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September 11, 2007

Since the show began I've been approached by people that either wanted to talk to me about it or wanted to ask if I used anything from it.

To be honest I didn't watch the show for the longest time. I hate reality TV. Survivor just seemed mind numbingly dull. And I figured anything based off that idea would probably be just more of the same. But after awhile I got curious and decided to have a look see.

So I keyed up the 'Session Pass Manager' on my TiVo and set it up to record a few episodes. I figured I'd watch a few, get bored with it and probably complain about it on my blog. But I was pleasantly surprised.

The show really pulls you in and it is hard not to feel connected to the contestants …. especially those of us that have struggled with our weight issues. And the transformations are nothing short of amazing.

Of course the first thing I was concerned about was the lack of weight training that I saw. But later I learned that the first couple episodes that I had watched just happened to not show the weight training that was being done.

All in all I thought it was a pretty good show. And while it does show people working out and making great progress on their weight loss goals, don't expect that you are going to pick-up any good tips from the show. Mostly they just show you the workouts highlights and the weekly weigh-ins. If you are looking for tips and such, you could get some from their web site… http://www.nbc.com/The_Biggest_Loser/

They even have an online community of fat asses that you can join. I'll probably end up joining myself when ever I get a few minutes free.

NOTE: If you are thinking about watching the show and haven't already….keep in mind that it is fat guys without shirts and fat women in spandex. I don't know why they make the poor women wear spandex. Even after they lose weight, it makes their hips look huge.

Progress report

I was bad this week. I had a couple of cheat meals outside my cheat day….and I had some of my movie candy. So I canceled my cheat day this weekend to make up for it. The surprising thing was that I didn't actually gain any weight. And I'm down to just being 7 pounds from my low point.

Some of my coworkers started a new weight loss challenge so I joined in and got my official starting weigh-in.

Kim, the person running our new challenge, sent us a pep talk and some tips. With her permission, I'm including them on this week's blog.

Notes from Kim

(edited to remove personal information and insert humor)

Don't start this tomorrow. Start today. I've lost 65lbs in the last 18 months and people have asked me how it I did it. Well you have read StrangeDOS's blog (http://www.blogger.com/www.tokenfatguy.com) on his take on that question, it is pretty much the same as mine. Besides all the tips and trick and things to do… it comes down to … you just have to want it. I'm not talking about the I wanna be an astronaut when I grow up 'Want.' Or a Where do you want to be in 5 years 'Want.' I'm talking the Want that takes discipline and determination. The thing that keeps you on the treadmill or bike for an extra 30 mins.

The D&D (discipline and determination…not Dungeons and Dragons)that has you pedaling at 5 RPM faster, that keeps you from getting seconds at the dinner table…. Etc etc.

It isn't an easy state of mind to get into. You need to practice it and keep it at the forefront of your thoughts every day – Esp around Jeff's candy bowl and the pizza bar downstairs. It takes 21 days to change\break\create a habit… funny there are 21 days until the next weigh in…hmmm

The Tips:

I did every single one of the things listed here (maybe not as much of #4 and 5 as I should have – but definitely #1,2,6,7):


Also check out sites like http://www.calorieking.com/ and download their trial software to keep a diary of what you eat. You'll be amazed at how Taco Bell adds up… Plus it will give you an idea of where you're intake is and how much you can cut out. Remember – it is easier to cut 500 Cals from your diet than to bike 500 Cals off at the gym. And 1 lb of weight lost is 3500 Cals burnt… So to lose 2 lbs a week for 12 weeks ( to hit the 20 lbs goal) you need to burn or remove 7000Cals from your 'normal' routine…

Thanks for the info Kim ... and for those of you that wonder why I don't quote YOU on my blog…well first you need to say something worth my time. Now get lost!


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