Who am I?
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
I just recently met someone here on SparkPeople that sent me a very detailed BIO after we became friends. I wanted to reciprocate and send him my story and as I wrote it I realized I've never really shared so much of my story here. So I decided it would be a good opportunity to share with all of you more about me. KILLRBEE18 (my new friend) is a Seebee in the Navy to provide you some context for the first part of my response.
Anyway, here's my story...
My father was a Seebee during Vietnam. I always wanted to join the Navy when I was a kid, but I was born with a minor bone deformity in my legs (nothing that has prevented me from living a normal life in any way, just enough to keep the military from accepting me). Anyway, I have the utmost respect and honor for all millitary personel.
Let me give you a little of my story. I grew up on a small farm. My father worked as a crane/backhoe operator for a living (after leaving the Navy), but his heart was in farming so he spent every night and weekend tending to livestock and working the fields. I was a hard working farm kid. I was very fit, but ate a TON of food to fuel the large amounts of work I did. My mother developed diabetes when I was young and died from complications related to this when I was thirteen. After she passed, my eating habits got very bad. My father worked all the time and we didn't have much time to prepare good / nutritious meals, so I ate garbage and lots of it. Although what I ate wasn't good for me I was still very active and it didn't appear to be affecting me. After I graduated High School, I left for College. I went to study to be a pastor, but ended up becoming a computer programmer. None-the-less, the hard work and endless activity ended as I sat in a dorm room and studied for my classes. The thing that didn't change was my eating habits. I started to put on weight at that point. I continued putting on weight at an average rate of more than 10 pounds per year. It was't until I had two children of my own and realized that I was now 370 pounds and older than my mother was when she died that the realization hit me of what I had done to myself. I decided that I need to be here for my children and my wife. I have dodged a bullet with my health thus far and I can't continue to tempt fate. I have to make a change. I am not dieting! I am not killing myself with unsustainable levels of exercise. What I am doing is making realistic, LONG LASTING lifestyle changes. I eat differently now than I did before, but like I said, it's not a diet. I eat what I want, and what I crave, but I don't eat ALL the time. I eat reasonable portions that I will be able to maintain once I reach my goals. I do make far better choices in terms of nutrition these days, but I don't deny myself from having what I like from time to time. I do exercise daily, but I'm doing things I like. I try to swim most mornings at the gym (when my schedule permits). I walk EVERY day. I ride my bike as often as possible. I lift weights at the gym when I can. I'm also interested in starting to run, in fact I started the Couch 2 5K program, but am taking it very slowly. Mostly I've just become very active again. I don't do the same thing every day, but I do roast some calories every day one way or another. I also now wear a bodybugg so I know exactly how many calories I burn. This has helped me so much. I am down over 30 pounds now from when I started and intend to be under 300 pounds before October. That's a lot of work, but I am motivated and dedicated to the challenge. Not every day is perfect, but the thing I've learned is that I can't let that defeat me. I am making steady progress and I WILL FINISH THIS RACE!
I want to get to know all my sparkfriends better, so I hope this will help everyone understand a little more about me!
Have a great day!
NEVER STOP MOVING!!!