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Valentine's Day - what I really think

Sunday, February 10, 2013

My wife thinks I now look like David Beckham. LOL.

I can think of no greater example of the wonderful, delusion - the complete lack of perspective - the complete detachment from reality - that love brings. Now, to my eyes, she is a 10...she laughs at this, but I swear its true. But after her statement, I have to consider the slight possibility that being in love with my wife has warped things a bit. Oh well.

This is what I'll be thinking on Valentine's Day this week. How it drugs the mind, completely. Its awesome. However, I'll take a wild guess that she didn't see me as David Beckham 90lbs ago. Maybe Dennis Franz.

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SPARKLISE 2/12/2013 9:22PM

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ASTRA58 2/11/2013 11:44AM

    That's pretty awesome! Of course, in my eyes, you and V are both 10s!

Enjoy your Valentine's Day! emoticon

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JOHGLO2011 2/11/2013 10:50AM

    Seeing thru the eyes of love is sort of like seeing through rose colored glasses! But, your wife is right! You look great and congratulations on your great weight loss! emoticon

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DOVESEYES 2/11/2013 5:18AM

    don't argue with the BOSS she knows all. David Beckham it is.

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ILIKETOZUMBA 2/11/2013 12:01AM

    LOL. To be fair, though, I can see a certain resemblance to David Beckham!

But love sure does some wonderful things. :) I know I'm so lucky to have a husband who happily proposed to and married me at my peak weight, which was like 80 pounds heavier than when we started dating, and 120 pounds heavier than I am now, and he STILL claims I have always been beautiful and my weight was never a turn-off for him. I wish everyone could be fortunate enough this year to have such wonderful Valentines as we do. :)

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Sunday, January 20, 2013

I've finally hit my goal. What a year.

What a last 6 weeks...after an operation, I was forced to be sedentary for nearly 4 of them. I was pretty worried about that, about getting complacent and saying "oh well...close enough". But I kept at it here on Sparks, inspired by so many people here who are trying to lose 5-10 lbs and they KNOW it is slow going for that final few and keep it up for months at a time. How do they do it? I didn't think I could, but now I know...I just keep doing what I did before...track, moderate, be smart, enjoy the treats when they come, plan.

Frankly, I've been so afraid of "maintenance"...I still am, but not as much now that I'm here. That bad voice in my head - "Maintenance = slip into old bad habits and put on all the weight again"...well, now it is being replaced by "Maintenance = doing what I've been doing for the last 9 months, with just a few calories more". And you know what? I'm good with that! I don't feel like I'm depriving myself...I eat pretty much what I is just what I want has actually changed! Whooda-thunk-it?

Of course, this is today, this is now...fact is, my body is capable of being over-weight, and 'dats a fact. I can't forget that, it is my reality.

But I faced my biggest fear - that post-operation and the lessening of activity (and change in routine) that naturally comes with Canadian winter would throw me off the rails. Well, I nuked that! Less walking, no jogging, no rollerblading - it has been replaced by 4 days of ball hockey and near-daily Nike+ Kinect workouts. And boy, is that Nike+ program awesome or what?!? I can SEE and FEEL the difference in my body. Without a lie, in 10 weeks with that program, I am now the physically fittest I've ever been in my 40! I've been in shape before, but never had my strength and core this toned - never this well-rounded. I've seen many versions of me in the mirror, but never this one.

And I've made SparkPeople a satisfying and fun part of my daily routine - getting inspiration from blogs, reading the tips and the forums, learning, getting new cooking ideas. Seeing my wife and a close friend make the most out of it here and feeling energized by their determination.

This date last year - 240lbs. Today, 150. Ya, what a difference a year makes.

Thanks for reading, whoever you may be.

(P.S. - also this year, was featured in the Toronto Star for weight loss:

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SENIORSWIMMER 7/13/2013 6:46AM

    Oh, and you look awesome. What an inspiration.

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SENIORSWIMMER 7/13/2013 6:45AM

    I remember responding to a message you posted on the boards when you were frustrated with that last 15 pounds. I envied you because you had lost that much weight, and you only had 15 pounds to go. I am there!!! I too have had to deal with injuries and a closed pool. It was scary. And it was tempting to say, "Good enough. My doctors are happy. Why shouldn't I be?"

I'm going for it. The final 15 are going down. The pool is fixed. My ribs are healed. I have a pesky heel spur that's about 85% healed. I just can't seem to finish it off.

Today is mowing day.....with a push mower and a big yard. Love that calorie burn.

Hope life is treating you well.


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JOHGLO2011 2/11/2013 10:57AM

    What a great blog and very encouraging too! I am one of those that is taking what seems like FOREVER to lose those last 10 - 12 lbs. But I keep trying because I feel so much better now, more energy, more flexability, and better overall health! Look better in my clothes too! :) Keep up the great work!

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NHES220 2/8/2013 9:09PM

    Congratulations, what a great accomplishment! I am just starting, my sister turned me onto SparkPeople and I started right after Christmas. It is stories like yours that keep me motivated. Thanks for sharing and good luck with maintenance - you can do it!

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BONABEANS 1/21/2013 11:05PM

    Very great job!!! Very proud of you and thanks for sharing your story. I'm at the beginning of the road you just walked, I hope to meet you there!!! Keep up the good spirits and keep it up!!!!

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SPARKLISE 1/21/2013 9:38AM

    emoticon This is so emoticon .
Facing your fears and conquering them! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
Keep up the good work!

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RUSSELL1960 1/20/2013 5:14PM

    Congratulations and thanks for sharing. Żour accomplishment is inspiring for those of us who are not there yet but will be.

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DOVESEYES 1/20/2013 8:25AM

    Wow you are famous!!! How cool to be at 150, take time to enjoy it.
Isn't it amazing how much you have learnt to get here, shared with others and grown as a person?

Sounds like you are making a good recovery, really happy for you. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KNELKINS 1/20/2013 7:51AM

    Congratulations! This is incredible. That's a fantastic article about you as well. You have all the right attitudes, and you know you're capable of continuing to be fit and healthy. Good work!

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SUNNYLIFE72 1/20/2013 7:14AM

  Congratulations! Good luck on your maintenance path. There is a maintenance group on Sparkpeople.

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SEAGLASSQUEEN 1/20/2013 6:57AM

    Inspiring, thanks for sharing from a fellow Canadian, eh!!

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Well that was interesting...

Thursday, December 27, 2012

It is December, how did Christmas go as far as health?

Well, I'm still recovering from an operation so my exercise has been pretty much nil for the last 2 1/2 weeks. But that will change today.

Somehow, someway I managed to lose a pound over Christmas. I treated myself to the stuff I liked, but kept portions under control. Basically, before every treat or rich food, I asked "Do I REALLY want this?"...if the answer was yes, I ate...if it was less than super-enthusiastic, I took a pass. And I only ate when hungry.

Oddly enough, today, after all the Christmas craziness, all I want to do is eat chocolate LOL. Well, had some, probably too much, and now I feel a little sick. A good lesson I guess.

Well, let's see where I am on Jan 1...the goal was 150 by Jan 1, and this morning came in at 153. No way I'll be losing 3 lbs in 4 days, nor will I try to.

So, quick lessons learned about Christmas this year (in terms of nutrition):
- many dishes on the table means lots of healthier choices
- didn't need bread...didn't miss it all...that's shocking
- diabetic chocolate...sent my guts into DEFCON 4
- Mom had fresh fruit on hand this year...that really helped
- everybody else's cooking tastes really salty to me
- I no longer crave potatoes of any kind...odd
- I have a hidden sweet tooth...when did this start?!?
- recorded everything...without fail...this definitely helped

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ILIKETOZUMBA 1/2/2013 1:21AM

    Good for you!!! Congrats on the loss. :)

And omg, everybody else's food always tastes super salty to me too!!! It drives me a little bit crazy. Nobody needs to cook with that much salt! If more people would just get used to eating less salt, they'd never miss it and I could have bread/cereal/spreads/veggie dishes/soups that aren't salted into oblivion!

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SPARKLISE 1/1/2013 8:12PM

    emoticon Good job! emoticon

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SENIORSWIMMER 12/27/2012 9:35PM

    I think you did better than I did. I did not track. It was so busy, and I hadn't seen these people for 2 years. All I wanted to do was talk and play games and watch TV. My sister's roomate and I stayed up talking until almost 1:30 one night.
My worst eating day was also the 26th. I think we're so geared up for getting through the holiday, then it's over, and we're caught without a plan for the day after. Or maybe our guard is just down. This is the best I have ever done with eating around my family, but there's a lot of room for improvement. My jeans are tighter than they were last week. I will weigh on Saturday and find out the (probably) bad news.

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DOVESEYES 12/27/2012 7:12PM

    Good for you to make right choices, keep up the good work :)

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Breakthrough...freakin' finally

Thursday, December 06, 2012

I know this isn't an according to Hoyle "plateau" but been stuck at 156 for 2 weeks...then suddenly BOOM 156 yesterday and 153.5 this morning. Maybe playing hockey 5 out of the last 7 days will do that. I don't know how people manage to keep plugging away after not seeing the scale dip for months...that is TENACITY. Ya ya, I know it isn't about the scales.

But you see last New Years I made 2 resolutions (and I NEVER make resolutions)...marry the woman in my life, and lose weight (LOL like that every works) back to 150 lbs come Jan 1 2013 in a healthy way. Well, I did one and I'm 3.5 lbs from the other. But I got some surgery coming tomorrow and that will tank my exercise for a few weeks, then the dreaded Christmas with some of the best cooking and baking in the world courtesy of my well-meaning Mom and Aunts who, despite their pleas to the contrary, are trying to put the rest of us into blissful sugar comas. So, realistically, I may have to settle for being at a healthy weight but being a couple lbs short of my Jan 1 target. I suppose it could be worse...ya, I can learn to be happy with that.

On my mind all do pro NHL goalies, particularly the old vets like Brodeur, play multiple OTs during the playoffs after a long season, and still stand (let alone stop the puck)?? It hit me this week as to how incredibly impressive that is.

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HEALTHIERKEN 12/12/2012 12:59PM

    " . . . I may have to settle for being at a healthy weight but being a couple lbs short of my Jan 1 target. . . . "

Great attitude! You've made amazing progress over the year and being just a few lbs away from the target for another couple of weeks after the target date is No Big Deal in the grand scheme of your health/fitness/weight loss journey.

Really enjoyed your blog--you come across as a really up-beat kind of guy.


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    Congratulations on that breakthrough! Best wishes for a speedy recovery and keeping those 3 lbs away while mom and auntie are nusing you back to health!

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SESSY74 12/7/2012 12:01PM

  YOU are impressive to me.

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ASTRA58 12/7/2012 8:57AM

    Awesome job, Stephen!! I'm so happy for you!

Good luck today, and rest up. Don't try to do anything strenuous.

See you soon! emoticon

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DOVESEYES 12/7/2012 12:21AM

    Yay you great blog emoticon emoticon

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SENIORSWIMMER 12/6/2012 1:48PM

    Congratulations on being within 1.5 lbs of goal. I am having toe surgery next week, but I'll only be laid up one day. Enjoy the holiday and the sugar coma. I'm going to.

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SIZE8NOTSOMUCH 12/6/2012 1:00PM

    I guess if you made what they made ($) you would learn to live through the pain... Good luck at the Doc's, and yes, the dreaded Aunt's and Mom (I'm one of those:))
Happy Merry Hoo Hoo

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JOHGLO2011 12/6/2012 12:02PM

    Relatives and holidays are hard, but with your attitude, I think you will do fine. Just be aware. :) Best wishes for your surgery!

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LACIEKAY 12/6/2012 11:52AM

    it's hard for family to grasp the idea of something you once loved and asked for is now a huge no-no. they just do what they do and love you like they know how to emoticon
i pulled a HUGE no-no and hurt my husband's grandma's feelings when i refused to eat her famous triple chocolate cake.... next time i'll suck it up for the sake of her feelings. cooking is her life. and i still feel like an a-hole over that.
glad you came out of your mini-plateau! emoticon

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NEPTUNE1939 12/6/2012 10:25AM

    They have heart and the love the game of hockey. Hang in there tiger, mom's and aunts are the epitome of love! Enjoy your sugar coma, Earl emoticon

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THEEXERCISER 12/6/2012 10:17AM

    emoticon and good luck with the surgery

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Stephen's Nutrition and Exercise Tips to Himself

Thursday, November 29, 2012

No, I'm not crazy in referring to myself in the 3rd person...this is just a reminder to myself on those days I'm thinking of doing bad things


- record my food honestly and diligently
- when I'm not jonesing for "extra" flavour, eat my steamed veggies naked (no, not in the in no dressings or sauces)
- before snacking, ask out loud, with my cat as a witness: "am I ACTUALLY hungry?"
- don't make a big dinner out of habit...gear my meal richness to my actual hunger level
- don't blow all my calories by end of lunch...I know I'm going to want to eat more before I go to bed
- at a party, play 'prevent defence' with my eating and up short yards is ok, just prevent the big play
- have the fresh fruit and veggies on hand that I will ACTUALLY eat, not the stuff I should want to eat
- chocolate on hand is chocolate in my mouth...gotta make sure there is no more than one bar of dark chocolate in the house at any one time
- an all veggie breakfast is OK
- love my red meat...let's keep it to 2 or 3 times per week at most though
- some bread every day > alot of bread in one day
- eat those high glycemic index carbs before workout, not after
- beef jerkey...tastes great, but the sodium!
- the more diligent I am with doing dishes after each meal, the healthier I eat...go figure
- I should stop eating to the top of my calorie range just because I have the room for it
- 6 lbs to go...don't get too complacent now
- wow my skin hates the sugar
- gotta have apples on hand EVERY day
- remember: drink water when I wake up...don't HAVE to eat right away


- gotta stop skimping on my walk routine, just cause its cold outside
- gotta go easy on the a.m. coffee, just cause its cold outside
- tell myself: only having 1 round on the Nike+ Kinect is NOT an option
- more free weights
- don't cheat on my flexibility exercises...who am I cheating??
- cool down is down is important...
- don't let a few minor aches and pains be an excuse to do nothing today...I'm 40 and have to get used to it now
- less time on the computer, please

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SIERRAGOLD 11/24/2013 12:07PM

    I make lists like this on paper and you just gave me a good idea for a blog I should do myself. I can relate to soooo many of the items on your list, and the one with your cat as your witness was funny. I have two cats myself and I live alone. So they are my only witnesses.

I haven't started any blogs yet, so this is something that I'm going to try to do soon.

Thanks again for being so inspiring. I hope you and your wife have a very Happy Thanksgiving!
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DOVESEYES 11/29/2012 9:21PM

    It's great to put in a blog your affirmations and keep looking at them

I find that I need to eat more at times when I'm stuck.

Bread is my 'arch nemesis' so I swap for nuts and seeds and crackers.

Good on you for laying it all out. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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