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October 2013 - 181 lbs





June 2014 - down 21lbs (AKA 163lbs)



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I think, when you're ready, you're ready. And, believing in yourself is half the battle.

Back in early 2009, I decided it was about time. My weight had been slowly creeping up and I was in denial using whatever excuse to justify it. So, I stopped with the excuses and told myself I could do it. I changed my eating habits, started to count calories and became more active exercising regularly. In just 3 months, I dropped over 20lbs and at the 6-month mark I weighed less than I ...
I think, when you're ready, you're ready. And, believing in yourself is half the battle.

Back in early 2009, I decided it was about time. My weight had been slowly creeping up and I was in denial using whatever excuse to justify it. So, I stopped with the excuses and told myself I could do it. I changed my eating habits, started to count calories and became more active exercising regularly. In just 3 months, I dropped over 20lbs and at the 6-month mark I weighed less than I had in over 10 years. I felt and looked great!

Over confident, I threw away the food diary and gradually let life get in the way of eating well and exercising. It's hard work and requires commitment. Sadly, I got lazy and joined the ignore wagon on easy street. It's been 4 years. I have no acceptable excuse.

A recent visit to the doctor was a like a slap in the face. I was diagnosed with the secret killer, severe hypertension. Without a drastic lifestyle change, I am at real risk for heart attack or stroke. It's in my family history. I cannot ignore it. Facing mortality is scary but it's certainly a motivator.

It's time to get serious and to believe in myself again.
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Member Since: 2/25/2009

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Fitness Minutes: 4,964

My Goals:
Start date: March 7/2014
1. Eat 1200-1300 calories/day

2. Elliptical Training 15 mins / 3+ times a week building stamina to 30mins workouts.

3. Gradual & consistent weight loss, drop:
5 lbs - achieved 3/17
10lbs - achieved 4/17
15lbs - achieved 5/5
20lbs - achieved 6/12
25lbs - by Aug 1
30lbs -
35lbs -
40lbs - by Christmas

4. Reach a healthy BMI -
March 7/14: 31.6
April 11: 29.9
May 5: 28.9
June 20: 27.8

less than 25 by Christmas

5. Lower my BP to normal range (under 140/90)
March 6/14: 193/116
March 17/14: 153/110
March 27/14: 136/95
March 31/14: 126/84
April 16/14: 117/83
April 30/14: 114/82
May 15/14: 118/82
May 29/14: 114/84
June 12/14: 117/75

5. Reach a personal best (less than 157lbs)

7. Lifetime change


My Program:
Keep it simple!

1. Eat healthier and drink plenty of water (low sodium, more fruits & veggies, cut out coffee and soft drinks).
2. Portion control, resist unhealthy snacking and the eating out trap.
3. Be more active.


Personal Information:
At 43, I've lived with hypothyrodism for over 20 years and its weight struggles.

My challenges are portion control, little time to exercise and comfort eating (eg. carbs), but most of all - STAYING MOTIVATED.

Family is very important to me. It's been nearly 20 years since I married my best friend, Rob. We have 2 children, Nathan (14) and Emma-Rose (13). They are all very supportive of my desire to become more fit and healthy, congratulating me on my little achievements, helping me resist temptation and reminding me to eat well & that exercise can be fun.

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