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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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Wk 16 Weigh In

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Lost another 2 pounds this week and I'm back on track after a flat week. I'm surprised that I'm still losing even though I haven't done any walking in about a month.

Unfortunately I didn't make it to the lab to get my knee x-rayed. The plan is to get there today to get it done. Hopefully I can get back to walking sooner than later. I can't believe that I'm saying this, but I actually miss it. Only bad thing is that it's now still VERY dark at 515 am. I wouldn't want to wait to long for fear that I would screw up my morning schedule.

I've been craving salads.... let me repeat that b/c I can't believe that I just said that... I've been craving salads lately for some odd reason. I know that I need to be careful b/c they can hide a bunch of calories in them if you're not too careful. There's a Saladworks here at our local mall and I'm in love with the Tivoli salad. It's got ham, pepperoni, swiss cheese, tomatoes, pasta and of course the greens. I get it with the light Caesar dressing and the whole thing is about 500-600 calories. It's about twice what most of my meals usually are, but if I've got the room in my nutrition tracker to stay within my guidelines, then I'm getting it.

I should be going in the next week or so for my follow up with Cardiosom for my sleep apnea. I need to bring in the memory card from my machine so they can read it. It will tell them whether or not I'm complying with my treatment. I've had the machine for about 5 weeks now and there have been only about 5 days where I haven't kept the mask on for more than 4 hours and that was when I had just the nose mask. Since I've been using the full face mask I've been 100% compliant. I don't think they'll have much to say now will they!?!?

I've had a few people on my team at work tell me that they can really tell that I've been losing weight which makes me feel good. I can definitely tell that I'm making progress. My wonderful wife was at Old Navy and saw some jeans on sale for like $7 and she picked up 2 pairs of 38's for me. I was a little unsure whether or not they would fit as I had been wearing 44's or 42's. I tried them on when we got home and low and behold THEY FIT!!! I was ecstatic!! When I was in high school (and much too thin) I was in a 29 or 30. I'd like to see what size I'll need when I reach my goal weight. Hopefully if I stay on track I'll find out before I know it!!

Take care all, enjoy the rest of the week and keep on losing!!!

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JUSTA123 8/7/2010 6:21AM

    I know that feeling of something fitting you didn't think would It's awesome ! keep up the good work!, before you know it you'll be wearing 32's! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HEATHERL219 8/4/2010 1:21PM

    That's awesome!! Congrats! I've never tried the saladworks in the mall, but I have had the one in Harmony Plaza (I think that's the name of it) and I'm a huge fan of the Turkey club, now you have me craving one now!! :) LOL. Congrats again on your loss & I hope that your knee feels better real soon!! :)

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TINYC887 8/4/2010 9:28AM

    way to go

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DAWNIE426 8/4/2010 6:10AM

    emoticon on the weight loss! Keep up the good work! I love Saladworks favorite is the Turkey Club salad. Yum!

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GROEDER 8/4/2010 5:58AM

    What a great amount of success you are having!!!! Now if you can get back to walking.... I hope the knee gets better soon.
It is good to read about all the positive things that are happening for you. Keep it up.

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Wk 15 Weigh In

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Like I said yesterday, it wasn't going to be a good week. Although I didn't lose anything, I also didn't gain anything. I was on a good streak of 8 weeks in a row with a loss so I'm not going to beat myself up over it.

Just going to get right back in the saddle and keep on trucking! I'm going today to get an xray after work to see what's going on with my knee. I'm hoping it's nothing crazy because I REALLY need to get walking again. If I can't walk like I need to walk to get my heart rate up, then what the heck else am I supposed to do?

I'll be really pi$$ed if I gotta lay off the exercise for much longer, it's starting to put a kink in my success. Like my SparkPage says though, I WILL NOT FAIL! So if that's what happens I'll just have to figure out some way to get some aerobic exercise in without putting a strain on my knee. I would love to get an elliptical or a recumbent bike but I don't exactly have the funds. I could also join a gym, but that also requires $$$. That's why I was walking because for the price, you can't beat it!

Well, I'm gonna get outta here and get ready for work.

Best of luck to you guys!

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TINYC887 7/28/2010 6:02AM

    ive been at the same for months, no matter what i do, dont worry. how about the YMCA, they offer scholarships. Hope your knee is ok.

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45ANDFIT1 7/28/2010 5:55AM

    You have a great attitude - just keep on doing the right things everyday and the weight will come off. We all have weeks where we don't lose (or even gain for no reason).

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Living life and loving it!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

I've been kinda quiet on SP for a few weeks. Recently I had an opportunity to work from home and for some reason I hadn't been involved with SP much. I logged in most of the days and spun the wheel, and I tracked a few of my meals but not all of them. I'm sure that tomorrow's pending weigh in isn't going to be pretty. But ya know what?? I've accepted that the results won't be positive and I'm ok with that. I was back to work on Monday and picked up my daily routine right where I left off.

Then while driving in to work on this beautiful morning I realized just how lucky I am to have the things that I have. I've got a FANTASTIC wife! I've got the best kid you could ever hope for. To this day I'm trying to figure out what my wife and I did to deserve such a precious gift. Some of the things she says and does just have to make you smile. There's no greater joy in my life than to just be sitting around watching tv with my daughter and hear her say "Daddy?" to which I reply "Yes, baby" (She's 5 but I still call her baby... probably always will!) and then she says "You're the best daddy... I love you!" How can that not warm your heart and whisk away any financial worries, or stress?

She'll be starting kindergarten in a few weeks, and then before you know it she'll be driving a car. I'm not looking forward to that at all!!

Sometimes it's easy to get caught up in everything that's going on around us, but every once in a while you just need to step back and realize that it's not how much money, or how big your house is that defines you. It's what you make with what you've got that does!

So take some time out of your busy days today and enjoy some of the little things in life. I know I will!

Take care all!

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TINYC887 7/27/2010 8:07AM

    how true, ya cant go back in time so gotta appreciate the things now.

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WILMABEAL 7/27/2010 7:47AM

    nice blog, I can relate to this. I also have a 5 year old daughter starting school this year. my oldest will be 17 soon.

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