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How serious am I?

Saturday, August 13, 2011      15 comments

I've been bike commuting for about two and a half months now. It has been great. I've saved on gas, helped the environment, and picked up 50 additional fitness minutes each day. But now there is a sound in the air. It is the pitter-pat... Read more

Snapshot of life at 20 pounds lost

Wednesday, August 10, 2011      20 comments

Previous entries in this series: Snapshot of life at 10 pounds lost (June 29, 2011) I was really excited by this. I came home from vacation, not having weighed myself in over a week. I knew I had worked really hard, even though I didn't a... Read more

My brush with death

Friday, August 05, 2011      16 comments

IMPORTANT NOTE: This is a re-post from a hiking blog of something that happened to me in 2008. It is NOT current. I am NOT in the hospital. I am FINE. But I wanted to share this with you because it was one more motivator that got me to Spark... Read more

Nothing can stop me now.

Wednesday, August 03, 2011      10 comments

I feel like I already have the tools for my success in my hands and all I have to do now is keep on doing it. I'm at the in-laws' house. Yuri, the grandfather, has announced that he is only going to speak Russian to me (not that he has tha... Read more

Making lemonade

Tuesday, August 02, 2011      8 comments

Vacations are challenging, so to up the ante, I'm taking a second one. Today my wife and I are leaving to go to D.C. to visit the Russian in-laws. Another week away from my gym and my routine. But on my previous vacation, where I actually... Read more

The Russians are coming! The Russians are coming!

Monday, August 01, 2011      7 comments

Tomorrow Olya and I are going to Washington, DC to visit her cousin Nadia and her son Misha. Nadia's parents, Yuri & Tatiana, are also visiting as well as a few more relatives, bringing the total to 8 Russians, 1 American. About half the Russi... Read more

My personal measures of fitness

Saturday, July 30, 2011      3 comments

I'm here on SP mostly to get fit. But my definition of fitness is a little broader than most that I've seen. Here are all the things I take into account when evaluating my fitness: * Cardio-vascular fitness * Muscular strength ... Read more

#1 in the July fitness rankings: How did this happen?

Friday, July 29, 2011      12 comments

Well, this is silly I know. First of all, about a 100 people have the same July fitness minutes as I do, so why is my name first? Also, SP caps daily fitness minutes ... Read more

Do NOT give up!

Thursday, July 28, 2011      11 comments

You know that scene in the movies? The one where the teacher or drill instructor is addressing the students/recruits and he says: "Look at the person on your left. Now look at the person on your right. By the end of this, one of you will ... Read more

Weight loss is like marriage.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011      16 comments

I'll pause now while you make up your own punch line. Yesterday, my wife and I celebrated our 6th month anniversary with dinner at a nice restaurant and I have three words for you: Caramel nut cheesecake. Of course, that was follo... Read more

I'm going crazy: my Sunday Stair Challenge

Sunday, July 24, 2011      14 comments

I think I'm going crazy. It may be the heat, but in truth I blame the laundry. I do cardio seven days a week but on Sundays I like to vary my regimen a little bit and try something different. It is SUPPOSED to be an easy day, but toda... Read more

What a difference six weeks make

Saturday, July 23, 2011      11 comments

Just before I joined SparkPeople, my wife and I had a fight. We had a social engagement that required we dress up. I hadn't been to the closet for those clothes in a while and discovered to my horror that nothing fit. I mean really didn't fit... Read more

Why I weigh myself every day

Friday, July 22, 2011      13 comments

Recently, when I was on vacation, I told my son and his family that I was trying to get my excess weight off and keep it off. They were supportive, but they didnít get very excited about my progress so far (15 pounds since joining SP and 20 pou... Read more

Day 40, the tale of the Tape

Thursday, July 21, 2011      3 comments

Time to measure myself. I've lost 15 pounds in the first 40 days and gone down two notches on my belt. My wife says I look trimmer and more muscular and that my biceps look larger. So I got out the tape measure today to see what it said. ... Read more


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