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Long train runnin'. June 2014





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"The future is no place to place your better days." ~ Dave Matthews

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I was born at a very young age, or so I'm told, and grew up as an overweight, sedentary kid, extending into adulthood. By the time I graduated from high school, I was lumbering around the 285-pound mark. There was always this notion in the back of my mind that if I didn't do anything to change by the time I turned 30, that would be it; THAT would be my ...
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I was born at a very young age, or so I'm told, and grew up as an overweight, sedentary kid, extending into adulthood. By the time I graduated from high school, I was lumbering around the 285-pound mark. There was always this notion in the back of my mind that if I didn't do anything to change by the time I turned 30, that would be it; THAT would be my starting point. Then something interesting happened just before my 30th birthday. My family doctor told me this:

"Overall, you're healthy, except for your weight. I'm also the city coroner, in addition to being your doctor. I'd rather not see you for the former."

BAM! That did it. Motivation slapped in the face and thrust me into 'healthy living' mode.

Several things have changed for me over the past several years. I initially lost about 70 lbs a few years back and was eating and living well overall. I was running regularly and seeing improvements in my running regimen. But then I had to stop running due to some Achilles' issues. At the same time, my work schedule changed from steady day shifts to a two-week rotation of days and night shifts. Lifestyle changed, exercise regimen changed, eating habits changed... none for the better.

Now I have to reassess and set some new goals. Goal #1 is now and always has been weight loss. My goal weight is 190 lbs. Back in the old days, I was up to around 285 lbs and miserable. It took me a long time to shake that. At my lowest, I was down to 208. I've steadily put on weight since then. Cause and effect has never been so clear a lesson to me in all my life. I'm getting back to healthier eating, a steady exercise routine, and a motivated lifestyle.

Shift work provides a major challenge to find balance, time and energy. I have some obstacles to overcome there. With luck, I'll also be able to coerce my wife of 14 years, my 13-year-old daughter, and my 10-year-old son into joining me, if only bit by bit as I've done over the past few years.

Besides, I have half a wardrobe of clothes that I fit into over a year ago that misses me. :)
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Member Since: 1/28/2011

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My Goals:
Goal weight: 190 lbs.

Fitness goal #1: Run a 5km race = DONE.

Fitness goal#2: Rejoin a gym and go regularly. = DONE.

Fitness goal#3: Take up cycling. = Started & in progress.

Fitness goal #4: Complete the 1 month plank challenge. = DONE.

Other goals #1: Become more involved in the SparkPeople community. = Done and still doing. :)

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Healthy eating with a target caloric intake of 1500-1900 a day. Workout at least 3 days a week. Monitoring food intake and fitness activities using SparkPeople.com and FitnessBlender.com.

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St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada

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"The future is no place to place your better days." - Dave Matthews

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FINNLANA
7/12/2014 12:44:53 AM

Hey Troy!

I didn't realize that you work two completely different shifts (night and day) I only worked the one midnight shift because I found it hard switching back and forth. That was back when the store was 24 hrs. So I had a hard time adjusting to my meal times on my day off. You have a different challenge since you switch your shifts on a regular basis.

So way to go on figuring how to work out your meal times! You must be doing something right - look at you!!
emoticon Cool new profile pic too!

Have a great weekend emoticon Lana




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THECOOLESTSARAH
7/10/2014 12:26:49 AM

We seem to have so much in common - I've been down this weight loss road before with much success, and while I haven't gained it all back, I have more I'd like to say goodbye to.. and I'd like to say a big hello to my former wardrobe from a couple years ago. And I used to run and got injured, and now I'm back trying to run again.

What are you doing for exercise now?

Oh! And it looks like maybe you're a musician? Or at least really into music? Me, too! Any band stuff I can hear?



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STRONGCOURAGE
7/6/2014 7:46:32 PM

Hey! I'm glad you enjoyed the holiday (Canada day)...impromto things are good--glad you enjoyed a fun & family day :) & I think the 4th of July was good..lol, I don't remember what happened that day! But ya, and on to those confessions. I hear you! emoticon The past 2 evenings esp have been rather crazy w food myself (crazy annoying/bad--that kinda crazy... emoticon ) In the past I've found its better to just go for what I wanted originally instead of eating a whole whack load of things when I know I'm (still) stubbornly set on that "----" and end up eating it too! But it's a hard one. Sometimes a piece of fruit does it. Or sometimes a distraction! I guess we just find what works...and then have to find it again (because sometimes I seem to "lose" what works...or we can keep going crazy emoticon .
When I really think I got it going (right!) and just enjoying cruising along, its when I should be more careful...cuz then wonk, I'm on my backside wondering how on earth I got there! (kinda my dilemma right now!) (Gives me the feeling I wanna crawl into a hole & hide from it! lol. Now ain't that a way to face a problem--the ostrich approach! emoticon )

But, I'm glad out of the cravings that you did find/whip up some superb (& healthy) pancake recipes...thats a nice bonus. :) But hey, little by little we keep pushing through this life, as we try to make sense of what is up & down and then it flips around when we do, so we figure again! BUT, we keep on even when its relentless crazy hard. I was reminded of this as I re-read my sp intro this evening...Courage doesn't stop in the face of fear. It keeps walking into that storm even though trembling. Sometimes (like right now) I feel I have to visually give myself the "gift of courage"...just a prompt telling me--Mon, have a strong heart, a courageous one. So you do the same :) We aren't backing down from these battles! I'm marching alongside with ya & reminding you, you'll get through--and awesomely fortified by doing so. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon



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TWESTEN1
7/4/2014 8:41:27 PM

Thanks for dropping by today! I am enjoying my 4th - worked and then went to the movies with Ed ~ then went on a nice walk & heading out to fireworks at our lake in about an hour & a half.

Hope you enjoyed your Canada Day too :) Did you guys do anything fun? I've been enjoying watching your progress - you're a crazy man at the gym any more.... so proud of you!



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7/4/2014 9:44:47 AM

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~~~~HAVE A HAPPY & SAFE 4th OF JULY~~~~
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