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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. ...
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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. But I slipped and started going back up. After moving to Fl, I was down to around 222.
-On Oct 16, 2010, I was around 209 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 achieved running several 5Ks! Since Nov. 2010, I've done over 50 5Ks, 3 10K, 1 10Miler, 8 Half Marathons, 1 Duathlon & 4 Triathlons! I turned 64 years young on May 25, 2014 and became a member of the Outspokin Bicycles Triathlon Team!
-I lost 55 lbs inside of 5 months, a total of 100 lbs! I reached my goal weight and have been maintaining for over 2 1/2 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! You're only looking for 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: 170,514

Fitness Minutes: 42,817

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:
HIMELISSA2007
7/11/2014 7:23:18 PM

Thank you for hanging in there with me. I feel much better today and have been eating better and exercising consistently. Much better due to support and comments. Enjoy your day!!!



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MBTEPP
7/4/2014 8:53:15 PM

Hope you ran strong for your midnight race!



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NATALIEMICHAELE
7/4/2014 11:00:53 AM

Your story is SO inspiring! Today was one of those days where I woke up feeling that I was just crazy to try to start being a runner at my condition/stage of life and then I read the sweet comments on my blog and followed one of the commenters to the 5K Your Way team and saw your posts and read your story. Now my motivation to get up and go do my Cto5K has gone from a 2 to a 10 again. In fact, I'm on my way out the door as soon as I post this comment. I can't even complete "Day 1" yet but I'm working on it. I may not RUN my first 5K but I'll finish it and there will BE running involved. LOL Thank you for sharing your story. And thank you for your service and Happy 4th of July!



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SEABREEZE64
7/4/2014 10:09:46 AM

Missed the e-mail..... hope you had a great run in the middle of the night!!!



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TERI-RIFIC
7/4/2014 6:03:48 AM

Hope you had a great race!



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