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March 17, 2008

I Almost Quit

It started one day when I was trying to sort out how I was going to keep myself honest while dieting.  This was back before I came up with the idea of TokenFatGuy.  I was just browsing the web...jumping from one dieting site to the next.  That's when I found a guy that was blogging his progress. 

I knew what blogging was of course.  I read a number of blogs.  But the idea of using one to track my diet hadn't occurred to me.  So I read this blog from beginning to end.  It was amazing to watch some one else's day-to-day progress.  But what sealed the deal for me was the encouraging comments left by family and friends.  I thought if I had that kind of support, I could do this...I could really do this.

So the first site was born.  www.StrangeDOS.com  I went back to my old domain name, dusted it off, and re-registered it.  I got some free web hosting from work.  And my blog was started.  It was pretty rough.  I didn't know about blogging services at the time....so I was coding everything by hand.  A real pain in the neck.  And the hosting that work provided wasn't that stable.  It was down more often than I liked.  I guess you gets what you pays for.

So I contacted Yahoo and moved everything over to them.  I purchased a small business account that gave me everything I needed at a small cost.  It took a few days to move everything over to Yahoo Site Builder, but after that the administration was much easier. 

Then I discovered Blogger.com!  A great blogging service that handled all my blogging needs without me having to do a bit of HTML coding.  Adding new entries was a breeze.  So I converted everything over to their format and the blog has been going ever since.

There have been a few changes since then.  When I wanted to add the TokenFatGuy.com domain to my account, Yahoo wouldn't let me do it....told me I'd have to buy a whole new package and that I couldn't link the two domains.  Which is stupid...all I wanted was a second DNS entry with a pointer to the first one.  So I moved again.  This time to Network Solutions.  They cost just a couple dollars more and have lots more functionality. 

Then I changed the whole format of the site so it didn't look like it was put together by Yahoo Site Builder.

All things considered, I think I did okay with the site.  But around the first of the year, I considered throwing in the towel.  I didn't really need the site to keep me honest anymore...and my readers were starting to drop off.  What's the sense in blogging if no one is going to read it?

One person convinced me to stay with it a little longer...that they were still benefiting from what I was writing.  So I decided to keep it going until March, when my yearly subscription ran out....then I'd see what I felt like.

In the mean time I discovered a wonderful place...Spark People!  So much like MySpace...but for people that are dieting.  Not only was I able to make new friends but by linking my weekly blog post to my page on Spark People, all my new friends...and LOADS of people that that I don't know were now accessing my site just to see what I had to say.

Let's have a look at the difference in my readership....


And to think...I almost quit blogging...

I'm hoping to hit 1000 unique visitors this month....

One of my friends that came to me for help getting started actually started his own blog recently.  Check it out...


Progress Report

Well, I hit a major milestone this past week.  I went down another pound (almost lost 2 pounds...but not quite).  That's a total loss of 75 pounds!

Not really sure if this will post on time this week or not.  We had a pretty bad storm yesterday....lost power...lost cable (including Internet).  For once Duke Power got there act together pretty quickly but lousy Time Warner Cable hasn't sorted themselves out yet.  So I'm sitting here watching my cable modem 'not connecting', wondering if I'm going to need to take my blog to work so I can post it.

Other Stuff

There has been some debate on some of the Spark People teams over 'cheat days' and 'cheat meals'.  The idea behind the 'cheat' is that if you are running at a reduced caloric intake for a long period of time, your body is eventually going to figure out that you are burning up your energy stores (FAT) and start slowing down your metabolism....so you have a day that you just go crazy and eat the stuff you don't normally get to.

This is said to have two affects....

  • The body registers this as 'all clear' and doesn't slow down your metabolism.
  • It has a psychological benefit in that you don't have to deny yourself the foods you enjoy...you just have to wait until your 'cheat day' to have them.  Giving them up all together would eventually eat away at you and next thing you know...BAM!  You are completely off your diet.

I have been a big supporter of having a cheat day.  And despite the fact that I've lost a BUNCH of weight while using cheat days, I get lots of push back from nonbelievers that subscribe to the 'I can never EVER have cheesecake again' side of the argument.

This last week on 'The Biggest Loser' one of the trainers admitted that the contestants on the show use weekly cheat days to help keep their metabolism up...I feel so vindicated....

So BURN on those nonbelievers!  Yesterday, I had a big cheeseburger and fries....and next week I'll probably pig out on Mexican cuisine.

NOTE:  Use cheat days or cheat meals wisely.  They don't give you a licence to just lose your mind and binge on carbs.  Do some research first....see if cheats are right for you.  THEN you can hit the 'all you can eat' buffet at your favorite Indian eatery....or CiCi's Pizza...or whatever.

Power Thirst!

Special thanks to Will who found this on YouTube and brought it to my attention. 

NOTE:  Before I get a hundred emails telling me it is fake...I know its fake.  Its just funny.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well first off as one of your subscribers PLEASE dont EVER stop Blogging!! LOL ok now that said I am so glad to be a Spark friend of yours and I must congratulate you on hitting 75. Since you came on board your advice and words have kept me strong. There have actually been days lately that just when I am ready to call it quits your blog comes along and cheers me up. My Dr. says to keep the positive flowing and your a part of my positive recharge circuits. You and Godiva wow what a rush! Stay typing and I know you will hit 1000 for sure.

Crystal aka Katt1971 @ SP

March 17, 2008 at 5:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the progress your blog has made over time. More importantly I love your weight loss progress. It makes me realize that this goal is doable! Haven't checked the YouTube clip yet. I agree on the 'cheat' too. bravo!

Laura aka lollipop62

March 18, 2008 at 3:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok..I saw the clip....LOL..kenyans,,powerthirst..sports..and 400 babies. Got it!


March 18, 2008 at 3:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Cuz,
Keep up the blogging!!! You have given a wealth of information and help!
Love ya cuz!

March 18, 2008 at 5:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Dad.. :) Keep up the Supa Doopa Work! :)

March 19, 2008 at 11:37 PM  
Blogger BlueStar said...

LOL What a funny video...

You'll have to give me the page code to get rid of the header on my page, that I just created and will probably never use except to up load a pic I may want to show a friend or member of my Spark Teams...

This was a great post... I think you've found your niche!

March 24, 2008 at 7:03 PM  

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