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!!