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2015 St Anthony's Triathlon Finish Chute!

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My 'lil Spark. Gianna, who changed my life! Motivation? Look to the children!

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St Anthony's Triathlon, St Peterburg, FL! Grandmasters Coed Relay 3rd Place! SMS Rockstars! My Team, OMT-Outspokin Multisport Team, won the top team at this Southeast Regional Triathlon Championship! #67yearsyoung #believethat #blessed

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Hello SparkFriends, I'm Monty!
~ In 1975, I left the Armed Forces with a 25% disability! I was told that I would be in a wheelchair by the time I was 45! To date, I still have spinal nerve damage but have found ways to carry on in training for runs and Triathlons!
~After being an athlete at a younger age, and going through weight fluctuation all my life, I had been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes in 2000, messed up all my blood work numbers, ate garbage, and forgot what exercise was! My maximum density had reached 258 lbs! After a reality check and ten years, I got rid of 30 lbs. But I slipped and started going back up. After moving to Fl, I was down to around 222.
~On Oct 17, 2010, I was around 215 when introduced to SP by my wife, a Veteran AF Captain! By the end of that month, I had started walking with her, I realized strength training again, I started fueling clean, and accepted a healthier lifestyle. (Slowly but safely.) I also discovered I loved walking 5Ks. I had done 4 official 5Ks and always envied the runners going by. I trained and became a runner at 61! Since Nov. 2010, I've done over 70 5Ks, 1 8K, 8 10K, 4 15Ks, 1 10Miler, 20 Half Marathons, 5 Duathlons, 19 Triathlons, & 1 Marathon! I turned 68 years young on May 25, 2018. I am starting my 5th year as a member of the Outspokin Bicycles Triathlon Team!
~I completed my 1st Marathon, The Marine Corps Marathon, on Oct 22, 2017 at 67 years old!
~I lost 57 lbs inside of 5 months, a total of 100 lbs! I reached my goal weight, since adjusted for running/Triathlon performance, and have been maintaining for over 6 years! I'm on the journey and I love it! SparkPeople provides me a source of accountability. The best way I can pass it forward is to be a positive force, lead by example, and help everyone here along our journey!
~In Mar 2018, I celebrated 9 years cancer free! I'm embracing the fact that I'm a survivor for a reason! Hope!
~There are slight bumps in the journey's road. DON'T dwell on them. Taking a break or leaving for a while only hurts you, and makes for easy excuses! Focus on your dreams and you will soar to your goals. Do it for you!
~It's simple. I want to be able to enjoy a longer life with my family here in Paradise! I'm taking back the years lost! Commitment, consistency, and persistence with no excuses or walking away is the winner's way! I am accountable. I wouldn't want it any other way!
#noexcuses #neverquit

Member Since: 10/17/2010

Fitness Minutes: 94,849

My Goals:
For 2018:
1) Focus on safe running & better training practices.
2) Become a Stronger Triathlete.
3) Continue to prove by example that the Spark Plan to live healthy works.
4) Support, motivate and inspire all my SparkFriends any way I can.
5) Focus on intrinsic values & enjoy the journey!
6) Training Now to Be in the Best Condition for 2018 Ironman New Orleans 70.3 Relay in October!

My Program:
For 2019:
1) Continue as a role model for my granddaughter and to work to inspire others.
2) Continue to represent Outspokin Multisport Team
3) Optimize Nutrition.
4) Always cook healthy.
5) Always be in learning mode.
6) Stay positive and passionate about life!
7) Stay in Permanent Training Mode.
9) Plan to do at least one Ironman 70.3!

Personal Information:
- I live in Dunedin, Fl, with a Palm Harbor address, by the beach! (Welcome to Planet Florida!)
- I'm "retired" after 32 years of government service with the last 24 at The Pentagon. :P
- I am Member of the Public Relations Action Advisory Committee, ExOfficio on the Community Redevelopment Agency Advisory & Stadium Advisory Committees for the City of Dunedin, Fl
- Member of Racehawk, a Triathlon/Road Race Management Team.
- Member of the Outspokin Multisport Race Team.
- Member of VIP Warriors Tampa, enabling challenged Veterans to compete in endurance sports.
- Technical & Creative Consultant, providing reviews and commentaries on several social networks.
- I've been to hell on earth! I've had 7 near death experiences!
I'm a survivor, still suffer guilt, and controlling deppession BUT I'm now embracing Life!

Other Information:
"I've been high, I've been low, I've been yes, and I've been oh hell no!"

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