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Wk 36 Weigh In

Saturday, December 17, 2011

What a week it's been. Last week I talked about how I needed to get on the treadmill more and swing my kettlebell more. On Sunday night I was planning how many minutes I would swing and how many miles I would walk/jog the following week. All was good in my world.

Well, as usually happens I woke up on Monday in pain and with my plans for the week dashed upon the rocks of reality. Stupid left shoulder anyway. This left shoulder is always half out of socket (torn ligaments on the front and the rear), usually it is subluxated (med term for partially out of socket) to the rear, which is manageable and I can still use the arm fairly normally. But on Monday when I awoke, it was subluxated to the front which for some reason is way worse. I can't pick up my 32 oz water glass with my left hand if my arm is extended. It is painful to raise my arm or to extend it out to the side. So no kettlebell swings for me, it already feels like my arm wants to fall off, I don't need to swing 35lbs of iron around on top of that!

So I have been mopey all week. didn't even get on the treadmill :( They say "sh*t rolls downhill", well sometimes I feel like I am the bottom of that hill, in the "pool of stool". Sorry for the language and the horrible visuals.

But I did some Christmas shopping, which meant walking around. I walked briskly and did some muscle tensing (isometric contractions). It wasn't much, but it's what I did. I also really watched what I ate this week. That doesn't mean I didn't go all food nazi on myself, I had some starbucks, but over all I was a very good boy. My son even had to create an art piece out of food for his art class final this week. We made a castle tower and outer wall out of cookies. Part of the wall was broken down and part of the tower was destroyed as if it has been damaged during a siege. In the 2 hours we worked on it I ate only 3 broken pieces of generic oreos, not even equal to one cookie! Come to think of it,I was so good, I deserve a cookie!

Today was my weigh in day, and my free day. Today was also the day that we had my grandfather's memorial service. It has been a long day. It was a very nice service, held at the church my grandparents attended for over 50 years, which is only a 3minute drive from their home. Afterwards we had a nice buffet style lunch. I had 2 rolls with lots of roast beef, turkey and ham and some cheese. It was good. So far today (it's 6:30pm) I've had about 2300 calories and will have about 1300-1600 more before bed. I like free day! Then it's back to the grind tomorrow.

Let's look at the numbers for this week:

Weight : 250.8
Lost : 1.9
Total : 66.4

So, almost 2 lbs gone on a bad week, or what I thought was going to be a bad week. Here's hoping that my shoulder feels better soon and that I have more gumption next week.

I will leave you with something the pastor said today at the service; "live your life so that no one has to lie at your funeral".

Be good, and be good to each other!

Ken Heaston
Since 1970

  
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CLPURNELL 12/19/2011 4:38PM

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Man I love your blogs because they are real.. We don't feel our best everyday.. Things don't go as planned... Sh*t happens... And guess what you can still lose weight!!! I take my hat off to you Bro.. Hope your shoulder feels better for next week and glad the memorial service was so nice. My grandma is still holding on and I am going to see her in a couple weeks. Keep up the good work and hopefully you start climbing up hill soon!!

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RIBKNIT 12/19/2011 12:04PM

    Oops - I mean "congratulations"!

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RIBKNIT 12/19/2011 12:03PM

    Thank you for this blog. I hope your shoulder improves soon. And although it's not my favourite phrase, I think "if life hands you lemons, make lemonade" applies to the way you've dealt with the downhill you-know-what this week - ongratulations! Also, you give me hope for turning my own week around.

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BLUNDERGIRL 12/19/2011 10:55AM

    Good for you for sticking with it! :)

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SHINJU39 12/18/2011 4:22AM

    Well done on the loss and thank you for a quote, that is awesome

Have a good one.

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MARYDSAN 12/18/2011 3:01AM

    I'd say that is pretty good for a "bad week"! It was better than my week.

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ALWYS-LKN-UP 12/17/2011 11:47PM

    emoticon & smiles! Good job on the weight loss!! I'll send positive thoughts for a better next week!

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Wk 35 Weigh In

Sunday, December 11, 2011

This week was a little better than last week. But I have still been feeling lethargic and that has led to not doing much physically. I need to get up and move more this week, spend some time on the treadmill, as well as some time with my kettlebell.

We buried my grandfather this last Thursday, at a veteran's cemetery. It was very nice, he had a full honors ceremony, with the rifle salute, taps played on a bugle and the folding and handing over of the flag to my grandmother. It was all very nice. Tears were shed.

But now onto the numbers for the week:

Weight : 252.7
Lost : .8
Total : 64.5

So, I'm heading back in the right direction, but at a snail's pace. Hopefully I can shake off some of the cob webs this week and have my first good week in a while.

On the up side, I did get my scholarship judging done this week. I also took my pre-assessment test for Strategy, Change and Organizational Behavior Concepts and scored 6 points over what is needed to pass the class. So I will start to study up on some of the areas of subject matter that I scored low on and schedule the actual test for a week or so from now. Boom, 7 units complete in a couple of weeks!

That's all for now folks,

Ken Heaston
Since 1970

  
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SHINJU39 12/12/2011 1:25AM

    Sounds like a busy week.

Way to go on the loss

Have a great day

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CLPURNELL 12/12/2011 1:08AM

    Glad the ceremony was so nice. Man it is amazing that you are still losing through all of this!!! You are a true inspiration brother!! Congrats on passing the exam!!

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MARYDSAN 12/11/2011 10:52PM

    Congrats on the positive accomplishments-weight and study-even with all the negative things going on this week.

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CHUMLEY54 12/11/2011 6:28PM

    The fact you lost, despite the upsets in your life means you are staying on track.

Keep it up!!

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OFF938 12/11/2011 6:03PM

    Well done! I hope that you give yourself credit for the accomplishments you managed this week, despite emotional turmoil right in the middle of it. You are an inspiration. Keep up the good work!

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Wk 34 Weigh In

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Ok, so obviously this has been a rough week, with my grandfather passing and watching my dad trying to remain stoic through all of the little things that must be taken care of. Seeing my dad hurting has taken more of a toll on me than the passing of my grandfather.

But let's not get sidetracked here, this place is about the numbers and the numbers this week weren't too good (not too bad either, all things considered).

Weight : 253.5
Gain : .4
Total : 63.7

So, a little backsliding for me this week. But I will not punish myself for losing focus, nor will I let myself make a plethora of excuses. Last week was just what it was, a bad week for me personally on more than just the "diet" front.

With that being said, I will try harder this week, I will put forth more effort into achieving a loss this week. Although I should be pretty busy for a while, I am going to make time and do this.

Other things to do this week: I am one of 3 judges for a scholarship competition and have to go through several student packages and score them; Also need to start my classes which opened on the 1st - Strategy, change and organizational behavior concepts and Quality, operations and decision science concepts- 15 units in those 2 classes and I WILL be done with them before the end of January! That is my own little personal education challenge :)

That's all I have for now, everybody take care of yourselves.

Ken Heaston
Since 1970

  
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CLPURNELL 12/6/2011 3:30PM

    Awesome Job man! Nothing at all to hang your head about!! Sometime life just gets the better of us and we just have to bounce back and keep on going!!! You are doing an awesome job at that!!! Have a great week Bro!!

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GRANDEFILLE 12/5/2011 2:54PM

    I find it fantastic that with all those emotions you didn't gain more than that.

You are doing great!

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KAREN951 12/5/2011 11:18AM

    Sorry to hear about your grandfather. All things considered I think you did pretty well - .4 is not a big gain under the circumstances so it shows that while you had a bad week (understandably) you didn't completely lose control under duress. I'd say that's really doing pretty well. And good for you for moving on to do better this week, which I hope treats you better.

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SHINJU39 12/5/2011 1:49AM

    All things considered I think you had a pretty good week with regards to this and weight loss, most people here gain more than that on a single holiday day.

Wishing you a good week

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MARYDSAN 12/5/2011 1:39AM

    Sounds like you have a lot on your "plate" right now. Be sure to take some time for yourself so that you don't get too stressed from it all.

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ALWYS-LKN-UP 12/4/2011 9:47PM

    Kudos for not beating yourself up after such an emotional time!! Also, bravo for the little educational challenge - challenges are a good thing!! Hope your week treats you good & you have a few smiles! :)

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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.

Yvonne

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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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Take care

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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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