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January 21, 2008

TFG Goes Under the Knife

Yes, I finally gave in and decided to have a procedure done.  HEY!  Don't look at me like that!  Its my body and I'll do what I want!

You can't talk me out of it...its a done deal.  I had it done last week.  Have you lost respect for me yet?  Well don't....I had to have a cyst removed from the bridge of my nose.  It keeps me from being able to wear my glasses as it is/was right under where the pads rest.  Bet you thought I'd gone and got lap band done...suckers

Anyway, by the time you see this my stitches (all two of them) will be removed.  Honestly, that thing was driving me crazy.  It looked like a white head (pimple) that never went away.

Once this is over with there is a mole on the back of my head I might have removed next.  Perhaps I'll come up with a way to make everyone think I'm having liposuction done.


Who's real flabby? Yes, I am!

Now it is time for the REALLY big news.  The whole thing with the cyst was just to see if you were paying attention.  Those of you that have been readers for awhile will remember me talking about the weight classes based on BMI (body mass index). 


Class BMI
Underweight < 18.5
Normal 18.5 - 24.9
Overweight 25.0 - 29.9
Obesity 30.0 - 34.9
Obesity 35.0 - 39.9
Morbid Obesity >= 40

The chart above shows the widely accepted ranges for the weight classifications.  Notice that obesity has 3 classes....

Class I 30.0 - 34.9
Class II 35.0 - 39.9
Class III (Morbid) >= 40

At my max weight my BMI was well over 40...just how far over 40 is one of the few things that I will never reveal on this site...not because it is embarrassing (which it is) but because it is just too depressing.  But anyway, that put me in the class III obesity range...commonly referred to as 'morbid obesity'.  I remember how I felt when I calculated my BMI and looked at the chart.  I was devastated....truly torn apart at my core. 

But I didn't let it stop me.  I decided that I'd try to see just how much damage I could undo before resorting to more extreme measures...like surgery.  Or just giving up and accepting my fate (when you are that far gone it is really easy to to just accept that that's the way you are just going to be).

So I set off to see what could be done.  It was back around October of '06 that I got my weight down from 292 pounds to around 269 and I realized that I'd managed to push my weight down into the range of class II obesity.  This was a MAJOR VICTORY for me.  And you better believe that I wrote about it on in my blog.  I was really doing it.

Encouraged by my progress, I checked the chart again to see just how far I'd have to go to drop to the next range.  This was a bit of a mistake on my part.  The difference between those ranges is huge.  I'd have to lose an ADDITIONAL 41 pounds to make the next range.  Again...very depressing.  That would be nearly twice what I'd already lost.  How on Earth would I be able to do that?

Again, I figured I'd just plug away at it and see just how far I could get.  Then, a few days ago, I stepped on the scales, looked down and finally saw the number I'd been waiting to see....229 pounds!  This lowered my BMI to 34.9....putting me in the lowest category of obesity....class I.  I thought I'd cry.

So what's next for me?  It goes back to a joke I used to tell people when I'd want to mess with them.  I'd say, "You know, I'm really looking forward to being overweight."  Of course I'm referring to getting my BMI down to a point where I'm JUST overweight and no longer considered obese.  But people look at me and try to figure if I just don't know that I'm fat or what the heck I'm talking about. 

The thing is that the difference in the overweight range and the class I obesity range is WAY SMALLER.  Only a 27 pound difference from where I'm currently at.  So my next really big goal is to be 'overweight' by the time my next birthday rolls around in early June.         

The Spark...that is the breath....of life...

I've discovered a new support group....actually SEVERAL new support groups.  While looking for a decent Body Bugg forum (the one that Apex does is...well...awful), I found a site called Spark People.


It is sort of like MySpace but for people that are dieting and such.  I poked around for a couple days, reading some of the posts.  Then I jumped right in!  Now I'm having a blast.  It is so easy to find like minded people on this site.  In fact some of them have been finding their way back to MY site.  Which is cool.  I like seeing more hits on the counter.  Check out my page on their site...


Pretty cool.  Every time I turn around I find another team I want to join. 

No Dogs Allowed

I found a way to keep the dogs off my blog!  Check it out....


Archives?  We don't need no stinking archives!

I'd recently gone back into the archives to look for a post for someone when I noticed that they looked AWFUL!  Something I used to do was coming back and biting me in the butt.  I used to write all my blog entries in Microsoft Word and then copy/paste them into my blog. 

The process left some weird characters all over the place....making the posts nearly impossible to read.  I don't have that problem with the newer posts as I use Windows Live Writer to do them now. 

So I went back and painstakingly fixed my archives up to April 2007.  I'll finish them up shortly...probably this weekend sometime.

Hey!  Get off my back!  I'll do it when I feel like it!  Now get off my site...go bother some other blogger.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yay.. Good job Dad! :)

January 20, 2008 at 6:53 PM  
Blogger Token Fat Guy said...

Thanks B. :)

January 20, 2008 at 9:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your so funny.I love your style and commitment to getting healthier. I havn't had my BMI checked in over a year, now I am curious. Stay fabulous

katt1971 one of your SP buddies

January 28, 2008 at 4:46 PM  
Blogger Token Fat Guy said...

Thanks Katt!

January 28, 2008 at 5:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey TFG -
I followed you home from Spark People because you always make me laugh. Keep it up and get it down.

January 31, 2008 at 7:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

TFG I love your joke .. I'm gonna steal it !! What a great attitude - glad you brought it to SP. ElliQQ

February 3, 2008 at 4:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks i really needed the support and humor i just got. i'll come back to read again

February 6, 2008 at 6:38 AM  

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