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Retired military, now a full time farmer. Raise cattle and hay. Used to raise tobacco, but got out of tobacco business because it is so labor intensive, provides such a low return on investment, and of course, all of the health issues involved. Happily married for 38+ years with 2 children, ages 26 & 24.

I just turned 71 and am as healthy as a horse. Life has treated me well. I survived my war as my Dad survived his. We both came home a little changed, a little different than when we left, but doesn't everyone who survives combat and leaves a little blood behind?

My health has been good despite the fact that I smoked for 16 years. A nasty habit I picked up in the military, mainly because in those days, everyone smoked. It was the "manly" thing to do. Think back to all the movies of the 40's and 50's. All the heros, the movie stars, our cultural role models, smoked. Cigarettes were 10 cents a pack or 2 dollars a carton at the Post Exchange. How could you not get caught up in the culture of the times when everyone, including your parents and grandparents, smoked.

Even though I was reformed smoker, I've always tried to stay in shape over the years. Unfortunately, age has a sneaky way of catching up no matter how hard you work at keeping ahead of Mother Nature. I've suffered weight loss and weight gains with such nauseating regularity that I kept 2 separate wardrobes overflowing my closet with both fat and skinny clothes. I ran the Marine Corps Marathon at age 50, followed shortly thereafter by the San Diego Marathon and the La Jolla Half Marathon. I was in the best shape of my life, but within a year, all the weight I had lost was back on, and then some. I rode a bike across the US at age 66, 3553 miles in 50 days, averaging approximately 80 miles a day, and lost 36 pounds in the process. Unfortunately, I gained it all back, plus some within 6 months of completing the ride. Go figure! I just like food and drink! What can I say? Do you see a pattern here?

By the time I came to my senses, my weight had ballooned to 216 pounds. I was a disaster physically - a heart attack waiting to happen! Somehow I managed, on my own, to lose 10 pounds, but had no plans for additional long term weight loss. Fortunately, about that time I discovered Sparkpeople, its web site, and all of its wonderful weight loss tools. Aren't we lucky that Chris Downie decided to found this site and make it available to everyone free of cost? Using the site and all of its tools, I have managed to lose another 10 pounds, but now I've hit the dreaded plateau at approximately 196 pounds. To make matters worse, I just returned from a 2 week vacation with my honey during which I ate and drank everything in sight. The net result was that I gained 5 pounds and now am in the unenviable position of trying to get back on track.

So, please join me as I renew my perennial battle to get my weight under control. It's going to be quite a ride! Are you with me?

Member Since: 2/4/2010

My Goals:
Lose weight, of course!
Enhance quality of life and live well into my 90's.
Want to see my grandchildren, which might take some time, since neither of my children is married!

My Program:
Have become a Sparkperson. Need I say more??

Personal Information:
You have never lived until you have almost died. For those who have fought for it, life has a special flavor the protected will never know.

Other Information:
Favorite TV show: Friday Night Lights
Favorite Movie: The Great Escape
Favorite Actor: Steve McQueen

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