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Chief Naysayer, Contrarian and Staunch Opponent of Change

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.
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.


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Member Since: 12/26/2011

SparkPoints: 19,384

Fitness Minutes: 18,271

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

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 www.alwi.com 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:
WOUBBIE
1/10/2016 5:10:28 PM

Ounce for ounce, carbs are close to nutritional zeros. When you hear about "healthy whole grains" for instance, do you still picture bread and pasta? Unh uh. Think steel cut oatmeal, or boiled wheat or barley. Once you mangle grains into flour you make their calories too readily available to the body, with little to no fiber to slow down your blood sugar reaction. Test your blood sugar and you'll find that starch is more sugar than actual sugar is!

I'm by no means zero carb, but the carbs I take in are part of really densely nutritious things like spinach, or tomatoes, or nuts. Those things come with fiber as well, and the better kind of fiber - soluble fiber. Not the sandpaper you get with insoluble fibers like bran and such.

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People get kind of bent out of shape when you tell them there's no real reason to eat carbs, and they scream "But that's where I get my energy!!!!" (At least that's what they scream at me...) Think about this, though. If we are overweight, do we not desperately want to get our energy from fat, and not sugar? Otherwise, how do we lose said fat? Burning fat only in the short interims when we're not burning sugar? Nah. I want to burn fat all the time, not just while I'm sleeping.



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SUNNYCALIGIRL
1/8/2016 9:55:38 PM

You crack me up! Humor is the best medicine. I like your style. emoticon



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JUNEPA
1/7/2016 1:48:41 PM

Happy New Year, Johnny be Good



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PLMITCH
1/7/2016 9:49:27 AM

Hey there...here is the link on how to set up Garmin to sync with SP: http://wfl.sparkpeople.com/community/help_
answer.asp?id=198



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WATERMELLEN
1/7/2016 6:53:52 AM

Pretty sure you're that kinda guy . . . and the two of you look blissfully happy together!



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