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Hood To Coast 2010

Monday, August 30, 2010

I have never wrote about my Hood To Coast (HTC) adventures before, but this time I am more attune than previous years. This time I know a team who is running! It is a long night, 12 hours on the motorcycle, but this time I had people to root for. Go TEAM!! I have done the HTC for 5 years. I am a member of Rose City Motorcycle Club (RCMC) and we provide the Safety and deterrence patrol starting from Dusk Friday evening starting 7:00 PM to Dawn Saturday morning 7:00 AM. It is our job to see that the runners are not hassled/accosted by bystanders. In the past some women were accosted/molested. Since we have been riding patrol there has not been any reported incidences. However every year there are some who enjoy yelling, jumping out of the bushes scaring runners, throwing eggs and cow manure on the roadway...etc There have been speeders in their cars racing around the course causing dangerous situations. Since we are not the police we cannot do much, but our presence has held down these incidences to a minimum. If someone is doing something illegal they do not want us to be a witness to their misbehavior. When an incident does occur we will get the police involved.

Here are a few pictures of the HTC Team members I met at the pre-race:

Me getting ready for Patrol:

It was an honor to meet the Sparkin Hood To Coast Team!

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GAYEMC 9/5/2010 5:18PM

    I'm finally catching up on reading the H2C blogs. A huge thanx for keeping the runners safe. Oh, and the hug! Great to finally meet you.

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KASHMIR 9/4/2010 12:00PM

    It was an honor meeting you, and thank you and the Rose City group for aiding in keeping ALL the runners safe out there!!!

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HEALTH4LYFE 8/31/2010 8:48PM

    It's awesome that you have been providing support and a sense of safety for the past five year at the HTC. And this year, as you mentioned to have people for whom you could root. Thanks for keeping everyone safe. What a great service you have done! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GYMRAT_AT44 8/30/2010 10:34PM

    Awesome. Celebrity status!

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LORIBEL1 8/30/2010 9:22PM

    Looks like a lot of fun!

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    Cool pics. Thanks for do the HTC proud!

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BOBBYD31 8/30/2010 5:31PM

    thank you for taking care of the runners especially out sparkers! it is a wonderful thing you do to volunteer your time for the thousands of people you don't know.

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MARYMARY611 8/30/2010 5:26PM

    Thanks so much for volunteering and doing this for the relay. I was in van 1, running leg 2. I don't remember seeing any bike out there providing security but I was on HW 30 for my night run.
Again, thanks for doing this!

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MIAMIA7 8/30/2010 5:26PM

    What a wonderful thing you did! A big thank you goes out to you and the others who patrolled!
Anne (ghost for Trishs leg)

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MCSNYDER1 8/30/2010 5:23PM

    What a lot of fun!!!!

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MRILEY123 8/30/2010 4:49PM

    What a neat thing for you to do! I'm glad it was fun for you as well as so helpful to everyone! Loved the photos.

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LYNNANN43 8/30/2010 4:42PM

    Thank you so much for keeping all of the runner's safe!!!

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P.S. gorgeous motorcycle!

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ZORAHGAIL 8/30/2010 3:42PM

    Thank you thank you thank you for riding patrol!

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That D@%& BMI Chart? (OR) Truthful Roadmap?

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

I came across this BMI chart this morning while collecting my SparkPoints while reading articles. (Worth 3 points you know and gotta have them!) For about 2 hours afterwards, I did a lot of negative self-talking. Discouragement hit big time. I have been on a Nutrition and Fitness program for 8 months. I have lost 54 lbs and still considered by the chart to be "Obese!!!" I concluded this chart has no heart and ruined my morning! emoticon

I decided to leave the computer and get busy doing something else, in order to ease the stress of "trash-talking" myself. (I was not easy on myself with the verbal abuse) I was almost ready to call the police on myself for domestic violence. (just kidding) While I was keeping my mind busy doing other things this damn chart was sneaking into my thoughts. When it appeared the chart wouldn't go away, I decided to revisit the computer, again, and brought up the BMI chart, again, and tried to look at it from a different, but more positive perspective. I took another look at my stats when I started this journey on Jan. 2010 up to the current date 08/24/10.

Start Height: 5"9" (I don't think I did any shrinking)
Start Weight: 01/01/10 277 lbs BMI 43= Morbid Obese (According to BMI Chart)
Today's Weight: 08/24/10 223 lbs BMI 31= Obese (2 points away from Overweight) emoticon

I have concluded that this "Chart" tells the truth and has afforded me to take a look at how far I have come on this journey.
I have lost 54 lbs to date.
BMI down from 43 to 31 (That is a whole 12 points!!)
I only have 30 lbs to go to hit "Overweight" and get down to a BMI of 28. emoticon

It has been a long journey and still more to go. To hit my ultimate goal I still need to lose 43 lbs. (no problem) The chart tells me I need weigh in at 160 lbs for a healthy range, but for my frame size it would put me in an unhealthy range.
Chart Legend:
Underweight: Losing too much weight can be unhealthy as well.
Healthy: Not much risk of obesity health problems, but stay your healthy habits.
Overweight: Losing some weight can still improve your overall health and risk factors.
Obese: Now's the time to take care of it before problems develop and it's too late.
Morbidly Obese: You are at very high risk for heart and blood pressure problems, and diabetes.

The BMI Chart:

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LOVEMYLAPTOP 9/10/2010 10:45PM

    Looking at those charts is what cemented my determination to lose weight...when I saw that I was 3# from being obese I set out to walk and eat healthier. Thank goodness a coworker introduced me to after 2.5 months and 15# had already come off. I like to think of the % of # lost. With your goal being at 190 and starting weight at 277, I figure you've lost 66.67% of the amount of weight you plan to lose. In my economy that deserves a reward!!!

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    I dislike all of those charts. lol

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DARLENEK04 8/24/2010 4:30PM

  Come on Chuck, you are on your way. Use that chart as
a competetive tool.........
Go get em's to you hitting your goal....


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NAMSMOMMY 8/24/2010 2:34PM

    I think that chart can have its own issues. According to the goal my dr gave me, I would still be in the overweight category!

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GYMRAT_AT44 8/24/2010 2:18PM

    I thought the same thing when I first saw "the chart" and thought to myself - ain't no freakin' way I can get to the left side. I have worked at this for two solid years, by golly when's it gonna happen. But truth be told, the charts are very truthful about lean mass and getting the excess fat off the body and NO it isn't easy. And yes, you can get there. You are looking at it the right way now. Great job!

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Prostate...Good News!!

Friday, August 20, 2010

I went to see the doctor last March to discuss the PSA readings concerning my Prostate. The reading was just above the high limit, 4.06, with the first exam (causing me some stress) and 4 weeks later the PSA was higher at 4.23. (more stress). The readings were increasing it was a cause for concern for me. The doctor was not so concerned because prostate cancer is typically slow growing. He said most men die with prostate cancer but did not die because of prostate cancer. Well that little tid-bit sure eased my mind!! emoticon NOT!!
After my motorcycle trip I had another PSA test done and it was higher again, 4.65. (Heightened stress). So last Friday, on the 13th no less, I went in for a biopsy of the prostate.
I had an idea what was going to be done, but not to what extent. The nurse said to get undressed, totally, and handed me a towel about the size of a band-aid! I guess she didn't trust me me so she stayed in the room while I got undressed giving me directions on where to put my clothes. I stood around for another 10 minutes waiting for the doctor while clutching the towel for dear life with my thumb and forefinger on one part of the towel and my pinky finger holding onto the other part of the towel. I was desperately trying to protect my "dignity" through this informal setting. By the way, all all the while the door to the hallway was open and no curtains drawn. Very informal setting. When it was time for the procedure the nurse had me lay on by side took my towel away, then nurse-handled my backside dignity into the open air just where she wanted it. She did however give the towel back to me to cover my front dignity. Now the doctor comes in and starts a digital exam. Felt like he was, at minimum, up to his elbow!! I thought he was never going to vacate the area. I guess I should appreciate his throughness. Well he finally did completed that job. He then came at me with a needle and placed it where he last had his digit (and elbow) and said "you will feel a little sting". He didn't tell me at the time it was going to be several little stings. (I would upgrade them moderate-intense stings). Then came the next instrument to take the biopsies which was bigger than the needle and looked much more menacing. I thought there was only going to be one sample taken, but it was 12 samples and I felt every one. All of this is while the doctor and nurse was talking about the coming weekend where the doctor telling her not to stress out and stay calm! Which, by the way, I began stressing out a bit because I want them both to be calm. I figured he would work faster if not discussing personal things that did not include me in the conversation. I ask him if he was having fun yet, but I think he failed to see my attempt at humor. I just wanted him to hurry up and get this procedure over!

At least I overcame being self-conscious running around naked in front of people, who I didn't know, with the door open. Not that I will begin making a career of running down the halls naked. I still have a few shreds of dignity left. They did not take it all! I tell myself that all the people were clinical, well maybe not the receptionist and the cleaning person? I guess this is great practice if I should ever want to go to a nude beach. emoticon

I would like to ride my motorcycle but the doctor nixed that for a few more days until the prostate heals completely from the biopsies. I don't think I was suppose to work out vigorously by the last 3 days I have with no problems.

Bottom line (I use that term conservatively) is: I got a call today and they said no cancer. It feels like a big weight lifted and I should go out and celebrate...but wait, I am on a diet so I guess I will watch some reruns instead of Peoples Court, Bones, and a few Criminal Minds.

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LOVEMYLAPTOP 9/3/2010 4:16PM

    Great news! I'll have my sons read this so they can prepare for their old age. That kind of exam is a payback for not giving birth! One way or another God evens out the pain and embarrassment! Gives new meaning to getting old isn't for sissies. emoticon

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EAGLE101 8/29/2010 7:49AM

    ROSEISSHRINKING has already said that any undue stress to the backside will cause aggravation to the prostate. Your personal habits should always be taken into consideration BUT the biopsy was/is a necessary precaution. Thanks for sharing.

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ZORAHGAIL 8/22/2010 12:43AM

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CAROJONES 8/21/2010 10:57PM

    I am so glad it all turned out okay!

But I agree with the others' comments on the impropriety of your treatment and the lack of concern shown for your privacy -this behaviour was totally unprofessional.

Do write your letter to the Hosp Admin, the CEO and the Board of Directors.

Continue to take good care of yourself and your "dignity"!

Have a great weekend!


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DREMARGRL 8/21/2010 4:54PM

    Blessing abound, Chuck! I would definitely be celebrating doing something! Wonderful news! XO MaryAnn emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KEAKMAN 8/21/2010 4:07PM

    Chuck, I am so glad that the tests came back with no signs of cancer! I did NOT want to add you to our "In Honor Of" list

Take care, and we are looking forward to meeting you at Kim's for dinner on the 25th!

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BANKER-CHUCK 8/21/2010 2:14PM

    Thanks to all who have shown concern, it is greatly appreciated. As for my breach of privacy, I am not shy so I will say something to the doctor about their office demeanor. They do this type of thing for a living but they need to keep to the basics for those of us who are there for the 1st time. Their decorum is unusual from my other experiences with hospitals where there is much more privacy plus they will close the door and knock when coming back in the room. Instead of a small towel they should have given me a hospital gown.

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DARLENEK04 8/21/2010 1:03PM

  Hey CHUCK,

Great news and thank God for no c word.

The other thing??? I am with Rose...

#1 you are supposed to be allowed to undress alone
#2 they are completely in the wrong leaving the door open.
THAT was a HUGE breach of privacy.

So YOU definitely should go to the administrator with your
treatment. THis is totally wrong.

My daughter is/was a nurse and she said they violated several

You need to be proud of yourself for withstanding what went on
but as far as them and their treatment of you and their conversations while you were there with your dignity in the wind
for all to WRONG..


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    Wow. I cannot believe they didn't concern themselves more with your privacy.
I am glad your biopsies were ok.

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    You. Have. Got. To. Be. Kidding. I'm in the healthcare field and that's a cardinal sin. I would send a note to the administrator of the hospital system. Any lower and they will cover it up. That ticks me off. I have a hard time with patient confidentiality issues because my patients are usually very hard of hearing (I'm a doctor of audiology) and I sometimes have to talk very loudly. But leave the door open with your "personal belongings" shown to the world!!???? Heavens no!!! Poor thing. And you were nervous enough already. I went through a lung cancer scare in January and I know how you felt. Obsession doesn't begin to describe it.

By the way, any stimulation of the "prostate" area will make your PSA rise. That's why they don't draw one right after a prostate exam. So, riding your motorcycle and straining while exercising could have made it rise. They are going to f/u with a PSA in six mos, right? If not, I'd request one at least every 12 if not every 6 mos for a couple of years.

Good luck!!! I have foud that events like this used to make me eat. Now, they make me work out extra hardů

hugs, chuck

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MUNCHIEMAGS 8/20/2010 10:34PM

    BEST news ever!!! emoticon


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DUFFYDYER 8/20/2010 9:52PM

    Very happy to hear that you received such good news! Take it a little easy- you can celebrate with a nice cup of tea!

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Treadmil Embarrassment!!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

If you have run on a treadmill, long enough, sooner or later you will have an embarrassing story to tell. I was jogging on the treadmill, at 24Hour Fitness, while talking (me listening mostly) to someone who was standing in front of me. My foot got to close to the edge of the moving belt where my heal stayed on the moving belt and the balls of my feet went onto the stationery siderail. With half of my foot on a stationery rail and the other half on a moving belt going at 5 mph, you can picture the fiasco. I began flopping around grabbing for the hand rails, while trying to regain my balance, trying not to fall down, making enough racket to wake the dead, and with the whole gym, about 50+ people, staring in my direction. People close to me showing much concern asking me, "Are you OK?". All I could do was eek out was,"Yes I am" while laughing so hard from embarrassment. emoticon Since I did not seem to have learned from my prior mistake, I did it again 2 weeks later and again yesterday. So far I have not gone flying back and hit the wall behind me. Is that next?
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EAGLE101 8/29/2010 7:42AM

    Yep! Been there, done that. Gotta pay attention every second I'm on it.

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DDHEART 8/20/2010 9:05AM

    Love your sharing this with us! I was picturing that typical cartoon image of the roadrunner running off the cliff....legs still churning before....oops...the fall! LOL

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SUSIQZER 8/19/2010 9:17PM

    Spend enough time on the treadmill, and you're going to have an issue at some point.
My favorite came in the middle of a crowded gym, where I dropped my walkman (it was a while ago), it hit the treadmill, went flying backward, and crashed against the wall. Loud, embarrassing, and hilarious.

Now I just make a fool of myself in the privacy of my basement...


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KEAKMAN 8/19/2010 9:11PM


I have fallen off.

I also nearly lost my pants while running on one.

I blame the treadmill.

Now I run outside!

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LOVEMYLAPTOP 8/19/2010 8:30PM

    I got distracted and fell while walking on a NON-MOVING public sidewalk when I dislocated my two fingers back in January! The x-rays will make great display pieces on Halloween! Glad to have the public safety warning, with humor, here on spark re: treadmills before we buy one.

You people are quite the story tellers, too. Made me laugh more than once!

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IAFERRETMOM 8/19/2010 5:22PM

    I have yet to do that myself, but I am another that has to stay pretty focused or I feel myself losing balance.

Glad you weren't hurt!

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    Oh you all are too funny. I too have had a stumble or two on the treadmill. Of course, I've had stumbles on very stationary floor surfaces, so I'm not sure its the treadmill :)

My most embarrassing moment was about 15 years ago, I was in an aerobics class doing step aerobics (which was sort of a new thing, LOL), and the whole police force was doing weight training behind me. I stumbled, hit the edge of my step and stumbled sideways the WHOLE width of the area between me and the wall. The wall was partially covered with one of those heavy mats, but did I hit that? Heck no! I hit the concrete block right NEXT to the mat. I didn't hit TOO TOO hard, but did knock my shoulder and head a little bit and sat down with a big OOMPH on the floor. LOL. I looked up a second later and there were about 10 gorgeous, sweaty, shirtless police men above me trying to make sure I was okay. :) It was embarassing, but good stuff for memories later, LOL.

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BANKER-CHUCK 8/19/2010 5:00PM

    There is a clip but I have never seen anyone use it. It is red and just "hangs" there. emoticon. Maybe I should start using it.

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THEQUEENBEE333 8/19/2010 4:55PM

    Thats why I "fast walk" versus run - that is bound to happen to me :-) Do you have the clip on you so if you fall, the treadmill will stop? My gym requires it.

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GYMRAT_AT44 8/19/2010 4:54PM

    Hey Melanie, Nancy - yep, everyone's done it (mine was years ago, knock on wood) I have probably just jinxed myself. Funny thing, it isn't related to age. We had one of our young kids go falling off this week - we think she fell asleep jogging... she was fine. I think they should make the "shelves" and cup holders BIGGER... crap always goes flying. I'm waiting for the day that one of my workout buddies loses his 10 lbs weights he holds on the thing... that ought to be interesting.

Chuck - love the bike, wish I still had mine. Everyone have a great rest of your day! If you haven't worked out yet - get it done.

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BRANDNEWBUFFY 8/19/2010 4:48PM

    I don't have a treadmill and am kinda thankful because I am sure I would be right with you on that one.

Thanks for the chuckle!

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DUFFYDYER 8/19/2010 4:30PM

    Thanks for sharing! Good for you that you keep getting back on the 'horse'!

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NANCYANNE55 8/19/2010 3:03PM

    If I am not very careful to avert my eyes from strait ahead slowly, I lose my balance and threaten to fall. And like Mel, I have dropped about everything imaginable while on the thing. I've learned to said just dropped items sit until I'm done- trying to retreive them is never worth the risk involved.

Thanks for sharing! It's nice to know I'm not the only klutz out there. :-D

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MELAPHANTN 8/19/2010 2:59PM

    I frequently run on the treadmill but have not fully fallen off (yet). I have dropped...on different towel, waterbottle, and chapstick while trying to multi-task which makes for an interesting obstacle course.

I'm glad you weren't hurt and had a great, big laugh about it all. I hope the same is true for me when my turns comes.

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The 2-teens lbs are getting close!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

I am getting within sniffing distance of 219 lbs... Only 6 lbs to go! emoticon

A far cry from the 277 lbs I started with in Jan. 2010. There has been a lot of challenges trying to make changes in my lifestyle. It is still a work-in-progress that includes a lot of self-talk, reading health articles, fitness articles, Nutrition & Fitness logs, SparkMember Blogs...etc., and trying to make the right choices.

Changing my lifestyle has taken its toll on me in several ways. It has been a mental emotional roller-coaster ride that is akin to, at times, an "E" ticket ride at Disneyland. I applaud my wife and friends who have stayed with me on this journey. It is not easy and is a slow process. It has taken a commitment that I knew I had but had to bring it to the surface. Even though the toll has been a price to pay , but a lot of very positive things are emerging from the process.

Thanks to my family, close friends and SparkFriends for their support I have received.

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BRANDNEWBUFFY 8/19/2010 4:51PM

    Chuck that is awesome! You have come so far and have so much to be proud of! Keep up the great work and I wish you lots of luck in the future!

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KEAKMAN 8/19/2010 9:15AM

    Hope you have a really good (or do I mean "bad"?) before pic so that you can compare and see just how wonderful the changes look on you!

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DUFFYDYER 8/19/2010 5:55AM

    Chuck you are doing great! Your new habits are really chaning your life. emoticon

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LOVEMYLAPTOP 8/18/2010 9:33PM

    I am proud of you and your family supporting you! The process happens to change one's way of thinking more than anticipated and the poor spouses have to change as a result of our decisions. It's not always easy for them, especially at the beginning, but later they learn we are better people and come to appreciate all of our hard work...keep going, chuck, buddy.
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AZBEADIE 8/18/2010 9:29PM

  Yay Chuck! Lots of goals and mileposts right around the corner for you- keep a steady pace and keep at it. You're doing a great job! emoticon

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    Way to go, Chuck!!!! I know what you mean about the emotional roller coaster. My friends and family probably think I'm obsessed with healthy food and exercise right now. I went around one day showing everyone my collarbones when I could see them distinctly. LOL. They think I'm nuts, but skinnier!!!

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