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Thanks Mom!

Saturday, December 31, 2011

My mom passed away today at the age of 78. This was not totally unexpected. She was likely at stage 3 of COPD, had fought off various skin cancers for sometime, and lately had been having some tummy issues. I talked with her two days ago, and she clearly was in some pain. Last night she went to the hospital and overnight they ran a number of tests and concluded there was nothing they could do for -- I'm guessing maybe some cancer had gotten into her stomach or other parts of her digestive system, and was just too far along. Thankfully the end came relatively quick.

In her spirit and memory, I have decided to keep my NYE plans, which is to spend the evening with our close friends. Mom was never on to sit around and feel sorry for herself, and I won't do it either!

There is so much to be thankful for what she did for me -- I could write for a LONG time and it would still not do her justice. So I will just leave it as a "Thanks Mom" and "I love you". I am so proud to be your son, and now you are free of all your pain!

BTW, Mom, if you see Glitter and Gator (our first two greyhounds), tell them hi for me!!

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GOLFCHICK2-0 1/10/2012 11:58AM

    May you find peace in your Mom's passing. She must have been a special lady. emoticon emoticon

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CLCCOOL 1/8/2012 10:38PM

    Throw an extra "thanks Mom" to your Mom, I'm sure that she was talking to God today about giving you a Bronco's win, to help you smile! I KNOW that my step-dad was up there talkin' to God!

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TOASTIE 1/3/2012 3:30PM

    Patrick, I'm so sorry. My dad died this fall, and I envision that I have one more angel watching over me. I love the vision of your mom talking with your dogs.

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GETTO140 1/2/2012 10:35AM

    Oh no! I'm so sorry about you mom!

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MDGARDENGIRL 1/1/2012 6:28PM

    Mitch, So sorry to hear of the loss of your Mom. I pray that she is being smothered in kisses and licks from Glitter and Gator emoticon emoticon

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CLCCOOL 1/1/2012 12:26PM

    I'm sorry for your loss & my prayers & thoughts are with you! thank you for reminding me, again, to always tell the people I love how much they mean to me! As a mother & daughter, your post means a lot to me! I'm sure your mother is happy & out of pain, now!

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SOFT_VAL67 1/1/2012 8:50AM

    I am really sorry for your loss, I am sure your mom was proud of the positive changes you have made. And, I like your attitude about carrying on with life.
We never forget those we lose, but seems we sometimes forget THEM....the person they were and the things they loved. We set those aside and mourn, but I feel we are mourning more for ourselves.
I wish you the best of everything in the New Year.

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BYFTHALONE1 1/1/2012 7:48AM

    Patrick...I don't believe you could have articulated it any better than with those five words..."Thanks Mom" and "I love you". More often than not the message is lost in lots of words...not her. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

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BELSNICKEL 1/1/2012 7:29AM

    Sorry for your loss. i lost my Mom two years ago this week. I know she is enjoying herself in the the next world. by now she has renewed many old friendships, You did good keeping yours going last night.

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DRB13_1 12/31/2011 6:50PM

    Condolences for your loss. Thank you for all you do on SP.
I'm sure your Mom is proud of you. emoticon

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PJC19671 12/31/2011 6:00PM

    So sorry for your loss.

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CHUBRUB3 12/31/2011 1:45PM

    Hugs Mitch.
So sorry for your loss. Please accept my prayers, condolences and hugs.
If you are like her, she is very proud of you and who you are.
Hugs,
Angela
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Nice way to end 2011...

Friday, December 30, 2011

So I took a final set of measurements for 2011 this morning, and I have to admit I am quite pleased with the results:

Weight: 43 pounds gone for good!
Waist: 6 inches vanished, never to return again!
Hips: A whopping 8 inches of booty booted!!
Neck: 1.5 inches disappeared!

Of course, none of this would have been possible (or let's just say it would have been damn difficult) had I not made the decision to investigate weight loss surgery back in April, and followed through with the Lapband procedure in September. Some might call this "cheating" -- I call it a new lease on life!

I have 2 weight goals for 2012:

1) To get to 213 lb, which would drop me from "obese" to "overweight" on the BMI scale
2) To drop below 200 lb for the first time in I'm guessing 33 years (or darn close!). I have an idea of how I might celebrate that achievement, but am still not settled on a final choice.

Of course I expect the other measurements to follow.

I'm very happy that I am closing out a year on such a positive note. How many years have I gotten to this point and swore I was going to turn over a new leaf, etc, etc.? Well not this time! I'm ending 2011 on a high note! Bring on 2012!!



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TOASTIE 1/3/2012 3:31PM

    Go Patrick! Great attitude.

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THISISPRIVATE 12/31/2011 7:25AM

    You have done an exceptional job at losing weight. Good for you! 2012 should be a great year because you are so dedicated.

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GETSTRONGRRR 12/30/2011 10:49PM

    Good job, congrats. How you got there matters not! Staying there does

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BYFTHALONE1 12/30/2011 5:35PM

    Way to go Patrick!!! No more resolutions...simply goals. Keep up the good work. emoticon

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HEALTHIERKEN 12/30/2011 12:13PM

    Way to go, Patrick! You've been a real example of dedication, *and* you've been a great Team Leader. Thanks for that, and congratulations on your personal accomplishments!
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CHUBRUB3 12/30/2011 12:09PM

    Good for you Mitch!
Keep it up!
Hugs,
Angela

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SAC-6582 12/30/2011 9:56AM

    emoticon blog. emoticon on all your success for this past year.

Steve

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SOFT_VAL67 12/30/2011 9:08AM

    its good to see u post again, i have been wondering how u are doing and no its not cheating and for sure not the easy way, i know that for sure, i have found a new doctor, alot closer to my home and am getting an appt with her soon....hoping to be back on the road toward my surgery in a few months....have a great 2012 and i know u will have continued happiness and good health. emoticon

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WELLNESSME09 12/30/2011 9:04AM

    emoticon emoticon you should be proud for what you have accomplished thus far. Good luck to you in the New Year!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Milestone Acheived!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Normally Friday is my weigh-in day of the week, but since we are seeing some friends tonight and I was SOOOO close to hitting 30 pounds lost last week, I jumped on the scale this morning (Thursday) instead. And I was not disappointed: 1 more pound down this past week, and 30. 8 pounds now shed for good since 09/22/2011!

What continues to surprise and amaze me is how satisfied I am after eating a meal! As I think I said a few blogs ago, I really wanted to create a more balanced relationship with food, focusing on the quality and enjoyment of the food and not the quantity of it, and that has turned out to be so true!

Three more big milestone to go: 40 pounds lost, 50 pounds lost, and the biggie: 56 pounds lost, which will put me at 210 and officially out of the "obese" BMI category (I think it is actually 213, but 210 sounds better!).

Onward.....

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SOFT_VAL67 11/20/2011 9:12AM

    im so happy for you, its alot of work, but you are making it look so easy. wishing you continued success. emoticon

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MDGARDENGIRL 11/19/2011 1:29PM

    So happy for you Patrick !! Keep going strong! emoticon emoticon

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HEALTHIERKEN 11/18/2011 12:58AM

    Way to go, Patrick. Congratulations on the good work!

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CHUBRUB3 11/17/2011 11:25PM

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    emoticon emoticonTo make the change is a lifestyle!! emoticon

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One of the best decisions ever!

Friday, October 28, 2011

One month ago today, I was wheeled into an operating room early in the morning for what I hoped and thought would be life-changing surgery -- Lapband (weight loss) surgery. I had gotten a taste of what life was going to be like the week prior when I went on my 1000 calories / mostly liquid pre-op diet, but what I have experienced since then has been better than I could have hoped for. And the best part is that I don't feel like I am deprived!

Sure, less food, but that is "glass is half empty" viewpoint. If you look at it from the "glass is half full" viewpoint, I am SO much more enjoying the food I eat, I rave every time I get that feeling of being full (which my surgeon said would be an amazing experience!), and the tastes of food are so much better!

The bottom line results: Counting the pre-op diet week, 26.4 pounds have vanished, 4 inches around my waistline are gone, and even 1 inch has disappeared from my neck! I'm almost to the last notch on my belt, and for one pair of my jeans, they are flat-out too big!! I'm hoping I kept some of my "skinny" jeans from the last time I lost significant weight back in 2007. If not, well, I'll be out looking for new ones soon enough!

The big difference from 2007: I worked out like a fiend then (I was doing a "Biggest Losers" competition at my gym up in CT), and while I did OK for awhile with the food side of the equation, once some big stress issues popped up in my life, so went the food control. With the Band, I now have the tool I need to be successful in finally getting rid of the pounds and inches. The workouts are part of the equation now, but not the sum. Being able to consume 1500 calories a day on average and thoroughly enjoying my food is BIG difference!

So, while it has only been one month, I am convinced that the decision to have weight loss surgery was one of the best ones I have ever made!

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RETURNTOTHIN 12/27/2011 12:41PM

    Shucks.... I'm looking for a hugely overweight man, over 50, who is trying to lose weight by eating right and doing some exercise..... Shucks, now I see you have lap band. I have a friend who is currently dying in an ICU following lap band. I'm trying to find someone to recommend to my nephew,,, only reason I'm posting as a women.

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BOOK0WL 11/8/2011 5:22PM

    I can not begin to tell you how much I appreciate your blog and posts! Thanks so much for sharing your experience and I hope you continue to be so positive and successful!

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LOVEROFANIMALS 10/31/2011 7:48AM

    Great for you!!! I'm so glad this is working for you!!

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SOFT_VAL67 10/29/2011 8:58AM

    so happy things are going so well.... emoticon

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CHUBRUB3 10/28/2011 1:41PM

    Good for you! YOu are doing amazing!
Hugs,
Angela
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HEALTHIERKEN 10/28/2011 11:43AM

    What a great blog! It's great that you're having such a positive experience, and are enjoying the new regime, not resenting it. Way to go, Friend!
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WOW! Three weeks already?

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

I was about to blog yesterday about how things were going since my lapband procedure, but when I realized it was going to be 3 weeks today, I held off. And at the same time I was amazed that it had been almost 3 weeks! Where does time go? Well, I guess that is good that it has gone fast rather than the alternative!

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So, things are going VERY well. My surgeon gave me the green light to resume all activities last week, so back to bowling (had my best night of the season last night), strength training at the Y, and even shot some hoops for the first time on Monday. As of last Friday, 22 pounds are gone (and hopefully this time will NEVER come back!), 2" have disappeared from my waistline, and I am feeling good! Pretty much able to do any soft food, and even tried a couple slices of apple successfully yesterday. My wife and I have been able to get out for dinner a few times already. Amazed at how much food has come home each time!

We have a wedding to attend Saturday, so it'll be my first time seeing some of our friends. Anxious to see what they think of the new and improved "me"!

All in all, things are going well!

Patrick

  
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HEALTHIERKEN 10/20/2011 11:58PM

    Excellent progress, Patrick! Let us know the friends' reactions to your mere shadow of your former self!!!!!!

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GETSTRONGRRR 10/19/2011 12:41PM

    Sounds good brother...congrats!!

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SOFT_VAL67 10/19/2011 9:03AM

    sounds like its all going great. i am so happy for you and hope you keep getting healthier. emoticon

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