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Real name is Mark. I'm a 67 YO male who lives in Dunedin, Florida. After a lifetime of poor eating and too much Pepsi Cola, I've come to the conclusion that this lifestyle is not sustainable and must change. I will no longer allow an abusive childhood and subsequent family issues define who I am for ONE MORE DAY. I owe it to my wife, daughter and granddaughter to become a better version of myself. It is for this reason that I decided to enter a protocol for Gastric Sleeve Surgery, realizing that it is just a TOOL and that I must still do the hard work of changing my view toward food and exercise. With the help of my family, team and all of you I know that I'll be successful. LET'S GET STARTED!

Member Since: 5/29/2020

Fitness Minutes: 4,195

My Goals:
Lose 180 pounds by my 70th Birthday in 2023
Increase Cardiovascular and overall fitness
Take advantage of beaches and overall Florida lifestyle opportunities in pursuit of my fitness goals
Fit into L or single XL clothing, down from my current 3XL sizing
Ditch the seatbelt extender when flying
Be comfortable in a regular size bathroom stall
Take a wave runner out into the Gulf and back bays
Resume bowling

My Program:
Use Spark People trackers daily
Visit support group pages daily
Start with walking 1.5 miles daily in .20 mile increments
During each walk, do 15 wall pushups
To maintain current weight, I need about 3900 calories a day. I want to be at 1600/day with an allowance for 1 2000 calorie day per week in order to lose 20-25 pounds prior to surgery.

Personal Information:
Born, raised and lived in Southern New Jersey before retiring to Florida in October of 2016.
Married 44 years with an adult daughter and 11 YO Granddaughter who live in NJ.
In a prior healthier life, played competitive ice hockey twice a week and was physically active

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Our group will only be as successful as we allow it to be. Frequent postings and communication with other members will benefit everyone. Let's learn from each others journey to wellness. Good Luck!

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    Thank you for reading my blog about “My 600 pound life” and sharing your story
    The personal stories and observations of sparkers were very helpful to me and I’m sure to others as well.

    4 days ago
    emoticon What is holding you back? Let's be overcomers today! emoticon We are worth the effort! Ruthie emoticon
    5 days ago
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    Hello. Thank you for your comment on my blog. You're right!!! I appreciate your perspective.
    10 days ago
    Thank you NOTALOSER1! I posted this in my comments on my blog but then I remembered that sparkpeople doesn't send notifications on comments:

    I noticed a lot of censoring of covid where people will say "only a small percent of people get very sick, don't exaggerate" etc. I am young, 33 years old and got very sick. I was so careful, never went out. It only took one person not wearing a mask to spread it to me. It is super contagious. Once one of us got this, the whole family got it within days. The worst part is that we tested negative the first time because of the incubation period so we felt sick and then everyone got it because of it. Stay safe and congrats on the sleeve surgery! I have been binge watching tlc shows! :D
    11 days ago
    ...:::Thank you for your nice comment on my blog--Imagine for a Moment' .. emoticon Living in peace and harmony!
    6 days ago
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