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Finally: Down To New Weight Loss Low for 2014!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Beginning in January I've been on a zero-sugar, zero-grain approach and for the heckuvit I've been trying what some refer to as an intermittent fasting where I only eat from noon until 8-9 pm and leave myself food-free for around 16 hours. Keeping calories around 1400-1600 a day.

During the first few weeks BAM! I dropped 20 pounds. I was thrilled, but I knew it wouldn't last...but but but...I've been almost totally flat for Feb. following the same approach that dropped all those initial pounds. Definitely WAY frustrating! But heck...what are my options? I figure I've gotta stay the course on the zero-sugar, zero-grains...this is how I eliminate nearly ALL my trigger foods. Plus eliminating the food option from 9 pm to noon simplifies my life even more not having to contend with food during those hours...always so hectic getting out of the house first thing in the morning, I appreciate not having food get in the way, lol!

So the pounds have been zig-zagging around the 230's during February, but finally hitting 230 today felt like: all RIGHT! Being more stubborn than the pounds is gonna pay off after ALL! I'm still feeling pretty good about my unusual approach to food. I think this is going to work for the long haul with minor tweaks for maintenance. After seeing how flat my weight can be even with this low caloric range I can tell that shifting into maintenance is really going be such a minor change. There is no magic gold ring of bonus calories awaiting when I reach goal weight. Hunger and Patience will continue to be my Best Friends Forever! :-)

My experiments are truly my OWN and I don't mean to suggest this as "the solution" for ALL! We are all SO UNIQUE! We all are our own best experiments and have to tweak and learn from what works and what doesn't.

Monday I meet with my "electrician" and hope to find out more about the "re-wiring" projects he proposes to get my heart back on track. In the meantime I have resumed my nearly daily cardio regimen, albeit a smidgen of a notch down and with Spinning classes still knocking my socks off even after scaling back. This has left me with an "empty tank" and unable to pull off Swing Dance on top of my workouts over the past several weeks, which I miss.

I've updated my SparkPage to reflect current goals as I am now approaching my seventh year with our wonderful SparkFamily!

Keep the SPARK everyone!


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CHANGE4FIT 2/22/2014 10:41PM

    Glad to hear your intermittent fasting experiment has paid off-not only in weight loss, but as an opportunity to "find some new friends" for the journey!

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KANOE10 2/22/2014 10:15AM

    7 years on Spark and reaching 230. You are doing it! Your fasting approach works for you. I am glad you are exercising and feeling good.

I hope that electrician of yours is a good one and finds some way to help you!

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SAM60SUMTHINK 2/21/2014 3:19PM

    You've accomplished so much!; at this point, shaking things up seems a good idea... as long as you're in sync with things like DASH recommendations, just in case. A thought: haven't you been cutting down a bit on calorie-burning activities? Might be that as much as the food that slowed your rate of loss down...?

SOME grains are a good idea, though; don't you think?? Might be you could think outside the box of temptation-grains. Yikes... that sounds like I recommend eating some really gross grain you don't even like, huh? Check this out: http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutriti
Don, you are doing great. Glad you stay on top of all you do!

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LKG9999 2/21/2014 11:17AM

    I have also had great success losing weight by reducing carbs. I'm following a plan that is very similar to Ideal Protein, which eliminates all grains, simple-carb veggies like potatoes, and refined sugars. However it also initially drops the calories quite a bit, down to around 900 per day. May be just me but I wasn't making any weight-loss progress when I was consuming 1400-1600 calories/day, even with exercise. Currently I'm staying on the plan with the hopes that the reduced calories will prevent weight regain while I am so immobile.

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VALERIEMAHA 2/21/2014 7:37AM

    And the beat goes on!

"And: all best for your meeting with the 'electrician'. I'm pretty sure he's gonna tell you, 'Don, I've heard about hearts of gold, but not sure I've every actually seen one before!!'"

P.S. Did you begin here in 2006, then? Me too!

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PATRICIAAK 2/21/2014 12:40AM

    What does your doctor think about the 'fasting'?

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RECREATING_ME 2/20/2014 11:40PM

    Wow - what a great commitment you have made to Sparking! 7 years is amazing!

Hoping the doctor has a good plan for you on Monday.

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MICKEYH 2/20/2014 10:47PM

    Way to go!! I am on my 4 th day of no sugar challenge. emoticon emoticon

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LOLA_LALA 2/20/2014 8:54PM

    emoticon Don! If "attitude is altitude," as they say, you're way up there in the stratosphere! We'll all be with you in spirit next Monday when you saunter off into the medical sunset to meet with the electrician (somehow, I want to call him "Dr. Zappa," but that may just because I've paid lots of visits to neurologists, and many of them, too, specialize in "wiring". Who knew I had such a "revolting" ol' body? :::groan:::)

!! on those 20 pounds (wowzers!!) you lost!! I've heard that lengthy fasting period has good effects on one's health and blood tests - keep us posted. As someone who goes 28 out of every 30 days without grains or sugar, I can tell you that this allowed me to drop all my weight and right the Titanic of my formerly abysmal triglyceride/total cholesterol/crappy LDL numbers. I feel great - no weakness or blood-sugar vacillations.

We're excitedly awaiting more news, and I have a suspicion it will ultimately be very positive, Don! All the best - Susan

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    On the "flat" periods I think it simply is your body adjusting itself. I know my program does this. My weight goes down, my body fat % stays the same. My weight goes up, my body fat% goes down. Then the next day both are down. Go figure!

Congratulations! Your program sounds perfect for you.

Please let us know what goes on with the "electrician".

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_LINDA 2/20/2014 7:38PM

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You got to go with what works for you!
Maybe you could rotate your workouts so you can include Swing Dance instead of doing the same thing all the time. Your body will appreciate the change up of routine!

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ONEKIDSMOM 2/20/2014 7:01PM

    That's some milestones, 7 years a-Sparkin'! And congrats on coming to peaceful terms with your inner stubborn. Hope that electrician gets the wiring all figured out for you, as I know how much you love your activity.

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WATERMELLEN 2/20/2014 6:29PM

    I'm all for each of us finding what works -- and intermittent fasting (even with all the reverence accorded to breakfast) works for a whole lot of us.

Congrats to you on finding 230. Congrats on 7 years here.

And: all best for your meeting with the "electrician". I'm pretty sure he's gonna tell you, "Don, I've heard about hearts of gold, but not sure I've every actually seen one before!!"


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COMMIT2BFIT4ME 2/20/2014 1:58PM

    Congrats on 7 years and your continued successes!


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HIPPICHICK1 2/20/2014 12:18PM

    Here's to experimentation!

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WMUGRAD 2/20/2014 11:29AM

    Congrats Don!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 2/20/2014 10:59AM

    You have always been an huge inspiration to me, I enjoyed reading your blog today, keep up the good work.


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CHELERY1 2/20/2014 9:53AM

    emoticon You're inspiring!

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MAESTROSHASHA 2/20/2014 9:43AM

    Congrats on the wt loss. Even more congrats and cheers for finding out what works for you. That is always such a challenging piece to this whole puzzle. Take care :)

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SLIMMERJESSE 2/20/2014 9:28AM

    How fabulous!

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Valentine's Day: The Heart...It's Complicated!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Here I was ready to march off and either zap ye olde heart or slap a pacemaker in and be good to go!

Sadly no such simple solutions await...

My EKG confirmed a return of the atrial flutter, however with some worsening features that make a solution tricky and outside the range of my current cardiologist's area of expertise. She is more of a "plumbing" sorta gal. Me? I need an electrician. My right atrium is not filling completely, nor is it emptying completely. The other three quadrants of the heart attempt to compensate for this which counter-intuitively (to me, at least) causes my heart rate to slow down.

So I'm being passed along to a cardiologist who is an "electrical physiologist".

The way I understand it is he will "map" my heart's electrical impulses to determine what intervention he feels will be most helpful. It may involve a "re-mapping" with possible pacemaker as part of the solution, but not likely the total solution.

There may be ablasions in my future where some of the nerves are cauterized for the re-mapping efforts. Pacemaker may or may not be needed. My condition sounds like it will wax & wane and require ongoing tweaking and monitoring...even if a pacemaker is used, which may or may not happen.

I need to take a blood thinner, but am going to try the new drug Eliquis which doesn't require the blood work and tweaking that Coumadin requires. But like Coumadin it will make me at risk for bleeding and bruising and UNLIKE Coumadin there is no counter-acting agent so if I start bleeding I won't stop. Need to be way WAY cautious about this...! This is necessary to avoid throwing clots and also to allow the doc to follow through with whatever procedure he feels needs to be done, ablasion, whathaveyou.

So: no road cycling until I'm off the blood thinner. Just not going to risk it. Even nervous in thinking about cx skiing...all the "what-ifs"? Such as what if I fall, twist an ankle, bruise a knee, etc...?

It's still pretty confusing to me and I really don't have a clear conceptualization of the cardiac electrical system and more precisely how mine is so wonky. I am having a really tough time feeling like I have even a basic understanding or grasp of what the heck is happening...which is frustrating as all get-out!

Here is a link which I believe SHOULD explain things for me, however I have a hard time "grokking" it:


The good thing is that of all the ways the cardiac electrical system can go wrong, mine is pretty innocuous. I have no limitations on my physical activity other than to be prepared to feel more fatigued than I oughta feel when I pump it up. The worst case scenario is that my fatigue may lead me to pass out but without any ill effect.

But even without any limitations by my cardiologist I'm having a mixed sorta reaction of being blase (hey I'm tracking my food, don't have to worry about weight gain) but also fearful...with my heart hobbling along do I really wanna pump it up to an HR of 120 or above?

The weight loss has leveled off despite holding the calories down around 1400-1600...so this may nudge me into action. Workouts have been my "North Star"...don't want to lose this mojo, even if I AM building a NEW North Star: Food tracking.

I'll be seeing the new cardiologist, my electrician on 2/24 so stay tuned...


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_MOBII_ 2/19/2014 10:11AM

    It is a lot to take in and learn, but it sounds like you are getting excellent care. I always prefer (read:expect) doctors who take the time to explain things so we can understand them and who make sure that we understand what is happening with our body.
I am so glad that you are getting some answers.

Take care

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LOLA_LALA 2/16/2014 5:46PM

    Don, I'm so sorry to hear of this development, but it sounds like not only are you in good, capable hands - and can avail yourself of some solid clinical judgment - but that you, too, have a sound grasp of the situation's various ramifications. I have a feeling you'll be in the care of an excellent cardiac "electrician" and that the problem will be handled with reassuring success. My brother had both a cardiac ablation and pacemaker implant close to 20 years ago. Keep us posted on your progress; I have a good, positive feeling about you and the outcome of this situation! - Susan

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WATERMELLEN 2/15/2014 12:36PM

    Oh, my. Not the heart focus you wanted for Valentine's Day, absolutely. And: quite an overwhelming whack of info to assimilate and then accommodate. I'm guessing that gym workouts (elliptical, ST etc.) should be fine but totally agree: bike/XC ski sound like too much potential risk for injury/bleeding at the moment. You are at least getting very thorough medical assessment and the assurance an appropriate program will be mapped out for you.

Will be thinking of you and hoping for all best, Don.

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KANOE10 2/15/2014 9:54AM

    This does sound complicated..I am hoping your new doctor can explain it and offer new ways of helping you. I would stay off of your beloved cycling and skiing while you are on that blood thinner. I know your love of exercise will help you to find a way to continue it. This is a hard frustrating time for you. I am keeping you in my prayers. Hugs.


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_LINDA 2/14/2014 11:57PM

    Some scary stuff alright:(( The Dr. does say its okay to exercise though, and why not? Before you knew what was even going on, you were giving 'er to no ill effects or damage.. But while on the blood thinner, yes, you do not wanna get road rash.. You need to find something safe that you like to do. Tracking food is great, but I can tell you sitting around doing nothing gets old fast. In the olden days, after recoveries or flares, I would be doing video games 24/7, but if there was anything at all I could exercise at, I would find a way..
Hoping this Dr. can find a solution that won't leave you hanging in the air..

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PATRICIAAK 2/14/2014 9:44PM

    My Mom has had ablations.

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RECREATING_ME 2/14/2014 9:40PM

    Gah -- things are never as simple as we want them to be! Praying that your new cardiologist has some good answers for you that will get you on the right track.

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COMMIT2BFIT4ME 2/14/2014 8:44PM

    It does sound complicated. Hopefully after you see the EP doc you will get more clarity on your condition. In the mean time find some things you can do to keep moving w/o getting the HR pumped up. I will be praying for you and will be staying tuned. Wishing you the best.

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ONEKIDSMOM 2/14/2014 6:08PM

    Sorry for the detours on that path, Don! Hope you will continue to keep us in the loop... it's a bummer because I know how much you enjoy the cycling and skiing. There has to be a safe level of activity? Doesn't there?

Spark gently, friend!

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VALERIEMAHA 2/14/2014 2:17PM

    OMG! Some kinda' Valentine's surprise THIS is!!! Wonder what the etiology of this is? I'm confident you are receiving skillful medical care and you will carry on with the superb stewardship you are offering that currently naughty body which is in your care!

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SAM60SUMTHINK 2/14/2014 1:24PM

    Don, as Valentine's Day heart messages go: this one sorta stinks, my friend! BUT!! Thank heavens you KNOW of this problem now! Yup, you are entering yet another phase of your journey. Ah, life: challenges always do emerge, don't they?! Yeah, the blood thinner has drawbacks, but... it can save lives. My dad bleeds easily from his but blood loss has not been extreme, even though at almost 92 he is also thin skinned. As he says, "it's the way it is and I'm still here while most of my friends are not". Amazing what we can accept when faced with change. Good thing you enjoy and know good melodies; nothing like music to help keep the stress level down while coping with change!

With all the new medical understanding and technologies this unfair new development will complicate life, but your electrician can work miracles. Thank goodness you have lost that weight; had this happened several years ago, you would not have been in as good a fighting stance.

You're in my thoughts; am cheering for speedy solutions.
Keep us up-to-date, k?
(Good grief; you didn't shovel snow today, didya???)

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CHANGE4FIT 2/14/2014 12:50PM

It actually sounds like you have a very good grasp of the difference in plumbing and wiring when it comes to the heart. Your next provider will probably provide you more clarity on the later. Keeping you in thoughts and prayers!

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HAPPY-DESTINY 2/14/2014 11:56AM


I went to an electrophysiologist myself down in PA @ Guthrie!

My issue was not the same as you though.. other that a few missed beats and tachycardia!

I had my work done up in Syracuse @ St Joseph's . . great team up there!

Sorry to hear you are off the wheels.. but you cannot risk a tumble and scratches way out where you ride . . I agree . . too risky Boss!

That being said . . please don't let fear cripple you as it did me! Ask . . Ask . . Ask what you can still do and what is a safe heart rhythm rate!

I wish you all the best!! I am also here if you need someone to chat with!

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    Wow, mixed bag of news for sure. I'm one who goes alternate methods of healing, even the heart can heal and I don't mean that in the romantic sense.

It sounds like your insurance company is going to get a hefty bill.

The most important thing is that hopefully you will indeed continue on your path to living life to it's fullest.

Happy Valentine's day.

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L*I*T*A* 2/14/2014 10:44AM

    sounds like you will get the answers you seek soon.......
good luck with the new cardiologist....
hoping and praying for your best outcome.....
blessings and hugs....lita

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HIPPICHICK1 2/14/2014 10:25AM

    All the best of luck to you with your heart health!

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MAESTROSHASHA 2/14/2014 10:05AM

    Yikes! Blood thinner without an antidote sounds like a bad game of Russian roulette with no empty chambers. :( :( :(

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SLIMMERJESSE 2/14/2014 9:51AM

    Interesting info and sounds like your next doc will be able to get more specific in treatment plan. Take care and wishing you the best outcome.

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What Is It About February?

Monday, February 10, 2014

It was a year ago when I had my atrial flutter and electrical heart block with low resting heart rates around 20-30 or so. Got my cardioversion zap and was finally taken off coumadin and cleared for no restrictions in my activities this past June. My resting heart rate was consistently in the 60s.

I was warned, however, that this electrical gremlin might return and haunt my heart yet again. I got lax. Haven't been checking my heart rate. Last week after my fitness center workouts I began to notice my fatigue significantly increasing. A light bulb went off as I remembered this type of fatigue happened before last year.

So checking out my heart rate consistently and yep: it's baaaaack! Resting heart rate of 35 every morning this past week. Ugh!

Heading out to see the doc and check it out later today. I'm betting I need either 1) another cardioversion zen heart slap (still remember through my anesthetized stupor that big wha-BAM that hit my chest the last time) or 2) pacemaker time. We'll see. I almost prefer the latter option as I've heard plenty of good things about folks with pacemakers living very active lifestyles and not slowing down at all. Another cardioversion may just forestall this and interrupt my life again next year yet one more time. So I'm like: alrighty now, let's just take care of business and get 'er done!

BUT: one factor that's different from last February? Last year I was almost panicky over not having workouts available to burn off my calories...OMG my thoughts ran: I'm gonna pack on the pounds TERRIBLY!

This February? I've got this zero-sugar, zero-grain, 16-hour-fast, nutrition tracking deal down SO SOLIDLY that I can look ahead to managing just fine without the caloric burn of my cardio workouts.

The pounds they keep on dropping...and that's mighty fine by me! :-)

I'll keep folks posted on how things shake out...


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GREENGENES 2/13/2014 12:40AM

    That sounds really scary. It's great that you listen to what your body is telling you and acting on it. Sounds like you've got the right attitude to get through this.

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_MOBII_ 2/12/2014 12:59PM

    Just reading this scares the pants off of me. I hope they give you another zap or a pacemaker soon!
I am keeping you in my prayers and sending good thoughts and energy your way.

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_LINDA 2/11/2014 7:23PM

    Always mega scary stuff when the old ticker is not performing properly -glad you caught this. Perhaps the pacemaker is the way to go to keep things on a even keel and to not have to worry about it.
I do sympathize with the exercise downtime -I hate eating less due to inactivity no fun at all...glad you have a plan,,
Wishing you all the best!

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RECREATING_ME 2/11/2014 12:43PM

    So sorry that you are experiencing heart problems again, Don, but thank goodness you were aware of what was happening! I hope that whatever route you and your doctor decide to take will be the best for restoring your health.

You're in my thoughts...

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ONEKIDSMOM 2/10/2014 10:46PM

    Glad you were alert and are having it checked out early. In my prayers for the right solution for YOU, and wisdom for the medical professionals who are helping.

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WATERMELLEN 2/10/2014 8:10PM

    So glad that you were alert to the problem recurring and are acting on it right away. Love your confidence about your current nutrition program: and your soup of the week sounds delicious!!

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PATRICIAAK 2/10/2014 7:17PM

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ROMANTILLY 2/10/2014 6:24PM

    Hey Don - you know I am an ICU nurse - and I have had many patients with pacemakers. Those who are physically active do very well. What I see more of is those that come in with Congestive Heart Failure and a very low ejection fraction from the left ventricle of the heart. They need the pacemaker to increase the heart's contractile force and pumping capability. The pacemaker is a great option for people who are physically active because it gives you so much control - it will fire if your heart rate goes to low or fire if your heart rate goes to high. They can set the paramaters however best fits your lifestyle. Here's wishing you the absolute best and sending prayers your way.

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GETSTRONGRRR 2/10/2014 6:07PM

    Good on you for heeding to the warning signs! Good luck!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 2/10/2014 3:20PM

    Prayers for new news. Keep us posted.

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CHANGE4FIT 2/10/2014 1:01PM

    Thoughts, prayers and well wishes coming your way my dear Spark Friend! Please do keep us posted!
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L*I*T*A* 2/10/2014 12:22PM

    sending you positive thoughts........
wishing you the best outcome!!
blessings and hugs..lita

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COMMIT2BFIT4ME 2/10/2014 11:54AM

    So glad you listened to your body and caught this right away. I will be praying for you.

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VALERIEMAHA 2/10/2014 11:38AM

    Dang it! I hate it when our bodies betray us. You're SO wired on what to do and how to do it to get things back on track. Winging healing and loving thoughts your way, dear friend!

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RACEWELLWON 2/10/2014 11:25AM

    Don - I am sorry to read this news - sending prayers and positive thoughts - no room for play here ! Thanks for the blog support - 30 year of stepping - !! Same concept applies ! Karen :)

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DAISYBELL6 2/10/2014 11:13AM

    My thoughts and best wishes are with you for your doctor's visit today. Let us know the outcome.

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STRIVERONE 2/10/2014 11:02AM

    At least you have an idea what's up this time. I'll be watching for your report.

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HILLSLUG98239 2/10/2014 10:21AM

    Keep that ticker going! At least February is short, right?

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SLIMMERJESSE 2/10/2014 10:08AM

    You are such an inspiration. Will send positive energy your way from CA for best outcomes.

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KANOE10 2/10/2014 10:06AM

    Hugs to you. I am glad you caught this early and are going to see the doctor. I know people who are very successful with a pacemaker. I am keeping you in my prayers . You are also in better shape than last February with all of your healthy eating and exercising. I know you will not gain the weight back..

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MNCYCLIST 2/10/2014 9:52AM

    Wow, Don, that's serious. You'll be in my prayers. I look forward to seeing how this shakes out in the coming weeks. Hang in there!

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Holding Firm / Addiction

Thursday, February 06, 2014

The pounds they have grown stubborn, but I'm MORE stubborn and sticking with my zero sugar / zero grain approach. Also sticking with my 16 hour daily fasts and limiting my eating to the hours between noon & 8-9 pm. Calories varying between 1400-1600 mostly with occasional dips to 1200.

I was impressed by Russell Brand's editorial comment about Phillip Seymour Hoffman and the lesson of addiction that he brings front and center to the world:

"Like any drug addict I know exactly how Hoffman felt when he 'went back out'. In spite of his life seeming superficially great, in spite of all the praise and accolades, in spite of all the loving friends and family, there is a predominant voice in the mind of an addict that supersedes all reason and that voice wants you dead. This voice is the unrelenting echo of an unfulfillable void."


And as so many of you know so well: addiction to unhealthy foods (sugar/salt/fat) can pose just as much a killer and snuff out lives just as much as drug addiction.

Hoffman had gone through many, many years of successful recovery and yet...?

Such a cautionary tale for so many of us!

Yes, it's a pain maintaining that eternal vigilance, but a far greater price to slip back into the "void"...! Forget about the blame-game of coulda/shoulda/woulda regarding past bad choices: Daily we truly DO face life or death choices and we have that opportunity:

Let's keep our SPARK and keep choosing LIFE!


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NANCY- 2/13/2014 10:25AM

The cost of letting vigilance lapse is deadly. Replacing self-soothing with self-love is a good place to start.

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WATERMELLEN 2/10/2014 8:12PM

    A very good connection-- and I do so agree with you that addiction (including addiction to food) requires eternal vigilance.

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ROMANTILLY 2/10/2014 6:26PM

    LOVE IT DON! emoticon for posting and giving each of us that reminder that we need to love ourselves and care for ourselves and choose what is best for ourselves.

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CHANGE4FIT 2/10/2014 1:04PM

    Powerful reminder of lifestyle change and the need for vigilence in consistency-eloquent as always.

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RAINBOWFALLS 2/8/2014 9:28AM

    What a great comparison.

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RECREATING_ME 2/7/2014 2:23PM

    Wise words, Don. emoticon

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RACEWELLWON 2/7/2014 9:29AM

    Food being the hardest addiction to tackle I believe as food is widely accepted as OK - comfort food , social settings , family functions we face everyday - as food is required to fuel the body - there is no way around it - where other addictions are choice - I am not making light of the difficulty of these horrific addictions but food is a necessity to live - Great blog !


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KANOE10 2/7/2014 8:31AM

    That was well said. It is a healthy life that we are fighting for! I hope these last stubborn pounds go off soon. You are doing great. That voice of addiction that remains present is all too true. It is a daily effort to make healthy choices!


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ONEKIDSMOM 2/7/2014 6:40AM

    It's such a tricky disease... and it knows our minds so well! That's why we need one another!

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    The difference between recreational drugs and "food" is that "food" is totally accepted in society.

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FERRETLOVER1 2/7/2014 6:33AM

    Unfortunately, sometimes we are just our own worst enemies. We need to treat ourselves the way we would treat a loved one - with more respect and caring.

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SLIMMERJESSE 2/7/2014 12:14AM

    So true.

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Stronger Than Food!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

I'm thinking of that old Ajax commercial: Stronger Than DIRT!

Well this week began my "Season of Pain":

...all the "easy" pounds have been lost!

While following a very similar food plan this week...the same plan that brought me nearly a one-pound-a-day loss during my first two weeks, I did a mid-week weigh-in and EEK! I was a pound UP!

Now a calorie range of 1400-1600 doesn't seem all that luxurious, but I knew I was going to be SORELY disappointed if I didn't show a loss only three weeks into my efforts.

So I cozied up with my two buddies Hunger and Season-of-Pain and said "okay, ya wanna play hardball?" Tightened things up to around 1200 calories and VOILA!

Wrapped up the week with another 3 pound loss!

I'm already weighing less than my lowest weight of 2013...woo hoo! My clothes are giving me a pleasant pat on the back and fitting better.

Had a nice spinning session yesterday evening, met a young fellow who was going it pretty good on his bike and asked if he did road cycling which he said "a little bit." So I told him about our bike club and encouraged him to hit the road with us. He said he might take me up on it...hope he does! We need some younger folks onto whom we can pass the torch! :-)

My mp3 player served up some great tunes for me: Jackson Browne's solo acoustic version of "The Shape Of A Heart"...not a song with a pumped up beat, but a song with pumped up "heart" that keeps me going! Paul Simon's "That Was Your Mother" from his superb Graceland album with his South African band snap-crackin' through their Zydeco romp!

And what an apt finale song (sometimes the ESP of the shuffle setting is eerie good!): Michael Jackson's "Man In The Mirror"...turning up the collar...gonna make a change for once in my life...gonna make a CHANGE! YES!


An afterthought: you know, it really wasn't like I was playing "hardball" with my buddies...but playing "hardball" with MYSELF! My buddies continue to do me the favor of showing me what works vs. what doesn't. And for that I have nothing but gratitude!

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FERRETLOVER1 1/31/2014 1:22PM

    Keep on doing what you are doing, Don and you will definitely see great results!

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BILL60 1/30/2014 7:56AM

    Way to go, my friend. You keep that up.

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PATRICIAAK 1/29/2014 9:21PM

    super WOW!!!
great determination and follow through!!!

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WATERMELLEN 1/29/2014 8:28PM

    It's great that the weight loss continues, Don, and as you know I'm big on the "hunger is not an emergency" mantra. But it's worth thinking about whether 1200 calories is too low for ya: and in that regard TINAJANE76 has a great blog today:


We'll just keep on keeping on, right??

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ONEKIDSMOM 1/29/2014 6:51PM

    Watch those calories man, if you are working out... 1200 sounds dangerously low for a dude to sustain! And make sure you are getting the protein to build muscle as part of the process, or at least not LOSE more muscle while dropping pounds.

You've got this. The goal is not JUST a number on the scale... you love your bike! emoticon

Speaking of loving the bike... got my trainer all set up and cycled 35 minutes to a DVD of Robbie Ventura riding a criterium in New Jersey. Not that I'll ever ride at those levels... just gotta get through my TRI. LOL!

Spark on! emoticon

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SMILINGEYES2 1/29/2014 6:26PM

    Love the Man in the Mirror. Staying the course during the last stages should leave maintenance as the next phase. Best wishes as you continue this journey.

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CHANGE4FIT 1/29/2014 5:25PM

    Very thoughtful blog as always. Do you ever listen to TED talks?
I listened to a couple of interesting ones this past week on weight. One was a neuroscientist the other a surgeon. If you have a smartphone, TED is a free app. Glad you are having success-you can do this!
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CRAVINGLIFE 1/29/2014 3:06PM

    Yay! Way to go! Glad to read about your great results and for staying tough!

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CHELERY1 1/29/2014 1:31PM

    Congrats on your successes! Way to evaluate the situation and make it work for you. I love the title of your blog too. I need to remember that. I am stronger than food...
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RACEWELLWON 1/29/2014 9:41AM

    emoticon emoticon Good for Don emoticon - One my Favorite Michael Songs - nice change - this week have been Spinning to Rockin Robin ! lol

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SLIMMERJESSE 1/29/2014 9:26AM

    Wow, mega-congrats!

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KANOE10 1/29/2014 8:51AM

    That is a wonderful success. You tackled the your buddies, Hunger and the Season-of-Pain..cut back even further on your calories...and then had success.

You are stronger than food and have a positive winning spirit! That is a great new low weight and it is very nice that your clothes fit you looser.

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