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FINALLY!

Friday, February 18, 2011

It's been a crazy / busy work week after taking off a sick day on Monday. Lots of deadlines, paperwork and people to catch up with. And NO time for ANY cardio until FINALLY I got out for one of my inter-office jogs today on our 2nd 60 degree days...whew!

Tomorrow I plan to attend my first Spinning class...it'll be run by a fellow social work friend...you know, a kinder, gentler Ninja Spinner...? :-) Hoping to survive well and catch up with fellow members of our local SparkTeam later for lunch.

Yesterday evening I had a pleasant outing with clients...we agreed to go for Chinese buffet and I "tweaked" our plans by adding a little walk up / down the local Rail to Trail nearby before dinner. One of my new clients had been having a tough time with auditory hallucinations and hadn't had more than 2 hours sleep a night for the past couple of weeks.

I was pleased to hear during a follow up call with him today that after last evening's pleasant walk, dinner and conversation he "slept like a baby" for 8 hours straight, waking up feeling like a million bucks! Those moments are better than money in the bank!

In the meantime, I think my bike has been tearing up over not being used during these past few glorious days and I'VE been tearing myself up over not having time for at LEAST a "little" spin!

Speaking of which, I'll let you all know how I survive my first Spinning class tomorrow...lol!

Don

  
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BINGHAM37 2/22/2011 4:35PM

    That's wonderful about your client... sleep is so important. I hope your client keeps up the walks before or after dinner and that it helps long term.

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NIKANN7493 2/19/2011 7:59PM

    Sorry I missed it. I really wanted to be there today, but I was cheering on the UE bowling team! They will be going to the state championship in March! Hope all went well and everyone had fun!

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MNCYCLIST 2/19/2011 10:40AM

    Can't wait to hear how it goes!

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LADYGWEN25 2/19/2011 9:40AM

    can;t wait to catch up with you later today!

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CARRIE1948 2/19/2011 8:48AM

    Can't wait to hear what you think of spinning. I LOVE it and miss it.

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FRECKS96 2/19/2011 8:42AM

    Such a great day you had and today will be a blast! Catch up with you later!

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VALERIEMAHA 2/19/2011 8:38AM

    SUCH good news all around...and I found Veejay's comments fascinating...and sensible!
xox
Maha

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WATERMELLEN 2/19/2011 8:31AM

    Probably the combo of physical exercise and social interaction and just plain kindness . . . on your part . . . helped your client relax. When we make a difference for our clients, our work seems so meaningful. In an authentic non-self-aggrandizing way.

Glad you're not forgetting (maybe temporarily postponing, but not forgetting) to take care of you too!!

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MIZZSB 2/19/2011 7:59AM

    WOW Don Spinning!!!!!!! emoticon emoticon!!
Ever tought you would do this when you first started this journey??/

And that temperture i LOVE it.. its still low 30's here...

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MRE1956 2/19/2011 7:56AM

    Enjoy!

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CHANGE4FIT 2/19/2011 7:15AM

    Don,
You are always an inspiration! Thanks for the blog and can't wait to hear your assessment of spinning!
PJ

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JLITT62 2/19/2011 5:12AM

    I bet you're going to love spinning! And how cool that you client slept so well after a little exercise - hope he got the message!

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VEEJAY3 2/19/2011 12:18AM

    I love that physical activity helped your client! My daughter is getting her PhD in Clinical Psychology, and she's interested in combining a therapy practice with physical activity. She ran across an article about a therapist who conducts his sessions during walks. Says his patients can talk more easily ... and that the exercise releases endorphins that just naturally make people feel more uplifted. Also interesting: my daughter's run across several "motion therapy" or "yoga therapy" practices for young people with eating disorders.

Mind and body work beautifully together ... when we LET them!!!

I'm still jealous of your bike rides ... but it's just about warm enough here for me to pedal away, too.

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SCOTTK3000 2/19/2011 12:06AM

    sounds great!

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MRDPOLING 2/18/2011 11:16PM

    i just resents learned a Spinning class is bike riding. I thought it was some sort of dance class

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L*I*T*A* 2/18/2011 10:08PM

    enjoy.............. emoticon

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BOBBYD31 2/18/2011 10:03PM

    good luck with the spinning it looks interesting, guess depending on the instructor.

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"We're all gonna DIE!" :-)

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Turns out many of my co-workers were knocked out of work also yesterday by this same bug. I got a kick out of my office-mate's story: She said when she heard that I was knocked out of work yesterday with this crud bug that's been going around she told everyone: "Don? He's NEVER sick! He's eating all those veggies and fruits and drinking all that water and if HE got this bug, OMG we're all gonna DIE!"

Nice to have a smile early in the day...as I was definitely a long way from 100% this morning. But as the day progressed I seemed to hang in there and by the EVENING when the effects of this stuff seems to be at its worst I actually feel much better. The sinus / headache pressure was the last to fade and I just noticed now that it seems to be doing just that.

A double pleasure is that I was able to dodge the use of any antibiotic meds, which I thank my doc for refusing to prescribe as sure enough it seems to be a viral thing which morphs into who-knows-what and moves on to other targets.

Now: to get all caught up! A day out of THIS business sets a body WAY behind!

Hope everyone is fairing at LEAST okay out there!

Don

  
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FYREDANCER13 2/17/2011 10:20AM

    LOL! At my office "We're all gonna die!" is a common expression. Some of us have a slightly morbid sense of humor. emoticon

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CHANGE4FIT 2/16/2011 5:39PM

    Glad you are on the mend and a positive role model even when you're sick! emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 2/16/2011 3:10PM

    Grandkids and DD & SIL had that crud last week and while they are showing the last remnants, now my DH and I have it. Mine didn't stop at the nose and head, though....went to my lungs and it's really hard to get a good breath! Ugh! Just happy it's a short lived bug and I'm ready to us all to be over it!! Here's to ALL of us getting over it and back to a good routine!!!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 2/16/2011 10:49AM

    ROFL.

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NIKANN7493 2/16/2011 8:04AM

    Awwww - Glad you are feeling better!

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FRECKS96 2/16/2011 7:46AM

    Glad you're feeling better. =)

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DAYHIKER 2/16/2011 6:37AM

    Very funny about your coworker's comment!! So glad to hear you are already feeling better and that you dodged the antibiotic bullet! emoticon

~Cindy

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EAGLE101 2/16/2011 6:33AM

    That's a compliment to your efforts!

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MRDPOLING 2/16/2011 6:23AM

    Luv what your co-worker said! Proof that our actions speak louder than our words.

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JLITT62 2/16/2011 5:47AM

    LOL at that title! Glad to hear you may be turning a corner - hope so, especially with the temps they're predicting in the next few days.

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KESTREL500 2/15/2011 11:42PM

    Glad you are feeling better!

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HEALTHY_CAROLYN 2/15/2011 11:40PM

    From the title, I was just dying (ha ha) to know what you were going to say. I did not expect that! Too funny. What a treat to know you're such a fine example of health.

Glad you're feeling better, too! emoticon

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L*I*T*A* 2/15/2011 10:38PM

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STARDUSTD 2/15/2011 10:25PM

  emoticon that's hilarious. I'm glad to hear you're starting to feel better! I'm lucky enough to not really get too many probs w/ my sinuses but I hear they're a killer.

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SCOTTK3000 2/15/2011 10:20PM

    ha ha love the title! keep feeling better!

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0 to 90...In Reverse!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Ugh! My wings are clipped today by picking up some sort of bug which has knocked me for a loop!

So now, when I'm so psyched to give this fitness center a run for the money I'm BLAM! Up against this wall...sinus' filled (no, just can't bring myself to use a neti pot...doesn't it run down your throat, lungs, whathaveyou?), headache, bad cough and other unpleasantries, not to mention a buzzy, spacey feeling in my head and ZERO energy! At least I got out for some slow walking while waiting for my infernal car to get finished with its repairs!

There is one good thing about this: I have zero, zip, nada appetite! Something about deleting the sense of smell...food loses all its appeal.

Ah well, I'm following what works for me...zero food and LOTS of water...going to FLUSH that bug away. If it's not better by morning I'll call in sick. Good thing I've got my notes so I can write up my notes (which are due Tues.!).

Might have to slip out to get my take home Valentine's dinner though... :-)

Don

ps...DW is making steady progress with no setbacks. Hooray!

  
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OLDERDANDRT 2/14/2011 4:27PM

    Feel better soon, but don't try to rush too much or it'll kick you down again!!! Get some Vitamin C in you and rest. Try again tomorrow. Glad your DW is doing well! Prayers for you both!!!

emoticonHappy Valentine's Day!!!

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JAN1611 2/14/2011 2:34PM

    Hope you are feeling better x

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CARRIE1948 2/14/2011 1:04PM

    Feel better soon

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MNCYCLIST 2/14/2011 9:00AM

    Sorry to hear, bro, but I'm sure you'll bounce back soon and be fitter than ever!

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SASSYCHRIS1952 2/14/2011 7:37AM

    You're doing the right thing by drinking lots of water to flush it out. Hope you feel better soon

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DAYHIKER 2/14/2011 7:08AM

    Ouch! I'm surprised that any ole bug could even catch up with you!!! emoticon Hope you ditch it fast! Happy to hear that your dw is doing so well! My poor hubby said last night that he felt he was coming down with something and did a lot of coughing before he finally fell asleep. It is a tough time of year in more ways than one!

~Cindy

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JLITT62 2/14/2011 5:27AM

    Sorry to hear about the bug- how I hate those- but very glad to hear that DW is recovering nicely. Feel better soon!

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MIZZSB 2/14/2011 4:15AM

    get well soon! I just had a bug for 5 weeks !!

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STARDUSTD 2/14/2011 12:06AM

  Aww, I hope you feel better soon! At least no sense of smell or appetite should mean less Valentine's temptations, though, right?

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FRECKS96 2/13/2011 11:13PM

    Ugh! Hope you're feeling better soon. Lots of rest and water.

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LADYGWEN25 2/13/2011 10:17PM

    Oh Don.. i'm sorry you're sick.. I hear there is a nasty bug going around.. REST you need it.. you can keep me company while i'm not allowed to workout.. Feel better soon. :)

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L*I*T*A* 2/13/2011 9:50PM

    good to hear your wife is mending well....
take care of yourself !!!
blessings and hugs.........lita


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MRDPOLING 2/13/2011 8:15PM

    Go sweat that bug out of you!!!!

But seriously, hope you feel better fast!

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KESTREL500 2/13/2011 7:57PM

    Sorry you are feeling under the weather. I hope you get well soon so you can start giving the fitness club a run for their money!

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ACTIVE_AT_60 2/13/2011 7:35PM

    Don, you may want to consider Gatorade so you can get some electrolytes and sugar instead of just water.

Feel better soon.

As for the Valentine's dinner - we always do it the following weekend because there is no guarantee we are home in time to go for a relaxing dinner (plus the nightmare of reservations) - we do the same for birthdays and our anniversary.

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DAISYBELL6 2/13/2011 7:33PM

    emoticonFeel better soon!



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WASTED!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

It's been a great day of pushing the envelop for me!

Starting off with my first trip to use the Riverwalk Athletic Club:

Couple of pics:


Loved their ellipticals! A Cybex and an Octane Pro 3700:

www.epinions.com/review/Octane_Fitne
ss_Pro_3700_Elliptical_epi/content_461
702336132


www.exerciseandleisure.com/octane370
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The Octane has a unique, sort of curvy motion to the swing of the leg which agrees with me well. Wasn't sure what the resistance settings were in terms of range, so started with a "20"...it was okay, but then monkeyed with the various programs and the Cardio one looked like a more challenging one. And was it EVER! Intervals between a resistance of 45 and 60! It has an arm building feature where you've got to REALLY push & pull...getting some ST in with the cardio!

Spent over an hour on the ellipticals with some weights & strength training in between. Also spent some time on the recumbent stationary but that wasn't as satisfying...couldn't seem to make it do a random program...which I like as it mimics the open road a little better that way. So I didn't stick with it for too long. Used the free weights and a few of the machines.

Couple gripes: the pool is not yet use-able...they say it should be soon. I'm going to speak up about this being a crucial feature if they want to garner my membership! Towels are supposed to be available for working out and showering...but they only had hand towels...had run out of the full-sized ones.

They do have further expansions planned and it does seem promising. I liked the mix of age groups...the young college kids from Binghamton University, middle aged & seniors. Pretty much anyone would fit in.

Anyhow after finishing at the fitness center I had to go pick up a ton of wood pellets for our pellet stove. This means two runs as I don't dare put more than a 1/2 ton on my minivan at a time. Also at the same time my other car was at the repair shop (rack & pinion, for the low-low price of $1,000...yee hah!). I had come back to pick up the other half ton hoping also to pick up the car as well...but it wasn't done.

So here I am at Northgate plaza with Otsiningo Park waving at me and saying "c'mon! I know how you can kill an hour while you wait!" So off I go! It was cold and blustery right then and not exactly inviting:



My initial reluctant self:



The wind was at my back pushing me along and I'm like "great, that's gonna be fun to work against on my way back!"

But I make the most of it. I wasn't prepared for a walk / jog and didn't have any gloves, but stuck my hands in my pockets till I got pumped up...I knew I wouldn't have to keep 'em in there for long!



The sun is TRYING to make a comeback...!







And the sky opens up!



By now I'm pretty pumped and jogging right along. Occasionally stopping for pics, but getting right back at it (intervals, right?) after I snap the shot.

Earlier this week while making my way to my office I passed a pedestrian who meant well when he said: "Speed-walking! All right!"

Me? Hmpf! Wait a minute fella, don't you know JOGGING when you see it? It's a whole different gait! :-)

Great tunes pumping me along as ever...Michael Jackson's "Rock With You" had me (first checking to see if anyone was around...lol!) clapping in time with the music and my stride!



Here's a little split for northbound / southbound "traffic":



One of the things I LOVE about our Otsiningo Trail ( www.gobroomecounty.com/parks/otsinin
go
) is the way that it makes use of land that was at one time "wasted" and tucked away beside and beneath the interstate as though it was the armpit of the county, BUT with the trail and enhancements around it the trail is transformed into a welcoming embrace to our area! I know public spending is going through some tough times now, but I can't stress enough how absolutely VITAL it is to maintain and enhance the walk-ability / bike-ability for the quality of life we all want and need in our communities. Be sure to let your politicians know how important this is to you!





On the return, homeward stretch I'm pleasantly surprised at the change in the direction of the wind...it continues to nudge me from behind. "Go," Mother Nature says, "GO!"



I'm looking much happier now! :-)



And the sun then REALLY came out, filling me with visions of spring and summer riding on my bike!



Here's my little mighty mite, power source for all things physical and SPARKIN' (1200-1300 tunes!):



On to tackling that OTHER half ton waiting to be lugged onto our porch and stacked for the remainder of the cold season!

Finished with all of this my body is WASTED and sore in good ways!

Looking forward to more fun at the fitness center! :-)

Some closing thoughts and tunes on the theme of "Wasted":

"So much time to make up
Everywhere you turn
Time we have wasted on the way

So much water moving
Underneath the bridge
Let the water come and carry us away

So much love to make up
Everywhere you turn
Love we have wasted on the way

So much water moving
Underneath the bridge
Let the water come and carry us away"

Care to give it a listen?:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=6EI2of1PTW4

Here's another, probably even MORE appropriate ode to waste!:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=JpAG_He3mI4

Wrap up your weekend with LOTS of SPARK!

Don

  
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HEARTOLOVE 2/16/2011 6:38AM

    Hi Don!! The snow looks beautiful!!!
You're a go getter!!!
Hope you enjoy your new club!! Pam.

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SUZIAND 2/14/2011 12:42PM

    rawr!
Thank you so much for the pics and the blog! You have truley inspired me...yet again. I am going to my gym tonight and go for a swim!!!


Thanks, Don!

/hugs,
Suz

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BOBBYD31 2/13/2011 5:06PM

    i think you have done enough sparkin for the both of us, you day made me tired, great job! how is DW feeling???

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CARRIE1948 2/13/2011 12:45PM

    So, what's your decision about the Gym? I am loving my home gym so much, I can't see ever setting foot in one again.

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BAM-MA 2/13/2011 12:35PM

    What a great day! Thanks for the pics... Awesome!
I haven't been to that park in a long time. I will have to try and stop by there on my way through next time. I used to love to go there when my kids were little and I lived nearby. Your pictures brought back great memories of my son (now 23 and in the army) in the stroller and my daughter (now 26 and a mommy) on her training wheel bike. Brings a smile to my face!! emoticon

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LUREAH21 2/13/2011 11:01AM

    Great blog and pictures!

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DAYHIKER 2/13/2011 9:14AM

    Woo hoo! You sure made the most of your day! Glad you liked the fitness center--it sounds like a pretty nice place.

Thanks for comments on my blogs! We don't even have slop and glop yet--just ice that should start melting in earnest with today's 40 plus temperatures and sunshine.

Cindy in Indiana

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L*I*T*A* 2/13/2011 8:54AM

    love your pictures it puts us right there with you!!!
great that you found an elliptical that works for you!!!
have tried many but my knees don't seem to agree as yet.........
blessings and hugs............lita

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FRECKS96 2/13/2011 8:47AM

    Haha!! Love the self-portraits! And you're so right, we are truly blessed with an abundance of trails to utilize. Even better that they are generally kept cleared, even after a snow.

Glad you had such a wonderful day! Hope today is just as good!

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MRDPOLING 2/13/2011 7:50AM

    Loved the pictures of your journey! So cool!

It is supposed to get into the 40s here today. I am giving serious thought to a very long walk. Perhaps I'll bring my camera along and record my own journey around town!

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FERRETLOVER1 2/13/2011 7:49AM

    I love that you take so many wonderful pictures along your many journeys! Great!!

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JLITT62 2/13/2011 5:47AM

    I am tired just reading about your day! That trail looks awesome. There were so many great places to walk/run in Austin - I really miss that.

But wait, there's no snow on that trail! And barely any by it - what's up with that? Maybe we'll look like that after next week & the warm temps, but right now we've got snow banks almost as tall as me!

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CHUBBY_MOM 2/13/2011 4:20AM

    wow, I wish we had a fitness center around here like the one in your pics. Loved the other pics as well. Have to admit I got tired just reading about what you did just today!! LOL

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2BMYOWN 2/13/2011 1:34AM

    Now I think this is a totally awesome blog, and LOVE the pics! Man.....I am such a slug compared to you.....LOL! Kudos, I'm really impressed, you rawwwwk for sure!

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Choosing My Hard: Living vs. Dying

Monday, February 07, 2011

Why in the world should the SuperBowl be such a fulcrum point for me I don't know BUT the thought occurred to me yesterday that SuperBowl 2010 was my low point in weight where for a teensy moment I actually crossed into One-derland for a few hours that day.

Since then it's been a slide upward in my weight, especially so during these winter months!

So I *know* I've been overdue for a tough, Dutch Uncle talk with myself and apply those words I've been so fond of (wish someone could tell me who said this...I think the credit goes to another member of our SparkFamily since I Googled it and came up empty-handed):

Being fat is hard.

Losing Weight is hard.

Choose your hard.

Now I'll take those words a step farther, kick it up another notch:

For me giving into gaining weight is sentencing myself to a slow death. Taking control of my health opens me to living my life to the fullest.

In "The Shawshank Redemption" (one of my all-time favorite movies) the choice is simply put: "Get busy living, or get busy dying."

Well then...? Time to get back to what I know works for me:

1) Tracking EVERYTHING in the Nutrition tracker!

2) Daily cardio of no less than 35 mins. NO SKIPPED DAYS!

3) Weighing in each week.

4) Limiting my carbohydrates to the occasional fruit, low-fat plain yogurt, almonds, low-carb flatwrap or whole grain pasta.

Other plans:

---start the free trial at the fitness center by the end of the week.
---really REALLY focus on getting more sleep so that
---I can get my morning mojo back and be up nailing that cardio first thing in the morning.

I've got too many wonderful plans ahead that DON'T include toting around ANY more weight than necessary!

While on the treadmill (first looked at the clock at 50 minutes out of the 60 total...lol) my mp3 player dished up another super round of tunes tonight...but the most striking one happened also to be the very last. It's not a fast song, but a very powerful one. One of my favorite female vocalists is Paula Cole...just LOVE the strength, emotion and power of her singing in the song "Me" from the album "This Fire."

For me this song is both a declaration of radical acceptance of oneself, warts and all:

it is me who is my enemy
me who beats me up
me who makes the monsters
me who strips my confidence

Coupled with a pronouncement of profound strength and belief in oneself that just will NOT be shaken:

i am carrying my voice
i am carrying my heart
i am carrying my rhythm
i am carrying my prayers
but you can't kill my spirit
it's soaring and it's strong
like a mountain
i go on and on

Check out the video at YouTube which has the lyrics:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=fs0g6yL6kDc

And here is a video of Paula herself singing her song:

www.dailymotion.com/video/xcw1nz_pau
la-cole-band-me_music


Let's all keep ourselves moving toward the light: To LIFE!

Don

ps...HUGE thanks to BAMOM19 for recently posting her efforts to nail her backslide. She, along with myself and other members of SparkPeople were special guests last year on Dr. Oz's 100th show featuring 100 people who've lost 100 pounds or more. Here is my blog on that experience: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=2878056
Her sharing helped pave the way for me to come clean and go public with MY efforts as well! Just GOTTA LOVE our SparkFamily! :-)

  
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DEBRA0818 10/24/2011 1:15PM

    Great blog, Don! I agree with you that you're either "busy living or busy dying" or in my case, busy controlling my weight or busy letting it get totally out of control. I don't seem to have a cruisin' along fine speed. LOL! Having recently (last August) accepted total responsibility for my weight has freed me like no other prescription for it ever has. I'm making the choices each day that I want to make because they take me closer to the kind of freedom I've really longed for -- freedom from a lot of extra pounds and the health problems that go with that.

Here's to continuing freedom!
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KINSBAILE 9/27/2011 4:10PM

    Love this and absoulutely 110% agree.

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VALERIEMAHA 9/26/2011 9:57AM

    You NEVER cease to amaze me, brother.
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Maha

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TRUETOU 9/24/2011 11:44AM

    loved this blog...thank you...

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GIVINGUPTHEPLUS 9/24/2011 9:54AM

    What a fantastic blog. Thank you!

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CHUBBYCHIC6 2/15/2011 10:12AM

    Great lyrics Don,
and very true.
Making excuses for bad choices. Pulling the treadmill into the middle of the floor without getting on (fibbing) and hiding sweet wrappers under the car seat before hubby sees. Who am I kidding!
I'm my worst enemy. I'm my biggest critic. I know that now.
I'm in it for me. I am strong and confident.
I'm gettin' busy livin'.
THANKS FOR THIS x
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MIZZSB 2/13/2011 6:03AM

    hey Don..

love the quotes!!
and you are right i hate being busy to kill myself! its time to get busy living!!!!

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STARDUSTD 2/13/2011 12:27AM

  Love those lyrics, they're so relatable.
Oh yeah, and I didn't know you'd been featured on Dr. Oz...congrats! After reading that, i googled to see if I could find videos (haven't yet) but saw Richard Simmons was a celebrity guest. Did you get to meet him?

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OUTDOORGIRL69 2/11/2011 10:18PM

    Don...

Thanks for the great blog, You are an inspiration to me. You know what my struggles are and have been. I will lose the pounds as soon as the medications are gone.

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KAZINMICH 2/11/2011 9:08PM

    Excellent blog!! very motivating. I also LOVE The Shawshank Redemption!!! I've watched it so many times I can't count, and I bought the tape, even thought I've been watching it on tv. lol.."Get busy living, or get busy dying." Heck Ya!

I found someone else here in spark say something similar I love:
I want to find joy in living , not eating!!!

My husband and I both came to that conclusion in December. We set into motion our plan starting January 2nd. We cleaned out our cupboards to local food banks and stocked up on healthy stuff and haven't looked back.

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CASSIES 2/11/2011 3:04PM

    I love this.

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BARBARA_BOO 2/11/2011 1:24PM

    Nice Paula song! Choosing your hard is a great deal like chopping wood and carrying water. We appear to be on the same page once again.

Congrats on the Dutch Uncle talk that led up to the decision to hit the gym hard. When the Chief said "Juicy Fruit" in the Coocoo's Nest movie we both like is when we knew things were really changing and freedom was on the way.
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I think this looks more like a coocoo flapping its wings that it does a cheerleader (see its little feet).

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KINSBAILE 2/9/2011 2:48PM

    Awesome blog! emoticon

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SKINNYPOWELL1 2/9/2011 11:22AM

    I am going to keep this simple, but profound....
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LADYGWEN25 2/9/2011 9:51AM

    thanks for the song Don! I just listened to it.. It's AWESOME! think i'm gonna add it to my "spark" repotoire of uplifting songs :)

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MELANIE418 2/9/2011 8:01AM

    Hi Don - I really loved the power I felt in your post. Your words feel so powerful and willful. I love how you have taken back your health and weight loss. It's very empowering. Thank you for reminding me of Paula Cole and "Me". I had forgotten how beautiful that song is and what an anthem to being your own best friend. Your post was great way to start my day. Thanks for writing it!

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OLDERDANDRT 2/8/2011 3:03PM

    Thanks for this!!! Word I needed to hear just now!!! Thank you, thank you!!

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VEEJAY3 2/8/2011 11:30AM

    Don, I find you so inspiring, I'm adding you as a friend! I want to read more of your writing, and just bask in your optimism! I'm a backslider on my way back, too: had thyroid issues that packed 20 of my hard-lost 70 back on, and it's incredibly stubborn -- isn't going without a fight! So I need friends like you who have a lot of fight in them.

Thanks for the inspiration today.

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ANNIEMAC_98 2/8/2011 7:55AM

    Don,
In the short time that we've been getting to know each other a little I have seen that you must be a very strong & courageous man. I'm proud of you for your efforts and want to remind you that you are human. I know without a doubt that you will choose the hard that leads to life! Let's LIVE!!!!!

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LEARNING2LUVME 2/8/2011 7:01AM

    Great perspective. Thanks for the reminder that neither path is easy.

Have a GREAT day, Don!!!

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LUREAH21 2/8/2011 6:57AM

    You can do it!

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FRECKS96 2/8/2011 6:35AM

    Woot! You have a plan and I have no doubt that you'll conquer this hill. Good luck with your AM workouts-they've been a struggle for me lately too. Hopefully everything will get a little easier as the days get longer!

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TERRYMEMPHIS 2/8/2011 6:29AM

    Don I've been experiencing this myself. At least running a store like McDonalds I'm always moving all day long. I need to get going again in exercise dept. Lately fatigued at the end of the day. Need to ride the trainer in my room and shovel more snow. Maybe we can hook up for a ride this year. Bike is all tuned and ready to go. This mountain bike has been with me for 20 years. One positive thing still is I'm only eating salads with grilled chicken and low fat dressing, with the occasional small low fat ice cream cone.

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JLITT62 2/8/2011 5:43AM

    Ok -- wow --you were on Dr. Oz -- wish I'd known. I have been there my friend -- regaining, so mad at myself, so embarrassed. You have a good plan -- now work it! And we're here to make sure that you do! Cause

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HEALTHY_CAROLYN 2/8/2011 12:40AM

    Great job coming clean and facing what's been going on and what needs to happen! I can totally relate to what you're saying. It was just a little over a year ago that I was at my lowest weight-wise, and then, the slipping and sliding away from healthy decisions started happening. I've finally gotten to a point this year where I can feel positive strides, but it's taken a while, and it has been the toughest time I've had since started on this journey.

I wish you all the best with your plans, and I know you can do whatever you set your mind (and heart) to!

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SCOTTK3000 2/7/2011 11:17PM

    sounds good! I'm with you!
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