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my granddaughter & her current beau

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Hello. Here's a little info about me, my weight loss and fitness story, and a few of my other interests. See you around the message boards!

I blog regularly about motivation, fitness and health on our new site,
www.dailySpark.com . You can read my blog entries here ! If you've got specific questions, issues, or topics that you think would make good blog topics, let me know via sparkmail or by posting a comment on my page.

Member Since: 7/2/2004

Fitness Minutes: 213,292

My Goals:
I started my weight loss program in May 2002, when I weighed 390+ pounds, and my doctor was screaming about all the health problems this was causing--diabetes, high cholesterol, etc. I''m at 199 now, and though I still have a little bit of a spare tire (mostly loose skin, I think), my health problems are under control, and my weight is no longer a limitation in my life. At this point I mainly want to make sure I don''t start gaining the weight back again, which I''ve done before. And I want to stick with my exercise routine, which I actually enjoy.

My Program:
I never really went on a "diet." I started by limiting the amount of saturated fat I ate to 15 grams/day and trying to eat more healthy foods. I also started doing a little bit of exercise every day, mostly walking at first, and even that was hard, but it got easier quickly. About 6 months into this routine, I was able to start increasing my exercise intensity quite a bit, and this really accelerated the weight loss. At this point, I take in a fairly high amount of calories most days (about 2500) with a balanced diet, but I also burn up about 5000 cals/week with aerobics (5-6 times/week), strength training (2/week), and lots of walking (no car).

Personal Information:
My name is Dean. I''m 65, have 3 grown kids and 4 grandkids, have graduate degrees in philosophy and Human Services, and have previously been certified as a personal trainer and weight management consultant.

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Learning about nutrition and exercise science has really helped me fine tune my program. There are good courses at most community colleges, well worth the investment.

In addition to my fitness and health interests, I''m an avid fan of obscure philosophical poetry--especially Rilke and T.S. Eliot--and 1960''s music.

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