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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.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOOOHOOO :) So great. I completely forgot about that shirt, but you totally made my day! Way to go Dad! :)

January 4, 2007 at 6:07 PM  
Blogger Token Fat Guy said...

Maybe if I get my weight down some more (and send you some money) I can get you to buy me a hoodie from the college store :P

January 4, 2007 at 11:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey there....b has been bragging on your success & she forwarded me your site....Im real proud of you & keep up the great work.


January 5, 2007 at 7:27 AM  
Blogger Token Fat Guy said...

Thanks Glow :)

Someday I might even be back down to my old high school weight.

January 5, 2007 at 9:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

of course... we got some cool looking ones here.. just let me know when your ready! :)

January 5, 2007 at 2:30 PM  

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