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Despite a nagging injury, untold piles of work, and the typical garden-variety assortment of 30-something fatherhood stressors, I plan to lose 50 pounds in a safe, manageable and sustainable way over time, and with your help.

As a former Division 1 scholarship athlete, I find my current condition (slightly obese, if there is such a thing) to be entirely unacceptable and totally incongruent with the lifestyle I once enjoyed and wish to pursue again, long-term. I have tried a few over-the-counter remedies in a vain effort to do something about this, but have since learned that this is about lifestyle, not quick fixes. Hence, here I am on the Spark People site, as this appears to be healthy and filled with folks with suggestions and similar goals.

As for the "half the man" motto, I plan to do half of a lot of things, namely eating, in order to accomplish my sub-200 goal. For instance, I have found that drinking half the coffee leads me to drink twice the water, and hence, consume roughly half the food, as I am more sated when properly hydrated. There are many other halfs, but you get the idea.

I hope to learn from you. Let's do this!


Member Since: 12/4/2011

Fitness Minutes: 4,554

My Goals:
Looking to lose and keep off 50 pounds in a healthy manner

My Program:
My program entails the following: swimming 2-3 mornings a week; living the "half the man" motto behind the plate; being honest with myself and the habits that I am working to change.

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Born and raised in Hackensack, NJ, a stone's throw from the GWB; currently residing in Bridgewater, NJ (Central Jersey).

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  • v MISSLISA1973
    You're absolutely right about fruit helping with sugar cravings. About a year ago, we began a fruit and veggie club at work and it has helped me immensely in my fight against sugar. I've been really paying attention these past couple days to make sure I get enough fruit and the cravings are practically non-existent! emoticon
    3174 days ago
    Hi! Well, I struggle with metering out yummy items too. If I can't have them around without eating 3 servings at a time, then I just don't buy them at all. (Example: last year I was all about these cocoa-roasted almonds... until I found myself eating them for my morning snack... and right before dinner... and right after dinner... And I haven't bought them since!)

    These sesame honey almonds don't trigger binges for me (so far), so I just count out an ounce (about 20-22) every morning and put them in a baggie and take them to work with me. Then that's it until the next day! I also find that knowing the exact calorie information per serving really helps me behave. 170 calories worth of almonds with 12g of fat is quite enough for me, right? Right!

    Alright, I think I'm rambling now... but I hope that helps!
    3180 days ago
    Good Luck Frank,

    I don't know how active you are, but if you let exercise go to the wayside like I did, you may want to jump in on the 28 Day Boot Camp Challenge and/or the 10 Minutes a Day challenge. Sounds like you don't have a lot of spare time, and these may fit your busy schedule.

    3194 days ago
    Your plan of attack sounds pretty effective and sound. Just being honest with yourself and habits will take you far.
    Thanks for the email, I think it is great you are looking for more ways to get involved with this community. It can make a huge difference all depending on how much you put in and interact.
    3194 days ago
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