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Pleasant Mystery...!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Some of you may recall that I had my gall bladder pulled earlier this year around April...?

Well at the time my surgeon said I had a hernia that should get taken care of later this year. It was too risky for him to do both with one surgery, unfortunately.

Back then we all could see the hernia popping in and out of my belly...like Alien trying trying to hatch itself and do the two-step...lol! Didn't hurt or bother me. Just avoided ab-specific exercise.

So that brings us to TODAY! I'm all psyched up and ready to take care of business. I head out to the doc and...

The Hernia Is GONE!

We're totally baffled! The doc congratulated me on taking good care of myself and figures, since the hernia is a hole and holes don't heal, somehow muscles have grown to a point where they must be covering up the hernia and preventing it from popping. I was amazed! I mean, my abs are SUCH a long, LONG way from being a six-pack...and haven't deliberately worked them!

So I guess I can dust off that "Abs-by-Jake" thingy I got for $20 at a garage sale and see what I can do with it...! :-)


PS...A very pleasant surprise today also...SparkPeople has gathered up clips from the San Diego convention earlier today and put together a wonderful 10 min. video to give everyone a sense of what an SP convention is like. You will hear from Chris Downie (SparkGuy), Coach Nicole and Becky Hand, SparkPeople's Dietician as well as speakers from the panel of SparkPeople members and other members.

Yours truly was honored to have a few moments of fame in this ten minute video also...around the 9 min. mark. How cool is THAT?!?

It was so great to re-visit that day again...! I wanted to pass this along to others so you could get a "feel" for what it's like to attend a SparkPeople Convention:


I ALSO wanted to pass this along to remind folks that it isn't too late to consider attending the upcoming SparkPeople convention in Cincinnati on Saturday, Sept. 26th and later this year on Sunday, November 22, 2009, in Tampa, Florida.

Here are links for registering for the Cincinnati convention:




Enjoy the video!


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ZELLAZM 9/12/2009 8:21AM

    What great news about the hernia!

And I just finished watching the video, not knowing that you were in it - it was nice to see you and HEAR you, too. Well done!

good weekend,

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ROYALETBONE 9/11/2009 2:56PM

    Awesome about the hernia-
You were looking so good at the convention. Thanks for sharing.

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JOYFUL_JO 9/11/2009 8:53AM

    I'm delighted for you. Not only did you take care of the hernia, you also avoided a surgery that would have put you out of exercise for a week or more. So cool. G-d is good and apparently you have been too. :o)

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 9/11/2009 3:35AM

    emoticon on losing your hernia!

Have a ww kayaking gig the day of the Cincinnati convention. Maybe the next one...

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BJENKINS1014 9/10/2009 10:35PM

    Fantastic about the hernia! And I did see you on that video! emoticon

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L*I*T*A* 9/10/2009 9:58PM

    wonderful about the hernia................
..................just don't let it go to your head................
blessings and hugs..............lita

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ZIRCADIA 9/10/2009 9:40PM

    Congrats on being featured! AND WOOHOOO on the hernia information! That is awesome!

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Interval Training...

Monday, September 07, 2009

Jogging down the straightaway with my manual lawn mower,

reach the end,

pause, turn around

jog down the next row with my lawnmower,

reach the end,

pause, turn around...

Worked up a nice sweat with my alternative interval training...green style! :-)


PS: one of the BEST perks to a reel mower...with my mp3 player (which I can't listen to when using the power mower...have to turn it up too loud) on, I'm just a-buzzing along...I'm sure I must look like I'm waltzing with the mower as if she's my dance partner...lol!

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S318830 9/12/2009 9:13PM

    I love this! I can just picture you doing it to. Awesome. I had a reel mower once. If the grass gets too high, that's a heck of a push!

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    You are so cool! LOL. Would love to see that. (Your arms must be pretty strong; if memory serves, those push mowers took quite a bit to get going.) Smart, creative man!

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MA2DAPPLES 9/9/2009 6:11PM

    Sounds like you were quite a site for the neighbors to watch!

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TRAINOF4 9/9/2009 12:00AM

    How about a REAL mower?! I'd just love to see my dad mow our lawn with one of those - no, he'd probably have a heart attack never mind (I think an acre w/one would be a bit much for him)...seriously tho, They're definitely great exercise, no!? And if you've not got a bag attachment raking up the clippings is an added benefit. You can even do the leaves with it I understand..and start a mulch pile. Just think of the compost you could have for your gardens!

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ZIRCADIA 9/8/2009 3:30PM

    Awesome. :) It's so lame but I am looking forward to having a lawn to mow now... HAHAHAHA

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L*I*T*A* 9/7/2009 9:58PM

    what a dance you must do...........way to go....................have a great week.............blessings and hugs................lita

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LKG9999 9/7/2009 8:17PM

    Too funny!

I also have a reel mower along with a cordless trimmer. The last time I did the lawn, it occurred to me that I could use my MP3 to drown out the noise of the trimmer. Once I was done I kept it on while using the mower. All of a sudden, mowing took on a whole new dimension! I was rocking to the beat, pushing the mower back and forth, and probably looking quite insane.


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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 9/7/2009 7:05PM

    Yeah, if it's the kind that uses momentum rather than gas or electricity... Or 'old fashioned push mower' hehe.

There are some really fancy nice ones available now.

I have a Scott's but it needs a tuneup. It's jammed somehow.

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DDOORN 9/7/2009 6:54PM

    Yep..is that what one calls 'em...a reel mower...lol?

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 9/7/2009 6:41PM

    Is it a reel mower?

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If At First You Don't Succeed...

Sunday, September 06, 2009

Yes, us northerners must re-invent ourselves when the colder weather comes along!

Last winter I tried cross country skiing for the first time and was a bumbling, fumbling mess! My balance is SO POOR! This winter...?

Sigh...I guess I keep at it and try again...lol! Can't throw in the towel JUST yet...!

Beyond this? My 'millwork and outdoor walks / jogs continue unabated! :-)


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    You go, Don! As a teen, my first ski trip was possible because my aunt loaned me skis. Turns out they were cross country skis, and I was taking downhill lessons. I kept trying, too - but with the right equipment. LOL

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 9/7/2009 6:43PM

    Try snowshoeing?

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VARMINT3 9/7/2009 9:00AM

    Good luck and keep trying!

I have run through a Binghamton winter outside (before I got my treadmill) and it is "possible" - but not a ton of fun LOL! I got a Gore Tex outfit and layers, layers, layers and even at about 5 below was not too cold. I did really like running during a snowfall (on side streets only to be safe, not out on the road) - it was so quiet most of the time you could hear each flake falling...

So, there are options if the ski thing doesn't work out - but XC skiing sound like way more fun! I did it once when I was in HS, but I lived in IL then & there were NO hills, so fewer challenges to balance.

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ROYALETBONE 9/6/2009 12:47PM

    I suggest you get some Nordic trekking sticks and practice before the snow comes. The sticks raise your caloric usage 20-35% while doing normal walking, and really prep you for X country skiing. Honest! I love them for hill hikes and rough trails, but as prep for skiing, they can't be beat.
I loved X country skiing. Not too likely in Oakland, Ca these days. Have fun!

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L*I*T*A* 9/6/2009 12:19PM

    way to go...........all efforts will lead to success................blessings and hugs.............lita

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Walking Down Another Street

Thursday, September 03, 2009

This poem has made the rounds among those in recovery from addiction and / or mental illness. It is also SO apropos for myself and my recovery from food addiction also!

I thought I would pass this along for those who may not have seen this before as I suspect a few of you might relate to this one...!

Thank goodness to SparkPeople for shining a bright light down "another street!"


by Portia Nelson

I walk down the street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk
I fall in.
I am lost ... I am helpless.
It isn't my fault.
It takes me forever to find a way out.


I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I pretend I don't see it.
I fall in again.
I can't believe I am in the same place
but, it isn't my fault.
It still takes a long time to get out.


I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I see it is there.
I still fall in ... it's a habit.
my eyes are open
I know where I am.
It is my fault.
I get out immediately.


I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I walk around it.


I walk down another street.

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    That poem was part of my spiritual direction internship. Someone read it out loud, and we actually acted it out as a class. Very memorable. Thanks for passing it along!

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CAOMAGIC 9/6/2009 1:07AM

    I am in stage III, moving toward stage IV in this scene. Knowing where I am and taking responsibility for that makes me know that I will see recovery also. Thanks for sharing!!!

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BJENKINS1014 9/5/2009 11:20AM

    Thanks! I hadn't seen this before, but I love it! It fits for all addictions and bad habits.

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TRAINOF4 9/5/2009 8:34AM

    Absolutely true. Thank you for sharing!

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APPYMORGAN 9/5/2009 2:06AM

    this is so amazing I just posted a blog about this very poem too. Great minds must think alike. emoticon

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ZELLAZM 9/4/2009 2:26PM

    New to me, too --- a great message! thanks for sharing it with us here.


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L*I*T*A* 9/3/2009 9:52PM

    great..........thanks for sharing.............blessings and hugs..............lita

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MSPUDGE 9/3/2009 8:35PM

  That is priceless! Have not seen it before. Thanks!

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Coming Around the Bend...Inspired 'Millwork!

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Thx to EVERYONE for the well wishes! A good night's sleep has made a big difference...not out of the woods, but coming around...! I HAVE been taking my penicillin faithfully since Sat., just felt a bit discouraged yesterday as it just didn't seem to be making any difference. I'm always skittish about taking antibiotics as I don't want them to lose their potency so that when I REALLY need them to work, they WILL!

Anyhow, I took the day off from working out yesterday, pretty rare for me! And listened to my body and got a good night's sleep.

This morning's 'millwork was fairly inspired as well. Remember the book / movie, 'Running With Scissors'? The scene where they randomly point to a name in the phonebook as an "omen" or "answer" to a question posed by the family? What fun! :-)

I sorta use my mp3 player in a similar way sometimes...it's always set to 'shuffle' so I never know what's coming up next. Sometimes it seems to 'pick' just the right tune and today was one of those times.

I have a surprising number of tunes on my player which aren't really fast-paced, some outright ballads...but often these tunes have messages which are inspirational and motivational...doesn't matter that they're in-sync with my steps!

John Lennon's "God" popped up...and after denouncing every deity he says: "I just believe in me!" I then remembered why I chose to put that song on my player: the declarative pronouncement that *I believe in myself* is what I do every time I get on the treadmill, lift those dumb bells, hop on my bike or into a kayak! And no matter what one's spiritual practices may be, I believe that when we believe in ourselves, take care of ourselves we are tuning into the will of our God, Allah, Buddha, etc.

Then came James Taylor's "Carolina In My Mind"...his singing of going to Carolina in my mind seemed to resonate a sense of *centering* and *grounding*...I can go to "Carolina" whenever I want to by hitting that *zone* during my workouts. Although this song didn't pop up, I thought of "Song For You Far Away" and felt a sense of channeling to my family which is flung out across America as if someone took a paint brush and flicked us across the continent far and wide...but this song seems to bring out a sense of connectedness nonetheless.

Although my player didn't seem to pick any up-tempo tunes (other than one, can't remember what it was...) which could get me to pick up the pace beyond my baseline of 4 mph @ incline of 10, I felt it was telling me to take it easy, enjoy your 45 minutes...you can kick it up a notch some other day.

Which I'm sure I will!

Have a SPARKING day everyone!


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    I missed your illness. So glad you shared your songs. I am always so impressed at your poetic perspective. I particularly like your image of Song for You Far Away, channeled to your family. Nice, Don.

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ZELLAZM 9/3/2009 3:41PM

    Sorry to hear about the ear problems --- I was having a similar problem before I left for the States a month ago and still have a bit of residual "sloshing". It sounds like your shuffler knew you needed a more relaxed workout as you recover and as you take those antibiotics!

Thanks for the welcome back...I missed SP for sure!


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MSPUDGE 9/2/2009 12:08AM

  So glad to "hear" from you, that you're on the antibiotic and will be protected from auditory harm. Had me going there for awhile! Had more than some of us worried about you! You are just such a Heartbeat of SP. I'm amazed you're back working out already, and posting, and getting on with it, not lolling in bed pleading illness, which says a lot about your core strength and fortitude. I am much relieved you sought treatment, and hope your infection clears readily!
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