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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.

Sincerely,
Cate Lineberry
Senior Producer/Editor
AARP the Magazine

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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:

www.bluezones.com/makeover-about

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:

www.realage.com

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!

Don

  
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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!

Blessings
Mi
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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!
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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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Updates

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!

Don

  
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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!!
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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.

Hugs,
Amber

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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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SPINNING The Drearies Away...!

Friday, October 09, 2009

Although I had hoped to get out for long walks/jogs while visiting family in MI, it's just been too yucky outside...cold, drippy and dreary. So I had my son set up his bike in his bike trainer and tried mimicking what I imagine a "spinning" class to be like...whew! Great, soaking wet workout! :-) SPINNING the drearies away...! (I've YET to join a spinning class, but would like to someday...you know, like when there's TIME?!?!)

While traveling to MI I had a blast listening to Frank McCourt's Teacher Man in audiobook format. It was wonderful to hear him telling his own story with his Irish brogue mixed in with tough, tell-it-like-it-is New York City influences.

A couple of things he said resonated with my wonderful journey here at SparkPeople. When talking about his philosophy of teaching he drew a big letter "F" on the left side of his chalkboard and another big letter "F" on the right side of his chalkboard and said that when he teaches he hopes to inspire students to move from:

Fear ---> Toward ---> FREEDOM!

...which sums up what I and I think MANY of you are doing here through SparkPeople... BOTH actually MOVING and making that transition from Fear to Freedom, but ALSO to INSPIRE OTHERS to do the SAME! Chris Downie also echoes this sentiment in his book "The SPARK!" Which I've also been reading and nodding my head throughout. Chris uses my well-worn reference to Newton's Laws of Physics...an object at rest tends to stay at rest, while an object in motion tends to stay in motion. This is why missing a day of cardio is so risky for me...I IMMEDIATELY feel the pull of staying STOPPED and have to FIGHT it so!

Another thing McCourt said toward the end of his book referring to retirement was that he wanted to be "out IN the world before" he "was out OF the world!"

Which also sums up a driving force within myself: I want to do ALL those things I've passed up along the way in my life...things I either told myself I was too fat to do or too apathetic to do...I crave it ALL and want so much to catch up and do it ALL! Preferably YESTERDAY! :-)

So SPARK ON, everyone...be your OWN inspiration and pay it forward by inspiring OTHERS TOO!

Don

  
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WISTFULVISTA 10/10/2009 9:17PM

    What's the rule? "An object in motion tends to stay in motion"? Thanks for a vivid illustration of that, Don! And moving from fear to freedom seems to take a Herculean effort, but I can only imagine the rewards! Glad you got a chance to read "The Spark" in advance... I can't wait for my copy! - Susan

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YAKWOMAN 10/10/2009 9:08AM

    Don, YOU are an amazing inspiration to me. Thank you for sharing your journey with all of us here. emoticon

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ZELLAZM 10/10/2009 6:22AM

    I loved reading that book and I can imagine it would be a special experience to hear Frank McCord read it himself! I may just have to "read" it again.

Hope you've been more comfortable sleeping!

Blessings for a weekend in motion,
Michelle

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JCORYCMA 10/10/2009 12:39AM

    I've signed up for swimming lessons at the Y starting next week. I've always been a little apprehensive about water so your blog was so timely for me! I took yoga last Sunday and why did I ever think yoga was like a relaxing nap I'll never know. Just about the time the soreness is dying down it'll be time to go again. Keep reminding me Fear to Freedom...
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ROYALETBONE 10/9/2009 9:02PM

    Thanks for this blog... fear to freedom, yes! Spark on!

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SOULCOLLAGESUE 10/9/2009 7:32PM

    I hadn't heard of Teacher Man. Thank you for sharing both his lessons. They resonate with me, as well. Your journey continues to inspire me, Don.
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ZIRCADIA 10/9/2009 2:03PM

    I read Teacher Man not too long ago -- but listening to it definitely sounds more fun. :D hehehe.

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 10/9/2009 11:58AM

    You know, there's a terror in finding something you like to do, later in life.

Take WW kayaking. I've had so many activities stolen from me by my knee injury at 17 and subsequent arthritis: running, martial arts, downhill skiing. It's one of the reasons I just gave up and gained up to 335.6 lbs. (Obviously not the only reason, but definitely a convenient excuse to use...)

I found myself close to tears on Sunday at the end of the WW kayaking trip - partly out of sheer exhaustion, and partly because I've finally found something that provides the adrenalin rush I love. And what if, at 43, I've discovered the sport too late to improve enough to enjoy it before my body falls apart?!

All I can do is push forward and see where it takes me. Drop the remaining 40 lbs. Develop my basic rolling and bracing until they're instinct. Build my core and upper body strength. And not waste time about it. I aim to do this in time for spring melt. That's almost 6 months away.

I don't even want to know what age people peak in this sport, because I don't want to be limited by anything other than my own heart and abilities. And maybe in the end, that's where we all as humans need to be. Pushing our own limits to do the things we love, in whatever capacity we can enjoy them.

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Set New 35 min. Record...Traveling

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

With the help of some great 6 mph songs I bumped my 35 min. treadmill distance covered up to 3.1 miles today...woo hoo! The songs, if anyone's interested:

The Who - My Generation (Live @ Leeds version)

Swing Out Sister - Breakout (Live @ the Jazz Cafe) although the pace slows some after the frenetic drum solo intro...still a great song to get me going!

Pat Metheny Group - Eighteen (on one of Metheny's weaker albums, Offramp, but one of my favorite upbeat, fast-paced tunes!)

Gorgeous autumn day today! Had a stuffed up allergy-nosed-night, but once I got moving things cleared for me.

Going to be traveling out to see family in Kalamazoo, MI...leaving tomorrow morning, returning Sunday. Will be in touch but not as much....too much to get out and DO! Woo hoo! :-)

Don

  
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CATH5109 10/8/2009 2:26PM

    It is good to hear about those inevitable down days/moods and then the process of recovering your spirits and getting back on track. Sometimes when I am in the middle of one of those I simply forget that the world is any other way--thankfully I generally snap out of it fairly quickly, but part of that is remembering that other people go through this too. Thanks. Cathy

I just noticed that this comment is attached to the wrong blog--shoulda been on Bouncing Back (still getting the hang of sparkpeople)

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ZELLAZM 10/7/2009 9:07AM

    Happy trails to yoooooo!

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_MAOMAO_ 10/7/2009 3:19AM

  Actually, at first I thought you'd spent 35 minutes traveling, when I read your blog title. I thought, either that's a lot of dribbling, I'd think your hands and arms would get sore, or you'd never been far from home before.
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_MAOMAO_ 10/7/2009 3:12AM

  Have a fantastically fun trip, Don! emoticon

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SOULCOLLAGESUE 10/7/2009 12:09AM

    Have a great trip, Don. A break is healthy. SP will wait; the "doing" won't. Your 3.1 in 35 sure impresses me to no end.
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WISTFULVISTA 10/6/2009 11:31PM

    Hey, Don! Have a great trip out to Kalamazoo, and we'll see you back here - same time, same station - on Sunday, then. CONGRATS on your new record :::insert wild applause here::: ! I'd forgotten about that Swing Out Sister selection, which I LOVE! Nice choice...and energizing! I like Pat Metheny, too, and have Offramp and one other of his CDs... love the sound of that crystal-clear, silvery-crisp guitar he plays! Be sure to take some tunes for the road, and I hope you see lots of brilliant fall foliage. All the best! Susan

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OUTDOORGIRL69 10/6/2009 11:01PM

    Have a good trip. I have a brother that lives in Kalamazoo, MI.
Haven't talked to him in 3 years.

Good work out. I will blog om Monday on how my 3 day 60 mile Cancer walk went.

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ZIRCADIA 10/6/2009 10:22PM

    I FREAKING LOVE that you're working out to PAT METHENY GROUP!!!! I Looooooooooooove them. So. Much.

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Bouncing Back From a *Bleh* Day...

Monday, October 05, 2009

I don't often post when things go wrong, so at least let's put something out there when things go wrong...and then RIGHT! :-)

A combination of things just had me out of sorts yesterday...allergies acting up, despite taking allergy meds (happens now & then)....sneezing, runny nose. Right inner ear continuing to have a lot of pressure, just shy of an ache. Grumpy mood and worst of all...it felt like somebody pulled the plug out of me...energy was nil all day long! It was the first day in a long, long time that I just couldn't pull myself together for any cardio.

And of course that only made me feel worse...!

So today started with oversleeping...body is trying to tell me something...! I *truly* need 8 hours sleep and so rarely get it. Although I don't SEVERELY shortchange myself, a week of 6-7 hours sleep usually has me dragging by the weekend.

But the extra sleep helped and my energy is back today for a round of treadmill time and ST w/ dumb bells, resistance bands and push ups. Now THAT was more like it!

So with that said, we're past 10:30 pm and I'm already short-changing myself...night all! :-)

Don

  
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SOULCOLLAGESUE 10/6/2009 5:35PM

    I'm there for you in all your moods. I love all types of weather; the world would be quite boring without it.

Glad your self-care paid off.
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HEALTHY_CAROLYN 10/6/2009 1:43PM

    Don, I'm with you on tending to shy away from highlighting those not-so-great days because my thinking is, it's not really going to change anything. I need to pick myself up and dust myself off. To an extent, that's true, but I think talking about them serves as not only an example that even though our spark is strong, we still have off days and also because it gives others a chance to be a support system for us. I know in every day life, I tend not to share the not-so-great things until after I've resolved them. I think I don't want to be whiney or needy, but there's a huge space between that and not letting anyone know what I'm going through. I just haven't found what that is. I don't know if you saw my message yesterday on NBS about how my day wasn't going so well, but that was my little step into changing my tight-lipped habit on not-so-great days. Way to go on making that step yourself!

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WISTFULVISTA 10/5/2009 11:56PM

    Beautiful, blazing fall...and then there are the miserable allergies! Sounds like you got a triple whammy's worth of dreary symptoms, too. Sleep is my medicine at such times, and without even trying, I sacked out for a 1 1/2-hr. nap this afternoon, in fact. I'm so glad your sleep was restorative enough to allow for a good workout. We've been hitting the microwave quite a bit for tea tonight, sinus-wise... I hope daybreak has you feeling much, much better! - Susan

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ROYALETBONE 10/5/2009 11:35PM

    Hmmm- Mama Mary says- get your 8 hours! Really- it's cold and flu season, pay attention to that need!
Argh- drama all around my house last night, I think I got about 5 hours of sleep. I'm going to go sleep on the boat tonight so that I can really sink into it. Darn neighbors dog is in heat. Whine, whine, whine... me & the dog! Tee hee.

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 10/5/2009 11:16PM

    LOL. From your description of your symptoms, I was about to suggest that it might be getting close to That Time of the Month. Then I remembered you're not likely to have those issues...

Glad you figured it out!

I actually stayed home from work today and took it easy. 6 hrs of WW kayaking this weekend really took it out of me. I felt OLD this morning.
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Eventually had to get up because the stupid CO detector decided to start beeping and I couldn't get it to shut up by resetting it, unplugging & replugging, opening windows, moving it, vacuuming it, etc. so eventually had to call the fire dept to have them bring their mobile detector and verify that it was malfunctioning.

All this meant I actually had to get UP and get DRESSED, and actually move around....

At least they didn't come with the sirens blaring. I don't think I could have handled that much drama (I told dispatch to tell them not to, if possible).

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