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After five and a half months of consistent effort, I arrived at my weight goal on Easter morning, March 31, 2013. I lost 50 pounds dropping from 223 to 173! Since then I've lost another five pounds while experimenting with gradually increased calorie levels to see where the balance is for maintenance. I joined Spark People almost a year ago (April 18 of 2012) but didn't get serious about working at this goal until October.

I am now comfortably within the healthy weight range ...
After five and a half months of consistent effort, I arrived at my weight goal on Easter morning, March 31, 2013. I lost 50 pounds dropping from 223 to 173! Since then I've lost another five pounds while experimenting with gradually increased calorie levels to see where the balance is for maintenance. I joined Spark People almost a year ago (April 18 of 2012) but didn't get serious about working at this goal until October.

I am now comfortably within the healthy weight range for my height and build according the Centers for Disease Control standard. Spark People has made an incredible difference in many aspects of my life and I am grateful. I now weigh a little less than I did when I was in graduate school 27 years ago!

I remember the joy I felt at the beginning of the year when I passed into ONEderland (where "one" appeared as the first number on the scale). This was amazing to me because "two" had been the first number appearing before me for at least fifteen years, maybe twenty. This was one of several mini-goals along the way that helped keep me motivated.

In the early fall of 2012 I accepted the Spark People challenge of setting a goal and I joined Spark Coach (good decision). I put down a goal I hoped for but didn't really believe in because I doubted I could do it. I thought well it sure would be nice to lose 30 pounds and get my weight down from 223 to 194. I thought maybe I could get to 210 by the end of 2012.

I far surpassed that goal and subsequent short term goals. I lost 25 pounds and started 2013 at 198 and this success gave me the courage to set a more ambitious goal, i.e. to lose a total of 49 pounds and get my weight to 174. Later I thought, "why stop at 49? Why not make it an even 50!" That I have done and then some.

I feel amazed, grateful, and thankful for spiritual and family support and for the Spark People community which together made it possible for me to get started on this journey. I feel so much better. I have more energy and a more positive outlook on life. I look better. I've lost almost eleven inches around the middle. I'm enjoying daily exercise! I no longer need to take medicine for cholesterol and my blood pressure medicine has been reduced by half. Imagine that!

After years of discouragement with my weight and dieting, I saw that I was finally making progress. The key for me has been checking in daily to track all of my food and exericise. SparkCoarch has been a great help with that. It provides daily encouragement, motivation, and ideas for making consistent small changes that make a big difference over time. I have a family history of heart disease so I know that healthy habits and weight loss are critical to my long-term health. It has felt good through this journey to be able to say, "I may not be there yet, but I'm closer than I was yesterday."
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Member Since: 4/9/2012

SparkPoints: 32,544

Fitness Minutes: 16,348

My Goals:
My SMART Goals
1. Maintain at 170 or less
being especially vigilant for the next two years because statistics show that 85% of people regain weight in this time period. I will be in the 15% who do not regain the weight.
2. Log in to Spark Coach daily to build motivation and consistency in my other goals.
3. Meet the challenge of getting at least 10 minutes of exercise a day.
4. Do three 30-40 minute sessions of cardio and weight lifting exercises a week.
5. Establish short term goals to mark progress.

Short term goals:
1. *Go from 219 to 210 Accomplished! Nov. 27
2. *Win the "lost 15 pounds" trophy. Accomplished! Dec. 3
3. Win the "Lost 20 Pounds" trophy... Accomplished Dec. 15
4. Join the folks in ONEderland - that is those who weight less than 200... Accomplished Jan.3 (25 pounds lost)
5. Meet my original target goal of 194-accomplished Jan. 22, 2013.
6. Win the "Lost 30 Pounds" trophy-accomplished 1/24/13
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My Program:
Start each day with ten minutes of exercise then check in with Spark Coach.

Track all food and fitness with Spark People - gradually increasing daily calorie intake to find maintenance balance.

Plan meals and snacks in advance.

Additional exercise at the YMCA - cardio and weight lifting

I have been enjoying eating food grown in our garden - more homegrown vegetables and less meat.

Tracking food and reading motivational articles.


Personal Information:
I have been married for 25 years. My wife and I have two young adult children whom we love dearly. I have lived and worked in the Caribbean and currently enjoy working with Mexican and Guatamalan families which helps me keep up my Spanish. My decision to follow Jesus has been central to my identify and life.

Other Information:
Helpful advice from Spark Coach: "No one should have to go through this journey alone. Don't be afraid to reach out for help and advice to help you stay on track so you can reach your goals. Even the best athletes need coaches and fans!"

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KING_SLAYER
12/17/2013 4:18:11 PM

Thanks for the blog comment. I live in California because I would not survive the winters in places like Ohio! I will try to not complain about my weather anymore seeing as how many Northerners and Canadians I have as friends here, all of whom have given me guff at one time or another over my definition of "cold". I will try and be happy that I don't have to constantly avoid slipping on ice and dodge potentially falling icicles!



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TIGER_LILY_613
12/12/2013 9:07:52 AM

Hi Russell !

Thank you SO much for sending me such a thoughtful SparkGoodie ! Today at the gym, I will look for some real-life 60-lbs dumbbells or kettlebells and do what you do - remind myself that I don't have to carry that weight around any more.

Congratulations on reaching your goal weight ! You are such a success story ! Bravo !



Comment edited on: 12/12/2013 9:08:40 AM

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KING_SLAYER
12/8/2013 2:46:37 PM

Thanks for the blog comment. The stock market analogy is an excellent point. It's not about what happens today or this week, it's about the long term. Over the long term I have been successful. I just need to make a few market corrections to straighten things out now!

I think if I woke up one morning with all of my lost weight back on, I would probably either not be able to climb out of bed, or I would have a heart attack trying!



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KING_SLAYER
12/7/2013 5:09:05 PM

Thanks for the comment ton my blog post. I did fairly well on Thanksgiving, but It turned out to be a bad week anyway! Hopefully you'll burn off your turkey weight faster than I do!

Be careful with that snow shoveling, take breaks and keep hydrated!



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11/18/2013 11:15:33 PM


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