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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!


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    I'm sure your Mom is smiling knowing you are doing everything in your power to fix the things that can be to be here as long as possible for your children, and wife; but most importantly for you!
    2856 days ago
    Love this post! Thanks for sharing your world with us.
    2860 days ago
    I loved your story. It was very interesting. You have come a long way. Your mom would be very proud of the changes you have made and the man that you are.
    2865 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/16/2011 3:16:46 PM
    Dave, You are speaking my language.

    I understand exactly what you have been through and what you are going through.

    When I first came to sparkpeople in October of 2009 I lost a quick 47 lbs. in my own way and will and then somewhere along the way quickly regained 10 lbs.

    But, I have become re fired with my determination to finish the job I first started is to lose all this extra fat off my body.

    I also am learning new ways of doing this.

    I am learning Gods way of losing weight.

    This has to be a way to live the rest of my life and not a diet.

    I am depending on His grace and His knowledge and His truth of how He has made this great and beautiful and awesome body that just craves good whole and healthy foods.

    I eat most of my food raw. I eat more veggies then anything else.

    I eat good lean protein.

    I eat smaller portions.

    I do not deny myself anything just learn to eat just smaller bits of what I am wanting so as not to over do the calorie intake.

    I am learning to fuel by body with what it needs to live life to the longest, strongest and satisfied life that is promised to all of us in His word.

    Exercise is not a problem for me.

    I love exercising and staying and being and keeping active.

    I do it all.

    I have learned so much especially from my gaining back 10 lbs. of what I had lost.

    All the mistakes I have made I am turning around into learning lessons that show me what NOT to do.

    You are so right. This is for the rest of our lives.

    I am also learning fasting and partial fasting which really makes me feel so good and energized and am learning all this just by following the leading of Holy Spirit that does lead us into all truth of what we need and do not need.

    He will also show us things to come.

    He also knows us better then we know ourselves.

    By allowing Holy Spirit to lead me I have also changed what I crave in foods.

    I now crave fresh raw veggies more than anything.

    I have switched to healthy oils, coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, butter and grape seed oil and avacodos.

    I use a salt substutute and no regular table salt at all.

    I buy sea salt in a grinder and am going to get Himalayin pink salt.

    I make sure to drink at least 8 16 oz glasses of water each and everyday.

    Dave, you can and will do this.

    I can and will do this.

    This is just another challange that we have a promise from our Father God that we have already overcome by the grace and truth of the cross of Jesus Christ.

    We can do all things that we have to do through Jesus, He that is in us is greater then he that is in this world.

    He has promised us a long, strong and satisfied life on this earth for at least 120 years.

    He wants us strong and healthy and wealthy and walking in love and forgiveness so that we are able to complete the assignment that He has given to each and everyone of us to complete while we are on this earth.

    Please, do not ever give up or quit, just keep your focus on Jesus and He will bring you through all this with His strength and wisdom and love.

    2865 days ago
    Dave you're headed in the right direction and have the motivation and right attitude to achieve your goals.
    2866 days ago
    Fantastic blog, very inspiring. I can feel your determination, and you will most definitely reach your goal! You are doing everything right emoticon
    2866 days ago
    Dave, thanks for sharing a part of your life; it *is* nicer to know people here at Spark on a deeper level

    what i could really relate to is your gradual approach to creating a healthy lifestyle & not being focused on a mere diet.

    gratz on your progress to date!

    2867 days ago
    well i am glad to know you and i'm glad you're here on sparks , so you can keep me inspired to continue on my journey too, i also grew up on a farm, lost my dad at 15 and my mom when i was 19, so in many ways i can relate to your story, i didn't go to college, had to go to work to help support the family. no regrets or so i thought, later realized i just buried my feeling with food. so,... let's do this,and win this battle !
    keep on sparkin my friend, the best is yet to come !
    2867 days ago
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