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Welcome to my SparkPage! I'm 38 years old, married to an amazing woman, and I have a 4 year old daughter and a 20 month old son. The past four years have been the hardest and most wonderful of my life. Being a parent is awesome, I truly believe that being a Dad is what I was put on earth to do.

I'm here because I've struggled with my weight since leaving college and getting a desk job some 14 years ago. Then about 7 years ago I quit smoking and I got even heavier. I did the WW ...
Welcome to my SparkPage! I'm 38 years old, married to an amazing woman, and I have a 4 year old daughter and a 20 month old son. The past four years have been the hardest and most wonderful of my life. Being a parent is awesome, I truly believe that being a Dad is what I was put on earth to do.

I'm here because I've struggled with my weight since leaving college and getting a desk job some 14 years ago. Then about 7 years ago I quit smoking and I got even heavier. I did the WW thing 2 or 3 times with varying levels of success, but each time I would lose interest, stop tracking, and lose sight of what healthy eating is.

So I came to a point in my life where I really needed to make a change and set a good example for my kids. I don't want to be a fat Dad. I want to be a Dad that is thin, fit, and in good physical and mental health. And most importantly, I want to be here on this earth as long as possible and see my children's children grow up.

On January 3, 2012 I started using SparkPeople as a tool to help me reach my weight loss goals. I weighed in with a starting weight of 249 pounds. At 6'2" that meant my BMI was 32, which meant I was officially obese. In early February 2012, I had lost enough weight to get my BMI below 30, no longer obese, now simply overweight. And in late June 2012 I had lost enough weight to get my BMI below 25 and into the healthy range!

In October 2012 my Son was born, and I lost track of a lot of my newly-learned healthy habits. Over the next year and a half I gained back about 30 pounds of what I lost on SP in 2012. It's been a bit of a struggle to get back on track, but I know I can do it, I just need to get my head back on track.
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Member Since: 12/16/2011

SparkPoints: 22,889

Fitness Minutes: 11,212

My Goals:
Goal 1: 233 lbs - This gets my BMI below 30 and gets me out of the obese range. ~~GOAL MET~~

Goal 2: 219 lbs - This was my lowest weight in the 5 years prior to starting on SparkPeople. ~~GOAL MET~~

Goal 3: 199 lbs - Out of the 200's and 50 pounds down from my starting weight.

Goal 4: 194 lbs - This gets my BMI below 25 and into the healthy range.

Goal 5: 189 lbs - Out of the 190's and 60 pounds down from my starting weight.

Goal 6: 180 lbs - This is what I weighed in college.

My Program:
Calories in: I track everything I eat and keep the calories within my range while making healthy choices.

Calories out: Run at least 3 miles every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday. Take walks with the family whenever possible.

Personal Information:
Age: 37
Height: 6'2"

I live in the Triangle area of NC and I work for Duke University. I've been married 4 years and I have a 3 year old daughter, and a 10 month old son.

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In moments of doubt, close your eyes and imagine yourself a year from now, then get back to work.

Get comfortable with being uncomfortable.

"Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude."
- Thomas Jefferson

"I know the price of success: dedication, hard work and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen."
- Frank Lloyd Wright

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit."
- Aristotle

"If you aren't going all the way, why go at all?"
- Joe Namath

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