MIRAGE727   188,336
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2014 Longleaf Triathlon Finish, New Port Richey, FL





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Hello SparkFriends, I'm Monty!
-In 1975, I left the Armed Forces with a 25% disability! I was told that I would be in a wheelchair by the time I was 45!
-After being an athlete and going through weight fluctuation all my life, I had been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes in 2000, messed up all my blood work numbers, ate garbage, and forgot what exercise was! My maximum density had reached 258 lbs! After a reality check and ten years, I got rid of 30 lbs. ...
HALF FANATIC #3774

Hello SparkFriends, I'm Monty!
-In 1975, I left the Armed Forces with a 25% disability! I was told that I would be in a wheelchair by the time I was 45!
-After being an athlete and going through weight fluctuation all my life, I had been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes in 2000, messed up all my blood work numbers, ate garbage, and forgot what exercise was! My maximum density had reached 258 lbs! After a reality check and ten years, I got rid of 30 lbs. But I slipped and started going back up. After moving to Fl, I was down to around 222.
-On Oct 17, 2010, I was around 215 when introduced to SP. By the end of that month, I had started walking, I realized strength training again, I started fueling clean, and accepted a healthier lifestyle. (Slowly but safely.) I also discovered I loved walking 5Ks. I had done 4 official 5Ks and always envied the runners going by. I trained and became a runner at 60! Since Nov. 2010, I've done 53 5Ks, 3 10K, 1 10Miler, 8 Half Marathons, 2 Duathlons & 7 Triathlons! I turned 64 years young on May 25, 2014 and became a member of the Outspokin Bicycles Triathlon Team!
-I lost 57 lbs inside of 5 months, a total of 100 lbs! I reached my goal weight and have been maintaining for over 3 years! I'm on the journey and I love it! SparkPeople provides me a source of accountability. The best way I can pass it forward is to be a positive force and help everyone here along our journey!
-There are slight bumps in the journey's road. DON'T dwell on them. Taking a break or leaving for a while only hurts you, and makes for easy excuses! Focus on your dreams and you will soar to your goals. Do it for you!
-It's simple. I want to be able to enjoy a longer life with my family here in Paradise! I'm taking back the years lost! Commitment, consistency, and persistence with no excuses or walking away is the winner's way! I am accountable. I wouldn't want it any other way!
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Member Since: 10/17/2010

SparkPoints: 188,336

Fitness Minutes: 44,448

My Goals:
For 2014:
1) Focus on safe running & better training practices.
DOIN' IT!
2) Become a better Triathlete.
DOIN' IT!
3) Continue to prove by example that the Spark Plan to live healthy works.
DOIN' IT!
4)Support, motivate and inspire all my SparkFriends any way I can.
DOIN' IT!

My Program:
For 2014:
1) Continue as a role model for my granddaughter and to work to inspire others.
2) Join a Tri Team for better training & support.
3) Continue to track nutrition.
4) Always cook healthy.
5) Always be in learning mode.
6) Stay positive and passionate about life!


Personal Information:
-I live in Dunedin, Fl, with a Palm Harbor address, by the beach! (Welcome to Planet Florida!)
-I'm "retired" after 32 years of government service with the last 24 at The Pentagon. :P
- I serve on the Public Affairs Action Advisory Committee, and ExOfficio on the Community Redevelopment Agency Advisory & Stadium Advisory Committees for the City of Dunedin, Fl
- I am a technical & creative consultant, providing reviews and commentaries on several social networks.
-I was led to SparkPeople by my wife, DSSECRETS, in Oct '10 ! I can honestly say that SP strengthened our bond, friendship, and love. We are a powerful force!
- I've been to hell on earth! I've had 6 near death experiences!
I'm a survivor, still suffer guilt from it, BUT I'm now embracing life to the fullest!



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"I've been high, I've been low, I've been yes and I've been oh hell no!"

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Member Comments:
MWWENSIN
11/20/2014 12:12:54 PM

Thanks for the good luck wishes on my half. It went well. Now onto the 30k and the marathon.



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MAGNOLIA416
11/11/2014 12:12:18 PM

Another tri!! Hope you had a great time!



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FATHINSN
11/8/2014 4:59:00 AM

Surprisingly, no soreness. But I felt quite tired this afternoon, maybe finally catching up from my workout yesterday :D



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TXHRT4U
11/7/2014 11:51:30 PM

Enjoy your emoticon emoticon emoticon on Sunday!



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LIVE2RUN4LIFE
11/7/2014 6:47:00 PM

Have a great time at the TriRock Clearwater Triathlon!



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