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Inauguration Day

Monday, January 21, 2013

Today I am inaugurating my eating and exercise plan. I feel inspired as the President is inaugurated with all the pageantry of Washington, D.C. that it is a great time for a new beginning. I will not be greeted by a million admirers, the sounds of Kelly Clarkson and Beyonce and the Marine Corps band, but perhaps my better angels will rejoice that I am making a new beginning down what I know will be a difficult road. If you are inaugurating a new start today--I wish you much success in this new year.

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ADKISTLER 1/22/2013 1:22AM

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KTACKEBE 1/22/2013 12:16AM

    Woo Hoo! emoticon emoticon

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MNABOY 1/21/2013 11:52PM

    Let's do this together!

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PERSISTANT123 1/21/2013 2:54PM

    Can you hear me shouting and cheering you on?

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BABYNURSE2000 1/21/2013 2:29PM

    Rejoicing with you as you restart your commitment to the program as it fits your life. You've been a great team leader for Joplin, and I look forward to continuing this journey to a healthier lifestyle with your inspirational leadership. Best of luck to a successful year! emoticon

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Coming Home!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Today I am very thankful. After moving out and trying to move on--I got the opportunity to come back and make a fresh start at home. It has been a difficult journey, but I am very glad to be reunited with home and family and am now determined to work harder than ever to achieve my goals and get my life back in order. I am grateful to DW for giving me this second chance and to my maker for staying with me through this time. Thanks to all my spark friends who have sent notes of encouragement. I hope to get back to full recovery physically and spiritually as well. Keep me in your thoughts and prayers.

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LIGHTHOUSEGIRL1 6/17/2012 9:57PM

    emoticon emoticonand best wishes to you in all you do. emoticon...we're here for you !! emoticon

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PERSISTANT123 6/15/2012 5:32PM

    May things work out well for both of you. We're here to cheer you on!

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HAPPYSOUL91 6/14/2012 9:57AM

    wonderful, starting your day with gratitude is the best way

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ANDASI 6/14/2012 2:57AM

    I am happy for you !

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SAISHA100CJ 6/13/2012 1:22PM

    Gary, I am very happy for you. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. I know all will work out well. The best to you with your healthy lifestyle, too.. I know you will do great!

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FITANDFIFTY2 6/13/2012 11:26AM

    You are in my prayers.. Hugs to you , Spark Friend! emoticon

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Moving on

Saturday, April 21, 2012

There is a lot of discussion of the importance of moving--moving physically, spiritually and in relationships. The philosopher Heraclitus proposed that life is all about change, such that to put one's toe in the water flowing by in a stream is an unrepeatable act--it will always keep changing with the flow of the river.

I believe that this is true. If you watched the movie "A river runs through it" it carries this theme. Having acknowledged this truth I will also acknowledge that change can be very painful. Starting over again at this "serene" age was not something I saw coming. The truth is, I was in a relationship that seemed unable to change although both of us were changing. This caused a lot of conflict (much of it silent/passive) that was not pleasant. Nonetheless, it was familiar. And familiarity is often hard to give up for positive change.

Being alone can, in fact, spoil you. I come and go as I wish, I see what and whom I wish to see, I structure my apartment to my liking and not anyone else's liking. I go exercise when I want to go, I eat at the restaurants I want to eat at and I realize this could be another comfortable pattern. However, I am not a person who wants to go through life by myself and I know this will inevitably lead to change, some of which I will like, and some I will not like.

One thing is certain, I am very determined to get my weight loss/fitness program back into high gear. So far, since weighing in on April 2, I have lost 8.4 lbs, I am exercising on my recumbent cross trainer a little more every day and feeling stronger. My blood sugars are normalizing and I am requiring less insulin. My chief physical difficulty is a foot ulcer and a toe with some infection. This means I am forced to stay off my feet as much as possible. I hope to see that situation improve soon, but if not, I may have to have surgery. No matter--I am determined to march on to renewed health and strength.

This journey has not been easy--I lost 85 lbs and regained 55, but at least I got stopped with the weight gain before regaining it all. My plan--moving forward with all due haste toward renewed health and happiness.

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LIGHTHOUSEGIRL1 5/20/2012 9:47PM

    Gary, I'm glad you are back...I wish you all the best as you continue to march forward one day at a time. emoticonon your 8.4 weight loss. Hang in there and stay strong... emoticon

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SAISHA100CJ 4/26/2012 8:23AM

    Gary, I wish you all the best. Change is certainly not easy but it sounds like you are doing well. WTG with losing 8.4 lbs. recently. That is awesome!!
I hope your foot is better soon. Stay strong... you will do well. emoticon

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Going it alone

Friday, April 20, 2012

Well--here I am--somewhere I never expected to be--on my own. I was lucky to find a nice apartment and am finally getting things set up--including getting my internet connection back! The great thing about this change is that I am close to the wellness center I used to drive 40 miles to use. So--two days straight now--back on my favorite machine. I am dealing with a foot ulcer right now, so this is the only way I can get in my aerobics. I am also on the second floor--and for the first time yesterday--the stairs were a little easier for me. I am working on getting back to tracking all my food, but at least I have been eating healthier for the most part. I have been enjoying some great smoothies that I whip up in the blender--a scoop of Jillian's whey protein, a half cup of Greek yogurt, a half-cup to cup of fruit. This will sustain me through the morning. I have lost a little over 7 lbs in the past three weeks--my first loss in a long time. So--1 day at a time I am getting back on track.

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SAISHA100CJ 4/21/2012 8:01PM

    Gary, congratulations with the 7 lb. weight loss the past three weeks. Keep patting yourself on the back for the positives, and I am sure more will follow. I am glad you found a nice apartment you like and how wonderful it is closer to the wellness center! That is great! Take care of that foot ulcer.. I hope it heals well and fast for you. One day at a time, you will get stronger and stronger. I know you can do it. emoticon emoticon

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ANDASI 4/21/2012 1:45AM

    There are a lot of positives on youre side right now you will get a momentum going and you will get stronger each day. I have found that at times i am more motivated when i live on my own because it motivates me to get out more to do activities and such. I loved all the pictures of the beautifull foods you used to cook maybie we will be privy to that again.


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PERSISTANT123 4/20/2012 4:28PM

    I'm glad that you are taking better care of yourself. I'm glad that things are working out for you, apartment-wise.

Just remember to give yourself some slack and keep taking baby steps. Take it one day at a time and remember, we're still here!

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MAVERICK59 4/20/2012 11:51AM

    You have a very positive outlook on your new circumstances.
I wish you the best of luck.


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1CRAZYDOG 4/20/2012 11:11AM

    Well good wishes in your new apartment!

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Falling apart while pulling it together.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

The past two years in my life have been a real roller-coaster ride. Dealing with personal issues, illness, weight losses and gains, gaining fitness then losing it. I recently wrote about pulling myself together to begin again--little did I know that personal problems would come to a head and after years of struggle--I am starting life again on my own. I am not blaming anyone for the problems but myself--but it is still hard to end a relationship that has been going for many years.

Life can be wonderful, beautiful, and painful all at the same time. Tears have been shed, joys have been great, but all in all life is worth living and I plan to do it. Those of you who have been following my story--I only ask for your prayers as I begin this new chapter of life. Thanks for caring.

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HLTHYETER 4/23/2012 8:52AM

    Thanks everyone for your positive comments and support. I need it right now and appreciate it.

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ANDASI 4/11/2012 3:56PM

    Yes it does take time and patients. It does eventualy get easier the pain lessens over time. Try to not blame yourself too much it is never just one persons fault. You are experiencing a lot of things right now but just be patient, gentle and kind to youreself and keep coming to spark for support we are here for you.

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NOLACHERIE 4/11/2012 11:53AM

    So sorry to hear of your sorrow but know you're stronger then you think. Hang in there, my friend. Broken hearts do mend - it just takes time. (Talking from experience).


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