Jess and me, May 26, 2008
My feline family.
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August 17, 2011:
... maybe another try is in order.
February 27, 2009:
Time to get started again.
I'm a late-thirties Canadian guy recently transplanted to Sylvania, Ohio. I am embarking on a few adventures in the next year: getting married*, building a life in a completely new environment, and rediscovering a healthy lifestyle.
* UPDATE June 2: Jessica and I got married in a civil ceremony on Friday, May 30, in front a small group of friends and family. We're going to have a big ol'wedding ceremony on the same date next year.
I've always been predisposed to being heavy -- I was the stereotypical "big-boned" kid who was always a step or two too slow to excel in sports. In high school I changed from 5'9", 165 lbs in grade 9 to 6'1", 270 lbs in grade 13... and just kept on going.
Throughout my 20s and 30s I had several periods of regular exercise, but I was never able to match my eating habits to my physical activity and achieve much progress in weight loss. Now I find myself approaching 40, about to get married, and twice as heavy as I ought to be.
I've been very lucky to hold off any serious health issues related to obesity -- my blood pressure is fine and my cholesterol levels are borderline elevated -- but something had to give.
In late 2006 I walked away from a tumble down a flight of concrete stairs with a few bruised ribs and a sprained thumb; instead of being a wake-up call, however, that event made me even *less* active than I had ever been. Finally this past winter, two sudden trips to the ground, followed by constant hip pain, gave me the kick in the ass I needed to shape up. (I don't like the "ship out" option at this young an age, you know?)
A former co-worker and still great friend has had remarkable success with SparkPeople, so I thought I might give it a try. (Thanks for the inspiration, M-B!)
I want to carry a fit and muscular 250 lbs on my 6'1" frame.
I want to compete in a triathlon before I turn 40 (er, 45).
I want to be a healthy and fit father to my future children.
I want to be proud, not ashamed, of a full-length photograph of myself.
I want to look in the mirror and see who I am today, not the mental image of who I was twenty years ago.
* weight training 3x per week.
* cardio every day if I can manage it (swim 4x per week, walking the rest)
* cycling everywhere I go
* controlling portion size through knowledge of nutritional content and reeling in self-indulgence
* substituting potato chips and ice cream with fruits and low-fat/low-cal yogurt
* stop sitting in front of the computer for hours at a time
Born: Montréal, Québec
Grew up: Whitby, Ontario
College and beyond: Toronto, Ontario
Marriage and beyond (current): Sylvania, Ohio
I live in a house owned by four cats (and my mother-in-law). Meet the cats in my photo gallery.
Google talk: jaymatter at gmail dot com.
MSN: ask in a SparkMail :)
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| current weight: 444.0
Just wanted to see how you were doing!!
2256 days ago
have a great and healthy Easter!
2520 days ago
Stopping in to say Happy New Year and may there be happiness to you and the family. It's about time we get back on track huh?
2614 days ago
Hope you had a great Thanksgiving, lets get an early start on losing weight in 2010 and begin now.
2640 days ago
It's great to see that you are still around. I'm so sorry to read of your recent loss. Life moves forward regadless of where we are.
2713 days ago