Wednesday, May 28, 2008
My 'mill has been breaking down!
Not mechanically, but the electronic gremlins had taken over.
It was really strange...I can hop on, turn it on, ramp up my settings, however...after less than a minute everything electronically freezes at whatever setting I've selected and the timer and mileage thingy stop as well, not tracking time or distance, but the belt keeps turning at the same pace!
I cannot turn it off either, no buttons work. I have to unplug it, which I'm sure is not a healthy thing to do to a treadmill that is in full operation.
Although I considered replacing it with an elliptical instead of a treadmill a technician who seemed to know what he was doing advised against it, as the elliptical has more moving parts, hence a greater chance of repair.
Over the weekend while out of town I had "conveniently" forgotten my treadmill sneakers and my wife and I went out shopping for a new pair. So off we go to Dick's Sporting Goods and what do I find...? They have a TREADMILL SALE! Woo Hoo!
I found a Sole F63 on sale for 50% for $1000. Much less than I feared I would have to spend, but the unit appears to be as sturdy and well-reviewed as a $2000 model I had considered...so the cheapskate in me did the happy-happy dance...lol.
It even has a fan, allows my mp3 player to be plugged in and has a built in heart rate monitor on the handgrips...woo hoo! My old 'mill (a Keys Pro 2000, RIP) didn't have any of THOSE features...but she was a wonderful boon to my recovery over the past couple of years!
The cheapskate in me duked it out with the all-thumbs part of me last night and after a few glitch's and choice words...lol...I finally finished putting the darn thing together at midnight! I figured I'd save $100 delivery / assembly fee and put it toward the 4 years extended warranty and be only set back $100 instead of $200...lol!
Don't know if Dick's sale is still on or not:
So: This morning I gave it a good walk / jog, tested everything out (I was surprised, the speakers can kick out the jams!)...it was wonderful to be back in the GROOVE once again!
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Heading northbound this weekend beginning tomorrow morning...up Syracuse way. Going to be working setting up a paper craft store within a crafting expo at the Oncenter. I earn credit hefting those heavy boxes of paper around and my wife gets the pleasure of SPENDING my credit on her craft supplies.
A win-win set up: I get my cardio and strength workout and she gets her supplies!
Plus we'll be staying at the Courtyard where I'm sure there is a pool and workout equipment to take advantage of...woo hoo! :-)
Looking forward to getting away for the weekend.
And...BEST OF ALL:
We found out today that our son passed his Physician Assistant certification exam!!! He's a full-fledged, official Surgical PA...!
We are very, VERY proud parents!! And we have MUCH to be thankful for and to celebrate!
Everyone have a STUPENDOUS Memorial Day Weekend!
Thursday, May 15, 2008
I am a weight loss surgery failure, er, no, success...?
Here's the thing: I had a gastroplasty in the early 1990's and lost boatloads of weight dropping to the upper 200's...down from my all-time high of 450.
But I blew it. I wasn't ready to make the lifestyle changes necessary to REALLY lose the weight and MAINTAIN the loss.
I began sabotaging myself right up to the mid-300's.
In 2006, around my 50th birthday, the planets began to align in such a way...good psychotherapy, being sick and tired of being sick and tired, and I began to lose weight the old-fashioned way: watching my input (what I ate), and revving up my output (exercising on the treadmill 7 days a week with few breaks).
In the past year and a half I've approached almost 100 pounds weight loss.
This is fairly common with weight loss surgery.
The big difference is that I now know with every fiber of my being what I need to do to hold onto my new lifestyle. I sincerely doubt another weight loss surgery would have had anywhere NEAR the same impact on me as the step-by-step experience of the past 18 months.
There's no KNIFE, no ANESTHESIA, no RISK! Just good, clean, healthy living!
After weight loss surgery one has about 18 months to build the same type of lifestyle, or risk falling back into old habits as the changes imposed by the surgery are often NOT permanent, lasting changes. Sabotaging weight loss surgery happens...and I fear it happens much more than most people are aware.
Yes, there are unquestionable weight loss surgery successes...some members of this Team come to mind! And I am SO pleased for them that surgery proved to be worthwhile!
But for someone considering weight loss surgery, if there is any way you can consider it, I would HIGHLY suggest you give everything you've got to try the old-fashioned way: healthy eating and exercise...of course along with all the knowledge, wisdom and support that SparkPeople has to offer!
If, despite your best effort, you don't get results, then explore, investigate, research, be very, very careful before you take the plunge! I've heard of far too many tragedies resulting from weight loss surgery! We all want you to be safe, above all else!
Thursday, May 15, 2008
So, if I'm not losing, I'm gaining...or if I'm not gaining, I'm losing...right? Flip sides of the same coin.
What if I'm not doing EITHER?!?! Throughout my life everything centered on this pattern, losing / gaining, gaining / losing...on and on...
Now I'm finding a new axis about which my world revolves...
Finding my Voice
Seeing my Voice
Speaking my Voice
BEING my Voice
Being ALIVE in the world! That is the challenge before me.
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