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Life changes, embrace it, or get left behind!

Hi, my name is Paul and I am 37 years old and live in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Time to clean up and rewrite a bit of my profile. My life has changed profoundly over the last 18 months and most of what I had written here, simply no longer applies and is no longer part of who I am on a day to day basis.

Yes I *was* almost 300 lbs, and I worked hard to lose about 70 of that to this day. With the help of sparkpeople, friends and family I am now under 230 lbs and don't ...
Hi, my name is Paul and I am 37 years old and live in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Time to clean up and rewrite a bit of my profile. My life has changed profoundly over the last 18 months and most of what I had written here, simply no longer applies and is no longer part of who I am on a day to day basis.

Yes I *was* almost 300 lbs, and I worked hard to lose about 70 of that to this day. With the help of sparkpeople, friends and family I am now under 230 lbs and don't remember feeling any better and being any happier. In 2007/2008 I was close to 300 lbs, a pack or two a day chain smoker, and alone. I spent way too many hours on the couch watching movies, or playing online games (MMORP's) to escape and avoid what needed to be done. And that was to simply - get off my a$$ and start living!

Fast forward: September 12th, 2011 - I ran 18kms. On September 25th I will run my first 1/2 Marathon. Like I said I am down to 230 ish pounds. I feel good, I have been smoke free since 2008, and I have an incredibly amazing girlfriend, with which I am in the process of moving in with, and life couldn't be any better. Oh and I still watch lots of movies and play games - just a way different priority now ;)

My plan was and is:

3. Use sparkpeople to log my food and activity to see visually what I am doing right or wrong.

2. Joined and continue to be part of the Running Room and to run. An inspiring and supportive group of like minding runners who keep me moving, inspired and accountable.

1. Enjoy life.

October 12, 2011 - Update -

I have a baby girl on the way with my amazing spouse, Penny who I met through sparkpeople, Runningwild, she is due November 7th, 2011 - I can't wait :)

Also as far as the running goes - I ran my 9th Half Marathon on the weekend :) Wow, who woulda thought...

August 1, 2012 - Update -

Wow, time really does go by quickly when you are busy. Our baby girl (Emily) is now 9 months old and is amazing! Unfortunately I put running on the side-burner for a bit, and still ate like I was running a half every month like I was, so I gained a bunch of weight back - but I'm back here updating my goals, getting back on the pathways and watching what I eat, so I should be back in shape in no time :)
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Member Since: 5/15/2006

SparkPoints: 32,871

Fitness Minutes: 30,962

My Goals:
To stop simply existing and to start living!

My Program:
Progress:
01/01/09: Estimate - 290+ lbs
03/01/09: 262 lbs
04/01/09: 252 lbs
05/01/09: 248 lbs
06/01/09: 244 lbs
07/01/09: 246 lbs
08/01/09: 246 lbs
09/01/09: 243 lbs
02/25/10: 240 lbs
03/16/10: 242 lbs
04/15/10: 238 lbs
07/13/10: 229 lbs
09/13/10: 232 lbs
04/21/11: 233 lbs
08/01/12: 264 lbs :(

Personal Information:
Runs/Races:
Celebrate Alberta 5km: 38 mins
Resolution Run 3.5 km : 24 mins
Diakonos 10km March 2010: 1:09:29
Big Run 10km May: N/A Sick :(
Marathon Calgary 10km May: 1:08:15 PB :)
Loops for Troops 10km June: 1:12:06
Melissa's 22k September: 2:42:XX
Victoria HM 10/10/10: 2:21:XX
Las Vegas HM Dec 2010: 2:32:XX
Calgary Hypothermic HM Feb 2011: 2:54:XX (Leg Cramps)
Calgary Police HM April 2011: 2:57:XX (Snow and ICE, so slow slow slow)
Big Run HM May 2011: 2:35:XX
Scotiabank Calgary HM: 2:31:XX
Melissas 22k Sept 2011: bleh 3:02:XX (Cramps again...)
Okanogan 1/2 Marathon 2011: 2:25:XX


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BLACKROSE_222
4/21/2011 1:23:11 PM

Hey - Thanks, Paul! Really excited about all of it, and figured it was time to start to keep tracking of it all - something to compare to later on!



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BLACKROSE_222
1/28/2011 2:02:01 PM

Hey, long time no speak! I've come back (this time hopefully for good!) and am checking in with all my friends, and just wanted to say Heellloooo!



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GEOGIRL
11/5/2010 11:31:26 AM

Awesome! Winterstart should be a blast!



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SAMMYSWEETPEA
7/14/2010 12:15:45 AM

Glad to hear you're happy today. I've been thinking about you since your last post.



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CHEETABEAN
6/9/2010 11:32:23 AM

Just thought I would drop by and say hello. I haven't been on SP much lately due to a new job but, I'm still going. Congrats on your loss so far! Keep up the good work.



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