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I jogged my 1st mile!!!

Saturday, October 09, 2010

I'm sooooo proud of myself! I set out today to do something that I felt was impossible... I actually jogged an entire mile for the first time in about 20 years!

Granted I was far from an olympic pace (12 min, 13 sec) but I did the whole thing without walking at all.

I can definitely do this!!

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VRCATON 10/10/2010 10:06PM

    Wooooohooo!!! That is awesome!!

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PAPAMIKIE 10/10/2010 7:27AM

    It is not so very long ago that I started running around the parking lot, then a half km, then a 2.5 km, and soon. Funny, that little start lead to where on Sept 6, the eve of my turning 56, I setup for an easy Half Marathon just for fun. Ended up doing 26 km (Half + 5) in 2:40:18, it got me out of the house while Gramie and the neighbourhood kids decorated the house for my birthday. Next day I was 56 and did a follow up 11 km.

So at 53 I could hardly run 500 meters, and working my way up to my first Mile. I think You are not in bad company. You will be amazed where this silly little first mile may take you!

Good running, and be careful out there.


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ILOVEDOLPHINS73 10/9/2010 7:58AM

    Fantastic job! That's so exciting and I'm very happy for you!
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FREEDOM_GIRL 10/9/2010 7:43AM

    That is awesome! Good for you! emoticon emoticon

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TINYC887 10/9/2010 7:40AM

    way to go!!!

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Wk 25 Weigh In

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

I'm down another 1.8 this week! Can't complain at all since I haven't really been doing much in the way of exercise. I've just been sticking to my calories and that's it!

I go back to my doctor today for a follow up visit and the last time I was there I weighed around 242 and now I'm at 225... down 17 pounds in about 3 months. Not bad... not where I'd like to be, but not bad at all.

I think my biggest issue currently is getting exercise. I'm not really too comfortable in going out at 5 in the morning right now because it's pitch black. It doesn't get lighter out until around 630 or so and by that time I can't walk 45 minutes b/c that would make me late for work!

Same thing for when I get home... I don't get home til around 6pm and then we eat dinner. By the time we're done it's getting dark and again I don't want to be out running/walking when it's pitch black. I would join a gym, but I don't have the funds right now.

I'm going to ask for just straight old cash for Christmas and my B-day this year in the hopes of being able to buy a decent elliptical or a recumbent bike. I could do them while I watch tv either first thing in the morning, after dinner, or heck... why not do both?!?

I'm also thinking about asking my doctor about a weight management program that's offered through Christiana Hospital. They have what looks like a pretty good program. They have an exercise facility and it looks like they offer nutrition classes and such. We'll see how it goes!

Only about 3 weeks until I start my vacation and I get to see my sister, my mom and my dad. My sister has been totally kicking a$$... she's lost like 50+ pounds! Can't wait to see them all! I'm thinking this year's eating will be different than the past years. When they're here it's usually time to loosen up and return to my gluttonous self. But this year I feel will be different. My sister's losing weight, and my dad is as well so I'm hoping that we make some smarter choices in what we eat. I'm not saying that I'm not going to get a nice greasy cheesesteak while there here, I'm just saying that I'm not going to eat the cheesesteak, an order of cheese fries, and a large coke. (Haven't had a soda in 25 weeks!!!)

Best of luck to you all, and keep on losing!!

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TINYC887 10/6/2010 1:17PM

    you can do it. how about the ymca, they offer financila aid.

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MICHELLEFROST 10/6/2010 8:00AM

    you can do it! keep up the good work!

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Wk 24 Weigh In

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

I was quite surprised today when I weighed in. I lost 3 pounds this week! Woo-hoo!! On a scary side note... I have 66.6 pounds left to goal. Nothing like having the number of the beast as the number of pounds to go! Sheesh! Say a few Hail Mary's for me, huh?

I have been more motivated the last week than I had been the previous 4 or 5 weeks and I'm hoping that I'm back on track. I only walked/ran 1 day so I need to get the exercise ramped back up.

My family is coming in from Chicago soon and both my sister and dad said they'll walk with me in the morning. I can't wait to be able to walk every morning for 2 weeks. That's my goal... we'll see how it goes. I'm really going to try and make sure that I don't go overboard on vacation. I'll be tempted by cheesesteaks and french fries but I'm confident that I'll maintain control.

I had 2 more people yesterday comment on my weight loss. One said that I was "withering away into nothing", and the other said "Look at you, Mr. Slim and Trim." Ok, I'm neither slim nor trim at this point, but I'm glad that people are noticing and that I'm making some progress again. I've gotta keep the momentum going!

I have been increasingly motivated by reading some of my fellow Sparkers blogs. Some of your success stories really make me wanna push on and work harder to get to my goals. I wanted to thank everyone for your support! I've also been watching The Biggest Loser this year and it's also been a real motivation. I watched a few people lose 30-40 pounds in only 2 weeks! Yes, that's a VERY drastic weight loss... they've lost in 2 weeks what it took me 6 months to lose! I can only imagine how hard they're working to create the caloric deficit needed to post those kinds of numbers. Makes my little 2-3 pounds seem trivial. It makes me want to push myself harder and farther to see what I'm capable of.

This weekend my brother and his family will be in town and we're going to meet them for dinner somewhere. I'm sure that I'll be a good boy and stay on the plan!

Hope you all have a great remainder of the week, and keep on losing!!!

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ROSEWCI 10/2/2010 10:55AM

    emoticon on the weight loss! emoticon that people are noticing! Enjoy the precious time w/your family!

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HEATHERL219 9/30/2010 7:45PM

    That's awesome, you're doing great!

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SAM910 9/29/2010 1:18PM

    Your doing a terrific job, keep up the good work. I know you will do well when your family is here. Your daughter is lucky to have such a wonderful dad, who cares so much for her that he is living a healthier lifestyle. Stay with it, just look at your beautiful daughters face, if you get tempted. emoticon

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TINYC887 9/29/2010 5:57AM

    good for you, you can do it, sometimes we all have bumps in the road, believe in yourself, like we believe in you.

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Great Weekend!!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Had a great weekend this week! Saturday I took Mikayla to the local Build-a-Bear at the mall b/c they were promoting some new Star Wars costumes and a special edition Star Wars bear. Part of that promotion was that they had some characters there from Star Wars.

All week my daughter was wondering who they were going to have there and if they were going to have Darth Vader. The kid LOVES Darth Vader. She's 5 but she's quite the fan. I told her I wasn't sure who they were going to have and we'd have to see who showed up.

When we got there the characters had just come out. Boba Fett and a stormtrooper were already in the front of the store and we immediately got her picture with them. We walked into the store and found the Star Wars bear and were getting ready to get in line to get him stuffed when I saw a black shape in the back peeking over the top of their display tables... could it be... I think it is... YES!!!! It's Darth Vader!!! Woo Hoo!! I pointed him out to Mikayla and I swear I thought she was gonna faint! She put her hands up on the side of her face and walked straight back to him and he posed for a pic and then gave her a high five.

We got the bear stuffed and then went out to the front of the store to see if we could get a pic with all the guys and they were nice enough to pose for us. On the way out of the mall, MIkayla said that this trip to the mall "Rocked!" She kept saying, "Daddy, that was so cool!" I was very excited for her! Who cares what the rest of the weekend held?? I made my daughter's wish of meeting Darth Vader come true! It's great to be a dad!!

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TINYC887 9/27/2010 8:35AM

    that is awesome, what a way to spend time with daddy

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BILL60 9/27/2010 7:03AM

    Good for you!! She'll never forget that experience, thanks to your kindness.

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100 things about me...

Thursday, September 23, 2010

1. Do you sleep with your closet doors open or closed? Closed

2. Do you take the shampoos and conditioner bottles from hotel? Nope.

3. Do you sleep with your sheets tucked in or out? Tucked in.

4. Have you ever stolen a street sign before? Why would I want to?!?

5. Do you like to use post-it notes? Sometimes, but only at work.

6. Do you cut out coupons but then never use them? All the time and it drives me crazy!

7. Would you rather be attacked by a big bear or a swarm of bees? Both!
8. Do you have freckles? Yes

9. Do you always smile for pictures? Pictures you pose for? Sometimes

10. What is your biggest pet peeve? Rudeness.

11. Do you ever count your steps when you walk? Nope.

12. Have you ever peed in the woods? Yes, of course!

13. What about pooped in the woods? Uh... no.

14. Do you ever dance even if there's no music playing? No.

15. Do you chew your pens and pencils? I used to.

16. How many people have you slept with this week? That's not really necessary to answer.

17. What size is your bed? Queen

18. What is your Song of the week? Believe by Brooks and Dunn

19. Is it okay for guys to wear pink? Sure. I have a pink polo.

20. Do you still watch cartoons? With my daughter.

21. What's your least favorite movie? Halloween III

22. Where would you bury hidden treasure if you had some? Why bury it, spend it!!

23. What do you drink with dinner? Water

24. What do you dip a chicken nugget in? Honey mustard.

25. What is your favorite food? Pizza

26. What movies could you watch over and over and still love? Blues Brothers, Smokey and the Bandit

27. Last person you kissed/kissed you? My wife and my daughter.

28. Were you ever a boy/girl scout? No.

29. Would you ever strip or pose nude in a magazine? Who the hell would want that magazine!??

30. When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone on paper? A few weeks ago.

31. Can you change the oil on a car? Yes.

32. Ever gotten a speeding ticket? no

33. Ran out of gas? no

34. Favorite kind of sandwich? Grilled Cheese with lots of cheese!

35 Best thing to eat for breakfast? Pancakes!

36. What is your usual bedtime? 9:00

37. Are you lazy? YES!

38. When you were a kid, what did you dress up as for Halloween? A whole bunch of different things.

39. What is your Chinese astrological sign? No idea.

40. How many languages can you speak? One. English.

41. Do you have any magazine subscriptions? Nope.

42..Which are better Legos or lincoln logs? Legos!!!

43. Are you stubborn? As a mule!

44. Who is better...Who cares?!?

45. Ever watch soap operas? Yes when I worked at Kmart. I didn't have a choice, that's what was on when I would come in to work.

46. Afraid of heights? Yes!

47. Sing in the car? Absomotherluckingfutely!

48. Dance in the shower? Uh... no.

49. Dance in the car? No.

50. Ever used a gun? Yes, I used to own a Sig Sauer 9mm P226

51. Last time you got a portrait taken by a photographer? Wedding... 10 years ago!

52. Do you think musicals are cheesy? Nah.. I don't like them but I wouldn't say they're cheesy.

53. Is Christmas stressful? Sometimes.

54. Ever eat a pierogi? Yes.

55. Favorite type of fruit pie? Apple.

56. Occupations you wanted to be when you were a kid?. Fireman.

57. Do you believe in ghosts? Yes

58. Ever have a Déjà-vu feeling? Yes.

59. Take a vitamin daily? Nope... does coffee count as a vitamin?

60. Wear slippers? No.

61. Wear a bath robe? No.

62. What do you wear to bed? Tshirt and some shorts.

63. First concert? Warrant, Firehouse and Trixter.

64. Wal-Mart, Target or Kmart? Target

65. Nike or Adidas? Nike

66.Cheetos Or Fritos? Cheetos

67. Peanuts or Sunflower seeds? Neither... I'm allergic to peanuts and hate sunflower seeds.

68. Ever hear of the group Tres Bien? No.

69. Ever take dance lessons? Does squaredancing in highschool count?

70. Is there a profession you picture your future spouse doing? No. I already have a spouse... no need for a future spouse!

71. Can you curl your tongue? Yes.

72. Ever won a spelling bee? No.

73. Have you ever cried because you were so happy? Yes.

74. Own any record albums? No.

75. Own a record player? No.

76. Regularly burn incense? No.

77. Ever been in love? YES.

78. Who would you like to see in concert? Trace Adkins, Miranda Lambert.

79. What was the last concert you saw? Brooks and Dunn.

80.Hot tea or cold tea? Cold.

81.Tea or coffee? I drink coffee every day.

82. Sugar or snickerdoodles? Sugar.

83.Can you swim well? Like a rock!

84.Can you hold your breath without holding your nose? Yes

85. Are you patient? No

86. DJ or band, at a wedding? DJ.

87.Ever won a contest? Yes.

88. Ever have plastic surgery? No.

89. Which are better black or green olives? Hate 'em both.

90.Can you knit or crochet? No.

91. Best room for a fireplace? Living Room.

92. Do you want to get married? Already am!

93. If married, how long have you been married? 10 years

94. Who was your HS crush? Don't remember... it was a long time ago!

95. Do you cry and throw a fit until you get your own way? Throw a fit??? YES! Cry... no.

96. Do you have kids? Yes!

97. Do you want kids? Already have an awesome 5 yr old daughter.

98. What's your favorite color? Black.

99. Do you miss anyone right now? My wife and kid!

100. Did you watch Next Great American Band on FOX? No never heard of it.

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CHUGGA88 9/23/2010 9:30PM

    Great job Dan. I'm gonna try to do it too. However, if for some reason I fail to complete it...that just means that my perceived "adult onset ADHD" has once again gotten the better of me. Great for staying active... bad for completing 100 question quizzes.

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TINYC887 9/23/2010 9:14AM

    love your answers,lol. great way to get to know ppl

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