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Pausing To Measure Progress

Thursday, February 18, 2010

A couple days ago I managed to bang my knee and as it was too sore I was off the treadmill. Today I couldn't tolerate yet one MORE day off my 'mill so I decided to get on, but at 4 mph rather than my usual 5+ mph. Used the same incline of 10.

Now a pretty steady constant for me and my 'millwork is that I start sweating around 15 mins. into my workout. I sweat enough to start swabbing with the towel I keep nearby and turn on the built in fan (kicking in my "afterburner"...lol) on my treadmill. I may sweat a little earlier when adjusting to a speed I've recently bumped up to.

Tonight I didn't start sweating enough to bother with the fan until I was 40 mins. into my routine! My body's so accustomed to the 5 mph effort that 4 mph doesn't have NEARLY the effect it used to! I'm sure that must be an indicator of the level of fitness to which I've risen...woo hoo!

Late, darn it...off to bed...keep SPARKING everyone! :-)

Don

  
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JEANNEADAIR 2/20/2010 12:57PM

    Hope your knee is completely better soon.

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USARUNNERGIRL 2/19/2010 10:50PM

    Ahhh so sorry you got an injury. Hope your knee heals up so you can get back to the new pace you like to cruise the mill on. Take care and get that knee well.

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DOLLIE6 2/19/2010 7:11PM

    Sounds like you know what to do. Keep on Sparking.

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VEMAN1 2/19/2010 3:50PM

    Way to struggle through some level of exercise. I stressed my plantar in my right foot yesterday. I had to stretch it a bit today to get through the workout. And, it feels pretty good. Remember to ice it even if you don't think it will help.

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L*I*T*A* 2/19/2010 12:22PM

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blessings and hugs.............lita

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FERRETLOVER1 2/19/2010 8:19AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon(There's no emoticon with a guy on the treadmill - sorry about that!)

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JCORYCMA 2/19/2010 12:15AM

    Too funny! I thought I was the only one who could time her workout by how far my sweat had spread! Like you too, if I need to ramp it up a bit, I can tell if it's effective by how much sooner I start to sweat. I always held to the etiquette when speaking about females - women perspire. However, when I work out, I SWEAT!
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KATRINA333 2/19/2010 12:14AM

    Well done! I found that I really needed my rest days and that I underestimated their contribution to my health plan. Sometimes our body gives us these small injuries so that we 'rest' and recover. Good for you for listening and adjusting to your body's needs.

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PUDDLE_JUMPER 2/18/2010 11:59PM

    Sometimes a little moderation is necessary. With my joint replacement, I need to take it easy some days. It swells up and I have to slow down. I think I may need to look back into that chair exercise team and check out some of those work outs for when I am knee sore. You are like the energizer bunny, you keep going even when you take a licking. I need to get some of that spirit. I walked today but now I am swollen. So, tomorrow, maybe I'll check back into the chair team for those off days.

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TREATL 2/18/2010 11:38PM

    Sorry you were injured. You made an intelligent decision to "cool it" (exercise-wise) for a couple of days. Interesting observation about training intensity. Get better soon, okay?

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And a FOURTH member of SparkPeople was ALSO THERE!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Introducing BAMOM19! As she says on her SparkPage: "I am 54 years old and I've lost 143 pounds and kept it off for 4 years now."

Regular hat's OFF, PARTY Hat's ON to celebrate Diane's accomplishments!

Here is a link to her SparkPage:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=BA
MOM19


And HERE is a link to the 2008 USA Today Article Featuring Diane and her tremendous accomplishments! She did a wonderful job of Spreading the Spark through this article TOO!

www.usatoday.com/news/health/weightl
oss/2008-04-20-weight-loss-reuter_N.htm


Sadly we hadn't known in advance about our being together at this event, but it's wonderful to discover it now!

Also, while we're talking MAINTENANCE, let me pass along the news that another one of our Big Losers, 4A-HEALTHY-BMI, is writing blogs related to the science and success of maintaining long term weight loss at Second Helping Online:

www.secondhelpingonline.com/?p=1845

What a wonderful SparkFamily we have here!

Nite all!

Don

  
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PUDDLE_JUMPER 2/18/2010 11:55PM

    You are very a very supportive member of team Spark!!!

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KEENTINA 2/18/2010 5:34PM

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I will have to try the SecondHelping site later - it's not coming up right now.

They are certainly inspiring, aren't they?

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L*I*T*A* 2/18/2010 10:02AM

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

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COLOURFULME 2/18/2010 1:25AM

    I will check all your blogs out during the weekend! At work I can't watch youtube, is blocked, and many other links give an error message. Has to do with their policy for web use at work.


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JCORYCMA 2/17/2010 10:45PM

    Thanks for the inspiring links!
Joanne

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OUTDOORGIRL69 2/17/2010 10:21PM

    Thanks Don for your blog today. It was well worth reading.

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Thank You Everyone!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Just a quickie tonight as, alas, SP is once again blocked @ work...sigh...!

Thx for all your support! I'm hoping this Dr. Oz episode will inspire more folks in need to have hope, catch the SPARK and reclaim their LIVES! :-)

Some links below to various segments of the show:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=wf-5ZuI9Odc

www.youtube.com/watch?v=etoxj1u0izo

www.youtube.com/watch?v=qY27i-FBTMU

www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ctB6UILbX4

www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZK-kCVhTLg

www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOGY-yg7H_Y

Enjoy!

Don

  
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DAVEOZ 3/3/2010 11:06AM

    I remember seeing you. I have to wonder about the panty hose though on Richard. emoticon

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COLOURFULME 2/21/2010 8:33AM

    Indeed thank you soooooooo much to share it and nice to see you in moving along in the last video! Hit the road Don!

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LEELYNN2 2/18/2010 9:39AM

    loved the show; thanks for the links!

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OUTDOORGIRL69 2/17/2010 10:58PM

    Thanks Don. It was very inspiring.

God Bless

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KELLI9001 2/17/2010 9:31PM

    Oh...I was in tears listening to these. Thanks so much for posting the links. I really wanted to see the show but missed it. Absolutely FANTASTIC. Glad such an awesome person like yourself had the opportunity to participate. Hats off to you!

You are 1 fine man!
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PAWPER 2/17/2010 8:44PM

  Don Saw the whole show. It was amazing and I know you were in disbelief to be there. Congratulations on all your fantastic accomplishments. The smile on your face about says it all. One happy guy! Keep up the attitude and keep on goin' on.

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USARUNNERGIRL 2/17/2010 8:18PM

    Thank you for the links Don.

Spark is about to be banned possibly at my job too. emoticon

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DDOORN 2/17/2010 7:56PM

    Yes, I am in what they referred to as the "pit" to the right of Dr. Oz in the 2nd link...about in the middle of that group.

Don

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KEENTINA 2/17/2010 7:29PM

    Don - Thanks for the links! I missed the show since it's on during my work shift!

Are you in the group behind Dr. Oz on his intro during the Richard Simmons segment? (the 2nd link) I never knew Simmons was a heavy kid.

4A-HEALTHY-BMI: I haven't ever heard that either. I worked for the Arthritis Foundation for about a year and they don't have any research to support that either. There is no cure for arthritis and children (even infants and toddlers) can get it. Joint replacement surgery is an option for some but some medical plans won't pay for it partly because it's fairly new and the decision-makers don't always understand the procedure nor the benefits. Arthritis and chronic pain are often seen as hypocondriac diseases or "the invisible disability" because you appear healthy. Chiropractors can see the bone spurs of arthritis on an xray but medical doctors don't recognize it.

I was lucky - my doctor said "No one can feel someone else's pain." I soak a lot - that hot bath works wonders! - and I'm always taking ibuprophen. I don't want the surgery right now but I do hear a lot of people who swear by it. Others have a long, hard recovery. Good luck with your surgery when it comes!

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SIRCATNIP1 2/17/2010 7:05PM

    Gee, it seems I know a genuine bonafide celebrity TV star. Congrats, Don, this is awesome.

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L*I*T*A* 2/17/2010 12:33PM

    emoticon emoticonthanks for sharing.............blessings and hugs.......lita

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 2/17/2010 3:47AM

    Thanks for putting these up - it was fun to see you and BOTZZZ in the audience!

I have a bone to pick with the segment about the knees, however (and yes, pun intended). I have never read any evidence that damaged cartilage or arthritis can be repaired by losing weight, and my personal experience is not consistent with his claim, either. And I've read a lot on this, since my own knee was damaged at 17 and I've been living with it ever since.

The pain can be lessened and additional damage can be prevented, but there will be no repair in there. The body is not "healing itself" in this case. It's just a matter of physics - less pressure on a joint can help it hurt less. But cartilage damage and arthritis are not reversible, and will not go away or lessen.

I still cannot do any kind of impact activities without stiffness and pain afterward, although I've lost 180 lbs, have a BMI under 24, and have less than 20% body fat and massive quads from weight lifting and spinning.

I have no idea how orange wedges are supposed to illustrate "repair" of the joint, since you're never going to be able to PUT BACK the pulp inside an orange once it's damaged or gone. And that is exactly the case with a knee, as well.

He started with a NEW, DIFFERENT orange, and that's what the doctors recommend for me - a knee replacement. But not until 20 years from now...

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DAISES2 2/17/2010 1:27AM

    thank you don.i have just spent an hour looking at rhese clips and other links.thank you so much.

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SUZIAND 2/16/2010 11:34PM

    Awww man! I didn't catch your earlier blog until now and missed the show! : ( Will you have any clips of it that you can link on here? I would soooo love to see it!!! I'm glad the world got to see one of the biggest inspirations here! (That would be you, Don! )

Take care!!!

Suz

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Update: Tomorrow's Dr. Oz Show (Tues. 2/16)

Monday, February 15, 2010

Through a chance communication I have identified the third member of SparkPeople who was also at the Dr. Oz show along with BOTZZ and myself! Diane was featured extensively on the show and has, as her member name proclaims, lost 150 pounds, while living an active life and having SEVEN children! You can visit ILOST150POUNDS SparkPage here:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=IL
OST150POUNDS


But more importantly, as she lost her weight long before joining SparkPeople last year, you can visit Diane's ongoing blogs at:

www.fittothefinish.com/blog/

Her most recent blog highlights her experiences with the Dr. Oz show. She was featured extensively and able to share some of her tips and experiences on the show. Her latest blog even features a link to a promo clip of the show:

www.doctoroz.com/videos/tuesday-dr-o
z


What an honor it is to have such a long-time weight loss champion as part of our SparkFamily! Stop by her SparkPage and give her a HIGH-FIVE for her accomplishments!

Don

  
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HICALGAL 2/16/2010 5:47PM

    i dvr dr. oz shows and i'm looking forward to it. thanks for sharing! emoticon

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ZIRCADIA 2/16/2010 2:57PM

    I saw you on TV. :) I haven't finished watching the show yet but you've already been on screen several times, I think they liked your section of the audience? Congrats! :D

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PUDDLE_JUMPER 2/16/2010 11:19AM

    I like her website. I am going to look into it more.

I hope to see the show on hulu.

I am rooting for you, Don!!!

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FERRETLOVER1 2/16/2010 9:29AM

    I'm really looking forward to the show!!

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KELLI9001 2/16/2010 8:40AM

    Wow, thanks for the info! Will check out her page.

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THINMAMAWARD 2/16/2010 6:50AM

    Thanks Don, can't wait to see you on the show.

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COLOURFULME 2/16/2010 3:11AM

    Thank you for sharing this with us!
Hope to see the show online!
Keep up the good work!

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DAISES2 2/16/2010 12:25AM

    i have'nt checked these links out yet but i will.i really want to watch the show but living in england it will not be aired here for a long time i don't think.what network or channel will air it.again well done

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JIMDAB 2/15/2010 11:39PM

    Thanks DD, I'll be watching. And congratulations to you!
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OUTDOORGIRL69 2/15/2010 10:38PM

    I look forward to seeing it.

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L*I*T*A* 2/15/2010 9:44PM

    congratulations again and looking forward to seeing the show tomorrow........blessings and hugs..............lita

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USARUNNERGIRL 2/15/2010 9:27PM

    Thank you for the information Don. I will check her out. WOOHOO.

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JCORYCMA 2/15/2010 9:08PM

    Thanks for sharing these links with us. Diane's blog about her Dr. Oz show experience was very interesting. It's just been such a pleasure for me to follow you and Botzzz and now Diane's experiences with the Dr. Oz show through your respective blogs! I've got my DVR set up and ready!
Joanne

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LUCKYLADY777 2/15/2010 8:10PM

    A Spark Star is born!! I will check out her video and her blogs, thanks for sharing ....... emoticon

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...the REST of the Story...!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Back again with more about my NYC / Dr. Oz experience!

First of all, my "semi" big news: For a few short hours, before ever leaving for NYC I blew through 200 and weighed in at 198 the morning of SuperBowl Sunday! But then my home-made chili and a few other relatively healthy, but higher calorie foods struck! 204 the very next DAY!, 203 the next, 202 the next...so I'm going to keep working on this, but seeing my recent pictures from my travels has me feeling pretty good about my accomplishments and ONEderland doesn't have *quite* the magical lure it used to...feeling pretty good about where I'm at these days! Of course, since I DID technically break through 200 I'm STILL making plans for my bicycle upgrade...lol!

We stayed at a pretty reasonably-priced, yet well-maintained, pleasantly-staffed hotel...The Hotel @ Times Square, 46th St. near 6th Ave. Little did I know that this stretch of 46th is referred to as "Little Brazil"...some of my favorite music comes from Brazil! They offered a basic continental breakfast and discounted parking at the garage across the street...$30 / day instead of $50 (BOTH prices blew me away...lol!). Best of all it was only minutes away from Rockefeller Center and NBC studios...although it felt like a lot MORE than a few minutes sloshing our way through the wind, snow and slop!



There was a decent workout area in the basement with two treadmills (LifeFitness) a stair stepper, stationary bike (broken) and a first for me: The Power Vibe...!

www.powervibeusa.com/community/video

VERY strange gadget...didn't stay on it for long...shakes the living daylights outta ya! Not LARGE shakes, but fine, FAST vibrations...at least my fillings managed to stay in place...lol! Kind of hard to fathom the health benefits, although I believe Coach Nicole once reviewed this and selectively vouched for it.

Managed to work in my treadmill time Tuesday night, Weds. and Thurs. keeping up my 5 mph jogs for 40-45 mins.

Food? Kept it VERY simple! Had a cooler full of veggies and healthy stuff. Ate not a SINGLE meal out about in the Big Apple...! Wanted to keep it CHEAP and HEALTHY!

On to the SHOW! Of course, no pictures were allowed inside the studios where the filming took place...have to wait for the show to air to see this. The stories, tips, strategies shared by folks were all VERY familiar and you will see much of yourselves and hear things that have very much been echoed by many here at SparkPeople. Some of the 100 have gone on to become personal trainers. Some are blogging away to help others. Helping, caring and supporting others...this was the GREATEST common denominator that I heard throughout the show!

Say what you will about Richard Simmons...roll your eyes, poke your friends over his schtick, but I was truly impressed by HIS story, his SPIRITUALITY and HIS motivation! There has been a lot of talk among those of us who have reached our goals about the challenge of maintaining. Richard has been maintaining for 40+ YEARS! I figure he may have learned a thing or two along the way...?

He spoke of an obvious motivator, that of going public and having ALL of his fans, etc. looking up to him: How could he POSSIBLY regain?!?! But then he also spoke of the tremendous BOOST he receives by having inspired so many others to go on and make wonderful changes in THEIR lives! Yes he's all hyperbole, but he truly is the REAL DEAL...! And he helped me to better understand my own motivation. Hat's off to Richard!

Trivia: His first studio was named "Slimmons," cute, eh? :-)

Dr. Oz expressed some great Pollan-isms such as his preference for food that is as least processed as possible and closest to "real" food...sentiments which ALWAYS go over well with me!

The staff of the Dr. Oz show were all very positive, pleasant, respectful. All seemed to really enjoy their work! I had to wonder about the comedian / master of ceremonies guy though...could you imagine the CHALLENGE of waking up everyday knowing you had to go into the studio and yuck it up with the crowd, keeping things all lightness and bright 5 days a week, all year long...?!?! I think I just thought of a story line for a new flix...lol!

Here are a couple of pics of me at NBC Studios:





It was a TRUE pleasure to meet up with BOTZZZ and match up our REAL selves with the VIRTUAL ones we'd known up until then...! :-)



BOTZZZ was kind enough to take a pic of me with Richard, which I'm posting, even if I DO have a goofy look...lol:



Here are a few pics of the skating rink @ Rockefeller Plaza:





A few of Times Square during our snowy night-time walk:











So I'm back home, instead of traveling on as we originally planned to visit our son in GA...too many stories of snow & formidable weather everywhere...! Scrapped those plans for a sunnier time later in the year.

Been keeping up the pace on my 'mill at home, with an hour @ 5 mph, 10 incline both yesterday and today.

Spark ON Everyone! Have a happy, healthy heart-filled weekend!

Don

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SANDICANE 9/27/2014 8:22AM

    Woo hoo! We're going back to goal weight together! Wow, you met Dr. Oz! I think he's pretty cool and your pics were super.

Looking forward to reading your "I'm back" blog, whenever it comes.

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WATERMELLEN 9/26/2014 9:40PM

    Fantastic!! What a great experience, and I'm thrilled you're back to OZ size!!!

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ZELLAZM 3/8/2014 5:22AM

    Where was I when you posted this back in 2010?! What a great report and love the photo with Richard Simmons. As wild as he is, he does come across as very genuine. Looking forward to hearing you've reached goal again. And I'll be right behind you!

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RAINBOWFALLS 3/5/2014 8:21AM

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STARDUSTD 2/13/2011 11:42AM

  Wow, how exciting! How did you get chosen as a one of the 100? (Through SP?) And even though this was a year ago at this point, I'm gonna give you a emoticon for sticking to your healthy routine while there!

Oh yeah, and gotta say....I am soooooooooo jealous that you met Richard! I absolutely love him, have since high school..even considered saving up for his Cruise to Lose just to meet him (but it's so much more expensive than just the regular Carnival cruise! don't know if I can justify that one). Anyway, my eyes about popped out of my head when I saw your pic with him. emoticon hahaha

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PUDDLE_JUMPER 2/16/2010 11:13AM

    What a fantastic adventure! Richard Simmons had a positive effect on me when I was a teenager because of his positive attitude! I was thin then though pudgy and on diets a few times a child. He kind of gave me hope! Kind of like you do, Don! Keep up the great work!!! You and the others on the show are a great inspiration to those who are working towards the same goals and to those who don't think that they can do it!!!

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HEALTHY_CAROLYN 2/15/2010 7:37PM

    This was so much fun to read and will give some depth to seeing the show tomorrow. Thanks for sharing!

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GMN5153 2/15/2010 5:00PM

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How incredible that the Spark is spreading!!You are such a motivation to so many!!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 2/15/2010 8:01AM

    Glad you had such a good time! Hope someone will tape the show so I can watch it sometime...

I've always kind of liked Simmons. He's consistent, if nothing else! And there clearly *is* something else 'cuz he's been going forever.

Say what you want about iPods but I'm sticking by mine - the food tracker on it saved me during that long trip to CA. The fact that it stores music is an added side bonus. LOL

And congrats on seeing 1-der-land. You'll be back there soon for good, I suspect!

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MOM5INFL 2/15/2010 7:04AM

    Congratulations on your Oz appearance! Sounds like a great experience! Thanks for the tip about Richard Simmons. I've never thought about him as a weight loss/maintenance idol. Over 40 years of maintenance..you bet I'm going to be learning more about him! Keep Sparking! Birdie.

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FERRETLOVER1 2/14/2010 9:16AM

    Thank you for sharing your trip with us. I love Richard Simmons - yes, he's goofy...but like you said...40+ years! Wow! And he ain't no spring chicken...yet he keeps on going like the Energizer Bunny!

I loved seeing the pictures of New York - I love New York and kinda wish I could live there.



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CARRIE1948 2/14/2010 7:38AM

    I think you have to be positive about ANYONE, including Richard Simmons, who lost weight and then tried to get Americans up off their couches.

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SOULCOLLAGESUE 2/14/2010 2:08AM

    Congratulations on your first taste of ONEderland, ONEderful Don! Thanks for taking us along on your trip. Wow! I agree re Richard Simmons, sensed a sincere soul way back when. I tape the Dr. Oz show daily, though only get to watch a few (pick and choose), usually during strength training exercises. Sorry it didn't get to work to visit your son; sounded like a smart idea to wait till the snow gives way to sunshine. SUPER photos. I am so glad you enjoyed yourselves so much, and appreciate your photo with Richard. That's SO cool!

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_VALEO_ 2/14/2010 1:15AM

    Thanks for your sharing your day. Wonderful review and great pictures!
Glad you could find an affordable and nice hotel in this expensive city and meet some Sparkers.
I'm very impressed that you didn't go out to eat a slice of pizza or else, especially in this city, and more impressed that you found time to exercise. Never stepped on a Power vibe, it is a bit weird to be shaked like that, isn't it?

What a great day, and awesome experience you had!


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USARUNNERGIRL 2/13/2010 11:51PM

    You are fabulous Don slightly above or below the 200's. Love the pictures and the story. Can't wait until I see the show this week. Woohoo to you.

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SATYAGRAHA 2/13/2010 9:10PM

    Woohoo! Glad to hear you had such a positive experience at the Dr. Oz show. And good for you for sticking to your routine and healthy habits while in NYC! That's quite the accomplishment considering the plethora of amazing food available there! emoticon

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JCORYCMA 2/13/2010 8:58PM

    So many great positives in this blog! Awesome about dipping below that 200 lb. mark. You'll get there again I'm sure, but you look fabulous in your pics and if you feel good than you are right not to obsess about it. I am just in awe that you went into NYC and didn't feel the need to sample any pizza -- a particular weakness of mine. I'm reading my DVR how-to guide tonight so I am ready for the big day. I'm sure I'll be excited and trying to point you and Botzzz out to my DH. Keep up the inspiring 'mill work! You may not be a personal trainer, but you still inspire so many of us! And what a claim to fame - you got your pic taken with the one, the only, BOTZZZ! Oh yeah - Richard Simmons too! Lol!
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L*I*T*A* 2/13/2010 7:19PM

    what wonderful memories you will have........you look fanatstic............love your pictures.....thanks for sharing.........blessings and hugs..............lita

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VALERIEMAHA 2/13/2010 6:08PM

    Informative heart-full blog, Don. Wonderful experience, wonderful sharing!
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JAE_HENNINGTON 2/13/2010 5:18PM

  wonderful blog, thanks for sharing, I love Richard he is goofy acting but underneath it all is this person who knows about struggle with weight and a big heart, when I feel down i go to his books for motivation

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PRINCESSNURSE 2/13/2010 5:13PM

    Thanks for sharing! I can't wait to see the show--I have my DVR set to record it already!

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