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Lets try again

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

After a few months of yet again going down the wrong path I am starting again.

Have been seeing a therapist and just started to really commit to the process and am very lucky to have found someone I can connect with and trust and I kinda feel more peaceful within myself.

I am trying to learn that making it harder by setting huge goals is not the right approach and there is no reason why I should not try to make this easier not harder. Small steps and all that:)

Thats about it. First time back and just popping my head up to say hi.

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DUBAIGIRL 6/18/2012 2:17AM

    God I missed you! Never leave again! Never leave again!

I am Queen of starting over, it's what keeps us on an even keel, though I'm still 17lbs heavier than this time last year! But not for long! My head is back in the game after dithering all year so far! I swear I've lost and gained the same 10lbs at least twenty times this year.

Welcome back!

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JEAN111766 6/4/2012 11:30AM

    Starting over is my middle name. hmmm... maybe I need therapy too. This is a mental journey as much as a physical one... thanks for the idea ;)
I wish you the besk to luck this time around, maybe this is the one that will stick... I'm still trying to find something that works for me. I know what works, but sticking to it is my struggle...
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TONYVOYAGER 6/3/2012 2:04PM

    Excellent. I too have fallen off the pony more times than I care to think about - but with therapy, friends and clenched teeth I'm going for it again!

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AMYB1985 6/1/2012 3:09AM

    I have missed you! emoticon

I'm glad to see you keep trying. This healthy living thing takes a bit of experimentation, a bit of trial and error. Don't give up. We'll get there.

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GENFINCH 5/31/2012 1:25AM

    good to see you back :)

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GRACEANAQAH 5/30/2012 11:45PM

    emoticon So happy to see you back David! emoticon

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ROSGETSSERIOUS 5/30/2012 11:05PM

    Welcome back David - hope you are feeling better - you are so right about taking baby steps - otherwise you are just self sabotaging - many small steps add up to great achievements - go for it.
So happy that you have found someone to trust and work with.
Cheers
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NEVERMIND2010 5/30/2012 2:13PM

    So happy to have you back on SP!

One day at a time, my friend. emoticon

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CRAUDI 5/30/2012 8:09AM

    Welcome back! We're back around the same time. :) We can do it! One day at a time!!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 5/30/2012 7:13AM

    So happy to see you back. Glad you have found someone you can trust and that will help you along your journey. I set goals 5-pounds at a time. You'll get there.... slow and steady wins the race.
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TENNISJIM 5/30/2012 6:16AM

    Welcome back. We hope you stick around David. You can do it.

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DUTCHPETE641 5/30/2012 3:17AM

    Good to see you back sweetie

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NEWHORIZONSR4ME 5/29/2012 11:22PM

    Great news that you are back; that you found a workable therapy relationship; and that you are trying more reasonable goals. It is a journey and not a destination.

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WENDYJM4 5/29/2012 7:42PM

    so good to hear from you again David, I was worried about you. Put small gaols in place, i think that it is easier to lose 2 or 5kgs than 10 or 20kgs. Do small baby steps.
Great to have you back.
Take care
Wendy

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SUSIEPH1 5/29/2012 7:01PM

    Great to hear from you ..
You can do this!!!
Baby steps is the way to go ...Don't try to change to much at once.
Take care hugs Susie
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TRISH579 5/29/2012 5:19PM

    So good to hear from you. Small goals! That works for me. If I don't gain in a day, it's a winner for me. I lose at the rate of about a pound every 3 weeks, but I'll take it! emoticon

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PATTOMMC3 5/29/2012 4:48PM

    Baby steps will get you there.......

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A heart update and my new sexy bike!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

So after my little stint in hospital and a little stent in my heart I am LITERALLY better than I was 12 months ago.

Long story short I had a heart attack in October 2009 in Dubai, they put in a stent (which widens the artery in your heart) and gave me medication to take for 12 months to stop the heart tissue growing around the stent too quickly.

Of course I decided i felt fine after 2 months, the purpose of the medication wasn't explained to me so I just basically stopped taking it.

Over time the heart tissue was growing over and around the stent too quickly and in the wrong place and re-narrowing the artery.

Fast forward to 10 days ago when after working out very hard day after day at fat camp the narrowed artery kicked up a stink and my heart developed an arrythmia. The top and bottom ventricles got out of sync and thats what put me in hospital.

My cardioligist has now replaced the stent (bizarre to lie there and have them putting this thing in through your femoral artery in your groin and all the way up to your heart - modern science IS amazing), I now understand my meds and their importance and feel SO much better than I have for a long time. The Dr was extremely pleased with the procedure and told me I should should be better than I ever was in a week or 2.

Much of my tiredness in the afternoons and general low feeling could possibly be attributed to the artery narrowing and the heart having to pump harder I think.

if I had NOT been at bootcamp and instead spent another 2 years on the lounge the artery may have closed completely one day and I would have been in a MUCH worse state so in a way its a good thing it happened now instead of in 2 years. Every arrhythmia has a silver lining it seems.

And only a few short months ago something like this would have been my excuse to stop - and now its my impetus to keep going - I LOVE my therapist!

Went to a bike shop yesterday to check out some bikes - rode a bike for the first time over 25 years here at bootcamp and really enjoyed it.

Walked away thinking I WILL buy a bike soon, drove off, stopped and thought "thats just an excuse - buy it now!" and got back just as they were closing up.

So I am now the proud owner of a hybrid (mountain bike/road bike cross) and went for my first spn this moring. 15 k's and about an hour. I am waiting to see if my legs will be sore in the morning emoticon but am already planning my next ride on Tuesday.

I think much of my problem with exercise has not been realising that when it becomes boring e.g. walking every day, you just lose interest. lesson learnt - now where did I see that deep water running session at?

I finish at "fat camp" today a week early as my doctor suggested climbing mountains right now would have to wait a week or 2 but have been given a credit and am booked in for another 2 weeks end of April.

I feel so much more excited about exercise and more determined this time than I have EVER been - life is good :)

Spark on emoticon

P.S. Thanks SO much to many of you who have been worried about me during this "episode" - all good and lesson learnt definitely! Thanks - you guys rock!

  
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CANADAUAE 5/12/2012 3:09PM

    How are you doing lately...long time...hope all is going well :D

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GENFINCH 4/12/2012 1:51PM

    quote: "the purpose of the medication wasn't explained to me"
LOL that's Middle Eastern doctors for you. I once went to A&E with a bad stomach infection, vomiting, diarrhoea, the works. The doctor gave me a saline drip for the dehydration and then put an injection into it. Me: "What's that?", him: "Medicine."

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DUTCHPETE641 3/19/2012 7:31AM

    Good to hear you are doing better mate!! Take care of yourself.

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EUPHRATES 3/19/2012 1:44AM

    SO glad you're doing so much better!

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GRACEANAQAH 3/19/2012 1:33AM

    So happy to read that you are doing well and emoticon on your new bike and your first spin on it. Keep up the good work and take care of yourself emoticon

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NEWHORIZONSR4ME 3/18/2012 7:34PM

    Holy smokes I missed your news. I am SOOO glad all is well and you are planning a positive and active future. And biking? Wow that's the best thing ever IMO of course I am a little nutty about biking. Did my first 50mile ride of the season today and got off planning my next... Anyway, I wanted to stop in and say thanks for the encouragement and support you have been giving me. Life is kinda hard right now. Not a lot I can cut out and I'm struggling. I know this will end (semester break in May) and I can make it, but daily life really wears on me. I DO APPRECIATE your nagging and comments. Hugs to you and congrats on the new stent. When I have time I'd love to hear about fat camp. Sounds fun!

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TENNISJIM 3/18/2012 12:19PM

    Thank you for sharing and I know you will recover completely.

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TRISH579 3/18/2012 8:55AM

    Wonderful news, David! Keep up the good work. At this rate, you'll be leaving us all in the dust.

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WENDYJM4 3/18/2012 7:45AM

    great news David, i am glad that you are okay now. Congrats on your new bike.
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ROSGETSSERIOUS 3/18/2012 6:40AM

    So glad that you are well and out of hospital. Great idea to just go back and get the bike - well done.
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AMYB1985 3/18/2012 4:44AM

    I'm so glad you are better, that the silver lining turned out to be so shiny, and that you are really making progress. emoticon Be careful with yourself - we only get one of you!

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RUNNER12COM 3/18/2012 3:39AM

    Good news about the outcome, but sheesh, man, that had to have been a pretty scary situation.

And a new bike? YES! Good for you. Now get out there and ride it!

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NEVERMIND2010 3/18/2012 1:26AM

    Yes, we have to ask our doctors questions and then LISTEN to the answers - novel concept, I know!

Glad you're feeling so much better, and congrats on the new bike. That sounds like a lot of fun!!

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    Congrats on your new bike! emoticon

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SUSIEPH1 3/18/2012 12:05AM

    Way to go David !! Love your new bike !!
Great news on the new stent ...

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Smashing through 300 lbs

Monday, March 12, 2012

After 5 days in hospital the doctor finally "gave in" and sent me home last night saying that every test since last Wednesday had come back perfectly fine.

I have to have an angiogram Wednesday to make sure the "plumbing" is all good and apart from taking my meds (seems sensible right?) and taking it eaasy for a few weeks I should be back in form soon.

Got back to "fat camp" today and had my first weigh in since I started (2 weeks) and have lost 8.1 kilos or just on 18 pounds which brings me in at 291 lbs so I was VERY excited considering I was really only exercising for 1.5 weeks not 2.

Masses of exercise and eating healthy equals solid weight loss - magic it seems :)

Of course I will nt be able to exercise like this all the time but it shows me I CAN and has gotten me past my fear of not being able to exercise because I was too big.

And if I HAVE to have a heart arrhythmia I would much rather have it because I was exercising too hard and not taking my meds rather than walking upstairs and having a heart attack after a box off donuts!

Lesson learnt and feeling VERY positive about the future.

Sydney City to Surf in August...MAYBE I can !

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P.S. I have to say the human body is just incredible on how it can bounce back no matter what punishment you give it. I feel very lucky to have finally found that out.

  
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JEAN111766 3/18/2012 10:10PM

    You are awesome awesome awesome!!! I am so very happy for you!!!!!

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NAMMYOFTHREE 3/14/2012 5:42PM

  So glad you are back home and getting better. I applaud your 18# loss! You are right, you CAN do it....you ARE doing it! Bravo!


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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 3/14/2012 5:39PM

    Well done on your weight loss!! Yes our bodies are amazing!

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RUNNER12COM 3/14/2012 5:20PM

    You will only continue to get stronger and more resilient. Hang in there!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 3/14/2012 4:15PM

    Congrats on dropping 18 pounds and so glad to hear your ticker is in working order. Can't wait to hear more great news from you.
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BACKATITAMY 3/14/2012 11:45AM

  Wow, what a great dose of good news after being in the hospital. Here's hoping everything continues on the up and up for you David. Good luck!

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PLANKWALKER 3/13/2012 3:54PM

    Glad to hear you're out of hospital. Take care!

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GRACEANAQAH 3/12/2012 11:16PM

    Glad to read that you are out of the hospital. Congratulations on your weight loss emoticon Just keep on taking care of yourself!

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WENDENANNIE 3/12/2012 10:54PM

    Good for you David! Looks like you have learned a lot this past week and got below 300 as a bonus on top of it! Am glad to know you are feeling better though....keep up the great work!!!!

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P.S. Thanks for visiting my S.A.D. blog the other day!!!

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SUSIEPH1 3/12/2012 1:59PM

    Way to go David !! Now you know you must look after yourself my friend !!

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NEVERMIND2010 3/12/2012 1:53PM

    Good for you! Now TAKE CARE of yourself!

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TRISH579 3/12/2012 9:51AM

    What a great milestone! You can do it! Keep up with the healthy exercise, don't do anything stupid, eat well and DON'T SMOKE. We all want you to be around for more wonderful stories.

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NEEDTOBESLIM3 3/12/2012 8:53AM

    Well done on your fab weight loss. Sounds like you are ready to roll!! Good on ya :-)

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WENDYJM4 3/12/2012 8:22AM

    Congrats on the weight loss. Well done. Glad you are out of hospital, look after yourself David.


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TRYINGTOLOSE64 3/12/2012 6:52AM

    Congrats!! Glad you're out of the hospital! Hope everything works out well for you!

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Hello from hospital!

Friday, March 09, 2012

You read it right - hospital!

Was admitted Wednesday afternoon (48 hours ago) with arrhythmia and took about 5 hours for the drugs to get my heartbeat back into normal rhythm - I was peaking at 265 bpm when the paramedics got to me at the hotel.

Even the 150 or so while I was lying in bed in the hospital was weird - feeling my pulse as it was racing and I just quietly watching tv from the bed - bizarre.

And TOTALLY my fault. On Monday I halved my heart meds because I felt so good and wanted to be able to get up to 80% of max heartrate when I was working out.

Was SO much fitter than when I was prescribed them so figured it would be fine and they were stopping my heart from being able to beat harder to help me work harder.

Then Wednesay morning we had a huge hike and I was straining on the uphills to keep up but felt really good at the end and spent 2 hours on the beach just lazing about in the water.

Had lunch, went to my room and had my 2nd last cigarette (I was seeing my therapist THAT afternoon to get her to help me off them) and afterwards had a little heart flutter but thought nothing of it.

Had my last cigarette and suddenly didn't feel good at all. Called the ambulance and here we are - i should be out tomorrow morning.

Just a couple of silly moves on my part BUT I am going back to the programme because there is not just exercise but amazingly good healthy food, tai chi, yoga....so much more I can still benefit from.

So a crappy thing to happen BUT I won't let that stop me from getting the most out of the next 2-4 weeks!

Spark on emoticon

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AND YES - I WILL NEVER SMOKE AGAIN! If THAT isn't enough to convince me nothing is :)

And Amy your so right - I will NOT be playing Dr with my meds any more!

  
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BACKATITAMY 3/14/2012 11:42AM

  Wow, scary but so glad that your doing much better David.

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DUBAIGIRL 3/12/2012 12:40AM

    Crikey! Glad you're ok!!!! Def no smoking from now on.

It's sad to think that if something did happen (to any of us) no one on here would ever know. That person would just disappear from cyberspace. :(

Am watching The biggest Loser (US version) at the moment. It never ceases to amaze me how much these guys lose in such a short time! Enjoy the next 2-4 weeks, you're a rock star!

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JEAN111766 3/11/2012 9:15PM

    WOW!!! Not cool! I am so glad you are feeling better and have realized the seriousness of this situation.
I am also so glad you are still seeing your therapist and continuing with the program.

You are dong amazingly well on this program, just continue to take it one day at a time my friend :)

Hugs,
Jeannine

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NEVERMIND2010 3/10/2012 11:57PM

    O.M.G.

I'm glad you are okay. Don't do any of that again.

And you have convinced me NOT to mess around with my heart medication, which I was just blogging about possibly doing.

Take care and keep us informed. emoticon

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SUSIEPH1 3/10/2012 7:40PM

    Hoping you are feeling better really soon!!.I too agree with what everyone else is saying ...
I myself am on heart meds and I find it really hard to exercise to the point of sweating.
But at the same time I am also execising most of the day!!
I am always on the go!! .
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SKINNYMINNIE25 3/9/2012 12:05PM

    make mistakes, learn stuff, make new/different mistakes...have fun.

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Skinny

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JMERLAU 3/9/2012 11:12AM

    oh my goodness!! SO glad you're OK

OK....we learned a few things out of it though, right??

WOW....glad you're ok. TAKE ur MEDS...and throw the cigs away.

Get better soon David.

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EUPHRATES 3/9/2012 11:06AM

    Eep! Take care of you, okay?

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TRISH579 3/9/2012 9:56AM

    Please, please PLEASE promise to NEVER do that again!! This is your heart you're F*&%in with.
If that muscle doesn't work, nothing works.
WE all know you're SUPERMAN, but apparently, your heart didn't get the message.
I'm so very glad you're OK now, but don't change anything until you talk to your doctor.

Please take care of yourself. We all want you to be around to travel with us on this very long journey we're all on.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 3/9/2012 9:54AM

    OMG, you made my heart stop just reading this. Take care and no more playing around with your meds - you could have died. Thank God you are alright.

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RUNNER12COM 3/9/2012 9:40AM

    Wow, that's pretty scary to read, but I'm glad you'll be back on your feet soon!

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IDLETYME 3/9/2012 8:47AM

    That's why we pay "big bucks" to doctors so they can tell us what to do. Then it's our job to do what they say!!!!!!! I'm glad you are feeling better and have made some resolutions concerning your health. I'll bet you can do it this time. Get well soon and
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WENDYJM4 3/9/2012 7:56AM

    gee David, don't play around with your heart medication. I hope you are out of hospital now. I agree with what the others have said. Be careful with your health.
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TENNISJIM 3/9/2012 6:41AM

    Hope you feel better soon!

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MCDOWN75 3/9/2012 5:41AM

    I'm so glad you are doing better. Hope you learned your lesson, sounds like you did. Remember, the tortoise won, not the hare!

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ROSGETSSERIOUS 3/9/2012 5:09AM

    Wow - you gave me a scare when I read your title - so glad you are OK. I agree with mom Amy about the meds but I am sure you have had THAT lecture at the hospital! Stay well and enjoy the program.
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AMYB1985 3/9/2012 3:47AM

    Feel better soon!

And I must have a mom moment - Don't ever do that again! You scared me half to death with that stunt! There is a reason your doctor has to adjust your meds. emoticon emoticon

Okay, sorry about that. I'm better now. But I really do hope you will be more careful. You're very valuable to many of us here, and we want you to get healthy in a well...healthy way!

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NYARAMULA 3/9/2012 3:04AM

    Get well so you can get back on track. Wishing you all the best.

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Honour your body.

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Day 11 at Fat Camp I am a blubbering mess!

But in a good way - my therpaist has clearly weaved her magic on opening me up emotionally and hardly a day goes when I am not either in tears and at least choked up and close.

Why?

Because I am SO happy with what is happening to me each and every day. EVERY day I find some new little thing I can do again and it just sometimes overwhelms me.

When I think about how battered my poor old body has been over time with 35 years of smoking, borderline alcoholism for 15 years, eating fat ridden, starchy, sugary junk food for nearly 45 years I am in AWE of how quickly it can rally back and start to feel good again.

It truly IS a miracle and I am SO grateful and thankful that my amazing body has stuck around so that I can finally show it some love and care.

Honour your body and do what is right for it. It has been your companion and best friend for your whole life, even whle your mind has been telling you to overburden it with bad food and bad habits for so long.

Its the only one you get.

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P.S. Today's daily miracle? I went to lace up my shoes and for the first time in a LONG time I can swing my foot onto my knee and stretch far enough to make bow right in the centre of my shoe WITHOUT having to grunt and gasp while I do it. AWESOME!

  
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BOURBONIAN 3/7/2012 1:02PM

    Congrats on your progress, man! Keep it up!!

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BACKATITAMY 3/7/2012 10:56AM

  So happy for you David. You really sound like you have come along ways. Congrats on being able to tie your shoes again without trouble. Take care :)

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JEAN111766 3/7/2012 9:40AM

    I am so happy for you David!!! You are keeping me motivated and focused! I truly look forward to reading your blogs these days!!!
What an awesome experience you are receiving!!!
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BLUE42DOWN 3/6/2012 4:54PM

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It's a wonder the little things we take for granted until we can't do them - and even more of a wonder when we can do them again.

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ROSGETSSERIOUS 3/6/2012 4:34PM

    Great blog - your are so right - we have to honour the only body we will have - we expect so much from it - it deserves a bit of love!!! You are doing so well. I love all the small victories like your shoe tying experience. Sounds like you are putting in the hard work for long term gain. Have fun!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 3/6/2012 2:14PM

    Great blog, sounds like your eyes are being opened to seeing those daily miracles and your heart is open to experiencing them and feeling, YEAH.

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TRISH579 3/6/2012 1:47PM

    You're doing great!!!

Somebody once said: If I 'd have known I would live this long, I would have taken better care of myself".

Here's to a long and healthy, happy life, with the body you deserve.

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MOMMY445 3/6/2012 1:34PM

    honouring your body is something to do every day. what a great blog! thanks for sharing! have a terrific day!

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