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Tough few months!!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

I feel bad that I have not been around since the first part of November. Two surgeries in that time have pretty much taken the spirit out of me for a while.
After my knee replacement around the first of November, I was out of action a lot longer than I expected, but it is coming along pretty well now. I am still doing therapy so I can get all the movement and strength back.
As soon as I was off the crutches, I had surgery on my hand. The Dr. cleaned up a mess in the joint between my thumb and the rest of the bones in the wrist. All the cartilage was gone, so I had bone on bone.
I finally got the cast removed last Friday and now I have a removable splint. I started therapy to get my thumb moving again, but that is slower (and more painful) than the knee.
I plan to start checking in with SparkPeople again soon. It is hard to type with one hand.
I am not writing this to complain, but to thank all my spark friends for their concern and to apologize for not up-dating everyone sooner.
As things continue to improve, I will get back on schedule as soon as possible.
Again, thank you all for your thoughts and well wishes.

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LOLAJO54 5/1/2014 8:29PM

    Missing you
--missing your blogs

hope this will get things going emoticon emoticon

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KALISWALKER 3/26/2014 3:42PM

    There were a number of us that were concerned when we had not seen you for some time. I hope you are healing well and can use your hand. I used a voice recognition program for awhile when I had issues with my hands.

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GEMINI-SKY 3/11/2014 8:39AM

    Hi Gregg Been thinking of you...Hope All is Well...

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MOTHER-NATURE 2/19/2014 7:42AM

    Hello there my dear spark friend it is so good to see you back. Wishing you a healthy speedy recovery from all that you have been through.

Big Hugs


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IMEMINE1 2/3/2014 10:56AM

    Glad you are back.

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ACTIVE_AT_60 1/21/2014 8:06PM

    Apologies accepted but not needed. Great to hear from you again. There were a lot of worried friends . Glad you are OK. HEALSTRONG. Looks like you have had a few challenges!

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DDOORN 1/21/2014 9:00AM

    Apologizing for surgeries...?

WAY not necessary! :-)

Sounds like things are settling down for you now, hoping for some smooth sailing and bright SPARKIN'!


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LYNNWANNABE 1/21/2014 7:56AM

    Made my day hearing you had checked in.. I was [ALSO] worried something bad had happened to you [YES, you have a following here]! emoticon

Praying that thumb gets better quick and that your able to bake some of those goodies I like to hear about! emoticon

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MILMOM2000NEW 1/21/2014 7:44AM

    I'm SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO glad you are here and checking in! We were worried and unfortunately, we had no way of knowing other than to keep writing and praying that you were doing well! Praying for your recovery friend! I've totally miss ya! I've thought about you often! I'm SO glad you are back! Keep healing and recovery my friend! You are truly missed so come home to Spark soon! :)

Blessings Gregg!

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WATERMELLEN 1/18/2014 6:28PM

    Thanks for checking in with us: so sorry that you've had such a tough stretch. I've had hand surgery for thumb joint problems too and it was incredibly painful . . . much worse than several "bigger" surgeries . . . so you definitely have my sympathy. In time the physio made quite a difference: sure hope it does for you too. (Ask for the warm wax treatment: very soothing!!)

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DIDMIS 1/18/2014 6:03PM

    In March I had one knee relacement, in October had the other one done. Had major water leak in between them so downsized my house but got a new carpet fom the insurance company out of it.
I also am still n PT after being in rehab for a month and in home PT for another month now am in in outpatient PT to strengten an for my balance
Hope you get along fine.

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SUNNYWBL 1/18/2014 5:17PM

    You have been in my prayers for quite a long time, young man! emoticon

There have been lots of emails flying around worrying about your whereabouts. Glad to hear that you're on the mend!

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JUSTLYLE 1/18/2014 5:12PM

    Congratulations on your journey, glad to see your doing better. The old farmer Skeeter emoticon

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PICKIE98 1/18/2014 2:09PM

    That is the one thing about Sparking:if we stop posting, people like ME worry to distraction..Did he die? Move away? Just stop his new lifestyle?

Even typing one or two words to let us know you are breathing, but out of commission is okay.. We CAN be patient...LOL!

So glad your surgeries are finished.

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TMW54812 1/18/2014 1:43PM

    I'm very sorry for your troubles and pray you will be fully restored to good health very soon. I have been dealing with a prolonged battles with kindney
Stones that I hope will be over soon after four surgeries, much pain and many sleepless nights.
As they say"gettin old ain't for sissies"! emoticon

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JULIA_211 1/18/2014 1:42PM

    I am just so happy to hear from you! Thank God! Wishing you a speedy recovery dear emoticon emoticon

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RAINBOWMF 1/18/2014 1:28PM

    All I can say is emoticon

Love Mary

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Starting over

Saturday, August 18, 2012

I had the last re-check following my hand surgery yesterday. The Doctor said things are healing very well and that I can return to all of my normal activities, as I feel comfortable.

I decided that this is the perfect time to make some serious changes to my goals and routine, and work on making other changes in my lifestyle. So, today I will sit down with pen and paper and WRITE down the changes I want to make and what I will do to be sure they happen.
While I have not finalized any of them yet, here are a few of the things I plan to do:
1. Plan meals in advance and have the foods I need ready to prepare for each meal.
2. Get back to lifting weights and work each body part twice a week.
3. Get back to biking and ride at least 100 miles a week.
4. Set aside, and schedule, time every day for household chores.

I know I will have other things that will make the list grow as I get into it, but these four will be a good start to making more changes and staying fit.

So, my journey continues and the new course begins NOW!!!!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 8/23/2012 7:31AM

    emoticonGreat goals and I have NO doubts that you will be checking them off your list each week. Glad you are back in action.

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ACTIVE_AT_60 8/22/2012 7:23AM

    I think I will have to increase my mileage to keep up with you ....

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DAVEINSEOUL 8/22/2012 7:21AM

    Great goals! 100 miles a week? I should be so lucky!

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ANDYINBC 8/20/2012 12:51PM

    Wow, great goals. The 100 miles of cycling is impressive.

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SUNNYWBL 8/19/2012 12:19AM

    A great start on your goals.

I took your advice and now have the parts to my new Gold's Gym recumbent exercise bike spread out on my LR rug. Step by step I will put it together. emoticon

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MARYELLEN301 8/18/2012 8:56PM

    All very positive steps. Guaranteed success if you stick with them. Good luck!

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RAINBOWMF 8/18/2012 4:51PM

    Good for you.
I will be happy to see you adding those miles again, it just seemed to make you so happy.

emoticon on the healing, you have been patient and it has all paid off.

Hugs Mary

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DIDMIS 8/18/2012 12:58PM

    I am glad you are doing so well and the doc gave you the emoticon
You have some good goals. Go for it. I joined a streak in one of the teams and today is my 45th day w/o dessert. emoticon

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PATTERD707 8/18/2012 10:26AM

    Love the goal setting, love that you're going to be on your bike (always makes me feel like I'm a kid again).

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BABYNURSE2000 8/18/2012 10:25AM

    Woo Hoo!

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JULIA_211 8/18/2012 9:48AM

    Great goals! I like the starting over perspective. I for one love fresh new starts, and I wish you well with your new and improved goals! emoticon emoticon

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LEANJEAN6 8/18/2012 8:13AM

    You can do this! The number of times you quit is irrelevant. The number of times you have the courage to get back up is what matters.Lynda emoticon

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    The first step to achieving a goal is to know what that goal is.

If you don't know where you are going you might end up someplace else
- Yogi Berra

Make today a great day!

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MYBULLDOGS 8/18/2012 8:05AM


my sister walks 15,000 steps a day at 63 years old and has lost 105 pounds.

i gave up grain and sugary products and have lost 44 pounds at age 60.

we are both still loosing weight until we reach our goal


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The Surgery Is Done - Now I Just Have To Let Things Heal

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

It has been a week since my surgery. All I can do now is put up with the pain and do absolutely nothing with my right hand. Iwas supposed to have the cast put on Monday, but when they unwrapped it, my hand was still too swollen for that. All they did that day was remove the staples and stitches and change the dressing. I go back on Friday and get it checked again. If all is well, the cast will be put on so I can start the countdown to getting rid of it so I can start therapy.
The doctor certainly was right when he told me it was going to be painful!!!!! I don't like to have to take pain drugs, but I am VERY GLAD I have them for this one!!!! I suppose I shouldn't be to surprised that it hurts, judging by how much cutting and reconstruction he had to do. It took 13 staples and 5 stitches just to close the 2 incissions!!!!
I have been back at work since Tuesday, although I am not able to do much. At least I can give advice and help out as I can.
Hopefully, I will get the cast Friday so I will be able to start doing a little more and help move forward on the healing.

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LOLAJO54 7/29/2012 10:22PM

    oh my -- hope you are taking it easy letting things settle and taking those pain meds ---they are necessary in the process of helping you heal..

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DIDMIS 7/29/2012 10:07PM

    Greg how are you doing?

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SWTHNY- 6/11/2012 1:14PM

    I will keep you in my prayers as you heal. Hopefully the swelling will go down soon.

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YJNANA 5/27/2012 10:56AM

    Update? How is it now??
Hope the swelling is down. Did they give you a sling to help keep it elevated?
Sending healing vibes :)

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DIDMIS 5/25/2012 5:13AM

    Here is trusting you will be pain free soon.

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DJ4HEALTH 5/24/2012 12:28AM

    Just remember to heal before you use it again or you may mess it up and then they will have to go back in and do it again and it may take longer to heal too. So make sure that you take it easy on it until the doctor tells you that you can use it again.

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GEMINI-SKY 5/23/2012 4:57PM

    So Glad to hear you are back home and on the mend...So Sorry for all of your pain...At least you are on the down side of the hill....
Take care my Friend !!!

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RAINBOWMF 5/23/2012 4:17PM

    Nice to hear from you.
Glad you will soon be on the road to the old you.
I know you will need therapy but I know you! You will do fine.

Sending you healing vibes.

Hugs Mary

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TERRYMEMPHIS 5/23/2012 3:34PM

    Take care my friend. Do what you can do. Best wishes.

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JULIA_211 5/23/2012 3:16PM

    I'm glad that the surgery went well and you are on your way to healing. emoticon l wish you a speedy recovery my friend.

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BARBARAROSE54 5/23/2012 2:30PM

    Thanks for update, sending healing vibes to you.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 5/23/2012 2:11PM

    OOOOHHHH you poor thing. I'm sorry you are in so much pain, hope the swelling goes down so you can get your cast on, then let the healing begin. Hang in there, good to see you SPARK. emoticon

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Surgery Tomorrow

Monday, May 14, 2012

I am going to be out of action for a while. Tomorrow morning, I have surgery on my right hand (yes - I'm right handed) to replace a bone that is rubbing against the one at the base of my thumb.
The surgery is at a hospital about 3 hours from home, so I will stay there until the following week. Then they are going to check things out and put the cast on my hand and forearm. Luckily, my sister and brother-in-law live there so I will stay with them. It will be nice to see them, and to do some visiting with mutual friends and family while I'm there.
Also, since she is left handed, she will teach me how to do things from the "other side" while I'm there!!! LOL
I won't be doing any biking out on the paths, but plan t0 ride the stationary bike and do a lot of walking while my hand is in the cast and recovering.
This will be my 3rd orthopedic surgery in 3 years due to arthritis, prior injuries, etc. Enough is enough, already!!!!!!!!!!

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FREEDOMSTAR 5/21/2012 7:55PM

    Good luck Gregg. wishing everything heals up quickly for you

Take care


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JIBBIE49 5/19/2012 8:11AM

    The documentary "The WEIGHT of the Nation" points out the arthritis is much much higher in those who are overweight or obese. The inflammation in the body is a huge factor. It is so important for us to get to and remain at a normal BMI.

Glad your surgery was a success. emoticon

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SUNNYWBL 5/18/2012 12:14AM

    Enough is enough, already!!!!!!!!!!

My sentiments exactly! Be well soon............

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DIDMIS 5/16/2012 5:23PM

    As soon as you can have someone let us know how it went Please.

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KCNEWF 5/15/2012 4:03PM

    Recover fast. Consider a recumbent tricycle. You can ride one handed on those expensive machines!

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TMW54812 5/14/2012 1:17PM

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery! emoticon

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BARBARAROSE54 5/14/2012 12:22PM

    Good luck with your surgery and a speedy recovery.

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YJNANA 5/14/2012 11:22AM

    With todays technological advancements it should go very well :)
Good time for catching up with friends and family, and wishing you a speedy recovery.

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DIDMIS 5/14/2012 11:08AM

    Groeder I hadn't seen you in quite a while. I pray the surgery will go well and it will be the Last.
I need two knee replacements. Right now PT is working with me though to strengthen my legs and core, etc.
God bless you

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GEMINI-SKY 5/14/2012 8:34AM

    Yes, I hope all goes Super Well for You.
You are So Determined and I So Admire that in You !!!!

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RAINBOWMF 5/14/2012 8:09AM

    Good luck Gregg.
I am wishing you a speedy recovery.
You will make the best of this situation, you always do.
Will, Otto be going with you?

emoticonI will keep you in my thoughts.


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All my biking goals accomplished (for this year)!!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

It was snowing. The temperature was 29 degrees. The wind was 22 MPH . I was out riding anyway.
Today I rode 15 miles and accomplished the last of the goals I had set for myself for the (short) North Dakota biking season.
This is a list of the goals I worked on this year:
1. Buy a bike and start riding again after nearly 40 years. Got a new Trek Navigator 2 in January. Then I had to just look at it until the snow was gone in April.

2. Start a biking routine and see if my knee would take it. I did, and it did although I could hardly walk some days when I got off the bike.

3. Ride 500 miles before I had my replacement surgery. Done on June 16 (the day before I went in for the new knee).

4. Order another bike. Done a week after my surgery.

5. Start over on the new bike. Started riding my new Trek FX3 on August 23.

6. Ride 60 miles on the day before my 60th birthday. Done on October 22.

7. Ride 500 miles on the newest bike for a total of 1000 miles this year. Done TODAY!!!!!!!!!

This isn't meant to be a "brag session". I just wanted to get it all down to show what can be done with a little hard work and desire to improve.
In May of 2009, when I stumbled onto SparkPeople, I weighed 320 pounds and could not even walk around the block, much less think of riding a bike for even a few miles. Now my weight is hovering in the 160 - 165 range and I am in good shape for the first time since I was playing sports in high school and college.

I am pretty pleased with myself today, but by tomorrow I expect to have come up with some new way to challenge myself. That seems to be what it takes for me - new goals and new things I have never tried before. There is nothing like a good challenge and finding somebody to tell me I can't do it. I just say, "don't tell me that until I'm finished"!!!!

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    hope soon you will be able to get back to biking


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JOYATLAST 2/18/2012 3:22PM

    No brag, Just fact! We rejoice with you!!

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DAVEINSEOUL 11/21/2011 4:54AM

    Wow! Another passionate biker! For where you live, and what you have been through those are impressive stats!

An FX3? Nice upgrade! Next thing you know, you'll be ordering a Trex Madonne 5.9 :-)

Great work! I hope you can find something to challenge you during the winter months!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 11/16/2011 8:20AM

    You are a super star dude. So happy you made your biking goals. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Hmmmmmm...the questions remains.... what can you find to occupy your time now during the winter?

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ELYMWX 11/15/2011 10:55PM

    I'm just waiting to see what your next challenge is. Well done, Gregg!

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HBOWATCH 11/14/2011 9:39AM

    Great accomplishments! I'm going to follow your lead and get my bike out.

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CAROLANN27 11/13/2011 7:32PM


What an absolutely wonderful story yours is!! You are my hero!!!


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KCNEWF 11/13/2011 6:50PM

    Fantastic! Getting in 1000 miles in a year that you had a knee replacement is AMAZING! You're a great motivator!

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SUNNYWBL 11/13/2011 6:37PM

    Congrats on reaching all those goals! A super but human effort!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

emoticonI have but one question. Why the second bike? Did you wear the first bike out?

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WATERMELLEN 11/13/2011 6:28PM

    Sing it out loud: you should be proud! And: you're not bragging at all, you're giving us all the opportunity of sharing your pleasure and pride in your very substantial accomplishments!!


The toughest accomplishment (for me anyhow) is MAINtaining: but that's my main thing. And only about 5% of people who lose weight keep it off, so others find it tough too . . . but you're doing it, and will keep right on doing it!

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DDOORN 11/13/2011 6:12PM

    Awesome deal! Keep 'er rollin'! :-)


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BEVSMOSS 11/13/2011 6:09PM

    Great accomplishment. Thanks for sharing your story. It's very encouraging.

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ACTIVE_AT_60 11/13/2011 6:01PM

    Gregg - your blog should be subtitled where there is a will there is a way. Congratulations on the accomplishments.

"a little hard work and desire to improve" Perfect way of putting it. Too many people obsess about it and don't reach their goal.

I disagree with you - this IS a time to brag.

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DIDMIS 11/13/2011 5:53PM

    How wonderful. You set goals and determine to meet them. You did.
Now on to new and higher goals. You will set them and will meet them.
You are amazing. Look in the mirror and say. Who is that guy?
Slender, healthy, handsome and amazing.
Keep up the good work.

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JULIA_211 11/13/2011 5:26PM

    Very, very emoticon But it doesn't surprise me at all!
Congratulations on accomplishing all your goals! emoticon

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