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June 2008 - 270 lbs and still gaining!





May 2010 - After Running in the Lake George 5K





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"Never give up, never surrender!"

The title of my SparkPage is a tagline from one of my favorite movies, Galaxy Quest. This plucky statement was made by Commander Peter Quincy Taggart played by Tim Allen.

This statement, "Never give up, never surrender!" is to remind me that persistence is key to health and well being.

I joined this SparkPeople in 2005 to get a $150 insurance rebate from my then employer. I have since moved on to another job. I deleted my original corporate sponsored account and ...
The title of my SparkPage is a tagline from one of my favorite movies, Galaxy Quest. This plucky statement was made by Commander Peter Quincy Taggart played by Tim Allen.

This statement, "Never give up, never surrender!" is to remind me that persistence is key to health and well being.

I joined this SparkPeople in 2005 to get a $150 insurance rebate from my then employer. I have since moved on to another job. I deleted my original corporate sponsored account and made my own personal identity as SPEEDYDOG. The support and the resources on this site are indispensable!

I am a 57 years old and have been blessed with a great wife and five wonderful kids. I live in a small town in the Colorado Rockies.

I played football in high school and college. I was an offensive tackle. I was not all that large (6’ – 265 lbs) so I relied on strength and quickness. I was also on the track team. I ran the 1/2 mile and threw the shot and discus. I also boxed and wrestled. Like a lot of ex-athletes I gained weight easily.

As the years went by, my weight steadily increased. My health starting going downhill. I was diagnosed with high blood pressure. My feet hurt all the time.

I lost weight on various plans but gained it all back. I was the typical yo-yo dieter. SparkPeople has helped me stabilize my weight. I have lost 60 pounds on SparkPeople. I am confident that I can reach my goals.

I am running again, I enjoy an occasional recreational race. I am having fun.

Here are a few of my favorite quotes:

"A lot of people run a race to see who's the fastest. I run to see who has the most guts."
Steve Prefontaine

“Never mistake activity for achievement.”
John Wooden

“Important principles may, and must, be inflexible.”
Abraham Lincoln

“Whatever you are, be a good one.”
Abraham Lincoln

“Winning isn't everything, but the will to win is everything.”
Vince Lombardi

"Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up. "
Dean Karnazes

“No one has ever drowned in sweat.”
Lou Holtz

"The problem with having a sense of humor is often that people you use it on aren't in a very good mood."
Lou Holtz

“It ain't bragging if you can do it.”
Dizzy Dean
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Member Since: 4/25/2009

SparkPoints: 63,192

Fitness Minutes: 44,235

My Goals:
Personal Goals
- 185 Pounds
- 34" Waist

Running Goals
- 5K 24:00
(Goal Met, March 2nd 2010 - 23:12)
- 400M 0:64
- 800M 2:30

My Program:
Cardio 6 days per week, including:
- Running
- Eliptical Trainer
- Brisk Walking
- Mountain Biking

Strength Training 3 to 4 Days Per Week

2,250 to 2,350 cals/day

Personal Information:
I live in Colorado.

My activities include:
- Downhill Skiing
- Cross Country Skiing
- Snowshoeing
- Hiking
- Bicycling
- Running
- Motorcycling
(Dirt and Street)
- Radio Control Airplanes


Other Information:
October 11, 2008
- 270 Pounds
- High Blood Pressure (145/95)
- High Cholesterol
- Back Pain
- Foot Pain
- Knee Pain

May 9, 2009
- 225 Pounds
- Low Blood Pressure (104/68)
- Low Cholesterol




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WONDERWOMAN
1/2/2015 8:46:58 AM

Bruce, Thanks for the info on Revel Rockies. The steep decline is what I was most worried about. Most people seem to think that's the best thing. Personally, I detest elevation drops like that. The downhills hurt me more than anything. I suspect I'll be slowing down quite a bit on this race, but that's okay. I did consider the hydration issue, but the whole sun/thinner air concept had not even crossed my mind. Thank you! And for the heads up on the pavement issues - the klutz in me is very appreciative. I am excited to do this one, but a little apprehensive too.



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GHK1962
1/2/2015 8:16:26 AM

You were trapped in a mine?!?!? Holy hell ... I would have totally panicked. Then again, perhaps people panic in different situations ... a huge wave of water crashing down on some might make them panic. Me, I figure whenever that happens ... meh ... at some point I'll bob to the top of the water.

But trapped in a tunnel 2000' below the surface .... aiieeee.

Glad you got out!



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NATPLUMMER
1/1/2015 3:46:38 PM

That could be it. I do consider you a brave man. Although I don't think there is anything wrong with being a regular guy. I do think your survival instinct kicked in which is a good thing. I want you to stay alive.



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LMB-ESQ
1/1/2015 1:51:24 PM

I don't think you should have softened the story at all! It was a great read. And I felt squeamish reading it too. But isn't that the point? I'd say your story did exactly what you intended it to do.

English teacher critique here.... your primary audience is yourself. You share to an outside audience because you want that audience to feel what you feel when you tell/read your own story. So who is your audience? Primarily other athlete/adventurers like yourself, but also those who can easily visualize your setting and your experience. The clearer your details, the better for your audience. Softening the story would have diminished the effect. So.... other than a few minor grammatical imperfections, this was a GREAT story! I wouldn't change a thing!



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NATPLUMMER
12/31/2014 9:24:15 AM

Since I don't run very fast, I think I could make the turn without falling off a cliff.
If/when we get to Colorado again, I'd love to join you for another run. It was lots of fun.....and I'm craving that Himalayan food ;-) If you come out here, we'll take you running but it will probably be on a paved trail.



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