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April 14, 2008

Recovering From a Week Off

A couple weeks ago I took a long overdue rest.  A week away from my diet and most of my workouts.  I've been promising myself this break for awhile.

A person might wonder why I'd risk completely falling off the wagon by doing an entire week outside my plan.  Well...I take a long term approach to weight loss.  I know you hear it all the time, "You didn't put the weight on all at once, you won't lose it all at once."  But I really take that to heart.  I know it will take years for me to complete my weight loss journey. 

I'm serious about my weight loss...and I put just as much work into it as I do my career.  And if I get a vacation from work...so should I get a vacation from my diet.

After a week off, however, I was ready to go back onto my plan.  For those of you that are wondering if I gained back any weight during that time...well, yes and no.

I weighed in my first day back, just to see how much damage it was.  I knew it would be up...but a 12 pound increase was higher than I was prepared for.PaNic

My first thought was panic...really, I think that a good panic was in order.  But then I reminded myself, that I'd been eating junk everyday and not only was my sodium intake high (causing me to retain a lot of water) but I probably need to 'pass' all that food. 

So I did some quick math in my head.  To really gain 12 pounds...I'd have to eat about 9000 calories a day...every day for a week.

After calming myself down, I went straight onto my plan.  Had some great workouts....and by midweek, I was only 6 pounds up.  By weekend, I was only a pound up.  And by my official weigh-in on Sunday, I was a pound down.

So I say to my readers, please remember this the next time you have a weight gain from being off your diet for a couple days.  It is likely to fall off within a week.

Upgrading the Bowflex

A few weeks ago, I wrote about maxing out my Bowflex on my bench press.  Well, the upgrade parts finally arrived.  Today was my first day using the new extra weights.  It was an awesome workout.  And it will be some time before I'm able to bench press all of it.  Although, I'm not sure what I'll do when and if that happens.  I have my free weights, but they don't go any higher than that....yet.

Oh well....like I said, it will be awhile before I need to worry about that. 

Health Issues

It has been five weeks since my doctor told me to take it easy on my shin.  I've been working around my injury...but still itching to get back on the treadmill.  So before my next appointment, I tried running again.  Not much...just a bit. 

I felt fine at the time...but my shin was bugging me all the next day.  So doctor sent me in for an MRI.  I'll be getting the results back this week.  Until then, no more treadmill...no more jumping.

Gym Fun

Now that April is here, most of the 'New Years Resolution' crowd has thinned out and the gym is back to normal.  I still see new people showing up...but the gym just isn't as busy as it was back in January. crowd

In fact I had one circuit training class where I was the only one to show up at all.  It was like having a personal trainer...without the expense. 

We had a couple of the hard core weight lifters show up for circuit training class.  The one guy was really trying to hurt himself.  Instead of following good form, he was trying to lift as much as he could...even if he had to swing the weight to get some momentum built up.

I asked the trainer about it later.  She said he was kind a scary.  She tried to correct him on his form but he didn't want to hear any of it.  We were both glad he didn't come back. 

That's about all for this week.  Most of it was just getting back into the swing of things.

The only other notable thing was that my daughter got a new dog and has taught it to do mouth-to-mouth resesitation....


Now stop browsing the web and get to the gym!

Oh...and people entering from Spark People, be sure to check out the home page to get your zombie and math pun fix... www.TokenFatGuy.com

And here's some bonus humor....


Blogger Emma said...

Made me smile. I'm glad you were able to recover from your vacation so quickly. You actually inspire me to enter the gym. How'd you do that?


April 14, 2008 at 2:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i love that pic of our daughter and murphy.....they are both sweethearts!! makes me laugh to see it! btw.....down about 7 lbs since I started my gym attendance..!

April 14, 2008 at 3:00 PM  
Blogger Token Fat Guy said...

Hi Emma! How do I inspire? I haven't the foggiest idea. It must be part of my genetic code...or html code....who knows!

Hi Glow! Congrats on the 7 pounds! I knew I had to use that picture of Murphy and Bridget the moment I saw it.

April 14, 2008 at 3:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

YAY! I am so glad we made it to the site! :) He is a very smart puppy but I never thought about teaching him some life saving skills! :)

April 14, 2008 at 4:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow I liked when you did the math to see how you could realistically put on 12 pounds. I'll keep that in mind when my scale does ditto. Great info. Cute new dog, great brawndo clip..all around entertainment. Hope your shin improves. lollipop62 oh..I have to go see the zombies.

April 15, 2008 at 3:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fantastic read here, TFG!

Truly inspiring! Bravo on not allowing the scale to beat you. I will keep that in mind if I get the courage to get on one again. LOL

Katt1971 aka

April 20, 2008 at 9:27 AM  
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