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A local Spark Person has died.

Monday, June 13, 2011


Fredrick Ranney Lewis

Geneva; Fredrick Ranney Lewis, 51 of Yale Station Rd. passed away Sunday June 5, 2011 at Geneva General Hospital.

Funeral services will be determined at a later date by the family. He will be greatly missed.

Fred was born in Geneva on December 6, 1959 the son of Trudy Suppes Lewis and the late Richard Lewis. He was an intelligent and compassionate man who touched many lives, while working as a Respiratory Therapist for over 10 years at Geneva General Hospital among other local hospitals

Fred leaves three children; Katie, Fred and Sam Lewis; a grandson; his mother, Trudy Lewis of Geneva and his former wife; Sandra Lewis.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the McGuigan & Bero Funeral Home.


I met Fred at church. That's how he found his way here.

One of the people in church announced it today. We were surprised; we didn't know he was unwell, although we had not seen him lately.

I didn't know him well, but the few conversations we did have were genuine. The last time I saw him he said he'd turned a corner in his life, in a good way. He didn't go into details, but I was happy for him.

I'm sorry he's gone and hope he is content where he is now.

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GTANYA 6/15/2011 9:00AM

    Sending my thoughts and prayers to you and his family and all who knew him! Hugs to all!

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KIYOSHI04 6/15/2011 8:53AM

    jeez. that's terrible.
my thoughts go to you & his family....

on a side note, my aunt & uncle live on yale station road. strange.

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ANNE7X7 6/15/2011 8:25AM

    What sad news! Sending positiive vibes your way for all his friends and family. emoticon

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LADYGWEN25 6/13/2011 9:31PM

    wow i'm shocked... my thoughts and prayers are with his family.

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JLPEASE 6/13/2011 8:14PM

    So young... prayers for his family and friends.

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WILLOW49 6/13/2011 12:48PM

    Thoughts and prayers going out to family and friends.

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TJHIERS 6/13/2011 8:30AM

    for all that knew Fred,...l my thoughts and prayers to his family and friends , so sorry to hear that, hugs go out to all that knew him. emoticon

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DDOORN 6/13/2011 7:07AM

    So young...! My heart goes out to his family. He will be badly missed...sounds like he contributed so much to so many!


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WOLFKITTY 6/13/2011 3:34AM

    Oh no! :(
Lots of love,

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    Sending my thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of Mr. Lewis. Thank you for passing along this information to us.


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Providing water to the thirsty, LOL

Saturday, June 11, 2011

I'm still unable to ride outdoors but I got to see DDOORN as he went by on his 79-mile tour today. Their route went right through my neighborhood.

Apparently he lost a water bottle at the beginning of his ride this morning so I brought out a big pitcher and topped off riders as they went by.

We chatted for a while and then he continued. I'm looking forward to reading how the rest of his ride (and weekend) went!

Later today I'll head down to Ithaca with my violin for a fiddle workshop to find out if:

1) Any of my bows have any hair left on them.
2) Whether I still remember how to play.
3) Whether my shoulder can even handle bowing, 6 weeks after rotator cuff repair.

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JENNSWIMS 6/15/2011 9:13PM

    How did violining go?

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ANNE7X7 6/15/2011 8:21AM

    That is awesome that you supported the athletes doing their thing!! Races and sporting events would not be possible without people to support them!! Awesome picture!!

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FISHING88 6/13/2011 10:14AM

    Way to go. Water is so important so your kindness on someone's long ride surely meant a lot. Hope you are back to riding soon.

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FRECKS96 6/13/2011 9:23AM

    Yay for impromptu SP meet-ups!! That's a great pic of the 2 of you.

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DDOORN 6/12/2011 11:28PM

    Hey I and the others REALLY appreciated that H2O...! Big thx!

Great to catch up again! :-)


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VARMINT3 6/11/2011 4:38PM

    Good luck with the bowing & sorry you couldn't ride. Both of you look great - and happy!

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KAYOTIC 6/11/2011 2:48PM

    What a great way to meet a fellow Sparker! Too bad you can't join in on the biking fun, but you'll get there soon... hope the bowing works out for you. emoticon

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1 Week under 160. Back in maintenance mode.

Thursday, June 09, 2011

Screenshot from the itunes.apple.com/us/app/tao-way-of-l
app on my iPod

I'm WORTH living at a size where I'm comfortable. Where my favorite clothes fit. Where movement is unencumbered. Where my strength to weight ratio facilitates the sports and activities I enjoy. Where I actually LIKE what I see in the mirror.

7 days ago I finally dropped back under 160 on the scale. This is the absolute top of my "maintenance" range. What some people call the "scream weight." My "happy" range is between 155 and 145.

It's taking a little while for the trend line in Physics Diet to catch up, which is fine.

I attained this range in January 2010 and proceeded to get side tracked by other things (like camping every weekend on the road in search of white water for kayaking), stopped tracking food regularly, and got complacent. The result was a 30 lb gain.

Having finally gotten most of that back off and sidelined from kayaking with rotator cuff surgery rehab, I'm determined to get back into my "happy" range and figure out how to stay there.

My % body fat is higher than I'd like. Right now it's around 25%. I prefer it at 20% or below. Usually when I'm around 155 or below on my normal cardio and weight lifting regime it's around there.

I'm losing muscle mass in my upper body because of the shoulder restrictions. So I'm "lifting" using the leg machines 3x/week. I'll be damned if I'm going to let all my lean mass go.

In the meantime I'll keep doing spin class twice a week for cardio, and the occasional walk in the local state park or elliptical in the basement depending on time, ambient light, and energy. Once my shoulder is strong enough I'll go back to road cycling outside.

In case anyone cares, I report my food intake here: www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes

Onward. And downward.

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ANNE7X7 6/15/2011 8:19AM

    Woohooo!! You DO deserve to be comfortable and feel great in your body! That is SO SO SO awesome, and something people search for their entire lives!

I am finding that now that my exercise is not as intense or prolonged as during training, I am much better at keeping my eating under control. Would you say it was the same for you??

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MAGGIEROSEBOWL 6/12/2011 10:16PM

    You have accomplished great things! Like you, I think my happy range is 145 to 155. I'm working on getting to the lower end of that range now--weighing in this morning at 153.2, my lowest weight yet. The day I get into the 140's, I'm taking a picture of the scale and doing a happy dance too! If and when I get to 145, I will actually be at a normal BMI--I know it's just a number--but that would be quite an accomplishment for me!

If I round my weight down to 153, that means my total loss is also 175 pounds too. How did we do this? One pound at a time--one step at a time--one bike ride at a time! Watch out LIFE--I'm back and I'm grabbing every minute and enjoying it to the fullest!

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    hey you are doing a great job i hope that i get to this point soon, this is the year, you are doing really well! I am looking forward to lifting more weight and reducing my bf%

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GRACEFULIFE 6/10/2011 1:57AM

    Looking good. Bill already said it all so I don't have to.

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PATTILYNN224 6/9/2011 6:25PM

    Your management of your weight/bodyfat/calories is very detailed. I don't know if I'll ever get there but cheers to you for being able to keep such a close watch on everything.

That's great!

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KAYOTIC 6/9/2011 4:39PM

    You have such a great approach and plan to all this. I joined Spark a few years ago (early 2006 I think?) and shortly thereafter broke my ankle. I really had to watch my intake to lose the gain since my exercise was so greatly reduced. It's tough to do the rehab and weight loss, so you've done really well! Keep it up!

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TJHIERS 6/9/2011 12:03PM

    good going ! emoticoni can't wait to get to this point too !

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MOM5INFL 6/9/2011 11:06AM

    I have been wanting to congratulate you on reaching the 150's! I'm still in the 150's as well! I've been holding it for over a month now. Let's stay here forever! I can imagine the disappointment that you feel about losing your upper body muscle mass. Muscle memory will save you! Keep it up! Birdie

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WOLFKITTY 6/9/2011 10:58AM

    Awesome! Congrats!! I was thinking about the muscle in your upper body, thoughtful about that before. Hmm.. Still using machines for the "good" side, or do you prefer to build both up simultaneously, and don't want to walk around all unevenly? I wonder if doing it that way would prevent re-injuring your shoulder once it has healed.


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    fair 'nuff

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DDOORN 6/9/2011 10:28AM

    Great job of maintaining!!


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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 6/9/2011 10:20AM

    I seem to be plateauing at the moment in scale weight so no, I'm still aiming for 1300 and seeing how that works.

I'm trying to figure out what the right calorie range is for my current (reduced) activity level. Until I drop into my "happy" range (under 155) I think I'll stay at this calorie level.

If I drop below 150 briefly that's OK. A dip at the bottom is common. If I drop below 145 you can bet your butt I'll increase calories. But I don't see that happening anytime soon.

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    You rocked it this time around. Does top end of maintenance range mean you're going to start increasing moar cals at this time? I'm still following the 1500 calories thread, but I wasn't sure if you had changed the range yet. Soft landing ... soft landing.

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First post-op visit with the surgeon was today. They are mad at me.

Monday, June 06, 2011

I had my surgery follow up today. I can't say it went well.

The PA was shocked and horrified to see me raise my arm while describing a sleeping position. The look on her face was really weird - like I was a mutant, or something. She repeated herself, "No one - NO ONE raises their arm like that, only a month after surgery." And frowned at me. I could have corrected her, that it is 5 weeks as of tomorrow, but the look on her face stopped me.

She also scolded me for using it for daily things like cooking. I protested, "But I live alone! How am I supposed to EAT?!" (I didn't bother mentioning that I have also been driving standard with my right hand ever since I got my Matrix on Thursday.)

Then after she left the doctor came in and said it sounded like I needed lecturing. I guess she told on me. He told me I was supposed to be wearing the sling full-time for another week. I explained that my shoulder feels confined and cramps up in it and so I've been adapting to supporting my arm other ways (like stuffing my hand in the opposite sports bra strap during spin class.)

I forget which one told me that just the weight of my arm alone can tear out the stitches. They both repeated that my injury was a "huge" tear. He said we're not even going to discuss riding my bike outside for another three months. My next follow up is in August.
I'm scheduled to ride a century in September.

I guess that means I'll be spending a lot of time on a trainer indoors to get used to the hours I'll need in the seat for the century in September. (spin classes only last about an hour)

Bah. This recovery process is so soooo painfully tedious. I'm not even going to go into (again) how much I miss boating. It hurts just to mention it.

Maybe I'm taking unnecessary risks. But I'm not doing anything that hurts.

I have switched to offering my left hand ever since in church two weeks ago one of the women grabbed my right hand and pumped it vigorously while passing the "peace."

Ironically the doctor stuck out his hand for a shake at the end of the office visit. I wanted to ask, "Is this some kind of weird test?"

I shook with my left and told him about Church Lady and he just laughed.

Honestly, it seems like they'd prefer to just stick us in suspended animation or an artificial coma or something, to immobilize us.

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ANNE7X7 6/15/2011 8:15AM

    What a bummer!!! It sounds to me like you are listening to your body and not making anything worse, at least on the outside... but sometimes we've just got to listen to the docs, right? So frustrating, I know. I hope that you can start using your arm more normally soon!!

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VARMINT3 6/8/2011 6:15PM

    Definitely please be careful & let yourself heal, but at the same time, we're not machines that all heal at the same rate! I had surgery a couple of weeks ago and went back to work part time after 3 days & full time after a week off, a nurse at my office had the same surgery and was back at work the next day (!!!) part time & full time after a few more days, and a friend of mine had the very same surgery and took 3 weeks off work and came back part time after that - exact same operation, 3 different results! If your doctor only looks at the "approved timeline" and not HOW YOUR healing is progressing, there's something wrong...

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 6/8/2011 10:46AM

    Hey you guys, thanks for the support.

I've been struggling with the surgeon's office just to renew the prescription for PT. They never gave me one on Monday and I was unable to reach anyone in the office by phone yesterday. Today I did reach someone and she said she'd fax one.

Apparently the PA wrote that I am supposed to do passive mobility exercises for 6 weeks. The surgeon told me he would release me for light resistance. That never made it on there.

In addition apparently the PA wrote that I was noncompliant with the PT protocol. I would like to point out here that although they said they would, they never did fax us a PT protocol. So how on earth can I be noncompliant with something I never received???

I am getting really annoyed with these people. If they hadn't done an awesome job where it counts (inside my shoulder) I would be ready to fire the lot of them.

Fortunately I have a fantastic PT around the corner from work who has a PhD, reads the literature, knows what the heck he is doing, and knows me from 3 years ago when I weighed over 300 lbs and went to him for my knee arthritis.

So, I have good advice and guidance and coaching where it really counts, in the PT department. As long as we get the scrip so I can CONTINUE with it. Grr.

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    yep this is like dejavu, in fact i just got a lecture today (second day back in the gym ) that im only 4 mths post op and its going to take a year to get back to fit. So at this point it is probably a good idea to listen to the conservative view of your surgeon etc. The new scar is not "stuck " enough yet and is still "re modelling" for 6 months at least after surgery. It needs time to attach well and grow scar tissue without stress(weight ) before you can start using it. Its not worth overdoing it and going backwards or having hicupps, Bodies need time to heal (eg grass growing )Please be patient at this point its more important that your shoulder knits and heals well. All the best one step one day at a time. You are doing awesomly at maintaining, I am fighting weight gained and muscle loss due to inactivity since Jan but still have to take it one step at a time. I have just been allowed to do hamstring curls in the gym (but with no weight ) and this works up a sweat.

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NEELIXNKES 6/7/2011 6:58PM

    Wow, I would think that they would be pleased if your recovery was going smoother and easier than thought. I know that when my mom went in for a rotater cuff tear repair and it turned out to be a bone spur they told her the recovery would be easier but she was still having problems raising her arm 2 months later. Try to be patient though and don't push it too hard as it will stink if you have to have it done again.

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INTHEWORKS1 6/7/2011 12:02AM

  I know it sucks to not be as active as you want to be after surgery. I had rotator cuff surgery in the spring a few years ago. It is depressing at time not being able to do what you want to do. I was able to do better than expected after my surgery. I am sorry that they the medical team are not treating you well. I pray you have a swift recovery. You will be as good as new soon!

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DDOORN 6/6/2011 9:42PM

    Hmm...there's being cautious and there's getting good with a hammer and treating 'em all like nails. Makes me wonder if they couldn't, shouldn't regard your progress as something not very typical, considering the condition that you've been in. I would think your healing progress would be at least *somewhat* accelerated...?

But then I'm not a doc or medical person at all...what do I know...?

My heart certainly goes out to you...it's gotta be torture seeing this prime time outdoor time slipping away...! Yes there'll be other summers, but OOF!

Sounds like you're doing whatever you can to keep moving...good for you!


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Today would have been New Boat Day :(

Friday, June 03, 2011

Here was my goal:

Here was my reward:

Bah. Now I have to keep the number here until October?! I want a Jackson RockStar kayak now, and I want to spend the summer playing in it!
[insert small pouty tantrum here]

I have my followup appointment with the surgeon on Monday. I hope hope hope he'll tell me I can at least get on my road bike...

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PATTILYNN224 6/6/2011 9:50PM

    Congratulations on reaching your goal! I am sorry that you have to wait for your reward. |read your doctor visit blog. I would have thought your doctor would have been happy with your progress. I hope that your indoor training goes smoothly and you rock that century ride in September.

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    hey congrats on reaching your goal, you will keep this until you get your new boat, and it will be sooo worth it .Hope you get a good report from the Dr. I am v impressed that you reached your goal despite your injury. I am 8lbs heavier than when I had the accident ( 5 mths later) but at least now I can start bakc lifting weights and slowly doing some lower body stuff. I am booked to see an endocrinologist in july as even with a large deficit I am still seeing no change in weight or bf. Anyway really enjoyed your blogs and photos hope things continue to go well for you !

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KAYOTIC 6/5/2011 10:32AM

    That does look like a nice boat...congrats on hitting your goal weight!

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    I never get to the feats of strength. We always take extra time on the airing of the grievances.

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GRACEFULIFE 6/3/2011 10:48PM

    No whining.

I have that same scale. It's never seen such a low number, at least with me on it. Never will either. BEEFCAKE!

This just means you have to spend the summer preparing for the Festivus feats of strength.

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ELYMWX 6/3/2011 1:58PM

    You'll get that boat...

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ANNE7X7 6/3/2011 12:55PM

    Congrats on reaching that number... I'm sorry you don't get to enjoy your reward, but just remember that when you do, it'll be amazing!!!!!

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    well bleh then.

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DDOORN 6/3/2011 8:51AM

    Crossing all my digits for great news from the doc ASAP!

Agree with Jes...you just KNOW that boat is going to be YOURS!


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JESPAH 6/3/2011 7:58AM

    It will happen .... the boat will be yours ....

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 6/3/2011 7:21AM

    Dude, that IS the nicest boat out there. And I'm getting a custom color layup. The only way it can be nicer is if it's carbon fiber and I don't want one that fragile...

And yeah good point about forever vs October. In a way I suppose it is encouraging that I got here even while knowing that I wasn't going to get my reward right away.

Lesson. In. Patience.


Screw that. "Serenity now!" LOL

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    Til October? Nuh-uh, you gotta keep that number there for good.

Here is an idea though, since you have to wait, any comfort in the idea that perhaps you can save up a few more bucks and get a slightly nicer boat?

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