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  • Busted into the 170s

    By Thomas | August 12, 2008

    Busted into the 170s yesterday, weighing in at 178.6 lbs after my workout. My after-workout weigh-ins aren’t official and don’t count. I do them mainly as a reward for working out, as after-workout weigh-ins tend to be low due to water loss. Seeing the low number is motivating and sometimes just the idea of writing a low number in my weight journal is enough to get me moving. Some people advise against weighing in daily, but I weigh-in twice a day. One official weigh-in and then once after my workout. My “official” weigh-ins are in the morning before breakfast. This morning I weighed in at 181.6. 11.6 more lbs to go by 2009.

    Topics: 170 By 2009 | No Comments »

    Long Time No See!

    By Thomas | August 8, 2008

    Long time no see!  Our competition never reached an official end, but you could say that I am the unofficial winner, since I had lost more weight than Fat Brother Kenny last April.  Since then, I’ve let my diet and exercise program slack a bit, but I’ve still maintained a relatively lower weight without trying very hard.  My low during the competition was around 183 lbs.  I weighed in just now and tipped the scales at 189.  Not bad, considering I was 218 at the beginning of the year!

    But I need a new goal because I’ve slipped back into drinking cokes, eating chocolate cakes and not exercising.  When I had a set goal, I could maintain my healthy lifestyle easily.  When I reached that goal and didn’t make a new one, I fell back into old habits.  So here is my new goal: 170lbs by 2009.   I have about 5 months to lose 19 lbs.  Time to keep that daily food/weight journal again. Wish me luck!

    Topics: 170 By 2009 | 1 Comment »

    Thomas’s Week 11 Weigh-in

    By Thomas | March 15, 2008

    Here it is:

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    84.0 kg is 185.2 lbs.

    • Starting Weight: 218.2 lbs
    • Last Week’s Weight: 186.3 lbs
    • Today’s Weight: 185.2 lbs
    • Week Weight Loss: 1.1 lbs
    • Total Weight Loss: 33.0 lbs
    • Total Body Weight % Lost: 15.1%
    • Starting Body Fat %: 23.4%
    • Today’s Body Fat %: 16.0%
    • Total % Body Fat Lost: 7.4%

    And my graph:

    185! I just about made it. I’ve lost 15% of my bodyweight since I started. 15%! That’s crazy. I hope Kenny has a chance to weigh-in this week.

    Next week my weigh-in will be from America, as I am visiting home in person to collect my prize.

    Topics: Weight Loss Challenge 2008 | 2 Comments »

    Thomas’s Week 10 Weigh-in

    By Thomas | March 8, 2008

    It’s Sunday again:

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    84.5 kg equals 186.3 lbs.

    • Starting Weight: 218.2 lbs
    • Last Week’s Weight: 187.0 lbs
    • Today’s Weight: 186.3 lbs
    • Week Weight Loss: 0.7 lbs
    • Total Weight Loss: 31.9 lbs
    • Total Body Weight % Lost: 14.6%
    • Starting Body Fat %: 23.4%
    • Today’s Body Fat %: 13.7%
    • Total % Body Fat Lost: 9.7%

    And my graph:

    That’s all! Aapproaching 185.

    Topics: Weight Loss Challenge 2008 | 1 Comment »

    Thomas’s Week 9 Weigh-ins

    By Thomas | March 1, 2008

    It’s Sunday morning. That means weigh-in time.

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    84.8 kg translates to 187.0 lbs.

    • Starting Weight: 218.2 lbs
    • Last Week’s Weight: 195.5 lbs
    • Today’s Weight: 187.0 lbs
    • Week Weight Loss: 8.5 lbs
    • Total Weight Loss: 31.2 lbs
    • Total Body Weight % Lost: 14.3%
    • Starting Body Fat %: 23.4%
    • Today’s Body Fat %: 15.9%
    • Total % Body Fat Lost: 7.5%

    And my graph:

    As I said, I’m back on track. The weight I gained in week 8 came off within just a couple days of returning to my diet. I’m on the verge of making my newest goal of 185 lbs. When we started this contest, I would have never thought it would be possible for me to get down to 185. Now it looks like I may even make it into the 170s.

    It looks like FatBrother Kenny is back! I can’t wait to see his weigh-in tomorrow. He’s been gone for 3 weeks, so I have no idea if he’s kicking ass, falling apart or keeping a steady pace. Stay tuned for his weigh-in in the next day or two.

    Topics: Weight Loss Challenge 2008 | No Comments »

    What’s up Bitches!!!!

    By Kenny | March 1, 2008

    Hey, it’s me!  Fat Brother Kenny.  Back and in full effect.  By full, I mean full of food.  Just kidding.  (Not really).   I’ll make a post later tonight or tomorrow at weigh-ins that chronicles what I’ve been up to.

    Topics: Weight Loss Challenge 2008 | 2 Comments »

    Back On Track

    By Thomas | February 27, 2008

    Last Sunday I had a bad weigh-in.  I gained 4 lbs from the previous week.  I looked at my food journal and sure enough the culprit was bad eating.

    My wife and I went out to eat 4 times that week.  When we eat out, I have trouble controlling my portion size.  We even ordered pizza one night for the first time in a long time (it was freezing outside and we didn’t want to go grocery shopping).  I also ate snacks: Valentine’s candy, a cookie here and there (not more than one or two a day, but they add up), sugary cough drops, cheese.  I had started drinking a mug of cocoa everyday.  I also missed some workouts so it’s really no surprise I gained weight.

    Once I nailed down the reasons for my weight gain, I put myself back into line.  Thank you food diary!  It is so easy to correct mistakes when you can see the causes for them clearly, plainly and in chronological order on paper.  I am more careful of my eating now.

    A new thing I’ve started doing is to do a few rounds of Bas Rutten every morning on an empty stomach (after weigh-ins).  It gets me started with a little sweat in the morning and I’ve heard that doing a little bit of cardio on an empty stomach is good for burning fat (can someone confirm if this is true?).  It also has the nice side effect of waking (and warming) my (cold) sleepy fat ass up.  It takes less than 10 minutes to do 3 rounds.  I think this will be a new staple of my routine.

    Anyway, to get to the point, I am back on track.  My unofficial weigh-ins yesterday and this morning were below my weigh-in two weeks ago.  It’s almost as if last week didn’t happen.

    Kenny’s going down.

    Topics: Weight Loss Challenge 2008 | No Comments »

    Thomas’s Week 8 Weigh-ins

    By Thomas | February 24, 2008

    Not a good week this week! I gained weight for the first time!

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    88.7 kg is 195.5 lbs.

    • Starting Weight: 218.2 lbs
    • Last Week’s Weight: 191.2 lbs
    • Today’s Weight: 195.5 lbs
    • Week Weight Gain: 4.3 lbs
    • Total Weight Loss: 22.7 lbs
    • Total Body Weight % Lost: 10.4%
    • Starting Body Fat %: 23.4%
    • Today’s Body Fat %: 18.6%
    • Total % Body Fat Lost: 4.8%

    And my graph:

    That’s quite a gain, but I’m not worried. Last week was busy and I had few opportunities to workout. Couple that with a weak will to bad food and you have a bad week for weight. It won’t happen twice in a row though! Next week I will be back in good form! See you then.

    Btw, Kenny has now missed two weigh-ins and he hasn’t replied to any of the emails I sent him. I think he is intimidated by my power. Will he miss his third weigh-in in a row? Sadly, I think you can count on it. But we’ll see.

    Topics: Weight Loss Challenge 2008 | 3 Comments »

    Thomas’s Week 7 Weigh-ins

    By Thomas | February 16, 2008

    Sunday morning in Japan. It’s weigh-in time:

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    86.9 kg is equal to 191.2 lbs.

    • Starting Weight: 218.2 lbs
    • Last Week’s Weight: 194.9 lbs
    • Today’s Weight: 191.2 lbs
    • Week Weight Loss: 3.7 lbs
    • Total Weight Loss: 27.0 lbs
    • Total Body Weight % Lost: 12.4%
    • Starting Body Fat %: 23.4%
    • Today’s Body Fat %: 17.6%
    • Total % Body Fat Lost: 5.8%

    And my graph:

    Despite a week of bad eating, I still managed to have an above average week! I credit this success to my as-of-yet unnamed secret weapon which I will be revealing soon. My bodyfat % only went down a tenth of a percentage, probably a direct result of the ice cream and cake I’ve been eating. I need to work on that. The problem is that I don’t have access to any weights for strength training. Maybe I should do pull-ups instead?

    I’m making Swedish pancakes again this morning. After that, I hope to cool it down on the bad food front for the entire week. Wish me luck!

    Although Kenny skipped week 6 weigh-ins, which is clearly against the rules of the competition, I’m going to give him the benefit of the doubt. Stay tuned for his week 7 weigh-in within the next 24 hours.

    Topics: Weight Loss Challenge 2008 | 2 Comments »

    Bad Eating Week

    By Thomas | February 16, 2008

    This week I didn’t eat so well.  Maybe I got overconfident with my large lead in the contest, maybe I subconsciously felt I was losing weight too fast or maybe I was just weak-willed this week - but for whatever reason, I ate like a pig.

    First, on Monday I made Swedish pancakes for breakfast.  The recipe calls for 6 eggs, 1 cup of flour, 1 cup of milk, 1/2 cup of sugar, a little butter and lingonberry preserves.  I ate half of them and my wife ate the other half.

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    Then Valentine’s Day rolls around and my wife baked me a chocolate apple cake.  It was awesome.  I also got some little chocolates (I didn’t eat them all, but I ate some).
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    Today was a nightmare.  We went to the mall and I ended up eating a double scoop waffle cone from Baskin Robbins.  Then we had tacos for dinner and I ate 6 of them.  Six tacos was the portion size I used to eat before I started losing weight!

    I hope the scale is nice to me tomorrow morning.

    Topics: Weight Loss Challenge 2008 | 7 Comments »

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