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Hello and Welcome to my page, I have been on SparkPeople for about 7 Years now, and yes I have had my moments of inactivity or ‘falling off the wagon’ over those 7 Years but I personally believe that it was due to me having sever bouts of depression and being scammed by a Doctor at a weight clinic where now this same Doctor is on the run from The F.B.I. however I now can say that all has changed. It has got to the point that I’m on here more than I’m on facebook. If you would have told me that I would be on this site more than facebook a few months ago I would have said to you “You’re crazy!” But now I am working from home trying to write a book or two and see where that goes for me. I’ve been out of full time work for a few years and I only have been getting Part-Time and Seasonal Work. (It was something to pay the bills.)

You will see near the bottom of the page there is a weight tracker at the bottom of the page. At first I was upset what the scale said and I only admitted it to a few people. But after a few weeks of blowing up about it I figured 'What the heck, Right!' Plus it would be a way for a few people I know who use this site (friends & family) to do a quick check of my page and see where I'm at.’ Back in 2006 I went to a Private Practice Weight Clinic where I was seeing some progress and at first I thought it was a good thing. But everything got to the point where it seemed that I was paying more to this Weight Clinic than I was for anything else. Not to mention they charged you for parking as well. Unfortunately I had to stop going to this clinic, I felt bad about it too because I was trying to slim down some for my Best Friend’s Wedding at the time. Later I found out that the Doctor who was running this weight clinic was committing Insurance Fraud and was taking advantage of his patients as well. (This of course explained all of the charges I was encountering with this clinic.) In September of 2012 I was having some serious medical issues that severely hindered my way of life and deep down inside me I knew there was something wrong. I mean I’m 45 (at the time) and was needing a cane to get around, using those dammed mortised carts to get around the store. Don’t get me wrong I know there is a use for them and good for the people who honestly need them, but for someone who just let themselves go? No there shouldn’t be any reason for someone like me to use those things. So one morning I woke up, looked at how everything was going for me, (Not to mention having several recent arguments with my Girlfriend at the time where her hurtful words and name calling was still ringing fresh in my ears.) I decided that enough was enough I had to do something to improve my life. I was thinking of going back to the Private Practice Weight Clinic, well of course after knowing that the FBI was hunting down the Doctor who ran it for Insurance and Medicare/Medicaid fraud my thinking was “No, I don’t think I want to go back there… Hell that explains all of the cash I was giving the place.” So while at my Primary Care Doctor for a routine visit I asked him his idea of places to try that might take my insurance. He told me to stick with weight clinics that are associated and ran by some of the local hospitals. Then you won’t have to worry about paying crazy fees and such. I called a few in my area and found one that was able to work with my insurance. After a few months they suggested that I get the ‘Roux-en-Y’ (RNY) or better known as The ‘Gastric Bypass’ Procedure done. In Late April of 2013 I went to the hospital to have the procedure done and I’ve been feeling better everyday since.

I have been asked by a few people 'How did you get the screen name ThePowerGuy?' Well it was one of those things that started innocent enough. How it happened is I use to work for a MAJOR Telecom Company. (I won't mention the name of the company because I don't know the whole legal bit and all... But I will tell you that it is a company that broke off from Ma Bell, and is now merging with a company based in another country) Until I was laid-off in June of 2001. In the company I was a member of the 'Power Maintenance Team' (We went to different phone companies central offices and made sure the Power Back-Up systems were working right in case your local power company had a blackout in your area.) and when we would walk in and begin doing what we needed to do we would hear things like "Hey, the power guys are here." and from there it just kinda stuck with me. I was one of those guys that had like 7 or 8 'altered ego' screen names because every system I tried to get an account with always had one of my screen names used by someone else. Then one day I tried 'thepowerguy' and it took.... then another web site, then another, you get the idea... Then I started converting all my other screen names to 'thepowerguy' soon enough I had just one s/n to remember... (Good thing too, It was getting hard to keep track of all of my altered egos. LOL)

After my lay-off from that company I bounced around from one place to another looking for something that challenged me enough. After I realized that I was only spinning my wheels at every 'Part-Time' job I had, Heck I even drove a School Bus for 5 years. But I think I'll hold on to 'THEPOWERGUY' Because I like it, and it become my identity on the net.

The story about me pretty much covers everything. But if there is something you need or would like to know. Send me a message and I’ll try to answer your question as quick as I can.

Member Since: 4/30/2006

Fitness Minutes: 1,663

My Goals:
The story about me pretty much covers everything. But if there is something you need or would like to know. Send me a message and I’ll try to answer your question as quick as I can.

My Program:
My plan is a simple one... Go to the gym more, pay better attention to what and how I eat, and lose the weight!

My plan is has a few points to it…
1) Keep up my visits to the Weight Clinic.

2) Exercise a bit (okay a whole lot) more.

3) Get out and enjoy life more than I was.

4) Watch a bit closer as to what I eat.

Personal Information:
I live in Chicago, IL.

My e-mail address is...

This is my e-mail that is totally dedicated to this website. You can send me a private message here if you would rather use e-mail and not SparkMail.


Other Information:
Things I like to watch...


Anything Star Trek
WWE/IMPACT! (TNA) Wrestling
The Biggest Loser
Restaurant Impossible
Mystery Diners
The Freshman Class
Brad Meltzer’s DECODED
America’s Book of Secrets
Hell’s Kitchen
Pawn Stars
Lizard Lick Towing
Hardcore Pawn
Hardcore Pawn Chicago
South Beach Tow
Summer Camp
Franklin & Bash
Sullivan & Son
Falling Skies
Storage Wars
Storage Wars Texas
Storage Wars New York
Shipping Wars
Bar Rescue
Dog & Beth ‘On The Hunt’
Anger Management
God, Guns, & Automobiles
Chef Wanted
Cake Boss
Top Chef
Top Chef: Masters
Top Chef: Deserts
American Baking Competition
Food Network Star
Food Court Wars
Royal Pains
Most anything on The History Channel


Space Cowboys
The American Presi

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    Hi! I'm new to the site and wandering about and clicked on your profile because it was on the High Blood Pressure Page. First profile I have read all the way through and realize my profile needs a whole lot of work. You have a gift with writing and conveying your thoughts. We have some television shows in common (I never listed all the shows I like) and I added you as my first Spark Friend. Normally, I am pretty shy on these sites but I am challenging myself to spread my wings and get out there more. Hope you are having a wonderful day.
    347 days ago
    When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive to breath, to think, to enjoy, to love. Good Morning and have a good day and a fabulous week
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    973 days ago

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    Good Morning ,Sending Blessings you way.
    Hope your day is going well.

    Thought I would spare my thoughts with you today.

    September is here.
    September has 30 days.
    What can I do (We Do) in the next 30 days to improve our health and lose a few pounds?
    I am going to start using Stretch Bands and do the SparkPeople 20-Minute Resistance Band Video
    3x a week, because I think I need to build up my muscles a bit.

    What change can you make for September ?
    Even the smallest change can make a difference.!!!

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    987 days ago

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    I read this today and thought I would share it.

    "Set your intentions for the week ahead. People who plan archive"

    My intentions is to do exactly what I have been doing, because it seems to be working for me.
    What's your intentions for the week ?

    Lets make it a Win Win Week wit a Loss on the scale!!!
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    994 days ago

    Sending Saturday Smiles

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    Spark On Sparkers !!!

    1002 days ago
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