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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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    The ""Cycle of Stuff" .... You got me laughing with the truth in that one! ... Plus you have given me a name to all this madness. emoticon

    So, here's to adjusting to the Cycle of Stuff in life - Well, at least until we are able to haul some of it away! emoticon emoticon
    2293 days ago
    Hey Buddy, you out mowing that grass yet? Lol, maybe still a bit early for that. emoticon

    I am here starting on some spring cleaning. I watched a bit of that TV show "Hoarders" this morning - and even though I am not a hoarder, not by any means, I am sooooo ready to get rid of STUFF. Waaay too much stuff and wondering how it manages to sneak into the house each year. emoticon

    Hope you are having a great day!
    2294 days ago
    That was one brilliant fitness Guru! I love what you shared:
    "Cardio will keep you alive, ... strength training makes life worth living!".

    That really tells it like it is. I think I lived a lot of my life in a fun kind of cardio mode but with very little INTENTIONAL strength training thrown in. Sure, I have always been physically active a degree ..... but there are every day purposes degrees and then there are INTENTIONAL degrees. Well, this year, I want to INTENTIONALLY embrace your fitness Guru's words, because today more than ever before in my life I understand it's meaning.

    Wishing you a really Happy Easter!
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    And thanks so much for commenting on my little moan emoticon
    2303 days ago
    Hangin' on to a blade of grass! emoticon
    No wait!!! It wasn't a blade of grass! It was a dang four leaf clover and the darn thing broke loose........ emoticon
    H-E-L-P!!!! emoticon
    2320 days ago
    Hey, I like ALL of YOU just as you are, and in spite of the white, I say, GO WITH THE OPTIMIST. Crank that ol' lawn mower up and let er' roar!!! emoticon

    We so much NEED the smell of a freshly mowed lawn! You are one very optimistic cool dude!!!! And sooooo good fer the soul! emoticon
    2337 days ago
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