Sunday, July 01, 2007
I've been meaning to start this for months. Now seems as good a time as any.
I've lost a fair amount of weight on Spark and have been in maintenance mode for about 6 weeks. My goals were to log everything I ate, exercise as much as I could, drink lots of water, and contribute regularly to the Spark community. For the most part, I have been successful.
Lately, things have been more than busy at work. I'm sure you can read that on most blogs. My days start at 6 AM and end sometimes at 10 PM. I work 6 or 7 days every week. I teach people to fly for a living and my job is not high stress, but rather high concentration and pretty all-encompassing. It is also very dangerous at times. It takes a lot of energy and passion to be successful in such a lifestyle. The hours are long and the pay is small. It also keeps me away from my family for long periods of time. However, for the first time in my life, I actually love what I do.
I have a wife and 3 girls at home. My wife, Rhonda, almost died last year after our daughter, Evelyn, was born. We barely survived the year as a family and a couple. Since her unexpected heart attack, the financial stress on our family has been tremendous. I will leave it at that. We also have more than our share of stress from people who were formerly part of the older girls' lives. Life is too short for all the drama!
Spark has been very beneficial to us in a number of ways. We have learned so many useful things that we have put into practice. What I am maybe most proud of is the change in our older children, Madison and Bailey. We exercise as a family often and the TV is on less than half of the time it used to be viewed. Now my daughters want to know how much fat or protein or whatever is in something before they eat it. They even ask if we can go to the local park for a walk. What a change!
I am maintaining at 185 lbs. One of my students is a doctor and he recommended staying at 185 for a month or two and then try and lose another 10 lbs or so. I would like to do that. We went to Myrtle Beach for Memorial Day Weekend and I was disappointed in my swimsuit pictures. I look good in clothes, but not in my swimsuit. We did have a wonderful time, though.
Spark has helped me get back in shape and realize that my priorities were in need of adjusting after last year. We are taking a Florida vacation next month and can hardly wait. I hope the hurricanes don't arrive just as we do. I hope to take multiple vacations each year with the girls while they are still young enough to live at home. The years pass by so quickly! There are lots of nice places I'd like to show them before they throw the dirt on me.
Family is so important to me and I am so proud when Rhonda brings the girls to the airport. Every so often, I will take the older girls to the airport with me on the weekend, just so we can spend some time together. At least we get to interact as a family. Days when I leave before the girls get up and come home after the girls go to bed are NOT good days for me.
I have 2 days off this week and I am going to kick booty on the cardio. I am also going to push those weights through the ceiling this week. I did not come this far to go backwards now. I am NEVER going back to what I was before. I feel like Spark has taught me a lot of core health values that are sticking with me for the rest of my life.
I can't wait to see the flight surgeon in October when I have to renew my medical. I think he'll be surprised. That's even more motivation for me to work a little harder.