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Happy Birthday To my Wife

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

This is to wish my wife of 35 years Happy Birthday emoticon and to thank her for the many things she does. This includes introducing me to Sparkpeople almost two years ago. emoticon and emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JADOREMOI 6/21/2011 10:57AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Happy Birthday!

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Because I can too

Sunday, August 01, 2010

Yesterday was a beautiful day. sunny, dry and in the mid-70's. Late in the day I decided I wanted a Dunkin Donuts coffee. So I went and got it. This time I walked to the shop, got my coffee and walked back home. Since I live on a hill and the shop is at the bottom, the last mile was all up hill. I must admit I was 'inspired' by a retired gentleman who lives near by. One day on my way to work I saw him walking by my house as usual. This time I said good morning and stopped to talk. He is retired and walks every day from roughly 530AM to nearly 8AM. Down the hill to the village, then to the river, and back around up the backside of the hill. I decided that if he could do that 'everyday' I should see if I could walk the hill. I can and so can you. I have lived in the same house for 28 years and had never made that trip before yesterday. Today I turned sixty. What have you left undone? Don't wait til your 60th to find out if you can climb that 'hill' .


Because I can

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Someone asked me the other day why I ran up the stairs. I grinned and said 'because I can." And that is the simple truth. I go out of my way to go the 'extra mile' because I can. I can walk and swim without pain and discomfort. I can sit in a restaurant booth comfortably.
I can Kayak for four hours and be tired but feel good. I have little if any back pain any more and take a lot fewer medications. Eating healthy is not the end but the means. As you travel along with Sparkpeople think of what you can do not what you can't do. I can do one pushup
not I can't do pushups. I can walk for 5 minutes not I can't walk a mile. Concentrate on all the things you can do not what you can't do. It is not a race nor a competition but a way to do more for yourself even if to start it is little things. The little things compound and grow into big things. I am going on a business trip and I looked at my passport for the first time since I joined Sparkpeople and only now realized the changes in the last year. emoticon

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DEBBYSTN 7/25/2010 8:48AM

    Love your blog this am--- I might just "borrow" that phrase...because I can is so uplifting and positive...thanks for sharing !

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BRIMINUS150 7/25/2010 1:43AM

    That's so great. I really love your attitude. I'm always kinda in the "I can't do..." mind set, but I'm gonna start thinking more of what I can do, instead of what I can't. Keep up your great work!

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SGBR-1 7/25/2010 1:15AM

    "Because I can" is a wonderful statement and is a special kind of empowerment whether it be because of health reasons or other life decisions. Good for you and great success to you in the future.

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DWROBERGE 7/25/2010 1:09AM

    Great line. I use it frequently with my GP when he asks a foolish question of a retired person.

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The Results Are In!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

I just received a call from my primary care physician about my latest blood tests and the results are in.

On the great side emoticon :
A1C=5.4 I am no longer considered a border line diabetic emoticon
blood sugar=97

On the reverse side no matter what I do my HDL(24)/LDL(61) is not good but he pointed out my LDL is progressively dropping. I guess I will have to continue on statins. But all in all he was very happy with the results.


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PINKOWL 6/8/2010 2:46PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon That's great news good numbers.

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JDB1957 6/8/2010 1:25PM

  Wow, how awsome! You are truely an inspiration to me. I was diagnosed with diabetes last year and that is my goal as well-I want to, I WILL beat it! I also want to eliminate my medications. I am inspired so much by your journey and waht you have ackomplished emoticon emoticon
I hope thta you won't mind I have added you as a friend. I wish you continued sucess on your journey and hope to be joining you in the future in the ranks of the non-diabetic/non medicated!

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ERINLINDSAY83 6/8/2010 12:47PM

    Great job! Awesome to hear!


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Dancing A little Jig

Monday, June 07, 2010

I have lost 75 pounds since I started this journey over 60 pounds since I started following the Spark last September. I have passed another milestone on this path. With Sunday's weigh in I am the smallest guy in my office. emoticon I have stopped taking most of my Medications. My blood pressure med is cut in half and I no longer need a daily waterpill to combat edema in my legs. My blood pressure is about 110 over 70. My doctors say as I continue to progress much of my other medication may be unnecessary. I still have my good days and my bad days but my good days are good and my bad days are fewer and far between and still healthier than before. emoticon


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