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Spark Rally with the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life...woo hoo!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

We finished our SparkRally at the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life today...for 24 hours our SparkTeam (6 members participated, and what a SIX! :-) One SparkPeople member even joined in from outside our Binghamton area!) had someone on the track...I and two others were there for the WHOLE 24 hours. I came home at 2 pm today and crashed until 9...will head to bed again shortly. My wife woke me around 9 to stay up a bit so I wouldn't wake up in the middle of the night...but you know what? I probably would've slept right through until the morning...lol! Don't know WHEN I slept so SOUNDLY!

I'm so glad we DID it and MADE IT HAPPEN! Melissa said that we were in tenth place (out of 90+ teams!) for laps totaled during the Relay...which, considering the small size of our Team and our missed laps due to starting late with the scanner (we weren't informed of this tracking method until hours after the Relay began), I think is AWESOME!

I am SO PROUD of our SparkTeam, The Binghamton Area Losers! A big WOO HOO for ALL OF US! We had a photographer from our local paper take a picture of us...hamming it up for the Luau theme this year:


As my pc is in the repair shop, too tired to bother to hook my camera up to my wife's pc...will add pics to this blog sometime soon! Stay tuned! :-)

Unfortunately I picked up a blister between my big toe and the ball of my foot late into the Relay. I had changed into longer socks for a nap during the chilly night and didn't catch a teensy wrinkle down in this area when I hit the track again. I was bummed over having to limit myself down the home stretch...will probably have to avoid a walking workout for a day. But then, perhaps that will push me to get out on my bike tomorrow...! Hope it's a decent day of weather...!


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    I agree with Steph, you probably did the most laps. I can't imagine going several hours of laps without having them count! I admire how far you have come and your optimistic spirit that you put into action! It's people like you doing the relay that will lead to advances in cancer, thank you!
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STEPHLOKI 6/22/2009 5:50AM

    Well done Don & Team! You sounds like you would have even won if you had known about the scanner earlier!!!!
Now make sure you also rest abit. don`t overdo it on the bike.
Remember getting the same problem with blisters during the last Halfmarathon I did. the socks I wore were a bit worn out and then halfway through they decided to crumble, so i know how you feel.


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THANIA1 6/21/2009 6:12AM

    So wonderful to see friendship and group forming towards noble cause.

Enjoy your victory blisters, is part of the game..

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ZELLAZM 6/21/2009 5:40AM

    Great photo! Big POTB to you and the team...will be looking forward to hearing more when you've had a chance to rest!

Happy Dad's Day, too!

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KAYAKID 6/21/2009 12:26AM

You deserve a nice rest tomorrow for all you hard work!!!! Super job! Way to spread the Spark and show what we are capable of........ thanks for what you did!! the American Cancer Society is thankful for what you did also


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OUTDOORGIRL70 6/20/2009 11:40PM

    emoticon to all of you for a great cause. Get a good night sleep Don.

God Bless

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RENA1965 6/20/2009 11:23PM

    Congratulations! Hope your blister heals fast.

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My Lawn Mower Died...Woo Hoo!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

I killed my lawn mower...ran over a rock and *didn't know it* (oh all right, I aimed right for it...lol!)...tried to start it up and what a horrible sound!

At first I worried about how was I going to keep the lawn mowed while it was in the repair shop.

But then I remembered a thought I posted a while back about getting a NON-powered mower as a way to get both extra cardio OOMPH outta my mowing along with a quiet, non-polluting means of cutting the grass.

So while I dropped off the other mower for repairs, I made sure they have to call me with the damages before they do the repairs.

Then I bought a regular old-fashioned mower...only $90 at Sears! Put it together and finished off my lawn. With such a quiet mower, I could also wear my headphones and listen to my mp3 player while mowing...ANOTHER bonus!

And to keep up the *jogging* spirit I JOGGED along at times with the tunes and the mower...woo hoo!

Enjoyed REM's tune "End of the World As We Know It"...great rocker! Although I used to question the lyrics: Why would anyone sing 'It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel FINE...'?

But then I thought, yeah, this SPARK thing HAS marked the End of the World As I Once Upon a Time Knew It....! And it sure DOES feel FINE!

Keep on SPARKING everyone! :-)


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ZIRCADIA 6/15/2009 2:53PM

    WOW, that is really cool that you got it done old school. :D hehehe

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ZELLAZM 6/15/2009 1:38PM

    Love the way you're "making lemonade" out of the situation. I'll bet you burned a bunch of calories with that people-powered mower! WTG!


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LADYWEZ 6/15/2009 6:31AM

    I love it. We have such a small lawn that I have often said that I will buy a push mower when this one dies. I thought I would only be able to find one at a garage sale. Great to know you can buy a new one.

Enjoy it. I am sure it is a lot more work, but you are killing two birds with one stone.

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GMACAMI 6/15/2009 1:32AM

    "I killed my lawn mower ... and didn't know it...!" Yeah right... I can hear the J. Snidely Whiplash chuckle clear across the good old US of A to California and it ain't pretty...lol


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Jogging: Catching On...!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Had a nice chat with a fellow local Sparkie (LADYWEZ) at one of our local parks today. We were planning a bit more for our SparkRally at the Relay For Life next Fri. / Sat. June 19-20. REALLY looking forward to this! Although our SparkTeam will only consist of 6, three of us plan to be there round the clock with others coming to help us out for long stretches of time also.

Afterward my DW and I went for a walk on the lovely paved trails around the park and I decided to jog. Each time I do this lately (and I'm doing this more and more...!) I continue to be AMAZED over how TERRIFIC it feels to JOG!

In some ways I think it is easier to jog than to power walk! Jogging just comes so naturally, whereas power walking involves really pushing the limits of what one normally does when one walks. I probably did more jogging today than I have ever done...EVER! Felt WONDERFUL! Woo hoo!


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NCAZULL 6/14/2009 10:14AM

    It's amazing you saying that cause I just am beginning to feel the affects of running myself and YOU've met me you know how small I am for me to take up running is like speed walking to you LOL!. nonetheless, I too have been passionate about it I feel so rejuvenated after I take my shower and refreshed.
My whole entire body feels light and my legs feel a slight gentle tingle after the run.. it's fabulous. so rock on with your running it's great. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ZELLAZM 6/14/2009 9:15AM

    Yep, I see it coming too - Don the Runner!

I think a team of 6 for the Relay is great, considering this is the first time you're doing this together. WTG in advance for your efforts.

Enjoy your Sunday,

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KAYAKID 6/14/2009 1:07AM

    Don, It is time to become a runner and do a 5k race. I started running at 51 and now I have 2 5k's under my belt and another one this thursday. I never that I would be a runner. try the C25k program and do it slow and you could be ready for a race in about 3-4 months.

thats wonderful that you can jog aliitle!!!
EnJoyed your blog.....


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I DID IT! :-)

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

I have been treading water for the past year maintaining my weight.

Yes, I *know* once one has lost a significant amount of weight like I have it is a REAL accomplishment to be able to maintain. And I DO give myself credit for that. After a LIFETIME of roller-coastering up and down the scales to get through the past year with little more than 5 pounds variation one way or the other is really AMAZING!

But yet the lure of getting closer to and perhaps even CROSSING the 200 pound weight has been nagging at me.

However, despite the desire to drop more pounds I just haven't seemed to be able to make enough changes (ramping up the workouts, tightening up the calories) to do this.

Until this week!

As some of you may know, I rebel mightily over logging calories. Haven't done it yet and if there was a way to continue to lose *intuitively* without counting calories I am going to keep trying!

Strategy: an "allowable" indulgence for me has been peanut butter. However I've noticed a tendency on my part to go OVERBOARD with peanut butter similarly to how I used to lose control with the high-carbie, sugary, sweet foods of the bad-old-days. So a couple of weeks ago I made my mind up that I would cut peanut butter from my diet and see what happens.

Today? Dropped 3 pounds since last week's weigh-in!! Woo hoo!!

Feels SUPER to be able to have the self-control to "tweak" my approach to food and see my body respond in kind!

Everybody keep on SPARKING out there!


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JIBBIE49 6/12/2009 1:50PM

Have a fun week-end and enjoy the summer sunshine!

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ZELLAZM 6/11/2009 7:05AM

    Oh my, peanut butter is a staple for me! Funny thing is that I don't go overboard with pb, but peanuts are currently banned from the house.

Looking forward to your leaving 200-ville. SP will really rock when that happens!

Cool on the t-shirts - I guess that means you and the team are really committed now - no going back!

Thanks for your good thoughts and happy weekend,

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LADYWEZ 6/11/2009 6:18AM

    Wow congrats. It is amazing what little changes do to make the big changes.

You should be very proud of yourself.

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ZIRCADIA 6/10/2009 4:58PM

    Congrats! :D

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MARJIJANE 6/10/2009 3:41PM

    Well "Sparken" my friend! Soon I will be welcoming you to the "Onederland" world! It is sureal to think that this is simply making the right choices! Who would have "thunk" it!

Congrats on new progress!


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SUZIAND 6/10/2009 1:22PM

    Congrats on the breakthrough!!!! I am very happy for you!

It takes strength to eliminate those "indulgences"...especially when you've already eliminated so many from the past. Kudos to you!!!

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KEEPITMOVING 6/10/2009 1:21PM

    wow! now, THAT'S what I'M talkin about! look at what one, mindful, important, little tweak did for you! it's very easy to overindulge in peanut butter. it, too, is and always has been one of my all-time-favorite foods. i'm confident that, if you measure your portions of food that you tend to have issues with, instead of eyeballing it, you'll be able to have peanut butter and so many other "forbidden foods," all in moderation. your progress is terrific! n

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THANIA1 6/10/2009 12:55PM

    Dan , congratulation! on many fronts: your weight loss, weight maintenance, and eliminating peanut butter...

The hard part is to find out what are the things that , give us craving, most of course are obvious like chips, ice cream..etc. But things that are supposed to be healthy may cause us some minor intolerance , like pea nut butter for you, and look at you 3 lbs less. wooo

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KAYAKID 6/10/2009 12:33PM

    Don, I look forward to under 200. I am getting there. I have been consistent the last 3 months and have been losing about 7 pounds per month. I should be close to the 200 goal by August. Great Job! Your awesome and an inspiration. I am headed out for my 5 mile run. again great job!!!

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KIPRUSS3 6/10/2009 12:25PM

    Super !

I'm just starting the "serious" time in my life. I've managed to hit nearly 200, and freak out, saying 'ok, girl, get with it".

your story was very familar! thanks

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Grand Fundraising Strategy...!

Sunday, June 07, 2009

I have a neighbor who now and then calls on me to solve her pc woes. Whenever I do she tries to give me something which I wave off.

Now that I'm getting a "taste" of the fundraising SPARK fever, I think I have an answer for her: Just put it toward the next fundraising effort I do! :-)

Getting a few donations for the Relay For Life...going to ask my co-workers this week at our staff meeting.

The day started off with glorious sunshine, had intended to get out on my bike, but then the clouds rolled in and grocery shopping obligations came along...next thing I know it's 8 pm!

Hopped on my 'mill and clocked another GRAND (1,000 cals.) which I hadn't done in a while. I always like to kick up my workouts on the weekend when I have more time.

Hope everyone had a SPARKING weekend!


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SPRING4FAL 6/10/2009 12:59PM

    You will have to let us know how the Relay for Life goes. I am going to attempt to put together a team here in San Diego in honor of my father who was diagnosed with lung cancer about 4 years ago - beat it - and 2 weeks ago was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Time to stomp out cancer!!!!

Good luck with your fundraising efforts!

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    Keep up the great work!! You're an inspiration!

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ZIRCADIA 6/8/2009 3:08PM

    1000 cal! :D What a great burn!!! :D

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JIBBIE49 6/7/2009 11:16PM

    My friend and I went to his class reunion and there was a woman there who in high school owed him FIVE DOLLARS for a ride he gave her. She'd never paid him and his father had NEVER let him forget that she had "bilked" him on her promise. That was 40 years earlier, so he mentioned to her that she still owed him $5 and she got REALLY upset, took out the $5 from her purse and paid him and walked off. I took the $5 and said "On Sunday morning THIS goes into the collection plate." It did.
So, my point is remember you can always do a good deed and give the "payment" to your collection plate.

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