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11/16/17 8:46 A

John you are awesome!!! Congratulations!!! Go John Go!!!

JULESBEARRIFIC SparkPoints: (2,697)
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11/16/17 8:29 A

Wow!! Way to go! You’ve earned this 😀

RETIREDAT60 Posts: 2,554
11/16/17 8:26 A

Way to go John! You should be very proud of your efforts, and I am pleased to read your story which should be an inspiration to many.

11/16/17 8:25 A

emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!

11/16/17 8:15 A

Congratulations! Your ongoing dedication to being fit has earned a major reward! I am inspired.

JANSAUR Posts: 1,302
11/16/17 8:11 A

What an inspiration you are to all of us. Thanks for sharing your story. Congratulation!!

MARGARITTM Posts: 6,083
11/16/17 8:09 A

I get it!
Freakin awesome!

I BQ;d last month so I totally get it!

Nobody gonna take it away from you

RAINBOWFALLS Posts: 50,571
11/16/17 8:05 A

WOW - emoticon

ROCKS8ROX Posts: 2,112
11/16/17 7:58 A

How amazing! You are a true inspiration! Thank you for sharing your story!

SWEETNEEY Posts: 21,893
11/16/17 7:51 A

John you are an ironman

DIANNEMT Posts: 13,692
11/16/17 7:50 A

Great story!!! I have watched my brother cross the finish line of an Ironman--you did it!

NASFKAB SparkPoints: (672,838)
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11/16/17 7:44 A

Amazing story you are great congratulations

INGMARIE Posts: 12,294
11/16/17 7:39 A

Congratulations, this is awesome and so are you emoticon

11/16/17 7:39 A

Wow! I'm so proud of you! What a life change! So proud of you! Now you are an inspiration to others as someone was to you 5 years ago. Keep up the good work!

MARTHA324 Posts: 9,207
11/16/17 7:38 A

That is emoticon
Very inspiring!

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SOPHIELSMOM SparkPoints: (10,362)
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11/16/17 7:36 A

Congratulations Iron Man! Keep up the good work. emoticon

LINDAK25 Posts: 8,249
11/16/17 7:26 A


SMORSEBVR Posts: 11,242
11/16/17 7:23 A

John that is fantastic - congratulations!

SPARKPEOPLE1951 SparkPoints: (71,416)
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11/16/17 7:22 A

Wow I am really proud of you. I can't even imagine how your body would feel after going thru all that. Good going it just shows if you want something bad enough you can do it. emoticon emoticon

MOONGLOWSNANA SparkPoints: (226,711)
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11/16/17 7:15 A

emoticon Keep Sparking!

EMMACORY Posts: 31,941
11/16/17 7:14 A

Fantastic! Thanks for sharing your joy. emoticon emoticon emoticon

LJK091354 Posts: 28,379
11/16/17 7:13 A

emoticon John, you deserve a trophy! Congrats and don't worry about that wind making your eyes water! It's well deserved!

FIREBRTHR SparkPoints: (12,069)
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11/16/17 7:05 A

Congratulations! Hard work pays off! emoticon

GCWILLI1 SparkPoints: (168,770)
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11/16/17 7:05 A

Wow! What a great testimony, John! And what an inspiration! Keep up the great work and the inspiration for us all!

NANHBH Posts: 23,844
11/16/17 7:01 A

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Awesome accomplishment! Congrats!

UMUCGRAD Posts: 56,833
11/16/17 6:48 A

Well I am motivated. Thank you! Amazing triumph

11/16/17 6:45 A

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ONEKIDSMOM Posts: 10,234
11/16/17 6:44 A

John, your story is so moving, and so indicative of the spirit it takes to BE and Ironman. I'm not one, and may never be. So far my longest tri (so far) was Olympic distance, so I am in awe of you and all you have accomplished.

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SDHSFCCLA Posts: 5,466
11/16/17 6:34 A

Amazing! Thanks for sharing your success :)

11/16/17 6:33 A

That is beyond awesome! I was a volunteer there this year and was so inspired by all of you!! Great job! I am 3 lb is to my 50lb weight reduction! Thanks for sharing and way to go! That is a tough course too!

CARMACHAMELEON SparkPoints: (197,574)
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11/16/17 6:29 A

WOW!!! What an amazing story and a totally awesome transformation!!!


- Nancy Jean -

BESSHAILE Posts: 10,705
11/16/17 6:24 A

Gosh that's a triumphant story! Thank you for sharing.

SWEETMAGNOLIA2 SparkPoints: (247,213)
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11/16/17 6:15 A

Your story is so inspiring. Congrats on all your accomplishments.

DTHOR6 SparkPoints: (185,420)
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11/16/17 6:13 A

Congrats! That is fabulous!

11/16/17 6:00 A

Woohoo Congratulations! Thanks for posting you are my inspiration today!

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11/16/17 5:57 A


CRAZYMAMA46 Posts: 92
11/16/17 5:56 A

Congratulations!! What a powerful story. You are such an inspiration. emoticon

Edited by: CRAZYMAMA46 at: 11/16/2017 (05:56)
DASH__LOM Posts: 198
11/16/17 5:55 A

Wow. Just... fantastic. Congrats and keep fit!

11/16/17 5:43 A

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11/16/17 5:38 A

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CAROLB147 SparkPoints: (19,358)
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11/16/17 5:30 A

Congratulations, that is a GREAT accomplishment and one that you can be proud of. Although I don't run, or participate in marathons, I can appreciate the hard work and dedication that goes into getting ready for one. I'm sure everyone around you is proud that you had the courage, not only to begin, but to see it through!

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11/16/17 5:26 A

Congratulations, John. Keep on keeping on. Blessings.

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SWEDE_SU Posts: 6,919
11/16/17 5:07 A

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PLANANAN SparkPoints: (30,196)
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11/16/17 4:52 A

Well done

GOLFGMA Posts: 29,949
11/10/17 10:03 P

emoticon IRONMAN!

AIYANASMAMA SparkPoints: (109,028)
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11/9/17 9:14 A

Online Now  • ))
emoticon I'm so happy to hear this! Congrats Iron Man JOHN!

SPIEGY Posts: 1,828
11/5/17 9:06 A

This is just awesome! You must be so proud of yourself! I really appreciate that you posted this and showed us your success five years down the road while you just kept (and keep!) chugging along and achieving your goals. Congratulations and thanks for sharing - that's what this great community is all about! emoticon

IVYLASS Posts: 7,192
11/3/17 4:14 P

Way to go!!

JHAACK39 SparkPoints: (0)
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10/19/17 1:07 P


5.5 years ago, I signed on here. I weighed 305 lbs. I'd been doing a little exercise bike. I had done some of it before and lost some weight, but then stopped. For some reason I started again. Then I read an article about Sparkpeople and signed on and started food tracking.

I amped up my fitness. Joined Planet Fitness and kept losing 2 lbs. here, 3 lbs. there. Sometimes 4. Sometimes less. In a little over a year, I had lost over 100 lbs. and was fit.

I got in to triathlon. Sprints. Olympics. Even a half Ironman.

On Sunday in Louisville, I swam 2.4 miles, rode 112 miles, and ran a marathon and crossed the finish line in just over 13.5 hours to the sound of "John, You Are an IRONMAN!" They say it is a line you have to cross to understand. I have been immersed in this project in great depth for over a year, and arguably working towards it for 5 years. And now I understand.

It would not have happened without Sparkpeople. I was scared when I started the journey. I was afraid it would change who I was. I liked to who I was. It didn't change me. It made all the things I like about me even better.

Below is the text of my first Sparkpost over 5 years ago...
Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to close my office door. There's some crazy wind or something that seems to be making my eyes water up or something.


I'm 40+
I've got 100 pounds to go to the point that I would be "healthy".
I know it's a simple equation. Eat less. Eat better. Excercise more. I once lost 30+ pounds by eating better and riding a stationary bike regularly. That was a couple years ago. I moved and started a new job and never kept up. Gained back about 10 of that in the last few years.

I've been riding the bike again and eating marginally better.

I'm hoping habits form and it just keeps going even if it's slow. I've been at the bike for over a month now. ~5 times a week and am eating a healthy breakfast (which used to be sporadic at best). Up to 25 minutes of much more vigorous riding. Definitely feeling better. Not noticing a ton of weight change, but noticing some clothing change.

Definitely like the idea of "levelling up". Even if it's just a number on a computer screen and a different trophy picture.

Unfortunately, riding the bike is really the only thing I can tolerate doing as a form of excercise. Walking is OK, but I find it hard to walk fast enough to make a difference. I'm a cheapo and don't "do" gyms. I hit the bike hard when I do it. It's not a leisurely. I like the bike because I can fool myself into the idea that I'm doing something I generally like to do (riding a real bike). I'd ride a real bike too, but I fear I wouldn't do it hard enough either.

If anyone else has similar ideas on excercises that you can fool yourself into thinking you're doing something enjoyable, I'm open for them.

Edited by: JHAACK39 at: 10/19/2017 (13:11)
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