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Celebrating 4 Year Running Anniversary at 2014 Tampa Bay Times Turkey Trot!





My 'lil Spark. Gianna, who changed my life! Motivation? Look to the children!





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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: 196,879

Fitness Minutes: 44,959

My Goals:
For 2015:
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!
5) Focus on intrinsic values & enjoy the journey!
DOIN' IT!

My Program:
For 2015:
1) Continue as a role model for my granddaughter and to work to inspire others.
2) Continue to represent Outspokin Multisport Team.
3) Optimize 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 Chair the Public Affairs Action Advisory Committee, and ExOfficio on the Community Redevelopment Agency Advisory & Stadium Advisory Committees for the City of Dunedin, Fl
- Technical & creative consultant, providing reviews and commentaries on several social networks.
-Member of the Outspokin Multisport Race Team.
-Member of Team Hope for the Warriors Tampa
-I was led to SparkPeople by my wife, DSSECRETS, in Oct '10 ! I can honestly say that SP strengthened our bond, friendship, and love.
- 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:
JAMBABY0
1/22/2015 9:41:58 PM

thanks for commenting and yes kids do bounce back fast, wish that was true for parents and grandparents.



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JAMIRBLAZE
1/22/2015 1:41:35 PM

Thanks for the tip! I hate running in downtown Orlando, but I don't mind travelling a little for some of the races. Gives me an excuse to get out and about. February is just packed with so many good ones that I have a list for the next few years. The Mount Dora HM was gorgeous, if you ever want to travel this way - but HILLY. Doing the Princess HM at Disney and then I may be done for the season.

Thanks for all of your positive energy! Love reading your reports!



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HOLLEEHO
1/20/2015 7:36:37 PM

Hi Monty,
Impressive story about how you turned your life around. It's all about choices and we are the lucky few who took the time to believe in ourselves. Nice going. Hope I can get back on the horse and ride to the finish line.
It would be nice to be healthy from now on. I feel so much happier and younger when I am exercising and eating right. My best to you. Thanks again for visiting my page. You are an inspiration. Take care, Holly emoticon



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MBTEPP
1/20/2015 3:16:35 PM

Thanks for the goodie! Happy running in 2015!



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CAROLINAGIRL69
1/20/2015 8:38:03 AM

Thank you so much!

What an inspiring story you've shared!

I too wish I had seen the light about 15 years ago (or more) lol. Better late than never though, right? I've only been running for 7 months. Still trying to work on increasing endurance and increasing my pace. It's a slow journey but I'm enjoying it. :)



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