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More Hands Free...Woo Hoo!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Did a 50 min. treadmill session tonight with only 5-10 mins. hanging onto the heart rate handles now and then...woo hoo! What a DIFFERENCE in the workout!

Keep SPARKING out there everyone!!


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JIBBIE49 1/22/2009 10:51PM

    Great, Don. That means you have improved a lot. emoticon

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Sobering Oversight...!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

I have been so EXHAUSTED today...! A day filled with long boring meetings during which I find myself having to startle myself back to life now and then. Later there was much running around and my heart just wasn't IN it like usual.

Ater a while I shook my head and wondered, what the heck is going on with me...?!?!

Then it dawned on me...I'll bet I forgot to take my medication! It happens rarely, but now and then...I usually keep a back up dose at work for those days, but I'd used it some time ago and hadn't bothered to "re-stock" myself.

To verify I called home to have my DW check my weekly pill boxes and sure enough...forgot 'em!

Back in the bad old days of the early 1990's when I allowed myself to balloon to 450 pounds I developed congestive heart failure, required hospitalization and all. This lead to my stomach-stapling (gastroplasty) in 1992 after which I lost a bunch of weight, after which I gained a lot of it back. I just wasn't ready to make a lifestyle change at that time, unfortunately.

One of the by-products of developing congestive heart failure was the need for 1) cardizem and 2) theophylline. Oh, and add to the mix a wicked sleep apnea...CPAP cured that, FINALLY. I still take those medications, along with my vitamins & allergy pills, to this day. My primary care doc has begun to whittle the dosages down, however should I ever FORGET to take these in the morning I still continue to find my energy levels drop and drop...dragging my sorry behind through the day.

I find this so sobering in that I realize that I did terrible harm to myself by allowing myself to become so huge...and that harm still exists, despite having lost SO much weight. True, these conditions have improved remarkably, but I'm finding that I continue to depend on medications to feel okay...my body can't do it by itself anymore.

There was a scene in Last Chance Harvey (quasi-spoiler alert for anyone who plans to see the movie) in which Dustin Hoffman is ready for his big day in life but his heart gives out on him and he is derailed to the hospital for a few days. Yes, it's a happy ending and all's well that ends well...BUT!

I realized then that I am DONE with ever doing ANYTHING to risk blowing it for myself by doing ANYTHING that causes a preventable ailment to block me from achieving my dreams!


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TRAINOF4 1/21/2009 11:24PM

    The theo can make you feel "up", so when you forget it you probably do feel sluggish. I've been reading some things about weight lifters using it - I guess to help them train longer....not sure why.

I hope the remainder of your week goes well! I have to take my glasses to be repaired, somehow, while in my swim bag one of the lenses got a big chip out of it - right in the line of my vision when I look thru the distance part (I have to wear bifocals these days!)

Can't help you w/the long & boring meetings tho. . .I hate meetings, especially as they always end up being a bunch of people beating a dead horse over & over. The only thing that would keep ME awake in those things would be a cattle prod!

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Doors Flung Wide Open!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

I am so proud of ALL the barriers which have been overcome as my fitness and health has improved over the past few years with the tremendous support available through SparkPeople!

Yesterday I tried cross country skiing for the first time EVER! A few years ago I couldn't even CONCEIVE of such an action! I'm riding my bicycle over 20 miles a trip...INCOMPREHENSIBLE to my old, unhealthy self! On the treadmill I find myself JOGGING through my favorite songs...another hurdle overcome!

I find myself becoming increasingly "addicted" to new and / or recovered challenges...thinking about rollerblading/skating, bikiing yet longer distances, getting back into a canoe, taking dancing lessons...the sky's the limit!

It's this feeling of physical freedom and unlimited potential that I am most proud of since reclaiming my fitness!


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SCIALINA 1/22/2009 2:06AM

  I'm hoping to put you on a pedestal for courage and encouragement....I'm 53 and newly returned to sparkpeople...and have to lose weight and gain confidence in myself. I weigh in at 230 as a result of quitting smoking I plastered on 40 lbs in a year. Now I just want to get brave again. Any words of advice???

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RISSATRAIN 1/20/2009 1:12PM

    Wow! You are doing so great. Cross-country skiing? That's terrific. I've never tried it....I only saw snow for the first time last year on a trip to Ohio! lol.

Sounds like you have great endurance. That can only come from hard work. And you've done it! I know I will be there soon...just gotta stay focused.

And may I make a suggestion? If you take dance lessons...go for Latin Ballroom. I just learned the Rhomba and Salsa. I did the salsa for an hour straight Sunday night at a jazz place. I burned almost 600 calories...and it was so fun.

I look forward to your posts, Don. Best wishes to you.

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TRAINOF4 1/20/2009 12:26PM

    AMEN! I love this post - I'm looking forward to being able to say the same thing for myself in a lot of things soon. I'm back to being able to go up & down stairs without going one step at a time ... I can use BOTH legs to use the stairs!

You should definitely try rollerblades. It's very similar to ice skating, and when you go downhill, you can swoosh from side-to-side like you're doing downhill skiing. Oh, it's got a name, but I can't spell it! LOL

Good for you! emoticon

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Cross Country Thrashings... :-)

Monday, January 19, 2009

I ROCKED today getting out for the first time EVER doing Cross Country Skiing! It was a picture perfect: fresh snow had fallen...just a few inches...temps were perfect mid-20s. The park is tucked away in the middle of God's country...beautiful valleys, sunny blue skies...couldn't have picked a better day!

I did my share of flopping around like a fish on dry land...must google "how to stand up when one has fallen while cross country skiing"...! But I didn't feel too badly cuz I could find other places on the trail where skiis had X'd up the snow and there were obvious signs of someone's previous flailings...lol!

I got to where I was fairly comfortable on level or uphill territory, but put me on ANY, even the MILDEST downhill slope and BAM! Down on my butt, more thrashing to get up! I learned after a bit to take the poles and instead of pushing off BEHIND me I would dig 'em in FRONT of me when going downhill to give myself a little more time before WHOOPS I did it again...lol! There was a point where I will admit I gave up when facing a long downhill slope (even if it WAS mild...this really WAS the "easy" trail, right?!?!) and I had fallen that I just said to myself...ENOUGH! ...and proceeded to sit on my skis and slide down on my butt! So much for "pride!"

As I suspected, I overdressed and got so steamed up I had to take my glasses off and put 'em in my pocket...couldn't see through the fog...lol!

But all in all it was a superb time...am hoping to re-visit this again sometime soon to gain more confidence!


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TRAINOF4 1/20/2009 12:22PM

    I would love to be out skiing, alas we have no snow! And anyway, my knees wouldn't take the downhill stuff -which is the best part!

There's something about the proper way to put the ski's little leather (or whatever fabric) loops around your hands. If you hold them the wrong way and your pole gets jammed hard into something you could bend your thumb back and cause yourself a serious nerve/muscle/tendon injury. This happened to someone I know, sadly I can't tell you the correct way to hold them... Guess you can look it up along with how to get up when you fall. LOL

Yep - always a learning curve. You should see my breast stroke in the pool - horrible, but I'm practicing & will be better in time. And so will you!

GL with the skis, and enjoy the beauty of each day.

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JIBBIE49 1/20/2009 2:22AM

    WOW, Don, cross country skiing sounds like fun. I lived in CHICAGO and PEORIA, ILLINOIS, but didn't do any. Went skiing once in Wisconsin, but spent most of the evening by the fireplace in the lounge at the Lodge.

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LADYWEZ 1/19/2009 8:38PM

    Awesome. Glad you tried it. I am jealous. sounds like you had a blast.

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MUNS10 1/19/2009 7:11PM

  I'm really proud of you!!!! I'm glad you tried it!!!!! Just a thought though...did you attempt any "snowplowing" on the downhills? That would be to put the points (toes) of your skis in or together and the backs would be wider. This will seriously slow you down and stabalize you on the downhills :)

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More Snow Shoveling Cardio Today, but TOMORROW...

Sunday, January 18, 2009

I'm GOING to get out and finally try CROSS COUNTRY SKIING!

Woo hoo!

Going to hit the sack and rest up for the big day!


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SASSYCHRIS1952 1/19/2009 10:05AM

    I envy you a little, we rarely get snow here (Hampton Roads, VA). That's a great exercise, hope you had a good workout.

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TRAINOF4 1/19/2009 7:55AM

    Soooo?? How was it!? Did you make it out for your first x-country ski trip? Is it hard to do? Do you fall a lot or what ... I only know what I've experienced on an OLD Nordictrack. LOL So I'm curious to hear what you thought of it. I've heard it's great exercise.

Taking mom into Fairfax today (about 50-60 miles from here), we're getting light flurries, just enough to make the drivers in DC idiots (well, worse idiot drivers than usual.) They'll either be driving waaaay too fast (in their SUVs thinking their foolproof) or waaaay to slow (afraid of the tiny amt of precip-these ones do the same in the rain.) Augh! It takes long enough already without those idiots!
At least I can be happy today is a holiday - much less traffic-plus tomorrow is the BIG day in DC - so there's probably even LESS than usual to begin with!

Take care of yourself - stay warm, dress in layers yada yada yada!

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