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One BIG Thank You!

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

...going out to everyone who sends me SparkGoodies and pep talks on my blogs and SparkPage!

Since losing out on my SparkPeople access at work and being so CRAZY/BUSY at home, etc...my SparkTime has been greatly trimmed and as much as the spirit is willing, even EAGER to jump in and catch up with you all individually, it just isn't possible these days.

In fact...if anyone is interested in co-leading any of the SparkTeams I lead I would welcome the assistance in keeping the SparkTeams hopping and lively. I feel badly over not being as involved with my Teams as I would like to be.

SparkMail me if you're interested...!



All Health Professionals: teams.sparkpeople.com/HealthPros

Binghamton Area Losers: teams.sparkpeople.com/binghamton

Laid Off But Staying Strong: (can't find the url...!)

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WILLBOYWONDER 12/9/2009 2:49PM

    I'm worried about losing my Spark access at work too. Some days when I try to log on, nothing happens. Either I get a blank page or it jumps right back to the main login screen. I am thinking that they are updating the security settings.

Anyhow, balance is so important in everything we do. Good luck as you make it all work.

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L*I*T*A* 12/9/2009 9:39AM

    so sorry to hear..........time is precious and only you can decide how you use it......we can easily overload.............all the best...........take care of you.................blessings and hugs.................lita

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USARUNNERGIRL 12/9/2009 7:47AM

    Sorry to hear about you being so busy Don. I know how hard it is to balance everything. TRUST ME. If I wasn't so busy, I would happily help you co-lead. Some days I see myself coming and going. I have been trying to leave all my "spare" (which is time I make up in my head by not doing something like ohhhh scrub the house) to get back to my hardcore workouts.

It sounds like you are trying to do the same balancing act which can be quite stressful.

I hope everything irons out for you soon. BTW, you are right, you are my hero in every since of the word. And I want to thank you for to continuing to support me as I continue my journey.

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1_AMAZING_WOMAN 12/9/2009 1:48AM

    Yeah, work is for work. Home is for play - or Sparks.


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MACKANDME 12/8/2009 11:55PM

    What teams are you co leading?

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Early Christmas!

Monday, December 07, 2009

The Leki Nordic Walking Poles ( www.leki.com/nordicWalking/nordicWal
) I won from the AARP Blue Zones Project
( www.aarpmagazine.org/health/vitality
) arrived today! Woo hoo! They list for $150! Going to have to read up
( www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness
) and watch some videos of Nordic Walking in action and get ready to try it out!

Keeping up with my 'mill and logging the food. For the first time ever after a treadmill session yesterday I had a peculiar soreness in the upper left quad area so I backed off the intensity today (from 5 mph to 4 mph, dropping the 12 incline to 10) but stuck with it longer and stretched for a longer period afterward. Hoping it's just a passing thing.

Hope everyone's SPARKING their way through this holiday season! :-)


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FERRETLOVER1 12/8/2009 8:42AM

    I've never used poles for walking - I'll be interested in reading about how it goes for you.

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ZELLAZM 12/8/2009 6:49AM

    Woohoo! Welcome to the ranks of Nordic walkers! You'll have fun with your new poles. I have to admit, I'm a little envious of your state-of-the-art equipment.

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L*I*T*A* 12/7/2009 9:38PM

    i have walking poles too.......you will find it is a great exercise and you burn more calories then normal walking too...............great benefit too........i think there is a nordic walking team here.......hope the soreness is mearly a sore muscle..................blessings and hugs.................lita

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A Rash of Spark Spreading!

Sunday, December 06, 2009

I'm telling EVERYONE about SP! Today I read in our local newspaper about a new fitness trainer who was on Biggest Loser....just opened his own business. I sent him an e-mail singing the praises of SP and encouraged him to spread the SPARK to his clients!

I ALSO read about a local pharmacy offering self-help support groups, and then a registered dietitian...emailed them both about SP too!

Last week I met with our local bariatric surgeon and spoke with HIM about SP and the benefits, encouraging him to suggest SP to his clients.

Earlier in the fall I wrote to both of our local colleges health departments encouraging them to leave SparkPeople fliers around for the new college students coming in.

Occasionally some folks around me roll their eyes when I get on a Spark kick, but hey, when you've found something as special as SparkPeople how can you NOT pay it forward?!? :-)

I've been bouncing back, getting in my daily cardio and 3 x week ST. Tracking my food and doing okay...we'll see what my Weds. weigh-in brings in the way of results!


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ZIRCADIA 12/7/2009 8:43PM

    You are the most SPARK SPREADINGEST person I know!! :D Rock on!

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ZELLAZM 12/7/2009 2:44PM

    WTG on sharing the Spark, Don! You've gotta be one of the site's biggest cheerleaders!

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USARUNNERGIRL 12/7/2009 10:42AM

    Great sparking Don! I try to tell everyone about spark. I get the eye rolls, but I get an equal amount of people grateful for the suggestion.

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INTOTHEJAM2 12/7/2009 9:53AM

    Very good idea. Didn't think about writing all of those people. I would love to get more people in my area into Spark, and I think this may be a great way to do it. Thanks!!

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FERRETLOVER1 12/7/2009 7:40AM

    I've been spreading the Spark to my TOPS group (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) as well as my doctor.

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FLAWLESSCUBE 12/7/2009 4:22AM

    WHoo hoo Don, I can't wait to get into my MD office in a week or two and show them what SP has done. Your profile image is amazing. WTg You are changing lives and inspiring those around you not just in our cyber world but also in your hometown. Your neighbors have a good friend in you, even if they do roll their eyes at your SP kick. Keep on Sparking.

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L*I*T*A* 12/7/2009 12:09AM

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FHAMWEY 12/6/2009 11:03PM

    Great job Don! I know what it is like to have people roll your eyes but how can they deny the changes that occur in you. It is the excitement and enthusiasm of your healthy lifestyle that will get people involved. Keep it up! You are doing great! I hope you get the results you want on the scale!

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Reflections: Planning to Plan

Friday, December 04, 2009

Adding to my reflections over my Thanksgiving weekend setback...had read JCORYCMA's blog "Planning to Plan," ( www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
) which inspired a few more thoughts. Ever read Joseph Heller's "Catch-22"...? Where he keeps replaying the same plot over and over, fleshing it out a bit more each time? Guess I'm doing that a bit here too.

Planning is the ticket, that's for sure!

Sometimes we have to plan above and BEYOND our plans, though...! For instance although I brought my shorts and t-shirt along so that I would have clothes for working out I did NOT plan for the hotel to charge $20 a day for use of the exercise facilities. Although I DID have the thought of getting out and going for a walk / jog I didn't follow through on this thought. Had I thought this through AHEAD of time and made a deal with myself to ACT on this plan I believe the odds might have been greater that I would have done so. I could have had a back up plan of a regimen of calisthenics, stretches, etc. which I could have done right in our room.

Buffets: At home my DW and I often go to Old Country Buffet and I've gotten that down to a science and can make healthy choices there and not go "astray." There was a buffet where we were staying and I thought: no problem! I've got this buffet thing down to a science! Well, don't know about your taste buds, but one of the things that helps me at Old Country Buffet is that their desserts totally SUCK! They're "known quantities."

Um...that was not the case with THIS buffet! Such a TERRIBLE mistake to begin to sample those desserts...! So...unless it's a buffet I *know* to be safe...best to avoid such places!

We had taken some apples and Flatout wraps for healthy snacking. One of the first thing I did upon arriving was to carry a 15 pack of bottled water back to the hotel on my shoulder. Began refilling the bottles from the tap which wasn't too bad for a change. Another snack I would have liked to have brought was a bag of baby carrots...just not enough room so I had to leave 'em in the car. But it was helpful to find them there when we returned to the car at the airport. Healthy snacking while driving home...felt like I was already reclaiming my routine!

Trying to make this more than a confessional...more like a detective teasing out the details of a MAJOR crime scene...lol!

Had a fine lunch today while out with my colleagues: Baby spinach salad with a piece of grilled chicken on top and vinaigrette dressing. It was yummy and I didn't feel deprived at all. Enjoy the off-work chit-chat with others.

Have a terrific weekend out there everyone and...be *careful* out there! :-)


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DONNELDA22 12/6/2009 11:09AM

    Way to Go! Planning to Plan. Contingency Planning. That's something most of don't do well. Or even think about. Thanks for the reminder. I'm going out for dinner next week. I am going to phone them and check out their menu so I will be prepared before I go.

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RENA1965 12/6/2009 3:09AM

    Keep at it, plans can get screwed up sometimes- better to have some form of attack then go totally unprepared and totally loss it.. The 20 dollar a day to use facilities would have me stand offish too.. Despite the dessert issue you didn't do too badly.. Practise makes perfect- to another time- perhaps find another hotel near a ymca or a gym with more reasonable short term rates..

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FERRETLOVER1 12/5/2009 8:44AM

    Planning is key to success. Sounds like you learned your lesson and are now on the right track again. Keep up the great work!

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ZELLAZM 12/5/2009 4:55AM

    Just think of what a long way you've come when you compare the way you handled your trip to how you might have done things in the past!

Thanks for the very timely reminder to be careful out there - I'm going caroling with a group from church and we'll be offered cookies at just about every stop. I plan to enjoy one or two, but that's IT!

Blessings this weekend,

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JCORYCMA 12/4/2009 10:28PM

    Thanks for adding your inspired thoughts to my blog and including the link. My hubby and I were talking vacation ideas for next spring and your blog made me realize I will need to be extra careful with the planning for exercise and eating wherever we go! So glad to see that you are getting right back in control. Just a little setback, but ONEderland is still within your vision!

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Another Factor...!

Friday, December 04, 2009

All of your wonderful support reminded me of another factor which tipped the scales the wrong way for me:

No 'net! There was absolutely NO free internet while I was away! I'd never seen such a thing! Even the municipal free wi-fi wouldn't connect! So I was cut off from SparkPeople and all of our wisdom here...! Not that this should make me *helpless*, but it was yet one more element to my stumble.

Off to work...today is our holiday lunch at our local favorite Italian restaurant...am brainstorming healthy options for myself...stay tuned!

Nailed my 'millwork first thing...35 mins. 5 mph, 12 incline...YES! :-)


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BEAMISH7 12/7/2009 11:36AM

    The giving and receiving of support is a HUGE part of any challenge we take on in our lives. Me things that your awareness of the effect of its absence on you is a big insight. Your background, by the way, it gorgeous.

Have a great and active day.

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USARUNNERGIRL 12/7/2009 10:44AM

    Glad to have you back Don. Sorry about the no net thing. I had that problem in my own home for awhile. It really does through me off too, so I can relate. Now that I am back online at home, I am hitting a better groove.

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ZELLAZM 12/4/2009 3:49PM

    Welcome back and WTG for heading for the treadmill first thing!

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FERRETLOVER1 12/4/2009 8:29AM

    Glad to have you back in the world of the 'net & SparkPeople. Being aware that you need to plan ahead for your favorite restaurant is the first step. You will make a sensible choice, I'm sure. Remember, if the portion is huge like at most Italian restaurants, ask to have 1/2 of it doggy bagged!!

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JCORYCMA 12/4/2009 8:29AM

    Welcome back. The restaurant is a challenge today but I know you handle it!
Keep us posted!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 12/4/2009 8:27AM

    Absolutely true. And one of the reasons I'm actually considering dropping the Tracfone and going to another cell provider.

Because Tracfone won't let me access mobile.sparkpeople.com, and I don't think I want to be away from the nutrition tracker that long, again.

Even WITH logging everything on paper, I still backslid!

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L*I*T*A* 12/4/2009 8:12AM

    so glad you are back..............a lot of this may very well be related to increased soduim intake...........you will get this off.............. this is just a bump on life's road..........take care........we are here for you.............blessings and hugs............lita

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