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Not fat!
Talking with Paul Campos, author of The Obesity Myth.
Caller: "If you don't think there's an obesity problem, you should spend a day in the Dells."

I &hearts NPR.

Keeping with the theme, my weight has leveled out. Last month it seemed that my waist was dropping again when I noted that I was using the last notch on my cool belt; I believe I lamented needing to buy a new one a few weeks in the future. Happily (?), I've needed to make no such purchase. I think my hips, which are quite easily found these days, are going to decrease the likelihood that I'll need to buy smaller clothes in the near future.

Undeterred by my body's aparent disregard for my size, I added 20 pounds on every machine I use at the gym and increased all my reps by at least 50%, if not 100%. I think my abs hate me but in that good S/M sort of way. My arms, on the other hand, hate me in the Hitler-hates-Jews sort of way but this is because I generally neglected my arms - so it's clearly my own fault.

While I may not be losing inches, I've been noting my body getting tighter which is incredibly heartening. My skin still has much work to do but that's already starting to look better especially with my back and bum. I imagine the inevitable weight gain I'll be getting from the added resistance and reps will help flesh my flesh out some.

I don't think I've spoken about the gym in a while. It's become routine now. Less important or new in my life is the case, really. At this point I don't classify myself as anyhing but chubby on the bad days adn that's been pretty standard for the last two months or so. Perhaps because it's no longer a dynamic state, I'm less inclined to inform you all. Sadly, the lack of dynamism means the "I"ve lost 70 lbs since last year" phrase is less true. In fact, it may be ONLY 30 or 40 lbs since last December. Ah well, I think I can handle that. I may have less impressive numbers now but the results are clearly visible. I just wish my face wasn't imploding.

Woo skinny!
Edit!
I got a digital copy of my high school graduation pictures. I was not nearly this heavy when I entered college as I lost a lot of weight before attending due to various nefarious dealings. I was 260ish in the picture on the left. When I got to college I was about 215. I graduated from college at 230. Now, I'm 172, picture on the right.

Fatty McFatterton. 260ishCrazy Lippyface. 172

Huzzah!

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abmann From: abmann Date: December 15th, 2005 02:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've been seeing a little increase in my weight, due to muscle gain i'm guessing. I think it's due to eating well now. Fox and I have been cooking more and cooking better food.

At least I certainly hope it's muscle gain. I assume it is because my spare tire seems to have sprung a leak.
kittydesade From: kittydesade Date: December 15th, 2005 02:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Some day I'm going to get back in shape. I'm controlling my diet but my exercise routine suffers horribly during the month of November, what withthe writing like a mad freak and all. Now it's suffering because I work retail during Christmas season and that's hell on earth. Or possibly a war of the smart retail wench versus the stupid masses.

Go you. *g*

Now just work on your flexibility.
abmann From: abmann Date: December 15th, 2005 02:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
I can put my legs behind my head.
justphoenix From: justphoenix Date: December 15th, 2005 02:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
I wrote about Paul Campos and his book in this entry from August 2004.

Incidentally, have I shown you my before/after pictures?
abmann From: abmann Date: December 15th, 2005 02:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, he was emphasizing socioeconomic status as the main "contributor" to obesity. Sure, it correlates but there's many other things going on. Though I do like one link he made to status adn activity. He suggseted that lower income people living in bad neighborhoods don't play outside as often and get less activity; therefore, they tend to be fatter. Curious inference that makes sense. Not an end all factor though. :)

Nope, I do not recall pictures.
I likes pictures. 'Specially of red heads. :)
rianwyn From: rianwyn Date: December 15th, 2005 03:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Excellent. I've dropped some weight recently but see absolutely NO DIFFERENCE AT ALL in the way that I look or in the way that my clothes fit.
Hm. Not some weight, but a lot of weight. It's strange.
I'm all ready to add some lifting weights when I move to Louisviolle and have free access to a gym. I might ask you pumping-iron questions, or something.
Or maybe not.

Goos work on the flat in your spare tire!
abmann From: abmann Date: December 15th, 2005 03:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
I suggest asking an expert. Women gain muscle differently from different forms of excercise so I'm not sure what would work best. I've heard that certain reps with certain degress of overload that work spectacularly for men could injure a woman.

OR you could try the aetrix9 route and go to kick boxing a million times a week. She's gained muscle like no body's business.

I don't recall you being pudgy at all. Maybe you've just changed the ratios in your body? That may account for no visible changes.
aetrix9 From: aetrix9 Date: December 15th, 2005 04:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Don't forget, in those picture transitions, you have also gone from being a boy to being a man. It's a big difference in your face.

I was originally posting (before the pics showed up) to figure out when you were listening to Paul Campos on NPR. I searched the archive and couldn't find it. Was it on a WPR program instead?
abmann From: abmann Date: December 15th, 2005 04:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, WPR. It was on at 8 this morning.
aetrix9 From: aetrix9 Date: December 15th, 2005 04:50 pm (UTC) (Link)

Who feels better?

So, I think the question that we've been avoiding...

Do you feel better* now that you've lost weight?

*Feel better = increased health or energy, increased body image, increased sexual prowess... etc...

rianwyn From: rianwyn Date: December 15th, 2005 05:08 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Who feels better?

I don't. I felt better about myself when I didn't think about my chunk all the time (I didn't look bad, and I didn't think about it), and now I think about it a lot even though I'm nearly 20 lbs lighter. That's one of the reasons that I'm going to start lifing after I move. Screw the weight loss, bring on the delicious muscles.
justphoenix From: justphoenix Date: December 15th, 2005 05:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't think you're a bad looking guy in the high school picture. Just sayin'
abmann From: abmann Date: December 15th, 2005 07:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Aww.
I don't think I was unattractive, realy. It was just a different sotr of attractiveness back then.i. less overt sexual attractiveness. :)
lady_fox From: lady_fox Date: December 15th, 2005 06:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
I <3 You.
abmann From: abmann Date: December 15th, 2005 07:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
lady_fox From: lady_fox Date: December 15th, 2005 06:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
You look so much more like your father in the high school picture.
abmann From: abmann Date: December 15th, 2005 07:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah. I told yo how me my sister and my father all looked alike when I was in high school.

Now, not so much. I don't really look like anyone in my family any more, except for the nose. We all have the same damn nose.
deep_blue_ From: deep_blue_ Date: December 15th, 2005 08:02 pm (UTC) (Link)

Holy Shit

I've heard the stories, obviously, but I've never seen the proof. Good lord, you don't even look like the same person!

As for the weight plateau-ish thing, maybe your body is getting to its "happy weight"?
abmann From: abmann Date: December 15th, 2005 08:05 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Holy Shit

Yeah, see. Fat.

It's possible, I suppose. It could also be that I'm eating more bad things and not adjusting my workout enough to continue weight loss. Who knows? I'm pretty sure it's balanced weight loss/muscle gain.
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abmann From: abmann Date: December 16th, 2005 01:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
it takes a while for yur body to get in gear. It took me a month or two to see significant gains... er, losses. Just got to keep going.

Bikes are keen. I started doing that at first. Then, when I joined a gym, I'd go walk an incline for a while. At first I walked for an hour at 3 miles an hour, 0 incline or did a 30 minute "fat burning workout" seting on the treadmill. It pretty much was a steady speed with incline changes every two minutes, really high to low to sort of high to low etc. I bumped it up slowly when I could. Now I generally go for 30 minutes at 15% incline at 3.8 mph. At 172 lbs that is about 350 calories.

About two months in I dropped weight really rapidly, especially when I added some weight training. Building muscle makes your metabolism go nuts

I think what did it was the sheer amount of work I did and the weird dieting. Exercize makes my hunger go away, unless I'm doing lots of weight training.

Sorry. I rambled.
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