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"The future is no place to place your better days." ~ Dave Matthews

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I was born at a very young age, or so I'm told, and grew up as an overweight, sedentary kid, extending into adulthood. By the time I graduated from high school, I was lumbering around the 285-pound mark. There was always this notion in the back of my mind that if I didn't do anything to change by the time I turned 30, that would be it; THAT would be my ...
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I was born at a very young age, or so I'm told, and grew up as an overweight, sedentary kid, extending into adulthood. By the time I graduated from high school, I was lumbering around the 285-pound mark. There was always this notion in the back of my mind that if I didn't do anything to change by the time I turned 30, that would be it; THAT would be my starting point. Then something interesting happened just before my 30th birthday. My family doctor told me this:

"Overall, you're healthy, except for your weight. I'm also the city coroner, in addition to being your doctor. I'd rather not see you for the former."

BAM! That did it. Motivation slapped in the face and thrust me into 'healthy living' mode.

Several things have changed for me over the past several years. I initially lost about 70 lbs a few years back and was eating and living well overall. I was running regularly and seeing improvements in my running regimen. But then I had to stop running due to some Achilles' issues. At the same time, my work schedule changed from steady day shifts to a two-week rotation of days and night shifts. Lifestyle changed, exercise regimen changed, eating habits changed... none for the better.

Now I have to reassess and set some new goals. Goal #1 is now and always has been weight loss. My goal weight is 190 lbs. Back in the old days, I was up to around 285 lbs and miserable. It took me a long time to shake that. At my lowest, I was down to 208. I've steadily put on weight since then. Cause and effect has never been so clear a lesson to me in all my life. I'm getting back to healthier eating, a steady exercise routine, and a motivated lifestyle.

Shift work provides a major challenge to find balance, time and energy. I have some obstacles to overcome there. With luck, I'll also be able to coerce my wife of 14 years, my 13-year-old daughter, and my 10-year-old son into joining me, if only bit by bit as I've done over the past few years.

Besides, I have half a wardrobe of clothes that I fit into over a year ago that misses me. :)
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TROY88 Since I've been right on track for the past 3.5 months & am confident in what I'm doing, I've changed my goal to drop another 10lbs by this summer, only an extra month from my original goal date. :)
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Member Since: 1/28/2011

SparkPoints: 22,011

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My Goals:
Goal weight: 190 lbs.

Fitness goal #1: Run a 5km race = DONE.

Fitness goal#2: Rejoin a gym and go regularly. = DONE.

Fitness goal#3: Take up cycling. = Started & in progress.

Fitness goal #4: Complete the 1 month plank challenge. = DONE.

Other goals #1: Become more involved in the SparkPeople community. = Done and still doing. :)

My Program:
Healthy eating with a target caloric intake of 1500-1900 a day. Workout at least 3 days a week. Monitoring food intake and fitness activities using SparkPeople.com and FitnessBlender.com.

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St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada

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"The future is no place to place your better days." - Dave Matthews

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BARBIEE52
4/19/2014 4:47:35 PM

Easter is a time of love, of family, and of peace.
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For all that we have, and for all that the future holds.
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4/18/2014 1:03:23 PM

Just dropping by to say emoticon and wish you a Happy Easter. I hope your Easter holiday fills your home with peace, joy, and plenty of colorful Easter eggs. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon



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STRONGCOURAGE
4/17/2014 7:24:57 PM

Ya, crazy the pressure society puts on us to "look" a certain way. But we gotta keep telling ourselves its soo much more than that. (because it is!) And lol, I'm relieved to hear you haven't had extra male attention! oh gracious that'd be bad! But hey, thats a good point about "stay(ing) zoned in to (our) own health"...Yup, we def each gotta keep that radar on & def, what it comes down to it, each individual has to step up to the plate themselves! (as I wrote in my blog)--and thanks for your comment on my blog too. I like how you reinforced what I said & that you've learned this too! thanks! have an emoticon evening! :)



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EEPERJESI
4/16/2014 4:40:34 PM

Therapy sessions with Dr. Troy? I'm in. haha



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TWESTEN1
4/15/2014 6:10:35 AM

Next thing I know you'll be taking Zumba classes with all those hotties at your gym & I'll have to see it on my news feed every day!!!

Yeah, I'll live without it, but I do wish there was a way I could make my knee 100% ... guess I'll settle for whatever I can get :)

We all just need to turn the music up & be happy! Have a great day.



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