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I am trying again this year. I usually do well for the first 3 months but then fizzle out. I am hoping that using spark people will keep me focused.

Jan 2014 update: I lost a total of 105 pounds in 2013. I will leave my original introduction from last January to remind me how pessimistic I was when I started this. You can't help but be pessimistic when you try and fail, repeatedly. I think that the biggest difference in 2013, was that I tracked ALL my food, even when I "cheated". This made me consistent, which lead to success, which lead to more success. It also helped to know how much protein and fiber I was actually having. Since I wasn't getting enough of either, I increased them. I also learned that I did NOT have to stick to 1200 calories to lose weight. Eating 1600-1800 worked fine, as long as I was consistent. What I like about tracking is that you are not just eating vaguely healthy, you actually KNOW how many nutrients you are getting and can adjust, accordingly.

During the past few weeks, I have slipped into old habits. I got to the point where I knew that I would be "dieting" in January, so I was having my last meals (last pizza, last roast beef sandwich, etc.) This was not a good strategy and I knew it but it is time to get back to my routine. I am actually excited!

Member Since: 1/11/2013

Fitness Minutes: 8,566

My Goals:
I plan to lose over 100 pounds this year, hopefully by Oct 1st.
Update: I lost 105 lbs in 2013. Now I need to lose another 30 lbs in 2014.
My weird little weight loss hobby continues...

Jan 9, 2013 starting weight 324.4 lbs. At 5'5" that was a BMI of 54.

Jan 17, 2013 started on spark people at 320 lbs.

01/30/2013: 5%
03/01/2013: 10%
04/09/2013: 15%
04/15/2013: 50 lbs gone
04/25/3013: hit 270 (same weight as driver's license)
05/07/2013: 60 lbs gone
05/25/2013: 20%
05/31/2013: 70 lbs gone
06/14/2013: 75 lbs gone
07/02/2013: 80 lbs gone
07/04/2013: 25%
07/09/2013: 85 lbs gone
07/29/2013: 90 lbs gone
08/18/2013: 95 lbs gone
08/21/2013: 30%
09/01/2013: 100 lbs gone!
09/25/2013: 105 lbs gone
09/28/2013: 33%
That is 1/3 of myself gone!
10/16/2013: 110 lbs gone

10/30/2013: reached original goal weight of 210 lbs (but still plan to lose another 15lbs)

My Program:
I am going to eat 1,300 - 1,600 calories per day. I want to experiment with calorie cycling.
I need to get enough protein (apx 100-140grams).

Also: eat a f@&kton of vegetables!

Strength train 2 - 3 times per week

Boxing 2 - 3 times per week

Hopefully, I can also squeeze in some treadmill time a couple of times per week. I would like to do the couch to 5k program but it is hard to find the time...

Walk dog everyday (1 or 2 miles). Take dog to beach or park on the weekends.

To stay motivated, I will read success stories and other posts a few times a week.

Personal Information:
I am 46 years old, living in Chicago, and my starting weight was 324.4 pounds (at 5'5" that was a BMI of 54).
I hope to weigh apx 190 by April 2014.
As long as I keep losing 1% per week, I will reach this goal.

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I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On twenty-six occasions, I have been entrusted to take the game's winning shot...and missed. And I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that's why I succeed. -- Michael Jordan

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