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One year Anniversary

Friday, December 30, 2011

12/29/11 was my one year anniversary. I didn't spend it the way I had planned so many times while accumulating 800+ miles walking/jogging and 16,000+ minutes exercising. Instead, I entered the second day of a 40 hour fast, (the last 13 hours without even water) in preparation for a colonostophy......yikes!!!
They did give me a glass of water and a blueberry muffin after I woke up from the anesthesia ....woop-dee-doo!
The funny thing is, I would not have even had the procedure if I hadn't lost 75 lbs in my first year of changing to a healthy, fit lifestyle I learned from you and SP. I made the decision to have the test done back in late October but the only date available in 2011 was 12/29/11 at one year anniversary.
Today I was able to complete my full 90 minute workout, enter my goals for 2012, and complete a whole bunch of errands.....another good day, thank you God!

Tomorrow night I will take my lovely wife of 40 years out to a great nightclub for dinner and dancing with two couples we have known for last 30 years. It will the first time in over 10 years we have done NYE up big like we used to. My wife was always up for it but having been well over 300lbs all those years...I wasn't.

"Thank you" aren't big enough words to express how grateful I am for the support of my spark buddies.

May we both be healthy and fit at this time next year, Happy New Year!

Tim emoticon emoticon

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DARKTHOR 1/1/2012 12:39PM

    I'm so glad that you are doing so wonderfully. I know all about not being able to do the things that I want to do, but that time is behind us! Keep doing great things for yourself in 2012, you deserve it!

You should reach 'The China Study' by T. Colin Campbell. It changed how I looked at food, maybe it'll do the same for you?

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RAINBOWCHOC 12/31/2011 1:24PM

    Hope you get good results from the procedure. So proud of your achievements, you are a true Sparker and I'm glad to have "met" you.
Best wishes for 2012...and smaller trousers!

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TRULYVISIBLE 12/31/2011 1:38AM

  40 years of a happy and content marriage is so wonderful to hear and I respect you two so much for it. To me the weight loss comes second to that although extremely IMPORTANT!

Have a great night out and continued success to weight loss and HEALTH!

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HJFOGARTY 12/30/2011 9:28PM

    way to go = not only for taking back your health and your life but for sharing how well you are taking care of you - hope the results are nothing but good news and you really enjoy that night out with your wife and friends! you are a great inspiration for all of us! rock on and Happy New Year!

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KARIDIAN1 12/30/2011 9:11PM

    Glad your colonoscophy went well- The prep is always so much fun. Sounds like you will be having a great time on New Years Eve! Be safe and have fun.

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PAULKNUTH 12/30/2011 8:39PM

    Have a great holiday and enjoy the date with the wife!!!

Great Job!!!

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My special Christmas gift to my adult children

Saturday, December 24, 2011

All 3 of my grown children struggle with weight and fitness issues. They have seen me struggle as well, all their lives.....until now. My transformation after 1 year of applying the guidance and support of SP to my life has opened them up to to the possibility SP might just work for them too. So I bought a copy of SP for each of them and added the following inscription as an extra Christmas gift.

I pray they will abandon periods of crash/fad diets and manic exercising for the lifestyle of fitness and health SP offers.


Dear Erik, Steve and Beth 12/25/11

Spark is not a diet.

Itís process and tools that guide and support you to make fairly small changes to your daily life that accumulate over time and result in a transformation of your lifestyle to one that will assure your best health and fitness possible.

It has helped me and tens of thousands of people around the world achieve a level of fitness and health most of us had given up hope in ever reaching.

I wish I had found this 30 years ago and hope you find it as powerful a tool as I have.



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LUVMYCRAZYKIDS 12/29/2011 10:17PM

    I think this counts as two gifts in one! The gift of the book/wisdom/advice AND the gift of a healthier YOU!!! I wish my mom would take interest...she's 65, now retired and very sedentary...along with weight issues and health probs and a bathroom "pharmacy" of pills...praying that she will someday take this into her own hands.

Thanks for sharing your blog. I pray your children can gain the same wisdom and health habits that you have!

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MOSTMOM1 12/29/2011 9:27PM

    What a great gift! I hope they join you on here.

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WATERMELLEN 12/28/2011 7:20PM

    Fantastic!! You've shown them the way . . . hope that they follow up and ask you about the SP website too!!

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DIVINEPRINCESS 12/28/2011 11:03AM

    What a beautiful gift! You didn't have SP 30 years ago, but you now have 30 years of experience and wisdom gained from that experience to help you understand where people are now in their own struggles with weight and fitness. Plus you now have a tool that's free for the asking to any who will avail themselves of it...a gift that keeps on giving.

Yeah, you!!!!

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NEWKAREN43 12/28/2011 10:50AM

    That's a great gift! You'll have to let us know if they join SP so we can friend them and support them too! They won't believe how much family they already have out here in SP Land! Good job!

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RAINBOWCHOC 12/25/2011 2:56AM

    Happy Christmas to you all, it sounds as if you intend being around to see many more of them together

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HJFOGARTY 12/24/2011 10:06PM

    what a great gift - health and happiness! you are truly a great dad to not only share the spark but to help guide them on their path with support and love!

Merry Christmas and thank you for being such a great inspiration

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KARIDIAN1 12/24/2011 10:05PM

    Great gift idea for your children.

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TRULYVISIBLE 12/24/2011 6:18PM

  Such love in your message to them. I know they will feel it and may even give Spark a try. You teach by example and that is the best lessons of all.

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NANDY245 12/24/2011 3:20PM

    What a wonderful gift. I hope they use your valuable knowledge as well. I wish I had had a health mentor to ask questions. But Spark is wonderful . I have rediscovered it and I kick myself for ever leaving . Merry Christmas and may the new year bring you continued achievements!

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GOLFGMA 12/24/2011 3:18PM

    I'd say that is a wonderful gift and one that will keep on giving. It also shows that you care for their health and well being. We will hope to see their spark pages show up soon! emoticon

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Passed my exercise goal minutes for 2011!

Thursday, December 08, 2011

After a few weeks of sparking back in Jan. 2011, I set a goal of 12,000 minutes for the year. Two months later I increased my goal to 15,000. I just completed 15,074 today and should make it past 16,000 for the year. Next year I will set a goal of 18,000 minutes.
Who would have ever thunk it!? Not bad for an old

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HJFOGARTY 12/19/2011 9:01PM

    that is awesome! way to go and take care of you!

Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year! and looks like a busy one with 18000 minutes on the table! lol enjoy!

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MOSTMOM1 12/17/2011 4:00PM

    Way to go! Keep on Sparking!

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DARKTHOR 12/10/2011 2:06PM

    That is so fantastic! I need to do this too.

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KARIDIAN1 12/9/2011 9:17PM

    Congrats! And for 2012?

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RAINBOWCHOC 12/9/2011 10:10AM

    brilliant! I think we will be seeing you walking marathons by easter!

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-POOKIE- 12/9/2011 5:19AM

    emoticon great!

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DUKEFAN86 12/8/2011 8:28PM

    Congratulations on your accomplishment! What's your goal for next year?

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Bum delivery

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Yesterday I received 2 size 46 waist cords in the mail I ordered. They were too tight so I sent them back. I was bummed because I am able to fit comfortably in 2 size 46 jeans the last 3 weeks so I thought I would order the new cords. I know sizes are sometimes different between stores but I still started to question my progress.

That was yesterday. Today, I returned the pants and I'm feeling good. I will buy local when they are on sale right after Christmas and I am even more determined to continue loosing weight and inches during the will be the first time in my life!

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NEWKAREN43 12/7/2011 10:45PM

    Oh...I feel the pain on the size issue - the numbers mean nothing, not one doggone thing to anyone! Good luck on finding some not so "bum" pants to cover your "bum"!

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SUECHRIS50 12/7/2011 2:05PM

    At least ya didnt let it get ya down! emoticon

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RAINBOWCHOC 12/7/2011 1:52PM

    I'm afraid you have discovered the painful experience that most women go through every time they shop for clothes! No "size" has any resemblance to the fit...especially if marked in letters rather than numbers.
Did you measure the cords? They could have had a wrong label!
Good luck with the sales!

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Loosing vs. Giving away pounds

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Happy to report I gave away another 4 pounds this month. In the past, I have always said I "lost" weight...which is why I think somebody always " found" it and returned it to

SP has taught me not to diet, but rather, to transform my lifestyle by goal-setting for incremental, sustainable healthy new habits of eating and exercising.

So,.... there is no need for anyone to launch a search for the 70 lbs I have lost in the last 11 months...I have given them away!

I am more confident than ever that I will progress to my optimum fitness and health by implementing the plan and following the roadmap SP has given me.

Looking forward to 2012 by welcoming the new year 75 lbs lighter and far healthier than last year!

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LJCANNON 12/4/2011 8:02PM

    Very good attitude!! I have a friend at the Gym who keeps reminding me that I didn't "Lose" the weight, I 'Released' it. I like "Giving it away" too.
emoticonNo matter how you phrase it, we sure DO NOT want any of it back!!

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TRULYVISIBLE 12/2/2011 10:58AM

  I like this attitude, and yep, don't look in the lost and found for the pounds I have shed either.

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DARKTHOR 12/1/2011 11:46PM

    Keep doing good things and good results will come to you!

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HJFOGARTY 12/1/2011 10:41PM

    that is awesome!!! I say removing the extra weight instead of losing it - because like you said lost can be found but removed - well that has to stay gone - it was removed after all! lol may 2012 be an even greater success for you! you are such a great inspiration! continue to take care of you!

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RAINBOWCHOC 12/1/2011 4:31PM

    Absolutely proud of you! Something has "clicked" for you and you are on a tremendous roll. I'm sure you would have trouble lifting 70lbs and yet you carried it every day.
Best wishes for the party season, if you have some tips for avoidance please share with the team!

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TOTALLYT31 12/1/2011 1:09PM

    emoticon You've offered us all furthur proof that it is indeed more blessed to give than to receive!
emoticon Great job on your hard work for your improved health T.

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-POOKIE- 12/1/2011 10:31AM


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