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January 18, 2010

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I couldn't think of a clever title this week.  Oh.wait.that IS kind of clever!

Last week went okay.  I didn't miss any workouts and kept to my diet.  And weight is starting to come off.which is good.

Diet - For the most part I'm getting in 5-6 small meals every day.  I'm still not eating completely the way I should but I'm getting closer.  I've added back in some raw veggies.

Working out - Running 4 times a week and lifting 3 times a week.  I might need to change out one of my shoulder exercises as it hurts my back to do but we will see how that plays out.  My running is getting better.  What I'm doing is at the start, I would just walk 3.1 miles (5k).  Next week, I put in a bit of running and walked a bit less.  Then more running, less walking.and so on.  I'm up to 1.5 miles of running.so about half.  I'm not up to the point where I need to start taping my feet or anything fancy.  But I burn a ton of calories.  Nothing burns calories quite like running.

Sleep - This is where I need some improvement still.  I'm getting around 6-7 hours sleep a night.  This isn't really enough if I want to lose weight.  I need about 8-9 hours.  But I'm getting better at it.

Web site - This thing is really a mess.  But I'm sorting it out bit by bit.  The bad news is that I lost my weight chart that kept track of my progress.  The good news is that I found a backup that had an older version of the chart and I still have all the workout sheets that I made the contain my weigh-ins.  So using all that I was able to construct an up to date chart.  I'm still adding in some of the older dates but it is close enough for me to use for now.

Although I did fix a problem with posting pictures to the site from my blog program.  That seems to be working now.

Computer woes - I'm decommissioning my old server and giving it to my mother in-law.  So while I get all that sorted out, I don't have access to the new server.  This is making getting my web site stuff working a bit problematic.  But I'll get there.  But no new zombie humor for now. 

Progress - Stepped on the scales Saturday and got a pleasant surprise..287 pounds.  So I'm down 20 pounds so far.  Its really coming off fast but I know that won't last.  Eventually it will calm down and I'll start losing about 1-2 pounds a week.

That's about all for this week.  I need to get out and do my run for today.  So everyone have a great week and I'll see you in February.

What?  Still here?  Looking for that joke I throw in at the end?  Ah.huh..then let's see here.uh.how about some immature toilet humor?  Yeah, that's the ticket.


Now go run your butt around the block of few times!

January 18, 2010

Baby Steps

Well, I'm still on track after a couple of weeks.  I'm making small changes in my lifestyle.  One of the things I did learn in my last attempt at weight loss is that you have to start out small.  If you make too many changes at once you end up with a plan that is so regimented that you won't follow it long term.  The best way is to make small changes.baby steps.

So here is a list of things I've changed so far in the last couple weeks.

Meals - 5 per day instead of 2.  This is one of the most important and hard to grasp concept for many dieters.  The whole secret to losing weight is based off the single principle of 'burning more calories that you consume'.  To that end, you want to keep your metabolism as high as you can for as long as you can.  Eating twice a day just slows your metabolism down to a crawl.  Then when you do finally eat, you tend to over eat and you body just stores everything up as fat.  Eat 5-6 small meals, spaced out about 3 hours apart and you will keep your system running high all day.

Exercise - I'm starting to lift weights and do my walk/run thing again.  I'm not doing it as often as should but I'm getting there.

Water - I'm still not drinking as much as I should but I'm drinking more than I was (how vague is that?!).  What's important for now is that I'm getting away from those sodas that I would chug so much.  I'm down to just one a day.  Soon I'll cut that out to but again.baby steps.

Body Bugg - So I can keep track of how many calories I burn all day, I reactivated my Body Bugg.

Blogging - This was an important part of my plan last time.  It allowed me to get my feelings out in the open instead of keeping them locked up in my head where they'd do the most damage.

Blog Doo Doo

My whole website is a mess.not just my blog.  I've been away for so long, I've forgotten how most of this stuff works.  And all my web admin stuff is still on my old computer.  I haven't moved anything to the new computer yet.

The only thing I have working is a new install of Windows Live Writer.  That's what I use to write and publish my blog.  It took me a couple hours to sort out that part, and I still have some big problems I need to fix.  The first was to get my pictures to save to the correct location so they would sho up on the blog.  And that's done at least.

One of the biggest problems is that I dropped one of my domain names.  Back when I was still doing this regularly, I had two domain names, strangedos.com and TokenFatGuy.com.  They both pointed at the same site.  However, I dropped strangedos.com as no one was getting to my site using that name anymore.  However, there a ton of references to strangedos.com in my blog's archives.  So now that the domain is gone all those links are broken.  And to fix this I need to get on my site and start looking at all my archive pages.  This is going to take a while.  And its going to drive me crazy since I hate it when I'm on someone else's site and their links aren't all working.  Lazy web admins!


I've only been on the plan for a couple of weeks but already I have some encouraging news.  I weighed in Saturday and found that I was 292 pounds.  That means I'm back to the starting point I was at when I came up with the whole TokenFatGuy idea.  Also, it means I back below 300 pounds. 

I guess that's all for now.  I'm going to go ahead and post.  I need to get to the track..today is running day.

January 12, 2010

Coming out of the Closet

I bet I have your attention now! But no.I'm not gay.


I'm not really coming out of the closet.more like coming out of the pantry.

Over a year ago, some things happened that turned my life upside down. I won't get into it but it caused me to lose focus. And it went unchecked.I allowed it to completely derail me.

Oh sure, there were timed I regained my focus for a moment. I even managed to do a 10k run back in September. But as soon as the run was over, I fell pretty hard.

One of the worst parts about it is that I felt I couldn't really share what was going on with anyone because after losing 93 pounds, I was sort of a celebrity. I had articles written about me, and people were asking for my help all the time. I just really felt like if I let it be known that I gained back any sizable amount of weight it would let down those that were looking up to me.

So I suffered in relative silence. Became reclusive and stopped taking care of myself all together.

This is one of the reasons my brief attempts at regaining focus would be so short lived. It was like I gained back the weight and now I not only had to hide the fact, but couldn't step out into the light again until I fixed the problem.

So I'm about to come clean. Like Erik Chopin (Biggest Loser winner that gained it back) I'm going public.

image Erik, you da man!

I stepped on the scales a couple of weeks ago and found to my horror that I weighed 307 pounds.

307 pounds.

There I said it. That's the heaviest I've ever been. But I'm done hiding.it is so NOT the way I lost the weight in the first place. TokenFatGuy has always been about putting myself out there and making society understand that while I was fat I was also a 'work in progress'.

So for all of you that have wondered, "Whatever happened to TokenFatGuy", well.I've been eating. But I'm done now. I'm back on the road to fixing what is wrong with me.

Now I just need to figure out how to post this to my blog. I forgot how all this stuff worked.

As a final note.just writing this stuff down, I feel better. I feel free. Except I guess this means I need to start looking up more zombie stuff for my front page.