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Long train runnin'. June 2014





Some quick Photoshop action to show a before & after.FYI: It took much less time to reach that goal.



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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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Member Since: 1/28/2011

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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. :)

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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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STRONGCOURAGE
8/21/2015 12:03:03 PM

Hey! been a while, but glad you're still trooping onwards :) Ya. those old mindsets...enough to drive one crAzy! emoticon But last night I got thinking & this morning...I can resort back to binge/emotional eating (or yes, that reward eating tho so far its out of the equation & hopefully stays out :P...but applies too) OR I can choose to step up again. I've seen myself begin to revert, and super begin to panic when I've seen the #'s have been creeping up and compared pics from a year ago (way more fit!). Hence, the scale is in the closet for a month. emoticon haah, I'm not ignoring it...I'm just taking a break & choosing to face it in a few weeks. Trying to concentrate on something more productive. :) I've been pretty awesome/consistent with exercise which has been my 'saving grace' in holding off a complete hurricane of a mess...but it doesn't make up for the way I feel when I emotional eat, the wrong food choices, careless etc. The one thing I do find that is good...is the fighter spirit in me that is STILL there. Something I didn't have years ago. It fights back those wrong thinking patterns harder and puts up a fight when I want/go to emotional eat (A good thing...Tho many times doesn't always win--obviously--but sometimes it does and thats flipping awesome to me!) I KNOW I got to consciously choose to tell myself why I'm doing things, remind myself when I eat healthy foods how they are good for me, remind myself how I feel when I make good choices (the benefits are SO amazing!) ...but like I've blogged before its about my holistic health. Even though I went through a horrible relationship & actually am going through trauma counseling for it, which intitally causes more panic because I have to deal with the past to move forward. It totally makes me want to blame shift...HE is the one caused all this anxiety, panic attacks, stomped my on sense of worth and...(this one just irks me)... introduced me again to carbs. Lol. it should be the minor one...haha! obviously I had a choice...but its so much easier to blame someone else, you know? But hence, the stepping up to the plate. MY plate (literally & figuratively) Taking ownership right here, right now about my choices & for me. I read something today about how challenges are perfect opportunities in disguise. I liked that. It makes me view things differently. All the crap I'm facing is really an awesome challenge for me to prove that won't pin me down. Yes, it may/has knocked me around, BUT my challenge to show/prove that tough times don't define me, don't dictate how important I am, don't mean that I give up on me. Contrarily, it stirs the fighting spirit :) Was meant to be a quick note...but now you got long winded note. emoticon hope something in there reminds *you* to be the fighter you totally can be...you *are* deep down inside. Find your cause and fight like heck for it! As the saying goes...you are much stronger than you think. :) emoticon Keep up the fight Troy! emoticon emoticon and remember you are.. emoticon !



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GLITTERGIRL69
5/3/2015 9:53:38 AM

Troy, hey I missed you! I didn't think you were going to come back to my page emoticon lol. Glad you made your way back (I am just playing) I hope you and your wife are enjoying your week end. In Ohio the weather is absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!!

Hope you are completing your goals & making new ones!

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GLITTERGIRL69
4/25/2015 4:48:17 PM

HiTroy, hope you & family have a great week end! emoticon



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GLITTERGIRL69
4/16/2015 1:33:52 AM

Hey I posted some new pictures. Could you take a look and write some encouraging words to motivated me? I hope you and your wife have a wonderful week end together! emoticon



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GLITTERGIRL69
4/11/2015 9:18:05 PM

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Hey I was about to leave your page & saw your atatut... I really like it!



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