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I'm a 41-year old father of three, and I started with SP August 2009 because I needed help getting my weight under control. I reached my goal weight of 155 pounds (a loss of 122 pounds) in late 2010, and am working on maintaining in the 155-160 pound range.

I have the support of my kids and my wonderful wife, L3DESIGNS, who is my inspiration and who started on her SparkPeople journey seven months before I did and is getting ever closer to her goal weight.

When I started I used the stationary bike, then started walking, and then started running. I've completed a 5K, a 10K, and a Half Marathon, and my wife has also run her first. My second Half was the Disney Princess Half at Disneyworld (Florida) in February 2011, however I walked it due to a stress fracture.

If you're new to SP and are just starting out, here are a couple blogs that I wrote with some overview material from what I've done here to date. If they help, great!


Oh, and just in case you're interested, the story of my Spark name:


Member Since: 8/24/2009

Fitness Minutes: 77,970

My Goals:
Weight Goals:
* 250 pounds: 10/20/2009
* 227 pounds: 12/28/2009
* 200 pounds: 03/23/2010
* 180 pounds: 05/21/2010
* 165 pounds: 07/17/2010
* 160 pounds: 08/30/2010
* 155-160 (Maintain)
-- 12/06/2010

5K Running Goals:
* First: 05/30/2010 26:12
* 25m: 07/16/2010 23:40
* 22.5: 09/21/2010 22:32
* 22m: 08/13/2010 21:54
* 21.5:
----- Target ?

10K Running Goals:
* First: 06/18/2010 52:32
* 55m: 06/18/2010 52:32
* 50m: 20/10/2010 49:51
* 48m: 19/11/2010 46:40
* 46m:
----- Target: ?

HM Running Goals:
#1: 09/26/2010 1:57:26
#2: 02/27/2011 2:41:11 (Walked)
#3: 09/03/2011 1:56:44

Increase my energy level

Enjoy life!

My Program:
The boring stuff: diet & exercise. I track everything.

I started out walking, graduated to running, completed one Half Marathon, walked a second due to injury, then ran my third.

I've started (and stopped) Insanity four times now, but in each case running took over...

Apparently I can be somewhat of a Cardio junkie!

Personal Information:
40, married for 13 years, with one son (10), two daughters (8 & 5). I'm an Electrical Engineer doing IC design, and live in Coquitlam, BC, Canada.

Other Information:
Engineering is the art of optimization, trading off a number of different costs to come up with the best solution. Never forget that your time has a cost.

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    Hi Bill,

    Thanks for the bike rap video link. I am both a roadie and a mountain biker. I took my Surly cross bike out yesterday. The chrome-moly frame is great on bumps.

    Thanks, Bruce

    2552 days ago
    Hi Bill,

    Your shoulder must be terribly hurt. I can still function with my shoulder injury. However, I tore my shoulder a year ago and have learned to avoid certain movements that cause pain. I have learned to ride a bike one-handed. I just rest my right arm on the handlebar. However, I have to use the right hand to operate the rear brake.

    I am sorry to hear you are in such pain. I am putting off shoulder surgery until the winter. Due to inflammation my shoulder is actually stable.

    Thanks, Bruce
    2568 days ago
    Hi Bill,

    Thanks for your comment on my “Part 1: Little Stumpy Renew”, Blog. I also appreciate your slang lessons. I had to look up “TL;DR”. I suspect this shorthand expression comes from the degenerate form of communication known as “texting”.

    Of course, as an official old geezer, I prefer more direct and rich forms of communication, hence my crafting of long postings that include photos and lengthy explanations.

    Thanks, Bruce

    P.S. When I try to post a comment on you page, the comment box is light blue text in a light blue field. The result is the characters I type directly into the box are invisible. I write my comments in Word and do a cut-and-paste into the comment box.

    2587 days ago
    Hi Bill,

    You caught me! I have made the appropriate and more confusing correction to the prime number reference.

    Thanks, Bruce

    2597 days ago
    Hi Bill,

    Thanks for your comment on my “Death Throes of the 26 and Little Stumpy” blog. The parts I selected for Little Stumpy were the same “mountain mix” that was on the bike when I bought it. The quality of the Shimano Deore group has been improved in the last 7 years. The Shimano 2014 XT rear derailleur is light years ahead on the 2007 version.

    I simply tried to optimize my investment in a seven year-old bike. I wanted to make it new and make it better.

    Thanks, Bruce

    2600 days ago
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