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Thanks for dropping in!

Last year my diet and exercise hit rock bottom and I'm surprised it didn't result in me having a heart attack. Why? Because I was constantly tired, out of breath, and eating a diet high in saturated fats and sodium. Does eating 3-4 large frozen pizzas a week for almost a year sound a bit reckless to you? Not to mention that I was a cookie monster.

So I turned my life around... been exercising vigorously and eating clean ever since. Now my weight is a little over 40 pounds lighter with a BMI of 22.3 since December. That's when maintenance began. And I'm only about 5 pounds heavier than I was in high school when I ran track. ;-)

I joined SP in September 2011 to work on some healthy recipes, but it's only recently that it felt necessary to change trackers and call this home. I plan on staying here for the long haul, for good! In fact I just bought two SP T-shirts! :)

I'll never let my weight yo-yo back upwards again. Ever! The accountability of tracking foods is what guarantees my success so I will continue to do so. And with the tools that SP offers, a person actually *becomes* their own nutritionist! I find that empowering as well as addictive.

Now that the weight is in check I'm focused on training. Biking (mountain and road) and running. I love to bike. I tolerate running, but enjoying it more the more conditioned I'm getting.

Who knows, I've gotten so hooked on exercise again perhaps this old guy has a half marathon in his future.

Member Since: 9/14/2011

My Goals:
- Maintain current BMI of 22+
- Increase cardio endurance (running and biking)
- Continue to EAT CLEAN
- Share & Encourage
- Spread the good news about SparkPeople
- After keeping 30 pounds off for 52 weeks, join the National Weight Control Registry

[join date is 11/16/12]

My Program:
- Running
- Biking
- Eating Clean
- Tracking calories & nutrition on SparkPeople

Personal Information:
My name is Vito. I was a moderator at another nutrition tracker site until I got booted for being too honest and critical about the direction of their 'Beta' software.

That's why I've migrated here (along with my exercise minutes and journaling since July '11). Now I'm very glad I did because I've discovered that SP is ~ 500% better, and that's conservatively speaking! ;)

RE: Bugs Bunny chomping on a carrot as my Profile image

That represents me now that I've become my own lean and mean (tough on foods) nutritionist. And when it comes to my diet and exercise, I already know the answer to "What's up, doc?" thanks to the robust SparkPeople Reports ;)

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    I didn't say "inspiring"? Shucks! I did find your page inspiring, actually, but the word must have slipped my mind as I starting typing.

    I agree, it is very important for the rest of us still slugging away at losing to see others maintaining. It gives us hope!

    I'm trying to remember where I saw your comment that first intrigued me - I think it was on the message boards about integrity and getting points for nothing. I agree. Some of the points are kind of, well, pointless.

    3025 days ago
    Thanks for the yogurt, Vito. Cherry! Yum : )
    For sure, things go smoother with a healthy intake of probiotics ; )
    I haven't tried Stevia. Didn't realize it contains probiotics. I chose Splenda for my non-sugar sweetener as the reviews say it does better in baking than the others. Will definitely try Stevia as it turns out we don't bake with artificial sweeteners often enough to use them that way.

    3027 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/11/2012 2:21:53 PM
    Hello there. We haven't met on sparks yet, but I saw a comment from you somewhere, and thought I'd pop over to visit.

    Congratulations on your success so far. I love the tracker you have set up, to indicate weeks of maintenance.

    All the best as you continue your weight maintenance, continue training, and possibly even run that half-marathon!

    (edited to correct errors)
    3027 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/11/2012 2:02:53 PM
    I'm with you re: pickles and sauerkraut, Vito. Once I learned to read the nutrition label and realized just how small a serving of each should be, I have some of each at least a couple of times a week. *love* the Bick's Sandwich Savers in whatever sandwich I've got going, but again, can't eat them every day and definitely can't have more than the serving size stated on the jar. Just the same, it's amazing what a snap a little bit of pickle can give to a sandwich. Now that I know they also contain probiotics, I'll appreciate them even more : )

    3027 days ago
    Thanks for the cuppa, Vito. Just what I'll need tomorrow morning. I plan to run but the forecast is not for good weather : ( Gotta stick with the program this week at least, though.
    3031 days ago
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