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RYANDEJONGHE is a SparkPeople Motivator!

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Last year was my third attempt at SparkPeople and I think it went really well. I lost nearly 40 pounds, ran my first 5k in nearly 20 years, and felt wonderful. Then came February. For some unknown reason, I died. I went into Sudden Cardiac Arrest in front of my whole family. Thanks to the grace of God, I was saved. My survival chances were less than 6%. All the right people were there and after being shocked 72 time in the ER, I'm alive today.

Thanks to SparkPeople, I was healthy going into that situation. My blood pressure was nice and low, blood levels normal, and my heart was clean as a whistle. Something electrical caused the Cardiac Arrest and to this day, doctors have no idea what caused it.

Anyhow...a few hospital visits later and after having a few shirts cut off of me from the paramedics, I think I'm getting closer to where I was. My weight has come back, but my spirit has strengthened. I know what life and death are about and I would like to prolong the previous as much as I'm allowed.

There are so many wonderful people here and I am fortunate to have built a great many friendships through SparkPeople. I'm looking forward to building more friendships and achieving more of those goals with all of my friends.

Member Since: 8/10/2009

Fitness Minutes: 22,294

My Goals:
Lose the weight, have fun, and be around for my family and friends.

My Program:
Track my food and follow the Spark program; use the Xbox Kinect to have fun and exercise. I also enjoy playing with my kids and taking walks with the family.

Personal Information:
I'm from West Haven, CT and live with my wife, two kids, and pets. I write about the OnLive video game service, I lead the Xbox Kinect Fitness group here, and I admin video game tournaments at Fragged Nation. Contact me at:

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    I came here to look for my fire! I've lost it! emoticon
    3299 days ago
  • v VENISEW1
    emoticon for the sparkgoodie & support. I really appreciate the encouragement!
    3308 days ago
  • v ACCT1908
    Great review on DC2! Now I'm at work all excited. Hope I can make it through the day without catching a cold *ahew* emoticon
    3320 days ago
  • v DAWNFIRE72
    Thank you for the comment on my blog. I have considered getting a punching bag but lack the space to have one right now. I think next time I will try the Fighters Uncaged game and see if that works for stress relief but I doubt it as it doesn't seem to track well with the Kinect (that could be due to the bad arrangement of my sensor and my living room space, my sensor is on the base of the TV not above it which I've been told makes it not work as well).
    3320 days ago
    Thanks for stopping by my page. I have been MIA for a few days. I am in the middle of my last few days before Finals for school so I have been quite busy with that. I actually just finished doing TWO 10 page papers (didn't quite make 10 pages) but I'm tired dangit!!!! But, I sure am ready for my week off from school! Whew!!! Again! thanks for stopping by!!!
    3321 days ago
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