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Getting More Out of What You Do is the Key
Saturday, July 20, 2013      7 comments

As I was walking my dogs last night I thinking about my almost year long Spark journey. I realized that the key to my success is that I have made an effort to work harder at what I was already doing. It started with my dog walks last summer. ... Read more
My Prayers Were Answered Today
Wednesday, April 17, 2013      6 comments

I have lived through what has been the worst 2 weeks of my life. Last fall I posted a blog that I lost a dog. It was a joke in that I had lost the weight of my 50lb dog. I got a lot of great reactions from that blog and I have thought of rebl... Read more
An Old Guy Returns To The Ice Thinner, Fitter and More Flexible
Friday, April 12, 2013      6 comments

Last night I learned the difference between just weighing less and being fit. After a 6 year layoff from strapping on the pads to play goalie I made brief forays to the ice this winter figuring my weight loss would allow me to more easily retur... Read more
My Biggest Day - Proof That Being Fit Pays Off
Wednesday, March 13, 2013      7 comments

Last Saturday I was blessed with the assignment to officiate the Illinois State Girls U14A state championship game in Bensenville Illinois. In 10 year of officiating I was never assigned to such a prestigious game. It was truly an honor. With... Read more
2 Months in Seclusion - 97lbs Down and Feeling Like a Failure
Thursday, March 07, 2013      10 comments

I am basically a very up person. In fact sometimes to serious. My success on this journey in losing weight and getting in shape has been unprecedented in my life. Unfortunately, other parts of my life have not been so successful and I have be... Read more
Tabata Kettlebells
Thursday, December 27, 2012      5 comments

Reading SP blogs pays off again. I was reading the recently posted most popular blogs blog. In the list was an article about Tabata. In short Tabata is an exercise technique introduced in the 90s by a Japanese speed skating coach. It is a f... Read more
36 in Time For the Big Reveal
Sunday, December 23, 2012      8 comments

Huge break throughs in the last 12 hours. I was stuck at 208 for 10 days. For me that is an eternity. This morning I finally broke through to 207. But, that was secondary to the fact that I bought 3 pairs of size 36 pants last night on my wa... Read more
And Now a Chef?
Friday, December 21, 2012      3 comments

My upstairs neighbor called today looking for a couple of spices she needed for something she was cooking. I was able to help her with the marjoram, one of my favorite new spices, but not the tarragon. She thanked me profusely and said it was ... Read more
And it was supposed to be an off day
Thursday, December 13, 2012      3 comments

I started yesterday with my status saying "looking forward to no scheduled exercise on Wednesday". NO kettlebells and not games to referee. So I took the dogs for a nice long 40 minute walk figuring that would be my exercise for the day. Then... Read more
75 lbs down started with 29 biscuits
Wednesday, December 12, 2012      7 comments

Today I reached the 75 lbs loss milestone. As I zero in on my goal I have thought more about what has worked for me. Most of this thought is towards my maintenance plan. We all know that there are a number of factors that have have to go into... Read more
Small Spark Meeting in Chicago
Tuesday, December 11, 2012      7 comments

Spark member XINE78 organized a Chicago meeting of Spark members. There were only three of us, but it was nice to actually put a face on some fellow sparkers. LIVE2RIDE was the third member. We all brought our lunch and at in the food court at... Read more
Credit to Less of Lee
Sunday, December 02, 2012      5 comments

In my last blog I posted a new picture my weight loss buddy Lee took last friday. There is a good motivational story behind my relationship with Lee. This deserves a separate blog and so on the day I hit my 70lb weight loss and he hit his 73lb... Read more
I Never Thought....
Saturday, December 01, 2012      8 comments

I have avoided pictures of myself like the plague. I do not even have pictures of myself in facebook, only on my spark page have I been willing to share my ampleness. Yesterday I drove out for lunch with Lee a former co-worker of mine and my w... Read more
The turkey carcass is now picked clean
Tuesday, November 27, 2012      8 comments

I was by myself for TG dinner. My son headed out for dinner with his mom's family. This is not the first time I have been by myself. Last year I treated myself to an expense buffet at a local restaurant. I love TG day flavors a lot. I alway... Read more
Good News on Two Fronts
Tuesday, November 20, 2012      12 comments

Earlier this year I was once denied the opportunity to give blood because my BP was to high. That means my BP was above 180/100 which is their max allowed. That is Hypertension Stage 2. So, I had been watching it. I can go on-line to track m... Read more

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