SPEEDYDOG   47,509
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June 2008 - 270 lbs and still gaining!





May 2010 - After Running in the Lake George 5K





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"Never give up, never surrender!"

The title of my SparkPage is a tagline from one of my favorite movies, Galaxy Quest. This plucky statement was made by Commander Peter Quincy Taggart played by Tim Allen.

This statement, "Never give up, never surrender!" is to remind me that persistence is key to health and well being.

I joined this SparkPeople in 2005 to get a $150 insurance rebate from my then employer. I have since moved on to another job. I deleted my original corporate sponsored account and ...
The title of my SparkPage is a tagline from one of my favorite movies, Galaxy Quest. This plucky statement was made by Commander Peter Quincy Taggart played by Tim Allen.

This statement, "Never give up, never surrender!" is to remind me that persistence is key to health and well being.

I joined this SparkPeople in 2005 to get a $150 insurance rebate from my then employer. I have since moved on to another job. I deleted my original corporate sponsored account and made my own personal identity as SPEEDYDOG. The support and the resources on this site are indispensable!

I am a 55 years old and have been blessed with a great wife and five wonderful kids. I live in a small town in the Colorado Rockies.

I played football in high school and college. I was an offensive tackle. I was not all that large (6’ – 265 lbs) so I relied on strength and quickness. In track and field, I ran the 1/2 mile and threw the shot and discus. I also boxed and wrestled. Like a lot of ex-athletes I gained weight easily.

As the years went by, my weight steadily increased. My health starting going downhill. I was diagnosed with high blood pressure. My feet hurt all the time.

I lost weight on various plans but gained it all back. I was the typical yo-yo dieter. SparkPeople has helped me stabilize my weight. I have lost 60 pounds on SparkPeople. I am confident that I can reach my goals.

I am running again, I enjoy an occasional recreational race. I am having fun.

Here are a few of my favorite quotes:

"A lot of people run a race to see who's the fastest. I run to see who has the most guts."
Steve Prefontaine

“Never mistake activity for achievement.”
John Wooden

“Important principles may, and must, be inflexible.”
Abraham Lincoln

“Whatever you are, be a good one.”
Abraham Lincoln

“Winning isn't everything, but the will to win is everything.”
Vince Lombardi

"Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up. "
Dean Karnazes

“No one has ever drowned in sweat.”
Lou Holtz

"The problem with having a sense of humor is often that people you use it on aren't in a very good mood."
Lou Holtz

“It ain't bragging if you can do it.”
Dizzy Dean
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SPEEDYDOG did an easy ride on my new Nimble 9 mountain bike. The bike is fun.
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Member Since: 4/25/2009

SparkPoints: 47,509

Fitness Minutes: 38,834

My Goals:
Personal Goals
- 185 Pounds
- 34" Waist

Running Goals
- 5K 24:00
(Goal Met, March 2nd 2010 - 23:12)
- 400M 0:64
- 800M 2:30

My Program:
Cardio 6 days per week, including:
- Running
- Eliptical Trainer
- Brisk Walking
- Mountain Biking

Strength Training 3 to 4 Days Per Week

2,250 to 2,350 cals/day

Personal Information:
I live in Colorado.

My activities include:
- Downhill Skiing
- Cross Country Skiing
- Snowshoeing
- Hiking
- Bicycling
- Running
- Motorcycling
(Dirt and Street)
- Radio Control Airplanes


Other Information:
October 11, 2008
- 270 Pounds
- High Blood Pressure (145/95)
- High Cholesterol
- Back Pain
- Foot Pain
- Knee Pain

May 9, 2009
- 225 Pounds
- Low Blood Pressure (104/68)
- Low Cholesterol




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CAROKNITS
4/21/2014 4:36:23 PM

Oh - that is a good bit of repairs before yet more repairs. My minivan just needs brakes every few years, or routine maintenance. Nothing major like that yet, thanks be to God!

May she fall in love with a new vehicle before the next repair hits!



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ELYMWX
4/20/2014 6:02:55 PM

Oh, and as an aside, while I wouldn't say I cut corners, this was not an "expense be damned" bike. I could easily have spent 3x on the fork, 3x on the handlebars, 2x on the brake levers, 4x on the seat post, 2x on the crank, 5x on the pedals, but why? I did, however, go top of the line on the rear hub and on the seat and close to top of the line on the brake calipers. All three of these are critical to the bike's feel.

Actually, there are three spots I really cut corners. The first are the bottle cages. They were $1.99 apiece, and we needed a new online-only credit card and Amazon was running a "$15 off" deal if I signed up, so they were free. The second is the chain - it really is a low-end heavy chain, but that's all that I could get hold of at the time. I really like the SRAM PC-970 chain that I've got on my other bike, so I'm thinking I'll upgrade to that sooner rather than later. And the third are the spacers for mounting the fenders. I was wandering the Walmart hardware aisles, looking for inspiration, and found them - a multi-pack of 24 rubber washers for kitchen faucets for about $2.

I've kept the 39-tooth chainring that came on the Alfine crankset, and I'm thinking of picking up a pair of 35mm Kenda Small Block 8 tires. The front fork has clearance to handle up to 42mm tires, and I made sure that the rear triangle has similar clearance, but I'm having difficulty finding a good knobby summer tire that's not too wide, has good reviews and a reasonable price. The Small Block 8's look quite good, and I figure that with those, the smaller chainring, and a second chain (maybe the current chain if I get a better one for daily use), I would be able to take the bike off road in the summer. It doesn't have the suspension nor does it have the handlebar to handle a lot of the trails that you'll take Nimby on, but for a lot of the trails in my area it should do the job quite nicely.

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ELYMWX
4/20/2014 5:38:22 PM

Hehehe. You'll get yours up too. You notice I didn't have the camera active through the build process? I'm reasonably certain you had yours going, so we will get to see a whole lot of details that I left out.

As an aside, I found that it really helps to write my posts outside the SP interface. I collect my photos into one folder, and prepend a 3-digit number to the file name with the order that I want to insert them. I start with 10, and count up by 10 so that if I decide to insert something I've got room to do that. Everywhere I want a photo I put in a <XXX> with the number of the photo I'll put in that spot. I crop, align, and color correct the the photos with PhotoScape (very good free tool) then once I've got them all ready to go I use FastStone Photo Resizer (also a free tool) to resize them all to be what that SP wants - longer dimension = 350 pixels. Then when it's time to upload, I cut and paste the text into the miniscule text box that SP provides (although I use FireFox so I can re-size the text box to make it easier) then go through the text, and everywhere there's a <XXX> I select it and then upload the resized picture in its place. Because all the pictures are already the final size they upload really quickly.



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ELYMWX
4/7/2014 10:55:18 PM

Somehow I'm not surprised you are a backer of Fix-It Sticks. My current multi-tool is "good enough" for now, but if I ever need another one Fix-It Sticks will be on my list. Such a simple idea, it's surprising no-one else thought of it before. Mind you, the same phrase probably applies to half of my patents too - 14 so far, with five or six in the pipeline.

As for physio, once it became clear that things were going downhill and I needed a sports med consultation I stopped going. It looked like the right thing for a while, but eventually the muscles around the joint reached their limit for overcompensation and said "screw you". No idea on surgery yet; we are in Scotland for all of August, and Leah tells me I'm not allowed to get it scheduled between July 15 (2 weeks before we leave) and September 4 (the day we get back). I don't know yet what the wait list will be like (and to be honest, I don't know 100% that I'll need it) but something tells me it'll be in September, which means I *might* be back on the bike in November.



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ELYMWX
4/5/2014 12:53:02 PM

Kinda figured it, but I was hoping (for your sake) that it was April Fools :-)



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