Fear of Clowns

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Friday, December 17, 2004

2nd cup of tea, Xmas cookies and why I'm un-fat 

from mom

Until I started photographing meals, I didn't fully comprehend the enormity of the portions of food I serve myself. As the picture taking has added a layer of observation to my eating habits, it certainly has changed them - but my appetite and calorie intake has remained the same, I believe. I've just been eating more fewer times per day as I'm more likely to cook a full meal to get a picture of than, for instance, stand in the kitchen eating carrots and corn chips.

But here is why I never have a weight problem: I'm a leg bouncer. Think about it: have you ever seen a chubby leg bouncer?

I'm in a chair quite a bit more than 10 hours a day, but let's say I bounce my legs for just 10 of those hours. The frequency of the bounce is 4x/second and the amplitude is about one inch, so 1 inch up and 1 down four times a second: 8 inches of movement per second, 480 inches per minute, 28,800 inches per hour, 288,000 inches in 10 hours.

There are 63,360 inches in a mile - which means I move my legs up and down over 4.5 miles per day.

If I'm bouncing 20 pounds of leg mass, this works out to approximately 345 Joules of work in leg bouncing a day - convert Joules to calories and you get 1443 calories of energy. What a workout!

Here is me, looking as fat as I can:

my gut
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