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I've been a member of spark for awhile now. I became a dad on January 1st, 2012. I have an amazing little boy named Lincoln.

Now that I am a dad, I want to be alive for as long as possible... not just alive, but healthy. I've struggled with weight throughout my entire adult life. My heaviest was about 10 years ago, I tipped the scales at 265 lbs, at my fittest (just before I met my wife) I was down to 170 lbs... That would account for all the "weight loss badges" on my sparkpage. Throughout my marriage I've bounced around between 230, and 180.

As a Canadian it's tough for me in the winter. I have a deep seeded hate for treadmills. lol I love to run outside, cycle, hike... all that sort of outdoorsy stuff is great for 3 seasons, but winter always gets me. As I write this (march 19th 2013), I'm about 207 lbs.

I've decided that the only way I'm going to get healthy is to set a big ass goal for myself! Then create s bunch of smaller ones along the way... so here it goes.

Small goals:

Run 10k with my wife, and kid (in stroller) during a father's day run - It'll be a slow run for me, but a big challenge for my wife... I know she can do it!
Run neighboring communities 10 miler
Run our communities 10k
Run our communities triathlon 2 days after the 10k

Big Goal:
Bike 160 kms (The century) for the first time

Big Ass Goal:
Run a Marathon in September!

This would be my second marathon... I ran one back in 2010 with a time of 4:32 minutes. My goal is a sub 4 hour

Member Since: 10/4/2006

Fitness Minutes: 30,196

My Goals:
Stay Fit, stay healthy

My Program:
eating smart, running, cycling, weights

Personal Information:
35, married, dad,

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    I just read this poem & felt it too good not to share on this CHRISTmas Eve! God bless!

    {This is another version of 'Twas The Night Before Christmas' }

    'Twas the night before Jesus came
    and all through the house
    Not a creature was praying,
    Not one in the house.
    Their Bibles were lain on the shelf without care
    In hopes that Jesus would not come there.

    The children were dressing to crawl into bed.
    Not once ever kneeling or bowing a head.
    And Mom in her rocker with baby on her lap
    Was watching the Late Show while I took a nap.

    When out of the East there arose such a clatter.
    I sprang to my feet to see what was the matter.
    Away to the window I flew like a flash,
    Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash!

    When what to my wondering eyes should appear
    But angels proclaiming that Jesus was here.
    With a light like the sun sending forth a bright ray
    I knew in a moment this must be THE DAY!

    The light of His face made me cover my head
    It was Jesus! returning just like He had said.
    And though I possessed worldly wisdom and wealth,
    I cried when I saw Him in spite of myself.

    In the Book of Life which He held in His hand
    Was written the name of every saved man.
    He spoke not a word as He searched for my name;
    When He said "it's not here" my head hung in shame.

    The people whose names had been written with love
    He gathered to take to His Father above.
    With those who were ready He rose without a sound.
    While all the rest were left standing around.

    I fell to my knees, but it was too late;
    I had waited too long and thus sealed my fate.
    I stood and I cried as they rose out of sight;
    Oh, if only I had been ready tonight.

    In the words of this poem the meaning is clear;
    The coming of Jesus is drawing near.
    There's only one life and when comes the last call
    We'll find that the Bible was true after all!

    (by Reverend Edward M. Gionest, Sr.)

    To those who receive Him, He gives the power to become the sons of God, even to those that believe on his name. Repent and declare with your mouth that Jesus is your Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him up from the dead, you will be saved.
    2099 days ago
    emoticon emoticon emoticon God bless Ameerica & your July 4th! emoticon emoticon emoticon

    2637 days ago
    I'm not on super frequently I am fairly busy with school but good to see you back on here
    2744 days ago
    Just looking at pages and NICE work buddy! Keep it up!
    3575 days ago
    Seeing how things are going
    3872 days ago
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