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(BEFORE) Me, sister Les, dad and sister Deb the day before my spark diet (Feb.2006- 255lbs)





(AFTER) Me on the left, my sister & Bro (152lbs)





June 2008 - Me in the red being chased by some hungry marathoners!



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Life is short, limits are over-rated, and pain is just weakness leaving the body!

Getting moving not only changed my life, it saved it. It was February 2006 and I was living with back problems, high blood pressure and felt stressed out all time. At age 34 I was only 5'7" and weighed 260lbs.

My health deteriorating and weighing more than I ever did, I finally decided one day to take action. I prayed to God for help from the bottom of my soul.
I started by walking. At first it was small steps and short distances. I would just make myself get out and walk. ...
Getting moving not only changed my life, it saved it. It was February 2006 and I was living with back problems, high blood pressure and felt stressed out all time. At age 34 I was only 5'7" and weighed 260lbs.

My health deteriorating and weighing more than I ever did, I finally decided one day to take action. I prayed to God for help from the bottom of my soul.
I started by walking. At first it was small steps and short distances. I would just make myself get out and walk. I started learning proper nutrition and diet with the help of this website. I made it a lifestyle change rather than a diet.

One day I was walking a trail nearby and ran into a hometown marathon just about to start. I was in awe of everyone's up-beat attitude and had a thought enter my head. "I want to be part of this!"
So, the next day a started to jog, bit by bit I struggled. The weight started to fall off and I just kept thinking about that marathon. Within 10 months and many miles I had shed almost 100lbs. I showed up to the marathon ready to finish and finish I did. I came in 24th in a time of 3 hours 36 mins. I was hooked!

Apparently many were inspired by my story and this year, my second time at that marathon, they presented me with an inspirational award at the pre-race social. Wow! I was so honored!

It's been 4 years now since I started, I am healthier and happier than ever before and my attitude on life is so positive. Participating in things and being active is who I am and what I do now. So far from the person I used to be!
Running has become my passion and I continue to try to motivate and inspire anyone I can through running and fitness because I know first hand how it changed my life for the better.

Thanks Spark People, for providing all the tools I needed to do this, and for letting me tell my story... and thanks to God for being patient and never letting me fall of course too far.
To those of you just starting your journey, set your goals and go after them - the sky is the limit!

Thanks for stopping by!

MacDude




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Member Since: 2/25/2006

SparkPoints: 12,920

Fitness Minutes: 5,059

My Goals:
- Maintain an active and healthy lifestyle.

- Always be thankful for my health

- Inspire people to find the best in themselves

My Program:
Run, cycle, strength train, eat a well balanced diet and use the nutrition tracker.


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Nova Scotia, Canada

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"You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step."

"Go not where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail!"


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SONGBUDDHA
7/6/2012 1:18:22 PM

Hope your weekend is restful and good!
Welcome back!!
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DAVIDSCHIC
9/26/2011 6:56:31 AM

You look so amazing!!! You are quite an inspiration!



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OBERONE2011
6/28/2011 3:55:55 PM

You are my inspiration Cuz, I have just started my journey barely a week in. I have only begun the little battles that you have to go through to get to your goals. The I can quit early and one bag of chips won't hurt thoughts. I must say however that this website and you help me to be strong and those thoughts of fast food and junk now are starting to turn my stomach. I have a LONG way to go I know this but what I also know is that I CAN do it.



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NEENSTER1
5/15/2011 9:42:35 AM

emoticon on emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon job!!



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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN
2/6/2011 4:05:03 PM

Just saw your post on the Feb. thread on Rookie Runners-glad to meet you and congrats on your fabulous job! You are an inspiration to many, I've no doubt!



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