Me and my girls around Memorial Day 2008


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My watershed moment came on April 15th of this year:

GREGORY is sitting on the gurney as the doctor listens to his chest. He is in for a sore throat. No chest problems, no sniffles. Just a fever and a sore throat.
(concern in his voice)
You smoke?

Well, uh...not anymore. I mean I am a chipper, ya know a social smoker? maybe 5 cigs a day tops. I might do that for a couple weeks at a time then not smoke for months, even years. Then pick it up again. You mean you can tell I smoked that little just by listening.

Well, yeah.

How old are you?

I just turned 40.

Let me put it this way. At 40 your warranty has run out.

What do you mean?

Well, with guys up until about 37 you can do stuff to your body and not really suffer the consequences too much. After that, just about everything you do will have a impact on your health.

(a look of shock and dismay crosses his face)
Wow. I better make some radical changes then.

Yup. You got it. Funny, Guys get that analogy. Women don't, I have to explain it to them differently...

Member Since: 5/14/2008

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My Goals:
My main goal is to achieve optimal health - and of course afterwards maintain it. This entails making permanent lifestyle changes in what I eat, incorporating daily exercise, and to establish a rhythm of spiritual exercises or disciplines.

My Program:
There are two phases: Phase one is an aggressive, boot camp-like mode of restricted food choices and rigorous daily exercise. This phase ends when I have achieved 18% body fat (I am starting with 37%).
Phase two is living the rest of my life in a balanced and thoughtful lifestyle that maintains my optimal health.

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I live in Santa Clara, CA and am married to an amazing woman and father to a equally amazing 8-year old girl. I am an independent film maker, have worked professionally as a commercial photographer, and write server software for Apple, Inc.

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    Thanks so much for taking the time to comment on my blog. The trip to Mexico was fabulous. We've done that same itinerary 3 times now and it's different each time. The Margaritas in Mazatlan still kick our butt but we try and do different excursions so we keep it fresh and new. I felt like I was ready for the horseback ride on the beach and wasn't too worried about getting my fat butt up into the saddle not to mention how the poor horse would feel. It was worth it! I would recommend the "Mexican Riviera" cruise on either Carnival or Royal Carribean. I did gain about 4 pounds that I will not let get comfortable back on my body! I also posted some new pics of the slightly smaller big fat belly! Good luck on your new lifestyle - looks like you're kicking butt!

    Keri : )

    P.S. It wasn't the "Love Boat", there was no Julie, Gopher, or Isaac. It was a grand time so don't be shy about sailing to Mexico.
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    Comment edited on: 5/27/2008 11:08:37 PM
    emoticon Hi , Just dropping in to say Hi and keep up the good work.
    3589 days ago

    Hi - Welcome to the Shutterbugs team and to Spark ! I hope our team can provide support and inspiration in both your health goals and photography, while having lots of fun at the same time! If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

    3594 days ago
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    Welcome to Sparkpeople! I wish you well on your journey and I hope that you find all of the support and encouragement here that you are looking for. It's an awesome place!
    3594 days ago