BOSS61   17,476
15,000-19,999 SparkPoints
My "Before" Pic - Summer 2011

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

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

I have 54 pics in my gallery


See All SparkPeople Motivators

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!

Current Status:



My Ticker:

 Pounds lost: 44.7 

Interact with BOSS61

Send Member a Private Message

Recent Blogs:


Member Since: 12/26/2011

SparkPoints: 17,476

Fitness Minutes: 16,430

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

Profile Image



Swimming Pool

Fresh Veggies

Foam Hand

Finish Line


Member Comments:
6/23/2015 6:25:42 AM

I'm glad. See now why I told you not to waste time in these parts? Told you it would keep.

Report Inappropriate Comment
6/22/2015 7:21:24 AM

Tracking IS tedious. But not as tedious for me as lugging around 90 extra pounds 24/7!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
6/14/2015 1:40:13 AM

raw milk is like any other food: wash your hands after you do your bathroom business - whether #1, #2, or #3 in those rare instances of illness - thoroughly - with SOAP and WATER, before handling ANY food, raw or processed. But some people ...

Report Inappropriate Comment
6/4/2015 11:50:48 PM

It is interesting that Europe has no problem with raw milk sales to the public with rules as to packaging and production while North America is totally freaked by the fear of infection and disease potential.

Report Inappropriate Comment
6/4/2015 11:48:16 AM

I drink raw milk all the time, I know how it is produced (on our farm, with strict sanitary guidelines)

What was your daughter's conclusion?

This year's world expo is in Milan and is themed Feeding the planet, energy for life.

I love living in the Vancouver - Fraser Valley area. My son graduated from Victoria University, we visited him there often while he was there, it is a beautiful city, with half the rain of Vancouver.
Now my son lives in Seattle and works in health information science.
Seattle is another Pacific Northwest gem. So many parks and outdoors opportunities close by plus a vibrant IT scene, which my son loves.

Report Inappropriate Comment
Member Comments Page (1504 total):  < Previous1234Next >Last >>

See My SparkFavorites
View My Food and Exercise Log
Report Inappropriate Page