Monday, August 13, 2007
I'm sharing below the introduction I posted to the SparkTeams I joined:
My name is Don and I've been "lurking" here at SP for the past few months. I've been overwhelmed by all the wisdom, support and solid advice I've found in my SP travels.
I've been obese throughout my life and this past holiday season (12/06), just after my 50th birthday in 10/06, I picked up one of those nasty gastrointestinal bugs which knocked me for a loop and rendered me unable to consume anything but water for several days. I found the experience somewhat cleansing and somehow the stars aligned properly and I was able to make a firm commitment, since I'd already lost a good bit of weight through the illness, to at last get serious about my health and weight loss.
I have at my all-time high weighed @ 450. During the majority of 2006 I weighed @ 350. Since getting serious about my health I have succeeded in dropping to the lowest weight I've managed in over 20 years.
My tools have been a low / no carb approach to eating, finally using the treadmill that had been gathering dust for the past ten years (35 minutes daily, minimum of a 5% incline with variations up to 10%), listening to my mp3 player during workouts, weekly weigh-ins and last but not least all the wonderful knowledge and tools offered by SP.
I have been attempting to incorporate some dumb bell work and stomach crunches...haven't yet been consistent about this. Most recently, to add variety to my activities I dusted off an old bicycle of my son's, took it to the repair shop and found that to buy a comparable bike new would cost $300, but to repair this to "like new" condition would be only $100...I pick up my re-born bicycle this Friday! Going to head out to the many trails in our local parks and see if I can catch the biking bug. :-)
I used to enjoy walking outside, however I find that I can't push myself like I can on the treadmill. I can go for a couple-hour walk and barely be sweating, but 35 mins. on the treadmill and I'm soaked! However once I've done the treadmill, it has been difficult for me to push myself outside during other times of day to enjoy walking outdoors. I'm hoping biking can get me back into the great wide outdoors.
Music has been instrumental to my success, as you'll see on my homepage.
I have turned many people on to SP and talk about it everywhere I go...coworkers, family and my many clients, as I am a professional social worker.