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12/5/09 10:48 P

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Welcome Ramblindad

You'll find a lot of support and ideas on the team and the site in general. I found the more I participated the more support and positive vibes I got. I wish you the best in your endeavors and achieving your goals.

Paul

4 Noble Truths

1. Suffering is a part of life
2. Suffering is caused by our attachments and avoidances.
3. Suffering can be ended.
4. Freedom from suffering is possible by following the Eightfold path.

Bigotry disguised as morality is still bigotry just as an outhouse with
marble columns is still an outhouse.
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12/5/09 9:57 P

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12/5/09 11:27 A

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Hi!

Welcome to the team!

Whatever the mind can conceive and believe you will achieve. Salt-N-Pepa

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12/2/09 10:26 A

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HI

Best of luck with your goals. Glad to have another guy in the mix.

This above all: to thine ownself be true.
Lord Polonius. Act 1 scene 3. Hamlet


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12/1/09 9:55 P

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Thanks for the welcome!

Tracking is the best way. I have a program on my Tilt2 phone that helps me track calories and exercise. It also has a desktop version that it synchronizes to. I am used to using it, so I will continue to do so and not use the one here because one place to keep track is more than enough.

The tools here are great, and part why I am here and I have nothing against women. In fact some of my best weight loss buddies in the past have been women. However it is nice to have the option of having friends, or buddies that are men. It gives something else to have in common and there are fewer things that are uncommon.

I for one am looking forward to getting to know you all here.

Edited by: SUBVET688 at: 12/1/2009 (22:02)
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12/1/09 6:37 P

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welcome!

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12/1/09 4:17 P

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Welcome. Sparkpeople is like most weight loss sites in that women reign. However a couple of things to consider of course. Sparkpeople was started by a man for one. :) Also, while there are numerous postings and groups that are related to the topic of TOM, it is not the majority of the information presented by the staff or members of this site. The message boards contain these things, but if you look around there is not an overwhelming estrogen controlling theme in most of the topics. Sad part is more men should be concerned with their health and trying as hard as the women who populate these places. We helped put part of that quandary out there by placing their physical presentation above other qualities. Whereas in most of our realms, unless you are pushing 350+ pounds under six feet tall, no one seems to factor your body into the equation.

The tools are simple to use and have made sense out of a host of problems I've had with keeping myself accountable to myself. Thanks to the recipe calculator I can even determine what some of my most prized recipes contain, and scale some of them back to make them healthier. Not an easy feat when you've had decades of ritual in eating some things. But it is possible and this site makes it an easy transition.

Tracking food seems like a waste of time perhaps, but I would have to say it is what opened up my eyes to what I potentially could consume in a day and has helped me find a better balance. Priceless and fast/easy to use once you setup those favorites and such. Like all new tasks it is not as quick at first but you become proficient more quickly than you might imagine.

The wealth of information on the whole aspect of a healthy approach to life, not just eating, is what makes it work for most people. You can diet or exercise yourself to an early death just as fast as the opposites. But here, the focus is on understanding all of it. Health is not a Nike commercial. Simple slogans will help you find your way perhaps, but your mind and body cannot be wrapped up under the "Just do it!" battle cry slogan. Though that isn't a bad one to keep on hand. ;)

Simple math as stated. It really is that easy for the most part. Most people just need the tools to see how it goes together. I know that I thought I had a good understanding, but over the last 8 months I've learned that I was in simple denial of my ignorance.





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ARMATEYNOTAGAIN's Photo ARMATEYNOTAGAIN SparkPoints: (30,055)
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12/1/09 2:30 P

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I am in total agreement with S.Y.T.. This losing process isn't rocket science it just simple math. By following the simple rules you will get fantastic results. Our bodies are hard wired to crave rich high calories food for survival. Early man feasted every chance he got. They never knew when the next meal would be. They're feasts were well earned and few. Today every meal we eat can be a feast. Everything is readily available and obtained without much effort. So instead of hunting the beast and chasing the bee to the hive like our ancestors, we have to learn accountability.

That is where SP come in. Teaching us the be accountable to ourselves and helping others be accountable. It's not easy and takes some effort. The reward are a healthier happier life with more energy and less pain. Weigh your choices carefully. Because it is the choices we make now that will affect our well being in our future. We can chose sickness or health, depression or happiness, weakness or strength. It is up to us.

My goal for December is to track nutrition and stick to my fitness goals till the end of the year. I could of had that 50 lbs off like S.Y.T. before the end of the year but I chose to fall off the wagon this summer. I'm back on track and I will end this year with at least a 25 lb lose. Better than a kick in the pants.

I'm calling it my streak to the New Year. 3 /12 weeks down 4 1/2 weeks to go.

Good luck to everyone. Let's have something to celebrate on New Years

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12/1/09 12:49 P

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I always tell new members the same thing...track your food and listen to what the site tells you about how many calories you should be eating. Drink the 8 cups (not glasses, but cups as in a measurement)of water daily. Within the next 3 weeks, start doing a cardio based workout at the very minimum twice a week. Those 3 things will do you so much good, it's ridiculous.

The path you choose after that is your own. Whether you decide portion control is your thing, or eliminating fats and sugars, or merely altering the types of food (whole wheat vs. white bread, turkey instead of beef, etc.) you eat, so long as you can stick with it, it's a good choice. I highly recommend getting active on the boards and reading peoples comments. Especially the men's forums. Those people who you identify with, check out their SparkPage, read their blogs, learn from their experiences. It can all be a bit daunting at first, SparkPeople that is, but eventually you'll find your groove, join some teams, and be amazed at the support.

Welcome, good luck, we're all rooting for each other.

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12/1/09 10:16 A

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Welcome Ramblin, Hope we can be of some assistance to you.
Hope will feel free to share your questions, concerns and add any insights you have. The best advise I can give you is to track your food intake. 80% of this game is Nutrition! This is not a diet site it is about learning a new life style to will help you lose the weight and keep it off. You will also learn to make fitness a part of your daily life, it will become something you will enjoy and look forward too. These are the two tools that will bust any plateau.

Weight lose isn't easy it just simple. Good luck on your wellness journey glad to have you aboard.

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12/1/09 9:36 A

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Welcome! I've only been on here about a month, but so far really like the level of support and information available. The majority of people on this site are women (I love 'em too, but I'm pretty sure my plateau has nothing to do with my sports bra!), but there are plenty of guys groups and/or interest groups where you can find what you need.

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Hey all, I'm a 40 year old Dad and husband. I have a just turned 11 year old son who is one great kid. Been married for 14 years to my best friend, who supports me in my better health and weight loss.

Been on this Journey for a while now with many ups and downs. Lost control a couple of times and gained back much of what I lost. I am healthier than I was a few years ago, but still have a long way to go which is why I am here.

I've tried many sites for support, but they are ruled by women. Don't get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with women in general, but they just cannot relate. I have to say I have some difficulty relating to them as well (I really do not need to know how they are doing with their TOM, or how bloated they feel). Sure there is mutual support, but it ain't the same. So I am really glad I found this team and it will be good to get to know you all.

John

One night a father overheard his son pray: Dear God, Make me the kind of man my Daddy is. Later that night, the Father prayed, Dear God, Make me the kind of man my son wants me to be. - Anonymous


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