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June 2008 - 270 lbs and still gaining!

May 2010 - After Running in the Lake George 5K

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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

Member Since: 4/25/2009

Fitness Minutes: 59,286

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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    Thanks, Bruce. One of the best things about spark people is that I am connected to such tough athletes as yourself. Your nice words mean a lot to me.
    I have found that I am able to do so much when I put competition on the back burner and just do these things for myself.
    On the triathlon forums, the young guys scoff at those of us who do triathlons "to finish" and not to win. That's fine. Besides, not anyone I know cares how fast I am, or for that matter, they don't even know what 'fast' is. Those who know me love that I just DO them.
    Thanks again, pal, I hope you are recovering well.
    339 days ago
  • v DDOORN
    Thx so much for the blog support!

    342 days ago
    More careful emoticon No, I don't think you can do that. More body armor would be wise. Be safe, my friend.
    350 days ago
  • v ACTIVE_AT_60
    Thanks for the comment on my blog. I am getting into trail running. Still do a little road running even though my knees don't always agree with it.
    351 days ago
    Hi Bruce. I know exactly where you are. I used to live on Lookout Mountain Circle Road with my bedroom window looking down the throat of the continenal divide.. I miss the views, the altitude, the fresh air, the sunshine and the sheer majesty of living there. I used to spend time most weekends in the high country near Silverthorn, Frisco, Dillon Dam area and hike up above tree line and camp under the milky way. There is no place on earth like Colorado. It could not be kept secret for long and I could kick myself for not buying the mountain house when prices were really low in that 2011/2012 time frame. I so wish I had the money then to do it. I know that prices have really gone up of late. Back when I was there it was actually one of the most affordable places to live between 2005-2011 and I know it will take more money to come home. I am a transplant from UK/Canada having grown up in Africa at close to mile high most of my childhood. Nairobi, Kenya, Lusaka, Zambia and Curepipe, Mauritius....altitude for me was comfortable hence i knew I was home when I first landed at DIA. My daughter is a graduate of Green Mountain High School and her two best friends went to Mines. She began at Red Rocks College and is now finishing her degree at Kennesaw State here in Georgia. She too, is homesick.

    You are right about exercise equipment in Colorado....I had downhill, snow boards, cross-country skiing, bikes, helmets, boots, Leki walking poles, camping equipment, oars, river rafting jackets and suits....sheesh....every wall had a seasonal something on it - organized and cherished.....every weekend taken up under the stars, floating on the Colorado River to Glenwood Springs and the Roaring Forks, eating something funny tasting from the fire pit and praying the weekend would never end. You are blessed to live in the Garden of Eden :-) I remember hiking up through 3 false ridges above the Dam ...left my daughter and the mountain dogs below reading at the campsite which was completely outdoor and not one of those sign-in camp sites....alpine meadows and scree kept me company for 3 hours up and then down again....when I finally reached the top, the silence was incredible, the views on a sunny day at over 11K was enough to stop every process in my body save breathing and I was IN THE MOMENT in every way....I decided that day, that GOD lives in mountains and above treeline because it is not only the most incredible place to be but where you can really think.....no confusion, no fear, no uncertainty.....just pure silence and clarity.....that day will live with me forever......Cheers and enjoy Ride The Rockies.....I look forward to reading your blogs and stories of home :-)
    351 days ago

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