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Surfing the rapids of life, embracing each twist and turn.

I met my wife while waiting for an oil change. She had been blown to North Carolina by Katrina and I had recently arrived from the west coast.

Since then, I believe anything is possible.

What works for me might help you if it strikes a chord with you, but if my path does not appeal to you then ignore my rambles and find another path that fits you.

With that preamble out of the way let me describe my journey.

Three years ago I found myself weighing 265 lbs and struggling to fit into my fat clothes. Twice before in my life, I faced a "weight crisis" which I responded to with a diet until I was under 200 lbs. Each time though, the loss proved only temporary. Several years later I was right back where I started or even in worse shape.

This time I wanted things to be different. Not just so it would stick, but because I was tired of beating myself up. I knew that I could not keep myself in diet jail for the rest of my life. I needed to find a way I could live with permantently.

My solution was to nurture and care for myself. Yes, like a parent nurturing a child there would need to be rules/limits, but the focus would be on health rather than diet, on wellbeing rather than sweat.

Over the course of the next two years, I lost 60 lbs and changed to a much healthier mix of foods.

Then I fell in love. The next year I was "consumed" with courting and marrying my Cajun queen, my mountain girl.

After that "honeymoon" (the real one is still going on) I had given back 15 of those pounds. Fast approaching my sixty first birthday, I felt that I had one last chance to right the ship.

As an aside, as much as my new love was a motivation to want to stick around, I knew that as before I must build my life from within myself and not hang it on someone or something else.

I decided to signup for a healthy living rebate that my employer offered. When I received my welcome package there were instructions for how to enroll in SparkPeople.

So here I am. March 3, 2009 and five weeks sparking.

This new extended introduction represents a commitment to do what I can to help others spark as I help myself.

I have joined several teams. Each day I scan what is written there looking for opportunities to help out.

Beyond that I intend to continue sharing my journey in my blogs.

If you made it all the way here to the end, thank you and good luck sparking.


Member Since: 1/27/2009

Fitness Minutes: 2,935

My Goals:
To share a long life with my wife, my partner.

To reach and maintain a healthy weight.


My Program:
Focus on health not diet or sweat.

Eat moderate portions and still get the calcium, potassium and magnesium I need.

Stretch everyday, cycle/walk at least 3 times a week, strength training at least 2 times a week and Qigong/Tai Chi for balance at least once a week.

Read/write poetry frequently.



Personal Information:
Russell Halsted

Born a Hawkeye with the sun in Pisces. Moved to the west coast where I first graduated an Eagle and then a Beaver.

Now living in the Triangle area of North Carolina. Married to a mountain girl.


Other Information:
Web site devoted to my writing.
http://web.me.com/ruzzell6/WaterLogged
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    I looked on the map to see who else might be on the Simplify Your Life Team was from NC. We past Durham last week on the way to and from the mountains. I'm in eastern NC.

    Best of luck to you and your wife in your journey.
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