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Wow, me, motivator of the day! Do you know what the irony is of that. It is you, everyone in Spark People that motivates and inspires me every day! I left Spark People once and when I did I gained back 50 lbs. I won't make that mistake again.

The other irony is when you give someone an encouraging word or a happy thought, yes you may pick them up. But you know what, by doing so you pick yourself up too! What you put out there always seems to come back!


Hello, here I am again. 4 years ago I lost 88 lbs and kept it off for a while. After I threw out my shoulder the weight slowly crept back on. I wish I could blame the shoulder but in good faith I cannot. The blame rests with me as I allowed bad habits to creep back in. I need to correct those bad habits and get my healthy lifestyle back.

Update: June 14, 2011: I reached my second goal of 188!
for the first 3 months of this year, I slowly put on about 7 lbs. In April I tried to pull in the reins but my heart was just not into it. In May I put the brakes on and lost the weight I slowly gained. I dedicated June to finally reach my goal and did it!

UPDATE: Jan 4, 2010: I am still in pursuit of that 188 lbs secondary goal. Once I reach 188, I want to maintain that weight for the rest of the year and improve on my fitness level.

UPDATE: I made goal on Aug 30, New weight loss goal: 188lbs by Dec 1.

Progress to Date

Jan 4, 2009 - 250 lbs ..... The beginning
Dec 27, 2009 - 190 lbs
Jan 03, 2101 - 192 lbs
Jan 17, 2010 - 190 lbs
Feb 28, 2010 - 193 lbs
Mar 28, 2010 - 196 lbs .... Going the wrong way!!!!
April 24, 2010 197 lbs .... It ends here!!!!
May 30, 2010 190 lbs
June 14, 2010 188 lbs .... GOAL!

UPDATE: I was shell shocked Sunday morning Thanksgiving weekend 2011. I hadn't weighed my self in awhile and was shocked at what the scale read. Now, December is not my favorite month to lose weight, but I was faced with not willing to gain weight in December too so I vowed to lose 10 lbs by Christmas. I lost 12 lbs on Dec 20 2011, so I made that goal. BUT between Christmas and New Year I let things slip again and regained 5 lbs back. (That's why I wasn't willing to wait, I knew Christmas is a big temptation for me) For the new year I reset my ticker to lose 15 lbs. So

..... Stay tuned

How can you not be inspired from the words of this song:

I hope you never lose your sense of wonder
May you get your fill to eat but always keep that hunger
May you never take one single breath for granted
God forbid love ever leave you empty handed

I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean
Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens
Promise me that you'll give faith a fighting chance
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance
I hope you dance ..... I hope you dance
---- Lee Ann Womack

My number 1 motivational song to get me moving when I don't feel like it is: (Don't laugh)

Put one foot in front of the other
And soon you’ll be walking cross the floor
Put one foot in front of the other
And soon you’ll be walking out the door

You never will get where you’re going
If you never get up on your feet
Come on, there’s a good tail wind blowing
A fast walking man is hard to beat

Put one foot in front of the other
And soon you’ll be walking cross the floor
Put one foot in front of the other
And soon you’ll be walking out the door

If you want to change your direction
If your time of life is at hand
Well don’t be the rule be the exception
A good way to start is to stand

Put one foot in front of the other
And soon you’ll be walking cross the floor
Put one foot in front of the other
And soon you’ll be walking out the door

If I want to change the reflection
I see in the mirror each morn
You mean that it's just my election
To vote for a chance to be reborn

Member Since: 1/7/2009

Fitness Minutes: 202,955

My Goals:
I am healthy and weigh 188 lbs.

Goal for week of Jan 10-17: Week 1 of the new Year I was mostly sick so for week 2 I want to reestablish my routine, 3 strength training sessions and at least 4 cardio sessions.

I want to reduce my dependency of high blood pressure and cholesterol lowering drugs.

My Program:
Keep track of what I eat, and restrict calories t0 reasonable limits.

Get a walk in 6 days out of 7.

Use my Total gym for strength exercises 3 times a week.

Enjoy other recreational activities basketball, volleyball.

Personal Information:
I have struggled with weight most of my life and I bet I have taken it off and regained it several times. Dieting and taking the weight off is not hard, keeping it off is.

Other Information:
The difference between success and failure is not dramatic. In fact, the difference between success and failure is so subtle. most people miss it. They hold the philosophy that what they do really doesn't matter.


Those little things that will make you successful in life. that will secure your health, your happiness, your fulfillment, your dreams,
are simple, subtle, tiny things that nobody will see, nobody will applaud, nobody will even notice. They are those things that at the time you do them, often feel like they make absolutely no difference... like they don't matter.


A passage from the book
"The Slight Edge"

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    Wow! 30 pounds since January? That's emoticon ! It gives me hope that I can do 20 by October (my goal as of right now if I can stay out of the chiropractor's office). Am I running??? That's what I'd LIKE to be doing now that the snow has finally left. But, not quite yet. I was doing really, really good from January through about the end of February. I did 6 miles on the treadmill a couple of times and had worked my way up to 14 on the elliptical. And then I put something out again and for about the next 5 weeks or so I saw my chiropractor at least once, sometimes twice, a week. I've been very slow and deliberate coming back now the last few weeks. Started slow. I've been very successful with kicking and punching workouts on dvd, and have been strength training a lot to get the muscles around the knees stronger, etc. So, hopefully I'll be back to running again soon. About 2 months ago I had plans to maybe do a 5K last weekend. Yeah.... that didn't happen. Maybe later in the summer I can be at that point.

    Volleyball! You're still playing volleyball? That's so cool! Just writing this, I realize that we really don't change much over the years, do we? You and volleyball. Me and running and elliptical. I guess we're either creatures of habit or just old and set in our ways! emoticon

    1133 days ago
    Hi Jeff! Just stopping by to see if you're still here! I see a while back you were kind of wondering the same thing! How are you doing?

    1137 days ago
    Just wanted to stop by and see how things are going. I thought I had done great this past week's little weigh-in, but it was the same as the week before. Of course, if I think about it long enough, I can figure out the why. :-)
    Oh well, new week - emoticon
    1289 days ago
    Hey Buddy!
    Hope you had a great Thanksgiving! emoticon And now on to the next feasting holiday emoticon
    . Ohhh my, we gotta get busy, first, burning the calories from the last one! Right? Right! emoticon

    Hope things are going great on your end. Things here are OK-ish. Need to be doing more exercise, but am going to be working on that in the coming days. emoticon

    1295 days ago
    Happy Friday! Happy Veterans Day! Happy almost Weekend. It's a cold one here today ... burrrrr. emoticon
    How are things in your world? Hope you're enjoying whatever you are doing. I am off to run a bunch of errands.
    Hope to see ya back, here, soon.

    1313 days ago
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