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** Feel free to add me as a Sparkfriend! Inspiration and motivation goes all ways. :D

I was born at a very young age, or so I'm told, and grew up as an overweight, sedentary kid, extending into adulthood. By the time I graduated from high school, I was lumbering around the 285-pound mark. There was always this notion in the back of my mind that if I didn't do anything to change by the time I turned 30, that would be it; THAT would be my starting point. Then something interesting happened just before my 30th birthday. My family doctor told me this:

"Overall, you're healthy, except for your weight. I'm also the city coroner, in addition to being your doctor. I'd rather not see you for the former."

BAM! That did it. Motivation slapped in the face and thrust me into 'healthy living' mode.

Several things have changed for me over the past several years. I initially lost about 70 lbs a few years back and was eating and living well overall. I was running regularly and seeing improvements in my running regimen. But then I had to stop running due to some Achilles' issues. At the same time, my work schedule changed from steady day shifts to a two-week rotation of days and night shifts. Lifestyle changed, exercise regimen changed, eating habits changed... none for the better.

Now I have to reassess and set some new goals. Goal #1 is now and always has been weight loss. My goal weight is 190 lbs. Back in the old days, I was up to around 285 lbs and miserable. It took me a long time to shake that. At my lowest, I was down to 208. I've steadily put on weight since then. Cause and effect has never been so clear a lesson to me in all my life. I'm getting back to healthier eating, a steady exercise routine, and a motivated lifestyle.

Shift work provides a major challenge to find balance, time and energy. I have some obstacles to overcome there. With luck, I'll also be able to coerce my wife of 14 years, my 13-year-old daughter, and my 10-year-old son into joining me, if only bit by bit as I've done over the past few years.

Besides, I have half a wardrobe of clothes that I fit into over a year ago that misses me. :)

Member Since: 1/28/2011

Fitness Minutes: 46,900

My Goals:
Goal weight: 190 lbs.

Fitness goal #1: Run a 5km race = DONE.

Fitness goal#2: Rejoin a gym and go regularly. = DONE.

Fitness goal#3: Take up cycling. = Started & in progress.

Fitness goal #4: Complete the 1 month plank challenge. = DONE.

Other goals #1: Become more involved in the SparkPeople community. = Done and still doing. :)

My Program:
Healthy eating with a target caloric intake of 1500-1900 a day. Workout at least 3 days a week. Monitoring food intake and fitness activities using and

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St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada

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"The future is no place to place your better days." - Dave Matthews

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    1950 days ago
    Hi there im doing ok for now had set backs but im getting back on track nice to meet you you look great keep it up
    1951 days ago
    emoticon i'm Carlyn looking forward to having u along on our journeys u may also add me thanks emoticon
    1952 days ago
    To be honest, I have no idea what all the moves/exercises are called. I just did what my trainer told me to do. LOL. I know one was called mountain climbers, one was squats with a (heavy for me) weight, another couple things I did with dumbbells, I also did some exercises on a thing I had to step up on, but he raised it like 4 levels, and there was no rest in between. Then after all that, we did abs (planks and leg touch/crunches type thing). When my trainer left, I got onto the elliptical for 40 minutes. Then my friend met me up there and I did some time on the stationary bike and treadmill. Oh yes! I also had gone to the gym that morning and did 40 minutes on the elliptical then as well. Needless to say, as hard as I pushed yesterday, I am dying today. LOL. I'm hoping to be able to at least go to my hip hop class tonight.
    1953 days ago
  • v KELLYFIT123
    No, my gym doesn't have any video classes, but it does have one of the most robust class schedules of any in the area.

    I actually only like one Spin class at my gym -- the one I go to, of course. The instructor is BY FAR the best Spin instructor of all time. emoticon She's very motivating, gives great cues, works us hard, plays great music (she's not following a prepared class like RPM), and always lets us know how far along we are in terms of time left. With other instructors I'm glancing back at the clock, figuring out when we'll be done. LOL

    Are you enjoying any other classes? My very favorite is BodyStep. I used to work out at home in the 1990s (as a teenager) with step aerobics videos... Loved it then, love it still!
    1955 days ago
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