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6/26/13 8:50 A

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I believe you can do it. Myself, I have asthma, high cholesterol (especially triglycerides), allergies, gestational diabetes (diabetes while pregnant), which all seems to mean it is probably somewhat genetic. (When I had the gestational diabetes, no one in my family had diabetes, but now, my dad does, and my brother does. My mom, dad and brother all have high cholesterol, I believe now too.) Over a period of about 2 years, I lost 50 pounds and got into a healthy bmi for probably the first time in my life. How? Mainly diet and exercise. I don't remove any food completely from my eating, but I do limit them and make extensive use of the sparkpeople calorie/nutrition and exercise trackers. I believe you can do it, if you stick to it and take it slow. if You make too many changes at one time, it feels like such a chore and you won't stick with it. Make small changes that add up over time.

3/31/12 Trailbreaker half marathon 13.1 miles in 3 hours 13 minutes
4/20/13 Neighborhood Watch 5K 39:17.6
10/5/13 5K Grace Pet Fest 38:47.6
12/1/13 Secret City Half Marathon around 3 hours and 4 minutes
4/19/14 Butterflies for Hope 5K for Lupus 39:23.8 (I hurt my back a few days before, and though it was my first official 5K with some jogging, my back hurt, so was very slow.)
2/7/15 Hearts & Soles 5K, San Jose 34:50 (Recovering from a cold and wet day.)

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6/26/13 8:43 A

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Hi y'all! My name is Evan, I am 28 years old and am currently living overseas in South Korea with my wife. I've always been a big person and it's time I get fit. For many years, I have ate unhealthy, ate junk food, fast food, didn't drink water, hated fruits and vegetables.

Since I left America in 2010, my diet and lifestyle has drastically changed. I started drinking water, eating fruits and vegetables. Recently, I decided to cut out red meat, pork, and diary. That was a huge change and I felt better for it. I started on a vegan diet that lasted a month and I was doing so good on it. Then, I walked 9 miles (18km), because I couldn't find a taxi and the route I was walking had no bus stops, and blistered my feet real bad and I started giving myself excuses to NOT eat properly and to NOT exercise. I want to get back to what I was doing and limit myself of my food choices, ever since I changed my diet, I now pick healthier foods but some days I just want a hamburger and derail myself lol.

I've tried weight loss pills when I was a teen, different kinds of diets along with exercise but to no avail... As far as I know, I have no real reason to be big other than not being responsible for myself and what I eat and how much exercise I get. I do have asthma, allergies, high cholesterol and bad genetics. I know if I do not lose weight now, my life will be limited as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, depression and a few other diseases run in my family. I want to be proactive and I want to live as long as I can-Lord willing.

Personally, I find it hard to stay motivated and keep on keeping on when I feel that it is futile to exercise and change my diet. Some days, I just do not want to get out of bed. I do not take medication except an inhaler and advair for my asthma.

I am new to the site and group and I find myself lost at times on what to do and where to go lol but I'll get there one day.

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