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My wife and I, December 2010

August 24, 2011

2011 Disney Princess Half, 2011 Disney Coast-to-Coast, and 2011 Disneyland Half


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I'm a 41-year old father of three, and I started with SP August 2009 because I needed help getting my weight under control. I reached my goal weight of 155 pounds (a loss of 122 pounds) in late 2010, and am working on maintaining in the 155-160 pound range.

I have the support of my kids and my wonderful wife, L3DESIGNS, who is my inspiration and who started on her SparkPeople journey seven months before I did and is getting ever closer to her goal weight.

When I started I used the stationary bike, then started walking, and then started running. I've completed a 5K, a 10K, and a Half Marathon, and my wife has also run her first. My second Half was the Disney Princess Half at Disneyworld (Florida) in February 2011, however I walked it due to a stress fracture.

If you're new to SP and are just starting out, here are a couple blogs that I wrote with some overview material from what I've done here to date. If they help, great!


Oh, and just in case you're interested, the story of my Spark name:


Member Since: 8/24/2009

Fitness Minutes: 77,970

My Goals:
Weight Goals:
* 250 pounds: 10/20/2009
* 227 pounds: 12/28/2009
* 200 pounds: 03/23/2010
* 180 pounds: 05/21/2010
* 165 pounds: 07/17/2010
* 160 pounds: 08/30/2010
* 155-160 (Maintain)
-- 12/06/2010

5K Running Goals:
* First: 05/30/2010 26:12
* 25m: 07/16/2010 23:40
* 22.5: 09/21/2010 22:32
* 22m: 08/13/2010 21:54
* 21.5:
----- Target ?

10K Running Goals:
* First: 06/18/2010 52:32
* 55m: 06/18/2010 52:32
* 50m: 20/10/2010 49:51
* 48m: 19/11/2010 46:40
* 46m:
----- Target: ?

HM Running Goals:
#1: 09/26/2010 1:57:26
#2: 02/27/2011 2:41:11 (Walked)
#3: 09/03/2011 1:56:44

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Enjoy life!

My Program:
The boring stuff: diet & exercise. I track everything.

I started out walking, graduated to running, completed one Half Marathon, walked a second due to injury, then ran my third.

I've started (and stopped) Insanity four times now, but in each case running took over...

Apparently I can be somewhat of a Cardio junkie!

Personal Information:
40, married for 13 years, with one son (10), two daughters (8 & 5). I'm an Electrical Engineer doing IC design, and live in Coquitlam, BC, Canada.

Other Information:
Engineering is the art of optimization, trading off a number of different costs to come up with the best solution. Never forget that your time has a cost.

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    1355 days ago
    Hi Bill,

    Thanks for the bike rap video link. I am both a roadie and a mountain biker. I took my Surly cross bike out yesterday. The chrome-moly frame is great on bumps.

    Thanks, Bruce

    1365 days ago
    Hi Bill,

    Your shoulder must be terribly hurt. I can still function with my shoulder injury. However, I tore my shoulder a year ago and have learned to avoid certain movements that cause pain. I have learned to ride a bike one-handed. I just rest my right arm on the handlebar. However, I have to use the right hand to operate the rear brake.

    I am sorry to hear you are in such pain. I am putting off shoulder surgery until the winter. Due to inflammation my shoulder is actually stable.

    Thanks, Bruce
    1381 days ago
    Hi Bill,

    Thanks for your comment on my “Part 1: Little Stumpy Renew”, Blog. I also appreciate your slang lessons. I had to look up “TL;DR”. I suspect this shorthand expression comes from the degenerate form of communication known as “texting”.

    Of course, as an official old geezer, I prefer more direct and rich forms of communication, hence my crafting of long postings that include photos and lengthy explanations.

    Thanks, Bruce

    P.S. When I try to post a comment on you page, the comment box is light blue text in a light blue field. The result is the characters I type directly into the box are invisible. I write my comments in Word and do a cut-and-paste into the comment box.

    1400 days ago
    Hi Bill,

    You caught me! I have made the appropriate and more confusing correction to the prime number reference.

    Thanks, Bruce

    1410 days ago
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