Wednesday, December 20, 2006
I am celebrating the one year aniversary of my hip implant today. At this time last year I was in recovery, hooked up to wires and tubes and pain killers and anti-blood clotting drugs. At the end of the day the nurses made me get out of bed and stand on my new hip - it was very scary and painful. I was a fat slob with poor health habits. I was holding my own at work and had the love and support of my wonderful wife, but my body was going down the tubes. I made up my mind that from that day forward I would change my life, permanently. I found sparkpeople 20 days later, giving me a well structured plan to better health with goals and objectives to chart and track. During this past year I have realized tremendous success on my journey to better health, performed beyond expectations in my new (promoted) position at work, fixed up my neglected home (roof, electrical, plumbing, heating) and have tried to repay my wife for all her patience and understanding this past year, and it is working!
So now the trick is... to keep on going, to build upon the success that I have realized this past year and to be a little better person, each and every day. Because, small measureables add up to big rewards in the end!
Friday, December 15, 2006
It is really sad to see our nation's tendency to endorse, support and adopt a totally unhealthy mind set. I really believe in the motto "So you think, So you are". That motto can work for us or against us. Our society has become obsessed with "time". Everything has to be done quickly and with as little effort as possible. Time is the most important resource - more important than even money to most of our culture. The home, family get-togethers, meals made from scratch with out preservatives and added sodium and sugar, sharing ideas and learning lessons are mostly history right now. Frozen, ready made foods, drive throughs and "hot and ready" counter pizzas and bread sticks, gourmet stores with pre-made meals in open top coolers all encased in clear plastic, and whole aisles in grocery stores devoted solely to ready made, cellophane encased sugar/salt snacks to put into your kids lunch box. All in the interest of saving time - for what?!!!! So you can grab a blockbuster movie out of your mailbox, or click your remote to get any one of 200 channels, or sit in front of your computer to visit "myspace.com" or play poker or video games till your ass is sore? The only exercise one gets is walking from their recliner to the refrigerator to grab another beer or frozen snack and back!
And up till about 2 years ago, I was one of those fat, unhealthy, obese, blobs of gooo that was enjoying what I thought was "The Good Life!"
So... what do we do about it? I am not sure. However, I do know what I am not going to do. I am not going to turn into one of those anti-fat, born again health nuts, tree hugging, no-meat, no dairy, leaf eating, nose-in-the-air, high and mighty pulpit preachers.
All I can do is be true to what I have become, and what I believe in, and to live and support a no nonsense, down and dirty, straight forward, healthy life style. And when I am in an environment where I have healthy choice options, I will choose the McDonalds Asian Chicken Salad with 315 calories instead of the Big Mac, Super Fries and Milk Shake at 1,400 calories. I will buy fresh fruits and vegetables and whole wheat breads and bottled water. And if enough people do the same, a trend just might start. But it really starts with one person, doesn't it?
Friday, December 08, 2006
Yesterday was my one year check up with my hip (replacement) surgeon. He did the X-Rays and all and pronounced me fully healed and healthy. Same results I had two weeks ago with my family doctor after my physical exam. Both docs were amazed with my weight loss, my blood test results, EKG, etc. I told them about sparkpeople.com and gave them several of those cute little "sparkpeople.com" cards that you can print out from the resource link found near the bottom of one's home page. I will be back next year to see my family doctor for my annual physical, but the hip surgeon said that I did not have to see him till 2011 - unless I felt any pain or uncomfort in the joint. WOW!! I like that! They both said that I was their new hero! Geeeee, I feel like a pizza! HA! (Not really, but a nice bottle of wine with diner tonight is certainly going to happen!)
Friday, November 17, 2006
Tackling big challenges with small actions
This is a perfect illustration of tackling big challenges with small actions. It also shows the power of focus. There's a growing tendency for people to want to have it all. Not wanting to sacrifice anything, they run themselves straight into the ground- sometimes literally- only to end up frustrated, unhealthy, and tired, with nothing to show for it. What they don't realize is that you can have it all (or close to it). You just can't have it all right now. Does it feel like you're always busy, but you never seem to get anywhere? That's because when you try to do everything, you don't do anything well. Your child may force you to learn this lesson anyway. Instead of living your life all at once, try doing one thing at a time. Choose one goal and, through some small "things" every day, focus in on it until you've succeeded. During the day, put your full mind and efforts on one task at a time. You'll be much more productive (and calm) in the long run.
Friday, November 03, 2006
Only in Michigan...
1. You never meet any celebrities.
2. "Vacation" means going to Cedar Point.
3. At least 1 member of your family disowns you the week of the
Michigan/Michigan State game.
4. Half the change in your pocket is Canadian
5. You drive 86 mph on the highway and pass on the right.
6. Your idea of a traffic jam is 40 cars waiting to pass an orange barrel.
7. You know how to play (and pronounce) Euchre.
8. It's easy to get VERNORS Ginger Ale, Sanders Hot Fudge sauce and Faygo Pop.
9. You know how to pronounce "Mackinac."
10. You've had to switch on the "heat" and the "A/C" in the same day.
11. You bake with SODA and drink a POP.
12. The movie "Escanaba in Da Moonlight" wasn't funny. You consider it a documentary.
13. Your little league game was snowed out.
14. The word "thumb" has geographical meaning, rather than anatomical significance.
15. You show people where you grew up by pointing to a spot on the back of your left hand.
16. Traveling coast-to-coast means driving from Port Huron to Muskegon.
17. You measure distance in minutes.
18. When giving directions, you refer to "A Michigan Left."
19. You know that Kalamazoo not only exists, but it is either raining or snowing there. (& its not that far from Hell)
20. Your year has 4 seasons: almost winter, winter, still winter, and road construction.
21. Home Depot on any Saturday is busier than toy stores at Christmas.
22. You know when it has rained because of the smell of worms.
23. Owning a Japanese car was a hangin' offense in your hometown.
24. Everyone you meet out of state thinks you know eminem
25. You drive 60 mph thru 2 feet of snow in a raging blizzard, without flinching. (That's me! Now don't get mad, just let me go!!)
26.You think Devil's Night is celebrated everywhere.
27.You believe that "down south" means Toledo.
28.You know what a "Yooper" is.
29."Up North" means north of Clare.
30.Octopus and hockey go together
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