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I vow to eat better, sleep better, and feel better.

Fitness has been a low priority in my life for far too long. Before I came to SparkPeople, I was obese, had high blood pressure, and felt awful. With SparkPeople's help, I've made real progress!

I bought and read "The Spark" because I'd heard good things about SparkPeople's recipes. While the book didn't offer much new information, it brought a lot of concepts together quite brilliantly, and punctuated those concepts with inspiring case histories.

So I joined SparkPeople. I started walking every day and tracking my food intake. One week later: FIVE POUNDS LIGHTER! I kept walking and watching what I ate, and used a rowing machine when it was too wet to walk. Two weeks on SparkPeople: TEN POUNDS LIGHTER! I couldn't believe how much encouragement I got from other Sparkers! That support kept getting me out of a warm bed on cold mornings to walk. One month on SparkPeople: SEVENTEEN POUNDS LIGHTER! Life sometimes throws lemons--but with the help and support of my family and my SparkFriends, I made lemonade. After two months, I was down THIRTY POUNDS! I found great joy in "shopping in my own closet", where I found a bunch of new wardrobe choices. Three months and I was able to wave "buh-bye" to FORTY POUNDS! I've got just 10 more to go, and I believe that I can do it.

Most importantly, I've felt great! Yes, the reduced weight and improved appearance were wonderful--but the best part was the feeling of accomplishment.

I still have some pounds to lose, and many healthy years ahead in which to practice maintenance. Along the way, life's stresses will no doubt conspire to try and thwart me (or so it will seem). But I am excited by the progress so far, the new friends, and the increased energy. So I keep at it--with a smile on my face and a bounce in my step.

Member Since: 12/17/2011

Fitness Minutes: 8,197

My Goals:
Starting at 242 lbs. on 12/17/2011:
1) Feel & look better!
2) Weigh 192 on 7/1/12

1) No mo' CPAP
2) No mo' meds
3) Abundant energy

My Program:
1) Give thanks
2) Choose optimism
3) Track food & exercise
4) Stretch
5) Calisthenics
6) WALK or row
Future: Jump rope, use the Wii Fit, lift weights

Personal Information:
My name is John and I'm in Corvallis, Oregon, USA (home of Oregon State University). I'm married to a wonderful woman named Amy, and we have two fantastic young adult offspring. Life is very good in many important ways.

Other Information:
I like to work in my vegetable garden, read, write, feed the local wild birds, work sudoku and jigsaw puzzles, and build stuff in my workshop.

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    Hey there....I hope you're doing well. I miss seeing you on my Friend Feed.
    2398 days ago
    Hey friend. I hope that your life is going amazingly! I realized today that you are one of the people who really kept me motivated to keep going on in my journey. I fell off the wagon my friend, and am struggling to get back on! I had Meningitis and a staph infection in early November, and injured my hip! I am still in pain with the hip, but slowly coming back. I hope that you will start sparking again, you truley were one of my biggest inspirations! Take Care. emoticon
    2459 days ago
    Wow! You are still alive...hehe...I was sooo excited to have your comment on my page, have really missed you. Oh and thank you for the sweet eye comment, that is my favorite pic of myself ever I think, and probably partly because it shows my eye color so well. emoticon Hope you will be on more often now. You really inspire me to keep on keepin' on and sometimes I just need emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2589 days ago
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    Have an amazing weekend my dear SparkFriend!

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    2658 days ago
    Just wanted to say I miss ya' friend...Hope all is well on your homefront, and that you are still keepin' on... emoticon
    2670 days ago
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