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Sept 2008 - 182 Lbs - 38 Lbs Down - 65 from worst - 1 year ago these pants were tight.

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Where it all began - 246 Lbs

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July 14, 2008 - Aruba - 192 Lbs - I join Spark

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The most important point is to accept yourself and stand on your two feet. - Shunryu Suzuki

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I started this journey Oct 2007.

I was 5'7" and 246 pounds and basically eating myself to death. I had taken a lot of the weight off one time before but I did it the wrong way. I took the red pill... and it worked... but when the little pill went away, the weight came back.

I was back up to 220 last Oct when struck down by pneumonia in just a matter of hours I went from feeling fine to an ambulance taking me away... I truly thought I was dieing... having a heart attack... and at 40/41 I was way to young.

Halloween 2007 I put down cigarettes which I had smoked since I was 12 years old and not had one since. Got a membership at 24 hour fitness and got my fat butt off the couch and spend 1 hour each morning doing SOMETHING... then I started applying the first layer of common sense.. i.e. "Just because I CAN eat 2 big macs doesn't mean I SHOULD eat 2 big macs" and that helped me get rid of the first 25 pounds.

I hit a major plateau in May and was stuck for several months at 192... then a lady I work with introduced me to Spark. I started entering my food into spark and it helped me find out just where I was going wrong... Now I'm down to 179... my first goal was 170 by Xmas... I think I'll make it before Thanksgiving.

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"Less then one-tenth of 1% of the world's population has ever dared to run a distance of a 1/2 marathon or greater."

If you would have told me 1 year ago that today I would have quit smoking, lost nearly 50 lbs, changed my lifestyle for the better and started training to run a half marathon... I'd have told you that your were insane.

Here's to Insanity.

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There is a difference between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in doing something, you do it only when it’s convenient. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results – Kenneth Blanchard


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The Worst
5'7" - 246 lbs - 42" Waist

Oct 2007 - The Turning Point
220 lbs - 38" Waist

Aug 2008 - Joined Spark
192 lbs - 35" Waist

Sept 2008
185 - 34.25" Waist

Sept 23 - I BROKE INTO THE 170's TODAY! I weighed in at 179.5 this morning!! That goal is so close I can taste it like yellow cake with chocolate icing.

Oct 2008
178 - 33.25" Waist - 32 here I come... Not since High School!

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My goal is to change my lifestyle once and for all.

No Diets. No Pills. No Fads.

I'm looking for the honest balance that I can keep for the rest of my life. So far I think I've found it.

A diet is not the answer. I've read the quote before, "DIET starts with DIE". I believe this to be true.

It's has to be a complete way of life. It just has to be. Something that you can live with, day in and day out FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE AND BE 100% COMFORTABLE WITH IT. If you can't do that with how you eat right now... you've not found it yet. Anything less and you've started to DIEt

The REAL goal is to MINDFULLY eat SENSIBLE, CLEAN, HEALTHY food EVERY day. If you approach eating this way you'll never be hungry.

MINDFUL - This is so important. You must be mindful of what you eat. By mindful I mean that when eating you should take the time to concentrate ON eating. Plate your food. Sit down. Eat it. Think about each bite. Revel in every sensation of eating. Why? Being mindful give you purpose. It slows you down. Makes you think about every bite... and gives your tummy time to send the message... HEY! I'm Full! Be mindful.

SENSIBLE - I'm 42 years old. I will NOT deprive myself. If I want A cookie (notice I said "A"), or I want A bowl of ice cream (again.. that "A") then dog gone it... I'm going to. My "SENSIBLE" 1/2 cup of ice cream isn't going to make me fat again... but eating a pint every day will. I have to live. I will not deprive myself, but I will be SENSIBLE about what I put in my face.

CLEAN - I've also cut the vast majority of processed foods out of my general eating habits. I've found that most processed food have horrific amounts of salt etc in them. If you can't pick it off a bush or tree, pull it out of the ground or cut it off of an animal, it has no business being in your body. I'm not perfect with this... but again... I am only human... see SENSIBLE.

HEALTHY - Here is where Spark is really helping me. By letting me look at what's going in the one end it's helping me make better and better choices each day as to what I eat. 1 eat 6 times a day. Breakfast - Snack - Lunch - Snack - Dinner - Snack. You can see from my log how this goes for me. On average a snack is 100-150 cal and meal is 300-400ish... and I try to keep in my overall range. This REALLY helped me a lot. Before I would skip breakfast, not eat till 12... gorge on Chili's Asian Wings (about 1800 cal), eat a few packs of Gems outa the snack machine (800 more), eat some outrages dinner and then finish it off with cereal or Ice Cream later... And wonder why I was fat... by eating how I do now... I never get TOO hungry (A trigger point for me).

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Member Since: 8/15/2008

Fitness Minutes: 15,419

My Goals:
My goal is to change my lifestyle.

No Diets. No Pills. No Fads.

I'm looking for the honest balance that I can keep for the rest of my life.

Currently I have started training to run the St. Jude half marathon on Dec 6. Don't know if I'll make it, but the act of training alone will make a change in me.

My Program:
I like to keep changing things up.

I run one program for 3 weeks, then take a week of recovery (Active rest). Then create an entirely new 3 week program.

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Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did. - Newt Gingrich

Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another. - Walter Elliott

If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep on walking. - Buddhist Saying

Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they’ve got a second. - William James

Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity. - Louis Pasteur

How long should you try? Until. - Jim Rohn

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