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This really DOES work!

Monday, March 04, 2013

For a long time I was concerned that my weight loss just wasn't going anywhere. Heck, I still feel that it should be faster or something. However, I just had my yearly fitness thing done at the office and let me share some numbers with you.

Last years weight - 378.
This year - 351

Last years waist girth - 57 inches
This year - 55

Last years blood pressure - 154/90
This year - 134/86

But here is the kicker...

Last years BMI - 44.8
This years - 43.9

Thanks right folks. A BMI change of ONLY .9 resulted in lower BP, and less of ME to carry around.

I felt at times that no matter what I did, I wasn't losing any weight. The scale moved VERY slowly if at all sometimes.

I had days and even weeks where I just felt like giving it all up. I didn't eat right - I didn't exercise - I was just a blob and didn't care.

But I kept at it. There is the key. It's OK to have bad days or weeks. It's OK when the scale doesn't appear to move. There are other changes that are happening that you can't always see.

Only 27 pounds for a whole year. Sure doesn't seem like much in the grand scheme of things. But - 2 inches off my waist? Now THERE is something to be proud of.

Not to mention - getting my BP closer to normal!

So, if you are feeling bad about where you are. Just keep going. It's not always fruits and veggies. You will have Pizza and Twinkies days. It's OK. It's not the day to day but the long run that makes ALL the difference in the world.

Looking back may show you where you have come but looking forward is the inspiration of where you can go.

Keep at it fellow Sparkers. YOU can do it too. Even when you HATE everything and don't even want to get out of bed. You have more power within yourself than you know.

This isn't a race. It's a lifestyle. Live it with gusto! Before you know it, you will be a thinner, healthier you when you aren't looking.


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HICKOK-HALEY 4/19/2013 3:11AM

    Great job. emoticon Think of where you will be next year! emoticon

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PANFRIEDTROUT 4/19/2013 1:18AM

    great blog Ed .... lots of common sense and encouragement there. my story & results and keeping with Spark sounds a lot like yours. thanks for writing because even when i think something in my own head, it's good to see it written out by someone else ... makes more of an impact.

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-AIMIE- 4/1/2013 2:55PM

    Love this! Good to see your face again :)

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CARTOONB 3/6/2013 11:02PM

    You can start now or in a year you can wish you had started now. Sounds like you made the right choice! Congrats!

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JUNIAATROME 3/4/2013 2:19PM

    Well done! Yes, one has to have the right perspective to evaluate things. Congratulations on the good results. emoticon

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MOMTOMONKEYS2 3/4/2013 12:54PM

    As I like to say, "Health is the best gift you can give yourself!" emoticon

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FUNKYKIM 3/4/2013 11:01AM

    Inspiring! emoticon

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ERNOINACTION 3/4/2013 10:38AM

    Great blog. Congrats and thanks for sharing!

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COWGRLKT 3/4/2013 10:38AM

    Good for you. I am hoping my next years physical will show great improvements too! Imagine yourself in 5 years at 250! WOW - 378 to 250 in 5 years....that would be amazing too! You are definitely on the right path.

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It's like riding a bike

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Yesterday I was helping a newbie at the gym. I asked her if she was there in the trial basis. She told me that she dove in all the way with a full membership. I congratulated her and said "It's like riding a bike or driving a car. You don't just "kinda" do it part way."

Then I started thinking about that analogy of losing weight compared to riding a bike.

When you first start riding a bike, you don't just jump on and take off with the slightest of ease.

That is how losing weight at first starts out. It's never easy to get going. You fall a lot. There is a sense of balance that you haven't figured out. You can't even seem to get the pedals moving correctly at first.

After a while it all comes together and you are off and running. My weight loss was like that. It seemed that after LOTS of trying over and over, then I was able to get going. It wasn't fast and there were lots of stumbles, but I was on my way.

When you have been riding your bike for a while, you start to get that confidence. You are able to just grab it, push off, and you are zipping along.

So it seemed with my weight loss. My weight seemed to come off easily at first. After all that hard work I was able to see results.

However when you get good on your bike you sometimes get cocky. You start doing wheelies, and riding with no hands. You feel like you are in total control at all times.

And then you crash.

Sometimes it's easy to get back up, brush yourself off, and be back and riding again. However there are times that it is more severe. The bike gets broken, or you get banged up pretty good.

It is the same with weight loss. Just when you think you are doing everything just right you start to lose your concentration and BAM - you hit a wall. Or you stop trying so hard. Or there are as many number of reasons as there are stars in the sky.

The question you have to pose to yourself is "Do I want to keep riding?" Do you park the bike and start just driving your car? Do you give up and just walk? Does your weight loss get pushed to the side and you abandon it?

Personally, I know that I learned the biking riding (proper weight loss rules) but I just got sloppy and lazy. I lost my concentration.

The good thing is that when you learn to ride a bike you never forget. So it is with weight loss. You have the knowledge and tools and just have to apply them correctly again.

And at SP - there are LOTS of others doing some riding right alongside you.

So, I have picked up my "bike" and started peddling again. I'm sticking with concentrating on what I am doing and focusing on the road. It is a long road to be sure but I know I can do it.

How about you? Will you keep up with me? Stay the course and keep on moving? It's fine if some are faster and some are slower. The thing that matters is that you just - keep - going.


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NADINEL 1/24/2013 9:40PM

    Good analogy. I keep s-l-o-w-l-y pedaling along. But I am still here. Glad you are, too. emoticon

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CARTOONB 1/24/2013 9:29PM

    I've never been able to pop a wheelie without wiping out. I'll ride along with you...just no fancy stuff!

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DEBBYFROMMT 1/24/2013 6:43PM

    Ed, it's been a long time since you've blogged! Glad to see it! I think I've gotten sloppy and lazy too. I will keep up and stay the course with you!

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MARTY728 1/24/2013 12:25PM

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ERNOINACTION 1/24/2013 12:03PM

    What a great blog. I love your comparison. Thanks for sharing!

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MIATIA1 1/24/2013 11:55AM

    Yep had a couple of those bike crashes myself and it took a little time but I'm peddling pretty good right now.. emoticon Glad you're back too..

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MT-MOONCHASER 1/24/2013 11:39AM

    Welcome back!! I just know that you will quickly find your balance.


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EVER-HOPEFUL 1/24/2013 11:17AM

    hi love,great to see you back blogging again,missed your is married life going what was the damage with your lack of concentration?how much did you put back on?let us know if i can do anything to help.take care and keep smiling.know you can do this. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DARJR50 1/24/2013 11:03AM

  Thanks for this insightful blog.

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And life is going on

Monday, November 19, 2012

Although I haven't been as active on SP - I DO check in every day. Life has kept me very busy. My wonderful wife has gotten me out on to the road and we had visited 3 national parks, and put on many, many miles on my Avalon. I've seen LOTS of the country and love it. (OK - I-80 across NV isn't my favorite anymore.)

Along with travels, I have also been keeping up with the working out in the gym. My wife joined shortly after I did. Our work schedules keep us from being there at the same time, but we both go pretty much every day.

I had put the working off on the back burner for a while so I could finish my VW project. It is a '64 bug and I can proudly say I'm driving it now. All work was done by me. Paint, interior, mechanical s. All of it. Lots of learning - but I had them in college so I wasn't new to it..

Although I'm not dropping huge amounts of weight, my pants are slowly needing to be cinched in another notch. My DW is also on Weight Watchers so our eating has improving all the while.

Life is best lived and it's even better when you have someone else going the same direction.

Keep on trucking to all...

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DONNA47FMFL 1/7/2013 8:57AM

    Glad to hear life is good!!! The bug is awesome. Great job on the restoration!

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MT-MOONCHASER 11/30/2012 4:28PM

    Wow, you've done a great job, Ed!

First car, a red '66 VW Beetle. That thing sure covered a lot of territory.


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ERNOINACTION 11/21/2012 5:30PM

    Car looks great! Glad things are going well. Thanks for checking in Ed!

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BE-THE-CHANGE 11/20/2012 2:55PM

    Love the VW!

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MIATIA1 11/20/2012 10:22AM

    Sounds like everything is going great for you , nice to hear and see you back.. Awesome work done on the car , I've always loved VW's and they sure don't make them like they used to for they just kept going. Have a great emoticon

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COURTNEYANNEMT 11/20/2012 8:19AM

  Can't look at the picture without thinking, Punch Buggy, No punch backs!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 11/20/2012 6:34AM

    glad everything is ticking along nicely deserve the best and it looks like you have it now.keep on keeping on emoticon

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CARTOONB 11/19/2012 9:13PM

    The car looks fantastic!! And I'm so glad to hear that you and your DW are doing so well. It's good to see you happy!

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DEBBYFROMMT 11/19/2012 8:44PM

    It has been a long time! Good to see a blog from you! You look down right small in that VW! Dare I!?

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PURPLE180 11/19/2012 8:43PM

    emoticon And I love the CAR! Great work. emoticon

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MARTY728 11/19/2012 6:33PM

    Happy to see a blog from you! Hope all continues to go well!

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CARRIEMT 11/19/2012 5:33PM

    So glad you're traveling and enjoying time with your wife, the gym and your awesome ride.
You did really well on the paint for a home paint job!
Nicely done sir :)
So happy for you!

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NESARIAN 11/19/2012 4:53PM

    Awesome progress! My first car was a 68 Bug. Many fond memories with that car. Your restoration job is a beauty. You have much to be proud of!

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Lost focus but not the Spark

Monday, February 27, 2012

I'm chagrined to admit that my weight has gone back up. Not to the original level mind you, but I've gained back half of what I had lost.

I KNOW that a healthy lifestyle isn't like going on a diet. There is no end to it. I also know that I have been less than diligent with my food. Heck, I've even been slacking on exercise. Then there is that slight change in my life that I'll be married soon.

Despite all this, I haven't lost my Spark. I know what I need to do, I just need to change my mindset so I DO IT! I have been getting my exercise in but I have been eating to offset it. I'm changing that around today. No waiting for a good time because everyday is a good time.

So - I have decided that there are not going to be any pity parties here. I just need to take my Spark and run with it. I will get back down in my weight - plus some. It will be nice to have a support system that is immediate with my (soon to be) wife. She has worked to get to her goal weight and is at maintenance now. I will be there as well.

So - onwards and never going to give up!

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TRULYVISIBLE 2/29/2012 3:36PM

  Congratulations on your soon to be marriage. I hope that her getting to goal and maintaining is the motivation you need to get there yourself. Best of luck.

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REBECCA180 2/28/2012 10:25AM

    Congratulations on your upcoming marriage. I remember when I first started reading your blog, thinking, there's a really decent guy, he's a catch! lol

I lost about 35 lbs the spring of 2010, when I first began Sparking. (15lbs from my goal) I stopped Spark, gained half the weight back, lost and gained again.
Now I'm back and I'm determined to stick around until I reach my goal. So, in short, I'm in a similar position and I'm here to back you.
It would be interesting if you could go into some detail about what was going through your head, when it came to your eating. I'm curious. I hear it's different for men and women. Women tend to have trigger foods, were as men drop the portion control. In the end though, something happens to our resolve. Why do we through it out the window, when we are so bound and determined at other times. Does it really come down to will power?

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CARTOONB 2/27/2012 10:15PM

    Every day is a good day to treat yourself well. Congratulations on keeping the Spark and on the upcoming nuptials!

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ERNOINACTION 2/27/2012 5:38PM

    Glad you're getting back into the game Ed! I'm thinking about the same thing! I'm pulling for ya!

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CARRIEMT 2/27/2012 4:46PM

    So glad that you haven't lost the Spark and am happy for you and Ruby :)
Life is an awesome adventure, isn't it?

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SHERRYLHBB 2/27/2012 4:45PM

    There must be something in the water. I came to the same conclusion and recommitted myself today, too!

Congratulations on your upcoming wedding (and then marriage). It is so good to read that your bride-to-be is right there with you on this journey. Between your commitment and enthusiasm and her support...

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KATRENIAH 2/27/2012 2:49PM

    Congrats on your upcoming nuptials!!!! emoticon I think it's awesome that you've found someone who understands and is maintaining. She'll be an ally and a great support.

Except for the upcoming marriage, I could copy and paste your blog and use it as my own. I'm going through the same thing, thinking the same thing, doing the same thing. As I read it, I was like, "Yes! Me too!"

So you're not alone. I'm right here with you!

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Life updates

Saturday, February 04, 2012

Wow - it is so amazing to me how life can change so quickly.

At the end of December things changed up for me in a hurry. Going back several months previous, I had a couple of friends tell me about someone that they thought would be a good friend for me. So, I started emailing with Ruby.

She seemed nice, and over time we became good friends. Then, at the end of December she flew up from California to visit me in Montana. At that first meeting we just clicked. It's hard to explain, but it was there. We had shared information about each other and she even told me that she had lost about 70 pounds on WW and she was living the healthy lifestyle as well.

That was just one point that we connected on. There were so many! We made a trip down to visit the mutual friends that said we needed to connect up - and they were overjoyed that it was going so well.

She was here for about seven days - and four days in I had felt so good and strong about her that I asked her if she would wear a promise ring. She said yes! We went to the jewelers and picked one out. Then two days later, I just thought "This is just amazing to me." and I asked her to marry me and once again she said yes! It was funny because the first time she said yes, she said it so quietly that I asked again. So - back to the jewelers to exchange that promise ring for an engagement ring.

We were at the point in our lives for some life changes. Her children were grown on their own and she was looking to move out of CA. So, the plan was to get her moved to MT and then get married later. After some discussions we just decided that we would marry in CA before we left for MT.

So - that means that the wedding date is now March 25th. I'm flying down on the 20th of March and we will spend some time before the wedding. Then on the 30th we will be on the road, taking a u-haul and her truck back to Montana. It's going to be the start of a great adventure.

The thing that amazes me is that I had NO intention of getting married anytime soon. It wasn't even on my radar. I just thought that it was going to be a nice meeting of a couple of friends and that was going to be it. I had just been telling some of my co-workers that it was probably going to be a long time before I was married again.

I've had some people that question the speed at our engagement, but I just figure - what the heck? Both Ruby and I have been married before. We know what's involved. I just remember the quote (and I paraphrase) "No great adventure starts with the comment that I'm just going to sit here".

So - you never know what life is going to throw your way. Sometimes when an opportunity comes along, you just grab on and go for it.

I wish I could say that I've made some great headway on my weight loss but I haven't. As a matter of fact, I've gained some pounds. However, like before, I'm not giving up. I'm back in the gym and cooking better foods.

The cool part about it all is that I'm going to have a partner in life that is going to give me that love and support. Someone that has been on this road before and knows what it is like.

It is all good - and just going to keep on getting better!


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1DEBIE1 5/9/2012 12:34PM

    Ed, I am so extremely happy for DID found your Life Partner!!!

You've given me hope and inspiration that I too will be married again; one day. I currently am in a Long-Distance Relationship (3.5 hrs away, via car) and it's INCREDIBLE!!!!

I share your thoughts about already having the experience and knowing when the person you Ckick With, is THE ONE!!!

Together, you and your wonderful wife will enjoy the happiness that this world has to offer. May the two of you have a lifetime of love!!!!


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CARRIEMT 2/6/2012 12:41PM

    Some of the most amazing couples I know (including my folks) knew each other for only a short time before knowing that was it for the rest of their lives. I'm sure this was somewhat unexpected, but that's life- right?

I'm so happy that this opportunity came into your life and that you took it. WOO HOO!

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HEALTHIERTINA 2/5/2012 12:57PM

  Awesome. Congratulations. So happy for you.

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EVER-HOPEFUL 2/5/2012 2:49AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonthat is the best news i am so so pleaded for you.canīt wait to see the wedding photos. emoticon emoticon

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NADINEL 2/5/2012 1:01AM

    I am so happy for you! The wonderful thing is Ruby knows the weight loss struggles, too, and you can help each other to get to whatever goal you choose.
I hope you post pictures...before and after the wedding.
Enjoy each moment! Nadine emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DONNA47FMFL 2/4/2012 10:44PM

    Congratulations! What a wonderful love story! Best wishes for a long and happy life together. Good luck with the start of this adventure!!


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CARTOONB 2/4/2012 9:57PM

    Wow! Didn't see that coming! But, I am so happy for you and Ruby. I hope that the two of you live a long healthy life together.

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ALLYALLYT 2/4/2012 9:25PM

    congrats! best wishes to you both! emoticon

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BE-THE-CHANGE 2/4/2012 8:58PM

    Congratulations! That is great news!

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LODESTONE 2/4/2012 8:41PM

    Congratulations!!! That's awesome news.

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-AIMIE- 2/4/2012 7:36PM

    So incredibly happy for you! I think it's amazing what is happening for you both and believe you are so grateful to have each other! You deserve the best and I knew something wonderful like this was in store for you :D

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BEYOURBEST1 2/4/2012 6:27PM

    Congratulations and all the best to both of you!

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APIRLRAIN888 2/4/2012 6:20PM

    Wow congratulations! !

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SHRINKING_JIM 2/4/2012 5:52PM

    Man! I don't even know you, but I like you. You have such a positive outlook. And- Ruby! Congratulations on that, buddy.

I for one do not think you are moving too fast. When things are right- they are right. Plus, they only have to be right for the two of you, not anyone else. Anytime we have the opportunity to share our lives with someone, we are winners.

Best of luck to you!

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