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Soccer Referee

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

I am having to learn to eat healthy again. During the high school soccer season I was getting in 10 to 15 hours a week of intense sprints and was able to eat anything I wanted while losing weight. The season came to an end and while my appetite decreased it did not decrease enough and now my weight is creeping back up. If I could referee soccer every night weight loss would be easy.


Can't Go Home Again

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

I went back to California for the holidays and found it to be emotionally crushing. It was my first time back since moving in July. Seeing my kids happy for the first time in months and seeing my wife happy for the first time in months really made me question my decision to leave. Everyone keeps assuring me I made the right decision but a new job and a new house cannot replace family. I guess you can never really go home again and a lot of the family we saw have married and started lives of their own but seeing my 5 year old running from cousin to cousin smiling from ear to ear is an image I am having a hard time pushing from my mind. That Miranda Lambert song The House That Built Me keeps coming into my head where she says, “You can’t go home again.” On the plane ride home my five year old asked me why we couldn’t stay in California and I feel really bad for her. She doesn’t understand and sometimes I’m not sure I understand. I sure hope it gets easier to go back and visit.


Rude Nurse

Monday, November 07, 2011

I went to the doctor today to have some fasting blood work done today. The nurse asked me if anything changed and when I said I had new insurance she went off about having to redo all the lab paperwork. She slammed things around and made it very clear to me she was not happy. I then sat there for an hour as patient after patient came in, announced they were getting blood work done, and then got seen before me. I was afraid to complain and have to wait even longer but I feel like I should so something. I do not want to cause problems but I do not want to be a door mat either. In all the excitement and nerves of starting a new job I did not say to myself, “Oh, I better call my doctor” but now I wonder if other people do. I keep wondering if I am the exception and that is why the nurse was so upset. I would love to get other people’s takes on this.

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CORNERKICK 11/8/2011 12:51AM

  I would definitely let your doctor know. I certainly understand that people can hav a bad day, but this is unacceptable!

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SEATTLE58 11/7/2011 12:25PM

    emoticon I agree with Crystal, that if your Dr. is affiliated with this lab, I would alert him at the least. Maybe something could be said to the nasty thing!!

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K1TT3N 11/7/2011 11:25AM

    I would bring it up to the Doc when you get your results and ask to speak to the office manager.

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RAINA413 11/7/2011 11:03AM

    If the lab is in any way associated with your doctor I would let him know. Even if they are not directly affiliated he can let people know not to have their lab work done there. If they are affiliated then he can take actions to *hopefully* try and change her rude behavior.

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CRYSTAL8488 11/7/2011 10:49AM

    Is this lab in your doctors office, or is it an outpatient lab? If the lab is IN with your doctor..it would be good to let him know, that way his attention is brought to the rude worker and she can be spoken to about it. If it's a separete outpatient lab..there is nothing your doctor can do. I'm sorry that woman was so rude to you..there is no need for that!

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Good To Be Back

Saturday, September 03, 2011

I have been gone from Spark for over half a year and my weight slowly began drifting up until I had put all my weight back on. Then just as I was ready to do something about my weight I was put on a prescription medication where the number one side effect is weight gain through increased appetite and decreased metabolism. I put on even more weight. It has been an uphill climb ever since then. Well, I’m back now and I am dropping pounds in spite of the medicine. It’s good to be back on Spark.

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GRAMMIEOFTWO 9/20/2011 12:19PM

  Welcome back and good luck.

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CORNERKICK 9/6/2011 3:25AM

  Welcome back!

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People Can Change

Saturday, January 16, 2010

When I was younger I was convinced soccer was the stupidest sport ever invented. The whole concept of offside seemed like penalizing someone for being smart enough to hang around the goal. Fast forward to 2010 and I have been a soccer referee for 9 years and just joined an adult league. If my television is on it is usually on Fox Soccer Channel. Obviously I realized my mistake and love soccer.

I went through another change recently. My dad hated country music and convinced me that I hated it too. But everyone I know listens to country and I kept finding myself exposed to it; at first getting upset about it but later humming along to the songs. I emailed all my country listening friends and asked them to send me their top 10 favorite songs. I downloaded them and dedicated my entire 10 day holiday break to nothing but country listening. Now all I can say is why was I so stupid as to have wasted 44 years of my life not listening to country? I am so thankful to my friends that refused to change the dial and insisted I just give it one more try.

But this got me to thinking about my weight loss journey and if I can change. I want to make a lifestyle change and make it permanent this time. If I could learn to love a sport I thought was stupid and learn to love a music I had been taught to hate then shouldn’t I be able to change how I perceive food? I get excited at the sight of a spread of food and my eating at company sponsored lunches is near legendary. I want to be the guy who is known as being annoyingly healthy. I want to be the guy that orders the chicken with no skin at a restaurant and walks away from the donuts and bagels that people bring into the office. And after examining the changes I have made thus far I believe I can do and I believe other people can do it too.

Wish me luck!

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GOGOMYA 2/6/2010 9:22PM

    A few changes in your thinking can lead to a paradigm shift for your life! I feel like I'm getting my 3rd degree (unofficially) b/c all the time and research I'm spending on food. The concept of eating to live instead of living to eat is finally sinking into my head and learning how food can be used for medicinal purposes has lead me to think about food differently (not just a source of pleasure and gluttony). After learning how incredible certain food is for your body, I've come to eat things like celery (which I normally abhor!!), cauliflower, grapefruit (yuck!) just b/c I KNOW it's soo good for my body and my body needs it. You sound like you're getting there too. You're developing an openess which is all you need. Good luck my friend. Glad to see you're back!

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PAGONA 1/17/2010 4:11PM

    Best of luck we are there for you through this journey, and BTW County Music is the best.

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CARMEL466 1/17/2010 8:23AM

    Wishing you the best! You can do it. Glad you are enjoying county music. I'm not a fan but there are certain country artistx I love and will buy just about anything they put out. Music is great for the soul!

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