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Me before I gained the weight. This is my goal weight/size. 4 years ago.

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Today is January 1st, 2018 and I decided to re-write my intro to reflect my thoughts today as we begin this new year.

I've previously used the Spark People blog as purely a food and fitness tool, but I've decided to start using it as a general journal. Our lives can't be so easily compartmentalized. As we are all too well-aware, our moods and outlook on life strongly influences our choices, and our foods and activity strongly influence our moods and outlook in return. They are all tied together, so it makes sense to treat ourselves holistically. Because of this, my blog may sometimes have very little to do with fitness or food, but this will be the place where I can look back on my journey as I strive to continue to create a life of health, joy, creativity and love.

Member Since: 9/14/2017

Fitness Minutes: 4,336

My Goals:
- Follow the training plan put together by my fitness consultant
- Be injury free in 2018
- Run the Schlotzky's Bun Run 5k
- Rock the beach in San Diego
- Get back down to a size 6 jeans

My Program:
Currently my program is:
Sunday: Upper Body, Lower Body & Core
Monday: REST
Tuesday: Cardio, Upper Body & Core
Wednesday: Lower Body, Core and Correctives
Thursday: Cardio, Upper Body & Core
Friday: Lower Body, Core and Correctives
Saturday: Cardio and Correctives

Personal Information:
I just celebrated 7 years with my wife, who is a very fit marathon runner (she just ran Boston last year) and who is a constant inspiration to me in so many things. We have 2 whippets and a mixed-breed that we adore and our lives revolve around. My sister-in-law lives with us, as she's disabled from lupus, and we help take care of her, since she can't live independently. I am from California, spent 10 years in Minnesota and now reside in Austin, TX. I enjoy acrylic painting, photography, cooking, hiking and gardening and spending time with my wife and our dogs.

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    Happy New Year!! Wishing you great success, health, and happiness in 2018 !!
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    You will LOVE THIS TEAM! It's amazingly positive and supportive. The members here are always willing to lend a hand, an ear, or a shoulder. They have done it for me and they will do the same for you!! We are here to support and encourage you on your journey to success. We would love to have you join us on the Forums for some fun and challenges.


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    emoticon to Sparkpeople!

    YOU have discovered a website filled with information, friendship, support and encouragement. There's plenty of motivation and inspiration as well! Get active and stay focused on your goals! Wishing you the best on your journey!

    311 days ago