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How did I get that big? My Heaviest (370 lbs).


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I started this journey in the early Spring of '09, but got sidetracked. I lost a little more than 50 pounds on the first try but put all of that and more back on during my hiatus from SparkPeople. NEVER AGAIN! I am back for good! I have updated my goals on the right to what I have ahead of me. The past is the past.

I have a lot of weight to lose, but I have more to lose if I don't. I have a wonderful family (beautiful wife and two fantastic boys). They are the reason that I'm taking on this mountain of a task.

Ultimately my goal is to lose around 200 lbs from my highest weight of 375 and end around a healthy 170, but I'm going to take it in small pieces and enjoy all the milestones along the way. I know I can do it. I know I have to do it. I lost my mother to diabetes when I was 13. I will not leave my family the same way when there is something that I can do about it.

So how did I get to be 370+lbs? I really don't know. I never saw it happening to myself. I know what caused it. Lack of activity and serious food addictions. I just don't remember moving up in weight or pant size, it just happened. Then you wake up one morning and look in the mirror and realize what you've done to yourself.

NO MORE! I am not going to allow myself to be Fat Dad anymore, I am going to be Fit Dad.

I am going to focus more on logging my thoughts in my blog so I can look back and see where I've been. The Journey will certainly have lessons for me.

Member Since: 2/25/2009

Fitness Minutes: 22,421

My Goals:
2/1/14 - 360
3/1/14 - 350
4/1/14 - 340
More Goals when these have been reached.

My Program:
Eat between 1750 - 1850 calories per day!

Starting with lots of walks.

Personal Information:
I am a 42 year old Software Architect from North East Ohio.

I am married to a beautiful woman (Rhonda) and have two great boys (Josh and Seth).

I am also a worship leader at my church. I play keyboard and bass guitar. My wife plays the drums. We really have fun rocking out!

My wife and I also lead a children's ministry at our church. I love working with kids and wish I had more energy to keep up with them.

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  • v no profile image ERICGULLEDGE
    Way to go this morning with 40 min in the pool! You are a Shark - DEADLY!
    4199 days ago
    Saw you in a huddle and thought I would say congratulations. Things will continue to get easier. You will soon find yourself doing things that you never thought possible and then trying more intense exercises that continue to challenge you. Remember that if the exercise is too easy your body will not change. That thought helps me to push through the tough exercises. You are doing a great job and keep it up. emoticon
    4200 days ago
  • v BOTZZZ
    Hey man Thanks for the add, I went ahead and added you as well ;) stop by often.

    As Ever
    4219 days ago
  • v no profile image ERICGULLEDGE
    Hellz yeah your getting to the gym this afternoon!
    I will ride your ass like Zorro to make sure of it!
    4223 days ago
    welcome to Spark People, Dave!!

    I am going to give you the spark page of another guy who has been on here for a while and lost a lot of weight - I know he will be an inspiration to you. You should definitely subscribe to his blog.


    Check out his sparkpage.

    I wish you much success!

    4263 days ago
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