My story began a couple years ago with my daughter– she wanted me to help her do the monkey bars at the park. Opting to show her how you cross the monkey bars, my left hand went from the starting bar to the second and that’s where it ended. I didn’t have the strength or endurance to show my daughter how to play at the playground.The depression was almost immediate. I was an athletic standout throughout high school and college, and somehow my 5’10” frame had reached 232 pounds with a BMI of 33.3. My choice was obvious – go on a diet and exercise program and lose weight. I proceeded to go on a program and lost about 30 lbs only to gain it all back a few months later. I learned that loosing weight and living healthy cannot be a simple diet and exercise program. It is a lifestyle change. Having learned this lesson I went about changing my life. I reapplied myself and have lost 54 pounds, currently weighing 178 pounds with a BMI of 25.5. Exercise is now a priority. I work out 6 days a week and bike to work. Nutritionally, I started eating with a purpose: to fuel my body, not to satisfy an emotional connection to food. A big help through out this weight loss process was my Polar FS1.Tracking my heart rate during cardio exercise was the best way that I could make sure that I was in my target zone. If I hadn’t had the FS1 I would not have known if I was pushing my self hard enough or too hard and I needed to take it a little easier. Exercise and nutrition is a science, and getting precise measurements from my FS1 made it a lot easier to be successful in my weight loss. Losing the weight has made me a better person physically and emotionally. I even found a new passion that used to be an old enemy… running. I am training for my first Ultra Marathon (a 50k mountain race) in July. But the most important thing about loosing this weight is that it has helped me to become a better Dad. Now when my kids and I play at the park we can play till they are tired… not me.