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Celebrating an Anniversary

Friday, September 21, 2012

Five years ago today, I officially started taking back control of my life and health. In preparation for my Lap-Band surgery on October 5, 2007, I started the pre-op liquid diet to prepare me for surgery. Lost 22 pounds alone in that 2 weeks period. Six months later, I was 120 pounds lighter than what I weighed on Sept 21, 2007. Today, a total of 160 pounds (give or take 5 pounds on any given day). And my health and fitness are back. A nice anniversary for me to celebrate!!

  
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USMAWIFE 10/1/2012 10:37AM

    emoticon on such a wonderful anniversary.



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DETERMINEDBABE 9/30/2012 12:23AM

    Way to go Alan on your anniversary.....glad to see you back...you were missed!

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MUSIC66 9/24/2012 5:00PM

    that great

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PLMITCH 9/24/2012 2:02PM

    Sorry I missed your blog on 9/21, but congrats just the same! My one year "bandaversary" is coming up this Friday, so I will be blogging that day.

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ALEXSGIRL1 9/24/2012 11:06AM

    wow you did awesome that is a incredible change glad you are heathir and happier

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CASE4GRACE 9/22/2012 11:13PM

    You are the poster child for lap band success. That picture is - well, quite frankly - nothing short of AMAZING!!!! (Dare I say you almost look TOO thin?! LOL!) You have accomplished things that many of us have only dreamt of so far, but you inspire all of us to follow your example and achieve success for ourselves. Thanks for blazing a trail and for congratulations to you on your success. Happy Anniversary!

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CORNERKICK 9/22/2012 5:25PM

  Wow! Congratulations & happy anniversary!

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DEBBIEANNE1124 9/21/2012 2:40PM

    Happy Bandversary Alan!!!
It's great to see you again!
Debbie

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SOUTHSHOREGUY 9/21/2012 12:31PM

    Good for you, Alan. You certainly should be proud of yourself. By the way, is the fact that it has been over a year since you posted a blog have anything to do with the fact that I have not really seen you on the site in a long time? I tried writing to you and never heard back. If you don't do anything, please do me just one favor. Please check out my last blog, which I posted 10 days ago.

Thanks,

Bill


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L*I*T*A* 9/21/2012 12:22PM

    awesome!!!so good to hear from you!!!
what an inspiration you are to so many!!!
all the best...........
blessings and hugs............lita

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AKA639 9/21/2012 12:03PM

    Congrats. You have worked so hard, and gained so much strength from this all. Truly inspirational.

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It's a great day when ...

Thursday, July 21, 2011

... you visit your cardiologist for a routine stress-echocardiogram (actually, there is no "routine" visit if you've undergone double bypass surgery 2 years ago) ... AND...

... you get through 19 minutes on the treadmill (measured using the Bruce protocol, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruce_protocol , which means getting up to 6mph and a 22% incline)... AND...

... your heart rate maxes out at 175 (for the last 3 minutes) and your blood pressure maxes at 190/85... AND

... it only takes 2 minutes of recovery time to get the heart rate back down to 70 (and the blood pressure a perfect 120/80) ... AND...

... the EKG is completely normal ... AND ...

... you do this when you're 52 years old and weigh 185 pounds, when 4 years ago you weighed 320+ ...AND finally ...

... you're told by the cardiologist that you have an ultra-healthy heart and are a poster-child for bariatric medical treatment!!

That's how my day started. It's a great day indeed!!

Alan

  
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PTESORO 8/23/2011 8:28PM

    Bravo!!!!

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BUFFALOMAMA 8/22/2011 9:48PM

    Congrats, a month late!!!

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GREENRUG 8/4/2011 8:47AM

    You are the new Buff Boomers Poster Person!!

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L*I*T*A* 8/2/2011 5:27PM

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IMBRENDAB 7/28/2011 6:58PM

    Totally AWESOME!!!!!

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PURESTILLWATER 7/22/2011 3:04PM

    a FANTASTIC day.

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QUESTFORLULU 7/22/2011 12:58PM

    Oh! I'm proud to know you. And to know that you have achieved the health I am looking for. LuLu emoticon

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WANAKA 7/22/2011 10:43AM

    A great day indeed! Congrats :)

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KAYOTIC 7/22/2011 10:17AM

    That's great news! Healthy, healthy! emoticon

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BOOK0WL 7/22/2011 10:14AM

    Congratulations, Alan! I'm just starting down the bariatric road, and your blog and posts are truly inspiring!

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MUSIC66 7/22/2011 4:15AM

    awsome.

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TEXASGIRL48 7/21/2011 8:15PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon That's wonderful news Alan.

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CHUBRUB3 7/21/2011 7:16PM

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Great news Alan!!
Absolutely fantastic, so very happy for you.
Hugs,
Angela


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BARCLE 7/21/2011 2:45PM

    emoticon that's fantastic!! emoticon emoticon

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L*I*T*A* 7/21/2011 2:31PM

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JESS0107 7/21/2011 1:39PM

    That is awesome!!! emoticon

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DEBBIEANNE1124 7/21/2011 1:35PM

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I'm very proud of you Alan! Way to go!

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A quick warning about diabetes

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Type 1, Type 2, or otherwise...if you're diabetic, get it under control asap cuz even if nothing's wrong now it will catch up with you. I've been "normal" for 4 years now, but learned my recent hand pain is from diabetic chiroarthropathy (sp?). Kinda sucks...

  
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PATTYCAKE17 7/26/2011 1:33PM

    When you get hit with this kind of news just think it could be FAR WORSE if you weren't so healthy otherwise; think well! emoticon

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SUGARPUNK52 7/18/2011 1:35AM

  Sorry to hear you're having problems.Hope it's reversible.Good luck with the tests.

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MUSIC66 7/18/2011 12:53AM

    my sons boss is has type to didiets , i am not dibeitic but had carpel tunnel syndrome in left wrist when my youngest so was a baby i had a carpel tunnel release operation it worked well ,butbi have ran in both hand have had two finger fused so far on waiting list for other fingers.

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GINGERPAWZ 7/17/2011 3:16PM

    Good luck with the OT and PT. Thanks for sharing. I have had numbness in my left hand for the last two weeks. We have ruled out a heart problem. Again good luck with the treatment.

Sharon

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CHUBRUB3 7/17/2011 11:40AM

    Wow! Thanks Alan.
I have been having nerve pain in my hand lately, and not sure why. I guess I should have it checked.
Take care,
Hugs,
Angela
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QUESTFORLULU 7/14/2011 7:11PM

    Wow! I didn't realize that these things could show up so much after living healthy. LuLu emoticon

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BABCIATEA 7/13/2011 5:20AM

    Hope you feel better .

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CORNERKICK 7/13/2011 2:48AM

  Sorry to hear thar...Hope it gets better

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ALANOFLINY 7/12/2011 10:55PM

    Thanks Kathy. I will try looking at the site tomorrow. Sounds like mine is reversible, or at least able to keep it from worsening. But my Sahara are under control (A1c consistently 6 or less). Anyway...we shall see. Starting with least invasive treatment (OT/PT) and go from there. For now... no new meds and no scalpels/lasers :-)

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I.M.MAGIC 7/12/2011 10:32PM

    Odd, my surgeon and I were talking about this today, when I had the stitches from my trigger finger surgery removed... he said a lot of his diabetic patients had difficulties in one way or another with the joints in their hands-- and that about a third of his patients were diabetic. I googled it, and here's the web address... I don't know how to add a link on a blog response, though I'm going to post it on the threads so you can look for it. There are a lot of joint issues that are more prevalent in diabetics than the general public... the good news is, according to the article, some of them at least are partly or wholly reversible with good glycemic control...

http://clinical.d
iabetesjournals.org/content/19/
3/132.full


Good luck with yours, ALAN!

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L*I*T*A* 7/12/2011 10:30PM

    so sorry to hear of your new problems.......
hoping with therapy you will be able to see some improvemnet........
all the best.....blessings and hugs.............lita

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SANDYBRUNO 7/12/2011 9:28PM

    Were you watching your diet and checking yourself these last 4 years? The reason I ask is I have a brother with diabetes. He never checks himself or watches what he eats because he says he is okay when he visits the doctor. Ironically my brother has never been very much overweight and diabetes has never been in our family that we know of, I am morbidly obese but don't have it. That is one reason I am on SP. I am hoping to get rid of the weight so I don't get it.

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ALANOFLINY 7/12/2011 8:51PM

    Hi Debbieanne!! This specific symptom was pain in my knuckles. It hurts like h*lol to open and close my hands. I do have ocassional numbness and tingling which is due, art least in part to carpal tunnel syndrome (confirmed) and a possible pinched nerve in my neck (not confirmed). The symptom that REALLY scared me was my fingers turning ice cold and corpse-white in cool weather. Thar turned out to be Raynauds syndrome which seemed to have been caused by a medication for high blood pressure (Atenolol). I've since discontinued that med (my BP has been 120/80 for almost as long as I've had my band) and that symptom is lessening. But the arthritis like feeling is the diabetic chiroarthropathy. Starting with occupational therapy. We'll see what happens before considering carpal tunnel surgery - which may or may not help.

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PURESTILLWATER 7/12/2011 7:42PM

    so sorry to hear that.

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DEBBIEANNE1124 7/12/2011 7:30PM

    That's too bad, Alan. what are the symptoms you're having with your hand problem? Just pain or numbness? bumps?
Get better soon.
Debbie

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I'm here, but ...

Friday, July 01, 2011

... the mind & body are willing but the laptop is weak. Only so much Sparking I can do on my phone. Hope to have a keyboard later tonight. But I am back!!

Alan

  
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MUSIC66 7/10/2011 8:39PM

    welcome back .

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IMBRENDAB 7/7/2011 3:16PM

    Welcome back! I sent you a sparkmail message asking where you were!

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AKA639 7/4/2011 7:15PM

    emoticon Back

You were missed! I totally understand and have to harness my time on here too.

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ALANOFLINY 7/2/2011 10:22PM

    Thanks. Not quite the return I was planning but this is good. In the past I would try to get on Spark at the expense of other things in life. Now I have better balance so I'm content to just be able to login, log some stuff and leave a status.

More to come! :-)

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MARSHASTAR 7/2/2011 9:29PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon
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BARCLE 7/1/2011 11:09PM

    Welcome back - hope you get your keyboard soon emoticon

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ALANOFLINY 7/1/2011 10:32PM

    Ahhh Laurie - you're stealing my thunder for my first *real* blog post, which in part explains my prior obsession with Sparkpoints and how I'm not letting them influence how I allocate portions of my life's time to SP.

Now if only I had a keyboard at home that hasn't been in continual use by family members today...I'd be writing about it now :-)

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PURESTILLWATER 7/1/2011 9:52PM

    i hear ya.. it is hard to do from the phone but at least you can check in.

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SYLPHINPROGRESS 7/1/2011 9:24PM

    Sheesh, some people will do anything for a coupla points.


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DEBBIEANNE1124 7/1/2011 8:56PM

    Welcome back alan!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 7/1/2011 3:57PM

    Welcome back, Alan. Glad to see you. I do know what you mean...I have a very hard time using my cell phone on the internet.

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GAL7288 7/1/2011 3:24PM

    I know what you mean, smart phones are cool but at the same time it doesn't compare to an actual computer. Happy to hear that motivation isn't gone though!

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will be back as a regular contributor on SP beginning (again) on July 1. For better or worse :-)

Monday, June 27, 2011

FYI :-) See y'all then!

Alan

  
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KAKIPOPUP 7/2/2011 5:28AM

    Welcome back!
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MOMMA_BEAR_69 7/1/2011 3:58PM

    Hope all is well with you. Welcome back!!!

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WANAKA 7/1/2011 9:27AM

    Have missed seeing ya! Glad you're back :)

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JOYSNEWJOURNEY 7/1/2011 9:22AM

    Will be glad to have you back. Hope all going well for you.

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CORNERKICK 6/29/2011 12:17AM

  :)

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LITTLETEAPOT17 6/28/2011 3:53PM

    I'm so glad you are coming back--you have much to offer this team.
Paula
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AKA639 6/28/2011 3:22PM

    YAY :)

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TEXASLYNN 6/27/2011 8:15PM

    Been wondering where you were!

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MARSHASTAR 6/27/2011 7:17PM

    Best wishes - I hope everything is okay.

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MDGARDENGIRL 6/27/2011 6:52PM

    Alan, prior to my surgery in May, I read so many of your posts! You helped me greatly with what I was getting myself in to. I look forward to your return !

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DEBBIEANNE1124 6/27/2011 3:30PM

    I hope all is well with you, alan.

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