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Hi. I am Mark Avis from Las Vegas Nevada. I am currently 53 years old and have been on the old weight loss roller coaster as long as I can remember.

Getting there is usually half the fun. But not when it comes to loosing weight. Loosing weight sucks. Not because of all the hard work that you have to put into shedding those pounds. But because it takes so dang long to do it.

I am now on my forth attempt at taking off over 50 lbs. Not that I have not been successful at it. I have. My first time removing over 50 lbs was in 1983. I did it on my own. I was in the military and was fat, and needed to get back down. For six months I had no breakfast, had salad for lunch (my guilty pleasure, my Thousand Island Dressing), had a hamburger patty and salad for dinner, and jogged two miles a day.

My second and third journeys removing over 50 lbs was in 1989 and 2000. Both of these I did with Weight Watchers. My 2000 journey started with me at 255 lbs. I got down to 175 lbs and felt great.

So now I have put the weight back on again. When I started getting serious again I was up too 253 lbs. This time I am doing it with SparkPeople. I am already down to 244 lbs. I am going to get back down to between 175 & 185. That is where I feel the best. I have realized that being there is all the fun.

I do have one big word of advice for the younger people here on SP. Get the weight off and keep it off NOW. At 53 I am finding this to be the most difficult time I have had getting slim. I have removed 9 lbs so far, but it has taken me months to do it. Do it now so you can have all the fun that goes with being slim. Happy trails.

Member Since: 8/9/2010

Fitness Minutes: 4,072

My Goals:
I am going to get back to a weight I feel comfortable at. I felt my best at around 175 - 185 lbs.

I am learning to work with my diabetes.

My Program:
I have found an invaluable resource here at Spark People. I am getting and giving a lot of useful information.

I am currently using BeachBody's Insanity workout in order to get fit. Between my workouts and my change in eating style I will reach my goals.

Personal Information:
I live and work in Las Vegas Nevada. I love it here. When you live here and are not just visiting you don't spend much time outdoors. I am outside when I have to walk to or from my car. That is about it. I can be contacted at

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Happy trails to you, until we meet again.

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    emoticon through to check on you and to just say "HI"!
    3484 days ago
    Don't give up, Mark!
    3717 days ago
  • v EMMABE1
    Just dropped by to say - Hi. and welcome you to The “~INDYGIRL CHALLENGE” Team
    We aim to create a friendly, and supportive environment in SparkPeople land!! - Please feel free to jump in and join in the message boards. It has been proved that people who contribute regularly to message boards and blog regularly lose more weight, more easily than those who don’t, so come on in.
    It is a great place to be and you will find lots of friends, and ideas to help and support you at all stages on your journey, so please don’t ever be afraid to ask questions. Even if it seems a small thing it is important to you – and someone will have the answer, or will have been there.
    I hope you succeed in all the goals you set
    Please leave your Sparkmail on for this team as ~Indygirl sends out a new challenge each week
    Enjoy the journey
    emoticon Hi from Australia
    Ann (Co-leader ~Indygirl Challenge, Chair Exercise Team and Stronger Seniors Team)

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    Catch a smile - be part of the SMILE EPIDEMIC!!

    3729 days ago
  • v LILPAT3
    Here's wishing that your healthy choices offer a new meaning to the "heart" of Valentine's Day!

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    3821 days ago
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