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Good Things Continue

Sunday, September 05, 2010

I have recently had some very nice things happen to me as a result of my continuing journey to becoming healthier. I decided to write them down as a reminder (mostly to myself) of what can be accomplished with a little work, and a lot of concistancy.
Fisrt, I continue to lose pounds and inches. The only down side to that is that I am always in need of different clothes that fit!! LOL The clothes I was given a few weeks ago by a person I hardly knew, was a great gift. Unfortunately, they are almost too large now. I guess I will donate them to charity like I did with my other clothes.
My strength, energy, and stamina are increasing and my times to walk the same distance are getting less on a regular basis. I have learned to schedule other things around my workouts, rather than hoping I can fit the workouts in as I did when I started.
I am inspiring friends, relatives, and total strangers to embark on their own healthy lifestyle journeys. I have had people come to the clinic where I work just to ask me about SparkPeople and see what it has done for me!!!!
I have learned how to make use of one of my favorite hobbies, cooking. My food choices are getting better all the time, and I am finding new ways to make very healthy (and delicious) meals.
I can honestly say that the last 6 months have been soem of the best of my life, and I have NO plans to ever look back to my old lifestyle for anything other than a bad example.

  
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MARCYNA 11/24/2010 8:30AM

    Inspiring...planning things around workout, rather than the contrary emoticon

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HALLALUYAH 9/28/2010 6:53PM

    "Inspirationalityizm you are"......lol. God bless you Gregg.
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JRNYFAN 9/23/2010 4:43AM

    You are an absolute inspiration to the rest of us!!! I've been slacking off the last month or so and reading your blogs and seeing your progress inspires me to keep at it. Thanks so much for sharing your story with the world!
God Bless!
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WATERMELLEN 9/10/2010 7:58PM

    Great blog: you are doing so well. Have to say, I loved thrift stores to keep me clothed while losing weight -- and lots of hand-me-downs from friends! And then like you just donated them and got smaller ones . . . worked very very well.

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NWFL59 9/7/2010 9:29AM

    You've accomplished a lot and have have several things to be proud of doing but probably the best reward is the healthy lifestyle you've achieved. Congratulations!! Well Done!!

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WAUSUP 9/6/2010 7:38PM

    I love the way you can look at your successes and use them as motivation to continue with healthy choices and seeing ways that you can continue to grow being even more successful! Keep it up and I'm glad you recognize that you really inspire others.

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ACTIVE_AT_60 9/6/2010 8:26AM

    isn't this what the spark community is about ... it is a movement where we spark the message for others. Great job. Congrats on your success on all levels.

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SEEMAINE 9/6/2010 12:49AM

    Thank you for your inspirational blog! It's so true that we have to look at our successes and look toward the future which means making the best choices today! You're doing great!

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KALISWALKER 9/5/2010 10:58PM

    I am so happy for you. The change in lifestyle has brought you the happiness you wished for. All the best to you this week!

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CINDYMCD1 9/5/2010 10:33PM

    You are such an inspiration! Keep up the great work!

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RAINBOWMF 9/5/2010 10:11PM

    What a great blog.
You make me know there is hope for me.
I hope your week end was a great one.
How was the fishing?

Mary

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JULIA_211 9/5/2010 6:30PM

    i like what you said about scheduling things around your workout instead of the other way around. I am working on that, I've been trying to make it a priority in the mornings. Thank you. emoticon

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GEMINI-SKY 9/5/2010 2:32PM

    Hi Gregg...I so look forward to your Blogs and comments. You are so Inspiring and Motivating....
OK OK I'm off to use my treadmill and kettlebells...
Thx for the Kick ! ! !
OXOX
Patti

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CHYRL_C 9/5/2010 1:48PM

    You really are an inspiration to a lot of people emoticon

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RONNIEHUEY 9/5/2010 1:37PM

    You are a real inspiration others! Keep up the good work!

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CAROLANN27 9/5/2010 12:38PM

    Your blog is so encouraging! I started seriously exercising about 6 weeks ago and am having some question in my mind about continuing this for life. I have to take one day at a time. Reading about you looking back over six months and seeing how successful you have been makes me want to look back after six months and be able to do the same thing. Thanks for sharing!

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MSWEEZER 9/5/2010 12:23PM

    emoticon on being such a great role model to so many.

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BARBARAROSE54 9/5/2010 11:56AM

    emoticon continued success !

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Front page news!!

Friday, August 13, 2010

I recently visited with the editor of the Devils Lake Journal (our local newspaper) about an article for a project the Lions Club was doing. During our visit, she commented on my weight loss and asked me what I had done to have such success. That was all it took for me to start talking about my transformation. In a very short time she stopped ma and said, "we need to do a feature story. When can you come back so we can do an interview about YOU?"
The next week she called and we set it up.
It appeared on the front page (complete with before and after photos) on August 10. I have posted the article here with the permission of the Journal. Sorry the photos would not copy.
Since the article came out, I am getting all kinds of opportunities to "spread the Spark" since wherever I go people stop me to ask questions. Yesterday, a very nice man even came to my office with a large bag of nearly new clothes and said, "I read that you have an empty closet, so I thought you might be able to use some of these."
This has really been a great experience - and talk about motivating for me!!!!!!!!
I thought you might enjoy reading the article and seeing what moved me to make the changes I have done in the last 15 months.

Local man is half the man he used to be
By Louise Oleson, Editor
Devils Lake Journal
Posted Aug 10, 2010 @ 11:26 AM
Devils Lake, ND —
Gregg Oeder is a new man and he’s experiencing things he hasn’t experienced since he was in high school thanks to dropping nearly half his weight in 15 months.
The 58-year-old credits his weight-loss success to a weight -loss community he discovered on the Internet and some of his plain old competitiveness left over from his athletic youth.
Approximately 146 pounds ago Oeder had a doctor’s appointment with his personal physician, who is also a long-time friend. He laid it out for Oeder, more surgery was in his friend’s future because his joints were getting so bad.
Already he’d experienced two angioplasties and three stents, now his knees were really giving him trouble.
His doctor recommended bariatric surgery because he had been heavy for so long, “You’ll never be able to lose it on your own,” he told him.
Well that was all Oeder needed to hear. He set out to prove to his friend - and perhaps to himself, as well - that he indeed could do it.
Oeder was always on the heavy side, as a youngster, but throughout school he was into sports so that helped keep his weight down. “I was in pretty good shape for the most part,” he said. But it was after basketball was over and an injury to his knee caused him to have the first of what would be three knee surgeries put an end to his athletic career.
It also led to that “freshman 15” that many experience in college. “Heck, I wish it had been only 15,” Oeder said.
That’s when his weight really started adding up until he was at the point in May of 2009 where he could hardly walk around the block without stopping to rest, suffering from angina and bad knees that were only made worse by his 320 lbs.
“The orthopaedic surgeon my doctor friend referred me to said he wouldn’t do complete knee replacement for me until I lost some weight, so I got busy and went to the Internet and Googled ‘weight loss.’ Something I don’t recommend doing because I got millions of websites - what do you do with that?”
I scrolled through some of them and ruled many out because I didn’t want to spend any money and ran across the website called “spark people.”
Curious, he checked it out and found it to be the place that was just meant for him.
“It was everything I wanted,” he said. It offered menu plans, education about portion size, people to communicate with who are going through what you are and it was free,” Oeder said.
Their philosophy is “make little changes to get to a big goal” then when you reach it, add to it.
“It has changed my life,” Oeder said.
“My first step was finding the website, then I quit drinking pop and started drinking at least eight glasses of water a day.”
That was it.
His first steps to a new life.
After that he used a small stationary set of bike pedals where he could sit in his chair and ride as if he were riding a bike.
“I wore two of those out,” he explained. Then he started walking, that competitive drive he learned as a young athlete drove him to keep going, do a little bit more, a little bit more, and so on.
Now he bikes using a real bicycle or walks six days a week, two times a day, plus he does strength-building workouts.
“It’s addicting - exercise is, plus the positive reactions I get from people. And I’m having to take much less medication, that’s a real plus,” Oeder explained.
“I feel more confident, I have much more energy, my joints feel better and I just plain feel better,” he said.
The only draw back? His closet is empty because he’s had to give away all his 4X shirts and 48-inch waist slacks. And he’s not done yet, figuring he’s got about 24 lbs. to go.
“I’m only 5’5” and my goal is 150 lbs. - that’s the top end of the BMI for my height. I have about 24 lbs. to go to reach that,” Oeder admits.
But at only 14 more pounds he will have lost 160.5 lbs. and he will be exactly half the man he used to be when he began this journey.
“I’m not on a diet, I am changing my life,” Oeder said. “That’s different.”
When he reached his goal, how is he planning to reward himself? “It will probably be around Christmas so I am going to get myself a new bike and a new speedometer for that bike,” he said with a smile.
He realizes that his weight loss success is not typical, but like the website he swears by, Oeder now hopes his success will be a “spark” for someone else to find success, too.
In the meantime he’s heading home to do some cooking, which he has learned that he loves to do. Tonight he said he is making his own version of a pizza on a tortilla with barbecue sauce topped with turkey, pepperoni, ground turkey (cooked and seasoned), mushrooms, peppers and onions.
One of Oeder’s goals is coming soon, on Aug. 28 he wants to participate in the 5K walk for Alzheimer’s. “That’s pretty good for a guy who couldn’t walk around the block a year ago,” he said.
Oeder lives in Devils Lake and has been an optician at The Eye Clinic for 10 years.

Copyright 2010 Devils Lake Journal. Some rights reserved

  
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CINDYMCD1 9/5/2010 10:35PM

    Great article! Congratulations!!!!

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BARBBF 9/3/2010 4:32PM

    WHAT A GREAT ARTICLE. I have sent it as an e-mail to myself..and will read it over and over again. THANKS SO MUCH FOR SHARING!

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CAROLANN27 8/30/2010 5:31PM

    What an interesting and motivating article. Congratulations!

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MRSUKYANKEE 8/14/2010 12:06PM

    Thanks for your comment on my blog. Now that I'm reading yours I feel totally motivated. Well done and great for spreading the good news!!

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ACTIVE_AT_60 8/14/2010 9:34AM

    Great article - if you want to see the article - here is the link.

http://www.devilslakej
ournal.com/features/x897599998/
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DAVEINSEOUL 8/14/2010 8:55AM

    Fantastic, Gregg! What a great way to "Spread the Spark".

Careful, though, you're about to be famous :-)

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GEMINI-SKY 8/14/2010 8:16AM

    OK I got Goose Pimples ! ! ! An Awesome Story from an Awesome Guy...Thx for the Friends Add. Glad we met and I hope we will become good friends.

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BARBARAROSE54 8/14/2010 5:58AM

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KALISWALKER 8/14/2010 3:12AM

    Gregg you are so right about sparkpeople! Thanks for sharing your story and inspiring so many of us.

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LOLAJO54 8/13/2010 9:22PM

    You are an inspiration!! thank you for sharing your exciting story... how proud you must be --we are all so proud of you!!
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JO

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NWFL59 8/13/2010 5:15PM

    Excellent article Gregg, glad you were able to spread the Spark and get deserved recognition of your outstanding efforts to improve your lifestyle! WooHoo!!!!!

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RONNIEHUEY 8/13/2010 10:57AM

    Awesome! Way to go! emoticon

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MEGA_MILES 8/13/2010 10:34AM

    Gregg, you're the man! Your story captures the SparkPeople approach to lifestyle change perfectly. I know it has been said before but I'll repeat it anyway emoticon

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BIJOUX7 8/13/2010 9:29AM

  Awesome!!

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JOYCEMARIE9 8/13/2010 9:01AM

    emoticonWay to go and what a great story you must be very proud. emoticon

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RAINBOWMF 8/13/2010 8:21AM

    You are an inspiration to all.

emoticon on such an honor, can you imagine how
many people you will be able to help.

Do you have spark cards to hand out?

I will post this link to my team.

Hugs Mary

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ELYMWX 8/13/2010 8:15AM

    Awesome story, Gregg! Congratulations.

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JULIA_211 8/13/2010 5:35AM

    You are "absolutely" emoticon Congratulations on your success. I know you've probably heard it before, but here it is again...you are so inspiring! I am thrilled for you! Consider me one of those-who's extremely proud of you! emoticon

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I'm Actually WALKING!!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

To most people going for a walk probably doesn't sound like a big deal. Well, I happen to disagree. A year ago, I wasn't able to walk to the end of the block without stopping because of pain in my knees and hips! Three months ago I could almost make it around the block. I was doing some bike riding, to get some cardio exercise, but I gave myself this "crazy" goal of RUNNING a 5K by my 60th birthday in October of 2011.
When I told a friend about my goal, she gave me a pedometer and I was off (very slowly). Two days ago I walked 2.66 miles WITHOUT STOPPING!!!!!!! OK, I'm not a marathoner, but I don't ever remember walking that far at one time in my life - and talk about slow! It took me 70 minutes, but that isn't the important thing to me. I DID IT!!!
On August 28 there is a benefit 5K run/walk here and I am going to enter. I know I will walk the entire distance and will probably be the last one to finish, but I WILL FINISH.
It feels great to take these small (slow) steps toward my goal for 2011!

  
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HALLALUYAH 9/28/2010 7:13PM

    I'm behind you and I just met cha....lol....We can do anything that we put our minds to do my brother......your awesome.
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SUNNYWBL 8/22/2010 2:26AM

    Wonderful progress! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DMURPH409 8/20/2010 7:40AM

    That's awesome Gregg!! You can do it... we're all behind you! If you did 2.66, I KNOW you can do the other .33! Good luck to you and thank you for being such an inspiration and for being a part of my support system! You've always got something good to say and I appreciate it!

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ACTIVE_AT_60 8/8/2010 6:19AM

    As John Bingham says - the miracle isn't that I finished - the miracle is I had the courage to start. Best wishes for your 5k. Love your can do will do attitude.

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DAVEINSEOUL 8/8/2010 5:11AM

    I'm glad to see you're making so much progress! Keep going. Consistency is key!

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MSWEEZER 8/1/2010 6:42PM

    Congratulations and I applaud you not giving up and just doing it. You will finish and you will stand proud and you know what? Your spark friends will be there with you in spirit. What an inspiration you are. emoticon

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UNICORN212 7/31/2010 1:25PM

    I wish my Dad could have caught your Spark! He died 10+ years ago at 65 and 350 pounds, and was still smoking. Congrats on your weight loss and fitness success! I hope you were able to quit smoking, too!

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WEDDWT 7/30/2010 10:57PM

    Less than one month to your 5K emoticonSo exciting!

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TXGRANDMA 7/30/2010 6:50PM

    Fantastic! I am so happy for you! emoticon emoticon

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DACSAC 7/30/2010 12:43PM

  Congratulations on your accomplishments. I could say that I'm jealous, but the truth is that if I'd actually do what I know to do, I'd be joining you. Thanks for sharing your journey and reminding me that it can be done.



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JELLI-LEAN 7/30/2010 10:30AM

    emoticon look how far you have come!

~ Janel :)

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TIPPY211 7/30/2010 10:02AM

    That is absolutely fantastic. Congratulations on your accomplishments and good luck on the 5K

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2RICKIE 7/30/2010 9:53AM

    Awesome! You've made it further by doing a wee bit more each day! Keep it up!

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HIPPICHICK1 7/30/2010 8:41AM

    Well, the hare never did win the race, did he?
Good Luck with all of your future goals and congrats on your recent successes!!

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MYGOLDENBOYS3 7/30/2010 7:28AM

    Way to go. I am happy for you as I do understand what it is like to not be able to walk. You start with small steps and build up to the walk you are taking. I share your joy!

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VEGEFARMER 7/30/2010 6:26AM

    awesome, you can and will do it with an attitude like that. :)

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VEGEFARMER 7/30/2010 6:26AM

    awesome, you can and will do it with an attitude like that. :)

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LOVELY*LADY 7/30/2010 5:59AM

    I bet it feels good to walk!

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CAROLANN27 7/27/2010 5:26PM

    Congratulations (a little late). I have fallen behind on my Sparking, but am caching up today. I'm so happy to see you have had such a great success walking. Isn't it motivating? You go, Gregg!!

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FITNESSPAM72 7/26/2010 5:46AM

    good luck on the 5k I know you can do it.

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CHYRL_C 7/20/2010 12:06AM

    Wow that's all I can say is wow

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NWFL59 7/18/2010 3:40PM

    WooHoo, you rock dude! So glad your walking program is working for you. I can relate to the slow walking but we turtles still finish what we start! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LIQUID11 7/18/2010 12:07PM

    A step after another after another, safely lead to SuccessLand!
Who cares about speed, the trick is to enjoy your journey by looking at the beauty of new things around, and not concentrating on your watch.
After all,
"A gentleman will walk and never run."

Keep Walking

Andreas
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ELYMWX 7/18/2010 11:01AM

    Great job. This is only the beginning. If you keep on walking for the next six weeks, I'm sure you won't be the last, and you'll have a great time!

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RAINBOWMF 7/18/2010 10:40AM

    One step at a time, this is the way to your goal.
You are doing it and that is what counts.
I am so proud of you.
Make it happen, Gregg!

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RONNIEHUEY 7/18/2010 9:53AM

    Keep up the good work! I started hiking again.So far,I've lost 3 Lbs this week just by walking.I hate getting up at 4:30 in order to beat the heat .I do it anyway,My body thanks me by making me healthier
Keep up the good work!

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JOYCEMARIE9 7/18/2010 9:31AM

    emoticon Every journey starts with a single step. Who cares how fast it was you did it and should be proud of your self. Keep at it and you will see results and you will run that 5k if not before turning 60 so what you will do it after turning 60 it's your life you get to set the schedule. Go out and have fun.

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PRIMEREN 7/18/2010 9:10AM

    that is wonderful, I am so happy for you.

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CINDYMCD1 7/18/2010 9:09AM

    Way to go! I love your enthusiasm and determination! You'll get there!

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JULIA_211 7/18/2010 7:05AM

    Hi, emoticon Reading your post is like reading my own. I know also, what that's like. I was diagnosed with 2 bulging discs, along with sciatica, and I know how great it feels to make progress, slowly, but surely. emoticon Congratulations on your milestone! I don't doubt that you will reach your goal! emoticon You're doing it already!

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JENXJEWELS 7/18/2010 6:16AM

    i know the feeling with the walking only i have epilepsy and have lost my confidence going out walking so yesterday i got a treadmill lol
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I must have made a mistake!!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

When I weighed in last week I read the scale as 188 pounds, a gain of 3 pounds from the 185 the week before!!! I didn't like it much, but wasn't really discouraged since I have been working hard on strength training and gaining muscle. Well, this morning I weighed in at 179! I have been working hard at staying on track, but I don't believe that I did anything different enough to drop 9 pounds in ONE week. I actually re-did it 3 times, with the same results. All I can guess is that last week I read the scale wrong and it should have been 183 instead of 188. Even a four pound in a week is unexpected, but possible.
Whatever it was is passed, and getting to 179 passes one of the goals I set early of losing 140 pounds (now I'm at 141 gone). I'll take that and just keep right on going!!!!

  
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JACKSMIMI2 7/30/2010 9:34PM

    You look fabulous! What a wonderful job you have done!

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LOVELY*LADY 7/30/2010 6:00AM

    I am happy for you!

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WATERMELLEN 7/17/2010 8:59PM

    Hurray! you are doing great!!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 7/14/2010 10:17AM

    Welcome to 170-ville!

You are awesome! You are making it happen!!

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LAFFLOTS57 7/14/2010 9:45AM

    YOU ARE TRULY AMAZING!!!! I can feel your happiness exuding from your blog emoticon emoticon

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RAINBOWMF 7/12/2010 9:42PM

    You take that and just keep walking.
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CAROLANN27 7/11/2010 9:23PM

    That is just fantastic!! What a nice surprise at the scale. You are a real inspiration!

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BLUEJEAN_GIRL 7/11/2010 5:16PM

    Those are the best kind of mistakes! Congratulations on all your hard work and success! emoticon

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NWFL59 7/11/2010 5:09PM

    Excellent! Congratulations on your continued weight loss and improved fitness!

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PRIMEREN 7/11/2010 11:54AM

    I am so happy for you Gregg, what a great acomplishment. I bet you can't quit smiling, I know I can't.
Great job.

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ANDYINBC 7/11/2010 11:46AM

    Amazing! 141 pounds gone. You must be feeling so proud of your accomplishment. Thanks for sharing your blog and letting us know that the scale can still mess with you thin and healthy guys.

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ELYMWX 7/11/2010 11:40AM

    Hehehe! I weigh myself just after my shower in the morning, which often means that I'm not wearing my glasses. I have to bend over to read the number on the scale, and I've definitely mis-read a 3 as an 8 before!

Congrats on getting into the 170's!

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CINDYMCD1 7/11/2010 10:46AM

    What a wonderfully present surprise! Congratulatons! I am happy for you! Keep up the good work! You are an inspiration!

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JULIA_211 7/11/2010 10:35AM

    WOW! Congratulations! Those are the kind of mistakes I like! emoticon emoticon

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HEWIES 7/11/2010 10:04AM

    Inspiring!! You must be enthralled. emoticon

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TWINKIEQUEEN 7/11/2010 9:46AM

    my personal view is that scales are inhabited by scale gremlins that like to play mind games on you....but that is my view...either way, congrats on such a good weight loss!

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THALLO 7/11/2010 9:42AM

    Congratulations on dipping below that 180 mark! And HUGE congratulations on losing over 140lbs. That's a monumental achievement--certainly one that outshines a mistaken glance at a scale last week.

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Two new fitness goals

Sunday, June 20, 2010

I have added two long term goals that I know will greatly improve my health!!! They also go hand-in-hand with reaching the one another.
1. Stop smoking (COMPLETELY) by July 1st. As the old joke goes, "I have quit thousnads of times", but this time I WILL be done for good! I will have a lot of help reaching this goal because of goal number 2.
2. I will be 60 years old in a year and 3 months. My birthday present to myself will be to run a 5 K race and finish. I have never run (or even walked) that far at one time in my life, so I'm sure I will be in for some very unique experiences along the way. Even as a high school and college athlete, I didn't get into that distance. Football coaches are far more interested in how fast you can run 40 yards than how far you can run.
I think I have a plan for working my way up to that distance; I plan to start out by walking and as I am able to increase the distance and intensity, gradually go to jogging intermitantly, then running only. I am shooting in the dark here, as I have absolutely no experience to rely on, but this seems logical to me.
If anybody reads this and has advice - PLEASE let me know!!!!!! I really welcome the help.

  
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CAROLANN27 7/10/2010 4:57PM

    What a great birthday present that will be! You have done so well at your weight loss, I bet you'll conquer these goals too. I am looking forward to following your progress.

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JRNYFAN 7/8/2010 10:28AM

    Awesome!!! The best gift you can give yourself - a healthier you! I have no doubt that you can reach both of your new goals.
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RONNIEHUEY 7/7/2010 11:04AM

    Congrats on the stop smoking! Keep working on your 5K goal.You can do it! You are awesome! Look what you have achieved so far,Anything is possible As you can see.I'm one of your cheer leaders!LOL!.

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RAINBOWMF 6/20/2010 5:05PM

    You have had some good advice here.
I am going to just say good luck and I know you can do it.

Replace a bad habit with a good one that's the rule and you are going to replace smoking with lots of training.
You go Gregg go!!!! emoticon

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ELYMWX 6/20/2010 3:39PM

    Like most, I recommend checking out C25K and reading up on interval training and interval running. There are at least two C25K teams here on SP (just check out my teams list) and they have sticky topics with lists of sites, resources, and podcasts with the interval times and audible cues. There are also a couple good SP articles discussing both interval training and interval running, and a quick Google search for C25K, "interval running" or "interval runs" will also help find lots more information. There are a couple other programs similar to C25K that you'll find, and it probably doesn't matter whether you chose one of those over C25K - they're all pretty similar. I actually made up my own program as I went along based upon conditions and how I was responding to previous run/walk sessions, but the effect was the same.

My biggest recommendation on beginning running is to take your time and get yourself a good pair of running shoes and a good pair of socks. The shoes will support your feet and will help out your knees, while the socks should fit your feet and the shoes without any creases so you don't get blisters.

My second biggest recommendation is to totally ignore what anyone here on SP or elsewhere on the internet will tell you about which particular shoes to get. If you can, go into a good store (preferably one that caters to runners) that is well stocked with several brands and styles, and get the staff to help you out in your choice. Everyone's feet are different and what's perfect for me (ASICs Gel Cumulus 11, size 10.5 - they are pricey but I'm putting a lot of mileage on them) is almost certainly different than what is perfect for you. If price is an issue, be sure to let the sales guys know in advance.

Good luck! Just to let you know, in my race Friday night, the Men's 60+ 5K first place finisher had a time of 19:30.7, and the Mens 60+ 10K first-place finisher had a time of 43:38.3, both of which blew my time right out of the water.

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CINDYMCD1 6/20/2010 1:43PM

    I'm not a runner so can't help you there. I did smoke at least a pack a day for about 15 years and when I quit 12 years ago, I used the nicorette gum. That gave me the nicotene but enabled me to get out of the hand to mouth habit. I was mentally ready to quit for myself and my children, that makes a difference. When I smoked, I felt like there would never be a time when I wouldn't crave a cigarette and I can honestly say I have not had the craving since shortly after I quit! It just feels so good to get up in the morning without a cough, and to be able to take in a deep breath of air and have it fill your lungs and oxygenate your body. I have a sister 2 years older than me and she does not have that privilege, under age 60, emphysema, and still smoking! It's a terrible addiction, but I believe you can conquer this as you've proven yourself to be a strong fighter!

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NWFL59 6/20/2010 12:36PM

    Congratulations on being so close to your long term goal and setting a couple more goals to help you achieve and celebrate your 60th BD. I suggest the C25K program as a guide to building up to your first 5K.

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WATERMELLEN 6/20/2010 10:16AM

    I really like the Podrunner download which helps you build to 5 km with walk run intervals over a period of 9 weeks -- you can find it on the internet and it's free! In addition, I googled POSE technique which taught me how to run with a shorter stride, vertical posture, midfoot landing: this reduces the liklihood of hip and knee joint injuries (I've blogged about this a bit . . .). Both of these were recommended to me by JOPAPGH who has become an enthusiastic runner over the past year: and there are lots of good tips on the Rookie Runner Team site too. Running only alternate days and strengthening the hip and knee joints with an ST program at the gym also helped me prevent injuries: when I ran 10 km a day in my forties with a long stride heel land approach, I managed to create quite a few problems for myself and had to quit. This time around much much better. As soon as my toe is healed enough to get back into running shoes I will resume . . . had just begun the Podrunner "gateway to 8 km" download presurgery.

As for stopping smoking: good for you. I haven't smoked for 35 years and quit cold turkey (working in a terminal cancer ward was persuasive): however, have to admit that I haven't stopped wanting to smoke. One cigarette away from a pack a day, always: it actually helps me to realize that. Smoking's a powerful addiction for which I probably also have a strong hereditary predisposition: family of smokers.

Best of luck with both these important goals. You have the determination and the discipline!! No question!!!

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JABBY_19999 6/20/2010 9:42AM

    Good luck with your goals. They both are great. As for running your 5k. I highly recommend the Couch to 5k program. You can find it online. Most people refer to it as C25K! Hope this helps, best of luck with your goals.

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