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Today I Logged In Again

It's been 1635 days in a row. It sounds like a lot, but logging in doesn't matter all that much. What matters are the changes that I have made to be fit. A lot more fit. I call them lifestyle changes.

I stopped using the scale at 276 pounds. I am sure I went higher.

I guess you have to ask yourself what is fit and why am I here? And in my case, why am I still here for over 4 years? Why is MFP a staple of daily life? There are lots of reasons. I tried diets, eating what I wanted to in moderation, but what really changed was the long list of things I no longer eat.

Sure I missed them for a while, but I am just not interested.

Here is a list of things I haven't had in a year or more (if I did, it was a very small amount so I didn't die that day): Casseroles, crock-pot meals, sauces, gravy, white potatoes, rice, all candy except for a bit of chocolate, sweet drinks with or without sugar, deep fried foods, cereal, bread, chips, pasta, McDonalds, Arby’s, BK or Wendy's anything, processed meat (except for a rare few slices of nitrate-free bacon because I am human) and sex err, I mean waffles.

This weight loss thing is just too damn fragile!

I have made a number of friends here on MFP. Some have crossed over to Facebook and a number of them I have met at races all over the US. I have been writing a blog for all of my time here. I even wrote a book ICU to Marathon. It's been a way for me to focus on what matters in life, have some fun and express feelings in a forum where someone might even care.

Getting fit is more than just losing weight!

I am down somewhere between 70 and a 100 pounds. My waist went from 44" to 33". I was pre-diabetic, had higher blood pressure than I do now and my cholesterol was pretty high too. I went from huffing and puffing a 55 minute mile to running a 6 minute mile - just one, but hey. My heart catheterization, meniscus repair, rotator cuff surgery, the removal of 4 melanoma and Basal Cell carcinoma spots as well as a colon tumor have all been successful! My blood work and last echocardiogram were all normal too. I have run 68 races including 7 marathons, 14 half marathons and some other shorter stuff.

I can run a marathon tomorrow if I feel like it.

I guess over all, I am fit. I am still keeping a prostate tumor under surveillance. For the most part it hasn't been a problem for running or eating. However, something has been going on for the last 6 weeks or so. I will be having tests on Thursday to see what the problem is.

Cancer is scary.

As 2015 draws to a close, I am working to finish my next book, visiting my kids, saving for retirement and spending the rest.

How about you? How’s it going in 2015?

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dsjohndrow wrote 82 months ago:
Thanks, bro! Enjoy your friendship too! now about the MS marathon!?
lhmertz wrote 82 months ago:
Your strength and courage is remarkable! I'd say you have achieved "fit" status with a lot of hard work and dedication. I'm sending positive thoughts and including you in my prayers; I hope they find what is ailing you on Thursday and it's nothing a lollipop and sticker can't fix.
swat1948 wrote 82 months ago:
It's nothing to log in regularly. I have an impressive number of days logged in here as well. I can't say I'm as disciplined as you when it comes to food. I believe in eating all things in moderation. I couldn't run if I wanted to due to artificial knees. I'm a cook and I'm darn well going to eat stuff like Christmas cookies or Thanksgiving pie once in a while. No that stuff is not something I eat everyday. But trust me, I have come a long way. And I log because it keeps me in line. But John, I really have to commend you on all you have done, you're amazing!
Dootzy1 wrote 82 months ago:
Applause!! Multiple rounds of applause! I do not choose to run, or eat as you do. But I know that you have found a path that works very well---your lifestyle is a key reminder of human resilience and power.
celticlass69 wrote 82 months ago:
It's easy to keep going at first, when the weight is going .. when it's been a while and you've plateaued, that is when it's hard. Throw in illnesses, injuries, stress from life. Well then it get downright frustrating. Why do we keep going on .. those of us who do ... because we've found deep down in us the will, the dream to be a healthier happier version of our former selves. I can only imagine how hard some of the things you've gone through have been .. yet you still put one foot in front of the other. Mile after mile. That is the real strength, not giving up or giving in. I hope that this latest health issue gets resolved in a positive way. Let's put 2015 to bed and ring in 2016 with a finish line bell! :)
KassiesJourney wrote 82 months ago:
You are so amazing! Seeing that someone who has been through so much and it keeps going, keep fighting and making the healthy changes necessary. Truly an inspiration!
lrefrench wrote 82 months ago:
Hi! Nice to hear your story, a true inspiration!
trimom10 wrote 82 months ago:
You have a very motivating journey!
pamelawr wrote 81 months ago:
Thank you for sharing your journey! It's inspiring!
Ladyconductor13 wrote 81 months ago:
Fun blog!!!
LivingtheLeanDream wrote 81 months ago:
Great blog :-D

2015 has been a great year for me, I have been in maintance for 2+ years but its like in 2015 the penny finally dropped! I felt I could exercise off any food I ate for one thing! I've seen me walking 40000 steps in one day but being so hungry I ate above TDEE even for doing that amount of exercise...
My view on food has changed so much, I see it as fuel, the better choices I make means I don't feel hungry.
And for the first time in forever when I enjoy a dessert, if its not absolute bliss I wont continue eating it - I regularly stop after a few bites. Its enough to just taste a little bit but I no longer want to eat a whole portion.

Keep up the great work and I hope those tests go ok!
daniagirl68 wrote 81 months ago:
Thank you for sharing, very inspirational.
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