SYSADMN   8,767
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My Journey

Lately, it occurs to me what a long strange trip its been.

I'm a late-40s, borderline obese, sedentary man with a wife, four sons, and two dogs.

Or I was. I still have the wife, sons, and dogs. My weight has dropped just enough that I'm not officially obese. I'm still working on getting out of the "overweight" category. UPDATE: 8/24/2010 I'm "normal", with a BMI of 24.96.

Mentally, something snapped in March 2010. I just did not want to live the way I ...
Lately, it occurs to me what a long strange trip its been.

I'm a late-40s, borderline obese, sedentary man with a wife, four sons, and two dogs.

Or I was. I still have the wife, sons, and dogs. My weight has dropped just enough that I'm not officially obese. I'm still working on getting out of the "overweight" category. UPDATE: 8/24/2010 I'm "normal", with a BMI of 24.96.

Mentally, something snapped in March 2010. I just did not want to live the way I was living. I found SparkPeople in April, and I've worked the diet and exercise diligently.

UPDATE: 8/12/2010
122 days later, I've lost 38 lbs (17% of starting weight), spent 130 hours exercising, and changed my life.
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Member Since: 4/17/2010

SparkPoints: 8,767

Fitness Minutes: 9,721

My Goals:
Train for a half marathon, even if I don't run one.

Get %Body Fat from 29 to 14% by May 2011. Possibly unrealistic? At ~22% now. @177lbs, lean body wt would have to be ~152. I 'only' need to add 15 lbs of muscle! ADA guidelines are 15-18%. Gotta think this out.

Weigh 177 lbs by 9/15/2010

X Run a 5K. In public. Done - Kings Powder Keg Trail Run, 8/28/2010.
x Weigh 188 lbs by 1 August 2010. 187 8/4.
x Run 35 miles between 7/13/10 and 7/20/10. Done - 37.7!
x Run 5 miles in 60 minutes between 7/3 - 7/11
x Run 5K in 30 minutes or less by July 1st. Done - 6/28/2010
x Get fit enough to take up kayaking! Done 6/5/2010

My Program:
1 hour per day, every day.
Cardio:
5 x 4+ mi @ 'easy' pace
1 x 9 mi @ 'slow' pace
1 tempo or hill run

Strength:
Personal Trainer 2x Week - Whole Body


Personal Information:
I've been married to my college sweetheart for 26 years and have 4 teenage sons and two dogs. I work as a computer engineer in IT for a very big company. My hobbies are health & fitness, paddle sports, and trying to stay sane. I'm on facebook, or take firstname.lastname at weirdness.com to email me

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The man who sets out to carry a cat by its tail learns something that will always be useful and which never will grow dim or doubtful.
- Mark Twain

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MYMARMEE
12/31/2010 7:48:40 PM

Thank you for all your support over the past year. Here's to a healthy and fit 2011!
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PUGRAD1995
9/16/2010 8:42:40 PM

Yep, a fellow refugee from West Lafayette. also one from a large major corp---worked for EDS for nine years before moving on.

I can't wait until I can go back into the pool-but have to wait because of the incision. They will keep me out at least 6 weeks and probably 8 weeks post-surgery. It also did wonders for my back too.



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GONNA_BREAKAWAY
9/16/2010 1:43:17 PM

Congrats on the 42 pounds gone and being so close to goal!



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SYSADMN
9/8/2010 12:33:42 PM

GRACEFULIFE -
I've got the frame for a skin-on-frame kayak built. I need to add floorboards and a seat, then skin it. I've been busy lately, so I don't know when I'll finish it. I'll probably build a plywood stitch-and-glue next. JEM watercraft has some nice plans.



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GRACEFULIFE
9/7/2010 11:11:54 PM

Did you ever decide what sort of boat to build? I've been looking at them too, and don't think it's in the cards for a while but seems like it could be a good option for sometime in the future.



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