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My Sucessful weight Loss and Exercise Journey far

Monday, April 16, 2012

As a youth I played sports and was very active. I started working as a Mason with my Father when I was 12. I worked 30 hours a week at Peters IGA and worked weekends with my Father AND went to High School. Needless to say I always had a huge appetite and I earned the name The Eating Machine. After HS, I worked on the assembly line at GE. Eventually, I had enough seniority to get an easier job. The physical activity level dropped and my weight started to increase. Eventually I was laid off from GE and went back and earned an AS and BS in Business Administration and a BA in Economics. My wife Theresa and I always liked to stay active: hiking, Biking, swimming, walking, etc. After graduating college, I got an “office job” job as a WC Claims Adjuster. As my hours increased, stress level increased, and activity decreased my eating habits got worse. I began a constant weight gain and in January of 2011 I weighed 288. Because of my poor lifestyle choices I had high blood pressure and high cholesterol. I couldn’t go up 10 stairs without being out of breath. My wife, Theresa, would have to slow her walking pace so I could keep up. At one point my blood sugar was high. I discussed the high blood sugar with my buddy Ted Arnold who was on medication for diabetes. He told me to get my act together.

January 2011, I joined www.sparkpeople .com and monitored my calories and food intake and exercise. By monitoring and logging everything I arte I was able to drastically alter my diet and hold myself accountable. Little by little my diet improved and my physical fitness level got better. Logging food and calories is one of the keys to weight loss. The people at Sysco have always been health conscious. My first week at Sysco I went to a wellness committee meeting and Loren Davies told me I had to run a mile as initiation. I went to a Food Safety meeting and Loren said that my initiation was to run another mile! I had always loved to run, so I remembered Loren’s challenge and the constant encouragement from fellow Sysco employees in the walk to run club, so I started to run. My first race was Paige’s Butterfly Run, then the Corporate Challenge, the Patriot Run, etc…. During this time I was losing a pound or two a week and was constantly encouraged by Theresa and my friends at Sysco. We got a Lab puppy named Zac and I quickly learned that he loved to run as much as me. I had the perfect running machine as a coach. All I had to do was watch Zac. He demonstrated perfect form and attitude. He always fell back to encourage me when I was dragging. Zac would run with me, then we would catch up to Theresa and walk. My biggest race was The Lake Effect Half Marathon on 2/25/12. The temperature was below 20 degrees, the wind was at 20-30 mph. It was on Onondaga Lake Parkway. I ran the last half of the race with Zac while Theresa waited in the cold wind and snow. To date I have lost 60lbs and saw my blood sugar, cholesterol and BP drop significantly. My resting heart rate is 49 beats per minute! When I started my pants were 44” waist, shirts were 2x and they were very tight. Now I am into 38" jeans which are getting looser by the day and xl shirts. Keep Sparking and please friend me!!

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TWILAQ1 5/27/2012 12:11AM

    You are such an inspiration! I'm soooo proud of you!!! emoticon

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GRATEFUL-DAD 4/23/2012 12:24PM

    Awesome success story.

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SCOTTK3000 4/18/2012 10:41PM

    awesome to hear!! nice!

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NWFL59 4/16/2012 2:57PM

    You're doing terrific and so glad you made the commitment to improve your health and wellness and have support at work, home and online. emoticon emoticon

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WILEE323 4/16/2012 2:22PM

    Great job! I'd love to have a lab to run with!! Maybe...someday...

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Holiday Thanks

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

I have a lot to be thankful for this year. My work family (who I am in touch with constantly even though i'm on vacation!), my family, my friends, people that I have met on the Parkway (often their simple smile or wave keeps me going) and my wife and my dog Zac. My wife walks while me and Zac run. My wife has lost 10 pounds herself and Zac, at 10 months, is still a pup but runs faithfully with me and always falls back when I need encouragement. Although I have lost 50 lbs in 2011 and ran almost 400 miles, i still have a bit to lose and several goals to achieve. The most important thing is to keep the healthy lifestyle going and pay it forward and to be a positive force for others. Eliminate the negative and accentuate the positive! It's not about me, its about WE!
Unfortunately there have been some detractors who are a constant negative influence. They have been eliminated and marginalized for the greater good.
God bless your friend Coz!

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SCOTTK3000 1/2/2012 11:51PM

    ya.. whats with those detractors? sounds great! 50 lbs all right! love the name zac for a dog! we have 2 dogs one with the name zida. call her z for short. z names r cool!

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RD03875 12/27/2011 4:12PM

    Way to go on the weight loss and the running and your wife too! Keep up the great work!

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Positive Vibes

Saturday, July 30, 2011

One thing that has happened to me since I have joined Spark People is that I have become more positive. All the positive Sparkers out there have had a great motivating impact. the people at work have been fantastic. the walk to run club and Coach D and others have made a runner out of me again. I am doing things now that I have not did since high school..... A little positivity goes a long way. You get it you pass it on. It does nothing to keep it to yourself. Pay it forward as they say. People at work are now saying I'm an inspiration and asking me how I have accomplished what I did. This makes me feel very uncomfortable, my game has always been to give credit to others and avoid talking about myself. In fact, I usually try to avoid the I, Me, Mine. I (there is that I word again) am trying to share my story of success when people ask. There are even people at work who brag about the success I've had. I need to go to work Monday and tell them how much they mean to me. they are my family and without them I would not be as happy as I am. Thanks for all the motivation If you are reading this I am truly humbled and honored. Love, your Friend Coz

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MCCOURTT 11/27/2011 10:00AM

    Love your Blog, it reflect, my feelings to the tee. You know at the rate you are going you could go for marathon in 2012!! (Heck you are 1/2 way there ;-)

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The Long and Winding Road

Sunday, June 05, 2011

All the hard work is paying off. Down 30 lbs. Just ran a 5k this weekend and did better than expected. The key here is I can do you can do it. Follow the nutrition and fitness advise from Spark People and record you food and exercise and you will see results in no time. I have a great support team: My wife, my mother and friends. Even the puppy gets me out and moving. If you dream it you can do it. Thanks to all those spark friends who motivate me.. You guys are awesome!

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DIANNEYME 6/6/2011 3:47PM

    YOU are awesome! Way to go - thanks for being an inspiration to us as well!

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MISSY0356 6/5/2011 7:15PM

    COngrats on the 5K and CONGRATS on the 30 lbs. You are right all it takes is focus. Keep up the great work

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Cabin Fever

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Need to re-motivate. Although I am still progressing and on track, its been a tough two weeks. Sinus problems are making it tough to work out and stay motivated. need some of that good old sunshine.

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XHASTEDMOMOF2 3/8/2011 7:10PM

    Sinus problems can be a REAL downer!!! Hopefully your doctor gave you some good meds and you'll be back to your old self real soon!! As far as sunshine goes, I hope you get some soon -- unless you're about to get the same weather pattern in NY as we are about to get in VA!!

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