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Susan and Me; August 2010 (or was it '09?)

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July 2012; my old/new suit, 53.5 lbs down

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My long-term goal remains to weigh zero pounds; to stand sideways and cast no shadow. I also plan and expect to grow in height, with a modest goal set at four inches, though six would be better. This is because everything helps that nasty BMI number - both the numerator and the denominator!

For 2020 my goal is simple: to lose 1% of my initial weight every two weeks. See my January 1, 2020 blog as to how, for you can join me and do it too.

Member Since: 12/26/2011

Fitness Minutes: 40,955

My Goals:
My overall goal is to lose 45% of my starting weight of 281. This will take me down to 155, now that weighing zero seems a little unrealistic.

For 2020 the plan is once again simple: to lose 1.4 lbs per week or 0.2 lbs per day. That will bring me to somewhere slightly above 200 by the time I again ignore Christmas entirely.

My Program:
1. Treating the Sparky Nutrition Tracker as an unrelenting drill sergeant (i..e, the Soup Nazi).

2. No "seconds", no desserts, and no exceptions. I have become an herbivore, mainly. No veggies or fruits are safe in our house.

3. I track sodium and cholesterol as well. Male and in my 50s, I harbor no illusion over the importance of this stuff too.

4. Gym during the school year, cardio (45 minutes) and strength (20 to 30 minutes), about 4 or 5 days a week. Brisk walks outdoors, as conditions allow, on weekends. Swim laps in the summer, as much as time allows (typically 50 to 100 miles per summer). Yes, I have scales, gills and a waterproof mp3 player.

5. Bought a new Garmin heart rate monitor that syncs to Sparky

6. Totally floating myself away on roughly 100 oz of water per day. Oh yes, peeing just all the damn time too.

6. Maintain humor throughout the process - absolutely essential!

7. Do this with my wife. And maybe with you too.

Personal Information:
My name is Mark. On Spark I am Chief Naysayer and Contrarian

I also am a business founder and former owner. I sold it in 2019 and set up retirement as a consequence. No I did not see it coming. I am an environmental consultant and business owner. Check for all the poop.

It's safe to ask me about it. I'm ALWAYS in sell mode, but you do not need and cannot use what I sell.

Emergency contact info: hit up SUSAN818127 or contact my company.

Other Information:
Probably there is no more provincial Baltimorean on all of Spark than me.

Fave quote: "Some Day We Will Look Back on This and It Will All Seem Funny!" - Bruce Springsteen, Rosalita Come out Tonight

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  • v COOKIE_AT_51
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    Happy Fall Y'all

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    514 days ago
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    Happy Hump Day! Just stopping by to say hello :) Hugs ~ Cookie
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    518 days ago
    Looking for a Fun Challenge this Fall? Want to get connected with a Team to support you through your Journey to a Healthier Lifestyle. If yes, then consider joining the BL Challenge that starts early September. Each week 11 teams of 24 Active, do fun nutritional and fitness challenges. The challenges promote a healthy lifestyle and If for some reason you cannot do a challenge then they are modified to meet your needs. Often we do the challenge in a game form, we have BINGO and TIC TAC TOE or seasonally themed. For Summer Fitness Tune up, Hopscotch and Bowling. I hope that you decide this might be for you you can leave your name on the waitlist for the Fall challenge. To get to the Challenge go to my page and click on the “BLUE BIGGEST LOSER” Icon, or copy and paste the link below, or let me know and I can send you an invite. Join the Team then sign up on the waitlist. It’s the thread right below the Chit Chat.
    538 days ago
  • v CHEBBA
    Kicking myself into action YET AGAIN - ! Trying to get back into the swing of interacting with all my Friends - I anticipate a wry or witty comment from across The Pond!!!!! I hope all is well with you and yours...... emoticon emoticon
    552 days ago
  • v COOKIE_AT_51
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