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12/27/11 3:22 P

So last week I finally joined a gym. Ok I realize Iím on the ďNo Gym NeededĒ team but Iíve reached the point in my training where I could do it at home but it would be a lot more difficult. And on top of that it was at a price I couldnít refuse. My daughters (who both joined the same gym 1st) they are the ones who told me about the deal. Iíve really enjoyed using the treadmill the last couple of days when itís been so cold outside. After the Ĺ marathon Iíll be able to train better for my hike into the Grand Canyon.

Steve



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12/26/11 11:44 P

What a Christmas gift. Last year I had a morning glucose of 78 and a 104 pre-dinner, on 5 oral meds & insulin. Today with no meds or insulin I had a morning blood fast of 84 and 92 pre dinner. PTL!!!

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12/17/11 9:18 P

It has been a week and 2 days without any diabetic related medicine (or any med's at all). My average sugar level is 87. God is sure good. I continue working on losing my last 8 pounds while tracking my food, water and exercise.

Steve



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12/11/11 11:42 P

Urgent Medicine update!!!! Ė A Temple Restoration Update

I wasn't sure about saying anything because it is almost too good to be true. As you know I was taken off my Blood Pressure medicine early last week, and my metformin was reduced in half. Well my sugar levels have stayed so low (mid 70ís to low 80ís) that I was taken off my metformin totally on Thursday. So I am officially off ALL my diabetic related medicine. Five oral medicines and insulin gone!!! I have been doing my part to restore my body/His temple and God has honored me by removing the need for diabetic medicine. Iím not to my goal weight yet but this is a huge victory. I do believe itís time for ďThe DanceĒ and some celebration.

"To God be the glory GREAT things He has done".
Steve
12-11-11




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12/6/11 10:44 P

It's been a busy couple of days! I have been faith to my devotional time, workout time/temple restoration and staying within my calories range. God is good and life is GREAT with him and this new me He has helped me create.

Steve
2-6-11



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12/3/11 4:45 P

I posted a new blog "A trainer in my phone"

6 weeks 1 day from my first Half marathon!!!! emoticon



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11/24/11 9:20 P

11-24-11

I have posted a new blog. "What a difference a year makes" I am in awe of all the great benefits of losing weight and adapting a healthy lifestyle change.

Edited by: SAC-6582 at: 11/24/2011 (21:21)


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11/16/11 10:39 P

WowÖit hit like a hurricane. I wasnít feeling the best with a head cold and then to day it hit full force. The last time I felt that cold was when I fell through the ice on a creek in 5 degree weather. Then I went from chilling to a fever of 101.8. Thank God it seems to be past and all Iím left with is a really nasty head cold and feeling really exhausted. Nothing a good nightís sleep wonít take care of. So Iím going to bed early tonight.

11-16-11



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11/15/11 6:44 P

GoingÖGoingÖGone?!?!?! 11/16/11

With God as my helper over the past 17 months Iíve gone from 5 oral medicines (diabetic related medicines) and insulin to only one oral medicine. So as I went to my follow-up doctorís visit today hoping to continue my progress toward being free of Diabetic medicine, I really wasnít sure what would happen. I knew my sugar levels had been really good but would it be good enough?
After going over my blood work my Doctor gave me his game plan. First he wants me to concentrate on getting my weight between 170-174lbs. Then I am to go off my Metformin February 1, 2012. After being off of it for 3 months Iíll get another blood work done and then a follow up visit. If my blood work comes out with a normal reading then I will be off it for good. If notÖwell Iím not going there. My eyes are fixed on being off this medicine and thatís what Iím going to be working toward.
With Godís help I will be taking my last dosage of Metformin February 1, 2012. So there you have it. AWESOME!!!!!


God is GOOD and I am THANKFUL
Steve



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11/13/11 12:24 A

Just posted a new blog celebrating my year anniversary, 11-13-11



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11/10/11 10:41 P

11-10-11
Wow that wasn't expected!! I really donít know what to sayÖI so am humbled. So, thanks to all those who had a part in me receiving the Sparkpeople motivator award! To God be the glory.



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11/8/11 11:16 P

Oh the joy of buckling the seat belt with room to spare. Then I put down the tray, it didnít touch me. Not even when fully extended. Itís now time for ďThe DanceĒ (the one in Evan Almighty)
11-8-11



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10/29/11 1:37 A

What a Week!!!!!!!!
10-28-11

I thought that when I reached 185lbs putting me at 160lbs lost it was a great week. But it didnít end there. As of today 10-28-11, I have officially lost 20 inches off my waist. When I started this I was a 54 inch waist. Today I measured in at a 34 in waist. Wow!!!! God has truly been good. And as if that wasnít enough today I accomplished another victory. I have been trying to powerwalk my 5.20 in 60 minutes. The closest I have come to date has been 63 minutes. But today I was able to do it in 58 minutes. WooHoo!!!! That is a pace of 11.09 minutes per mile. Itís my goal to be able to do that on a regular basis. It may take some time but it will happen. It would be totally awesome to be able to keep a 11.09 Ė 12 minute per mile for the PF Chang half Marathon. (And as nice as that would be my 1st goal is to finish it) So after this week, next week could be very anticlimactic. No way!!! There are more goals to be reached and more victories to be won!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!



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10/27/11 4:14 P

I posted a new blog "WooHoo another milestone!!!!"



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10/22/11 11:08 P

My first timed 5k Ė ďThe Lincoln family YMCA 5KĒ 10-22-11

Iím not sure where to begin. I have a lot of emotions about this 1st timed 5k race. So letís start with the surprises or things I hadnít planned on.

THE TERRAIN: Those who live in the Phoenix (valley) who are familiar with South Mountain park will know what I mean when I say it was up hill both ways. Seriously!! You start at a simple elevation, go down into a ravine and then up to the turn around. Then itís down to the ravine and up to the finish line. I should have known it was going to be this way but it still caught me by surprise.

THE RESULTS: I thought from what I read on the web site that they would be separating the runners from the walkers. Surprise!!!!! They didnít. I can say with great confidence not a single walker passed me, in fact I passed countless runners. So my result was placed in with the runners. Bummer!!

Now let me share with you THE HIGHLIGHTSÖ JOYS: 1st and foremost I FINISHED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
- The weather was awesome!
- I felt GREAT going into the race! I didnít push myself Thursday or Friday so I would be at my best for today. And it worked!!!!!!!
- I wish I had a dollar for every time I heard remarks from runners about a walker passing them. In fact I was the greatest motivator for many runners. ďWhat? We canít let a walker finish ahead of us...Ē I kept a very study pace and never let up. My time for the 1st 1.5 miles was the same as for the last 1.6 miles. In my training I havenít been able to keep that pace for the whole 5k.
- I left everything I had on the course. I have never pushed myself so hard in any of the other walks Iíve been in or in my training/everyday workout.

WHAT I LEARNED:
- Donít get so caught up with the awards. Itís about finishing and doing your best.
- I have found joy despite the disappointments and surprises. I am truly celebrating this accomplishment. To be 2 minutes slower than my best time in the terrain I was walking is amazing. I did the 5k in 39.59 Ė that is a 12:53 pace
- I now know what I need to do for my next 5k, which is the 3TV Phoenix 10K 2011 - 36th Annual on November 6th.

CONCLUSION: Even though there were some disappointments, all in all it was a GREAT 5k. I was hit with terrain I hadnít trained for but I only lost 2.59/3 minutes more than my best time. From what others were saying, they lost a lot more than that. There is no way I could have walked this a year ago, not to mention before I started this lifestyle change. God has been so good and I am so blessed to have this second chance at this new and healthy life.




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10/21/11 8:33 P

10-21-11

Just pick up my shirt, bib and other pre-registration items for the Lincoln family YMCA 5K. I canít wait till tomorrow. I'm hoping to beat my best time of 37 minutes (power-walking). Iím so excitedÖ emoticon emoticon



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10/20/11 12:42 A

WooHoo!!! Two day till the Lincoln family YMCA 5K. I've been in 5k fun walks. But this one is more of a race. I have reduced my workout so I will be fresh for the 5k. Then I have another week and a half and I have another 5k. After that I start working on increasing my speed and/or jogging.



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10/16/11 10:49 P

10-16-11

This past week was a real challenge!!! Between leaning a team who were working on our church and preparing for a Jr/Sr weekend camp and then directing itís been very busy and challenging.
The work at the church was completed the day before the camp started and as with most projects it had its share of problems. But it looks really good and itís finished!!! The challenge was to get in my workout each day and on top of that it was physically demanding work. So toward the end of the week I reduced my workout so I wouldnít wear myself out.

The camp went off without a hitch. But it too made it a challenge to get my workout in. But Iím happy to say I didnít miss a single workout! (They might have been reduced a littleÖ4 miles instead of 5.2). And I stayed within my calories too. So all in all it was a successful week.

God is good and I am so thankful for His strength and help!!! To God be the glory!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!




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10/12/11 9:04 P

10-12-11 - You lost weight where?

Over the past 15 months one way I have checked on my progress is to measure myself or judge by the way my clothes fit me. But there seems to be three places I didnít plan to lose inches, my hands/ring size, hat size and my shoe size.

Ring size: Wow, Iíve had my wedding band now for 29 and soon to be 30 years. I had to have it resized once (bigger) while on our honeymoon. Ever since then its fit though at times very snug. But now it just falls off. So Iím waiting till I reach my goal weight to have it resized

Then there is my hat size: My cowboy hats that used to fit perfectly now are blown off by the slightest breeze. What a bummer! So I guess if Iím going to continue wearing cowboy hats, Iíll need to get me new ones. So I now wear baseball caps until I can get me a new cowboy hat. I just hope this doesnít mean Iíve lost anything else up there. (LOL)

Shoes: I have always had to buy the wide to extra-wide shoes. But through the past year and numerous sores on my feet, I have discovered I am no longer wearing extra wide shoes.

Conclusion: This new lifestyle change is a great thing. This web site is FREE and awesome. But losing weight isnít free. Thank God for Goodwill!


Steve




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10/7/11 3:57 P

10-7-11

Yesterday we, my wife and I, had a day off. A year ago we would have spent it setting around and snacking. What a lifestyle change we have made over the past 15 months. We went for a 45 minute hiked at the Thunderbird Part, one of the local mountains (I call it a hill). Then we had a healthy meal out and some personal (me) time for each of us. She worked on one of her writings projects and I played guitar. Great day!




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10/4/11 5:37 P

emoticon Today I accomplished another Goal. I reached 155lbs lost. That leaves me with 20lbs to go to get to my goal weight of 170lbs. It's taken me 15 months to get to this point but it's so worth it!!!
My next goal is to get to weigh in at 185lbs when I see the Doctor mid Novermber. And with God's help I'll make it.
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10/2/11 7:15 P

10-2-11

So my allergies are starting to get the best of me. My Friday and Saturday morning walks weren't the best but they were what they were. And with the extra Monsoon winds it created more dust and pollen to deal with. Uggggggh emoticon So today I'm listening to my body and taking a much needed day off. Tomorrow starts my strength emoticon training using resistance tubes, while I continue with my training for my first 1/2 marathon (powerwalking).



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9/29/11 12:54 A

9-28-11
Life keeps on getting better

There are so many things I remember about being so morbidly obese. For example, when flying and having to use an extension for the seatbelt. Or when I would sit and try to eat in front of the TV the plate would sit on my belly, so I started using a TV tray. Or if I wanted to use my lap top I couldnít unless it too sat on my belly. I now have a lap!!!! And I am typing this journal update on my lap top which is on the lap I now have. WooHoo!!!!


for pictures see my latest blog "My Journey in Pictures"

Edited by: SAC-6582 at: 9/29/2011 (00:57)


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9/27/11 11:07 A

I have posted a new blog "my journey in pictures" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_j
ournal_individual.asp?blog_id=4505905

Edited by: SAC-6582 at: 9/27/2011 (18:50)


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9/26/11 12:26 A

9-25-11
Posted a new Blog today. "Keeping your focus"



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9/24/11 11:46 P

Iíve been doing 8-10 mile walks on early Saturdays. Today I did a 13.25 mile walk in 3hr and 30 minutes. (15.84 mile pace)Thatís with lost time from a restroom & water stop and traffic lights.



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9/19/11 10:08 P

Another reflection of the past 15 months

So the journey to date (9-19-11) has taken me 15 months, 5 months before Sparkpeople and 10 months with SP. I have learned a lot about Steve in those 15 months and I know there is still a lot to learn. But one thing I know is that I can never return to the life I used to have. I say that because I am enjoying this new lease on life that has been created by this ďLifestyle Change.Ē So I continue to progress forward toward my goal, which by the way is 23lbs away. I should reach my goal by my first Ĺ marathon in January 2011. To learn more about my journey read my blogs.

Keep your focus on God and on your successes regardless how small. And keep a positive attitude.

SAC-6582 (Steve)




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9/18/11 6:11 P

Itís my Choice how I willÖ
9-18-11

Nothing in life has been easy and in the past I havenít always focused on the right things or reacted in a positive way. There have always been choices in each situation. The problem is I donít always choose the right one. Not that I always choose the wrong one but I have been working really hard in all areas of my life to make better choices. But in the past when it came to my health I was making one wrong choice followed by another wrong choice. Since starting this life change journey there have been a lot fewer wrong choices. And Iím getting better at how I respond.

Lately Iíve had to really work on this choosing the right response. It sure isnít coming off as quickly as it was!!! That could be very depressing but I choose to not focus on that but on all the positives. I have also noticed that with the new responsibilities at work that my emotional eating has become an issue again. But I still have a choice as to my actions. I can give in and go grazing in the kitchen, pantry &/or a buffet. Or I can refocus my attention on positive things.

So I choose to:
1. Not focus on the scales when they seem to go up instead of down. Or not go down fast enough.
2. Not focus on unrealized goals knowing they will be realized but not todayÖtomorrow
3. Focus on how far Iíve come and all the goals that were accomplished either ahead or schedule.
4. Focus on how much better I feel today than I did a year ago.
5. Focus on two 5kís coming up the next two months and a Ĺ marathon in January.
6. Focus on how I can pay it forward to others.
7. Keep my focus on God and on all the positive things in my life.





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9/14/11 8:32 P

9-14-11 Random thoughts:

Thought 1 Ė My Guitar Fits emoticon emoticon
I have really been enjoying playing my guitar more lately. Itís been really neat to watch how I used to have to hold the guitar to how I hold it now (minus the belly). In fact Iíve had to retrain my wrist because it rests on me different. I could have never held it in proper classic guitar style before I lost weight but now I can. Ok that may not mean much to most but I canít tell you how much more enjoyable it is to play when the guitar rests against you as it should.

Thought 2 Ė My Need to Move
What a day itís been. I must confess that I really have a hard time sitting in meetings anymore. I find that I just want to be moving. So this morning was a killer because I sat in meetings from 8-12:30Öshoot me!


Thought 3 Ė Sparking
Paying it forward has become a big part of my life lately. I really love to share with others the impact this life change has had. Today was one of those days. Between meetings I had a chance to share how SparkPeople is such a great tool and how much God has been my source of inspiration and motivation.

Thought 4 Ė Joy in the Journey
What can I say? It truly is about finding joy in the journey and not focusing on all the backsets/ disappointments. And it doesnít hurt when your spouse is on the journey with you. Wow it has truly been a great year and there is so much more to look forward to yet before this year ends.




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9/13/11 11:43 P

A tough day Power Walking 9-13-11

Today was one of those days when my morning power walk didnít go as planned. Besides my foot and lower calf cramping I had tightness in my thigh. So I just did a slow steady walk. Tomorrow is my cross training day so Iíll be riding my stationary bike for 30 minutes. I think Iíll take it easy for the rest of the week and allow my body some time to recover. It's called listing to your body. emoticon



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9/11/11 9:45 P

I posted this as a blog but I thought I would put it here too

Planning ahead 9-11-11

I have always been one to look down the road and plan my next move before it arrives. So I know this might be early to start thinking about this but here is whatís been on my mind.

I am nearing my goal weight and should be there no later than the first of the year. Losing the weight really hasnít been a problem. Ok so it hasnít been a cake walk and I have hit a few bumps along the way but I have always been able to keep my focus and momentum. I have had the motivation to do it in my Faith. But my concern is in the maintaining my weight once I have reached my goal. What I really need to do is to be able to turn my changing my life style motivation into keeping/maintaining the life style. It couldnít hurt if I also would pick up a few new ways to exercise other than power walking and riding bike. Iím not sure my knee will handle jogging (barnyard football injury. I broke it in H.S.) but I might have to try it. I also need to continue entering in 5k, 10k, Ĺ marathons and marathons. This will or should give me something to shoot for. I just know me and I donít want to go back to the unhealthy state I was in. I feel so good and I have a new lease on life. This has energized every aspect of me. So I guess I could use some input from my sp friends and family who have already entered the maintenance stage. How have you done it? Any advice or suggestions you might have would be welcomed. What are the pitfalls you have had if any? I do realize this is a lifelong process and like with the loosing part itís one day at a time. I also realize I still have time before Iím ready to switch to maintaining. Just thoughts Iíve been having lately. Iíll cross that bridge when I get to it.

By the way tomorrow I start my training for my 1/2 marathon (PF Chang) emoticon



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9/10/11 10:21 P

This will be short tonight.
So, our vacation is coming to and end. Tomorrow it's back to the privilege of preaching and then Monday back to the office. It's been a GREAT vacation. Monday also starts my serious training for the 2 5k's and the PF Chang 1/2 Marathon. God is good all the time and all the time God is good!!! Glory to His name for He has done and is doing great things in and through my life.



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9/8/11 7:27 P

South Rim Hike

Wow what an awesome day it was today. And I have now completed one of my goals I set for myself. Iíll confess some of the trail wasnít fun at all, it was so close to the edgesÖat some points the trail actually became the edge, and in those places I didnít take time to stop and look. I spent close to 4 hours walking 10 miles of Godís absolutely breath-taking scenery.

So my challenges on this hike were: the elevation 6,000+, the over half rugged trail, not wearing hiking shoes, and not taking a change of clothes for the end of the trail. (note to self for the next time). I did run out of water even though I took 2 32oz bottles. I also have mixed feeling about whether to wear shorts in the future. At some points on the trail I would have had problems if I had on shorts.

Then there was the trails edge that ended abruptly leading to the canyon. That was the biggest challenge. Thankfully I didnít pass anyone on those parts of the trail. In fact I hardly passed anyone at all, it was just me, nature and God for 90% of the hike.

What I learned about myself. I am in better shape than I thought I was in. I really thought I wouldnít be able to do the south rim trail to the end. Iím not sore. (Weíll see what tomorrow brings) My feet donít hurt and I have no blisters and I wouldnít mind an afternoon stroll if it is on level ground. I really enjoyed being fit enough to accomplish this hike. What else can I say? Oh maybe I have an issue with heights.

Oh I need to say thanks to a wonderful wife who allowed me to go on this hike while on our vacation. We each did our own version of hiking today. She stayed in Flagstaff (AZ) and walked the town. (she is on sp ďDEBARIZONAĒ).

If you want to see pictures from my hike check them out on my facebook page
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9/8/11 12:21 A

So while on vacation my wife and I decided to walk to our restaurant tonight and back to our room. It was 4.5 miles round trip. Great food and Great walk. emoticon Tomorrow I will be walking the south rim of the Grand Canyon while my wife is walking down town Flagstaff (AZ). I wont be power walking but I will keep a good pace with stops to observe the awesome view of the canyon.
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9/6/11 10:42 P

Loving yourself 9-6-11

Learning a new lifestyle for me involves more than just my eating habits. It has also included my activity level, aka exercising and finding other ways throughout the day to stay active, and listening to my body. Today I was removing a metal shed from my backyard. After I had finished, all that was left was two wooden shelves. Two very big wooden shelves I might add. A year ago I would have pushed myself and tried to move them. But I know from lifting one end that it wasnít for me to do. So I left them standing there until I can find several other people who can help me move them. Itís the same with the exercising. Today as I started to do my 4.25mile power walk I felt a tightness in my right thigh so I didnít do the power walk but a casual one. I am getting better at listening to my body though Iím not perfect at it yet. But it is just another part of Loving Me that I have to learn and change about the way I have lived.

P.S. I canít wait till Thursday morning! I will be walking the south rim of the Grand Canyon. Iíve wanted to do that for 10 years but my health has prevented it.
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9/5/11 2:03 P

9-5-11 A moment to celebrate

Yesterday I reached the ď150lbs lostĒ mark. I still wonít make my goal for this month but thatís ok. After looking at my calorie intake I realized I could truly celebrate with something I havenít eaten since I started this journey 14 months ago. I went and bought me a Snicker w/ almonds. I sat in the car and enjoyed every bite of it. I really need to work on what I will do to celebrate my Ĺ of me gone weight, which is my goal weight of 170lbs. It has to be something a lot bigger than a SnickerÖlol. Maybe I should throw a party or go out with my partner and best friend (my wife), who has been on this journey with me. (She has lost 60lbs to date with 30 more to go).
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9/4/11 7:38 P

9-4-11 Vacation: And a dream soon to be reality. emoticon

I am really looking forward to this week off. Not only is it a chance for my wife and me to get away for several days but itís a time to do one of those things Iíve wanted to do for years. I have never been to Hermit Rest (far west part of the south rim of the Grand Canyon) If you want to go there you will need to ride one of the park buses or ďWALKĒ the 7.8 mile to Hermit Rest. So on Thursday morning I will be walking the south rim of the Grand Canyon. (In June I have a former college classmate coming to AZ to hike into the Canyon with meÖcanít wait) Any way, I plan to take my time and enjoy the view and the cooler weather. This is one of the many things I couldnít have done a year ago. I couldnít hardly walk a half mile without my feet swelling and hurting, forcing me to stop and sit while everyone else went ahead.

There are some other things Iím looking forward to that were embarrassing before:
- My flight to Dallas. I could hardly fasten my seatbelt or I had to get an extension.
- Riding a roller coaster and having the safety bar latch without the attendant standing on it. (I was bruised for weeks)
- Going to the 5 and Diner and sitting in one of their really (used to be) tight booths.
- Completing TV3 5k walk/run in November
- Completing the PF Chang Ĺ Marathon in January a week before my 52nd birthday.
- And so much moreÖAll because God has empowered/enabled me to restore my temple (Still have 25lbs to go)
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Edited by: SAC-6582 at: 9/4/2011 (19:38)


SLS-NY2IN
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9/2/11 10:47 P

emoticon emoticon great job. Shows SP know what they are talking about. emoticon



SAC-6582
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9/2/11 10:12 P

9-2-11 Thank you SparkPeople

I really don't see how it works but I stand corrected. When Sparkpeople sent me a message on my fitness page telling me to increase my calorie intake I really didn't see how that would help me break through the plato I was at. I guess my body must have gone into conserve mode. Anyway, I let sp increase my calorie intake and now I have broken the plateau I've been at for 3 weeks. emoticon emoticon

Edited by: SAC-6582 at: 9/3/2011 (08:59)


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8/30/11 8:21 P

Had a great power walk today. I walked a new 5.2 mile trail that was more challenging. Tomorrow I'll do my stationary bike for a change of pace and because my work day starts earlier.
As for my sugar levels they are still really good. I haven't seen any major increase to say other then about 3-5 point in my morning fast.



SIZESEXYDIVA76
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8/30/11 2:21 P

That's great!!!! Keep up the great work!!! It's an awesome feeling when the doctors take you off of medication. Your accomplishments are amazing!!!



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8/29/11 9:05 P

Even though I wont make my weight goal for this month what a month it's been. I have set myself a new power walking time for 5 miles (12.5 minutes per mile) and I was taken off another diabetic med. I had prepared myself for my sugar levels to go up after being taken off one of my last to med's for my diabetes. Well it's not gone up hardly at all in the morning (100-105) and in the evening it's gone lower like 68-75. Total awesome. that mean before long I'll be taken off my last med. On the down side I have a cracked rib but it's healing and I am feeling better every day. I'm thankful the Doctor has not stopped my power walking. What a month!!



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8/28/11 10:16 P

A MATTER OF ADJUSTMENTS

Learning to eat the right foods and staying within your goal calorie intake was a challenge at first, but not lately untilÖSP readjusted my intake based on my output/exercise. I never thought I would have a problem with eating more food. I guess thatís a good problem but I feel like its Thanksgiving and I have over-eaten. Actually I just need to rethink my dayís meals. If I remember to increase each meal and snack it wouldnít be as ďfillingĒ at any one meal. Anyway it has been a good day and Iím looking forward to tomorrow.

God is good and life is great w/ Him
Steve - SAC-6582



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8/26/11 12:43 P

8-26-11 A Reflection of the past 3 months

WHAT I LEARNED IN SUMMER CAMP

Being the Director of the Sr and Jr High camps and the Asst Director of two elementary camps, I had to make some adjustments in my healthy habits/new life style. So this is what I learned in the 4 camps I was in.

There is more than one way to get in my exercise
The summer camps are all over. And the amazing thing is that I still have energy and Iím not next to comatose. The last 8 weeks have taught me that there are times when I have to be flexible when it comes to my exercising. I am a stickler for keeping the task but while directing the camps there were days I was unable to get in my 45 minute speed walk or 10 mile bike ride. So I took the advice I received here on Sparkpeople. I took every opportunity I could to be in motion. And when I had the time I would go to the restroom that was across the campus instead of close by. I would also volunteer to get things for others just to be moving. I would mop the cafeteria floors if no one else did, setup and take down the chairs. Just to name a few ways I kept moving. And when the day was done I would look at my pedometer and find that I had walked around 10 miles for the day. How awesome and amazing is that?

Itís not easy to stick with healthy eating but if youíre willing it can be done.
First I need to give credit to the kitchen staff (LeRoy Anderson) who gave me a copy of the menu for the entire camp season. That was so helpful. As we all know camp food isnít always the healthiest food. Itís high in carbohydrates and fat with little protein. But the kids love it and it is cheaper to prepare. With that said it wasnít always easy to keep to my healthy eating habits but I did it. On days when I knew I couldnít have what they were having or I could only have some of what they were having I would pack a meal/or what I needed to keep me on target. And for snacks I had fruit. It took a little more effort on my part and on my wifeís part, who is also on Sparkpeople. She helped with supplementing some of the meals I packed. And the benefit was a higher energy level and stamina. When others were expressing or showing their fatigue I was charged and ready to go.

Itís about more than eating and exercise
Itís about loving yourself and taking care of YOU. Itís about knowing your limits and not exceeding them, which when exceeded helps lead to exhaustion or injury. Itís about getting a good nightís sleep (when you arenít sleeping on a really bad bed that needs to be replaced). I was amazed how a poor night sleep affected me throughout the day. So I had to work at getting all the sleep I could. And when I did it made a huge difference. That would include knowing when you are so in need of sleep that you pass on your morning workout to get the needed rest your body was asking for. That leads me to the next thing. Listening to your body! Knowing when you need to back off, when you donít have it to go on and knowing that youíre not 21 anymore. This has been the hardest thing for me to learn. I am one of those who will push until I collapse or injure myself. And as I train for my first Ĺ marathon I really need to pay attention to what my body is saying.
It truly is a LIFE STYLE CHANGE!! It doesnít happen overnight but over time as you work at being consistent at your life style changes. Taking those ďbaby stepsĒ until you are running full stride. And as the days turn to weeks and the weeks to months and the months to years then you begin to notice the change that has occurred, as the new you emerges.

Itís here I realize I will lose some, but I must give credit to whom credit is due. Yes I have disciplined myself. Yes I have been doing the work and not slacking. But without Godís helps and the strength I find in Him I wouldnít be as far as I am today. So to Him belongs the glory and praise as I work to restore my body/His temple.




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8/25/11 11:11 P

God is good! Sorry to hear about your setback, but positive news came out from that visit. Continue with what you can during the next 4-6 weeks (eating healthy, walking, etc).



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8/25/11 11:00 P

8-25-11 In spite of setbacks I will focus on my progress and give God glory!!!

I went to the Doctor today to have him look at my side. Last weekís bike accident has left me really sore. Iíll have to admit the loading and unloading the moving truck probably didnít help very much. But I felt fine and didnít have any pain. So I thought I was ok. Surprise!! According to the doctor I now have a cracked rib on my right side. The fact of the cracked rib didnít really sink in until I was on my way out of the doctorís office. (I am allowed to keep on walking as long as I donít have any pain. But as for my strength training, well itís not happening for 4-6 weeks). So, before he told me this news, before he even looked at my side he started talking about my progress and asked about my 7, 14 and 30 day averages for my sugar. Then came the surpriseÖĒSteve I want you to stop taking Onglyza you donít need it any moreĒ After regaining my composer all I could say was praise the Lord. Now Iím down to 1 diabetic med; 1 cholesterol med, which I am to stop taking 10-1-11 and 1 blood pressure med that he wants me off by 1-1-12. What wonderful news.
(Praise The Lord! One more diabetic med gone! God is truly good!!!! ) emoticon emoticon emoticon



JIBBIE49
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8/25/11 12:22 A

I've read Gary Taubes' "Good Calories, Bad Calories" which really is a great book. He talks about diabetes and having a Low Carb Diet.



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8/24/11 11:27 P

8-24-11 Another reflection back to the begining

Temple Restoration


It started in June 2010. I was attending the ďPrayer QuakeĒ conference in Phoenix. On the morning of the second day I was approached by a man I didnít know. He said he had a word for me from God. This is what he said:

ďSteve you say you love Me yet you donít love yourself. You will never be able to fully love others until you start truly loving yourself as much as I love you, and by the looks of your body, my temple, you do not love yourself. You really need to learn how to love ďyouĒ as much I love you. Then you will be able to truly love others for me.Ē

Wow, I had no idea what to say as the gentlemen hugged me for God and then walked away. I began to ask God if this was from Him or if this was a very rude person who has issues with overweight people. Later that morning and throughout that day God made it very clear that it was a message from Him. 1st God spoke through another conversation I was part of where they were talking about Israel had defiled the temple of God and needed to clean/restore it, and later to have it come up again in my own devotional readings. Yes, you guessed itÖIsraelís King had defiled the temple by putting in Ashera poles.

So by now I realized I had an issue to deal with. Taking care of me! I began to ask God for his help in knowing where to start and for his strength to be able to stick with it. It was then God led me to an endocrinologist, Dr Chung. The first thing he told me I needed to do was to journal everything I put in my mouth. That sounded simple enough. To my surprise and horror I filled three pages in one day. If I didnít realize it yet I did nowÖI was in serious trouble. I was living to eat not to mention that eating had become my coping mechanism. I would really need Godís help if I was going to succeed.

By this time my diabetes was out of control with my A1C being at 13 and my average sugar reading being somewhere around 225. I was taking 100 units of Lantus/insulin a day along with 3 oral meds. My weight was in the 340lb range and I felt awful.

So the journey began, or should I say the restoration project, with God as my guide and source for strength. I was able to start cutting down on how much I ate, keeping it to a half to a page a day. You donít need to be a rocket scientist to realize I needed to make some life changesÖnot go on a diet. What made it more difficult was that we would be doing a lot of traveling/driving out east September through the first week of November (2010). After 3 months (Aug- Nov) my insulin was reduced to 80 units a day and I had lost 24lbs. I now weighed 321 as of November 9, 2010.

Then God gave me an extra source of help. After upgrading to a Blackberry I found an app to track your food intake. Within a day I discovered there was a web site for this app called ďSparkPeopleĒ (Sparkpeople.com). The tools they provide, free I might add, were just the tools I would need to help me in my life changing process as the temple restoration continued. Since November 13, 2010 to today March 30, 2011 just four months later the results have been amazing. Iíve lost a total of 83lbs since August 2010. The doctor took me off one of my diabetic meds and Iím down to 17 units of Lantus/insulin a day. The goal is to be off Lantus/insulin by the end of April this year. Each day starts with my restoration workout both physical and spiritual. Iím eating much healthier and Iím also walking every evening. I still have another 80-90lbs to go to reach my goal weight but I know with Godís help and strength it will be realized.

Through it all I pray that God is glorified and others are challenged to start/or continue their own restoration project. Start loving yourself as much as God loves you. (Update -199lbs as of 7-13-11 only 29lbs to go. May God be glorified)!!




JIBBIE49
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8/24/11 12:42 A

I'm glad u r doing this. I've always thought it strange that Christian people who claim to "live for Jesus" let themselves be obese and unhealthy. Being addicted to sugar/starches is no different than any other addiction. Junk food is junk, but they still put it in their bodies. Glad u are loving yourself. emoticon



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8/24/11 12:04 A

For too many years I have abused my body and not taken care of it by loving me. As a Christian I am told to love others as I love myself. You read that in Matthew 19:19; 23:39, Mark 12:31, Luke 10:27, Romans 13:9, Galatians 5:14 and James 2:8. Now Iím not promoting an unholy pride but a love that longs to care for oneís self. So how can I truly love God, my wife, family and others if I donít truly love myself? Ouch!!!
June 2010 I decided it was time that I love me and have that love for me reflected in my physical appearance, attitude and actions. So I started on this journey to restore my body/Godís temple. It wasnít until November of 2010 that I discovered SparkPeople and it was just what God knew I needed. So at the age of 51 I am learning a new life style in eating and being active. I can't do anything about the past, but I will do something about the future with Godís help.
I'll post more about how my journey began and my goals later or you can read my blogs

Edited by: SAC-6582 at: 8/24/2011 (00:08)


 
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