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July 2008, about 8 months before joining SparkPeople

August 2009, almost 5 months into Sparkpeople

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Welcome to my Spark Page. Thanks for stopping by. I suppose you are curious about my story so here are the basics. I started this adventure with Spark People on March 29, 2009. At the time I weighed 173 pounds. I know that may not sound awful, but for a 5'4' 46 year old guy, it was rather heavy. I was unquestionably overweight. I was actually right on the threshold of obese.

My initial SP plan was to track everything I ate and begin exercising regularly. This generally entailed walking, sometimes outdoors, sometimes on my treadmill. Slowly but steadily the weight came off. About six months into the program, I decided that I wanted to validate my weight loss and celebrate my transformed lifestyle by completing a 5K run. So began what has become my favorite hobby/activity/obsession. I have now completed a dozen races ranging from the 5K distance to the Half Marathon. Even now it is hard to believe I just typed that I have completed a Half Marathon. When I started this adventure at 173 pounds and terribly out-of-shape I honestly don't think I could have finished a 5K. Maybe I could have by walking the whole distance, but it would have been a slow walk. And I would have been exhausted. Now I frequently tell me wife "I'm just going to go for a quick three mile run" as part of training and weight loss routine. I actually feel guilty for being able to fit in "only" three miles.

The main thing have learned so far is that this is a never-ending experiment. After about 18 months on SparkPeople I lost 40 pounds and reached my initial goal weight of 133. Today though I weigh 143. Part of that is from relaxing a bit, but part is that I have changed my body. The 143 I am now looks and feels so much better than the 143 I was on the way down. At this weight the BMI charts would say that I am only 2 pounds from being overweight. I don't believe that for a second. I am in great shape and people (even my doctor) still compliment me. In fact people tell me I need to stop losing weight so something must be working! Still, I do want to reclaim some of the progress I have made and get back to maybe 135 - 137 pounds.

Thanks for visiting my Spark Page. Let me know if you have any questions at all. If I can help anyone in anyway to become healthier I am glad to do so. A lot of folks on this site have been a huge help and inspiration to me and I would like nothing more than to pay it forward by helping others.

Good luck on your own journey. I hope you enjoy the experience as much as I have.


Member Since: 3/30/2009

Fitness Minutes: 49,714

My Goals:
~ I want to lose the overhanging gut.
~ I want to be able to get off of blood pressure medication.
~ I want to find an over 40 soccer league and relive my glory days!

My Program:
Strictly counting calories and following Sparkpeople's limits.

Cardio exercise consists of a combination of running and walking. One long run, two shorter runs, 2 or 3 brisk walks, slow jogs, or some substitute (often gardening in spring and summer) with 1 or 2 days of rest.

Mixing in different strength exercises three times per week, mostly various crunches and push-ups.

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2010 Races:

3/13/10 - St. Patrick's Day 5K Run and Walk, Denton, MD - 24:45

4/24/10 - Oxford Day 10K, Oxford, MD - My first 10K! - 51:09.5

5/16/10 - 1st Annual Delaware Donkey Dash 5K - 25:03

6/27/10 - 6th Greene Turtle West 5K - 25:49

10/2/10 - Hurlock Days 5K - 23:45 (PR)

10/30/10 - Ocean City Seaside 10 Miler - 1:27.07

12/11/10 - Rehoboth Beach Running Company Half Marathon - 1:56.35

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