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Thank You to Everyone Who Offered Kind Words

Sunday, February 03, 2013

Well, it's a (NEW) but humble beginning to a new running streak. I want to thank all of you for the kind words regarding the end of my running streak. I did, as you all suggested, and got right back on the horse - my new and (as I said) humble streak now stands at 8 days (a whole week LOL).

Thanks again

  
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1BEACHWALKER 2/3/2013 10:04PM

    Sorry to hear you had the flu and broke your long streak! Yes, it happens and can't be helped sometimes! But, look at you now...8 days! Good for you! Never give up!
I love streaks and we try hard not to break them, but whenever I start a new one...I am just as determined to do the same with that one! They are fun to me and keeps me motivated!
From a fellow team member at 50 plus for all emoticon

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CATLADY52 2/3/2013 4:28PM

    emoticon That's great!


I picked the particular emoticon because it reminded me of how a ref throws his arms up to signify TouchDown! It is equally apropos to your streak. (and the FortyNiners)

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It was bound to Happen!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Well, I knew it was coming sooner of later. I had a hell-of-a streak going. I ran at least 20 minutes per day for 956 consecutive days (over 2.5 years) and didn't miss a cardio workout for over a thousand days. I credit the streaks to a combination of being scared (to miss a day - it's always easier to miss the second and then the third) and luck - I didn't get hurt or sick in all that time (at least not enough to miss a workout).

The injury and sick report is the best news, I credit the good health to Spark People. But, it happened, I got the flu and had to sit it out.

Oh Well, time for a new streak!

  
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AMBUDMAN 2/6/2013 10:46PM

    You will do it again Dave. emoticon

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LJCANNON 1/31/2013 5:59PM

    emoticon Great Job on the Streaks!! I agree, it is Scary to miss a Day!! But A Habit built over 900+ Days is HARD to Break. I expect you to be Back at it ASAP!!

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CATLADY52 1/31/2013 5:55PM

    You will do it! I'm sure. emoticon

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FIRE-SPINNER 1/29/2013 1:20PM

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DJ4HEALTH 1/28/2013 12:51AM

    Go for another one.

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SPSPSP1 1/27/2013 12:34AM

    Wow! Fantastic streak! I guess this little bump is giving you another chance to test your mettle. I wish you the best!

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What a GREAT Time!!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

As many of you know, for the last couple of years, I have been deeply involved in alumni activities at my former HS. I helped found the Sports Hall of Fame and serve on the selection committee as well as being a member of the PHS Foundation. I’ve really enjoyed getting back into the swing of things and helping to move the HS forward and develop Community and Alumni Support.

A couple of years ago, two of our more outgoing and supportive alum (Proudly, they’re members of my 1976 graduating class), started planning a reunion. Our class sizes in the 70’s only reached numbers of mid 200’s to mid 300’s, so they thought it would increase turn out and fun to invite the classes that graduated immediately before and after ours.

As they started planning, their enthusiasm increased as did the size of their ideas. At length, the reunion turned into a reunion for the decade of the 70’s (all 10 classes). They also thought it a great idea to combine the reunion with a chance for us all to give back – they infused the idea to make the reunion a combination fund raiser to help secure field lights for the high school (PHS is the only school in the City without lights).

Well, last weekend the reunion kicked off. Instead of a dinner-dance type of affair, they turned it into an event which reminded us of the old concert “DAY ON THE GREENS” from the 1970’s at the Oakland Coliseum. They had a large stage (two bands played 70’s music and the groups included alumni) with GREAT entertainment. There was food and entertainment areas (YES, there were adult liquid refreshments), large tents to visit in, a large open grassy area to relax and dance.

The day was great. We had a turn out of over 1000 alumni, many from far flung states like NY, Florida, Kansas, and from other countries like the Dominican Republic. We rekindled old relationships, met and visited with others of like backgrounds and (all in all) I had one of the greatest days in recent memory.

The set up and take down was just as much fun as the reunion itself, with many alumni volunteering to arrive early and stay late to help.

We even made a human “Peace Sign” which was photographed from the air (Now; isn’t that a 70’s thing to do). I just wanted to pass my experience on and suggest that those of you with small HS classes might think of trying the same thing – You won’t regret it.


  
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SASSYSMS1 8/4/2012 9:24PM

    Sounds like a lot of fun!!

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AMBUDMAN 7/28/2012 10:33PM

    Sounds like all had a good time. My 50 year reunion is August 11th. I'm from the class of 1962 Vacaville Union High. emoticon

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Revelations & Understanding

Thursday, July 05, 2012

I’m going to ramble a little, so ……….., I’m going to break up this blog post into three parts which I’ll post during the next three days:

Part 1 – Background:

Ever since I changed my lifestyle, lost weight, and began my way back to continuous good health, I have been mostly successful with maintaining my good eating habits. I occasionally cheat, but over time (I’ve gotten away from the scale, at least day to day), my diet evens out and I’ve maintained by body weight and good health for more than two years now. When I first met my weight goal, I’d heard a safety net idea which I put into place. I have a 5 lb. trigger and if/when I ever go 5 pounds over my ideal weight (even if I suspect it might be water weight), I drop back into really good eating habits (with healthy weight loss goals), increase my workouts a little, and in about a week or two, I’m back to “fighting weight.” This plan allows me to deal with potential weight and eating habit problems quickly, without letting them get out of hand. Thankfully, until recently, I’ve only had to use this plan once.

Recently however, I hit my safety net target (and a little over - 6 lbs.). My safety net plan stopped the slide, but in a month’s time, I wasn’t able to creep back to my normal weight. TOMARROW, Part 2 – THE REVELATION

After finishing my ramble, I realized it wan't as long as I suspected it was going to be - So here's the rest.

Part 2: The revelation

Yesterday, I told you I’d let about 6 lbs. creep back on and my safety net plan to immediately drop the weight wasn’t working. When I realized my plan wasn’t working, I sat and thought long and hard about why this might be. At first, I didn’t come to any clear understanding of possible reasons, then it hit me: I’d let a bad habit creep up and hadn’t really even realized it. As I told you yesterday, I let myself indulge in the occasional cheat (a cookie here and there, or an extra portion occasionally), but – I always tracked it and, like I said, over time my good habits evened out.

A week ago, however, I suddenly caught myself (realization) I’d just broken of my second small piece of cookie (in about an hour’s time) and, since I’d rationalized (A VERY BAD WORD WHEN IT COMES TO HABITS) as just a taste, I didn’t track it. When I realized this, a revelation hit me, these little cheats were adding up on me. I wasn’t tracking and accounting for them. For example: over the course of a month, eating an extra 250 calories per day (above your needs for good nutrition and health) will total more than 7500 calories – more than two lbs. of weight gain. I found I’d fallen back into rationalization, the enemy mind set of any type of addiction. And mind this; I firmly believe cheating is a symptom of boredom and addiction.

TOMORROW, Part 3 – UNDESTANDING and coping.

Part 3: Understanding and coping

Many of you know I come from a Law Enforcement background and worked Narcotics for many years. During my time spent in Narcotics, I struggled with understanding addiction and my definition of addiction was always evolving. What I came to understand (and what I needed to focus on in dealing with my current minor weight gain) is that Addiction is: The habitual and compulsive behavior of an individual despite the knowledge and understanding of adverse results and affects.

In my current situation, I let a bad habit establish itself despite my knowledge of the adverse effects. In other works, I’d let rationalization allow me to let a bad habit creep back into my behavior despite my understanding and knowledge of what would result.

As a result of my Revelation and Understanding – I’ve dismissed my rationalizations and gone back to taking things one day at a time (doing the best one can), and recommitted to exact food tracking. Food tracking is the one tool I credit with most of my success. As of today, I’m within 3 lbs. of my comfort weight and I’m confident I’ve reestablished my commitment to avoid addictive behavior.

NOTE 1: With everything said, I still also firmly believe you can’t lead your life on a scale: Success is measured over time and if you commit to eating right, things will even out. Track, Track, Track, and if you overdo it here and there, your tracking will allow you to assure that things are evening out. This is something I’ll have to do for the rest of my life.

NOTE 2: My blog of the past couple of days involved eating and food – Don’t forget “DAILY EXERCISE” and “HEALTHY LIFESTYLE PRACTICES.”

  
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CHRISTINASP 7/6/2012 9:33AM

    Thanks. I find your definition of addiction interesting. I wonder what you see as the cause / cure for addiction?

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BALLOUZOO 7/5/2012 7:48PM

    Thank you for sharing. It's important to track everything-something I struggle with...how much was that 1/2 cup 2/3 cup etc etc....it all adds up!
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KCWIND 7/5/2012 4:49PM

  Thanks! The tracking has been my strength in this weight loss journey. Mindless eating got me here. Tracking is helping me keep my 42 pound weight loss. Thanks for sharing.

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CATLADY52 7/5/2012 4:45PM

    That is very true! emoticon

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Kids are home (Yay!!)

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Just a quick blog note here to say my thanks. Thank the lord for giving our family time together. My daughter is home from college (where she is completing a 5 year phD program) for a visit and my son is also at home. At our age, my wife and I are surely thankful for the opportunity to have our children in our home (if only for a few minutes) and for our health which allows us the opportunity to fully enjoy the their visit.

Thanks

PS - We should all be thankful to whomever (or whatever) we believe govern our lives - Be it Our Lord, or simply the good luck of fate. Surely we can spare time to say thanks for any good fortune which comes our way.

  
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BIGT_56 6/28/2012 4:22AM

    Glad you got some time with your kids. My daughter and granddaughters were here last week for a visit and I am extremely thankful for that. I miss my family so much since I had to move 5 hours away two years ago...especially those grandbabies.
At my age I am thankful for each day that I open my eyes. Every day is a blessing!

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BLUE42DOWN 6/27/2012 12:28PM

    Enjoy your time with your children. It is wonderful to know you've raise them well enough to not have them home all the time, but having them want to come home to spend time with family.

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