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March 01, 2015
Okay, I'm back! I'm now 48 and close approximately 295lbs. When I first started on Spark People on September 13 2009 (I was then 284.5lbs), I found myself to be committed to loosing the weight and obtain my goal. I, with the help of my wife Bonnie was doing fairly well and following my meal plans and even got down to my goal weight of 225lbs. I actually made it to 224lbs and maintained it for quite some time. Back then, I was at a job that kept me very active. About a year after I lost the weight, I hurt myself at work and was unable to walk for long periods for over 3 months. During that time I gain lots of weight back and got very lazy! When I did get back to work (I was forced to by the Worker's Compensation Board), I was still in lots of pain and although I was able to walk for long periods again, I did so very slowly and found myself having to take lots of breaks. I was also still gaining weight.

Anyways, lets move forward to present time. I now have had a new job for just over 2 years now. This new job has me sitting at a desk 99% of the time. This, plus still having issues walking has made me again, very lazy. Well, hopefully starting today that is all going to change!

Bonnie and I a week ago returned from a 10 day cruise, where we both ate way too much! Weighed myself the day after I got back (February 24, 2015) and was 295lbs. Starting today, I am going to start tracking again. Going to try and eat sensibly at least 5 days a week (that can be hard at times as I work 12 hour night shifts 4 on/4 off), going to try to start exercising more even if it is just walking, and I AM going to loose the weight again! With Bonnie's help, I know I can do it!

Next week, when off work I'll be updating my profile completely including new photos. I will also update my goals, and I hope to do a few blogs. I'm also looking forward to catching up with old friends and hopefully meeting new ones!


Hi there. My name is Derek. I'm a 43y/o married male from Winnipeg, MB. My wife (Bonnie1970) has been on SP for years now & she has been mentioning SP to me a lot, so I decided to check it out :-)

I am 6'6" and when I joined SP on September 13, 2009 my weigh was 284.5lbs. My goal is to get down to 225lbs by February 1, 2010.

My main reason for wanting to lose weight is because on February 9th (2010) Bonne and I are leaving for a 2 week vacation to Barbados. I guess this will be like a second honeymoon, since we just got married March 18, 2009 at The Chapel at the Luxar in Vegas.


Member Since: 9/13/2009

Fitness Minutes: 37,700

My Goals:
I currently (September 13, 2009) weigh 284lbs.
My goal is to get down to 225 - 235 by February 1, 2010.

My Program:
Since September 1, 2009 (I was 294.5lbs then) I have gone from between 6000 & 8000 calories a day to between 800 & 1200 5 days a week & up to 1800 the other 2. With the help of my wonderful wife (she's been counting my calories for me) I have already lost 10.5lbs.

Personal Information:
My name is Derek. I'm a 43y/o married male from Winnipeg, MB.
My wife (Bonnie1970) has been on SP for years now & she has been mentioning SP to me a lot, so I decided to finally check it out!
My e-mail address I'm on Facebook using that e-mail address.

Other Information:
My wife and I have 4 cats that we adopted from D'Arcy's A.R.C. ( in Winnipeg.
The 2 youngest are female calicos that we adopted in May 2008 as kittens. Their names are Amber & Alexis (Lexi).
A few weeks later in June 2008 we adopted them we noticed on D'Arcy's website their mother (Lunar) was up for adoption. I went down to D'Arcy's & met her. The next day I went back and adopted her. Lunar isabout 3 years old, 99% black with a little bit of white under the chin. She sure does not look like a mother of calicos. Lunar lost part of a ear from frostbite.
The 4th cat is Dillon. Dillon is a dark grey/black tabby about 4 years of age that we adopted in March 2009 shortly after we got back from our Vegas wedding. He is one unusual cat! If I pick him up he spreads his front paws around my neck & tries hugging as tight as he can.
I will post pictures of the cats on my blog sometime soon.

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