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(Updated 1/1/2011)

Hi! My name is Victor and I am a 50-year old widower taking care of two beautiful kids. We lost my wife in July 2007 after she valiantly fought breast cancer for three years. I discovered that the stress of her illness and other factors altered my metabolism. Although I had been with SparkPeople for sometime, it was not until 2009 that I truly joined in and started the system.

2009 was a stellar fitness year for me. I started the year at 255# and reached my goal (180#) by August 2009. But in the Fall and Winter my weight began to rise, ending the year at about 195#. During all of 2010 I fought with my weight, ending the year at 220#.

On the positive side, I have kep very active throughout the last few months. I exercise almost everyday. My fitness routines include Yoga, running, and strength training. A major accomplishment in 2010 was the successful run of my first 8K race, which I finished in less than one hour although I had only trained two weeks for the event. I coordinate a Yoga, Pilates and P90X at work every week.

My challenges, as I see them, are:

1. Poorer nutrition
1.a. Improper meal planning: this has led to last-minute scrambles for meals
1.b. Eating too much: portion control was an issue in 2010
1.c. Eating too fast: this goes back to planning (and with number 3 below)
1.d. Eating bad things: I admit that I eat too much of things that do not favor me. My weaknesses: pizza and ice cream.
2. Stress
2.a. Not doing enough to manage it (meditation, Yoga, etc.)
2.b. Over-committing my time and resources (this is a recurring issue with me)
3. Time-management: too much time fighting fires, not enough preventing them.

My intentions for 2011 are to work on the above areas. For the last few days I have made a concerted effort to manage nutrition in a pro-active manner. Starting today, I am back logging my nutrition and activities with SparkPeople. My goal is to log the food before eating it to make sure it is a wise decision. I will do more to control stress, including letting go of some volunteer commitments so that I can concentrate on doing more planning and more enjoying, instead of more doing and more stressing.

My goals for the new year are:

1. Weight
1.a. Loose at least five pounds per month
1.a.1 January 2011: 215
1.a.2 February 2011: 210
1.a.3 March 2011: 205
1.a.4 April 2011: 200
1.a.5 May 2011: 195
1.a.6 June 2011: 190
1.a.7 July 2011: 185
1.a.8 August 2011: 180
1.a.9 September 2011: 175

2. Fitness
2.a. Run two 5K races
2.b. Run two 8K races
2.c. Run a half-marathon (November 2011's Governor's Cup)
2.d. Practice Yoga at least 3 times per week.
2.e. Continue with fitness programs (P90X, etc.) weekly

3. Nutrition
3.a. Plan meals weekly to ensure good nutrition
3.b. Log all food eaten (preferably before consuming it)
3.c. Practice mindful eating: eat slowly, chewing completely, enjoying each bite



Member Since: 8/3/2007

Fitness Minutes: 84,616

My Goals:
My 2011 goals are:

My goals for the new year are:

1. Weight
1.a. Loose at least five pounds per month
1.a.1 January 2011: 215
1.a.2 February 2011: 210
1.a.3 March 2011: 205
1.a.4 April 2011: 200
1.a.5 May 2011: 195
1.a.6 June 2011: 190
1.a.7 July 2011: 185
1.a.8 August 2011: 180
1.a.9 September 2011: 175

2. Fitness
2.a. Run two 5K races
2.b. Run two 8K races
2.c. Run a half-marathon (November 2011's Governor's Cup)
2.d. Practice Yoga at least 3 times per week.
2.e. Continue with fitness programs (P90X, etc.) weekly

3. Nutrition
3.a. Plan meals weekly to ensure good nutrition
3.b. Log all food eaten (preferably before consuming it)
3.c. Practice mindful eating: eat slowly, chewing completely, enjoying each bite

4. Use SparkPeople system daily.

5. Exercise daily.


My Program:
Here is my new fitness plan for 2011:

Mon: Cardio (HIIT) and bowling
Tue: Yoga (Noon-1 PM), Body Pump (weights) @ "Y"
Wed: Weights (Noon), Cycle Studio @ "Y", Self-defense class @ "Y"
Thu: CardioX (lunch), Yoga @ "Y"
Fri: Pilates (lunch), Cardio (HIIT) (evening)
Sat: Yoga @ "Y"
Sun: Cycle Studio @ "Y"

Nutrition goals:

1. A green smoothie in the morning and in the evening
2. Small meals five times per day



Personal Information:
My name is Victor and I live in Columbia, SC.


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"Do or do not, there is no try." ~ Yoda

If you believe it, you can achieve it. Believing is the first step of all success.




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  • v no profile image LAUREN_CARRELL
    Thank you for the kind comment! The friend in the picture was a huge support for me but work moved him across the state. Joining this group is proving to be a huge motivation and inspiration. Thank you again.
    278 days ago
  • v NBLNBL
    Hi Victor,

    Nice to 'see' you back on SP. Thanks for your kind words on my Spark Page. I was surprised and quite honored to be chosed SP MOD.

    Good luck with your new training regimen! Keep us posted as to how it goes.

    I'm in training for the new P90X2 series, which is scheduled to come out in late December. I've already told my DH that these workouts will be my Christmas present this year.

    Nancy
    2560 days ago
  • v JENNYD97
    thanks for the tips I needed those reminders :)
    2610 days ago
  • v VGASCON
    Dimitra: I am good -- working on it! Please check your email. :-)
    2665 days ago
  • v ANEPANALIPTI
    Victoooooorrrrrr!!!! :) :) :) :) thank you so much for your kindness and encouragement! It means a lot!! How are YOU??? :D

    Dimitra
    2666 days ago
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