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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.

    3338 days ago
    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)
    3341 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/11/2012 2:02:53 PM
  • v NARNIAROSE2003
    LOL - You can ask! I work on the 7th floor, so that's where I started by going down to the bottom and then doing the 22 up and 22 down. :)
    3344 days ago
  • v BOSS61
    Many thanks for taking the time and trouble to read and comment on my blog. I really do appreciate it! (Another ill-deserved 15-minutes of Sparky fame seems to be rolling now thanks to Spark mail...)

    Please consider joining (what may be) the most active and involved team on all of Spark: The 100 Days of Summer 2012 Challenge Team.

    If ever I can be of assistance to you in any way, please do not hesitate to ask. As Kasey Kasem used to say, "Keep Your Feet on the Ground and Keep Reaching for the Stars!" (and what he meant was, "Keep on Sparking!" )
    3348 days ago
    Thanks for your comment on my blog. My wives say that she is not going to let me out of the house until I stop running into walls or tripping over everything!
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    3349 days ago
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