100,000-149,999 SparkPoints 106,995

My favorite before and after photo. OK, the good looking one is actually my daughter.

my granddaughter & her current beau

All 3 kids, many moons ago.


Thank You Card

Fitness Magazine

Happy Face

SP_COACH_DEAN is a SparkPeople Motivator!

See All SparkPeople Motivators
Interact with SP_COACH_DEAN
Add as SparkFriend Send Private Message Leave Comment Recent Message
Board Posts

Hello. Here's a little info about me, my weight loss and fitness story, and a few of my other interests. See you around the message boards!

I blog regularly about motivation, fitness and health on our new site,
www.dailySpark.com . You can read my blog entries here ! If you've got specific questions, issues, or topics that you think would make good blog topics, let me know via sparkmail or by posting a comment on my page.

Member Since: 7/2/2004

Fitness Minutes: 208,367

My Goals:
I started my weight loss program in May 2002, when I weighed 390+ pounds, and my doctor was screaming about all the health problems this was causing--diabetes, high cholesterol, etc. I''m at 199 now, and though I still have a little bit of a spare tire (mostly loose skin, I think), my health problems are under control, and my weight is no longer a limitation in my life. At this point I mainly want to make sure I don''t start gaining the weight back again, which I''ve done before. And I want to stick with my exercise routine, which I actually enjoy.

My Program:
I never really went on a "diet." I started by limiting the amount of saturated fat I ate to 15 grams/day and trying to eat more healthy foods. I also started doing a little bit of exercise every day, mostly walking at first, and even that was hard, but it got easier quickly. About 6 months into this routine, I was able to start increasing my exercise intensity quite a bit, and this really accelerated the weight loss. At this point, I take in a fairly high amount of calories most days (about 2500) with a balanced diet, but I also burn up about 5000 cals/week with aerobics (5-6 times/week), strength training (2/week), and lots of walking (no car).

Personal Information:
My name is Dean. I''m 65, have 3 grown kids and 4 grandkids, have graduate degrees in philosophy and Human Services, and have previously been certified as a personal trainer and weight management consultant.

Other Information:
Learning about nutrition and exercise science has really helped me fine tune my program. There are good courses at most community colleges, well worth the investment.

In addition to my fitness and health interests, I''m an avid fan of obscure philosophical poetry--especially Rilke and T.S. Eliot--and 1960''s music.

Read More About SP_COACH_DEAN - Profile Information moved here. (Updated January 17)

Shown if member clicks "Read More"
My Goals:

My Program:

Personal Information:

Other Information:

Personal Signature: (Shown after Message Board Posts)
Add a Link
Save Changes
Secrets of Success
This user doesn't have any secrets of success.
My Ticker:
 current weight: 220.0 
Login to Leave Comment
    Coach Dean,

    I have to agree with Vingram below...you are also my favorite SP expert. I think I read almost all of your motivational articles. They are truly inspirational. I reset recently to start again because I read so many! lol Anyway, you are the best...thank you v. much!

    861 days ago
    How do I get all of your posts? You are my favorite SP expert! emoticon
    923 days ago
    I've been looking for the answer to self-sabotage because I lost 80 lbs on SP in 2009 but I fell apart in ONEderland. Couldn't handle the attention and compliments and I didn't understand the lag with body image. Confused to say the least.
    This is my restart and I need to find the answer to make it this time. A fellow Sparker recommended your blogs. Thank you thank you for sharing your personal journey and insights in these blogs.
    I joined the IOWL team Renee Stephens, and found links that really helped me understand compulsive overeating. I also found Dr Amy Johnson that helped me stop listening to the inner negative voice. These were THE answer for me but everyone needs to find their own answer. I will keep looking until I find all the answers I need to stay on the healthy lifestyle journey. Thank you again for all your honesty.

    1001 days ago
    Just found you and am motivated by your story. Hope you are still doing well.
    1027 days ago
    Hi, I just found you through a comment you made regarding weight training during weight loss. I'm glad you're here and sharing your expertise with us!

    I like Dylan Thomas, Wallace Stevens, Baudelaire, and a few others. I have a love/hate relationship with cubism and much of modern art. Currently reading "Rats, Lice & History," a biography (of a sort) of typhus.
    1231 days ago
Member Comments (454):  < Previous12345Next >Last >>