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My name is John, I'm a 24-year-old from Green Bay, Wisconsin, and I've been overweight/obese my entire life. I've been through 5 cycles of gaining then losing a decent amount of weight on various self-created diet and exercise plans, and I'm finally reaching out so I have some accountability for my health and don't slip back into bad habits.

I'm looking forward to meeting friends on here like myself and taking a journey with them that hopefully ends in everyone being healthier and happier :)

I think one of my goals too is going to be becoming one of the "motivational success stories" on SparkPeople. I was looking through the gallery and every person on there is a woman! Not that it's not great for them, but I'm hoping to represent the guys and give them some ideas for getting to where they want to be.

Member Since: 8/2/2011

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My primary goal is getting in shape to the point where I don't feel embarrassed about pictures taken from certain angles or taking my shirt off for a swim. I'm hoping that I can get some of my psychology under control through exercise and diet changes too.

I want to be able to motivate my wonderful girlfriend to meet her goals by providing a good role model and learning the hard way what doesn't work so she doesn't have to!

Finally, I set the goal for December 3 because a healthy body is going to be my birthday present to myself this year. Every year I make it to that date sad that I haven't met my goal of feeling healthy, and this is the year that it changes!

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Name: John C.

Age: 24

Location: Green Bay, Wisconsin

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"Do you know why people have eyes in the front? It's to see the vast landscape and move forward. If we had eyes in the back, we'd only see ourselves leaving our birthplace. That way, people wouldn't be able to move forward. Our eyes are at the front so that when we walk, the distant landscape draws nearer. That's why people can move forward." -- Kamina (Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann)

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  • v ADAMM9
    Thanks for the comment on my page.

    As far as tips, the best advice I can offer is that a) Each person's journey to health and happiness is different. What works/worked for one doesn't always apply to another. You've got to experiment and find what works for you. This may mean changing your diet, changing up your exercise routine, etc. Tinker with it and you'll figure out what works for you.

    But the main thing (b) is, IMHO, to be consistent. And don't give up. It is a slow process, and it takes time and dedication.

    As far as accountability - I lead a team called Stand Up & Lose It - each day we check in to a forum post called the "Daily Stand-Up" where we share what good choices we made during the previous days, what bad choices we made, and what is preventing us from making the progress we'd like to make. It's a great way to get support and keep yourself accountable on a day-to-day basis. If it sounds like something that would work for you, I'd check it out. Plus, it'd be good to get some other males active in that group besides me. :)

    Best of luck. You can do this. I know for a fact. =)
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    Comment edited on: 7/11/2012 2:41:06 PM
  • v FITGIRL15
    Hi John,
    thank you for the compliments on my transformation.
    I did NOT start my journey doing body building techniques. I started doing fitness because it was FUN and a way to spend time with my friends as well as burn off some steam from my daily stresses at school.

    If you can start with a simple plan like that, (body building plans are ridiculously strict and regimented... and not a recommended starting point for a beginner, IMHO) you will slowly and easily make even more positive changes in your life and see even greater physical gains!

    Do you have a proper diet plan in place to reach your goals? That is actually what I did to see the major part of my transformation; I changed my DIET!!! I got help from a nutritionist (a collegue) and without her help, I know I wouldn't have lost a pound! I owe her so much for being the catalyst to my journey!!! Maybe you could use someone like that too?

    I wish you all the best in your health and fitness journey! If you have more questions, just ask!!!

    PS... I did eventually do a couple body building competitions... but that was AFTER I had already lost gotten to a healthy weight. I did not start with body building on my mind at all!!!
    2138 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/11/2012 10:52:29 AM
    Haha, no I'm happily involved in a relationship right now :) I just meant that a lot of people say "you can do it!" but don't bother themselves with telling you how or holding you accountable when you DON'T do it. I've had enough of that and I'm hoping that I can help others in the same way, by offering my experience as a guide and helping in more ways than just telling someone I don't really know that "I believe in them." ;)

    ...not that it's a completely unappreciated thing to say, just that it hasn't helped me as much as the people that are willing to say "you're out of shape, and I'm going to ride your butt until you're where you want to be!"

    Thanks everyone for the words of welcome, and I hope that I can finally stick with it long enough to take advantage of all the great advice!
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    HI John! Welcome to SparkPeople!! This is a wonderful site with so many resources like articles, trackers, and community SparkTeams to help give you support and keep you motivated. See how many SparkPoints you can get each day and this will help you find and use many of the tools of the site. Make sure you make a SparkPage as this is how you can have people post to you to help inspire you! Please remember this is a marathon, not a sprint. It is not a diet, but a lifestyle change. I am down 67 lbs with SparkPeople and I feel so much lighter and stronger and healthier every day! You can do it! Best of luck on your journey to a healthier lifestyle!

    I was not sure what you mean by people that are MORE than "You can do it " cheerleaders.. well, that's important to have, to be sure.. but what more are you really looking for? It's not a dating site, if that's what you meant.

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    emoticon on taking the first steps to a healthier you. A emoticon toast to a healthier and more enjoyable life! emoticon emoticon emoticon And emoticon prayerfully you will find that you can enjoy it more than you would ever imagine!!!
    Some thoughts and suggestions as I say emoticon to Spark People.
    emoticon This sight has so much to offer! One of the easiest ways to learn a lot about what it has to offer is to go to your "My SparkPoints" tracking Page. Next to each opportunity to earn Sparkpoints there is a link that will take you to the place on the site that helps you complete the task. Some are one time opportunities, others are daily tasks. Complete as many tasks as possible per day.
    emoticon don't emoticon to the temptation of making the journey all about the numbers. It is not about pounds taken off or inches trimmed, it is all about creating a healthier and more fit you. emoticon
    emoticon Be on the lookout for the many, many, many non-scale non-tape measure victories you will achieve. Feeling healthier, breathing easier, enjoying activities that were once a drudgery, trying something new and enjoying it, choosing a healthy snack versus an unhealthy option, choosing a less than healthy food option over a decadent food option! The possibilities for non-scale victories are ENDLESS. emoticon
    Some things to remember: emoticon drink plenty of water every day!
    emoticon sleep well, it is probably more important than you know. emoticon healthier every day. emoticon Don't go the way of total deprivation, it is apt to set you up for failure and a binge that will leave you feeling devastated. Look for opportunities to emoticon every day. emoticon when you need to --it is healthier than emotional eating! Find ways to emoticon emoticon emoticon exercise that you ENJOY. The right form of exercise is the one you can stick with regularly!!! Something else may burn more calories in a shorter time, but if it makes you give up you won't burn any calories! emoticon
    emoticon MAKE EVERY STEP COUNT. Even steps that seem to move you backwards or to the side have a purpose. Sometimes it is just to get another look at something you passed by without noticing.
    Perhaps most importantly from my perspective DON’T LOSE weight or inches…TAKE THEM OFF, emoticon KICK THEM TO THE CURB. You aren’t interested in FINDING them again. GET RID OF THEM through hard work, determination, accountability, whatever it takes!!!
    Finally, join teams, make friends, encourage others, be encouraged, take challenges, write out SMART goals regularly and track! Track! TRACK!!! It will help with both accountability and motivation, and You will be glad you did!!!
    Feel free to stop by my page, let me know if there is anything I can do to help you in the journey!
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    2141 days ago