BOSS61   14,282
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My "Before" Pic - Summer 2011

Susan and Me; August 2010 (or was it '09?)

July 2012; my old/new suit, 53.5 lbs down

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Chief Naysayer, Contrarian and Staunch Opponent of Change

My goal remains to weigh zero pounds.

To stand sideways and cast no shadow.

Also to grow in height. Several inches in fact.

Everything helps that nasty BMI number - both the numerator and the denominator!
My goal remains to weigh zero pounds.

To stand sideways and cast no shadow.

Also to grow in height. Several inches in fact.

Everything helps that nasty BMI number - both the numerator and the denominator!

Current Status:
BOSS61 (2,838 laps) lost 6.5 lbs since July 6, and about twice that since Memorial Day. Yes the pool, but tracking food more days than not, too.
set 21 hours ago



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 Pounds lost: 32.1 

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Member Since: 12/26/2011

SparkPoints: 14,282

Fitness Minutes: 11,155

My Goals:
My overall goal is to lose 45% of my starting weight of 281. This will take me down to 155, now that weighing zero seems a little unrealistic.

For 2014 the plan is simple: to lose 1.5 lbs per week. That will bring me to within a few pounds of goal by the end of 2014.

My Program:
1. Treating the Sparky Nutrition Tracker as an unrelenting drill sergeant (i..e, the Soup Nazi).

2. No "seconds", no desserts, and no exceptions. I have become an herbivore, mainly. No veggies or fruits are safe in our house.

3. I track sodium and cholesterol as well. Male and in my 50s, I harbor no illusion over the importance of this stuff too.

4. Gym during the school year, cardio (45 minutes) and strength (20 to 30 minutes), about 4 or 5 days a week. Brisk walks outdoors, as conditions allow, on weekends. Swim laps in the summer, as much as time allows (typically 50 to 100 miles per summer). Yes, I have scales, gills and a waterproof mp3 player.

5. Using the Sparky Activity Tracker and totally floating myself away on roughly 100 oz of water per day. Oh yes, peeing just all the damn time too.

6. Maintain humor throughout the process - absolutely essential!

7. Do this with my wife, Susan818127 also here on Spark. Check h

Personal Information:
My name is Mark. On Spark I am Chief Naysayer and Contrarian

I also am a business founder and owner. I am an environmental consultant and business owner. Check for all the poop.

It's safe to ask me about it. I'm ALWAYS in sell mode, but you do not need and cannot use what I sell.

Other Information:
Probably there is no more provincial Baltimorean on all of Spark than me.

Fave quote: "Some Day We Will Look Back on This and It Will All Seem Funny!" - Bruce Springsteen, Rosalita Come out Tonight

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Member Comments:
7/27/2014 5:35:47 PM

You must have very pruny skin by now!! Kudos to your dedication to the water this summer. We have the type that falls on you from the clouds, not the type in the ground.. storming right now..balck skies.
I hope Thing 1 and Thing 2 are finding ways to be amused this summer! ! Their parents too!!

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7/20/2014 8:24:56 PM

5. Love your self with workouts

6. I have worked to hard to quite now
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7/16/2014 7:08:43 PM

Travel safe, eat smart, walk when you can, and smile! Swim season resumes when you get back home. Hope it's a good trip. emoticon

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7/16/2014 2:35:30 AM

Keep on tracking! It does make a difference.

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7/9/2014 5:00:33 AM

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~~~~The Five "W"'s of Life~~~~

WHO you are is what makes you special.
Do not change for anyone.

WHAT lies ahead will always be a mystery.
Do not be afraid to explore.

WHEN life pushes you over,
you push back harder.

WHERE there are choices to make,
make the one you won't regret.

WHY things happen will never be certain.
Take it in stride and move forward.

These 5 "W"'s are
A Wonderful Way to Wake-up on Wednesday!!!
Enjoy the day!!

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* Thanks to Barbiee52 for sharing this wonderful Wednesday message!

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