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5/28/14 11:49 P

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Hi all

I just found and joined this team. I have been on Spark about a year. After 3 rounds of thr BLC challenges I lost my motivstion. The first round I had an initial loss of about 25lbs then have basically maintained. Time for new motivation I am thinking

Clark (Camo) - Spanaway, WA

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BLC24 - Silver Spies - Secret Agent
BLC23 - Silver Spies - Secret Agent
BLC22 - Silver Spies - King

Ram 5k- July 2013 - 60 min walking
Dragonslayer 5k - April 2014 - 38 min jog/walk

Camo -The only color that is never out of season

No Pain No Gain - Drill Sargent..Hooah!!

Today is the first day of the rest of my life!!

Just a simple man living the American Dream


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THENEWSTAN's Photo THENEWSTAN SparkPoints: (4,889)
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5/8/14 6:09 P

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Blue, I do know. I have lost 500 pounds and then gained everyone of them back. Twice I have lost over 40 pounds, then I get complacent and the weight all comes back in a year or two.

The vicious cycle has to stop for me.

I am committed and I WILL lose 35 or more pounds in 2014!


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THENEWSTAN's Photo THENEWSTAN SparkPoints: (4,889)
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5/8/14 6:06 P

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I started SP in 2007 as BCCStan. After years of ups and downs I decided it was time for a clean start. Started with this ID around Christmas when my weight was at its highest ever and my blood sugar soared to 260. The sugar is now in the 120's and the weight is coming off slowly (13 pounds so far and most of that in April).

Looking for some men to befriend here. Seems like every team I go to is about 95% women. Hope to find some encouragement here!

All 4 of my kids and all the grandkids are coming for dinner tonight! Gotta go fire up the grill!

I am committed and I WILL lose 35 or more pounds in 2014!


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3/14/14 5:59 P

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Hey Blue, just read your post today. I think so much can knock us off the wagon. In my case it has been work, or family health issues, or even psyching myself out because I wasn't achieving as mush as I had hoped. But it's the persistence that makes a difference. Hey in the words of Vince Lombardi...

The real glory is being knocked to your knees and then coming back. That's real glory.

Better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.

Tweeting @AndyinBC

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3/13/14 10:15 A

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Blue all you can do is focus on today!

Don't worry about tomorrow because it never comes.
We do all stumble and fall occasionally. When we do we get up and do it again.

I found for myself that when I go long periods with out accountability that is when I struggle the most. So as a preventative measure stay active on SP and post and check in regularly.

Welcome Back!
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3/9/14 9:23 A

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Also here for a second SP cycle - so what makes us fall off the wagon?? I know this works and when I am focused I can consistently drop 2 -3 lbs a week.

When I exercise I am pretty damn intense about it- - but then a couple of tough days stretch into a couple of tough weeks then months and - well some of you know.

I am quite confident I will stay on track today - and this wee - There is that turning point out there a couple of months from now that I fear most

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2/23/14 7:32 P

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Looks like most of the recent folks to join the group haven't had an official greeting so I'm happy to say WELCOME to the group and it's good to have you along for the journey.

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2/20/14 5:26 P

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Rock bottom today....so here I am....again. SP worked for me, in terms of logging food intake, along with a Body for Life type workout schedule. So welcome to the new guys, it is difficult, but it worked for me in 2007....and it's past due time for me to make it work again.

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2/6/14 8:05 A

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Hi, my name's Keiron, I'm 48. I need an op and the doc says I have to lose 2 stone before they'll operate so here I am!

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1/6/14 5:33 P

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Hey, I'm Mike and I'm new to SP. A couple years ago, I lost about 20 lbs using another nutrition and fitness tracking site and a "no excuses, no half measures" philosophy. I've put the weight back on mostly due to slacking off on watching nutrition. I'm now the heaviest I've ever been, in spite of regularly working out. So I'm hitting the reset button. My goals are to lose about 30 lbs, get stronger (particularly upper body which has never been up to par), and feel more energetic. I remember after I lost the weight the first time I could bound up the stairs with energy and no huffing and puffing. I want that feeling again!

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12/18/13 2:12 A

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Hi, my name is aaron. I have tried sp multiple times but never really stuck with it. I think this time it will be different because I have clear goals. I currently weight 320 pounds. I want to lose 100 pounds by May 2015. That is when my oldest son graduates high school. This being one of the biggest mile stones in his life I want to look my best.

That is just one of my goals. Another reason I want to lose weight is because I am a runner and also breaking into triathlons. More specially Ironman Louisvlle in August 2014. As a runner I am tired of finishng in the back of the pack and want to finish with my age group. And as far as the ironman goes I really don't want to cross that finish line weighing 300+ pounds. Not being that heavy will make the journey a little less difficult.

Well I could keep gong but I will save more of my story for a later date.

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8/10/13 10:57 A

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My name is Eric, weigh about 240 5'11". Been at this weight for 15 yrs,now type 2 diabetes. Workout and walk and do my best watching what I eat. It's a struggle, being hanging on. SEEM NO MATTER WHAT I do can't get below 235. Frustrating, going on a cruise for Christmas and want to slim down.





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7/20/13 12:47 P

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Welcome CS, i also find that SP is a great way to stay motivated and on track. Good luck!

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7/17/13 1:46 P

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HI I'm back this is my third SP cycle. seems to be the best way to stay on plan for eating and excersize

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There is no chance to succeed if there is no chance to fail. Every failure is just one step closer to success, so long as we NEVER GIVE UP and learn from each encounter


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7/6/13 2:41 P

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Don-Boy, Nice work, losing 66lbs is. Good inspiration for a disgusting fatbody like me.

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7/6/13 2:38 P

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I AM A DISGUSTING FATBODY !!!

It's nice to see some male oriented stuff here on Sparkpeople and in the diet forums general (Ooorah!). I'm trying to drop 50+ lbs. I'm 5'-10", 235 lbs., and was once up to 256 about 5 yrs ago. I've dieted in the past and have maintained 235-240 for quite some time, but am not happy being a disgusting fatbody (Full Metal Jacket reference there....guy stuff).

I am on my 3rd day of Ideal Protein. It's been much easier than HCG so far, in that they allow a full meal each evening (8 oz of meat and 2 cups of veggies is a lot actually), along with snacks, etc. Only thing is they don't allow carbs and exercise, which is tough, as I golf and drink beer in a wkly league. We'll see how that works out. Also, the diet is expensive (300 to start, and 90/wk thereafter), but costs taper off after the goal weight is achieved, which should take me about 2.5-3 mos. Of course, you're not dining out as much so you're saving there. Plus there's no alcohol allowed, so that should save thousands/month alone for many of us, haha.

Anyway, again it's good to be in a male support group, vs. stomaching the typical chick discussions on other groups.

RJ

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4/11/13 12:59 P

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Hello Guys! Happy to be back and hoping you'll join me!

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3/4/13 8:33 P

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emoticon Hey TEAM!

"Where I am today is where my mind put me."










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1/14/13 10:11 A

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Hey - new to team, lost 66 pounds and have 25 to go...these are the hardest ones to drop for me...

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I was on Spark and did ok then I quit and gained weight and then I was on Spark and did ok and then I quit spark and gained it back and then I was on Spark again...

Anyway, I'm on the Spark part of the cycle again. This group was more active before but the holidays might have something to do with that.

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11/10/12 8:27 A

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Hello my name is Edwin, I'm 5'10 and weigh about 260 pounds i am not sure since i do not own a scale but the last time i had a physical which was around a few months ago i was 250 and since i haven't been exercising and eating healthy I'm thinking maybe i put on a few pounds. right now i seriously need to loose weight. when i joined today the site set my goal to loose 50 pounds by May 2013 But i have no idea where to begin... i don't know what exercises i should start with . or what foods i need to start buying. I am just completely clueless at the moment. Can anyone help out?

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10/15/12 11:05 A

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Hey guys:

Good to find a group just for guys. I'm hoping to benefit from the support and ideas here as well as do likewise for others.

I am in my early 60s, semi-retired and a new grandpa. My daughter is getting married next May and I want to drop some weight prior to then so I look a little more trim for the photos.
We live in TN. My main interests are cycling and watching college sports.

Bob

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10/4/12 4:42 P

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Hi Everyone,

My name is Bill. 55yrs old, 50 lbs to lose, living in NW Connecticut. Just starting out, Day 2 in the Spark community. Best wishes to all.

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9/26/12 12:28 P

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Hi all,

I've maintained a 75lb weight loss for over 20 years. Now I work with men that have lost a substantial amount of weight to help them think and feel as great as they look. I'm looking forward to sharing ideas here on Sparkpeople.

I'm a bit of a gym rat and, though I lost my weight using Weight Watchers, I'm now a Paleo eater.

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9/26/12 11:23 A

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I just posted this on SparkMen. So these are the only two teams I belong to now....
For possibly the 20th time I am back at SparkPeople trying to get myself on the right track. Had great success five yeas ago with a 50lb loss, but didn't maintain it long enough to change habits.

Did CrossFit for two years but stopped 6 months ago due to injuries that still have not been diagnosed. Going for MRI in a few weeks to try to find source of numbness in all four extremities. Stupid thing is that am still able to run and just ran a 25 minute 5k just yesterday, over a bridge twice!

My wife tells me to log my food because hat is my downfall....so here I am again. See a few familiar faces, will try to contribute.

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9/18/12 12:09 A

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Hi , guys My name is Derek this is my second time trying to lose weight. First time went really well at the begining and then I lost interest. Well thats going to change this time. I have about 160lbs to lose and I'm going to need some help.

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Hey all, nice to see a men's forum on here.

I'm science guy working on my PhD. Returned to SparkPeople after a long hiatus. Lost a lot of weight (like 110 lbs) on Jenny Craig about 12 yrs ago - and it was weird being the only dude in the center. Gained quite a lot of weight back during college and early grad school, now trying to lose weight again after that. Shaved off 40 lbs in the last 10 weeks, going for optimal health.

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8/16/12 8:11 A

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Hey guys, i am Dave Youel, 40 yrs old, former teacher and now telesales supervisor. I have a family in Louisa Virginia (yes we are near the earthquake from last year) with a loving wife, a son and daughter, two cats and two dogs. I am returning to Spark again after having been a member during my early thirties when I was working at Circuit City. I have been on the weight loss roller coaster and now we are seeing a nutritionist monthly and I am looking to reconnect with a group I can contact/communicate with 24/7.

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Hi,

My name is Josh. I'm 34 years old and live in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. It's part of the greater Toronto area. I joined Sparkpeople a few years ago but wasn't ready to take it seriously. Now I'm a little older and, hopefully, wiser. I'm ready to turn over a new leaf. I also have a physical disability but I manage to keep active.

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7/18/12 5:48 P

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Hello my name is Cliff. I am from Alabama and living in Florida the past 6 years. This isnt the first time iv tried to get the weight off. Im 26 next month with a beautiful wife and 2 wonderful kids as my motivation. I am trying to get into checking in on here 2-3 times a day to get into the mind set of weight loss. I have been doing 30 mins of cardio for the past 2 weeks for 5 days a week not being tracked because my mindset wasnt into being on here. The wife is making Spagetti and its smelling good! Yall have a good day mine is just starting.

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6/17/12 11:23 P

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hi every one! I'm 29 and this is my second time here. i lost a lot of weight the first time but i also had a bunch of negative people around me so i quit. already i have people trying to get me to be unhealthy and i refuse! i want to get back into shape and do the things i used to be able to do like hiking, kayaking. thanks for listening and i hope you all meet your goals!

"Your body is the baggage you must carry through life. The more excess the baggage, the shorter the trip."
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6/8/12 10:27 A

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Hi Everyone,

Just introducing myself. I'm new to Sparkpeople, first week and I've weighed in with a high weight of 260, trying to get back into shape. I've had a rough, rough time in life in the last 5 years and I am just getting around to taking care of myself again. Hope to see you all in the forums!!

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5/23/12 5:42 P

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Hello all (again)
I've been here before, probably even introduced myself before. Time to get serious about this.
The wife and I have been following Weight Watchers for the last few weeks. I'm doing the tracking with them, but am going to come here for the community. The scale has read as high as 315 (I think that was higher than the rated capacity, that scale stopped working a little while ago), but I'm currently hanging around the 275-280

Good luck to everyone.
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Dave

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Welcome to the group new members. Glad to have you with us.

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Hey, all. My name is Arlen and I'm hoping to finish losing the last of the weight after a few years of yo-yoing and losing a lot but regaining.
I have some medical issues and need to lose the weight and get rid of the man boobs and I'm working hard to do it.

Unecumque homo est, ibi benifico locus est - Seneca.


It is the duty of a gentleman to know how to ride, to shoot, to fence, to box, to swim, to row and to dance. He should be graceful. If attacked by ruffians, a man should be able to defend himself, and also to defend women from their insults ---
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What's up guys! My name's Kenny. I've been with sparkpeople for about a year, but I recently started back up a couple months ago. Currently, I'm doing insanity, almost halfway through month 2. I'm trying to get in shape and be healthy so that I can lead a confident and successful life.

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4/10/12 11:20 P

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Tony here, Just joined this group.

Started Spark 5 weeks ago , weighing in @ 360.
I lost 20 Lbs in my first 5 weeks.

I always welcome new friends so stop by my page and drop me a note.

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3/17/12 3:15 P

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Welcome Back!

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Hi guys. I guess this is a REintroduction because it has been years since I've been around. My top weight was 370+, got down just below 300 (some of that was due to health issues) but I've gotten back up to over 325 and looking to make some changes and lose some weight the RIGHT way. Turned 40 last year, so that is a big motivator too. Hard to keep up with my kids!

Stephen

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Welcome everyone!!!!!!! emoticon

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3/14/12 12:10 P

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Hi, my name is Ray. I am joining this team to be able to interact with some other men who are trying to get healthy.

Make today count!


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3/14/12 9:51 A

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Hi,
My name is Jim; I live in Long Pond Pennsylvania.
My wife told me to join this team.. LOL
I want to lose 25 Lbs, and to feel better.
As of this writing I have lost 16 lbs. The food tracker has made it almost painless.

Lately the scale won’t budge, but at least it’s not moving up.
I have a lot of health issues which it difficult for me to do enough cardio.
Anyway I’m glad to belong to a team that’s not ranting about flabby thighs, cellulite or having endless debates about gaining excess water weight.
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hey guys. there seems to be a lot of girls here on this site so im glad that there is a guys group. I just graduated college and am so over weight I dont even have energy to be a energetic 22 year old. Really trying to loose wight this time and change my life to be a happier person

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Hi everyone, I'm Tyler turned the big 40 last December. I have ben married for almost 19 years, two kids one of each! Love to fish, watch football, and need to learn to love exercise.
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3/3/12 6:04 A

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Welcome Boss.

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3/2/12 8:37 P

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Glad to have you brother.


My short term memory isn't too sharp these days. Also, my short term memory isn't too sharp these days.


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New here; been on Spark for a little over 60 days. 50 years old, business owner, scientist, husband, father of two teens. Goal to lose 126 lbs from where I started and about 100 from where I am now. Spark has been working great for me so far, but very glad to associate with some people also advantaged with a y-chromosome.

"Some day we will look back on this, and it will all seem funny" - Bruce Springsteen (The real BOSS, as opposed to me.)





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Welcome to the team.

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I'm russ, 47 yo with 100 to lose. started spark 30 days ago and love it! lost 16lbs already. looking for other big guys that want to support each other so send me a friend request.

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I'm Chris, 37 and living with my wife and four dogs. Trying to make it more difficult to eat too much and not exercise.

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Hello everyone,
I'm Lee. I'm 36 years old. I'm an American living on a small island in southern Japan. I'm married and have a 10 year old daughter. I'm originally from Seattle, Washington. I'm looking forward to getting to know you all.

Lee

My short term memory isn't too sharp these days. Also, my short term memory isn't too sharp these days.


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Hello all,
39, father of 2, great to see a forum just for the guys,
Cheers,

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Hey guys,

I'm 32 living in NY and trying to create and maintain a healthy lifestyle that includes weight-loss. I really like Sparkpeople's tools and methods but I have to say that I was beginning to wonder if there were any other men here. I'm glad to have found this forum.



"Success is the child of drudgery and perseverance. It cannot be coaxed or bribed; pay the price and it is yours" Orison Swett Marden

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who daily march onward and never say fail" Anonymous


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1/1/12 11:56 P

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Hey guys,

My name is Greg I am a 42 year old father of 3 boys. I tried Spark people in the past and had great success and then fell off the tracking and everything went to heck...
I am a 17 year Veteran of the US Army and served in 3 combat tours. I am disgusted that a hard core soldier has let him self go and not able to keep in the shape I was for many years.
I want to get back in shape and be combat ready, even though that part of my life has ended several years ago.
I enjoy playing Ice Hockey, hiking and geocaching with my wife and kids. I really enjoy doing anything outdoors.
I am setting a goal of losing 100 lbs before my birthday in August, here goes nothing......

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Happy New Year! I'm a 56 year old male, not in great health and joined this morning. I would like to lose 100 pounds by this time next year.
Today ate a healthy breakfast and walked the dogs 1.4 miles.

When I die, I want to go peacefully in my sleep like my grandfather did, not kicking and screaming like the passengers in his car.


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You're in the right place Tony. Welcome back.

Steve

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Hey guys, I'm Tony and I tried Sparkpeople about 3 years ago but wasn't dedicated at the time to live my life the healthy way. Now I'm back with a new attitude and a new look on life. Hoping to get some great support and utilize SP to it's fullest. I have a freakin' long journey ahead of me and any and all help would be appreciated.

Currently at 410, and my goal is to be at 190.

Let the journey begin!

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Welcome to all the newcomers. I've been out of the loop for several months - summer and the start of the school year, but I'm slowly getting back into swing of the Spark.

Vermont
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Hello, emoticon My name is Steve or SAC-6582. I new to this group but I've been with sp for 9 months now. If you want to know more about me you can find all you need on my sp page and in my blogs starting with "Temple Restoration"

Steve (SAC-6582)


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Hey everyone my name is Tim. I've been a member here for a while now but am just now really dedicating myself to losing weight and getting in shape.

I've lost 20 pounds in the last 2 months and wish to lose 30 more by Christmas.

My current weight is 185. Looking forward to hearing from you all.

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Hey everyone, my name is Kasey. Fairly new to regularly updating on this site, even though I've been a member for a little over a year. Hope ya'll who have had success with this site can teach me some of the hints and tricks that will make my journey a little bit more simple...:)

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Welcome aboard Matt. I too, never liked weight training much and could not stay dedicated when I tried to do it at a gym. I always cut corners, skipped some, etc. Your idea of a bootcamp is a good one because you have someone else insisting that you do all the exercises and all the reps. In a similar vein, that is how I have gotten myself in the habit of doing resistance training. I do videos. Although they are not bootcamp - they tell you what to do and count it out for you. It is more trouble to fast forward than it is to just do it. Once you are done bootcamp you might want to consider it. Good Luck.

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Names Matt-

Been here since January and been through the steps, stuck at 203-205 range, took a few weeks off and bloated back up to 209. Dropped it back down pretty fast. Just flipping through the teams and stumbled across this one.

One thing that I never really got into was the strength training. I did a lot of cardio activities such as tredmill (walking), hiking, and some Wii games. So this time around I am trying the 28 day boot camp. Tried it a couple of times before, but I stopped during the first week because of illness, once, chest pains were scaring me off, and the second was just last week with a touch of the stomache flu or something...but I got right back at it this time around.

Through this site, I have picked up a couple new hobbies, I now enjoy geocaching, and because of that , I discovered hiking trails that I never knew existed around here. Here is Central Illinois. I also enjoy PC gaming and collect ancient Roman coins. But most of my free time is devoted to my daughter.

Sorry for the long post. I'll stop now.

Matt


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Welcome aboard new members!

Vermont
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Hi Everyone... I've actually been on SparkPeople for some time now. I have noticed that my weight fluctuates with my activity level on SP. I have noticed whenever I'm active on this site, I tend to lose weight. When I ignore this site, I end up gaining weight. Go figure.

So, I turned 40 this year, and I hit my all time high of 271 lbs just a few weeks ago. At that time, I determined it was time to get back to some healthy habits.

This time around, I'm trying to participate with more people / teams, in hopes of keeping my interest high and keeping the change in lifestyle.

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7/19/11 7:54 P

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Hey,
I am 37 years old and my six year old daughter is more active and healthier than I am. This needs to change. My wife and I joined Spark back in December but we didn't last long. This is our second attempt and hopefully it goes better. Everyone seems to say this but it's nice to know I am not the only guy on the site.
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7/18/11 9:59 A

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I am assuming from your name on the site (mzungu_tembo) that you have spent some time in East Africa (or are familiar with Swahili). I am a missionary in Tanzania. I have been here for 6 1/2 years and am committed to stay until 2018.

I am currently at 310.6 lbs looking to reach 180. I am new to the program and am looking for any help I can get.

Thanks for reading!

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Just letting everyone know that it's good to be here! I started feeling a little out of place around this "female majority" weight & exercise training website. If it weren't for my determination I probably would've been gone months ago!

Anyway, I'm Carl and I've been on this site since last year but started actively using its information in March of this year when I found out I was defined as having stage one hypertension. I weighed 193 @ 5'7" and lost 28 lbs by June, thanks to the knowledge found here. I thought I was done with the weight loss & started the weight maintenance by implementing smarter food choices & exercising on a routine basis. last week I learned that I should have dropped 5 more pounds than I did, so here we go again!!! I shouldn't have a problem with that after what I had gone through, ya think?!

Much success to all of you!

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Hi guys. Glad to see there are other guys on here...

20, almost 21, from Calgary AB, looking to lose some weight... I've been trying for a while, but the life of a 20 year old guy consists mainly of drinking beer and playing video games. No more of that. I'm looking to trim down, and I'm glad there's a group dedicated to the guys on this website to help me through it!

Oh, and my name is Dan!

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63 yr old love to climb mountains and run 5k.

I WILL make this work. 175 pounds here I come!!


 
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Hi, my name is Steve. I am a 60 year old diabetic, about 90 pounds overweight. My screen name means I used to be a Latter Day Saint and now I am not. I have been married for 40 years to the same person, Martha. I live in Oklahoma City where we have had 24 straight days of over 100 degree heat.

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Hey Guys. New to Spark (Duh, Captain Obvious). I am 56 and just a bit overweight (10lbs ish). I came over here looking for a way to combine my current tracking of exercise with an opportunity to track my food intake to get some perspective on what I eat. For the past 18 months I have been doing exercise videos at least 4 times a week. Stop laughing. I know that most are marketed to women (I don't do the P90 stuff). As a physical therapist (not actively practicing - in management) I am confident that they work because you can combine them to get a good mix of cardio, strength and stretching and frankly I am stronger and more flexible (I was already OK from a cardio perspective). I also like them. Tracking workouts, and participating in an exercise forum has helped me stay on track with fitness. But I have gained maybe 10 lbs in the last year to get where I am. I know some of it is muscle weight (no complaints there - I lacked some upper body strength in particular) but mainly I eat too much, especially snacking. I also drink more than I should since I am on some medications. I am going to give the food tracking a month at least to see if this site works for me. From what I can find, alcoholic beverages are only looked at from a diet perspective, and not something I can track seperately to help me achieve one-a-day, as advised by my physician. Anyway - that's me in a nutshell. If there is some feature to help me with my drinking (not an alcoholic but it has been at about 3 a day) please point me in the right direction. BTW - my username is my initials phonetically...DMN

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Looks like you're doing great, HAKAPES. Keep up the good work. We appreciate your inspiration.

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Oliver here, let's rock, boys!

Oliver
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5% challenge: Spritited Underdogs

Just step-by-step. It goes a long way!


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Hey,

I just started with Spark, and at 37 I am in a similar position to many of you. I'm just over 400lbs and borderline hypertensive. Luckily my blood sugar is fine, but truthfully how long can that last? So I'm here to not only try and loose weight but to learn to be more active, eat healthier and hopefully win my life back. The fact that many of you've made such good progress is certainly a motivator to me. Keep up the grea work, I hope to be joining you at the sub400 level soon!

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Dan --

Congratulations on your Biggest Loser success. And hunting down a local buddy is a great idea. Hope you find an exercise buddy nearby. Sorry, I'm a bit too far away.

By the way, if you create your own SparkPage (under the Community Tab) you can use the SparkPages to find buddies who share interests and are in a nearby geographic area.

Best wishes...

Doug

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5/28/11 2:09 A

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Hello men. My names Dan, just signed on Sparks. I live in Taylor Mill, KY. Would be cool to find guys in my area that might be interested in working out together, starting off walking at nearby park. I work a 3rd shift, so I am free to walk ot work out from about 1:00 till 8 pm. Could be motivational for both of us or a bunch of us. Did a biggest loser contest at my job for 12 weeks, lost 26 lbs. but want to continue weight lost. give me a shout if interested. I am 52 and want to get healthy.

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Guys, we need this place. I'm fortunate -- military life and good genes have me in reasonable shape but in my 60's it's always a challenge not to go entirely to seed. Looking for routines that fit my other activities and don't depend on my being a rabid gym rat (I'm not). Seems like that might be right here. Anxious to learn.

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What worked for me is to set two week spans that you will change one major thing. Change it all the way and have it down in two weeks. They say it takes two or three weeks to start a good habit, so that's why I chose that amount of time.
I started the whole thing by clearing out my fridge and pantry. Then for the first two weeks I concentrated on moving to 5 meals a day and staying under my total calorie goal for the day. I stored healthy shelf stable snacks in my car, my desk at work and any other places I thought I might get stuck when I needed to eat. I worked on watching the clock and getting used to the feeling of when it might be close to the 2.5 or 3 hour mark when I should eat again. I ate whether I felt hungry or not and I didn't eat again until it was time even if I felt hungry in between. I got used to the difference of healthy hunger vs. craving. I didn't worry a lick about exercise those two weeks at all. I just worked on the food thing. I didn't go out to eat at all those two weeks so that I could just get the timing and the calorie intake and proper nutrition down. I waited for week three to start cardio. I had the goal of walking 45 min 4-5 times a week for those two weeks and then I would start something a little more intense. I didn't try strength training at all. I didn't worry about a gym or dumb bells etc. I just did that one thing and did it all the way balls to the wall for those two weeks while maintaining the habits from my first two week change. Weeks 5-14 I decided to build my cardio capacity and am doing couch to 5k with my ipod on a Nordic Track machine (Podrunner intervals). Weeks 5-6 I just focused on starting and keeping to that routine and the eating right. Weeks 7-8 I added some lighter cardio workouts on the days in between my couch to 5K workouts. Well I'm 8 weeks in. I'm in a total groove with cardio and eating to the point where I would feel weird if I didn't do the right things. I have dropped a lot of weight, feel great and will be halfway to a 5K next week. Weeks 9-10 I'm adding basic strength training 2 times per week(push ups, sit ups, free squats and curls with dumb bells) to ramp up for the big push when couch to 5k is over. Because first week of July I'm starting P90X! If I tried to do everything all at once or tried something too intense too early on I'm sure that I would just feel overwhlemed and quit, but by just focusing on getting one thing right for two weeks I feel totally liberated. I don't have to worry about getting anything but that one thing right because the past issues are a habit and not as hard to maintain. Hope that helps. You can do this!

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Hey Guys,

I have been "using" spark people since late March, but mostly just to have a convenient way to track my food and exercise. I really wasn't fully utilizing everything this site has to offer. Heck I don't even have a picture up yet (give me a minute mmmkay). I am using this site while in a medically supervised weight management program. I hit 36 this year and was thiiiis close to diabetes and just crossed an unholy boundary - I weighed four bills, quatro cientos, two squared hundo...not good. Not to mention I was a freaking Madonna song "Borderline" diabetic, "Borderline" hypertensive, "Borderline" personality disorder (just kidding). A coworker told me about the program I'm in and I knew right away that, like Jake and Elwood, I was on a mission from God. Since I started the program in March I've lost 51 pounds, gotten halfway through Podrunner Intervals 1st day to 5K series on my Nordic Track, and pulled myself back from the brink of all those boderline numbers.

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49 year old looking to lose 100 lbs. Love that there is a guys page.

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Hi this Kent
i have been on sparkpeople for about a month and wondering if there is any team with dudes to help me motivated with weight loss and fitness. I started WW in janurary and gave it up because of costs, but have lost pounds started at 229 now down to 204.5. I joined a gym but getting my butt moving and going is the hard part. I do hike and walk/jog at rail trail around i live at least 3 times a week avg. 3 miles. football and auto racing (IRL) is a favorite but I live in Indy what do you expect. lol.

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Hey fellas,
I've been on a mission to get my butt down to 200 in just a couple weeks. Last I knew I was 225. Been tryin to do my best to loose the weight. I'm about to turn 30 in 2 weeks and I really want to start 30 years of my life on a good note. That means getting my weight down.
I'm also a laugh riot to be around or so I'm told. Really looking for some good support.

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Welcome gents. Jump right in by posting to Spin The Wheel and the Weekly Weigh In threads. If you've got a question or need some help, start a thread and the gang will respond.

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Hey Guys. I just joined SP less than 24 hours ago and basically wanna make sure I keep my motivation up by talking to other people and getting their input. I'm a 27 yo U.S. Navy Gunners Mate that has had a little too much down time in the past couple of years. I recently got stationed in Guam and am basically at a stand still as to where to start getting in shape. I am using the SP plans on here to put me in the right direction. As of right now I am at 232lbs. The Navy height weight standards say that a 6'1" male should weigh no more than 207. My goal weight by my 28th birthday in September is 202. I think 30 pounds is a pretty good challenge for that amount of time. My main problem is eating habits. I'm trying to get out of the 3 big meals rut and into the 5 smaller meals to boost metabolism. Just wanted to know if any of you have had to switch to that sort of meal plan and if so, how long did it take you to fully adjust to it? I appreciate the help and motivation you guys have. I'll be lookin on here pretty often to see how everyone is keepin up with things. The best of luck to everyone and STAY MOTIVATED!

Jason A. Stokes
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Hello everyone, I'm Dave from Las Vegas, NV. I joined SparkPeople a couple weeks ago and I'm looking for some SparkBuddys. I really enjoy getting motivation from others and being able to provide encouragement and motivation to others. I started using my Wii Fit to weigh-in in January, when I was my starting weight of 296 pounds. I'm currently 268 pounds and looking to get down to 220. I ran my first two 10K races in April and I'm signing up for the Las Vegas Half-Marathon on December 4th. I can comfortably run 8 miles now, so I know I'll be ready for 13.1 by December. I'm probably one of the heaviest distance runners you've ever seen, but I'm getting it done! LOL. I feel like I'm breaking through layers of fat and I'm really excited about seeing progress with each passing month. If you're looking for a good SparkBuddy, please give me an add and I'll do the same. Thanks guys!

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I am a new man on here also. Would love to hear from other men who have had success with weight loss and an overall healthy lifestyle. I am not into the muscle building yet, but really want a guy to talk with as a buddy maybe. I need to loose about 75 pounds and most is in my guy and a fatty pad in the pubic area. reply back here or email works great/better. iowa.guy11@gmail.com

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Hello Gentlemen -

Joined SP on 4-13 and I have found it to be a great site. Have found tons of information to help me along on my journey. Back in Feb I went to the Dr for a check up and when I was asked to step up the scale, I almost fell over backwards when I saw 255 lbs. I told the nurse that was un-acceptable. So since then I have been on this journey. As of this morning I weighted in at 236, & my goal's 180. Now I am 49 and 6'2" tall and according to the BMI chart 180 would be an ideal weight for me. But I am thinking to skinny. So as I am heading towards this goal and stop and hen i fell that I am the proper weight that looks good.

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Hello... I joined SparkPeople about 2 weeks ago. I wondered if there was a men's team on this board and sure enough there is. I'm a 34 year old guy from the midwest, just trying to lose weight from all the fast food and fried food and junk food I've consumed over the years.

Kelly

Start Date 4/10/2011
Goal 1: Track food daily.
Goal 2: Walk for 10 minutes daily.


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4/25/11 5:48 P

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Welcome to the pack gentlemen!

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4/25/11 9:29 A

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I joined this team a while back, but don't think I ever posted an introduction. My name is Craig, I typically live in the St. Louis area and am an attorney. However, my other job and something that I love doing is being a member of the US Army Reserves. (PSYOP). Right now I am stationed in Afghanistan, but should be out of here in about 45 days!

I had to lose a lot of weight to get back into the Army 2 years ago, after being out for 18 years, but I wanted to do something that mattered and something to be proud of.

I still struggle to stay within the Army standards and I use SP to help guide me and make me be accountable.

This is a great site.

CRAIG OVERSTREET
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Keep it up!

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4/23/11 9:34 P

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Hi Everyone,

I'm Paul. I'm 46 and have lost almost 60 pounds with SparkPeople. I work for a candy company in Hershey PA. I work in the Information Systems department and currently working on implementing BPM software.




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4/22/11 4:33 P

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My name is Greg, and my friends call my Paco. I'm 24 years old, 6'2", and 280 lbs. I live in Visalia, California and I both own a computer repair business and go to college full time. My goal is to lose at least 50 lbs by this time next year and so far, this website is challenging me to do it and showing some progress.

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4/19/11 2:50 P

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Hey everyone, 48 soon to be 49 year old. Not looking forward to being 50. Lost 100 lbs ten years ago and put most back on. Looking for a new start.

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4/17/11 8:03 P

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MEN! Thank God...I thought I was the only one!

Just joined the site and looking forward to kicking obesity's ass!!

Goal 1: Lose the first 10 lbs - Goal accomplished April 25th 2011
Goal 2: Lose 10% of my starting weight (215.1lbs).
Goal 3: Change my BMI from "Obese" to "Overweight" (208lbs)
Goal 4: Get below the 200lbs mark for the first time since high school.
Goal 5: Second 10% (193.6)
Goal 6: Third 10% (174.3lbs)
Goal 7: Change my BMI from "Overweight" to "Healthy" (173lbs)
Goal 8: Stand on a warm beach shirtless and not feel embarassed :)
Goal 9: Run a 5k.


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4/15/11 5:42 P

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Aarg welcome aboard mateys.... no time for lilly white fluffiness here. Get to work on yer goals or swab the decks with the rest of the landlubbers. Arg.... :)

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4/15/11 11:15 A

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I'm Todd, a 43 year old male. Doing SparkPeople for 3 months and am glad I found this group. No PMS or post-baby-fat topics here!!

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4/13/11 6:33 P

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Hey, my name is Danny and I just joined this website. Very new to it.

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4/11/11 8:33 P

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hi im glad i found this team and it seems good i need a team thats just for guys im a tru_tarheel born and raised in NC i have finnaly found time to get bk to sp after a lay off between my boys work and life kinda hard to get on here

Marty Parker
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to add one inch to my arm size im given my self 4 weeks of hard work
remember you cant flex fat


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4/11/11 7:45 A

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Welcome aboard. We're happy to help but you're in the driver's seat! emoticon

That being said. This is a great group. Some are quiet but there is a core group that is committed and involved here. Show up and participate in the basics like Spin The Wheel and the weekly weigh in and you'll get some momentum.

Edited by: LORAXVT at: 4/11/2011 (07:47)
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