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Friday, October 23, 2009

While out for a walk the other night I had a little extra time to kill so I finally got myself into our local friendly bicycle shop (Chenango Point, Binghamton) to browse for a bike to reward myself with once I break through to ONEderland... :-)

I'm getting away from the mountain bike style which I've inherited from my son (Diamondback Wildwood) and aiming for a comfort / hybrid which will ride better over longer distances. Definitely upping from a 26" to a 27" as I seem to get so much more out of each rotation of the pedals! I'd like a bike which positions the pedals more in front of me than directly beneath me as the leverage on the pedaling seems much better.

The two bikes the fellow recommended for me were the Cannondale Quick 5 and the Specialized Globe Carmel. I didn't get a chance to ride either just yet as there wasn't time. But in looking them over I like the Specialized as the pedals seem to be shifted a bit more in front of the seat than the Quick. The proof will be in the ride. Going to be googling a bit to find out more. I was pleased that the prices weren't as stratospheric as I feared they might be...!

Oh...just discovered, the bike I rode out onto the Silver Strand in San Diego was the Electra Townie! Check out the forward position of the pedals here:


I love the leverage one gets when you pedal this thing! No hunched-over-Lance-Armstrong-enjoying-the-
views-of-different-pavement for ME! :-)

Anyone have any suggestions for me to check out?

Been enjoying my food tracking and getting pretty darned cocky about reaching my goal...! :-)


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JCORYCMA 10/26/2009 1:41AM

    I have to admit, I'm bike ignorant but thrilled you are planning to reward yourself for a big goal and with something that will help keep your momentum!! I do ride the upright stationary bikes at the Y and love the virtual programs that I ride to. A little shadow goes along to show me how much better I am doing than I did before. Very motivating!! Keep it up, Don. You are going to love the thin life :)
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ROYALETBONE 10/25/2009 12:24PM

    Yeah, I've got a comfort bike- I may not take hills like a pro, but the comfort of the positioning etc can leave me happy with a one or two our bike ride... and that's better for this ole fart than bunched up speed racer.
Woot, woot!

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CARRIE1948 10/25/2009 9:43AM

    I loved my Specialized.

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TUPPROACH 10/25/2009 6:55AM

    Thanks for the info on bikes. I know next to nothing about them. Haven't ridden in too many years to count but am looking forward to starting soon. What would be a good one for a beginner? I have a hand me down from one of my kids but not sure what kind or style. They gave me the one that doesn't work so I need to get repairs before I can ride but would like to get one that will be a fit for me. It was great to meet you and your wife tonight!!

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PISTL67 10/24/2009 3:50PM

    that sounds good. i have a diamond back mountain bike. i like the softer tires. would like handle bars closer to me though. i think sitting more upright would be easier on the back.

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KELLI9001 10/24/2009 2:04PM

    Great job and I can't wait til you reach that ONEderland. I never knew there were so many different styles of bikes. Thanks for filling me in!

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LEELYNN2 10/24/2009 9:30AM

    A bicycle for onederland... I wish I'd have thought of that! I thought I wanted a townie for a while, got one at a police auction and absolutely terrified myself on it, so I looked for a hybrid for a while, but then my husband found one he liked and I inherited his mountain style instead. I hate the view of the pavement, but it is handy since I've started biking the downhill trails around here.

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JUSTKARON 10/24/2009 9:13AM

    How important it is to reward ourselves! And the bike sounds like a PERFECT reward.

g about a reward for myself for getting into the 150's again. I'm thinking new fitness tapes.


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SOULCOLLAGESUE 10/24/2009 12:57AM

    I stored my racer for a comfort hybrid about 5 years ago, 27". Love it! I'm glad tracking food works for you, Don. I'm convinced that it's how my hold-out weight is "melting" off (combined with fitness). Isn't SP creative and its technology amazing?

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S318830 10/23/2009 11:42PM

    Very cool. I love that you're checking out and researching your reward - and that the reward is fitness based! Nice job! I like the fact that you and I have similar amounts of weight to lose and the same goal date by which to reach it. I'll definitely be cheering you on!

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Tracking Food At Long Last...

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Recently as part of a challenge for those of us previewing Chris Downie's book "The Spark" I finally agreed to track my food.

This is pretty big for me...I have been holding out on food tracking since Day 1 of being with SparkPeople...no matter HOW many great benefits and rave reviews of tracking I'd read I persisted in my aversion to tracking food. Too much like the bad old days of "dieting!"

I psychologically prepared myself for this back when I made a commitment to breaking through to ONEderland by the New Year, realizing that if I couldn't make the headway I wanted toward this goal I might have to finally pull this tool out of the chest and put it to work.

So at the end of day two of tracking I've been pleasantly surprised over how EASY it is to do and how COMPREHENSIVE the food data is...finding things listed I didn't think I'd see.

I'm pleased also to see my totals are turning out okay...a bit low, but not too high as I feared they might be.

I enjoy seeing all the stats and figures such as percentages, etc. It's like taking a handful of random change and tossing into a sorter and seeing how the rack up. Except of course my food choices are HARDLY RANDOM!

Another thing I've noticed is the "built in" restraint that kicks in when the urge to snack or nibble comes along..."oh! I'll have to log that! Um...where's the water?" :-)

While I'm not making any long-term promises or guarantees, I'm suspecting I may just stick with this tracking / logging stuff! I have a hunch it may be an invaluable aid while traveling to ONEderland...!

I had a wonderful bike ride today back and forth to work, 9 miles away...1100 calories up in smoke!...woo hoo! Love the Fitness Maps! Froze this morning...shorts & a T-shirt in 48 degree weather. Yeah, stupid, but...I just HATE to be encumbered by long sleeves, pant-legs, straps and elastic bands when riding my bike. I get such a HIGH from feeling so empowered and free I want to compromise that as little as possible with such things! I DID have a pair of gloves though as my hands are the most vulnerable part of me when it comes to feeling the cold.

Besides...I was sweatin' it coming home wearing the same things! :-)

Because of the dark of the morning AND the evening, I suspect that's my last work ride until springtime...drat! Can't WAIT to start racking up 2-3 days a week of biking like this!

Hope everyone's got their Spark lights shining strong out there!


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ROYALETBONE 10/23/2009 10:25PM

    Ahh, Don- isn't fun how we keep learning as we go?
I wonder what the next trick the universe will give me? Joy, continuing joy.

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ZELLAZM 10/23/2009 8:56AM

    Don, seems to me that it's just another sign of your stick-to-itiveness that you're just now starting to track food. After over two years on SP and all the talk about the trackers, it's pretty amazing that you've held out this long! WTG on the bike rides - are you concerned about safety with driving in the dark? I'm sure you'll find other ways to burn the calories, but doing it on your commute is a definite advantage time-wise, I'm sure!

Good weekend

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USARUNNERGIRL 10/23/2009 8:39AM

    You inspire me every day. Keep torching it up on your back and tracking your nutrition and you will be burning it up.

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CARRIE1948 10/23/2009 8:13AM

    I absolutely LOVE food tracking. I pay no attention to their menus or calorie limits, but do try to monitor the balance in my diet. I've learned that my body holds on to starch but likes protein. That I dislike fats but need more to feel good.

I see food tracking as the antithesis of dieting. It helps me decide what else I can eat without making me feel guilty

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KIKICANADIAN 10/23/2009 7:52AM

    Gee, I thought everyone tracked what they ate on here...daaa me.
Good for you for finally giving in and tracking :)
Your doing a great job Don, keep it up!!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 10/23/2009 3:28AM

    The nutrition tracker is the reason I'm here - it was suggested at a work-based wellness program, which is why I started in March. Using the social network didn't happen for me until May.

For me, tracking food is the ONLY way I've historically ever been able to lose weight. I guess I don't have enough natural inhibition without the pressure of knowing I'll have to log it.

Coupled with a bodyfat scale and physicsdiet.com, the calorie totals from SP help me see a more complete picture of what's going on so I can fine-tune my eating strategies.

For example, with all of the strength training I'm doing, I find it really handy to know how much protein I'm getting per day. I recently increased my minimum to 100g, and we'll see how that goes.

Glad you like it, so far. You'll find over time that it's handy to copy whole meals from one day to the next. I have my whey shake and vitamins in there as "meals" and don't have to put them in separately each time.

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SOULCOLLAGESUE 10/23/2009 1:39AM

    I saw you biked those miles, Don. That's super. Kudos to you for riding in the dark, although I understand the unemcumbered preference in clothing. I am happy to hear the food tracker is working at this time. I use the meal planners, too, and just love the freedom knowing that if I follow it, all's taken care of. I think we both agree that we are privileged to be on the pilot team. What an opportunity! I'm loving the book. I'll enjoy a few more rides for you, since I have daytime hours with which to work, too. Great blog!

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ERIECANALGAL 10/23/2009 12:16AM

    The nutrition tracker is the best tool I have found on SP. I don't know how I'd do without it.

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JCORYCMA 10/22/2009 11:58PM

    I still track, Don. Almost every day. Keeps me honest. Yeah my work friends think I'm obsessed, but then they weigh a lot more then me too! Actually through tracking, the Spark police kept bugging me to eat more carbs and I finally listened to them -- had to get over the whole carbs are a dirty word thing -- and my weight has came off faster and I do feel more satisfied. Your GI tract will thank you too :)

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DALEALLEN 10/22/2009 11:18PM

    Tracking food makes all the difference.

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It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like ONEderland...!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

I have to confess to having a little "help" via the cleansing one has to do before having a colonoscopy, but I am still THRILLED nonetheless to having dropped TEN POUNDS this week!

I dropped from 226 to 220 after the first attempt at a colonoscopy. Then bounced up to 224 last week...and now down to 214! Woo hoo! Now I am already mentally preparing myself for some possible rebound as I did after my last colonoscopy attempt...but nonetheless the zig-zag is heading downward! ONEderland here I come!

Other than the colonoscopy, the other changes I've made is for 1-2 days a week I allow myself only non-starchy veggies for the day, which I figure does some shaking up and confusion to my body and promotes more weight loss. I've continued to keep the nuts out of my food choices. An "addition" I've made to my food has been apples. After reading about the higher fiber content that fruit has than veggies and also realizing that NOT including fruit in the interests of maintaining a lower carb approach was something I had planned to change at some point anyhow: I thought why not add an apple here & there? We've been out apple picking lately too which has added to its appeal. Yum, nothing like biting into a crisp, juicy, sweet-sour Cortland!

Beyond this, however, I have to confess to having a weird sort of doldrums this past week. There was a day of unintended, unwanted missed cardio...just couldn't pull myself up onto the old 'mill. I ALWAYS beat myself up for this...don't know WHY it can be such a struggle sometimes! I know I've been missing other types of workout outlets lately, 'millwork has been getting boring...

So along those lines, I've decided tomorrow, since I'm not working late and the weather is bouncing back to the upper 60's AND since the road repairs are largely completed (still some striping and minor stuff going on, but the shoulders are done) I will ride my bike back and forth to work. This is something I want to do on a more regular basis once we're back to warmer weather in the spring...but have to be vigilant for those occasional "do-able" days left here in the fall also! Riding my bike often gives me a great boost and I'm SO looking forward to THAT!

I've been previewing Chris Downie's book "The Spark" and I'll tell you, there are some challenging ideas in this book...it really makes you stop, take note and think about what direction you want your life to take...! It's like, wow...I've done so much already, how can I TOP this...?!?! Yet on the other hand I know I've been feeling a bit stagnant, needing a more specific goal to sink my teeth into. Yes, I know I've had ONEderland on my brain...but I'm beginning to question that goal...felt like I was floundering during my zig-zags...still wanting to reach that goal, but already challenging myself: How is life going to be any different when a new number shows up on the scale...?

So how WOULD I like life to be different...? Working through "The Spark" has begun to give me some ideas, some glimmers...but as to pulling this all together and having a clear VISION of what I want to see blooming in my life? Specific, concrete changes? Still struggling with that. I have the same difficulty in making changes in my home...we're looking at laminate flooring. I can see so many styles that appeal. But to store in my head a given laminate color, style and then match that with a specific color wall and decide okay, what kind of furniture would go with that...? Ugh! No can do! I'm having the same struggle taking my values, beliefs...mixing it with a "vision" of my ideal future and conjuring specific Fast Break Goals that will put one foot ahead of the other and take me toward that vision.

Stay tuned...!

I'm looking forward to meeting with other members of SparkPeople locally as one of our new members has recently moved and invited us to her place on Saturday. We came up with the idea as she tongue-in-cheek suggested in her blog that fellow members of SparkPeople come over to help her to move her belongings. I thought it sounded like a wonderful idea and took her up on it! Not sure that there's much moving to do still, but meeting everyone will be super!

I've been SO inspired by ALL of your wonderful blogging lately everyone... Keep up the terrific sharing and support that continues to add to the strength of our SparkFamily ties!


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ROYALETBONE 10/22/2009 5:09PM

    Figs are bearing madly here. I've been eating figs, and clementines, and apples, oh, yes apples.
Ahhh- fresh fruit.

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AUNTC321 10/22/2009 12:33PM

    I am also reading the book and finding it to be quite inspiring. It really does get you thinking about setting and achieving other goals and finding yourself. Keep up the great work. Chris

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JCORYCMA 10/22/2009 12:07AM

    Hey Don -- great personal insight! Congrats on the weight loss too! Just -- no more colonoscopies to help you out :) I like apples now too. Just a nice, crisp apple. Before I would only eat them in a pie or a crisp...

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BKWERM 10/21/2009 6:43PM

    Ohhhhh.... Well, that makes more sense.... I was a little worried about you.... Well, congratulations and I hope all or most of it stays off.

Have you tried cycling in the winter? My husband does. He just bundles up and wears cycling booties, etc.

Have fun with your mini-reunion on the weekend.

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 10/21/2009 4:57PM

    Keep plugging away. Maybe life will be different at "one-der-land," not because of the actual number on the scale but because of the process you went through to get there.

With my own journey, not only am I feeling better about myself because I'm a more socially acceptable size and more vigorous in general, but the process itself has made me more assertive. I'm more empowered. I tell my boss (and HIS boss) what I think, when they ask. Because life is short and I'm done pretending everything is beautiful.

And I've also gotten to know MYSELF better. I have a better idea of when I can trust myself to make good decisions and when I need to stack the deck or coerce myself to do what needs to be done.

There are still surprises, but there are fewer of them and I'm more accepting of myself when they do happen. Instead of kicking myself so often I try to examine how and why and learn from it. I think I'd actually be pretty boring to live inside of, if I were 100% predictable, anyway, so it definitely keeps me entertained. LOL

I don't want to develop a razor-sharp vision of my "ideal" life. Not right now, anyway. I'll settle for getting the last 35 lbs off (or 25% body fat whichever comes first), and working toward doing more of the things I like (ww kayaking, flat water kayaking, etc.)

I think that's enough goals for me to handle at the moment. Too many and I'll get overwhelmed. I don't make a lot of forward progress with my head up, looking around. I make my best progress when I keep my nose to the grindstone, and my focus on the immediate hour, day, and week.

Yes, it's good to make sure that the "forward" progress is in a direction that you actually WANT, but I'm pretty confident mine is, so I'm going to put my head down and keep pushing, for now. LOL.

I also don't think it's important to me to "top" what I've already accomplished - I lean toward trying to be an overachiever, and it's not always been healthy. Sometimes it's important for me to just *be,* rather than to *do.*

Looking forward to seeing you and Kathy at Linda's on Saturday!

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SOULCOLLAGESUE 10/21/2009 1:03PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonon your cheek :) emoticon emoticonderland, here Don comes!

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Pleasant Surprise at the End of the Day...!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Okay...as you've probably seen by my status, the Nulytely and other concoctions have done their duty...kept me awake almost throughout the night...and they're STILL causing rumblings this evening! Trying to fight it off with the acidophilus in my yogurt...lol! Needless to say my gastro doc gave me an "all's clear, see you in ten years!"

With so little sleep I'm all dragged out, sneezy & drippy with my allergies kicking up a fuss due to my lowered resistance. We got out to enjoy a late buffet lunch and WOW did that Nulytely (hey, they've gotta get a new name for this stuff...there's nothing LYTE about it...lol!) continue to kick up a fuss!

Anyhow here I am tonight enjoying everyone's terrific support posting on my blog and SparkPage (thx BUNCHES everyone...our SparkFamily is the BEST!) when at last I come across an e-mail from AARP:

Congratulations! You are one of the winners of our Vitality Project Sweepstakes.

Please sign the attached affidavit, have it notarized, and return it to me by October 30.

You should receive one pair of LEKI Nordic Walking poles by December 1.

Thank you for entering our contest.

Cate Lineberry
Senior Producer/Editor
AARP the Magazine


Now how VERY COOL is THAT?!?!

I have been so CURIOUS about Nordic Walking and wanting to try it...the serendipity of this moment just blows my mind! I absolutely *NEVER* win ANYTHING! ...here I am in the doldrums and along comes this most pleasant SMACK upside the head!

OK God, Universe & all you *Forces* we cannot fathom...guess I've just gotta get my SPARK ON! :-)

Here's a link explaining the AARP Blue Zones Project:


I was drawn to this thinking, what a SPARK-like undertaking for a city! Wonder how I could make this happen here in the Binghamton area...? Along the way I entered their sweeps. Oh, and took a survey which predicts how long you'll live based on your current health condition and lifestyle...looks like I'll live to a ripe old 91 years...lol!

And one of my recent habits on my birthday is to visit:


So I can figure out how YOUNG I've grown this year:

Last year I turned 52 and scored a RealAge of 48.

The year before I turned 51 and scored a RealAge of 49.

Now THIS YEAR...drum roll....I've turned 53 and my latest RealAge score is 44.6! Woo Hoo!

Still growing younger every year! :-)

Talk about another way to measure progress outside of the SCALE...!

Keep SPARKING ON everyone and have a super weekend!


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ZELLAZM 10/21/2009 1:58PM

    VERY cool that you'll be joining us weirdo Nordic-walking fans. I'm sure you'll enjoy using them. Your posts sound like you've really renewed your Spark lately and that One-derland is approaching quickly. Look forward to celebrating with you - but in the meantime WOOHOO for 10 pounds down and a good report on your colonoscopy!


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ZIRCADIA 10/19/2009 5:18PM

    I seriously LOVE that you're getting younger with every birthday! :D AWESOME!!!!

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TRAINOF4 10/18/2009 9:30PM

    Yaay! Walking poles! Those are the best, I hope you enjoy every minute using them. Glad you got the colonoscopy out of the way & I also hope the tummy grumblies have settled since your this post.

Hooray for those sneak-up-on-you GOOD surprises! emoticon The walking poles are supposedly fantastic during hiking-I haven't tried them, but have heard great stuff about them. Please let us know how they work out for you!

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JCORYCMA 10/18/2009 12:34AM

    I'm so pleased everything "came out" Ok for you! Lol! I love your RealAge thing. I'm turning 53 in a couple of weeks too!! Wonder how young I am? This morning at 8 a.m in the pool at the Y for my first swimming lesson I felt kinda old. All the young healthy triathletes swim before the lessons start! I'm not done challenging myself yet though! Thanks for sharing with us Don!!
I agree -- Sparkpeople is the best!
emoticon Joanne

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 10/17/2009 6:26AM

    Congrats on your new RealAge - 10 lbs ago it said I was 39.6; now it says I'm 39.4. LOL

Bummer that the resting heart rate on their form doesn't go any lower than 45. Mine is now 39...

Also, it seems very decent of the AARP to give you nordic poles for your birthday! LOL

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ROYALETBONE 10/17/2009 12:56AM

    I adore my Nordic sticks. I just did 1 3/4 miles walking up and down a very hilly and muddy terrain, and know that my guns will be popping. I love the body burn I get with them. I tend to use them when the terrain is rough, and the trail is messy- but I know some people use them on the level ground, too. Totally fun- hop you enjoy yours.
I'm supposed to live to 91.5 too- woo, makes ya think, doesn't it?

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TUPPROACH 10/17/2009 12:45AM

    I bet your glad that your procedure is done! I like all the info you give on your blogs and the support you give us Binghamton sparkers! thank you so much for the idea of turning the party into a spark rally. i am going to post a blog on the team page about it and see what happens. Hey we may have to sit on boxes but it will be fun!!! Boy am I glad i can't have a colonoscopy!!! I'm allergic to the pills you have to take first. I tried last year and was as sick as a dog from them. emoticon

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CAOMAGIC 10/16/2009 11:52PM

    Your new healthy habits are paying off!!! Keep the spark!!!

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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Well I think it's time to put some thoughts down here...been putting this off hoping for more inspiration, more SPARK...but for whatever reason this hasn't happened.

Trying to put my finger on the "blahs" which have been hanging on lately. Haven't been feeling rested, haven't been feeling like working out (although I have, but without any real oomph) and while visiting relatives in MI picked up 4# due to over-indulging in relatively healthy food, just too much. Back in the saddle since returning on Monday. Those long 12 hour car trips really take so much out of a person! I just don't understand why sitting in a car for 12 hours should be so tiring! It's not like our bodies are being taxed in any significant way...

Medically I've been gearing up for attempt #2 at a colonoscopy...am chugging away a gallon of Nulytely after a day of clear liquids, including Miralax, Dulcolax and a quart of prune juice. Yesterday I ate only non-starchy veggies and 3 apples. I'm doing all that I can to make this routine colonoscopy screening happen successfully. Silly of me to do this, but I chose to schedule the colonoscopy for tomorrow...my 53rd birthday! Woo...hoo...? I put it off so I could get out to MI, but then wanted to do it ASAP.

Another nagging thing has been inner ear pressure on my right ear which is NOT an infection, per my primary care doc...however it has dampened my hearing which has had an odd psychological effect of creating a sort of buffer between me and the world...feeling more cut off from people and activity, missing small sounds which whiz by unnoticed... Next week I finally catch up with the ENT to find out what the heck is going on.

I'm just not used to all these medical hiccups and am pretty impatient and irritable over such things...which I realize are so minor compared to the serious health woes of others!

I DO have a Spark Rally to look forward to on Sunday as our local Binghamton Area Losers are going to join our local CHOW Hunger Walk in raising money for the needy. While I'm certainly looking forward to this, it hasn't yet given me the kind of boost anticipating these kind of gatherings usually do.

So it's like my Spark is there, but just sorta dampened lately...and I don't like it!

Will keep on keeping on...doing the work of striking stone on stone until I can get SPARKING the way I WANT to!


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KELLI9001 10/16/2009 4:22PM

    Hey Don. Everyone goes through this at some time. I think more now with the change of weather. Those long drives are killers...Just got off one myself for a quick trip to Indiana.

Stay positive and I'm hoping your Dr's have some good news for you. You are of of the most positive and inspiring people I know. I'm sure you will be back at it with even more UUmph than before.

Take care and keep us updated on how things go this week.

Happy Birthday!!
Shannon emoticon

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ROYALETBONE 10/16/2009 4:13PM

    Have a happy birthday tommorrow. Enjoy the parts you can..
I have arthritis in my right ear- that means when it's cold and damp, I get a weird 'hum' from it, and don't hear as well. Ucky. Hope that is not your problem, cause there is nothing much to be done for it. Tea tree oil seems to help.
Prepping before the prep... you should be all clear, but it is probably 'taking something out' of your system all around. Just another thought as to why you are moving slower. You have less reserves.

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JUSTLYLE 10/16/2009 9:25AM

    Happy Birthday there youngster! Good luck on the health issues, time they get looked at. Liked the idea on the Hunger walk, great way to "spread the Spark" and do a very good deed.
Our weather is not cooperating with our harvest, so far about 3 weeks behind and still on hold. Have not combined anything yet, will run out of fall weather soon I'm afraid. Oh well, life goes on, trying to keep my "dauber" UP!
Good luck on the test.
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1_AMAZING_WOMAN 10/16/2009 2:28AM

    Don, I guess you're going to pot by your birthday, huh. emoticon

Seriously, happy birthday. Just sorry how you're spending it. I've had a few of those colonoscopies. Nothing to it, after you get done with the Go-lytly thing anyway.

Sorry about your slump. I think it's natural to go through these slumps, and probably even more likely as you get closer to goal (lots of issues at that time). You have done so wonderfully, and I know you'll get out of this slump. Keep the chin up, and the sneakers on.


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SHELLPRO 10/16/2009 12:33AM

    Well I don't know how your Weather has been? But its always harder for me when the days get shorter & colder! I congratulate you on the Colonoscopy & hope all comes out well! A little humor there- lol. Seriously I've had 2 in the last 5 yrs. I'm prone to Polyps & IBS, so never can be too careful.

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SOULCOLLAGESUE 10/15/2009 11:24PM

    Hey Don, first off, I absolutely LOVE your fall colors and SparkPage theme. I might have to think of shifting my own.... I love this Don as much as the upbeat, positive one. I'm in a "slump," too. It's part and parcel, yes? We're here through thick and thin (literally and figuratively, lol), and help one another accept all of us with equanimity. SparkDon would be incomplete without sparkDon, in the way that day would not be day, without night.

emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonAn early Happy Birthday to you, young 'un!

Didn't your ear problem start with getting it wet way back when? If so, and your ENT doesn't have any satisfying answers or easy solutions, SparkMail me. I might be able to offer homeopathic direction. If so, maybe that can be my emoticon to you.

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