kilograms (how much I used to weigh)
252 lbs = 114 kilograms (how much I currently weigh)
40 lbs = 18 kilograms (how much I've lost)

1. Driving - It was starting to get to be a hassle driving Heather's little Ford Focus. I had the seat pushed all the way back so my tummy wouldn’t rub on the steering wheel. And don't get me started about the seatbelt. Now it's a comfortable drive again.

2. Bathroom - No, I'm not going to talk about messy hygiene issues. But token fat people like me get to a point where they only like to use the 'handicap stall'. It is more roomy and has that bar you can grab to help you sit down and stand up. Now, I don't care which stall I'm using. The ONLY time insist on the larger stall is when I'm changing clothes to get ready for my workout.

3. Restaurants - I was at a point where I couldn't sit in a booth without my belly fat pushing up against the table. So I'd have to push the table forward to accommodate my needs. Those tables can make a terrible racket when you push them across the floor. Now, I don't care where I sit. I have plenty of room between the table and me. It also means I drop food less often since I can slide up closer to it when I'm eating.

4. Stairs - I still don't like going up more than a flight or two. But now I can if I need to. Anymore than that, I still risk knee injury. But I can go down stairs all day. And I do so every chance I get.

5. Working out - One thing specifically about my workout has changed. I use a belt when I'm working my calf muscles. The belt connects to the Bowflex. So I have to remove the belt from the cable and set it aside when I need to change weights. Well, I used to just wrap the belt around my midsection and my belly fat would hold on to it until I was done changing the weights. I haven't been able to do that recently because I just don't have enough belly fat to hold on to the belt. So I had to start wrapping it around my shoulders and hooking it together behind my neck.

6. Movie house seating - I was getting to a point where if I had both armrests down...it would get kind of snug for me. So I started to leave one armrest up and sort of stretch out into the next seat. Yeah...I know...it meant that I was starting to take up two seats. But recently I stopped doing it. It wasn't anything I thought about. I just noticed one day that I wasn't doing it anymore...and the one seat was plenty roomy for me.

7. Getting dressed – It was taking forever to find a shirt that I could still squeeze into...and even then I'd have to do this thing where I would grab the sides of the shirt and pull it, stretching the fabric out so it wouldn't cling so tightly to me. Now I'm wearing shirts that I forgot I owned. Soon, I'm going to have to buy a size smaller...and it will be goodbye XXL, hello XL. NOTE: I haven't been able to wear an XL since the 1990s. So I'm really looking forward to that. And pants? Well...let's just say I wore a lot of sweat pants...even when I wasn't working out. Now, some of my larger 'short pants' are becoming impractical. If I don't wear a belt they will fall off of me. Not just slip down a little...FALL OFF.

8. Walking - At work I'd get winded just walking to the bathroom. Now sometimes I'll do a long walk in the evenings. I took the GPS with me once to find out just how far I was going. About 5 miles round trip. I could do more but after awhile I get bored...not tired...bored.

So speaks Token Fat Guy

January 4, 2007

Special shout out to my wife...."Happy Birthday!!"

The Scales.....

I've been asked (like I'm an authority on anything) about weighing in. "StrangeDOS, every weight lose website I go to tells me to weigh in only once a week...or even once a month. But I see you weighing in practically everyday! What are you? Some sort of crazy person?"

Well...I am a crazy person...but that's not the point. The point is that I do weigh in everyday. But I follow a set of rules that makes it alright.

1. I weigh in at roughly the same time, under roughly the same conditions. First thing in the morning, after the bathroom, before water, before working out. I know it is most likely that THAT window of time will give me the lightest I'm likely to be all day.

2. I know how much my weight can vary from day to day. If my weight jumps 5 lbs for no apparent reason...then I know to ignore it. But if my weight were to jump 15 lbs...I'd know that I'm holding a cat. If it goes down...that's great...but even that I take with a grain of salt.

3. Speaking of salt...consumption of sodium will cause the body to retain water. So if my sodium was up the day before, I can expect a temporary weight gain. Again...I ignore it.

4. What day of the week can have large affect on my daily weight. Since I have a cheat day in my plan on Sundays...I know that my weight will be COMPLETELY out of control on Monday. You may even have looked at my weight chart and thought, "what are these sudden spikes you get every week or so?". I know that Monday is likely to be the heaviest I'm going to be all week...and that it will be back on track around Wednesday.

5. I have an 'official weigh in' day. THAT is the weight that I pay attention to. Sunday morning, after bathroom and before any food touches my lips. I have tracked my weight over and over and this is likely to be the lightest I will be all week. So I make that my official weight and if anyone asks me how much I've lost, I figure it based on that number. The rest of the weigh ins are just to give me a trend to monitor...and that's all.

6. I know that weight isn't...IS NOT...the end-all-be-all of measuring my progress. Yes, it is a big factor for anyone trying to lose my kind of weight (approx 100 lbs). But I don't let it run the show. If I did, it would lead to stupid things like lowering my caloric intake so far that I start burning muscle mass on a daily basis. It would result in weight loss...but not the kind I'm interested in.

So I'm very comfortable with what I'm doing...but I know it is not for everyone. Some people...especially people that have just started a fat loss plan...are easily discouraged and don't understand how to interpret the fluctuations that they see in their day to day weight.

"OH MY GOD!!! I worked out yesterday! I tried to eat right! I drank so much water...JUST LIKE EVERYONE SAYS TO DO! WHY AM I HEAYIER TODAY?! I must have a thyroid problem! Diets don't work for me! WHY DOES GOD HATE ME!??"
"I think I'll just go over here...and have a pizza...and accept that I'm going to be a lard ass all my life"

Any of that sound familiar? Or maybe you just wanted to toss the scale out the window.

Either way...I've been in both places. I didn't suddenly get comfortable with daily weigh ins. There was a lot of screaming and crying involved before I got to a place where I understood what I was seeing...or at least had an easier time accepting it.

So speaks Token Fat Guy

For those of you that tuned in to see what my progress has been...

This morning when I got dressed, I decided to dig to the bottom of my shirt drawer to see what I had and what might fit now. I dug all the way to the bottom...wow...my old muscle shirt...no...still too soon for that. The next shirt was a white T-shirt that my lovely daughter gave to me. I've never worn it but always wanted to...it is a college logo thing. I remember being so happy when she gave it to me and getting really depressed when I found out I was too fat to wear it.

So with a sigh I tried it on...it fit. Check it out! I'm a proud father wearing the shirt that my daughter gave me! Sometimes progress can be so very sweet.