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September 26, 2007

Happy 100th posting!

Yep...its hard to believe but this is the 100th posting to the blog.  So many postings....so few ever read.   One of my coworkers wore a shirt the other day that said "Nobody Reads My Blog".  I ordered one for myself.  Woe is the life of a blogger.



And to celebrate my 100th post, I got to make an emergency trip to the dentist and get a new crown.  Boy, this just keeps getting better.  NOTE:  My tooth came apart on my cheat day while I was watching a movie and eating a Starburst Fruit Chew.  Little bits of tooth and filling got all gummed up in the candy and I had to pick it out in the dark...Hey I waited forever for Resident Evil to release and I wasn't getting up from my seat unless the place was on FIRE.

So I got to make an emergency trip to the dentist to get a crown.  Oh this weekend has sucked.  Happy 100th posting?  BAH...AND HUMBUG!!

And here we go....

I decided to put together a list of unintended pluses that have come out of my weight loss.

  1. More energy!  This didn't happen right away.  In fact the short term affect of dieting was that I was more tired than ever.  But gradually I found that changing.  I'd get up from my couch intending to unload the dishwasher and instead I'd unload/reload the dishwasher, fold a load of clothes, take out the trash, vacuum the stairs....and so on.  I really didn't want to sit back down right away. 
  2. Lower blood pressure!  My blood pressure wasn't really all that high but its not something I'd want to mess around with.  After I lost the first 20 pounds I dropped down into the 'average' range.
  3. Joint pain / Mobility!  The pain in my knees and ankles was awful.  Some of the time I was considering using my cane to help take the pressure off....maybe even get one of those handicapped tags for my car so I wouldn't have to walk so much.  Now, my right knee still bothers me from time to time but it isn't anything like it was.
  4. Cholesterol is under control!  With all the junk I was eating my cholesterol was really high.  That's what the Jumbo-Jack-a-Day diet will get you.  Once I started eating sensibly, that dropped back down to normal without having to resort to taking prescription drugs.
  5. More clothes!  Clothes shopping was...let's be honest here...it was hell.  My shirt size was around a 3x, heading for 4x.  I had a bunch of shirts that came from a work function we did some years ago.  We had to special order shirts for some of our larger participants.  There were a bunch of shirts left over that I ended up keeping.   Eventually, I ended up fitting into them.  I'm sure people at work thought I was just wearing the same shirt over and over.  For awhile there they were the only things that fit me.  Now I own lots of shirts and pants that fit.
  6. Heather hugged me yesterday and told me that she could now get her arms all the way around me (and overlap her hands).  And getting hugs from my wife is worth every second I spend in the gym.

New Adventure of Token Fat Guy

This isn't an adventure as much as it is an observation.  I was at the gym the other day, walking the indoor track, and I came across this person.  He was a bit older than me...looked in relatively good shape...but I couldn't fathom what he was doing.  He'd run around the track once, stop at the chin-up bar, do chin-ups until he hit a failure, then back around the track again...lather/rinse/repeat.  I got a closer look at this guy.  His forearms were huge....to the point of being grotess.  Seriously, they were way out of proportion with the rest of him.  He looked like Popeye.


It really reminded me of a guy I met while I was in the Navy.  He over trained his back muscles (especially the trapezius) to the point of looking like a freak.  The rest of his body was slim and had a very lean look to it. 

But his back muscles were so overdeveloped that they made him look like Quasimoto.  It was really disturbing....not that I have issues with the unfortunate people that were born with defects.  This was so disturbing because he did it to himself.  And watching him doing it was like watching some one cut themselves...over and over and over.

Anyway, back to our new friend, Popeye.  I'm looking at this guy and while he's hanging on the bar, I see his calves...each looked like a stick with a bit of yarn stretched from end to end.  Really...if this guy wanted to focus on something it should have been his calves.  YIKES!

Don't get me wrong....I'm not really that judgmental of others.  I'm just passing the time while I workout by watching others wondering what these people are up to.  Sometimes you come across some one that makes you say..."What the heck are they doing?!"  Like when I see people walking the track in flip-flops.

Anyway...I'm all talked out.  GET OFF MY SITE!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

:) Ya made me laugh.. in the middle of class.. hehe

September 26, 2007 at 5:55 PM  
Blogger Token Fat Guy said...

Then my job is done :P

What are you reading my blog in class for anyway? lol

September 26, 2007 at 6:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good Job Robert!

Love ya!
Yer cousin

September 27, 2007 at 9:10 PM  

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