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Long train runnin'. June 2014





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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 ...
** Feel free to add me as a Sparkfriend! Inspiration and motivation goes all ways. :D
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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 For the more observant types (and I dig you for it), I've updated my ticker to reflect my ORIGINAL weight from 8 years ago before I started ANY weight loss adventures. 95lbs lost since then! Who knew?
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Member Since: 1/28/2011

SparkPoints: 33,385

Fitness Minutes: 24,074

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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SEASONS_CHANGE_
9/20/2014 5:57:28 PM

Hey, thanks for the thanks, but you did all the work my friend.

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52BINCE
9/18/2014 7:48:36 PM

I like your page...especially where you started n your goal setting for health n fitness..... I am encouraged by this page.... By the way the recipes look good so ill read the blogs n get the recipes ok? I added you as a friend hope its ok, add me if you like n read my blogs n page only if you want, I hope you will......

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By the way I love Dave Mathews band..

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EEPERJESI
9/15/2014 6:10:24 PM

Thank you for the kind comment. Hope all is well!



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FINNLANA
9/14/2014 2:22:43 PM

Hey hey Troy!

I hope you had fun at the Run or Dye! I totally forgot when it was as I switched my shift with a girl who was running in it! anyway I have been with out internet for a little while now and unable to keep up with everything as I'd like too, but you do seem to be going strong - awesome!! Have a great weekend! emoticon Lana



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SLIMMINGSHAY
9/8/2014 8:32:41 AM

Hey T!

You did Run or Dye the other day, just curious how it went, what you thought of it and how it was organized.

Hope you were blasted full of color as I was in Color Me Rad and the Color run! Woo! Those are always so fun!

I did a Princess Prance with my girls yesterday. It was their first 5k and they did really awesome!

HAVE A GREAT DAY!



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