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Holy Moly! You People are WONDERFUL!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

I am just BLOWN away by the heartfelt outpouring of support everyone has shown for my wife! Everything went well with her surgery...not a single problem!

Talk about the power of prayer and positive thinking!

Recovery and healing has begun. This is likely one of the most painful surgeries a person can have and let me tell you my wife can wholeheartedly attest to THAT!

Keep sending those thoughts and prayers...she's been incredibly strong throughout this but the road ahead is likely to seem OH so long at times.

Shortly after my wife's surgery began I decided I had WAY too much nervous energy to sit around and twiddle my thumbs so I got out for a SUPER run / walk in this little town that was digging itself out from under last night's snow storm. 23 degrees and I started out with a coat, scarf and gloves...one by one I shed them all as I buzzed along channeling my heart strength to DW until I was carrying everything in my arm and running with only a sweater and jeans on. I met a lot of cheery people enjoying the snow day and shoveling their walks, coming back to the hospital with the REDDEST cheeks and flush with life and good will!

Thank you, thank you and THANK YOU again for ALL the power of your thoughts and prayers!!

Don

  
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IMSMILEY88 1/15/2011 10:34PM

    Glad to hear things went well!

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SDPARTON 1/14/2011 11:19PM

    I am so excited for the both of you! The power of prayer when more than one come together is incredible! I believe so much in prayer and I am so thankful for each and everyone that had a hand in her surgery! Let her know that SDPARTON was checking on her and that she has been on my mind! I will keep you all lifted up in my daily prayers!

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SONGBUDDHA 1/14/2011 6:22PM

    We've been thinking of you so much the past days. We'll keep it up, and you keep it up too! Much Love,
annjie

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MRDPOLING 1/14/2011 4:38PM

    That is the bestest news for the wifey!

Also loved the idea of running instead of sitting around worrying!

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PSSN4FITNESS 1/14/2011 1:12PM

    I am so happy that your wife's surgery went well. You are surely a source of strength for her in these times. I will definitely send a prayer for her smooth recovery!.

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FUZZMARTIN 1/13/2011 9:51PM

    That's great news! My prayers are with you and your wife!

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WATERMELLEN 1/13/2011 9:46PM

    This is great great news: and like you I believe wholeheartedly in the power of postive energy.

All best for continued steady physical recovery for your wife, and emotionally for you too: this has to have been quite an ordeal.

Running is good!!

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BELTONWALKER67 1/13/2011 3:06PM

    So glad the surgery is over and that all went well. Glad you also got out for awhile and relieved some of the stress by running. Good for you! Please keep us posted and know that you and your family are being thought of & prayed for on a daily basis.

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CHANGE4FIT 1/13/2011 10:27AM

    Please keep us all posted! Postive thoughts and prayers for her and your entire family!
PJ

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ZELLAZM 1/13/2011 10:04AM

    Good news...will be praying for her as she heals! I know you'll be a blessing to her during the recovery.

All the best to you both!

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RAINBOWFALLS 1/13/2011 9:59AM

    I am so glad you posted to let us know. I was hoping for a great outcome and it sounds promising. Good job putting your restless energy to work for you!

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    So glad it went well. emoticon emoticon

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ANDYINBC 1/13/2011 9:27AM

    So glad to hear she is doing well!

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LADYGWEN25 1/13/2011 8:53AM

    SO GLAD to hear Willow is doing well... Will keep you both in my thoughts and prayers for continued success in recovery.

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DAYHIKER 1/13/2011 8:47AM

    I'm so glad to know that it is continuing to go well with her and that you have not turned to food in the stress! You are both in our thoughts and prayers.

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DAISYBELL6 1/13/2011 7:08AM

    Wonderful!

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JLITT62 1/13/2011 5:29AM

    So glad to hear everything went well! My husband had open heart surgery as a kid for a congenital heart defect -- has the scars to prove that! Hope the recovery goes well & quickly.

Great job on channeling that energy into a run rather than food!

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SSGBRAVO 1/13/2011 1:07AM

    Haven't really been following what has been going on with your wife, but I will definitely be keeping this situation in my thoughts and prayers. Keep that running up! It's a very good stress reliever!

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COLOURFULME 1/13/2011 12:57AM

    Relieved to read everything went fine.

You rock!

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KESTREL500 1/12/2011 11:58PM

    Glad to hear your wife's surgery went well. Best wishes for a speedy recovery and a quick return home.

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TRUELOU 1/12/2011 11:27PM

    So happy her surgery went well and will continue to pray for her speedy recovery:)


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SCOTTK3000 1/12/2011 11:20PM

    sounds great! will keep sending!
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XENA1956 1/12/2011 11:15PM

    Don, so glad you wife is doing so well. Makes my husbands little appendectomy seem like nothing compared to heart surgery.
Blessings on you and your family. Best wishes to a speedy recovery. Love ya, Teri

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OUTDOORGIRL70 1/12/2011 11:00PM

    Don....

The power of prayer is great. I know that for a fact. Prayers will be there till she is home and back on her feet. I know from experience all about the heart.

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God Bless

Ida

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EDWINA172 1/12/2011 10:22PM

    I'm praying for her. Spark is such a wonderful supportive site. I'm glad you have felt such an outpouring of love. Good luck to your wife.

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ACIMPEGGY 1/12/2011 10:17PM

    I am so happy she is recovering...it will be better day by day.

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HDHAWK 1/12/2011 10:14PM

    So glad to hear your wife's surgery went well. Here's hoping she recovers quickly. emoticon

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L*I*T*A* 1/12/2011 10:09PM

    sending more positive thoughts and prayers...
so glad to hear all is going well...
what a relief you must feel!!!
blessings and hugs........lita

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VALERIEMAHA 1/12/2011 10:07PM

    The unthankful heart...discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings!
-- Henry Ward Beecher

Don,

That is AWESOME news about DW. The metta continues.

You give so much! What would you expect??? What goes around comes around!!!
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PICKANYNAME 1/12/2011 10:04PM

  An attitude of gratitude always warms the heart!!!! My prayers for continued healing to your wife, along with strength for you to help her through it!

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Healing Thoughts & Prayers

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Apologies for lack of time for words...but:

we're heading off to the hospital in the middle of a snowstorm for my wife's open heart surgery.

Appreciate it if our SparkFamily can keep her in your thoughts and prayers!

Will be back when I can to update folks!

Don

  
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SASSYCHRIS1952 1/21/2011 4:07AM

    Because I didn't have a computer for a while, I wasn't aware of this situation. You have always been a great support along with my many spark friends, and now it is my turn to offer my prayers and support. All my best to you and your wife

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PHEBESS 1/14/2011 12:26PM

    I hope everything is going well, and wish your wife a speedy recovery!
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SMURFANNE 1/13/2011 11:51AM

  Keeping both of you in my prayers. May God supply all your needs at this time. emoticon

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ZESTYLADY 1/12/2011 7:39PM

    YOu got it! Prayers coming your way!

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EAGLES_WINGS 1/12/2011 5:53PM

    Thank you and all my best to her. She is in my heart this week! All the love, Karen

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JENIFROUFROU 1/12/2011 3:19PM

    Praying for her...

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OLDERDANDRT 1/12/2011 12:24PM

    My thoughts and prayers are with you!

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BINGHAM37 1/12/2011 11:38AM

    Her doctors are probably some of the best in the world... medicine has come so far so fast that this is honestly likely the best time to have this kind of surgery done in human history. I know that doesn't mean much... but try to be patient and positive. Much love to you and your wife from this virtual stranger, who cares for you both.

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CHANGE4FIT 1/12/2011 10:08AM

    Keeping your wife and family in prayers! emoticon
PJ

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BELTONWALKER67 1/12/2011 9:46AM

    Thinking of you, your wife and family and praying that the surgery is successful and that God will give you all the strength to cope with the days ahead.

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JLITT62 1/12/2011 8:08AM

    OMG -- massive prayers for you & your wife! Be safe.

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LISAWILLBEFIT 1/12/2011 7:32AM

    I am praying for her

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DAISYBELL6 1/12/2011 7:03AM

    My prayers are with you!

Nancy

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EUPHRATES 1/12/2011 3:49AM

    You got it!

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JENNY888 1/12/2011 3:15AM

    My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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LUNADRAGON 1/12/2011 2:08AM

    I am praying right now for you and your wife, and for the doctors who are caring for her. Blessings for you all.
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COLOURFULME 1/12/2011 1:13AM

    Fingers are turning, candles are burning. Hope to read from you soon!

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SEASONS_CHANGE 1/12/2011 12:42AM

    Sending positive energy your way. Keep us posted.


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RUNNER12COM 1/12/2011 12:26AM

    Holding you and your family in prayer.

SDJ

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BTINTERNET 1/11/2011 11:57PM

    Sending you all the best energy

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FLEMIDG 1/11/2011 11:45PM

    My prayers are with you and your wife. Keep us posted when you get a chance. God bless you both.

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L*I*T*A* 1/11/2011 11:25PM

    will keep you both in our thoughts and prayers.....
blessings and hugs............lita

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GIRANIMAL 1/11/2011 11:03PM

    Sending lots of healing energy! Be careful on the roads as well. emoticon

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OUTDOORGIRL70 1/11/2011 10:45PM

    Don...

You know for sure that I will be praying for your wife & foe you also. I also will be praying that God puts his hands on the surgeons to guide him.

God Bless

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MAGGIE805 1/11/2011 10:38PM

    Absolutely. You both are in my thought and prayers this evening.

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ANDYINBC 1/11/2011 10:19PM

    Praying for your both, wishing for the best!

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DEVORA4 1/11/2011 10:13PM

  So sorry A safe journey to hospital and prayers and my positive energy for the reurn of a healthier wife!

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CALIKIKI 1/11/2011 10:06PM

    Positive and healing energy to you both!

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SPCALLER 1/11/2011 10:03PM

    DD- We'll Say a prayer for her and you. emoticon

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SWEETMOMMY41 1/11/2011 9:38PM

  i'm praying for both of you right now! sending you hugs from my family to yours.

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SCOTTK3000 1/11/2011 9:35PM

    Absolutely, you've got it. thoughts and prayers are sent your way. wishes for the very best. see you online soon!

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WATERMELLEN 1/11/2011 9:26PM

    Absolutely -- all best, we're all beaming positive thoughts your way.

And collectively we are powerful!!

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MRDPOLING 1/11/2011 9:24PM

    Oh my! My prayers are with you and your wife as well as the surgeons and all the hospital staff!

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HEARTOLOVE 1/11/2011 9:23PM

    I'm praying for her right now!!!

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FRECKS96 1/11/2011 9:08PM

    Prayers for you both tonight!

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SONGBUDDHA 1/11/2011 9:00PM

    My prayers are with you both.
Lots of light and love your way, Don.

annjie

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KMATIS 1/11/2011 8:48PM

    Best wishes to your wife! We have some excellent cardiac doctors in our area, so hopefully, all will go well!

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Returning To The Scene of the Crime...

Sunday, January 09, 2011

It was the best of plans...

We were heading out to see "Unstoppable"...great flix! (only nitpicks are: WHY did Tony Scott have to take $$ from Rupert Murdoch and Fox, the most biased name in news, so they could do the faux reporting in the movie?!?! And why didn't they use the real names of the cities involved along this route in PA...?).

Afterward others wanted to go to a buffet for dinner. Me? Wasn't sure I could handle it yet. I've eaten healthy there in the past, but over the past few months I've committed crimes against myself, my heart and my SPARK by "straying" from what I know to be healthy choices.

So I came up with a Plan B: this restaurant happened to be near one of our local Rail-to-Trails! I'll go for a walk/jog while others eat and catch up with my healthy 15 bean soup later when we return home!

BUT! As we drove along we wondered: Do they light up the Rail-to-Trail at night...?

Nope. Neither cold, nor snow would have kept me from my appointed duty. But dark of night in the form of an unlit path...? I didn't think it would be too wise.

So I agreed to return to the scene of the crime...time to exercise that "psychological muscle" I've been speaking of here and there lately...!

BUT! Stayed right on track with my healthy choices: a heaping mound of baby spinach, grape tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, shredded carrots, sunflower seeds, garbanzo beans, chunks of broiled chicken breast, a little feta cheese topped with some balsamic vinaigrette and on the side a dab of cottage cheese, a few cubes of cantaloupe and a few bites of spicy (not saucy) pork.

Filled me to the BRIM! There wouldn't have been any "room" for "straying" no matter HOW weak my will might have been! My old strategy was back in gear!

So now, I haven't done my cardio for the day and I'm home and there's no other choice but the treadmill...not too keen on this so let's dilly dally the night away and I THOUGHT I'd get up there by 9:30 but it turned out to be more like 11:30 and I PUSHED myself through that "thing" I have against night time workouts

(Many of our fears are tissue-paper-thin, and a single courageous step would carry us clear through them. ~Brendan Francis)

and thank you Brendan...and had a pretty decent 64 minutes on the treadmill. Didn't even look at the clock until 36 mins. had already passed.

Wrapped up with a great boost from one of my favorite Stevie Wonder songs "I Am Singing"

www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTakwKKmOC8

I had planned to wrap it up after that at 60 mins. but then those Spin Doctors just HAD to get on and rock it out with Little Miss Can't Be Wrong! :-)

www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXWbMu4PtpE

Couldn't resist, so kicked it up to a 64 min. session, mostly @ 4 mph, kicking it up to 5 here and there and always keeping the incline @ 10%...I never allow myself to set it lower. Just like I never set the speed any slower than 4 mph.

Now: If I could only draw lines in the sand that were EQUALLY FIRM on my food choices, tracking and weighing myself...! Those are the challenges ahead!

Don

  
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PSSN4FITNESS 1/14/2011 1:44PM

    Wow, you did great!! I need a dose of your self-discipline. And I echo others and say you are emperor of the treadmill doing 10% at 5mph. I can never go above 4.2mph at that incline. I sweat buckets and I actually burn more calories doing that than even running at 6.8mph (no incline of course). Keep it up!

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STARDUSTD 1/11/2011 10:02PM

  Wow, never below 10% incline? Good for you! I can't imagine. The highest I've gone is 5%...afraid of how my knees will react. I'm already mean enough to them as it is with the running. emoticon

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ALYFITN 1/11/2011 1:10PM

    Good job, Don!! I have a BIL who is vegetarian. Everytime he comes to Ohio and the sisters take him to an Amish buffet, he loads up on greens skipping all the junk.

Way to go!! You get a medal for this challenge.

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OUTDOORGIRL70 1/10/2011 10:12PM

    Don... Love the Blog

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CHANGE4FIT 1/10/2011 10:46AM

    Great blog, Don. You do such a nice job capturing the struggles we all face! Thank you.
PJ

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KINSBAILE 1/10/2011 10:43AM

    Ah you did great! That's awesome! Wow, 10% incline the entire time at 4 mph? I can't do that yet.... Congrats to you! emoticon

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LADYGWEN25 1/9/2011 4:29PM

    Your "crimes" crack me up... great job on the healthy choices! :)

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FRACTALMYTH 1/9/2011 1:43PM

    Cool! I love heaping my plate with salad for lunch :D so colourful and yummy and such a nice FULL feeling afterwards. Yay for extended exercise too.. sometimes I wish I had a treadmill... like right now when I am waiting for the sun to come up so I can go for a run in the rain :P

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L*I*T*A* 1/9/2011 12:56PM

    love to hear about your crimes....
it inspires us all.....
blessings and hugs.........lita

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GETUP-N-GOGIRL 1/9/2011 11:24AM

    It truly helps to read others' blogs and hear about the temptations they faced---and successfully conquered! Congrats Don, and thank you, thank you for sharing.

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VALERIEMAHA 1/9/2011 10:06AM

    WOW! Impressive on all counts! It has probably been 40 years since I've been inside a buffet, but I do have faint recall of the temptations that abound. GOOD for resisting temptation (a la WATERMELLEN'S blog) and for getting the the 'mill!!! One night I also did the unthinkable...put off and put off and PUT OFF strength training...I DID IT...but half was before midnight and half after...I pondered for about 2 secs which day I should credit it to LOL.
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WATERMELLEN 1/9/2011 9:56AM

    So impressed with the resolve at the "scene of the crime": I hate buffets, not so much for the temptation as for the inaesthetics (people heap their plates with the most expensive and often highest calorie items to "get their money's worth", everything running into each other) plus the germ factor (everyone horking all over everything); but you made all the right choices AND felt fully satisfied afterwards!! Plus: the extended workout! Yay you!!

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ZELLAZM 1/9/2011 9:07AM

    Well, you've been blogging away here and I'm just now getting caught up. Great to see that you've been making some good choices (A big WTG on the buffet, and on the there-and-back jog to work especially!) and that you're getting your Spark back on.

Thanks for being a continuing inspiration, Don!
Michelle

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TOOTHFUL99 1/9/2011 8:58AM

    I'm impressed. Buffets are scary! I always talk my husband out of the buffet thing, because I know myself too well!

Funny buffet story: When my kids were little, we used to go to Old Country Buffet once/week. My 4 year old looked around one time and stated (loudly) "There's a lot of fat people here!" I had never noticed it myself, but, boy, was he right! (And I was pretty embarrassed!)

Great job pushing yourself on the exercising. Music makes things so much easier, doesn't it? It gives us that extra little push.



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JLITT62 1/9/2011 8:30AM

    10% incline? Wipes off sweat!

Great job at the buffet. Remember how that felt!

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FERRETLOVER1 1/9/2011 8:23AM

    Don, you must give yourself more credit!! You have learned the new mindset now.

"Unstoppable" was a fantastic movie - edge of the seat even though you knew how it would end!

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MRDPOLING 1/9/2011 8:03AM

    "Crimes against my self" I love that!

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DAISYBELL6 1/9/2011 7:44AM

    I'm impressed. Not only did you return to the scene of the crime and conquer, but you did a killer treadmill workout! What a guy!

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Surprise: Mini-Milestone Nailed Tonight!

Saturday, January 08, 2011

Hey, nailed a mini-milestone today:

The route from my daytime work to my private practice office is 1 1/2 miles each way. Normally I use the Nordic Poles and walk with some jogging tossed in.

Too slippery for the poles to "dig in" today so for the first time I jogged the whole way THERE and BACK!

Now I know to you Road Runners (*beep beep*) around here this may be a walk in the park, but it felt mighty fine to this, as yet, non-runner! :-)

Don

ps...and as a bonus there was shovelable snow in my driveway tonight and my neighbor was the good samaritan I've asked him to be and DIDN'T snowblow it out for me...lol!

  
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IMSMILEY88 1/15/2011 10:35PM

    That's great! I can't imagine running in those conditions. emoticon

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OUTDOORGIRL70 1/10/2011 10:13PM

    Good job Don

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FRACTALMYTH 1/8/2011 3:01PM

    Yay for jogging! My hubby has a similar problem - the neighbours kept mowing our road side verge (800m road frontage) with their ride-ons because they feel sorry for him using a push mower. He's had to ask them each, individually, to stop it! Great work!

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DETERMINEDBABE 1/8/2011 12:41PM

    That is awesome! I applaud you my handsome friend!

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ANDYINBC 1/8/2011 12:15PM

    Way to go! Super milestone. Not mini in my books!

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BKWERM 1/8/2011 9:50AM

    Congratulations, Don and Happy New Year!

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CARRIE1948 1/8/2011 8:51AM

    Well done! I've been using my cane when I go out so I don't fall.

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MERIADATH 1/8/2011 8:49AM

    I do understand. I live on a hill, I mean a BIG hill. From the bottom to my house is a 895 ft elevation difference. This summer...(drum roll please)...I was able to ride my bike from top to bottom without embarrassing myself in front of the neighborhood kids.

So congratulations!

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WATERMELLEN 1/8/2011 8:45AM

    Nice work!!

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FRECKS96 1/8/2011 8:02AM

    Woot!! Congrats, that's awesome!

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SCOTTK3000 1/8/2011 7:49AM

    all right!!!
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GR8CATSBY 1/8/2011 7:48AM

    Good job on the jogging!!!! (But watch out for black ice!)
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FERRETLOVER1 1/8/2011 7:30AM

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DAISYBELL6 1/8/2011 7:15AM

    Each new activity we conquer is a blessing!

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JLITT62 1/8/2011 5:20AM

    LOL at you being happy your neighbor DIDN't snowblow your driveway. I like exercise, but I hate shoveling, and even with DH handling the snowblower & me shoveling, it still takes an hour -- shudder to think how long it would take with just a shovel. Oh wait, I did it all myself by shovel when we got 17" last March . . .

GREAT job! Slow & easy is the way to build up your miles without injuring yourself. Not that I run very far yet myself.

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COLOURFULME 1/8/2011 4:04AM

    WOOHOO! That is great! Through the snow and being slippery for the poles must be a difficult run. WOOHOO!

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STARDUSTD 1/8/2011 2:43AM

  And you say you're not a runner! Running a mile and a half (twice!) in snow sounds like a runner to me. Congratulations!

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BARBARA_BOO 1/8/2011 2:34AM

    It doesn't sound like YOU will be having any difficulty staying fit this winter. Once you get the driveway done, I think you should make one of those creative snowmen that turns the heads of passers-by, to let them know a person lives there who likes to play in the snow.
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Oops! Yes, Virginia, There IS Some Magic!

Friday, January 07, 2011

Pardon the post-holidays reference to Miracle on 34th Street...but I had some afterthoughts to my last blog and realized that there really IS magic! Miracles really DO happen!

Here's the catch: It is all within us! I will still maintain that there IS no magic "out there." It lies within our hearts and minds. This is not some fanciful rambling. We all hold within us the potential to listen to our inner selves, to enable ourselves to SING through our lives and accomplish TRULY AMAZING feats!

For example, consider some of the accomplishments people have made under the most ADVERSE conditions such as the POW who is finally released after years of existing in an environment deprived of even basic stimulation yet has thoroughly mastered the piano via years of practice on an imaginary piano drawn on the dirt floor or imagined in thin air. Or under less adverse conditions such as the musical composer who "hears" their final masterpiece before ever putting pen to paper; the artist who "sees" their artistic masterwork before ever picking up the paintbrush; the writer who envisions their novel or poem before putting a single word down on paper or the inventer who has conceptualized their final product before any tinkering begins.

They are not unique, they are tapping into their own magic, their own potential for creating miracles...something we ALL can do!

It is SO IMPORTANT to inspire yourself by dreaming of accomplishing things that will make your heart SING!

SEE IT! FEEL IT! There is TREMENDOUS POWER within us to TRANSFORM our lives! And we can't do this by beating ourselves up, wagging the finger at ourselves...forget about guilt, regrets, shame...just set all of that aside at least for a moment, take a deep breath and give yourself permission to DREAM and to flesh out every detail of your dream within your mind's eye.

It is this VISION that can light and sustain that fire 'neath us to tempt, nudge and lead us into *being* the change we want to see for ourselves!

As I've lost the weight I've been THRILLED to take on challenges I had never previously DREAMED were possible in my past:

Kayaking
Running (well, maybe let's call it 'jogging'...running is NEXT!)
Cycling (best outing was 175 miles in 2 days...woo hoo!)
Cross Country Skiing

Every one of these have been such a THRILL! I have other ideas for the future: to run a 5k, spinning, dance class (although I have two left feet my heart just SINGS along with music...hoping to celebrate that through DANCE as well!). Many of you already know my grand plan for this year: to cycling a multi-day, possibly multi-state trip...! Courtesy of my local SparkTeam I'm also considering being the third leg of a Triathlon team in which I'll cycle 12 miles up and down some of the most challenging hills upstate New York can serve up to a cyclist!

How would YOU love to celebrate the new and healthy you?!?!

Dream it! Feel it! Start building those baby steps that will slowly, surely MAKE IT HAPPEN!

This is what THE SPARK is all about! And that, I believe, is an even better word for all of this magic and miracles! Find your SPARK and fan it into a BONFIRE!

Finally, although no one can "make" that magic within happen for you, there are people who can be SO INVALUABLE in supporting your efforts, acting as BELLOWS for your SPARK! I cannot thank my fellow members of SparkPeople enough for all the tremendous support, words of encouragement throughout my time here as part of this wonderful community! For a myriad of reasons it has been a very difficult winter for me thus far. I had taken some serious backsteps in thoughts, feelings and actions. I'm turning the corner on this, locking myself down on what I know will lead me back to MY SPARK!

Spend more time with people who are BELLOWS, less time with people who are buckets of water!

Another hearty thanks & shout out going to the new members joining our SparkFamily as your enthusiasm, hope and dedication has also been an invaluable SPARK which has helped me to re-capture my own!

Yours in SPARK!

Don

  
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DETERMINEDBABE 1/8/2011 12:45PM

    Yes, I do believe! Thank you for this blog! Hugs

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JLITT62 1/7/2011 8:00PM

    Spark buddies are the best. I do wish there was a more active local group here. Many have tried (myself included) just doesn't seem to ignite.

I am working on those dreams . . . right now trying to simply figure out what they really are. Thank you for the reminder!

Don't think I'll be making JASR, but DH is interested in the Dempsey Challenge since our friends are doing it -- it includes cycling events, ya know (it's in Maine, but a lot closer to me than Pittsburgh is!).

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L*I*T*A* 1/7/2011 11:43AM

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GETUP-N-GOGIRL 1/7/2011 10:45AM

    It is all within us! I will still maintain that there IS no magic "out there." It lies within our hearts and minds.
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True! True! True! True!

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ETAGGEL 1/7/2011 10:37AM

    Really good blog! I realized this a couple of years back when I joined Spark! Yes I had the desire to change, there was enough magic left in me to dream it. But I could not have done it without my friends on SparkPeople! They were there to encourage and support me all the way! And though I reached my weight loss goal a while back, through Spark I am still learning about me! SparkPeople is so much more than a weight loss program!
Thanks for posting!


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MRDPOLING 1/7/2011 10:28AM

    Well put!

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VALERIEMAHA 1/7/2011 10:02AM

    EUREKA!

You're right about the magic, Don and I had an AHA! experience last night concerning your first blog as well...and you've kinda' sorta' spoken to it in this one...another HUGE example of MAGIC is the support and encouragement and downright love that I have felt showered upon me from friends in the SparkCommunity. The support here via people and systems are pure magic...yes they are!!!
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DAYHIKER 1/7/2011 9:13AM

    What a great post and what a great encourager YOU are!! emoticon

Cindy

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DAISYBELL6 1/7/2011 9:11AM

    Thank you for a great blog, Mr. Bellows!

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