BOSS61   18,299
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My "Before" Pic - Summer 2011

Susan and Me; August 2010 (or was it '09?)

July 2012; my old/new suit, 53.5 lbs down

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Chief Naysayer, Contrarian and Staunch Opponent of Change

My goal remains to weigh zero pounds.

To stand sideways and cast no shadow.

Also to grow in height. Several inches in fact.

Everything helps that nasty BMI number - both the numerator and the denominator!
My goal remains to weigh zero pounds.

To stand sideways and cast no shadow.

Also to grow in height. Several inches in fact.

Everything helps that nasty BMI number - both the numerator and the denominator!

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 Pounds lost: 44.7 

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Member Since: 12/26/2011

SparkPoints: 18,299

Fitness Minutes: 17,722

My Goals:
My overall goal is to lose 45% of my starting weight of 281. This will take me down to 155, now that weighing zero seems a little unrealistic.

For 2014 the plan is simple: to lose 1.5 lbs per week. That will bring me to within a few pounds of goal by the end of 2014.

My Program:
1. Treating the Sparky Nutrition Tracker as an unrelenting drill sergeant (i..e, the Soup Nazi).

2. No "seconds", no desserts, and no exceptions. I have become an herbivore, mainly. No veggies or fruits are safe in our house.

3. I track sodium and cholesterol as well. Male and in my 50s, I harbor no illusion over the importance of this stuff too.

4. Gym during the school year, cardio (45 minutes) and strength (20 to 30 minutes), about 4 or 5 days a week. Brisk walks outdoors, as conditions allow, on weekends. Swim laps in the summer, as much as time allows (typically 50 to 100 miles per summer). Yes, I have scales, gills and a waterproof mp3 player.

5. Using the Sparky Activity Tracker and totally floating myself away on roughly 100 oz of water per day. Oh yes, peeing just all the damn time too.

6. Maintain humor throughout the process - absolutely essential!

7. Do this with my wife, Susan818127 also here on Spark. Check h

Personal Information:
My name is Mark. On Spark I am Chief Naysayer and Contrarian

I also am a business founder and owner. I am an environmental consultant and business owner. Check for all the poop.

It's safe to ask me about it. I'm ALWAYS in sell mode, but you do not need and cannot use what I sell.

Emergency contact info: hit up SUSAN818127 or contact my company.

Other Information:
Probably there is no more provincial Baltimorean on all of Spark than me.

Fave quote: "Some Day We Will Look Back on This and It Will All Seem Funny!" - Bruce Springsteen, Rosalita Come out Tonight

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Member Comments:
11/22/2015 1:26:23 PM


You always make me smile, Mark! "Be ready for Memorial Day, now a short half year away. Be very ready! "

Your optimistic nature and love of summer is absolutely wonderful!

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10/31/2015 9:07:30 AM

Looking for that girl jobs blog!!!!

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10/27/2015 2:12:25 PM

I just read your challenge on my page, here goes:
Madonna Ciccone`
Material Girl

She is from my hometown.

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10/25/2015 11:56:14 PM

Are you ready for the ride of your life? Then get on the train and keep on riding the health n fitness routine....

You can't spell CHAlleNGE without CHANGE!!!
I may not see it yet, but a new me is right around the corner!
Here we come Monday watch out for the candy emoticon
Hope your Monday starts with a smile emoticon
thanks for the visit i am one of the few who is not up to date and able to listen to music as get my fitness minutes in

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10/25/2015 5:44:33 PM

I have to say it's nothing like me. I never was a "Material Girl." Madonna but I have no clue on the year. Maybe I was too young? lol

Comment edited on: 10/25/2015 5:45:20 PM

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