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I know we are expected to put interesting facts about ourselves on this page, however, I don’t see myself as interesting nor do I think I can say anything here to make people think I am a nice guy.
It is very hard for a very private man such as I to write anything about himself.
I am a medically retired military person, (Navy), and I was married once to the torment of my life. I finally had enough in 1980 and against my personal belief, got a divorce.
I have worked in the computer industry for many years as well as many other things. I am easily bored and usually do several things at once such as owning a restaurant and working as the Vice president of a small computer company and later owning a few computer stores. I suffered for many years in silence with a tumor growing in my stomach until it got to the point that I had a triple ventral hernia along with a 26 pound tumor in my abdomen. I was given 2 months to live in September of 2004. Since I had only one lung and emphysema as well as a few other things like Brochiectasis, High Blood Pressure, and Diabetes, I was considered a non operable candidate. October of 2004 I found a physician that was willing to take a gamble to save my life. He removed the tumor and repaired my herniated abdomen with a 10 inch delcon patch. (Note photo of Belly Staples)
I have since found out I had degenerative arthritis of the soft tissue of my joints and something called “Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy”. This causes my legs to give out without warning and I may fall such as I did in April of 2005 where I broke my Humeral ball in my left shoulder into 15 separate pieces. Because of the arthritis the shoulder will never heal. I have about 60% usage. It will progressively worsen to a point where I will only be able to use the arm as a sleeve filler. I wear a brace on my knees, and use a walker. (The problem with the walker is that it is only a false security as I can not hold any weight on my left arm, so I push the walker as a place to sit in an emergency.
I broke my back in 5 places and lost a lung in an airplane crash many years ago, so I have constant back pain.
I take 37 different prescribed medications a day and feel like a walking pharmacy. I have an oxygen concentrator and use a Nebulizer 4 times a day. I stopped driving some time ago because of my legs going numb.
Well, the good news is that 1) I did not die in 2004. 1) I was 398 pound in September 2004 and am down to 285 now. 3) I look at each day as a gift. 4) I have found Spark People and some precious friends I never thought I would meet such as the Pele sisters, Trish, Ximora, and Cruella Deville, whom I like to call Diva Deville. Not to mention a person that makes me smile every day, Shelly, my weight loss buddy.
I use the Draco picture as I have a motorhome, 30 years old, that I got for peanuts and am rebuilding. I named it Draco and am having that photo made into decals for the Coach.
On MSN and Paltalk I go by Cedarhurst.
My friends call me Cedar. I got the name from the 1820's homestead I live on called Cedarhurst.
Now that I have bored everyone silly, I'll shut up.


Member Since: 8/28/2006

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My goal is to be at 220 pounds by next August, 2007.


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I eat 5 meals a day of about 300 cals each and either a Glucerna Snack bar or a Glucerna Shake to maintain my 2000 to 2100 cal count.

I walk as often and as long as my knees and back will allow.

I never allow anyone to prepare my meals or a plate of food as they tend to give me too much.

When eating away from home I eat salads and veggies first.

I eat at least 2 fruits a day.

I limit my breats to whole grain in wheat only,

I eat 5 meals of fish each week.

Never eat any meats less than 95 % lean.



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