Giveaway on Fitlanthropist

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I’ve finished my first fundraising cycle on the Fitlanthropist, and while I wish it would have gone a bit better, I’m grateful for the experience I had (especially since I managed to lose 10 lbs!)

Before I start my new project, I need some feedback. Here’s what I need you to do:

Go to http://fitlanthropist.com and tell me what you’d like to see. Give me pointers on what would make a good blog. Did I have enough fitness and wellness info? Do I need more on the charitable sector?  Anything…be honest with me.

Leave a comment for me AT THE FITLANTHROPIST and you’ll be entered to win a $15 iTunes gift card. There are only six comments so far! Plus, as a little incentive, if you tweet or recommend the site to friends via Facebook (or any other way where you can send me a link to show me) I’ll count that as another entry. This will be the first giveaway of what I hope will be many…I’ve got some cool things up my sleeve so stay tuned!

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On Fitlanthropist: Vote for the charity of your choice for the first fundraiser!

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Go HERE! Now! 🙂

I should have clarified: Mark-Paul Gosselaar didn’t die.

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Folks, evidently my sarcasm doesn’t translate well to all readers, and for this I apologize (and occasionally laugh out loud).

My prior post talked about rumors, and I specifically mentioned one that circulated while I was in high school…that Mark-Paul Gosselaar had died.

1) In no way did I ever believe it.

2) I didn’t think anyone would believe it this time around.

3) I didn’t think I had written in a fashion that would allude to either of the previous points.

That said, let me categorically state: Mark-Paul Gosselaar (aka Zack Morris) is NOT dead. 🙂

Hey. Remember me? Yeah. I’m that guy.

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I’m not dead. Heaven forbid I should become one of those teeny-bopper rumors we all heard in high school (I think the big one that really impacted me was that Mark-Paul Gosselaar had died…if you know me at all, you probably know that I’m a huge Saved by the Bell fan. Go ahead and make fun of me, but there’s no way you’ll EVER beat me at SBTB trivia).

So, it’s been a while. A LONG while. And, frankly, I don’t have much to account for my absence other than the semester from hell. I’d tell you about it, but it would only throw me into a foaming-at-the-mouth rage witnessed by few, and only comparable in nature to the time Sarah Palin mocked community organizers at the Republic National Convention. Well, either that, or the time FOX cancelled Arrested Development.

I have, no doubt, lost readers, but I want to thank those of you who’ve kept up with me from time to time. Your support has not gone unnoticed!

However, I am back to regain my journey. I made a significant dent by losing 30 pounds. I haven’t stepped on a scale lately, but the fact that I don’t want to should tell you something. The time has come to re-engage my goals and get serious about them.

When I started this, I realized that I might fall a couple of times. In fact, of the stories I had read of really successful weightloss, many had to lose and regain several time before the true success took place. If this is one of those times, so be it. I’m ready to get back to it, and I’m ready to share my endeavors with you again.

I went for a run last week and it felt really great. I need to remember the fact that I can do it. That the despite the fact I weigh…what I do…I AM A RUNNER. I need to be grateful that I can use my legs to carry my corpulent body a few miles in under an hour…and I need to use that to get me back on track.

Who’s with me?

FOOD!

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Food is an interesting topic with me. I think a lot of people tend to generalize that all overweight and obese people are fat because they eat too much, when in fact, I might not completely fit into that category. I know, I know…it sounds like an excuse, but sometimes my wife has to prod me to eat! But those who know how the body works know that not eating isn’t exactly healthy either, especially for those of us who tend to be insulin resistant.

I am not, nor do I intend to start a diet anytime soon.  I am done with dieting.  I’ve tried and tried, and realize now that I’ve gained nothing (but my weight back) from dieting! So, I have a goal to make healthier choices with food, to use portion control, and to eat the right amount of calories my body needs per day.

When I was in my early 20’s I lived in Italy for a couple of years.  One lady who found out I was going there was worried about me. “Oh my,” she said. “They have such a fattening diet.” Suggesting that she obviously though I could stand to lose a few…which I could have. I wasn’t too offended because she perpetually stuck her foot in her mouth, but she did make me think about it for a minute.  I’ve never seen a fat Italian, I thought. Maybe I’d actually lose weight? And that’s exactly what happened.  I ate a diet high in carbs nearly every day in a country where my main modes of transportation were bicycles and walking…after three months, 38 pounds melted away, and over the next five I lost 26 more and then plateaued after moving to a city where I traveled mostly by bus. In two years of not a lot of exercise, and a so-called “fattening diet,” I still managed to lose 64 pounds.

When I returned to the U.S., over the next three years I gained back 80.

Yikes.

One of the reasons I love Italy (and loved my experience there) is not only because it’s the land of my ancestors (alla parte della mia mamma), but also because I loved the food! I learned how to cook what the Italians cooked, but the food had a reverse effect on me when I came home.  Why?  Because I decided to lug my fat ass around in my truck instead of walking or biking more…that’s why.

And so goes my challenges and goals with eating healthy. I know it’s a perpetual process, and of course, I always welcome suggestions from others.  Since discovering MizFit’s blog, I have really enjoyed the recipes she’s posted and will definitely have to try them out. But I know that in the long run, I need to exercise more to burn off more of that I eat.  I need to avoid huge meals, and perhaps get better at ‘grazing’ or smaller, more frequent meals.

Any thoughts lingering out there?