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I'm a retired electrical engineer. I had a demanding career that allowed me very little time for things other than work. My typical day would be to arrive at the plant (I was in nuclear power), spend 10-12 hours there, then go back to my hotel room, get a large meal and write for an additional 2-4 hours. Wow what a combination for disaster. Gained a lot of weight and lost a lot of fitness. That's why I'm trying to lose weight, get back into some sort of shape (other than round) and become physically fit.

Update 1/2011: Well that went well! Still look like the Michelin Man and after a couple stays in the hospital for atrial fibulation the time is now! I've been following a Atkins/South Beach diet regiment and have lost about 5 pounds. Hey it's a start. Also I've joined a local gym to tone up the flubber. As all of you here know goals and talk are cheap, you have to REALLY want it. Food can't rule your life, but reading the labels and watching what you put in your body must be foremost on your mind. As my daughter tells me, "Dad I want you around for a long time." You all should stop and assess your life. I was a workaholic, who lived to work instead of work to live. It's the wrong attitude and let me tell you from experience you can't those precious moments back. Wish me luck (as I hope all of you will be successful).
Update 2/4/11:Well I'm not comfortable about following a strict low carb diet. I read that it can cause kidney stones and having had one of those before ... well ... NO THANKS! So I'm going to modify my diet to include high fiber carbs, lower my protein intake, and lower my fats. I've had way too much fat and red meat lately and my daily fiber has been too low; averaging only about 10 gms a day. I've reset my dietary limits to coincide with the 1600-2000 cal diet intake.
The parameters set in the tracked nutrients below reflect a 1600-2000 calorie diet broken down into 25% fat, 20% protein, and 55% carbs.
Update 5/12/11: I have been having problems keeping on track since my mother-in-law died in March. So after some soul searching I'm going to limit my carb intake, but not Atkins low. Hopefully that will yield the desired results. With spring and summer coming on working on the yard has taken most of my time, so the gym has taken a back seat as well. Well if it was easy we'd all be thin.
Update 2/25/2012:Back again ... I'm (again) fed up with my progress. At 64 with sleep apnea, atrial fibrillation, and on medication for my heart, do you think it's time for a wake up call? Well, this cement head has to lose weight or see my life cut short. So I'd appreciate a word of encouragement and a prayer for success this time.
Update 2/16/2014: Here we go again. The good news is that I haven't gained weight. The bad news is that I haven't lost any either. My health is generally good. My doctor is pleased with everything, but my weight. Welcome to the group Doc! Anyway, I'm going to try again. I seem to do better when I log my food in and just eat reasonably. I will be concentrating on portion control, (which has been out of control) eating more vegetables and fruits, and exercise ( that means using the health club we joined 3 months ago). Please wish me luck and pray for my success, as I will pray for all of yours.
Update 6/4/2015: Hey, if it was easy everybody would be thin. Well I did Weight Watchers for about 5 months and lost about 12 pounds. Not a sterling performance, but it was a loss. I decided to give Atkins another try. I lost over 40 pounds on Atkins back in the 1970's when the book first came out. Why? For my own encouragement I want some fast weight loss. Right now I've been in Phase 1 for only 4 days and it's not been too bad. To be honest I do miss the sweets and bread, but I'll get used to it. I am down to 264 fully clothed in the doc's office, which would put me about 260 or so. Going to see if I can hook up with others on Atkins on this site.

Member Since: 1/21/2008

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Weight loss and fitness for a longer, high quality of life.

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To monitor my program I am:
- logging my daily food intake
- trying to exercise at least 3 times a week, which includes cardio and weight training

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My name is Craig, I'm 60 years old and I live in Burlington County, New Jersey. I retired in 2006 from the nuclear industry. I'm a graduate of Drexel University with a degree in Electrical Engineering. I'm an Eagles and Phillies fan. And if you haven't looked at my photos, I love cars.

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Just a word of advice. As a recovering workaholic, take time to smell the roses. Assess whether all your time away from home working is helping or hurting the ones you hold most dear in your heart. Trust me you can't get those hours back.

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