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Thursday, January 20, 2011

First, let me thank again EVERYONE for all your prayers and healing thoughts...after a few days of uncertainty, DW has most definitely "turned the corner" and is moving on!

I could get away from the hospital today for a great walk / jog and lately I've been noticing that it has become increasingly tough after walking a bit not to just pick up the pace and turn it into a jog. I had originally started out with the intention of just sticking to walking.

Could. Not. Do. It.

No, I'm not a runner...haven't ruled out becoming one, but had to pause and consider that maybe this is one of the signs / symptoms that I'm "catching on" to this running thing: walking, no mater how fast I push it, just doesn't seem to cut it these days! My feet just want to get MOVING! :-)

Earlier this week I caught up with a former colleague who used to share the office with me. Last year the lucky dog RETIRED! We had lunch together and was he ever GLOATING over how much he enjoyed his retirement and living in this small quiet town where most nights neither he nor his wife remember to lock the front door. It has been nice to sample the town during my walks / jogs.

Now that DW is doing better I can begin to make plans to prepare for my first 5K in March as I've been invited by BOBBYD31 and JAN_FRANDSEN to join in "Just a Short Run" on March 26 in Pittsburgh:

www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
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I'm kind of taking a low-keyed approach to this: my goal is to simply complete the 5K, walk run or crawl...lol! I know I've covered that distance on my treadmill many times, but I know that doesn't always translate to the real world so readily. Guess my goal is to walk as little as possible during this event. Simple enough, no...?

We'll see! :-)

Don

  
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AZIMAT 1/27/2011 2:20PM

    Have been hibernating lately, no sparkin', but yours was the first blog I tuned into. So happy to hear that your beloved is doing well, and you too. Hello to Bingbong, oh my, I don't miss it a bit, just the fine people there. Blessings, Azimat

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WATERMELLEN 1/22/2011 6:09PM

    So glad to hear your continued good news.

If you are thinking about slowly getting into running -- I loved the free Podrunner downloads -- also loved the POSE technique and had built up to 8 km again (returning to running after a long lay-off).

My knees finally told me "no" . . . and I've had to go back to the elliptical cross trainer inside plus cross country skiing . . . but the short stride rapid cadence of POSE was a nice change from the old style running I'd done years ago.



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BINGHAM37 1/22/2011 12:30AM

    So many of us take the ability to move for granted... thank you for sharing your story and your drive. You're an inspiration! Thanks also for the update, I'm very glad to hear that your DW is doing better.

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KINSBAILE 1/21/2011 1:44PM

    OMG! That sounds like me a year ago! People will ask me how I lost my intial 100 lbs. In regards to exercise, I simply told them this:

I started by walking a mile a day during my lunch hour. Then, 1 mile turned into 2. Then, the walking turned into jogging. Now, I run 5 K regularly.

I simply could not slow down. My feet wanted to move move move. I cannot jog fast. I only go up to 4.3 MPH. I have tried to push it and I can go for a certain amount of time at 4.5 - 4.7 but it makes me very tired.

So I go at 4.2 with a 5 % incline on the treadmill.

Congrats to you for going to do a 5K run!

You're awesome!

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KLASSIE 1/21/2011 12:49PM

    This was a wonderful blog. Glad your wife is improving and your body has taken over and is making good decisions. Don't let the mind talk you out of it, but I doubt that will happen. Good luck.

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DARK_CINDERELLA 1/21/2011 12:44PM

    Yay, I'll get to meet you! Sounds like you're on the way to becoming a runner. Awesome!

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MRDPOLING 1/21/2011 10:45AM

    Glad for the good report on DW!

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CARRIE1948 1/21/2011 10:18AM

    You'll make it

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DAYHIKER 1/21/2011 9:17AM

    So glad to know that your DW has turned the corner and doing well! Runner does seem to be your next progression... emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LADYGWEN25 1/21/2011 9:09AM

    Glad to hear your DW is recovering so well.. I agree with the jogging.. there comes a certain point where walking is just MUNDANE... and you get the urge to gotta GO GO GO...Even though your 5K is in march.. check out the C25K program.. you can do it road or treadmill... So those days you can't get outside to do it..you can get it done inside.. you may not be able to complete it all in time for your 5K... But it will help you in the long run... who knows.. If you get bit by the running bug.. maybe we can do some Duatholon's together! :)

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JLITT62 1/21/2011 8:59AM

    Glad to hear DW is progressing well!

Don't worry, I know you can definitely do a 5k. And I think just aiming to enjoy your first one is a good idea -- that's what I did. No matter what, remember it'll be a PR!

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FRECKS96 1/21/2011 7:47AM

    Great news all around!!! Please give DW our best and enjoy your time outside!

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DAISYBELL6 1/21/2011 6:15AM

    I'm glad your DW is recovering well!

I know just how you feel about walking/running. Especially now that I've added c25k to my workouts, I am really enjoying jogging (I really can't call my pace running)

I know you'll enjoy your 5k in March/

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ZELLAZM 1/21/2011 5:17AM

    Good news about your wife --- will continue to pray for her recovery.

Exciting that you have plans to do a 5-K. You might want to consider the Jeff Galloway method. There's a team here on Spark (like you need to join another team!) Basically, you run with short walking "breaks" for recovery. Works for lots of folks and I like it myself sometimes.

Have a great weekend!
Michelle


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GIRANIMAL 1/21/2011 12:16AM

    I'm so glad to hear your wife is recovering and that YOU are taking care of yourself too! Nice job - and attitude toward - signing on for the 5K. Sounds like there's hidden runner in you to me! ;)

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L*I*T*A* 1/20/2011 11:53PM

    such great news!!!
so glad to hear your wife is recovering well...
way to go with the 5k!!!
blessings and hugs...........lita

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The Blessings Continue...!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Thx so much everyone...! I know that having my SparkFamily's support, thoughts & prayers has made all the difference for my DW!

What was feared to be countless procedures fraught with complications and setbacks has proven thus far to be WONDERFULLY smooth! :-)

Don

  
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MIAMIA7 1/20/2011 6:22PM

    Don-so glad things are going better than expected! Prayers for you both! Anne

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DEEJ4FITNESS 1/20/2011 4:30PM

    Don, just saw this on your SPage; I'm a firm believer in the power of prayer & now that I know about your wife; please know that more prayers are going upward!!

Be blessed!

~Deej

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BARBARACT 1/18/2011 8:59AM

    I am glad that she is doing well! emoticon

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DAISYBELL6 1/16/2011 8:58PM

    Fantastic!

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LOTUSBURGER 1/16/2011 1:40PM

    Prayer is so wonderful! emoticon

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GR8CATSBY 1/16/2011 7:44AM

    Glad she's doing so well, and that you're holding up well too!!!
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SHASTA11 1/16/2011 12:06AM

    Thanks for letting us know!

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TRUELOU 1/15/2011 11:21PM

    Amen:)
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DINGALLSTOO 1/15/2011 12:46PM

    wooohooo! speedy recovery Willow

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LADYGWEN25 1/15/2011 12:45PM

    Very good news!

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RAINBOWFALLS 1/15/2011 8:38AM

    I'm so glad to hear that! Please tell you DW that I'm thinking about her and sending emoticon

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ZELLAZM 1/15/2011 5:15AM

    Good to hear that, Don! Will continue to pray for her recovery.

Blessings
Miche
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VALERIEMAHA 1/14/2011 11:27PM

    That's MAJORLY encouraging and SUCH good news!!!
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Maha

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TRAVELGRRL 1/14/2011 9:17PM

    Excellent news!!

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SCOTTK3000 1/14/2011 9:02PM

    very nice...all the best!

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BLEGNER1 1/14/2011 8:22PM

    God go with you and your DW. You are blessed.

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WATERMELLEN 1/14/2011 8:15PM

    Great great great!! There's nothing like "problem free" . . . !!

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ACTIVE_AT_60 1/14/2011 8:08PM

    Keep it uneventful!!!!

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DAYHIKER 1/14/2011 7:26PM

    Wonderful!!! emoticon

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FRECKS96 1/14/2011 7:14PM

    Yay! So glad to hear everything is going in smoothly. You both continue to be in my prayers.

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OUTDOORGIRL69 1/14/2011 7:02PM

    Don.....
The prayers are there for your DW as long as she needs them.

God Bless

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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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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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OUTDOORGIRL69 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.

Good job supporting her and with your fitness, too! emoticon

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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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    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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OUTDOORGIRL69 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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OUTDOORGIRL69 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.
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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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