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The Horrible - 5' 10", 222 lbs, high cholesterol, and the metabolism of a 36 year old

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172 lbs and the fittest I've been in almost 2 decades

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(written January 2011)
Well, well, well. Been over a year since my last entry. How am I doing? I've put on 10 pounds and learned a LOT about my habits. Short version, they're not that good! HOWEVER, it's amazing how many things have stuck from being on Spark.

I turn 39 in February of this year. I have goals for what my conditioning is going to be like when I turn 40. This is the year I make work and working out not mutually exclusive. A lot of people might think 'only' gaining 10 pounds with the utter lack of commitment I've been displaying for a year is not too shabby. That's the kind of thinking that got me in the shape you see the second picture down. Time to nip it in the bud. Starting now.

(written November 2009)
6 months ago I met my goal of losing 50 pounds, a goal that SparkPeople had given me until the first week of November 2009 to hit. So here it is, that first week of November, and I'm happy to report that I've maintained the loss of those 50 pounds. Yay!

Once you've hit your goal and the rush of excitement fades, I think it's easy to see how people fall back on old ways and let the weight creep back. I no longer exercise nearly as much as I used to, and I have 'bad' eating days more than I'd care to admit.

The good news is, a lot of what I've learned in the past year here on Spark has sunk in to the point that it's become habit, and therefore the norm. I recognize immediately when I'm reaching for the food I shouldn't, and I assess the situation...

Can I eat this and be good the rest of the day?
Is there an alternative that will be just as satisfying?
Am I eating because I'm hungry, or just cause I can?

I mentally tick off calories all the time. I'm keenly aware of when I've just gotten lazy and put aside exercise, and rather than give in, I do something about it.

I guess what I'm saying is, I've worked my ass off to get to this point, and I never wanna work that hard again! To that end I'm committed to logging another year with SparkPeople, to maintain and improve, and to be in the best shape of my life.

(written April 2009)
I have lost 50 pounds in 6 months. I have done this without once stepping into a gym and without following any diet methods or books. I finally stripped away the excuses for why I couldn't lose weight and just gave it a try. Amazing what a little effort will do for you.

So what DID I do? First and foremost, I watched my calories and logged in my food daily here on SparkPeople. I didn't regulate the types of food I could eat, so long as I stayed within my caloric limits. Doing that meant not giving up my favorite foods, and made it seem less like I was going on a 'diet'. Certain things soon became not worth the calories. I don't drink soda (or anything but water for that matter) anymore, I don't eat out nearly as often as I used to, and I don't mindlessly snack on chips and cookies for starters.

The next thing I did was intense cardio. Jumping rope is extremely effective, burns a ton of calories, and does so in a short time. Currently I do 35 minutes 3 times a week. Inline skating is my other cardio exercise that I do 3 times a week. I try for 9-15 miles, which takes me between 40 and 70 minutes to do, burning up to 1000 calories a session.

Finally, I did pushups and 4 different varieties of ab workouts. I didn't want muscle mass to interfere with weight loss, but I did want to get some definition started. Now that I've achieved my weight goal, I might start doing a bit more.

Apart from my weight goal, I've also lowered my cholesterol and risk for heart disease. I used to be at 2X risk, now I'm below average.

So please look at my blogs to follow my journey from the start. My food and exercise logs are also available to look at, and I think they can be quite eye opening. I'm happy to answer any questions and help others reach their goals too.


222 LBS 172 LBS

Waistline 43" --------} 35.25"
Neck 16.5"---------} 15.25"
Hips 42"---------} 38.25"


Serum 197----------} 105
Triglyceride 162--------} 61
HDL 28.9---------} 34.3
LDL 149--------} 52

Cardiac Risk Factor 6.81 (2X Avg)-----------} 3.06 (Below Avg)


(written November 2008)
I have 2 positives that equate to 2 negatives when it comes to body and health...I don't think I'm as old as I am, and I don't think I'm as large as I am. What that means is, I eat like I still have the metabolism of a 20 something, and when I look in the mirror I see my positives rather than negatives. Unfortunately I keep on being confronted with photographic evidence of me standing next to people of whom I consider to be grossly overweight, and I'm virtually the same size! This all came to a head with my last doctor's visit, as I tipped the scales at 222 lbs., and realized my relaxed goal of getting under 200 was quickly going the wrong direction. Almost 20 years ago I weighed 80 pounds less, yet was the same height. I know I'll never get there again (I'd look ill if I did), but I gotta make the effort to at least hit 190. We'll see.

My eating habits are crap, and there's certain changes that just WILL NOT HAPPEN. I don't eat vegetables, I don't like them, I find them somewhat disgusting. You could offer me $50,000 for eating a salad, and I honestly don't think I could. I rarely eat fruit, but I'm gonna try and make an effort to change that. I'm bothered by a texture thing, so it'll be about figuring out how to get past that. I don't mind excercising, I just have a hard time finding the time for it. That I can for sure change.

So for the first time in my life, I'm counting calories, paying some attention to what I eat. I'm gonna go on a strictly cardio excercise routine, cause I bulk up pretty easily with weight training, and then I don't see any weight loss. And hopefully as a result of all this, my genetically predispositioned high cholesterol will finally go down. Lord knows nothing else has made it budge.

Member Since: 11/8/2008

Fitness Minutes: 14,738

My Goals:
Skate 25 miles to the beach in under 2 hours.

Get six pack abs by the time I turn 40 in 2012.

Do 20 pull-ups in a row.

Jump rope for 20 minutes without messing up. (ACHIEVED 25 minutes ON 7/6/09)

To do 100 pushups in one rep. (ACHIEVED ON 5/18/09)

Drop below 200 lbs. for starters. (ACHIEVED ON 12/14/08)

Get to 182 for my birthday at end of Feb. (ACHIEVED ON 1/25/09)

Get my good cholesterol / bad cholesterol ratio to where my doctor wants it. (ACHIEVED ON 4/29/09)

To do 350 situps in one session. (ACHIEVED ON 4/24/09)

My Program:
Keeping calories between 2100 and 2400.

Doing cardio 3 days a week. Alternating between inline skating (45-60 min.) and rope jumping (35 min.) If not able to go outside, do DDR (45 min.)

Limiting strength training to push-ups, sit-ups, and pull-ups.

Personal Information:
I live in La Habra, California. I work in the motion picture industry as a camera assistant.

Other Information:
Slurpees are a major weaknes of mine.

I know ridiculous amounts of useless trivia when it comes to movies and television.

Duh, 'Aliens' is my favorite movie.

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