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I am a 52 year old ultra distance runner. I am married with (2) children. I enjoy a nice glass of good wine.

I am also an avid reader & lover of inspirational & motivational stories.

in 2009, I created Know No Boundaries, a 501 (c)(3) non profit foundation to help people "break out" of their own self set, self limiting boundaries (www.knownoboundaries.org).

I am also President of The Gentlemen's Association of Oklahoma (www.the-ga.com). A chapter of an organization dedicated to living one's life to a higher standard through high moral & ethical values, proper etiquette & manners & proper language & dress.

Member Since: 5/8/2011

Fitness Minutes: 1,130

My Goals:
My goal list seems to be growing every day however my most pressing goal is to drop enough weight to positively affect my running. I have my 2nd 100 mile run in October & I am going to be lean & mean. I have a 50 mile run July 1st as a test of my progress.

My Program:
My approach is carefully watching my caoric intake, go to the gym 2-3 times a week, run during the week @ lunch & get in my long runs on Saturdays with my running group.

Personal Information:
I am FROM Brooklyn, New York but am living in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma (Tulsa County) & have been in Oklahoma since 1976.

Other Information:
I am an avid reader of all sorts of books (no junk stuff though), Founder & Managing Director of a non-profit foundation, President of The Gentlemen's Association of Oklahoma. Oh yeah, I am also an Application Engineer for a global oilfield service company.

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    Hey there! Wow... I'm tired just reading your page! 100 mile run!!! I've only gone 26 and it almost got the best of me... hahaha

    Anyway, it's nice to meet you!
    2475 days ago
    Thanks for the friend add - happy to add you back!

    Ultra running - woohoo! My knees are never going to be able to do it :( Loved Kilian Jornet's performance this year at Western States though - that kid is a rocket!

    Your non-profit organization interests me - got a web address for it?

    2524 days ago
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    emoticon I see we have some common areas of interest.. and one likely area of contention. ( Sox v. Yankee thang) but I am cool since we just swetp the Bronx Bombers. Anyhow, glad to have you as a friend.

    I enjoy and read a good bit on motivation and success. I just got a book from PJ McClure, the Mindset Maven, and look forward to reading his book this summer. I think there will be a lot of good focal material on success that is applicable to our Spark program.

    God bless and keep soaring,
    Bob emoticon
    2567 days ago
    Thank you so much for adding me as a friend, and WELCOME to Sparkpeople! I would love to hear about your experiences as an ultra distance runner, what an amazing feeling that must be. I am adding you as well...have a wonderful day and keep an eye on the Okie weather : )
    2572 days ago
    emoticon Greetings and emoticon

    Congrats on taking the next step to reaching a healthier you by getting active with SparkPeople - it's a great community, wonderful resources and fantastic support. You're off to a great start already!

    Please check out the SparkTeams - I think you will find a lot of others 'just like you' there, including lots of teams for runners! You can choose SparkTeams by age group, lifestyle or interests, geographic location or several other ways.

    Some of the teams I like and think you might like include the Official 10-minute Daily Exercise Streak Challenge, Starting Over Weekly Mini-Challenge Team, 10k Steps A Day and Motivation & Positive Attitude Plan - but there are so many to choose from, you can have a great time looking for the ones that seem to fit you best! In fact, I suggest joining more than one group, post your intro there and write blogs as often as you can - you will find tons of friends and support that way, I promise!!

    In my experience, SparkPeople is like a emoticon in some ways - it's lots of fun and easy to make friends because we're all in this together. I like the way a HEALTHY LIFESTYLE is emphasized instead of a 'quick fix wonder diet' so it's good for people wanting to lose weight, maintain a previous loss, get healthier, improve fitness and many other goals including gaining weight or saving money - it's about waaaaaay more than 'just' losing weight so you have definitely come to the right place!


    If you ever need any help using features of the site, there are tutorial videos under the HELP section that can show you how to use the features of the site. You can also find them on the START page and several other places on the site.


    Be sure to read and 'study' The Spark book because it outlines the overall program and is compatible with most types of eating plans. If you haven't already discovered the SparkDiet linked at the bottom of the START page, check it out - the program is simple but extremely effective. There is a TON of information on this site - so much it might even seem overwhelming but fortunately we don't have to 'digest' everything at once! The FastBreak program is a good way to start.


    Another nice thing about SparkPeople is that we have permission to be human - we don't have to change everything at once or be in a hurry to reach our goals. Take a few baby steps and then a few more and before you know it, you'll have completed a long journey - I hope you enjoy this community as much as I have - it teaches us how to make positive lifetime changes because that's the only thing that will work over time!


    2573 days ago
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