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New pics!!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

I just updated my progress pictures... pretty happy with the results. I can definitely tell the difference between my first week and this week. I also found a pic taken almost a year ago in September on my daughter's first day of pre-school. I put it side by side with the pic I took today. I can't believe the difference! My face seems like it just melted away! Pics like this will definitely keep me going. What do you guys think? Can you tell I lost almost 40 pounds??

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SHARK_FIN 8/15/2010 6:32PM

    Congrats! You are looking good!

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HEALTHYASHLEY 8/15/2010 5:07PM

    You can really tell! Congrats on all the hard work paying off!

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JEN040219 8/15/2010 4:43PM

    Yes, I can! Congratulations--you look marvelous!

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BECKYANNE1 8/15/2010 4:38PM

    What a difference. Way to go!

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KATHYJO56 8/15/2010 4:16PM

    Wow! You should be proud. You have done a wonderful job. emoticon

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A little about me... A to Z!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Found this on another blog... thought it would be fun to do.

A - Available or married? Married to Cullengirl1216

B - Books? Not really, don't read too many.

C - Cake or pie? Pie!! Warm apple pie with some vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce!!

D - Drink of choice? Water, water, water... did I mention water?!?

E - Essential item? My Ipod... always gotta have some good music to listen to.

F - Favorite color? Purple, and NOT Barney purple.. I prefer a darker shade.

G - Game to play or watch? I'm playing Lego Star Wars on the PS3 with my daughter currently.

H - Hometown? Bear, Delaware... originally from Burbank, Illinois

I - Indulgence? Anything geeky or tech related.

J - Job? Yep! I'm a Sr. Fraud Policy Analyst for Barclaycard.

K - Kids and names? One beautiful daughter, Mikayla. She's the sunshine of my life!

L - Life is incomplete without? My wife and daughter! Luv you guys!

M - Music group or singer? Too many to name... anything from Epica to BB King.

N - Number of siblings? One younger brother and a younger sister. My sister is on SP as well! (WISCHZHD6)

O - Oranges or apples? Both?!?! I love either one.

P - Phobias/fears? Doctors!

Q - Favorite quote? "Try not. Do or do not, there is no try".... Yoda

R - Reason to smile? My daughter!

S - Season? Fall, love to open the windows and get that breeze blowing in the house.

T - Tattoos? Yes, a grim reaper on my right shoulder. Watch out!

U - Unknown fact about me? I met my wife on America Online.

V - Vegetable you love? tomatoes!

W - Worst habit? Being hard headed

X - X-rays you've had? just recently my right knee. I've also had chest and fingers x-rayed.

Y - Your favorite food? healthy food would be salads... love them!! not so healthy would be burgers and pizza!

Z - Zodiac? Sagittarius

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DUSTEDTWIN 8/13/2010 12:46PM

    Thanks for the post - great to know new things about you :)

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GIANTMICROBE 8/13/2010 12:38PM

    Cool post :-) I don't like pie! Can't live without cake! Mmm cake.

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Wk 17 Weigh In

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Well, I ate my Pizzeria Uno Pizza and then a few days later had an ooey gooey cheesesteak and I still lost 3 pounds! Just goes to show that you CAN splurge a little here and there without sabotaging your weight loss goals.

I started walking this week and I've decided to walk inside using a dvd for now. It had been so long since I last walked that it's stayed dark. It's now 6am and it's about as light as it used to be at 515.

I don't mind too much staying inside though. Since I'm using the walk away the pounds it feels like I get a better workout than when I walked outside. I don't seem to sweat as much doing the stuff inside as I did outside, but since the WTP program uses you arms quite a bit it feels a little more intense than just walking briskly. I definitely recommend the Leslie Sansone WTP programs especially if you aren't coordinated enough to do one of those fancy aerobics programs. Leslie uses very basic steps, but when needed kicks up the pace as well as the size of the arm movements. Bigger movements=more muscle being engaged which in turn equals more cals burned!

My family is coming in from Chicago in October and I can't wait to show them my progress!!
Tomorrow I'll be going in for blood work to see how my increased thyroid medication is doing as well as how the diuretic is impacting my kidneys.

Hope you all enjoy the rest of your week! Take care and keep on losing!!!

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HEATHERL219 8/11/2010 1:54PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

When I lived in my apartment, I was looking at the Leslie Sansone dvd's...I still want them, but now that I'm staying with my bf's parents, there's nowhere to put them in and do them lol.

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 8/11/2010 7:32AM

    Lucky duck! I wish I had your good fortune!

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ANNEMARIE001 8/11/2010 7:25AM

    You're doing great! Good work. I may try the DVD. I have been getting bored on my own and need something extra. Thanks. emoticon emoticon

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DAWNIE426 8/11/2010 6:38AM

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TINYC887 8/11/2010 6:26AM

    way to go

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"Walking to Chicago"

Sunday, August 08, 2010

I decided today that a good way to motivate me to walk as much as possible would be to try and walk enough miles that would equate to walking to Chicago. So far I've tracked about 67 miles and I've got about 700 more or so to go.

I'm also going to try and plot my progress with the help of Google Maps. I saved my first one and uploaded it to my page as the first photo. If you click on it you'll see just how far I've walked so far. I started in Bear, De, and so far I'm walking around the outer loop of 695 near Baltimore. I'm just a little ways past Towsen.

I plan to continue walking along 695 until I reach route 70 and then I'll head up towards Breezewood, PA before hopping on 76 and heading West. It will be 76 East for a LONG time until I hit 80 and then it will be 80 West till I hit the Windy City.

I'll be updating this trek every so often. Maybe every month or so. It would be way too tedious to update it after every walk.

It will probably take me like 2 years to get there by walking 2 or 3 miles every other day or so, but it will be a fun way to get me up and moving!

Wish me luck!

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HEATHERL219 8/8/2010 11:55PM

    I think that's awesome what you're doing! You can do it!! emoticon emoticon

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BRAVEONE92 8/8/2010 11:22PM

    I loved reading about your exciting journey of walking. Best
wishes. What a fun way to walk.

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EPHSTOP43 8/8/2010 4:18PM

    great job! this is a wonderful way to view the miles you walk... and a great "goal" to reach! I can't wait to see you go further!

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DUSTEDTWIN 8/8/2010 2:28PM

    This is a great goal! Congrats on tracking and keep up the great work. You don't need luck 'cause you are an ALL STAR!

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Back in the saddle!

Saturday, August 07, 2010

First of all I went to the sleep apnea folks yesterday and brought along the memory card from my machine. I was very happy with the results even though I knew that I was more than the 70% compliant. I was 88% compliant and I attribute the days when I wasn't compliant to when I had the nose only mask instead of the full face. I was also told that previous to my treatment I had on average of 12 apneas per hour but with the machine its dropped to .9 per hour. That's point 9. Less than 1 an hour. That is awesome!! I can certainly notice a big difference in how I feel in the morning. I have more energy and it's not such a chore to get my a$$ outta bed.

I also found out that my x-ray was normal. There's nothing wrong with my knee. I don't believe that it's correct since from what I've read, many of the ligament related issues aren't always discovered on an x-ray, they usually need an MRI for that.

So after getting the green light and coupled with the fact that I haven't walked in like forever I went out this morning and walked about 1.4 miles. I walked for about 25 minutes, got the heart rate up, and of course I got to sweat a little bit. I truly forgot how good it feels to sweat! So far everything feels good, no knee discomfort and the new shoes feel good on the feet.

I will have to watch the blood pressure though as the therapist advised me that as the apnea gets better, my blood pressure should start to drop and normalize. This could be a point to keep an eye on as I'm on bp meds plus a diuretic.

I've also been light headed when I stand up recently and there have been a few days where it's felt like I was hit by a truck! I had absolutely zero energy. If I didn't know better I woulda thought I had the flu or something. I was really tuckered out! I'll keep an eye on it and if it doesn't improve, then I'll mention it to the doc and see what he says.

Today we're going to get a treat... we're planning on driving down to Dover (about an hour or so ride) to stop in and get a Chicago original... Pizzeria Uno! I haven't had their pizza in soooooooo long! It's about 770 cals and about 55 g of fat for 1... yes one slice. Is it worth it to blow the cals on it??? YES!! I believe so. I'll just cut back and eat tomatoes for the rest of the day if I have to.

I think I deserve a stinking treat! I'm 16 weeks into my adventure and I've lost 35 pounds so far. I have had a few moments of weakness, but for the first time in my life I'm not beating myself up about it. I used to sit around and sulk if I ate something bad which made it worse and then I wanted to eat more to suppress the feelings of guilt and that's how it became a negative spiral back into the world of fat. Now if I have a bad day, I just forget about it and move on. I can't dwell on what I did yesterday or what I'm going to do tomorrow. I can only worry about what I'm going to do right now, this very second. As long as I continue to make the right decisions (or most of the right decisions) I know I will succeed and I will achieve my goals!

Every day is one step closer to your dreams! Take care!!

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JUSTA123 8/8/2010 10:08AM

    Remember this is your life, and life is to be lived , just remember to get back on your plan, glad the sleep thing is working out, and glad you were able to get out and walk! your going to be fine. Don't give up because you slip up, that's the old us, we know that real people have slip ups the difference is they don't let it destroy their plan. have fun! emoticon

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TINYC887 8/7/2010 8:26PM

    way to go, keep it up

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WOOBUMS 8/7/2010 10:28AM

    Good job! And yes, a splurge is a good thing as well.

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GROEDER 8/7/2010 9:18AM

    I am SO happy for all your good news!!!!
You enjoy that piece of pizza!!!! You earned it and are planning for it, so I don't see a problem. I know you will be right back on track after your "treat".
Best of luck as you continue.

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NITA-ANN 8/7/2010 8:34AM

  emoticon, and enjoy the pizza!

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