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My Grandfather

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

At approximately 10 am (pacific) my grandfather Kenneth L. Heaston passed away due to a major stroke. He was 91 years old, mostly deaf and blind and had suffered from a handful of smaller strokes in the last coupld of years.

My son and I went to the hospital last night to say our goodbyes. We spent 1.5 hours in his room, just talking to him. Although he was basically in a coma I believe he could hear us somehow and knew why we were there. I let him know that it was okay for him to go, that his parents and 4 of his brothers and one of his sisters were waiting for him. I told him that my grand mother would be okay, that we would take care of her and he didn't have to worry about her.

I wasn't shocked when I got the news this morning of his passing. It was only a matter of time really. He is better now and I believe that he is once again whole and can see and hear the angels that welcomed him home.

I want to thank my sparkfriends for their thoughts and prayers the last few days. I really appreciate the gesture.

R.I.P. "Poppie"

  
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ME_FIRST 12/4/2011 6:58PM

    I am very sorry for your loss. I hope that you will remember all the memories of your grandpa that make you smike and maybe even laugh out loud. Your grandpa was lucky to have 91 years to have a life filled with work, family and all that brings and his life will continue through all the good memories you, your mom and your kids have of him.

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2DANCEAGAIN 12/2/2011 8:35PM

    We will continue to support you and try in a small way to be a family for you. You have come a long way and Im sure hes proud of who you are today. Poppie will help you go even further now that he has his wings.
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GODSCHILD2_2011 12/2/2011 11:55AM

    My heart and prayers are with you and your family in the transitioning of your grandfather. I truly hope that the memories that you have of him will be of some comfort to you as time passes by. It is really comforting to know that we will see our loves one again on the other side.


Take care...




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NADJAZZ 11/29/2011 8:12PM

    That's wonderful that you spent time with him. I'm sure your presence gave him comfort. I agree with you, he is whole again and in a better place.

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HUSKERSALAD 11/29/2011 7:59PM

    I'm not a hugger, online or otherwise, but know that you are in my thoughts.

Best wishes to you, your family, and your "Poppie". Saying goodbye is never easy.

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GRANDEFILLE 11/29/2011 6:28PM

    I am with you.... It is good that you got to say goodbye. He was able to leave in peace knowing you'd be fine. I agree with Purnell... He is now watching over you and will help you in this journey!

Take care

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CLPURNELL 11/29/2011 5:13PM

    I really feel for you and your family. I am hoping to make it to see my grandmother to say goodbye as well. You have one more angel looking over you and pushing you forward in this journey! Take care Bro!

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Wk 33 Weigh In Thanksgiving

Sunday, November 27, 2011

I am late to post this week due to a family situation.

My 91 year old grandfather apparently had a stroke (third or fourth one that we know of) on Friday morning. He is hospitalized and isn't responsive, although his heart rate does slightly increase when he is touched. He has a DNR (do not resuscitate) on file at the hospital and will be brought home with hospice care to await his passing with my grandmother by his side. They celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary just a few months ago.

So it's pretty somber around here to say the least. I'm taking my 15 year old son up to see him "Poppie" tomorrow because he wants to tell him he loves him and to say goodbye.

At least we got to celebrate Thanksgiving with him last Thursday and he enjoyed being around the family and petting the 4 dogs that were in attendance.

On to my numbers, which now don't seem so important.

Weight: 253.1
Lost : 1.9
Total : 64.1

I'm going to miss my Poppie, the best damn grandfather a guy could have asked for.

Ken Heaston
Since 1970

  
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DEC2DEC 11/29/2011 6:56PM

    I'm sorry about your grandfather. You're in my prayers!

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GRANDEFILLE 11/29/2011 5:38AM

    My thougths are with you. My mom passed 3yrs ago after 63 years with my father. you're lucky you had him so long! And you are lucky you had a last Thanksgiving with him. You are in my thoughts.

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CLPURNELL 11/28/2011 10:44PM

    My thoughts are with you and your family Ken! Praying for you guys! Awesome job on the loss with all the stress.

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NADJAZZ 11/28/2011 10:26PM

    I'm so sorry to read what you are going through. You and your family are in my prayers.

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SHINJU39 11/28/2011 2:59AM

    My thoughts are with you and your family

Well done on loosing nigh on 2lb

Take care

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MARYDSAN 11/27/2011 11:42PM

    I am so sorry to hear of your grandfather's condition. I will pray for your family. It is wonderful that he was able to celebrate Thanksgiving with the family.

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2DANCEAGAIN 11/27/2011 11:38PM

    Im so sorry, losing someone is so hard.
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Wk 32 Weigh In

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Okay, so I'm getting back on track now. Still not at 100%. but doing better. I got back on the treadmill 3 times this week and luckily the tendon pain in the arch of my left foot is almost completely gone. Although ... I now have a small calcium deposit on the ball of my right foot, feels like stepping on a marble. I have had this condition come and go for the last 6 or so years so I will just deal with it until it goes away again.

Anyway, I got on the treadmill and did my walking. Felt good to be moving but damnit, I used to be able to run!! Oh well, maybe again someday.

On to the numbers, nothing great, but at least I didn't gain this week!!

Weight : 255.0
Lost : 1.5
Total : 62.2

Not my best week, but really good compared to last week. Now I wonder how this week is going to turn out with Thanksgiving coming up. Time will tell I suppose.

Ken Heaston
Since 1970

  
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2DANCEAGAIN 11/21/2011 2:15PM

    You are an inspiration to me Ken! one and a half pounds when NOT on track?? I would be jumpin for joy!
I know firsthand what its like to work around pain, its a constant part of my life and can get discouraging at times. Im glad I finally found the water wheere I dont put pressure on my bad knees and ankles.
You are doing great and I know you can handle thanksgiving.
I am grateful for you this Thanksgiving
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GRANDEFILLE 11/21/2011 11:13AM

    I think you are often too hard on yourself!. That is great! losing weight when not 100% back on. A lot of people would be happy about that.

Be proud!

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MARYDSAN 11/19/2011 6:08PM

    Maybe it's not 100%, but it was enough to turn your progress back around and give you a 1.5# loss. Way to go. I am changing my cheat day to Thursday this week, then resuming Friday as normal. Cheat days just have to be 5 days from your start day. My normal cheat day is Saturday. I am eating out, so no leftovers (but I'm sad about the no leftover turkey!) We have a potluck for people from work and then going with friends in the evening.

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KAREN951 11/19/2011 5:28PM

    Nice job of turning things around after last week's gain! Pat yourself on the back.
Ah, the holidays, always a challenge, no? This is what I've done the last few years and it's worked pretty well for me - haven't gained over the holidays at all: I eat whatever the heck I want on the day itself and I enjoy it! But it's just the one day - I leave all the leftovers behind or I give them away. The next day I go right back to normal eating and exercise.
Ok, my family thinks I'm evil because I cook all the goodies and then send them home with this fattening food, but that's a small price to pay.

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SHINJU39 11/19/2011 2:24PM

    Well done on the loss, I am glad you are back on the treadmill.

Have a lovely thanksgiving

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HUSKERSALAD 11/19/2011 2:14PM

    Keep on truckin' and enjoy that turducken.

I know-- really bad.

I'm back on the treadmill, too.


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Wk 31 Weigh In ...

Saturday, November 12, 2011

I would like to make a more appropriate title to this weeks weigh in:

Wk 31 Weigh In, or how to not succeed in losing weight

There are 3 easy steps to successfully not losing weight;

1) snack too much during the week.
too much snacking is an easy way to undermine your weight loss efforts

2) stay seated for most of the day, everyday
Not moving around helps you to hold onto those calories you earned through the snacking

3) keep yourself unmotivated
if you stay unmotivated you will not feel the urge to go for a walk, a jog, a bike ride or lift weights or just generally keep busy during the day.

If you, like me, can follow these 3 easy steps, I guarantee you will be able to halt your weight loss efforts in just one week!

And if you act now, I will throw in the expert tips for really screwing up your weight loss. Tips like:

Drink this sugary drink
Yum, chocolate
Peanuts are healthy, right?

Enough infomercial, let's look at the numbers.

Weight : 256.5
Gained: 2.2
Total : 60.7

So this week I went backwards a bit. I guess losing the last 2 lbs was so enjoyable that my body has decided to lose them again. Oh well, it's not the end of the world. In the past 31 weeks I have had 2 weigh ins that were up for a total of 2.8 lbs. That's not so bad when I look from the perspective of not losing any weight for so many years.

I am just going to look at this week as a kind of 'reset' for my body. I didn't do all of the things that I KNOW I should have done, and I plan to rectify that next week.

No pity party here, I just need to kick myself in the shorts and do what needs to be done.

Happy Veteran's Day to all of our vets, thank God for their sacrifices.

Ken Heaston
Since 1970

  
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2DANCEAGAIN 11/17/2011 2:25PM

    LOL Thanks for the laugh today Ken, I can use it! I dont however, need advice on how to gain weight. My fav dream is someone telling me I have to gain weight!!
I caught myself in 4 days time of slidding and sitting so Im hoping I can pull it back together within 3 days and at least not gain!
You are doing fantastic! Im inspired watching you - keep it up and GET OFF THAT COUCH, STEP AWAY FROM THE PEANUTS LOL !!!!!!
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FREETHEGODDESS 11/16/2011 12:15AM

    You can get back on track. I have faith in you. I missed seeing you at the monthly challenge thread.

My weight fluctuates from day to day. When it goes up a couple pounds after eating badly for a day or two, it always goes back down as soon as I eat right and exercise for a day or two.

Remember "one step back, two steps forward". You CAN do it!
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HUSKERSALAD 11/15/2011 8:50PM

    Thanks for the update. You are right to look at the overall trend.

Great humor, BTW.

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GRANDEFILLE 11/14/2011 5:29AM

    well I gained 5 pounds this week. Guess we should add, having a general anestetic and taking some pain pills to it. I felt so drugged this week, I mainly slept! lol.

But the main thing is it is over, this is the beginning of a new week and I will lose weight this week like you will...

Knowing you screwed up is a good thing. Not feeling guilty about it is a very good thing (guilt tends to make us quit) I know and you know you will do what you have to to continue this journey. It really is like a trail up the mountain. The trail is not even. It is sometimes steep, sometimes flat sometimes it goes down, but if you persevere it will eventually lead you to the top of the mountain.

good work! 60 pounds is nothing to be ashamed of!!!!

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KAREN951 11/13/2011 7:31PM

    Sorry to hear you've gained but you've got a great attitude about it, so I'm sure you'll turn it around this week!

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SHINJU39 11/13/2011 3:52AM

    Way to go on only having 2 weeks up in 31, I am up again this week, and for once I didn't deserve it.

I am sure you will be back loosing next week.

Have an awesome week

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RIBKNIT 11/13/2011 2:54AM

    How true that staying seated most of the day will hold on to those calories - I can relate. Thanks for the humourous take on this stuff. And taking an honest look today bodes well for the week ahead!

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MARYDSAN 11/13/2011 12:21AM

    I gained 2# this week, too. I didn't even have that big of a cheat day last week. But today marks the start of a new week. Thanks for sharing your progress. For me 14 weeks down, many more to go.

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Wk 30 Weigh In

Saturday, November 05, 2011

30 weeks? really?

It doesn't seem like it's been 30 weeks since I started my journey. I have had ups and downs in those 30 weeks, mostly downs when it comes to the scale :) I think week 5 was the only week my weight went up and that was only .6 lb. Of course some of those weeks the loss has been fairly minimal, forcing me to look back at what I may have done wrong.

I have become spoiled in a way, I may still lose a small amount of weight, but if I don't lose what I think I should have, I'm not entirely happy with the small loss. Damn it, a loss is a loss, I need to remind myself that even a small loss is like a gift, a small token for the sacrifices I've made during the week.

I have been moving more this week. Mon- Fri I walked 10 minutes on my treadmill (half mile) and swung one of my kettlebells a couple of times also. The tendon in my left arch is still hurting and actually burns like fire towards the end of my walk, but I think I am going to try to go longer or faster this week. I also will try to spend more time with my kettlebells.

As for this week, it's over. I can't go back and do things differently, I have to live with my new weight, whether I like it or not. All I can do is relax today, and eat what I like and get back to the grind tomorrow.

Enough of the fluff, let's break down the numbers:

Weight : 254.3
Lost : 1.0
Total : 62.9

So it's a loss, but not by much. I am ready to be out of the 250's. Hopefully I can be in the 240's after 2 more weigh ins.


"Remember, remember the 5th of November,
the gunpowder treason and plot;
I know of no reason the gunpowder treason
should ever be forgot."

Ken Heaston
Since 1970

  
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CLPURNELL 11/7/2011 4:34PM

    Congrats on another loss!! Heal up soon!!!

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NADJAZZ 11/6/2011 10:14AM

    I hear ya on not being happy with a small loss. I get a goal number in my head, and if I don't achieve it, I'm disappointed. BUT, this is the first plan I've ever been on where I am motivated to just keep on going, because my weight continues to head in the right direction. Considering your injury, you are doing great, so keep on heading in the right direction!

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GRANDEFILLE 11/6/2011 9:15AM

    Just remember this is like a trail to go up a montain. Trails usually have parts that have barely any elevations and parts where it is quite steep. you may even have parts where it goes down but at the end, if you stick to it you'll reach the top of the montain. So sometimes you lose 8 pounds sometimes 1 sometimes you gain, but it all adds up.

Good work! you are doing ffantastic!

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SHINJU39 11/6/2011 6:13AM

    Congratulations on another loss.

Here is hoping your foot feels better soon

Have a great week

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MARYDSAN 11/5/2011 11:40PM

    Congrats on your loss. I say a loss is a loss-that much less that your body and knees are carrying around today. I hit my 25# mark making me a little less than when I had my son a little more than 30 years ago (I am old enough to be your mom-that's why I lose so slowly).

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2DANCEAGAIN 11/5/2011 11:18PM

    you bet a loss is a loss!! I got stalled for a long time because of injuries like yours. then I discovered the pool!!! I put on a aqua belt that is just like a water ski belt and I run in the water!! Just discovered it 3 weeks ago. I Love it. Upped my time today to 50 minutes. Doesnt stress my feet or knees and yet works out the muscles, its fantastic!! Hope your foot is better and keep up the good work!
Hey Ken, you might want to take a new pic buddy!!
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