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Dave's Journey of Self Awareness

From 2009

In January I started my journey by joining a class with Kaiser Permanente that my physician (Dr Chester North) wanted me to take before weight loss surgey. So far it has opened my mind to dedicate myself to self discovery and find out how I can live a happy and healthy life regardless of my size.


"Obstacles are those really frightening things that become visible when we take our eyes off our goals"

Anthony Newman, NFL Player
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From 2009

In January I started my journey by joining a class with Kaiser Permanente that my physician (Dr Chester North) wanted me to take before weight loss surgey. So far it has opened my mind to dedicate myself to self discovery and find out how I can live a happy and healthy life regardless of my size.


"Obstacles are those really frightening things that become visible when we take our eyes off our goals"

Anthony Newman, NFL Player


It seems like I just started this thing last week. It was the middle of the school year and I had just started my class. Now my students are preparing for summer and I am looking forward to to some much needed time away from their problems. Sometimes it is emotionally draining working with troubled youth.

I started at nearly 600 lbs and now I am flirting with 500. I dont feel like I look a lot different, but my clothes fit differently and I can do things now that were impossible for me to do before. Last month my wife and I calculated my total inches lost and it said 44 total (when you do the complete measurment). I still have a long way to go on my journey, but life adventures dont scare me like they did. I felt really guilty that I couldn't match up with the abilities I had 10 or 15 years ago. I have more of an "I can do that attitude" and a deepset feeling that if I cant do it now it will be awesome when I can.

As I transition to summer I am thingking of fun things to do and it is exciting to think about getting back to some of the things I did in my younger days.

Some of the before thoughts and reflections:

I couldn't imagine going six months without having a regular pepsi touch my lips.

The thought of going on even a small hike sounded rediculous.

Flying scared the hell the hell out of me. Having to put up with all the seat BS and god forbid I needed to use the restroom.

Tying my own shoes was something I hadn't been able to do for a long time. and I felt guilty asking my wife for help.

I felt guilty everytime I looked out the window at the yardwork I had been putting off because if I couldn't do it all by myself I didn't want to do any of it.

Thinking about going to the fair and walking around didn't seem fun at all.

Thinking about riding a bike made me think of the of a circus bear riding the damn thing.

I cringed when I thought someone was making fun of my weight or how I looked (now I say F' em, they don't know what I have been through or where I am going)

Camping sounds more fun, especially because I can get up off the ground without help.

Maybe I could go hunting again next year.

I have wanted to get back into coaching.

I guess when you look at all these things I can honestly say I am well on my way to my goal of a better lifestyle, and understanding myself better.
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Member Since: 2/4/2009

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they ask for a weight goal... I dont like to put that spin on it because more than weight is changing my lifestyle an understanding myself better.

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From McMinnville, Oregon.

I am an Educational Assistant and my wife and I are professional foster parents for the Oregon Youth Authority.

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I dont know what life has in store for me, but I have to have faith and give myself up to my high purpose and listen to my body and my soul.

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DEERLADY45
2/1/2012 5:16:03 PM

Hi Dave, i was just going thru my list of spark friends and was wondering how your doing! I have not seen you around much! Im doing good losing slow but thats ok i guess! Ive been working hard tryingt too get my excercise done! Its all really hard but i will never give up! Would love to hear how your doing! BONNIE (deerlady)

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1/19/2012 7:58:09 AM

Thanks for the comment on my page! You are so right! I would be so-o lost with out GOD in my Life! Blessings to you and hope your feeling better and your vehicle gets back in shape soon! emoticon emoticon emoticon BONNIE

Wished i could give ya some of this Snow! We have twice that much now! It is so-o Beautiful tho!
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1/18/2012 5:52:09 PM

So Sorry to hear you had a crappy week! The dreaded cold and then wreaking your truck!Thats aweful! emoticon emoticon Heres hoping you have a Great Next week! Blessings being sent your way new Spark friend! Ill keep you in my prayers this week BONNIE emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon



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1/11/2012 8:22:44 AM

Good Day to you Dave, I see you checked out my Native Room ! I do have such great Spirit here in this room and on this Land i live on I feel so-o blessed to be able to live in such solitude and peace! i feel so connected to everthing especially the DEER that come in the yard, daily! I do also have good friends here they just dont care if i lose any weight so i dont feel i have their support! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon You have a lot of the same sparkers i do! They are Great ! BONNIE



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1/8/2012 1:49:35 AM

Congratulations on The Weight Loss!!!!!!!
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