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Three days to go!!!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

I have one more day of work, then go to Fargo the next, and have my knee replacement the next day (June 17th). I don't know how long I will be there until they give me the ok to drive the 180 miles home, so I won't be on the internet for a while.
They say I will likely be in the hospital until Monday, June 20, and then I will be staying with my sister and brother-in-law for at least a day or two. Luckily, the replacement is for the left knee, so I can operate the accelerator and brake on my SUV. To me that means I will be home very soon!!!!
All I want to do is get home and start my rehab and have less pain when I am doing the things I want to do. As my physical therapist says, "motivation is not a problem"!!!!! LOL
So.....after the 16th of June, I won't be on the site for a while. I'll miss not logging in every day (I'm on a 390 day streak right now), but I will be back as soon as I am able.
By the way - I have 327 miles on my bike and 2 more days to ride before my surgery. I just might get to 350 by then.
Thanks to all who have wished me well and for all your thoughts and prayers.

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DIDMIS 6/15/2011 10:11AM

    Greg, I had hip replacement a few years back. They might want to put you in therapy for the knee after replacement of course.
My husband was still alive then and he helped me in and out of bed until I got enough strength to do it on my own.
They told me not to drive for six weeks as they tell everyone after surgery.
I think I drove sooner as I went to Mexico to teach and used my walker. Have you talked to your doc about all of this?

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RAINBOWMF 6/15/2011 8:49AM

    With your great attitude you will be up and at it in no time.
Wishing you all the best. We will miss you.
Hurry back. Great numbers on the bike,

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GEMINI-SKY 6/15/2011 7:40AM

    Hi Gregg, You are such a Good Trouper ! ! !
I know you can make your 350 miles....
Do you have an iPhone/ Smart Phone/ iPad??? They have an app for SP.
Better yet...I just checked my iPhone and I Googled SP, signed in and went to spark points...The Wheel is there ! ! !
I'm so glad I checked cuz I didn't know that either ! ! !
If you don't have a smart phone, borrow someones...It will be a shame to beak your streak....
All the VERY Best to You Gregg. I'm pulling for you ! ! !

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JULIA_211 6/15/2011 5:48AM

    All the best to you, Gregg emoticon I hope you have a quick recovery. All your spark friends will be here waiting for you. emoticon

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SUNNYWBL 6/14/2011 11:28PM

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CAROLANN27 6/14/2011 11:14PM


Wishing you well on your surgery. I'll be thinking of you. Will be glad when you get back. I think you'll make the quickest recovery in the books!


PS And no, NOT all men can cook like you!!! I hope you'll give us the pickle recipe!

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TMW54812 6/14/2011 10:47PM

I will pray for success in surgery and rapid recovery. I look forward to your return to Good health and SP!


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    Best wishes on the knee replacement. You are an inspiration to all of us, if you don't get to 350 miles on that bike before the surgery, you'll get there soon, cause I have a feeling you will set speed records for rehabbing that knee! GOOD LUCK!!

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My dinner date!!!

Monday, June 13, 2011

I think everything went well when I cooked dinner for my friend. At least, I had a good time!!! I got to cook and had some one to talk with while I was doing it!!
The big question of the evening was, "you are going to deep fry WHAT??!!" HAHA
When I showed her the wash and dredge I put the pickles and olives through, she was surprised. And when she tasted the end result, I could tell I had a new fan!!!!
Everything else was well recieved too (especially the stuffed mushrooms) and I even packed some of the leftovers for her to take home.
As she was leaving she said she would be happy to come back any time I had the urge to cook!!!! I think she likes my kitchen skills.

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CHARHUNT1 6/15/2011 10:28AM

    good job!!!

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DIDMIS 6/15/2011 10:06AM

    Hey I'd go over if you lived closer to me and you would cook for me.

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1NANA4EVER 6/14/2011 9:00AM

    Nice job! You have come up with a good formula for attracting female attention!

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ACTIVE_AT_60 6/14/2011 6:58AM

    Be careful sharing your cooking skills ... you may end up with a spark invasion ... some of us may bring our bikes too ROFL.....

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SUNNYWBL 6/13/2011 3:26PM

    I can only echo most of the comments! What's not to like about a man that Cooks? emoticon

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TMW54812 6/13/2011 2:25PM

    Never thought you would be the type to "cook and tell"...LOL

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PHEBESS 6/13/2011 12:39PM

    Definitely keep cooking for her!

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CAROLANN27 6/13/2011 12:25PM

    Glad your dinner was such a success. Would you be willing to part with the pickle recipe?

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JULIA_211 6/13/2011 12:11PM

    Congratulations on your successful dinner date! emoticon
ELYMWX is "so" right! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ELYMWX 6/13/2011 11:35AM

    It's well known that women like men who can cook!

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WATERMELLEN 6/13/2011 10:41AM

    This is so sweet! For a lot of ladies, it's pretty much irresistible to have a man "take care" of us a little . . .

Hope that the romance flourishes!!

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BARBARAROSE54 6/13/2011 9:08AM

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MEGA_MILES 6/13/2011 8:04AM

    Congrats Gregg! The way to a woman's heart is cooking her a great meal. You are the man!! Woohoo!! emoticon emoticon

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DAVEINSEOUL 6/13/2011 7:31AM

    Nothing says "this one's a keeper" like a man who has kitchen skills LOL.

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GEMINI-SKY 6/13/2011 7:25AM

    Woo Hoo ...A Man in the Kitchen ! ! !
Sounds like you have a Good Friend Forever...Is She Nice? A Keeper???

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SKINNYPOWELL1 6/13/2011 7:22AM

    Sounds like you have emoticoncooking skills. You are so impressive in many ways.

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RAINBOWMF 6/13/2011 7:17AM

    Very nice Gregg, I think all us Ladies would like
your kitchen skills. I know we like you.

Glad all went well.

Hugs Mary

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Dinner menu for my date tonight

Saturday, June 11, 2011

I am having a new friend over for dinner tonight. I thought I would share the menu I am planning to make.
For the first course I am making marinated mushroom caps that I will stuff with Italian sausage and mozzarella. Then I sprinkle with grated parm and put them under the broiler just long enough to melt and brown the cheese. With them I will deep fry (I KNOW - NOT GOOD!!!!) dill pickl spears and green olives.
The main course will be my own idea of crab, shrimp, and coconut cury, served on a bed of seasoned brown rice. With that I will have toasted garlic bread and steamed asparagus.
We will end with a chocloate mousse which is very light as it is made with fat free jello pudding, skim milk, and fat free cool whip.
My friend is even coming over early so she can watch me make all this stuff.
It should be a fun afternoon and evening.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 6/13/2011 7:24AM

    Sounds yummy, I am sure your lady friend will be impressed. So wonderful that "men" can cook.

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DIDMIS 6/13/2011 1:01AM

    WOW I would like to have a date like that. Cooking for me!
Have a good time.

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CAROLANN27 6/12/2011 5:41PM

    Ok, I HAVE to ask! How do you make a deep fried dill pickle spear??? Hope you dinner was wonderful.

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RAINBOWMF 6/12/2011 12:25AM

    sounds wonderful
let us know how it went

You make us all proud!

Hugs mary

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FREEDOMSTAR 6/11/2011 11:06PM

    sounds emoticon let us know how it goes emoticon


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JOYATLAST 6/11/2011 8:15PM

    Sounds like she is in for a treat!

Is this an open invitation?

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SUNNYWBL 6/11/2011 7:31PM

    It sounds like a very lovesy dinner, I hope you both enjoy!

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TMW54812 6/11/2011 3:43PM

    all you need is some Sinatra on the stereo and you're all set!


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JULIA_211 6/11/2011 3:01PM

    Everything sounds wonderfully planned! Have a great evening with your friend. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 6/11/2011 10:20AM

    My this sounds delish! And elegant and (mostly) very very healthy! One or two of those pickles and olives cannot hurt . . . Our golf club is offering the deep fried pickles and they're very popular: haven't tried them yet, but probably will!!

Hope you have a lovely evening!!

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I have switched addictions!!!!!!

Sunday, June 05, 2011

On May 10th (a date dear to me as it was the second anniversary of the beginning of my SparkPeople journey) I stopped smoking, an addiction I have had for over half of my life!!!!! I am very sure that many of the things I have learned about myself through SparkPeople have helped me overcome the cravings, urges, and all that go along with ending this habit, but I have to confess that I replaced it with another addiction!!!!!
I have become addicted to riding my bike!! I ride it every day that it isn't raining HARD, and when it is too nasty to get out, I ride my recumbent bike indoors. I just can't seem to stay off the bikes.
I am not a speedster at this point, but I am using the biking to get my legs ready for my knee replacement surgery on June 17th.
I am already missing the few days (I hope it will only be a short time) that I won't be able to ride and I haven't even had the surgery yet.
Even though I will need to stop riding "cold turkey", I expect to get back on track very soon. I will be hanging on to this habit as long as my knees keep bending!!

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FREEDOMSTAR 6/7/2011 9:02PM

    Gregg- emoticon on the emoticonaddiction ! Im enjoying going for a bike ride now that the winters finally over. Good luck on your surgery. It has benefits for your knee

Change is Good Team

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FOXDIS1 6/7/2011 7:14PM

    all the best on the surgery, I love the fact that you switch addiction to something worth addicting..

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ELYMWX 6/6/2011 10:47PM

    Much better addiction!

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DADDYS_GIRL6 6/6/2011 11:28AM

    Great switch of addictions!! Praying your knee surgery is 100% successful! If determination has anything to do with it, it is bound to be!!

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DIDMIS 6/6/2011 11:21AM

    What a wonderful change of addictions and I sincerely hope the knee surgery goes well with you and you will be back on your bike soon after.

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ANDI_3K 6/6/2011 7:28AM

    good for you!!!!

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GEMINI-SKY 6/6/2011 7:02AM

    Yeah Gregg...Love the SWITCH ! ! !

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JULIA_211 6/6/2011 4:24AM

    emoticonNow that's the kind of addiction I like to hear about! emoticon emoticon

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SUNNYWBL 6/6/2011 2:08AM

    Congrats on your successful addiction switch!

Now I'M intimidated. Remember how we said that sometime this summer we would meet in Fargo and go bikeriding? I'm certainly not up to your level of ridership! emoticon emoticon

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PS, As promised, I posted the letter at 12:54AM Monday, on the page!


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MRDPOLING 6/5/2011 10:27PM

    Once I get a wider seat for my new bike, I can see me getting addicted to it.

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RAINBOWMF 6/5/2011 9:29PM

    emoticon Gregg you are emoticon I love your drive and ambition.


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TMW54812 6/5/2011 9:06PM

    Hi Greg ,
You continue to amaze me with your progress. Giving up cigarettes after so many years is monumental!
With your new post surgery bionic body and improving lung capacity you should sign up for senior olympics.

You da man!

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YJNANA 6/5/2011 7:48PM

    Way to go on the Stop Smoking,
I quit back in the 80s and have never regretted it.
Now everywhere you go, its Non Smoking, which makes me Happy.

Can you believe what people have to pay for a carton now? WOW I would rather spend that on Fun things.

Your new passion is biking, good for you. Now that Summer is almost here, I hope we can do more biking on our Trails here in WA
Good for you :) emoticon

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CAROLANN27 6/5/2011 7:42PM

    Congratulations on stopping smoking! What an addiction to have---bike riding. That's fantastic!!

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DAVEINSEOUL 6/5/2011 7:34PM

    Another passionate bike rider - yes, what a wonderful addiction we have :-)!

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ACTIVE_AT_60 6/5/2011 4:02PM

    Gregg, they may use a stationary bike for rehab - and you can get your fixx again :-)

I was a smoker for 20 years, and I am glad I have exchanged the habit for another one - a more healthy one.

I saw your status update. Perhaps you should consider using the bike as a vehicle for commuting - depending on how comfortable you are riding where you live.

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MEGA_MILES 6/5/2011 1:38PM

    Gregg, SHHH. Your letting the cat out of the bag. When people ask me what my secret is I tell them to trade an unwanted addiction for a different hopefully healthier addiction. There's no way around it. We love our addictions.
It's hard to quit an addiction, but it's easier to trade addictions. There it is. The secret's out. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SUECHRIS50 6/5/2011 1:03PM

    Cograts on stopping smoking you will thank yorself some day soon!I stopped 32 years ago and have not even wanted to smoke since.Im sending prayers your way that your knee surgery goes fine and you are back in the saddle real soon!! emoticon Susan

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Two years ago today......

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

I knew I needed to do something about my weight and health, but WHAT???
I found SparkPeople very much by accident while looking for weight loss web sights. Nothing in my life has been the same since that day!!!!!!
I just thought I would list a few of the changes that I have seen in the last two years:
1. Weight reduction from 320 pounds to 160 pounds.
2. Medications from 8 per day to 2 per day.
3. Shirt size from 4X to medium.
4. Pants size from 48 to 32.
5. Exercise from ZERO to 60+ minutes per day.

The next big step in my journey to better health is a knee replacement scheduled for June 17,2011. I have already been seeing a physical therapist and doing the exercises that I will be doing after the surgery. I am expecting the recovery and rehab to go smooth and then my activity level will really increase. It should be a great relief to walk and ride my bike with much less pain!!!!

The whole point of this little story is that without SparkPeople and all the friends I have met here, I would never have come this far. The past two years has been a life changing experience for me.

A huge thanks to everyone who has helped me along the way.

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ANDYINBC 6/6/2011 8:54AM

    So glad to have connected with you here on Spark, you continue to inspire me!

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MEGA_MILES 6/5/2011 8:20PM

    Gregg, I'm glad to know you!! You have helped to inspire me and many others here. I wish you all the best in the coming weeks. There is no doubt you will put your new knee to good use. Please give otto a rub behind the ear for me.

You are the man!!! emoticon

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DAVEINSEOUL 6/5/2011 7:36PM

    Very inspiring, Greg! Keep Sparking strong!

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JOYATLAST 5/19/2011 2:19AM

    I'm an accidental member also! Glad I found your blogs. You are such an inspiration. Happy 2 year sparkversary. Best Wishes with the surgery and a speedy recovery. Painfree exercise awaits!

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G293537 5/17/2011 8:02AM

    Today is Intl Food Day at work and I am not participating so reading lots of stories to keep motivated. Don't need to read any futher, this did it!!

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JULIA_211 5/14/2011 6:49AM

    Wow! You have made such great progress! Congratulations and Happy 2nd. Anniversary! You are the best example of determination and commitment. emoticon emoticon

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CAROLANN27 5/13/2011 10:56PM

    Dear Gregg,

The other day I read a few of your blogs. Today I went back and read every one. I have been so uplifted and influenced by your tenacity to stick with your life chances! I am coming out of a stage of "taking it easy" on myself (read: eat anything I want) because I have so many issues going on I deserve to eat what I want.

I found something very helpful in your 09/07/09 blog, "For most of us, any 'special occasion' serves as an excuse to put pur own life goals on hold." That has been a good description of my attitude---and doing that makes NO sense.

But reading all your blogs in a single sitting really emphasizes what huge rewards determination and dedication can bring! You set the bar!

I am changing my thinking from I can do it to I WILL do it, as you have said.

Thank you for being such an inspiration!


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MRDPOLING 5/12/2011 8:18PM

    Happy Anniversary

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ELYMWX 5/12/2011 11:55AM

    Well done, Gregg!

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KALISWALKER 5/11/2011 10:43PM

    Gregg you are the most inspiring Sparker I know. You will be in great shape from surgery and heal quickly. Happy Anniversary!

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MUEHLBBO 5/11/2011 10:19PM

    Good luck on the surgery and Happy Spark Anniversary. I've told you before that you were my starting inspiration and you continue to inspire me. Thanks for helping and motivating all the people that you do. Good luck.

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REBELBLITZ 5/11/2011 4:58PM

    Great testimony!

Best wishes with your upcoming surgery. emoticon

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SKINNYPOWELL1 5/11/2011 12:46PM

    You have come a long way, and are so inspiring to me. I know you are so happy with where you are today. Just remember that we must always be vigilant, weight comes back twice as fast as it comes off. I know you will have no trouble maintaining, since after all, it is a complete lifestyle change and you, my friend, have been totally transformed. emoticon

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SWTHNY- 5/10/2011 12:44PM

    You've done so well and continue to inspire the rest of us.
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TMW54812 5/10/2011 12:24PM

    Hi Greg,

I guess I could something about us old dogs and new tricks, but all I really want to say is Happy SP Anniversary! You have inspired me and many others no doubt.

Thanks for keeping in touch.


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MILMOM2000NEW 5/10/2011 9:32AM

    I'm proud of you Gregg! You totally rock and inspire me to push hard to do this! If you can go from 320 to 160, I can FOR SURE go from 195 to 170! :-) You are SUCH an inspiration to me! I'm blessed to have you as a Spark Friend! Thank you for all you do for everyone here!

And prayers for your knee replacement! You will remain there until you are fully recovered!

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ANDYINBC 5/10/2011 9:06AM

    You continue to inspire me, and the rest of the Spark community, with your determination, perseverance and success. When I think of your journey it always compels me to try harder. Thanks again and again!

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RAINBOWMF 5/10/2011 8:38AM

    emoticon it has been an honor to watch you remove your weight
I hope this knee surgery goes as well as the other one did.

You have done an emoticon job and I am glad to be your friend


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WATERMELLEN 5/10/2011 8:01AM

    Yay you, Gregg: you have accomplished sooooooo much!! And this is my two year Sparkiversary too!! Happy to have your inspiration . . .wishing you all the best with that knee surgery!!

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JEFF64 5/10/2011 7:57AM

    Way to go Gregg - your story is an inspiration!!

Pray that all goes well with your knee replacment in June.


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