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2460 Days of MFP

What do you do when you have been here this long? Keep on logging in and being vigilant about your fitness journey. Why haven't I been logging my food the last week or so? Well, I wasn't feeling that great and had some under 1200 calorie days.

It made me mad that MFP wouldn't accept my diary submissions.

I have learned a lot from logging food. I have made the lifestyle change and I can pretty quickly size up a meal within 100 calories. It's just like the guys at the fish counter in the store. They can drop a filet of salmon on the scale and it's within tenths of an ounce.

There are no excuses for not logging.

I don't need kudos for logging my food. I just know that I am better when I manage my food choices by making a weekly meal plans, dividing up portions on a meal prep day, and putting my exercise in my Google calendar. When my life changes, I start logging to stay on track.

Planning = success.

So what has it been like since I first came to MFP?
- We used to have to comment "WTG" (way to go) because there wasn't a like button.
- The forums were filled with craziness, fad diets, and people selling shake replacement meals.
- A lot of folks have come and gone, but Dan E. and Bobby D. are still here. We've met each other, run marathons together, and speak on the phone regularly.
- José keeps in touch on Facebook as do some of you others.
- Some of the folks I met on here have died. #cancersucks Miss you Jill and Rocky
- John White still leads me in days logged in. Dan E. is right on my tail.
- I survived congestive heart failure, ran my first 5K, 10K, 1/2 marathon, the Boston Marathon, and ran across the states of Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
- I survived 2 melanoma surgeries, 2 colon tumor surgeries, and I have been battling prostate cancer for 4 years.
- I fell down running and broke a collar bone, a leg (2 times), and busted up my ribs.
- I went back to playing hockey, had my knee repaired, and a rotator cuff surgery.
- I met the love of my life and look forward to every day with her.
- With your help I wrote my first book, ICU to Marathon. I am working on my second one, the Pathetic Runner.
- I lost nearly 100 pounds (pics in my profile), gained back 10, lost it, gained back 20, and now I am on the way back down. I have lost 8 pounds in the last few months.

And I feel better than I ever have.

My tips for success? Make a few friends, log it all, get a food scale, get portion control tubs, move your ass, and last of all, don't die, it will ruin your life.

Thanks for the votes and comments - it all means a lot to me. And thanks for 2460 days of fitness changing encouragement.

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9 comments:

debk0718 wrote 8 months ago:
Another blog that you've nailed! We'll all face ups and downs. We're not perfect He didn't make us that way. You're spot on with what works. It has nothing to do with the latest fad diet or drink, it's all about the choices we make. Thanks for inspiring me and many others.
zydeco69 wrote 8 months ago:
Yes, Thank you for the inspiration. It is folks like you that help folks like me say "I can do this"!
SixCatFaerie wrote 8 months ago:
I think that this is one of my favorites of all the blog posts you've written. Thank you!
BexB42 wrote 8 months ago:
Is your book published? It sounds incredible, as I have only read your blogs here. Would love to get a hard copy, I am an avid reader of books not on a device.
~B
dsjohndrow wrote 8 months ago:
You can order it on Amazon, or I can send you a link for a signed copy.
johnwhitent wrote 8 months ago:
I'm honored to be mentioned in your blog! Our logging streaks prove that, if nothing else, we are committed and tenacious (or are we just stubborn?).
nuffer wrote 8 months ago:
Another quality post. Thank you for not only your personal triumphs (which are yours, nobody else's) but also your writing that's not only humorous, but touching. Bravo.
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