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My 2009 in Review

Thursday, January 28, 2010

I began this journey in June after realizing that the time had come to do something drastic about my weight and overall health. During a May weekend away with my wife on our first vacation of 2009, we visited a diner for our meal. The waitress seated us at a booth near a window with a nice view of the harbour. Much to my embarrassment, I could not fit into the booth seat. We took a seat near the entrance and waited for a table to come available.
Upon returning home, I knew it was time to take charge of my diet and lose the girth around my midsection. Luckily, in searching the web for a diet program, I came upon SparkPeople.com. Following Spark guidelines, I established a nutrition and exercise program geared to my target. Since June, I've lost over 80 pounds and established a new, maintainable lifestyle.
I've visited my doctor on my 3 month schedule and have amazed him with my success. My latest physical exam showed a tremendous change in my cholesterol levels and blood pressure. Plagued for many decades with psoriatic arthritis, pain management had been a real challenge for me. I struggled with chronic, clinical depression for the past 3 years taking prosaic and respiadone to control and modify my disorder. I'm now pleased to say, since losing 80 pounds and improving my life, I'm no longer dependant on these medications. My blood pressure is under control and that medication has been lowered in half. In total, I've gone from 8 daily medications to 3. What a change in pain management!
As of today, I've established a new maintenace program and look forward to continued success in 2010. My thanks to SparkPeople and my new friends in helping me to reach my goals. I truly look forward to continued improved health this year.

  
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KATHRYNLP 4/29/2010 4:10PM

    You are an inspiration.. thanks for sharing your story! emoticon

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SUSAN_SPG 1/28/2010 11:57AM

    That is fantastic results! emoticon

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WooHoo! I'm Satisfied

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Well, I'm there. Broke the 200 pound mark and hit a weight that I haven't seen for many years. Now comes my next challenge to manage my diet and exercise to maintain a healthy living style. I'm adjusting my daily calorie intake and modifying exercise routine to sustain my new found health and fitness. Moderation remains the key to my success. Blood pressure is under control and anxiety greatly reduced. I'm certain that my physician and specialists will be very pleased with my results.
I know that daily visits to SparkPeople and continued logging into message boards will keep me motivated. I will be interested in seeing where I stand when my 6 month anniversary on SparkPeople arrives in another month on November 25th.
As always, happiness for me lies, first of all, in health.

  
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SLIMMERJESSE 10/25/2009 10:30AM

    Congratulations on your success. How exciting! Keep up the good work and best wishes for continued success.

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PATRICIA441 10/25/2009 9:04AM

  It is critical for you to stay focused. That lost weight is lurking around the corner. Keep it at bay! Glad you are doing so well. That is wonderful. Big High Five. Pat

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DTSM53 10/25/2009 8:27AM

  Great job. Keep up the good work toward your final goal. SparkPeople is such a great help!

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September Goal Met!

Monday, September 14, 2009

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My September 30th goal is met ahead of schedule. Weigh-in this morning @ 210.0 pounds. I've lost 62 pounds since May 25th, 8 inches in my waist, and feel great. An even bigger achievement was realized Saturday when I stopped by my local pharmacy to have my blood pressure checked and registered 116 systolic, 64 diastolic with a 62 pulse rate. Quite a change from my high hypertension readings around 140/92 back in May. Perhaps, my physician will cut back my blood pressure medication dosage when I visit him again in December.
With this goal met, I'm resetting my target today. My new target will be 200 pounds by October 31st. My challenge is to lose 10 pounds before Halloween and yes, I am registered in the SparkPeople team challenge.
Another major achievement for me, which has brought tremendous pleasure, is shooting my lowest golf score of the year at yesterday's club outing. I recorded a 76 (no mulligan) and lowered my handicap to 7.8. I'll be posting my results on The Guy's Lounge later this morning.
I owe a lot to SparkPeople.com and all the friends that I have met along the way. My weight loss, improved fitness level, and healthy lifestyle is a direct result from the support and advice received at SparkPeople.
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TN_HAMMOCK 9/29/2009 9:06PM

    Rock on! I love love love the goal met emoticon!

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KATKLAW 9/18/2009 3:42PM

    You are doing so great. Keep up the good work. It is people like you that inspire people like me who are also trying to loose these unwanted pounds. It's a struggle but together we can do it. Kitty

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RAYNEBAIR 9/14/2009 10:50AM

    Excellent! That's awesome! Congrats! I'm hoping my blood pressure and cholesterol readings are improved when I go back to the doc after Thanksgiving.

Continued success in reaching your next goal!!
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SLIMMERJESSE 9/14/2009 9:23AM

    Mega-congrats on your progress. Best wishes for continued success.

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JACKIEP1961 9/14/2009 9:09AM

    emoticon That's fantastic - Spark People has really helped me too, and especially the Challenge Me team - such a great bunch of people, so motivating and encouraging.

Good luck with your next goal!

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DON'T WORRY, BE HAPPY!

Sunday, September 06, 2009

My new theme. From his album, Simple Pleasures, Bobby McFerrin's "Don't Worry, Be Happy.
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BIGBLKBLDGUY54 9/6/2009 5:53PM

    I really like your style ..... L.A.W.

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Initial GOAL Met!

Monday, August 24, 2009

My initial goal set on May 25th has been met. At Monday morning weigh-in, I hit my goal weight of 220.0 pounds. I have a doctor's appointment on September 3rd and I know Dr. Hostetler will be very pleased. I'm elated and my wife is thrilled. Blood pressure is under control and I feel much better. Overall health is improved and I now look forward to an active day with moderate exercise, housework and yard work.
I have set a new target weight of 210 pounds and hope to reach my goal by September 30th. SparkPeople has been a great partner in helping me attain a new lifestyle with improved attitude and overall health.
Thanks to everyone for support and encouragement.
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EVILKLOWN 9/7/2009 6:18AM

    Hey man -- good work. What did the doc say?

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BRY3950 9/6/2009 3:04PM

  Great job. Will check in on you in a few days. Keep up your success. It looks good on you. I hope I can do the same!

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HEARTFRUIT 8/28/2009 11:16AM

    What wonderful news emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 8/24/2009 9:30AM

    Congrats. Good job!

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ANNIEB0714 8/24/2009 9:06AM

    That is a wonderful feeling to have me your goal nice job!!!!!! emoticon I know that you will meet the 210 goal as well. Isn't spark wonderful? I don't know what I would do without them!! emoticon

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