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Start of the Luminaria 5K, December 6, 2014 in Destin, FL

At the finish, Zonta Club 5K Key West, FL, Nov. 2014

WOW! Call the Marine Mammal Stranding Network a whale is aground! 380lbs. + (March 1997)

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My Continuing and Renewed Personal Journey to Fitness, Health, and Well-Being

UPDATED: Saturday Jan. 9, 2015

Back in 2015 after a long and great journey! Been a while since I updated my page or posted and there has been a lot of water under the bridge, but I have lost 60 pounds, have a whole new program and attitude and want to share my experiences and success here on SparkPeople, which I have been a member of for 7 years! Stay tuned!

Welcome! Thanks for visiting my corner of SparkPeople.com! Looking for THE ANSWER? (I am not a doctor nor ...
UPDATED: Saturday Jan. 9, 2015

Back in 2015 after a long and great journey! Been a while since I updated my page or posted and there has been a lot of water under the bridge, but I have lost 60 pounds, have a whole new program and attitude and want to share my experiences and success here on SparkPeople, which I have been a member of for 7 years! Stay tuned!

Welcome! Thanks for visiting my corner of SparkPeople.com! Looking for THE ANSWER? (I am not a doctor nor do I play one on TV,) I am not a guru or self help icon; but this I do know: The only way to permanently lose and keep off weight is by changing your LIFESTYLE permanently (from inactive to active, start EXERCISING!) and to eat properly in moderation, healthfully and nutritionally.

"The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers." M. Scott Peck

That means you have to "make every bite of food count," paying attention to WHAT and HOW much you are eating. Get rid of the junk, high fat, high sugar, prepared foods/convenience "foods." It is not food, but "chemical cuisine." Eat fresh, natural unprocessed food whenever possible. Avoid like poison High Fructose Corn syrup, added salt fat, and sugar, convenience foods, non-whole grains. Eat simple, wholesome, nutritious foods. Eat more vegetables, fruits and quality protein. (You must permanently change your eating habits.) You will have to learn to read nutrition labels and break out of the agribusiness food marketing, consumer driven pattern of convenience foods with their high fat, sugar and calories that make your blood sugar soar and your waist expand!

You must do it for YOU. There is no easy or simple way to do it. You must commit and believe you can do it! It is something YOU have to do--- FOR YOU.

I invite you to stop the urge to make excuses, stay in denial, say you'll do it later...I know all the stories, I've told them to myself and lived it. YOU MUST DO IT FOR YOU! There is no magic potion, pill, plan, whatever. It is something YOU must do for YOURSELF, because you truly love and believe in your worth and health. It is a conscious, mental adjustment as well as physical and spiritual changes. (See my blog entries "A Little Less Talk..." from Feb 7, 2008 and "The Greatest Lie is the One We Tell Ourselves" Feb. 11, 2008 and "Past, PRESENT and Future" March 30, 2008 and others on My Blog) I have moved my long detailed "History Section" that shows my struggle and various attempts to get healthy in a new blog entry "Some Things About Me" (January 7, 2008.) I intend to use the newly freed up space for some new content, but wanted to save this important part of my journey and story as well as renew and start some new things on the page.


"One does not arrive at happiness. Sometimes, the moment you change your perspective, you are already there." (Source unknown.)

"You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection. "

"All that we are is the result of what we have thought."

"The secret of health for both the mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, not to anticipate troubles, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly." Buddha

"Life happens in between the moments spent regretting the past and worrying about the future." (source unknown)

"Dance as though no one is watching you. Love as though you have never been hurt before. Sing as though no one can hear you. Live as though heaven is on earth. It is the journey not the destination."
(Alfred D'Souza)


On this page I enjoy sharing my thoughts, experiences, frustrations, successes, etc. on the simple, yet sometimes difficult personal journey to health, happiness and fitness with a spirit of humor, directness and the desire you can get something out of my experiences to help or inspire you. I can tell you my experience, as I went from 387 lbs, size 52 waist and 52 XXL/"El Gordo" jacket (see picture in my picture album) all through exercise and eating right. It is very simple, yet very difficult at times. I've had setbacks and periods of low motivation. You have to be committed, dedicated and do your work, day by day. If you fall off the path, forgive yourself, don't dwell on it and move on, back on the path and back with your plan and lifestyle changes.

As soon as you make the commitment or personal dedication to yourself and the belief YOU can and will do it, then you are well on your way. Along with peer support, a eating and exercise plan incorporating diet, exercise and some of the tools/suggestions, and resources (like here on Spark People) you can make it easier; but it is still difficult work requiring your action and dedication every day for the rest of your life.

WHERE I AM GOING: (You may join me...)

There are lots of truths and life lessons along the journey. YOU EITHER DO IT OR YOU DON'T. It is so important you have to love and care about yourself AND to do all the work (mind, body, spirit to achieve health and happiness.)

I am still working on it. You must address all three aspects (spiritual, nutritional/dietary, exercise/physical activity. I am thankful that I have made it this far, with no lasting damage to my body or major health issues. You can do it too! Just decide that you will and do whatever it takes, for you. It is a journey that you have to do for yourself...It is easier to share the journey with a friend or buddy, but ultimately, IT IS ALL UP TO YOU. You are the only one that can "walk the path." That, in short is "it," something painfully simple and yet very difficult. As is said, its the journey not the destination!

Feel free to leave a comment, please check out my SP blog and thank you! I am always looking for like minded friends! Speaking of which, if you are a Parrot Head, come join us in the Parrot Head Sparkers Team! May you have happiness, health and success in your journey to health and fitness! All the best!
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Member Since: 10/14/2007

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My Goals:
To continue my exercise and healthy eating habits and lifestyle permanently (nearly 5 years and counting!) strive to live a healthy and happy life. It's the journey, not the event itself. Exercise, a variety of physical activities along with healthy food choices will extend and make my life better---happy and healthy.

Exercise and healthy low calorie eating, primarily vegetable protein and vegetables in order to reach a goal weight of 220-225 lbs by losing 40 more pounds and reduce my BMI (body mass index) to a lower, more healthy value.

Specific Goals 2015
1. Meditate every day
2. Continue my low carb program started 5/26/14.
3. Continue workout program - Daily 5 mile runs. With winter, add TurboFire; Gin Miller Step program; Zumba and treadmill.
4. Continue Weight and strength training 3 times per week using weights an Bands; increase when appropriate
5. Continue to measure all food.
6. Continue plan & prepare nutritional needs when away f

My Program:
Interval and circuit triaing using step aerobics, resistance bands and low impact aerobics. Current favorite is Zumba Fitness. I also do Gin MIller's Step Reebok and Chalene Johnson's Turbo Fire DVDs. I do an intense cardio workout regime, 5-6 days a week 45-60 minutes per day. For strength training and resistance training along with cardio intensity to raise my target heart rate to 125-135 beats per minute. Use of a heart rate monitor watch! (I use the Mio "Alpha 2," a new, revolutionary optical sensor "strapless" ECG monitor that gives me a continuous heart rate as I stay in my fat burning target heart rate 70-80% of Max heart rate.) I also use the MOTOACTV fitness monitor by Motorola to monitor my sensors and record my activities along with the Fitbit and BodyMedia Fit. I am "wired up!" These activity monitors are a very necessary part of keeping track of your calorie burn and activities.

Additional fitness programs in the past:
P-90X Grad. Started May 2010 comple

Personal Information:
Partner in Pixel-Pros.com a small business specializing in affordable digital image restoration, retouching and repair. www.pixel-pros.com. Opened June 2010. Please visit our web site!

Things I am interested in:
Photojournalism. digital photography, Adobe Photoshop, scuba diving, computers, live music, digital music, my black lab Marley. Also political activism environment, disarmament/peace, social justice and fighting the corruption and corporatization of politics.)

Jimmy Buffett music and live concerts (an old fan, but "parrot head" nonetheless.)

Favorite Books:
"Life on the Mississippi, " "Adventures of Tom Sawyer", "Letters From The Earth" Mark Twain; "The Silent World" J.Y. Cousteau and Frederic Dumas

Other Information:

“Life is short, Break the Rules.
Forgive quickly, Kiss SLOWLY.
Love truly. Laugh uncontrollably
And never regret ANYTHING
That makes you smile.”

"People who think too much before they act don't act too much.”

“Older and wiser voices can help you find the right path, if you are only willing to listen.”

Jimmy Buffett

"Let go of the past and go for the future. Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you imagined."

Henry David Thoreau

"Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Listen hard. Practice wellness. Play with abandon. Laugh. Choose with no regret. Continue to learn. Appreciate your friends. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is."

Mary Anne Radmacher

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2/24/2015 9:02:31 AM

Daily Workout: TurboFire 45, Stats: 48:10, 97 bpm max bpm 140, 10.3 cpm 472 total cals. burned. In cardio training zone 29:35.

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2/16/2015 7:00:08 PM

Daily Workout. Cardio, TurboFire 60. Time: 1:02, 105 avg bpm, max bpm 121, 11.3 cpm, 40:54 in cardio training zone. 654 cals.

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2/15/2015 5:54:59 PM

My Daily Workout. TurboFire 55EZ. Stats. Time: 58:56, Avg bpm 102, max bpm 121 max bpm, avg. cpm 10.5, max cpm 12.4, cals burned 580, 38:56 mins in cardio training zone. Additionally strength training w/ hand weights, 14:21 mins another 133 cals. 9.5 cpm #turbofire #chalenejohnson #dailyworkout 

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1/18/2015 7:50:24 PM

Daily Workout, TurboFire 45 with Chalene Johnson, Time 46:15, avg. heart 110, in heart zone 32:19, (equivalent of 2.15 miles) burned 546 cals.

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1/17/2015 7:10:37 PM

Turned on the afterburners today for some kick ass cardio with Joanne Gulino Switzer. We did TurboFire 55EZ (my fave) and set a new personal best. Highest bpm 134, avg bpm 115, most cals burned 676, avg 12.5 cals/min. 54:47 mins. Total time, 27:56 mins. in heart rate training zone.

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