Rudolph Run 5k - December 2011 - 230 lbs

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This is the picture that reignited the spark... Early spring day 2011 - 257lbs



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My name is Rich. I'm a 32 year old guy trying to rediscover the elusive 180lbs that I left 10 years ago. Years of graduate school stress (and subsequent libations) coupled with 3 years in the office cube farm (full of temptation) left me at an all-time high weight of 257 lbs. I've decided that now is the time I have to dig my heels in to change my life.

I moved to Portland, OR in July, 2011, via Atlanta, GA. Portland has been good to me thus far in terms of living a healthier lifestyle. So far, I've lost almost 30lbs since February 2011. I still have a long way to go until I reach my goal, but I'm proud of the progress I've made thus far.

I'm still looking to connecting with some Portland Sparkers! I hope that sharing my story and being a point of support in this great network might help someone else on their journey.

Member Since: 3/3/2007

Fitness Minutes: 4,422

My Goals:
My ultimate goal is to get back to 180lbs by the end of summer 2012 by losing 1.5lbs per week. I started this journey in February, 2011 at 257lbs. Here's are my goals and milestones:

250 lbs - 4/5/2011
240 lbs - 9/4/2011
230 lbs - 10/22/2011
220 lbs
210 lbs
200 lbs
190 lbs
180 lbs

Complete a 5k - 3/2010
Run a 5k non-stop - 12/2011
Mile run in under 12 - 12/2011
Mile run in under 10
Run a 10k
Run a half marathon

My Program:
Giving up my worst offenders - Fried foods and pastries.

Eating a balanced diet and using the SparkPeople food tracker to log.

Making time to cook.

Getting at least 30 minutes of exercise every day.

Personal Information:
I'm originally from the South but now live in Portland, OR where I work for a tech firm.

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"Those who look outside themselves dream... those who look within themselves awaken" -Carl Jung

"Behind me is infinite power. Before me is endless possibility. Around me is boundless opportunity. Why should I fear?" - Stella Stuart

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