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May 27, 2008

There's a Hole...

This was a post that I created for one of my friends on Spark People.  I thought it was pretty good for being 'off the cuff'.  So I decided to use it for my blog too.  Enjoy...

You have a hole inside of you. You feel that something is missing. There is a hole inside of you.

You feel alone, empty...there is a hole inside of you.

I know...I have one too. It is a longing I can't understand...a powerful need that screams out and cannot be ignored.

Do you feel it? Do you feel the void within calling out to you?


We all have the hole...what is different is how we choose to fill it. But take it from a guy who once weighed nearly 300 pounds...food won't fill that void...EVER. You can eat and eat and eat...stuff yourself completely...wash it down with sodas...the void still calls out...it still hungers...and with each hunger pang, you feel more powerless to control it.

Any of this hitting close to home?

Food won't satisfy your desire...not ever. That's because the hole isn't physical...and food is.

So often we confuse our needs with hunger...I know..I was there. I used to send my wife out to stay with her mother so I could order my binge pizza without her around to judge me. I remember thinking to myself, "I'll get my pizza and my B5 DVDs setup. And it will be a marathon! It will be glorious."

I actually described pizza as being 'glorious'. But it isn't. Food is fuel...nothing more. Sometimes it can be dressed up to taste special...but in the end it is just fuel.

Does this mean I've given up on my favorite foods? Not by a long shot. I still enjoy all the things I used to enjoy. I'm just smart about it now. Moderation is my watch word. For years food worked against me. Now I make it work for me.

As for the hole...its still there. But I hear its message more clearly now.


Progress Report

Weighed in at 203 pounds this last Sunday.  Making my total weight loss 89 pounds.

My lovely wife, Heather, bought me some new polo shirts to wear.  They have little skulls all over them.  Knowing that I would be able to fit into them soon, she got them at a size L(arge).  I started wearing them last week.  HOW COOL IS THAT?!

I'm thinking about doing a new picture for my 'before/during/after' shots.  Maybe in a week or two.


Ugly Dog says, "Go get some exercise!"

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May 19, 2008

I'm THAT guy!

I remember when it happened.  It was in December of 2006...back before Token Fat Guy even existed.  I was browsing the web and found some guy's weight loss blog by accident.  I didn't think to keep the address and I really wish I had.  He was an inspiration to me.  Anyway, after reading his blog from start to end, I was convinced that I should do the same....create a blog of my own to keep friends and family in the loop on my progress....and to help keep me honest.

At the time I was already down nearly 30 pounds or so.  And I'm reading about this guy who was down 80+ pounds.  He was becoming more active and really just enjoying life again.  I read his words and I wanted to be like that so badly.

Last week I was sorting out some of my 'fan email'...people telling me how much I inspire them, or how my words speak to them, or how much that just enjoy my writing.  I love that stuff....it is really great for the ego.  But then I realized, I've become that guy that inspired me.  I did it.  I really did it. 

So thanks unknown guy.  Hopefully I'll inspire some one to take up the torch next. 

Progress report

Last week I hit my treadmill goal of being able to run for 45 minutes without slowing down to a walk.

My weight remains at 207...unchanged from last week.  I'm not sure why I didn't lose anything.  I had a number of changes, lack of sleep, not enough water, adding a new supplement....any one of these could be responsible.  I'm not going to make a big deal over it yet. 

My birthday is coming up in June.  I had wanted to get under 200 before then, but it doesn't look like it is going to happen...unless I have a couple of big drops in the next two weeks.  Oh well...it will come when it comes.

I started a new 6 week weight lifting plan today.  Now my arms are all 'noodlie'.

Define: NOODLIE - Noodle like...wobblie

Define: WOBBLIE - Wobble like...noodlie




Looking back at TFG past, I found a post from a year and a half ago that I did when I was frustrated about my lack of VISIBLE progress.  It was a pretty good post as it explained some things about fat that I didn't know before I did the research for that post.

If you are stalling, or disheartened over your lack of visible progress, you might want to have a look at it....

TFG 1.5 Years Ago 

That's about all for this week.  I'm keeping it short as I've got lots to do today.

Couch Potato Dog says get some work done....I'll take care of watching the TV.2427846260_d47180170c

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May 12, 2008

Stuff that weighs 84 pounds

Hello my loyal readers.  As many of you know, every 10 pounds or so I do a reality check article that compares the amount of weight that I've lost to other items of the same weight.  I do this in order to give you (and me) some perspective on just how far I've come.

Here's a list of all the such articles from the past...

Now that I have reached 84 pounds it is that time again!  So let's take a look at a few things that weigh 84 pounds.

For the purposes of their Adult CPR class the American Red Cross considers any child over 84 pounds to be an adult.


This beautiful male Siberian lynx comes in at 84 pounds.  Just how do you get him to stand on a scale without him ripping off your arm?

siberian_lynx1nice kitty...

This Phantom 3-Wheel Scooter from Drive costs nearly $2,000. It comes with an on board battery charger with easy to remove batteries, comfortable seat with flip back, adjustable width arms, and has a top speed of 4 mph.  Total weight....84 pounds!


Here's a video from 'Maury'....

WARNING:  You might find this disturbing...it upsets me to no end....

Designed by John Browning during World War I, the Browning .50 caliber machine gun was heavily used in WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.  And is still in wide use to day. 

While the weight that I lost was only going to kill ME, this killing machine and I have something in common....

It weighs 84 pounds and I've lost 84 pounds.Machine_gun_M2_1

Here's a much happier machine...the Hi Mountain Jerky Smoker.  With its double wall construction it has insulation tested to 1000 degrees.  And its moisture escape-proof door traps flavor from escaping. 

Imagine the culinary wonders you could create with this baby! 

Oven: 24'' tall x 16.5'' wide x 19'' deep
Rack: 13.5'' square
Weight: 84 pounds

The English measurement of 1 stone is equal to 14 pounds.  So 6 stone is equal to 84 pounds.

Americans in 2003 ate an average of 84 pounds a chicken.

Best known for her role as Wednesday Addams in 'The Addams Family' and 'Addams Family Values', Christina Ricci got her weight down to 84 pounds for her role as Rae in the 2007 movie 'Black Snake Moan'.

Shown here with Samuel L. Jackson...BSM_promo04

NOTE:  Recently, Ricci was also appeared in 'Speed Racer' as Speed's plucky girlfriend, Trixie.  A great movie for gamers, comic book readers, fan boys, anime freaks, and people that just enjoy great FXs.  And burn on the critics that boo'ed this movie....I LIKED IT.

Anyway, that's all for stuff weighing 84 pounds....

Token Fat Guy: The Younger Years...

One of the best things about doing this blog is I can turn back time and find out what I was doing last week, last month...or even last year.  Want to see what TFG was writing about last May?  The bit about Homer Simpson was pretty funny.  Check it out!

TFG: May 2007 

Well that's all for this week.  Remember to drive careful...especially if your dog is in the back.doginseat

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May 05, 2008

Happy Cinco de Mayo!


The  good news is that my poison ivy is almost all cleared up.  You can still see some dark areas where the bumps were...but that's about it. 

Last week I wrote about my experience with shoe shopping at Try Sport.  After that went over so well, my lovely wife, Heather, and I went back to get her fitted for a good shoe as well.

So we walk in and the same salesgirl was there.  She smiled and told me that she'd gone to my web site to check it out after I had been there the week before.  Suddenly it it hit me..."Did she check it out BEFORE or AFTER I posted that she was a hottie?"

Oh well...its not like she doesn't know she's a hottie.  But I wonder if her coworkers tease her about that creepy old guy with the website. 

Anyway...we are doing great in our new shoes.  And I've gotten a surprising amount of comments and emails from people wanting to know more about TrySports and getting properly fitted for running shoes.  So TrySports is getting more business thanks to me. 

NOTE TO SELF:  Start charging for endorsements $$pflolcat

Speaking of TrySports, they have me totally hooked on compression gear!  I asked about it as I wanted something to help my 'shin split' from acting up again.  One of the salesmen pulled up his pant leg and showed that he wore compression cuffs on his calves all the time.  He even wore them at his wedding.  I thought back to my wedding and all the standing I had to do....yeah....I could have used some help.

So I got a pair...wore them on one leg for a week.  Wow..what a difference.  They aid in a couple of ways.  First they help hold the muscle in place so it isn't bouncing around so much when you run.  This is a big concern for me as my calves are on the large side. trisports_1998_18928254  But the big benefit from it is increased blood flow...and keeping blood from pooling in the legs.  This technology was originally developed for people that have circulatory issues and was adopted later by athletes.  Now it is pretty common to see people wearing this stuff. 

In addition to the cuffs, I got some compression shorts too.  I wish I'd started earlier with these things...they keep the thighs from rubbing together....so chaffing and rashes aren't such an issue. 

NOTE:  I used to get HORRIBLE rub rashes when I first started doing serious cardio.

So mad love for the compression gear! 

Progress Report

Dropped another 2 pounds this week.  This is big news because it puts me at 209 pounds.  Bye bye to the 2-teens...hello to 2-single digits.  And a couple of major milestones in the near future.

Also, I did my measurements this week.  Lost 1.5 inches from my waist and 1 inch from my hips...since last month.

Now that I'm running again, I started keeping track of how far I'm going...

  • 4.25 miles treadmill
  • 3 miles outside

Running outside is much more difficult.  I'm not entirely sure I'm ready for it yet.  But for now I'm going to keep it in the mix.

Tip o' the Week

Along with hitting the major muscle groups when I lift, I throw in a couple of what I call 'randoms'.  These are exercises that hit muscles that I normally don't concentrate on.

One of these that I'm currently working is the Standing Hip Abduction.

ankle weights hip abduction balance and stability, weight training
Standing Hip Abduction with ankle weight

(Click on image to view this exercise...)

This targets the gluteus medius.  That is the muscle in your butt right below the belt line.  While this will not spot reduce the fat in that area, it does build the muscle and help to spread that fat out so it looks less like a fat roll.

You can do this with an ankle weight, cable machine, or resistance tubing.  I do it using my Bowflex.

Well, I guess that's it for this week.  Hopefully I'll get to post this some time today (Monday).  But it might have to wait until Tuesday if those bozos at Time Warner cable don't get my Internet connect working soon.

Me - "I'm calling to report an outage"

TW - "Yes, we know about the outage in your area"

Me - "Do we have a ETA on when it will be fixed?"

TW - "No"

Me - "Come on!  Even the power company will lie to us and tell us SOMETHING"

TW - "I'm not going to lie to you"

Me - "Oh please...comfort me with your sweet sweet lies"

TW - "Excuse me?"

Me - "Never mind...I was hoping you had a sense of humor.  No ETA...no sense of humor...so far I'm really disappointed in the service I'm getting."

TW - "Would you like to speak to my supervisor?"

Me - "Why?  Is he more funny than you?"

TW - "I don't understand why that matters."

Me - "I need zombies and stick figures!  When will my Internet connection be running again?"

TW - "Zombies?"

Me - <click>


Murphy says get out and walk your dog!

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