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A small reward for me WHEN I get to my goal...

Friday, May 14, 2010

Coming in to work today my retractable string thingy for my parking pass and employee id snapped. While taking a look at the tore up id I had an idea.

When I make it to my goal (not if) I will turn in the old tore up id and ask for a new one. The id is about 10 years old at this point and while the picture on it isn't even close to my current weight, I was over what my goal weight is. I've been kinda hanging on to it b/c there aren't a whole bunch of us that still have a green badge. Most of them are blue now. It's kind of something that I've been proud of since I've been around a while. But I would be more than happy to turn it in and get a new picture that would represent the new me when I get there.

The id is in bad shape just as I am, and when I make my goal weight I'll be in much better shape and it's only right to have an id badge that is in shape as well. I just hope that the current id can survive the next year or two! Only time will tell!!

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TINYC887 5/14/2010 2:53PM

    ive kept my old badges as a way to see the changes, im amazed at how different i look, i work with troubled teens and some of them see the old one and say, no way is that you,lol

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SROUS1340 5/14/2010 1:02PM

    That sounds like a great reward, kind of like getting a new DL picture when you are at your low weight with your hair done.
Good idea! emoticon

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Results of Lunch with My Boss...and other misc. ramblings...

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

I had mentioned yesterday that my boss was taking her team out for lunch and that I had some issues deciding what I was going to have... a burger or a nice salad.

Well I had the best of both worlds... I had a turkey burger which I might add was pretty darn good, and when faced with the decision of a side salad or french fries I had a mental battle and even though my conscious was telling me to say salad, my taste buds were saying french fries.

I'm happy to announce that the good guys one this battle and I opted for the side salad. It was good but it had what I would consider a 'wave' of dressing meaning they just kind of waved the bottle over the salad so as not to drown it. I would have preferred drowning it, but was happy that the dressing was applied sparingly.

I also chose to stick with water instead of a coke or even a diet coke for that matter. It's been a month since I had my last coke and I gotta say I don't really miss it much.

I realize now that my success or failure in my quest to get healthy is going to rely very heavily on little decisions that I make every day. It's not so much about the big picture, it's all in the details. By making smart choices in the details, it will help me achieve the big picture.

I'm very happy with my progress so far and my next conquest is to schedule a doctor's appointment for an exam. I haven't had an exam since I was 18. (I'm 39 now) I have what's considered 'white coat syndrome' and I have a very hard time when I go to the doctor. I'm always afraid that I'm going to get some bad news and that I've got some incurable disease that I'll never recover from. It's been something that's been with me since I was a child. My blood pressure is always high, my pulse is always elevated and I'm always a nervous wreck.

I need to go and get my health in order to coincide with getting my eating habits in order. I'll be making the appointment in the next day or two and I'll see how it goes!

Take care!

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TINYC887 5/14/2010 6:28AM

    way to go, at least then you will have a base line to work with

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DMURPH409 5/14/2010 6:20AM

    I got the call yesterday and the doctor I'm trying to get in to see WILL accept me as a new patient!! Woo hoo!! Part of me is excited because I've heard lots of good things about him from my mother in law, but the anxiety will really kick in when I go in. My appointment is June 3rd @ 1:45.

I'll post the results of the visit after I go.

Comment edited on: 5/14/2010 11:32:35 AM

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WOOBUMS 5/13/2010 10:16PM

    Nice job - I know it's a major challenge dealing with the lunches w/bosses and the constant 'free to a good home' baked goods that are always appearing in the kitchen area. Water water water. Really good decisions. BTW, my doc is good and I think he's taking new patients. I can give you his info if you want.

Stick with it!

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DMURPH409 5/13/2010 11:15AM

    I called the doctor and unfortunately he's not accepting new patients currently. But the nurse took my name and will check to see if the doctor will squeeze me in. My mother in law goes there and her mother went there too. They both spoke very highly of him. Hopefully I can get added. I want to make sure I'm around for a long time!!!

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WISCHZHD6 5/12/2010 1:34PM

    You can do it! Remember, Mikayla needs you to be around for a very long time- our whole family does! I used to be afraid of doctors too when I was young, until I realized I can't always cure myself and I have to learn to trust doctors. If you don't like or trust your doctor, find another one. Hopefully you will overcome your fears and visits won't be such a big deal. I'm so glad you chose the salad over fries too!!! I love turkey burgers!!! I think I'm making some for dinner tonight! Keep up the good work!!! emoticon

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FOREVER4ME 5/12/2010 12:31PM

    Great choices! Remember it's a daily change you have to make.
Did you make your doctor's appointment yet? Very important part of your health.
You can do it. One day at a time! emoticon

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TINYC887 5/12/2010 12:02PM

    good going on the lunch, im glad you were qable to have the burger and salad.

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SROUS1340 5/12/2010 11:53AM

    Good for you with all your great choices yesterday and for your committment to your health. I really like your background.
You will not fail. You will succeed! emoticon emoticon

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Weigh In Week 4

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

I lost another 2 pounds this week! Woo Hoo!!! I'm now into the 250's! I've got 8.2 pounds left to go and I'll be down 20 pounds.

I'm very surprised that I lost since I had slipped on Sunday. I'm also weighing in a day early as my current boss just got a promotion and is taking us out to lunch today. This will be a real test for me... do I get the fat juicy very unhealthy burger and fries or do I go for a salad?!?!

My brain is saying to go for the burger since that's one of my weeknesses, but my body is telling me to go for the healthier salad. I just need to pick a good salad. I just read an article here on Spark People about some of the worst salads and I was shocked at the number of calories in some of them. They were just about my entire day's worth of cals in one meal! Ouch!!!

I was very happy with the first month so far, lets just hope that I have continued success!

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PURPLEBABYBEE 5/11/2010 11:39AM

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DMURPH409 5/11/2010 7:35AM

    Thanks Tiny! Good idea!


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CHICLITE 5/11/2010 6:19AM

  emoticon emoticonon the 2 pounds lost

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TINYC887 5/11/2010 6:16AM

    congrats, if ya really want the burger, have it but get veggies instead of fries and eat only 1/2 the bun.

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Mother's Day moment of weakness...

Monday, May 10, 2010

Well let's just say that Mother's day wasn't a very healthy day for me. We went to my in-laws for dinner and I have some in-laws that make AWESOME food... did I say AWESOME!?!?!? I had a pretty big portion of salad with carrots and tomato... so far so good. Then we had some home made cheese pizza. That stuff was fantastic!!! I only had 2 slices. My brain was telling me to keep on woofing it down but I resisted somewhat. Then I ate some of the Caramel Apple Salad I made from the SparkRecipies site. It's really good!!! Very low fat, about 90 cals and not high in sugar which is great for my diabetic mother in-law.

And if that wasn't enough, I ended up eating some strawberry shortcake with whipped cream. So I wasn't exactly a good boy, but heck it had been 3 1/2 weeks since I really treated myself.

Did I beat myself up over it this morning?!?! Nah, I did have a moment of weakness, but I did restrain myself from devouring half of a pizza which is what I would have done previously.

I'm just gonna get back into the swing of things and stick to my plan.

Nothing will get in my way this time, and if it does it better be prepared for a serious butt kicking!

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WISCHZHD6 5/12/2010 1:48PM

    That's not bad at all! It's okay to treat yourself every now and then. When my friend Angi was in the hospital last week after her accident, I was so stressed out and barely left her side. I allowed myself to drink a can of Coke that first day, but I still drank my 8 glasses of water. One can is nothing compared to the 5 or 6 cans I used to drink in a day. If I ever order fries one of these days, I will order a small. I used to eat 2 double cheeseburgers, a large fry and a 32 oz coke at midnight at least 3 times a week, so one tiny small fry isn't going to kill me, as long as it's once in awhile. You will start to notice that you can finally tell yourself when enough is enough, and not overeat or eat too much of the wrong thing.

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TINYC887 5/10/2010 9:29AM

    thats not to bad, least you are back on track

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Small little accomplishment!

Friday, May 07, 2010

Ok, this is a little thing, it's not something awesome like losing 90 pounds or getting to my goal but it is a small accomplishment.

Today, I had to make a new hole in my belt to help keep my pants up! I know it's a goofy trivial thing to celebrate, but it's something that I haven't had to do in years! Usually it's the other way around, usually I need to get a bigger belt. I can't wait til Wednesday to see what my new weight will be!!!

I went out for a walk last night and my 5 yr old daughter wanted to come with me. I had to explain to her that I needed to walk pretty quickly to get in my exercise and she started to cry. She kept saying 'Daddy, don't leave me' and it broke my heart. Mommy suggested she ride her bike while I was gone and that seemed to patch things up quickly. Funny how great mommies know just what to say or just how to put that band aid on to fix the little ones!

Every week when I tell my daughter how much I lost she says, "I'm proud of you Daddy for getting your life back." I'm a grown 39 year old man and EVERYTIME she tells me that I just want to cry. I've heard that from her 3 weeks in a row now and it has as much impact the 3rd time I heard it as it did the first time I heard it. She's a really big motivator in my weight loss. I don't want to disappoint my daughter, I don't want to have to tell her that Daddy gained weight or that Daddy had a bad week.

This is the most motivated I've EVER been to lose weight and get healthy. I've already started to see some of the weight loss in my face and of course in my waist even though it's only 9.8 pounds. It's amazing how so many little things can impact you in a big way.

Ok, enough of my rambling on. It's almost time for me to start work. Time to eat my oatmeal and work on making my daughter proud of me!

Take care guys, have a great weekend and go out and make someone proud!!!

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TINYC887 5/7/2010 12:41PM

    thats awesome, kids sure tug at your heart strings, even if ya gain a lb or 2, so what, its not the end of the world, just keep at it

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JUSTA123 5/7/2010 9:45AM

    Small thing...not it's big and such a great feeling, all our steps are big , and it seems you've got a great motivator at home to! emoticon

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JZAPRN 5/7/2010 8:43AM


There is nothing small or goofy about celebrating an extra hole in the belt! Celebrate, Celebrate, Celebrate! I'm sure your daughter would be thrilled to help Daddy celebrate this accomplishment!

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BRETTANM 5/7/2010 7:57AM

    I was cruising around the Blogs and I stumbled upon this and it made my heart sing! What an amazing father you seem! When little children come into our world everything changes and we start living life for them! Keep at it! Your daughter will always love you! emoticon

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ALLE88 5/7/2010 7:46AM

    I think the belt buckle thing is a BIG thing! That's the stuff that keeps me going :) The little rewards along the way that do not feel little to us! Keep up the good work!

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DEC2802BRIDE 5/7/2010 7:43AM

    That is wonderful! We have a 4 year old daughter and she is just our entire world. It is amazing how they can melt your heart and be your biggest fan! Congrats on your accomplishment!

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CHANSEN_20001 5/7/2010 7:39AM

    Way to go!!! All accomplishments, even small, are wonderful!!! Congratulations.

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