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

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


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My long-term goal remains to weigh zero pounds; to stand sideways and cast no shadow. I also plan and expect to grow in height, with a modest goal set at four inches, though six would be better. This is because everything helps that nasty BMI number - both the numerator and the denominator!

For 2016 my interim goals are to lose 1.5 pounds per week and to grow 1.5 inches in height. The second of these two goals seems easier, but time will tell.

Member Since: 12/26/2011

Fitness Minutes: 20,233

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 2016 the plan is once again simple: to lose 1.5 lbs per week. That will bring me to somewhere marginally less than 200 by the time I again ignore Christmas entirely.

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. Bought a new Garmin heart rate monitor that syncs to Sparky

6. 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, Susan81

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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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    Hope the gout has resolved. LOVED your Melania response -- ROFLMBO
    7 days ago
    Sorry about the gout: no fun at all!!
    17 days ago
    Saw this article on Mark's Daily Apple and immediately thought of you! Not that you need any convincing to go swimming!
    22 days ago
    Your parody of Sounds of Silence is wonderful! Thanks for sharing it

    33 days ago
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    What happened, Mark, is this: it's called the blooming' iPad!! GRRRR! I wrote you a reply to your laps info, saying how extremely impressed I was with your swimming achievements, with a schpeel about Brexit too, but it suddenly dumped the whole thing for no apparent reason. I then wrote the entire thing out again - same thing! I tried a third time, and all of a sudden I got a notice saying I had removed you as a Friend! Whaaaaaat? Noooo! I immediately added you back as a Friend, and then worried about what you might think of me UN-Friending you!

    There's a lot of over-sensitivity going on with my iPad just now, and a lot of frustrating freezing in the middle of typing too. I'm now on my macBookPro, BUT it's nearly 2am and I'm going to bed - dreaming of leaving Europe on Thursday!!! It's time WE had our own Independence Day over here. You managed to get rid of us a long time ago - haha! - and now it's our turn to get control of our destiny back again before we are swallowed up by a woeful European Project. It's a nightmare on so many levels.

    I'm curious as to why so many Americans want us to remain in Europe. Clues, Oh Great One? The best way I can describe it from where you are, is this: how would the United States of America like it if a load of UNELECTED bureaucrats from Canada, Mexico, Panama, Guatemala, Chile, Bolivia, Venezuela and Brazil were able to decide, rule and tell what it could/couldn't do; who it had no choice to let in; how it could punish the most dreadful criminals - even that Americans could be arrested for selling fruit and vegetables weighed and advertised in pounds and ounces rather than metric? (It has happened over here, yes!) Think of it like that and you might have an understanding of what it's like just now. We are NOT against incomers, categorically not, but please remember that we are only the size of New England and we already have 63million people here, with the numbers poised to rise exponentially to 70 million in another decade. It's about balance and reality, being in charge of our own homeland and destiny, not losing our independence and sovereignty, and having the right to not feel guilty about wanting this.

    By comparison, as a passionate Yankophile, with a deep interest in global politics, I am watching (as is most of the UK, because we get SO much USA news over here) your own political circus just now with utter incredulity. I am also stunned that the Senate has voted as it has this week re the gun control issue. Over here, where we don't get anything like the amount of crazy mass killings by civilians with access to military-grade weapons, we cannot understand it. It's not so much about whether or not your constitution still has the enshrined right to protect yourselves with guns - but that law was made in a different century, before automatic weapons were invented and the country was a very different place. It's about the TYPE of weapons civilians can access - and, as long as they can continue to get their hands on them with such stultifying ease, nothing will change. Mass killings of innocent people, including children, will periodically take place by extremists and dysfunctional people with mental and personality issues, including young schoolchildren desensitised to the whole process of killing, thanks to a diet of horribly gruesome video games and TV programmes. Limiting access to automatic weapons would reduce the carnage levels, and we cannot understand why this never seems to win a vote. Some weaponry has absolutely no place in a civilian environment and it's even questionable whether certain weapons are acceptable in a military one. Even the majority of military personnel don't use weapons such as that used in Orlando last week, they are reserved fro more specialist units. We have very tight gun laws over here and, whilst we are most definitely not crime-free, events such as Sandy Hook and the recent Orlando night club are vastly less likely to occur. We did have a school massacre many, many years ago, but the guy was a legitimate member of a gun club and not just any old rogue civilian, and he had a licence to carry guns - albeit not enormous, high-powered automatics. I've been in your stores and watched young people being shown and sold all manner of weapons and ammunition, being enthused about stopping power and all sorts of detail, far more than anyone could truly need just for protection - it was scary. I'm just saying!

    Friends again? Honestly, it was not 'on purpose' that you were un-Friended, but it WAS 'on purpose' that you were rapidly Friended again! I corrected it within seconds. (Unfortunately, i got up today to find that I'd posted my reply to my own page!! Sigh! Beam me up, Scottie!)

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    36 days ago
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