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Healthy lifestyle goals? HAH! But...having essentially gained 5 pounds a year between 2005 and 2011, it was well past time to reverse the trend. And I'm thinking I need a little help in that endeavor. Which is where you come in. Whether it's you the individual with helpful tips, or you the faceless website with information on crunchings and munchings. Not guaranteeing that I'll listen to you, nor that I''ll stick to this (or any program, not that I've ever actually tried), but keep yapping, and maybe something will click.

2/17/12 - blog post from this date explains the title of "Title of 7.4% less doom", if you''re really curious. The 10.8 percent is taken from the 1 year sparkiversary date (9/25/12) weight of 183.2 lbs, down 10.8% from the 205.4 start point.

12/6/12 - Heavy gym usage in pursuit of a free t shirt seems to have dragged my weight below the 180 mark. Calling it a stable 179. But now comes a round of eating out, saying bye to friends before I move away. Can it possibly hold?

1/20/13 - Previous weight didn't hold, but hit 180 straight up at the start of BLC 21. Let's see where the challenge takes me.

8/20/13 - Got down to 172 on 3/1, but then got a job where I''m on the road 4 days a week, eating out all the time. I put on an average of 5 pounds a month from March to July, and seem now to be holding steady, albeit feeling humongous, at 192. Time to crank the wheel in the other direction.

1/12/14 - What's the freakin' point version. Past year started out good, and then tanked. Up 12 over the course of the year, or 23 from the lowest weight to end of year. Like I said, it started out good. This year is starting out not great, but, hey, I have 353 days to turn it around. And I stopped putting the percentage in my spark page title, just in case I have cause to feel depressed about negative percentages. Boo hiss to the possibility.

10/28/15 I don't even know. New high score, but on the scale, so it's like game over, man. But that's just, like, your opinion, man. So...throw in another quarter and start all over I suppose. I mean, what's the alternative?

5/29/16 Update
211.2 is a crappy weight, but, as a fan of the band Rush, I'll allow it for a moment. Kind of burned out on spark (have been for a while, really), but still wander in on occasion.

9/15/17 Update
225.4 this morning, 20 pounds beyond the weight that inspired me to join spark in the first place, because I felt like a blimp back in 2011. Ughtastic, basically.

12/2/18 Update: I seem to have hit a plateau at 215ish. About 10 pounds over when I joined spark, 42 pounds worse than my best weigh in in these intervening years, but also 20+ pounds better off than I was a year ago. I seem to be in the grind it out phase. So I'll grind, I guess. What's the alternative?

1/1/19 218.2 on the scale to bring in the new year.

3/24/19 At 217 right now, hence the update to the title, 5.6 pounds higher than my spark starting weight of 205.4

















Member Since: 9/25/2011

Fitness Minutes: 36,983

My Goals:
1/8/15 Woohoo met that previous goal! Wasn't exactly hard, but hey, every win counts. This year's goal, end below 195. Again, not difficult, but gotta start somewhere.

1/12/14 - Goal, stay below original high weight of 205.4. Compare that to the previous stated goal below, and shake your head at how sad that is. Go ahead, I'm shaking my head.

10/25/12 - New goal for spark year 2 and beyond: 165. No specific time frame set for reaching that mark.

Original (10/25/11) goal:

Eventually, I'd like to reach 180 lbs, a weight I haven't likely sniffed since 2006. So I'm setting my overall goal for 175. It's like the clocks in my apartment, which all run fast so I think I need to move quicker...even when I know better.

2/17/12 - Hit 190, 7.4% lost
9/24/12 - 183 at 1 year, 10.8 percent lost.

Should have updated this more often, methinks.

Resetting goal for the next year to 170 lbs.


My Program:
Being aware of food choices, though not tracking.

More exercise. Though again, no particular plan.

1st 20 lbs came off relatively easily, guess it was extra excess weight. Next 20 starting slowly, so I might have to come up with a structure to deal with normal excess weight.



Personal Information:
Originally from Michigan, a place called Ypsilanti. Lived in the Madison, WI area 2003-2012, before moving back to Michigan in December 2012.


Other Information:
I have co favorites in a lot of things. Spaceballs and Shawshank Redemption in movies. The Godfather and Forrest Gump in books. Dream Theater and Rush in bands. Bad (U2) and In Your Eyes (Peter Gabriel) in songs. Oh, plus Old City Bar (Trans Siberian Orchestra) Does that make me indecisive? More like those dualities are too good to be forced to make a choice. There's probably a reason my astrological sign (which I don't believe in, not unless the horoscope is predicting a lottery win, in which case I'll make an exception) is Gemini.




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  • v THISISFORMENOW
    emoticon for adding me!
    Have a great day!
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    2851 days ago
  • v GIANTMICROBE
    Regarding your question about starting Bodyrock. I had worked out for a long time, but it was all cardio. I had a hard time sticking with strength-building workouts. I knew I liked bodyweight exercises a lot more than pumping iron, but I never really came across any kind of program I could stick with. I stumbled across Bodyrock and was intrigued by the idea of combining HIIT with strength training, because I always liked high intensity cardio, so I thought that might be the way to go for building strength as well. The very first workout I did was a simple one. It was just jump rope and squats, back to back. I really liked the intervals, and the intensity, and I could tell this was something I could really see results with. And then I just liked it so much, I just... kept going and going and going.

    About my thoughts the first few weeks, or even months... there were always modifications for beginners, which I did. As long as it feels intense for you, you'll get results. So I did back lunges instead of jump lunges, pushups on my knees, etc. It was still very challenging and doing these modifications helped me build up the strength required to do exercises unmodified.

    I guess my main point would be that you don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great. Just put forth the effort and as long as you're working hard, you WILL progress.

    I hope that answered your question. If not, I'd be more than happy to try again emoticon
    2852 days ago
  • v no profile image EJRANVILLE
    Love your SparkPage picture. That was a heartbreaking hockey game. Not so sure about this year--perhaps Hunwick can pull this team along to the NCAAs once again!
    2853 days ago
  • v GOIN4GR8
    Hi, Ahtrap! Thank you for your email. I just added you as a friend; feel free to add me, too! I'm glad SOMEBODY thinks I have my head screwed on straight, ha ha ... I'm trying, anyway. This won't be easy, but we're worth it, right?

    Have a great week!

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