SPEEDYDOG   53,640
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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: 53,640

Fitness Minutes: 40,644

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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Member Comments:
LMB-ESQ
6/21/2014 7:51:58 PM

How do you like that Spark activity tracker? I never got one, but I can't remember if it was because I heard bad reviews or because it cost too much.

It's interesting the experience you had with low carb. I had the exact opposite experience. Low carb eating is not for everyone. I am actually focusing now more on eating less processed stuff and more fresh. Mostly I try to stay away from refined white sugar and flour, and strictly limit grains. I eat lots of fruit and veggies (until I get rebellious and don't eat any for a day), meat, and eggs, and very limited dairy. There are certain foods I just cannot eat, either because they make me gain weight, or they make me sick. Pasta falls into that category, as does milk and a few other higher carb foods. It's definitely lower carb than what the RDA recommends, but I'm also not trying to eliminate ALL carbs. My carb intake in a day usually ends up at 25% or less of my total calorie intake. It works for me.

I wish I could ride that many miles at a time. There's no place around me to do that. I ride around the neighborhood and 10 miles is a lot. My legs got fried after today's swim :-) 3500 yards total, 1250 yards of backstroke which gets my thighs, and 600 yards of breaststroke which gets my calves. But it's a really great fried :-)

I got the burned oatmeal out of the pan. It turned out to be not so much burned and just really stuck on there. A long soak in soapy water helped.

Thank you for your support too!



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LMB-ESQ
6/21/2014 9:20:03 AM

Wow, a fridge full of beer right there in the office? That would be tough for me to pass up too. But it sounds like you're getting back on track. Good job on the loss! I'm down a bit too, but I think you'll be able to do it faster than me. More veggies! That can be a battle for me too. I've never been a huge veggie fan. I can go a fair number of days eating a lot of them, but then I will just get sick of it and not eat any for a week. I'm looking for balance.

I love steel cut oats and berries too. I don't eat oatmeal all that often because it's a little high in carbs for me, but I do like it. In fact, your post inspired me to have some for breakfast... until I let the water boil away and burned the pan and had to start all over again. Now I have to google how to get burned oatmeal out of my good copper pan **sigh** Berries.... I eat berries year round. They're like an addiction and I have to have them in the house, even if the price is outrageous. I like to eat bananas after a workout.

Got any big bike rides planned for the weekend? I'm swimming today, and if the weather holds, I might ride tomorrow. Of course, your bike rides and my bike rides are not the same thing!



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LMB-ESQ
6/20/2014 12:40:55 PM

Bruce,
Meh.... I didn't eat enough yesterday and woke up feeling sickish. 1200 cals in a day is really not enough for me, especially if I burn a lot with a long swim. I ate no veggies either. They aren't my favorite but I like to get at least 2 servings in a day LOL

Are you a veggie eater? I don't see a lot of it on your tracker either.

Laurie



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ELYMWX
6/19/2014 12:30:45 PM

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LMB-ESQ
6/18/2014 9:23:15 AM

Haha... did I create a monster??? J/K

I had to go back and remember what I did on the 14th. I went to lunch with some law school friends and ate nothing healthy. It wasn't even trackable. I'm not too worried about it though. I do need to track, just like you, to stay honest, but if I miss one day, it doesn't concern me. If I track at least 5 of 7 days, I'm happy. I love good food and I don't want to completely deprive myself or I'll just get resentful. An occasional "sin" makes it easier to stay healthy the rest of the time.

Thanks for the comments on the swimming. I'm looking for ways to break it up to avoid boredom. Swimming endless laps can be pretty monotonous. I've been switching off between long endurance swims, and shorter sprint workouts. It seems to work. I can actually get a lot of good thinking done during the longer swims.

Changes? I could write a novel about that, but what it boils down to is stress. I'm exploring ways of getting a handle on that.

You are absolutely correct. It does take time. You are not going to remove 30 extra pounds overnight that it took you 3 years to put on. But you know that. You are a bike riding machine. You just need to get your strength back from your numerous accidents. Once you do that... slowly... you should see more success.

I looked at your trackers too... and lecturing is foreign to me, but here goes ... yup... you're drinking too much beer. But you know that too. And where did the Pepsi come from? Is there something you can substitute with less sugar? I'm thinking your food intake looks pretty decent, but I'm reminded of two old sayings:

"Don't drink your calories" and
"You can't outtrain a bad diet" (or in your case, the calories you're drinking)

Food for thought....



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