MIKEMACDUDE
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(BEFORE) Me, sister Les, dad and sister Deb the day before my spark diet (Feb.2006- 255lbs)



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(AFTER) Me on the left, my sister & Bro (152lbs)



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June 2008 - Me in the red being chased by some hungry marathoners!


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Getting moving not only changed my life, it saved it. It was February 2006 and I was living with back problems, high blood pressure and felt stressed out all time. At age 34 I was only 5'7" and weighed 260lbs.

My health deteriorating and weighing more than I ever did, I finally decided one day to take action. I prayed to God for help from the bottom of my soul.
I started by walking. At first it was small steps and short distances. I would just make myself get out and walk. I started learning proper nutrition and diet with the help of this website. I made it a lifestyle change rather than a diet.

One day I was walking a trail nearby and ran into a hometown marathon just about to start. I was in awe of everyone's up-beat attitude and had a thought enter my head. "I want to be part of this!"
So, the next day a started to jog, bit by bit I struggled. The weight started to fall off and I just kept thinking about that marathon. Within 10 months and many miles I had shed almost 100lbs. I showed up to the marathon ready to finish and finish I did. I came in 24th in a time of 3 hours 36 mins. I was hooked!

Apparently many were inspired by my story and this year, my second time at that marathon, they presented me with an inspirational award at the pre-race social. Wow! I was so honored!

It's been 4 years now since I started, I am healthier and happier than ever before and my attitude on life is so positive. Participating in things and being active is who I am and what I do now. So far from the person I used to be!
Running has become my passion and I continue to try to motivate and inspire anyone I can through running and fitness because I know first hand how it changed my life for the better.

Thanks Spark People, for providing all the tools I needed to do this, and for letting me tell my story... and thanks to God for being patient and never letting me fall of course too far.
To those of you just starting your journey, set your goals and go after them - the sky is the limit!

Thanks for stopping by!

MacDude


Member Since: 2/25/2006

Fitness Minutes: 5,538

My Goals:
- Maintain an active and healthy lifestyle.

- Always be thankful for my health

- Inspire people to find the best in themselves


My Program:
Run, cycle, strength train, eat a well balanced diet and use the nutrition tracker.



Personal Information:
Redneck,
Nova Scotia, Canada


Other Information:
"You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step."

"Go not where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail!"




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  • v JULIEGIRL1025
    wow you are looking great what a smile.
    julie
    5392 days ago
  • v RUNNING2MYSELF
    Hey you! Great progress in these photos, Imussay! You're speed work is such an inspiratin to me. I hope to be a runnin' fool like you someday.

    Heather
    5394 days ago
  • v RACING4ME
    Hey buddy,
    I can't believe I haven't left a message on your page yet....oops, sorry:) Love your pics, and am inspired as to how far you have come:) Let's rock this running thing, and make the triathalon thing a reality....

    thanks for being sooo supportive, it really makes a huge difference.

    Love ya bud,
    Trish
    5395 days ago
  • v JACKYCW
    tag, you are it!!! You have been tagged, now you must tag 2 other members:) This game has been designed so you get to know two other people on this site. In order to tag them, you need to leave a message on their sparkspage, (read the page, you never know when a friend is around the corner:)), so you can get to know them. Good luck, and don't be caught it for toooo long:)

    Heather... WTG... I know I've told you before but you're doing awesome. I hope I get to do what you're doing one day too!

    Congrats on your huge success Mike! You're doing awesome. Keep up the good work!
    5398 days ago
  • v SHANDOO
    Hey Macdude! Just had to tell you how much I loved your pics on this page! The class picture reminds me so much of my own! LOL

    Have a great day, and God bless!
    Shannon
    5446 days ago
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