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Me at 230 lbs...just a few days before my first 1/2 Marathon


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I started 2007 at 303 lbs, smoking and had sleep/general health problems. At (the time) 33 years old, I finally had enough. January 18, 2007 I smoked my last cigarette. Two weeks later I started watching what I was eating, with a ton of help from sparkpeople.

In mid-February I began working out on an elliptical machine. And then things really started to happen. I started losing weight like caRAZY! Little mini-goals, like getting under 290, then 280, etc. helped to keep me motivated to lose weight. I also set little workout goals that took me from "do ANYTHING, just make sure you're moving at least three times a week" to "5 days, 45 minutes a day" also helped.

In March, the weather started to turn and my daily elliptical sessions were losing their appeal. A friend from work offered to run w/me at lunch if I wanted to give it a shot. I took him up, and slowly, oh SO SLOWLY started pounding out the miles. My first "run" was less than a mile, and I weighed like 270ish pounds. No wonder it took me about 2 DAYS to run that mile!!! But once I got going, the weight just kept coming off. Life was good.

Fast forward to today, and I'm currently at 225 lbs and have gotten a bit faster than my original pace, and I can now successfully run as much as 14 miles. I am happy and shamelessly proud of what I've done over the last year. It's been a big change for me, and my family, and many sacrifices were made in this transition.

The new goal for me is 200 lbs. and I want to achieve this by December 2008. I am also planning on running a marathon this year.

Member Since: 6/6/2006

Fitness Minutes: 12,748

My Goals:
Make a healthy eating and workout routine the "norm" in my daily life.

Achieve my goal weight of 220 lbs.

My Program:
Run. A lot. Every day.

Lift weights 2/3 days a week.

Personal Information:
I live in Michigan, am married (5 years) and have 2 children (4 yrs and 2 year). I enjoy sports, reading, and working in the yard.

Ironically, as a child, I was always the skinniest kid around. In high school I struggled with my weight, to GAIN it. Shortly after high school I began to FINALLY put on weight, and it hasn't really ever stopped. I have gone from being the scrawny kid to being the fat one. Now I'm looking to find the happy middle ground, and am dedicated to see it through!

Other Information:
Favorite Book(s) - Don Quixote (Cervantes); East of Eden (Steinbeck);

Favorite Team(s) - All the Detroit pro teams, especially the TIGERS!!! MSU is up there too!

Favorite Quote - "Only the ignorant know true bliss" - anon

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    Hey Mike!

    Are you still going strong? I'm just starting back again, boy summer was rough! Just thought I'd drop you a line to see how you were doing... Keep me posted!

    4998 days ago
    Mike -- Good Morning and Greetings from central Indiana!!! Greg here, and just stopping by to say HELLO (& gld I did). One of my short term goals is to visit as many of the SparkPages of members of the different teams that I am on. I try to visit one page per team per day (and, yes, I'm keeping track of the pages I visit; 100+ pages in the first month or so). You are my "SparkMen" visit for today.

    Super job with your SparkPage. I really like the SparkPages, and think setting one up is an important step; you have to think about what you want to present, and be willing to put it out there for the world to see/read.

    CONGRADS on your weight loss. Must feel great to be almost there. Best of luck on the rest of your weight loss journey, and may God bless youand your family. -- Greg

    5036 days ago
    Wow, you're doing great!!! And you have a beautiful family ;~D Keep it up!!
    5088 days ago
    Welcome to the team and congradulations on your future and current weight loss!!
    5092 days ago
    WoW Mike you are making great progress keep up the good work!
    5194 days ago
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