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It is time to start over again.


I had lost 80 pounds form Sept. '08 to Mar.'09. In the past 20 months I that I had slicked off and I put those 80 pounds back on so at age 46 it is time to get back in track and loose those extra lbs.. I want get healthy so I will be here for my kids, to watch them finish school get married and have their own kids.

Working all aspects the Public Safety arena for the last 26 years. I have been putting on the weight as each year went by. Working as a Police Officer and a Fire Fighter E.M.T. I was able to work but as each year passes and the weight kept going up it became harder to keep up with my younger and healthy co-workers.

After retiring from the Police Department, I choose to continue to work as an E.M.T. on a Medic Unit in a rural environment. I also became a Realtor and find that the weight hinders my ability to walk up stairs and keep up with my clients.

In August (2008) I had a complete physical, My Doctor was very frank with me and said that even though my "numbers" were ok and I did not need to be on any medications but my "number" were slowly creeping up. I was classified as "healthy obese" but if I did not do something very soon I has heading for a major heart attack. Working with him I had lost 80 pounds but fell off the wagon and over 20 months I 79 pounds back on.
Just before Thanksgiving this year I was cornered by my children, it hit me where it hurts when they told me they were scared that they would get a phone call in the middle of the night telling them I had had a heart attack and that I would not be around. They felt strong about it that they want to pay for me to seek any help that I needed to lose the weight, this brought us all to tears.

It was at that moment that I knew it was time to get off my a** and get to it.

I have chosen to work with Doctor to lose the weight. He has me on a high protein diet (based on the Zone ) he has me taking Phentremine for now. I meet with him once a week for a weigh in, at this time I also get a vitamin B-6 and B-12 injection and take a complete vitamin regiment.

During the first 8 weeks of my dietary changes I have averaged 21 servings of lean protein with 6-8 servings of fruits and vegetables . I have lost 36.7 pounds and dropped 2 pants sizes.

So that is my story so far, Spark People was a great find and a tool that I use several times per day.


Member Since: 9/1/2008

Fitness Minutes: 416,664

My Goals:
To return to the weight I was when I got married.


My Program:
I am working with my Doctor on a restriced calorie diet. (1600) per day with a min. of 30 minutes of cardio five times per weeks.



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  • v .DUSTY.
    Hi Richard! emoticon To Team 300 lbs. Plus! Thanks for joining us! We've got a fantastic team with lots of support and we're looking forward to getting to know you, and you us!
    28 lbs. lost! emoticon
    4435 days ago
  • v JULIETEXAS
    emoticon Howdy Richard,

    Welcome to the 40+ team, it is great to have you. Thanks for introducing yourself and stay in touch.
    4436 days ago
  • v SHRINKIN.LADY
    CONGRATULATIONS ! on breaking into the 300's, and WELCOME ! to the Team 300lbs Plus! We are a lively bunch of guys and gals of all ages who know what it is to have a LOT of weight to lose! No, you don't have to leave the group when you break into the 200's! We just throw a party for you!

    Come on over to the team page and introduce yourself, and then jump into any conversation that strikes you as interesting. Oh - and don't mind my "halloween Costume on my picture!...it's only temporary!

    Lisa
    4436 days ago
  • v HEPKITTY
    Hey! Just stopping by to check you out! I saw your huddle for our spark class. It looks like you're doing AWESOME! Your son and daughters must be soooo proud. You're going to be so successful because you have great support and obvious determination!

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    4437 days ago
  • v RAACMR
    Slow and steady to win the race!!!
    4439 days ago
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