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Renewed effort to get rid of this volley ball that stretches my belt. Start of new hope. 4/26/17 I picked 218 pounds for my start. Was running 225 before start date.
1) Track ALL food. Just like $$ spending. If one doesn't track, one has a hard time getting out of a ditch.
2) Consistent increase in physical activity, planned and unplanned. Yard work that makes me breath hard, and stop for a moment counts.
3) Fitbit. It tells me the truth about activity. 30 minutes a day.

8/31/17 193.8. Because of long hard walk yesterday, but I am in the 194's.
8/22/17 195.8. first time in the 195's. My Fitbit goal is 9k, I have been doing 11-12k. My aerobics are way better.
8/19/17 196.0 Down 22.
7/29/17.197.8 Down 20. Waist and hips down 1/2 inch in two weeks.
7/22/17 199.2 Down 19, Not much, but I held 2 cubes of butter in my hand, and said, "Gone!"
7/15/17 200. Down 18 pounds. Limited outdoor activity because of my bride's severe foot injury. Steps are mostly in house and yard. The 100's are getting close. Haven't seen those in a long time.
6/13/17 206 12 pounds in 6 weeks. I did it by doing 1,2,3 above and staying in the low-medium Spark recommended calorie range. I am not getting 8000 steps consistently yet. Room for improvement. I am no fool. These 12 pounds are the easy ones, Now begins the real battle for 10 more and going under 200 for the first time in 5 years or more. Then to my goal weight, 185.

6/12/17 I looked up human fat density (0.91gm/ml) and butter (911gm/L) which equals 0.911gm/ml if my math is right. So if I am down only a quarter pound in a week, all I need to do is look at a cube of butter, hold it in my hand, and say, "Gone."
6/3/17. Thought I'd post encouragement to me that I thought up myself.

Repeated daily good decisions will sacrifice a moment's pleasure for tomorrow's reward.
Small victories lead to big victories and defeats lead to resolve when I keep asking myself, “What are you prepared to do now!?”

Member Since: 4/25/2005

My Goals:
5/9/17 Lose this volley ball gut. (6//18/17 rant - I hate this volleyball, I hate it! ..rant off..).
Walk at least 8000 steps a day.
Get 30+ minutes of walking every day as well as heavy yard work.
Reduce or eliminate blood pressure medication. Increase my strength, aerobic condition and "flex-agility" 7/10/17 update. Cut one BP med in half.
7/2/17 raise my (good) cholesterol. Diet and exercise so my MD says. They all say that. Oops, they're right.

My Program:
5/9/17 Watch what I eat, STOP when I am just under full. Listen to my body in this regard. Track ALL my food. I walk 8000 steps on my Fitbit most days. Strive for a walk of 30 continuous minutes. 8/19/17 Upped my steps to 9K).
6/13/17 Add gym workouts to my life. Not sure what yet, but I will get a plan.
9/4/17 Tracking all my food, averaging 9000+ steps a day, but no gym consistency at all.

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I live in $ilicon Valley, I am 76, married to my bride of 48 years, and we have 2 daughters who are 1996 Atlanta Olympic Gold Medalists in Synchronized Swimming. They are both still in phenomenal condition. They have given us 5 lovely grandchildren. (5/9/17)

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Retired 2/28/15 after working 49 years for the same company.. Our dogs don't have to share their food with us...yet

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    Thanks for your comments on my sparkpage and blog. I am tracking all my food, and water, and find that it's incredibly important. I'm also sync'ing my fitbit to sparks, and it encourages me to get all my steps in.

    I love your story, and your success, and especially your pictures. It really helps to see people who have been successful, and still working at it. It helps me really understand that I'm making changes that will stay with me, for the rest of my life, and that I will enjoy them. There's a radio ad for a weight loss company where a guy says something like, "Everyone asks if I miss french fries (or other junk food) but no one asks if I miss the sore knees, aching back, high blood pressure ..." I keep that in mind, as I look at my future.

    Thanks for the encouragement!
    4 days ago
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    I loved your resonse on the Spark Feed! Your Encouragement was spot on. Congrats in your weight loss! Cheers
    20 days ago
    Hey Spark Buddy! Just stopping by to show some love to your page! Happy Marvelous Monday! Enjoy your week!
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    23 days ago
    Look at your weight tracker, well done!!!!!
    27 days ago
    Congrats on being the feature email biog post!!! GREAT JOB!!!
    34 days ago
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