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The "1" on my scale does work! :-)

Friday, May 04, 2012

What a great way to start the day -- stepped on the scale and the first # was a "1" -- it DOES work!! [199!]


I have been thinking the last time I saw a scale that I stepped on display (or spin) to a "1" as the first number -- I think at least 25 years, probably even longer!

What a GREAT way to start a Friday!!


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GLOMER 5/5/2012 10:56AM

    Great news! I knew it worked but it sometimes just takes awhile to show up. Congratulations on the new weight! emoticon

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MDGARDENGIRL 5/4/2012 5:14PM

    ONEderland...... oh Joy, oh Joy!!! You've worked hard to get there my friend.


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HEALTHIERKEN 5/4/2012 2:29PM

    Way to go, Patrick! You're right--what a great way to start a Friday!

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SUZIEMAH1 5/4/2012 11:42AM

    Congrats on entering ONEderland... emoticon emoticon

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First 5K in the books!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

I did it! In spite of nerves, some digestive issues before leaving the house, and a somewhat sore right calf, I made it through my first 5K with flying colors! The official numbers:

33:20 was my 5K time, best ever!

Out of 850+ runners, I finished 350.

In my age group (55-59 males), I was 12th (not sure out of how many)

What was really great was the atmosphere of the race! I really fed off of that, and I am certain this lead to a really good 5K time.

My right calf is pretty sore, so I plan to take some time off from running (at least a week). But you can bet I will find another 5K to run in soon!

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MDGARDENGIRL 4/23/2012 10:45PM

    Well you're off and running Patrick!!!

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PLMITCH 4/22/2012 3:33PM

    Oh, and I was told I was 12th out of 23 men in my age group -- not too shabby for my first 5K!


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BYFTHALONE1 4/22/2012 1:37PM

    Congrats are now hooked!!!!

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DANJODEA 4/21/2012 10:41PM

    Very nice!

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SOXYINMO 4/21/2012 8:06PM

    Excellent! It's FUN, isn't it? Congratulations!

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My first 5K race is on Saturday!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Less than 24 hours until my first ever 5K race. It is a charity race -- benefits Ronald McDonald House here in Delaware! Race info:

Lots of good info on race prep, etc out on the web, plus some friends who are veteran racers have been of great help. My right calf is still not 100% (got a cramp last Tuesday), but I am trying to keep it stretched out and loose.

My goal is 35 minutes for tomorrow. In my training, I've hit 35:30 a few times, so I think 35 is very achievable. The calf could be an issue in getting there, but as I have read a few places, I need to keep my pace down early on and look for the big finish, which I have been working on while training, hitting close to 7mph in the final 1/4 mile. I'm sure as long as I don't get a new cramp, adrenaline will take care of any lingering soreness in my right calf.

I'll post with my results tomorrow. Wish me luck!

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MDGARDENGIRL 4/21/2012 3:34PM

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I know you will do your best and that's good enough. But I hope you have that picture perfect finish you have in your heart!

If at first you don't succeed, TRY TRY AGAIN !!

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BELSNICKEL 4/21/2012 12:39PM

    best wishes, you are showing the way for one pack.

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GJCAB09 4/21/2012 9:37AM

    Best of luck with your goals in the race! Tally Ho!

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CHUBRUB3 4/20/2012 2:35PM

    Go for it!
You can do it!

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BLUENBLONDE 4/20/2012 2:32PM

    God luck tomorrow. You are doing something I only dream of right now. Wishing you the best for weather, emoticon

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What 200 days has taught me: "It's the food, stupid!"

Monday, April 16, 2012

I'm sure many of you remember the slogan from President Clinton's 1992 campaign: "It's the economy, stupid!". It had been dawning on my over the past 200 days since my Lap Band surgery that I've been living a variation on that theme: "It's the food, stupid!"

Not that food itself is stupid -- it is important and life-giving. But it is HOW we humans (and I can probably even tailor that to humans in the US) deal with food, and I was as guilty of this as anyone For so many years, it was "how much" food could I eat (or drink). It was like wearing a badge of honor! Well that badge became a bulge in so many places, and with it came all of the issues associated with being overweight: diabetes, sleep apena, knee surgeries due to weight stress on the knees, ED, etc, etc....

The sad part is that while each of us is responsible for our health, the BARRAGE of advertising that encourages, promotes, even idolizes over consumption is mind boggling!

Thankfully there appears to be an ever so slight shift to healthier eating in the food ads, but it is moving at a glacial pace.

I am so grateful that I work for a company that provides outstanding health benefits that allowed me the opportunity to take a somewhat radical step, have the Lap Band surgery, and truly see the benefits: 64 pounds GONE! Being able to run in a 5K race virtually pain free this Saturday! Numerous inches (10 around the waist, 7 around the hips) GONE!! And just feeling good about life!

Oh yeah, and enjoying food in a whole new way -- savoring each taste, thinking responsibly about what I am eating, and making sure I eat the right amount nearly every day!

So for those of you struggling with how to get the scale to move the "right" way, to remove those unwanted inches, I offer this catchphrase: "It's the food, stupid!".

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PLMITCH 4/16/2012 10:24PM

    SOFT_VAL67, I'm sure there are many folks who have had an "event" that maybe causes overeating, etc, but I think you (and many others) are right on when much of the blame is on the constant advertising of unhealthy foods, and sadly many of the quality foods are just washed away. All we can do as consumers is educate ourselves and, as in my case, find help from the medical profession to roll back some of the abuse I have ravaged on my body.

The tide is slowly but surely turning...we'll get there!

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SOXYINMO 4/16/2012 9:55PM

    You got it! emoticon

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SOFT_VAL67 4/16/2012 8:19PM

    you are one of my spark inspirations and i agree so much, i have often wanted to scream at the tv when someone blames fast food for children being overweight, well, arent parents the one who pull their car thru the drive-thrus or take their kids in to eat at these places to begin with?
would children know what a soda was and scream and shout for items off the shelves in grocery stores, if not for tv advertising, promising toys inside,
and yes, as a mom i was also guilty of going out for a fast pizza or burgers, when working and being too tired to cook, and we can only blame ourselves for over indulging.
i watch every talk show, and hear people say, we overeat because we are trying to stuff our emotions, we are trying to hide or mask pain, or a terrible event that happened to us, i have soul searched for years trying to find what that could be, i never had any traumatic event that i know of, i really just like the taste of food and feel like i have to get as much of it as possible or its a waste. maybe some disagree, i will keep thinking about it. emoticon

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DRB13_1 4/16/2012 7:49PM

    Thanks for sharing your insights and experience on this important topic.
So happy you have had excellent results with your surgery AND ARE MAKING THE MOST OF THE OPPORTUNITIES - running a 5K means you are active and living life.
Here in the South, we are ESPECIALLY subject to unhealthy food culture - Hardee's is a major advertiser for excess portions and meat. Too many "tradtional" foods are deep fried. And don't even get me started on the sweet tea, Coca-Cola and Pepsi that are ubiquitous.
Congrats again and thanks for the inspiration.

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PLMITCH 4/16/2012 1:46PM

    MOBYCARP, I love it! "You can't out-train a crappy diet." Man, do I know that one well!

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MDGARDENGIRL 4/16/2012 1:24PM

    Hit the nail on the head with that one Patrick!!!

The first words out of my Advertising professor's mouth was "BUYER BEWARE" !!! People, especially Mom & Dads raising children, need to heed that warning!

Read labels and use a food tracker for about a week. Your eyes will definitely be bigger than you mouth after seeing how many calories you are putting in it every day!

Loved this Blog!

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MOBYCARP 4/16/2012 1:05PM

    Yes, it really is the food. After I grudgingly admitted I had to track and control what I ate, I was surprised at how fast the weight came off. Then I was surprised again at how hard it was to find a maintenance level of eating, and yet again at how often I had to adjust what I ate in response to what my life and my body were doing.

The catchphrase I used in my early days with SP came from a weight lifting community, but it expresses a similar thought to yours: You can't out-train a crappy diet.

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CHUBRUB3 4/16/2012 1:00PM

    Great blog Patrick!

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ERH12275 4/16/2012 9:14AM

    Thanks, I am gonna borrow that.

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6 months = Big Change

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Today marks 6 months since I had my lapband surgery. I decided earlier in the week that I would alter my normal Friday weigh-in and jump on the scale this morning (Wednesday). But I had a not so good night sleeping. Tightness in my legs from a great run yesterday and very good night at bowling (658 series!) made it tough to get to sleep, and then to add insult to injury, I've been dealing with a minor medical issue that, shall we say, is a pain in the butt, then to top it off I was testing a sleep manager gadget where I had the device strapped to my forehead! At 3:45AM, I woke up and could not get back to sleep, as in addition to all of the above items, I started thinking about how my weight-in was going to go!! After about 45 minutes, I went and took a Tylenol, removed the gadget from my forehead, and FINALLY went back to sleep.

6:00AM, the alarm went off and I very quickly turned it off! At 6:30AM, my male greyhound Tomas decided I needed to get up and get my weigh-in done, along with my AM yoga practice, so he proceeded to come over and repeatedly "nose" me until I got up! SIGH!! I really didn't want to, but I knew he was right. Up the stairs, onto the scale...

206.2 pounds -- down 3.6 pounds since last Friday's weigh-in, and in an amazing amount of symmetry, EXACTLY 60 pounds down since surgery 6 months ago!!!!!!

So I guess Tomas knew it was going to be a good weigh-in!

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I found a SP blog from KEZRARAYNE where she describes things that weight 60 pounds -- some more interesting than others:


5 adult 10 pin bowling balls (the BIG ones)
Elephant's penis (seriously? Who took the time to weigh that?)
46 large thin crust pizzas (that I don't even lust for anymore)
About the average fats and oils that go through an american dishwasher per year
60 pints of beer
Beth Chapman's breasticles (I've been big on Dog the Bounty Hunter lately)
778 pairs of D&G sunglasses (which I am looking FLY in)
One bushel of canola"

Here is the link to her blog:

Anyway, today is turning out to be a GREAT day! Yes, I am tired, but I know that I have accomplished a lot in the 6 months since surgery, and look forward to continuing the downward trend!

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DBELLE39 3/30/2012 7:35AM

    How remarkable!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon on being down 60#s in 6 months, now that's something to bark about (no pun intended) , LOL!

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MDGARDENGIRL 3/29/2012 8:44PM

    Way to go Patrick! 60 lbs gone forever !!! emoticon


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SOFT_VAL67 3/29/2012 9:35AM

    You are doing so great. I look forward to your blogs and the Beth Chapman thing, I thought she had planned to have surgery for that, just to think, a woman, could lose oh say, 30 lbs in one day, just having br reduct surgery.....well, anyway, keep on and on and on emoticon

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TOASTIE 3/29/2012 8:26AM

    I had a friend who filled a backpack with 50 pounds to illustrate her weight loss. Your story is fantastic. And it isn't just the weight loss, but the new incredible energy that you now have! Rock on Patrick!

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CHUBRUB3 3/28/2012 6:49PM

    Your doing great Patrick!

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HEALTHIERKEN 3/28/2012 11:00AM

    You've been a real inspiration all along, Patrick, and an excellent Team leader. Thanks, and CONGRATULATIONS on your 60 lb. gone : )

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PJC19671 3/28/2012 9:49AM

    What an accomplishment. So happy for you. I am so glad I had the lapband too. emoticon

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BOSS61 3/28/2012 9:40AM

    Great news and a funny blog! Thanks for sharing. Something else that weights 60 lbs: the typical 3rd grader. Look at any elementary school bus stop!

Keep on Sparking Mitch - you are doing great! Oh.... a pillow to sit on and Tylenol PM at 8PM!...

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LOSE4LIFE47 3/28/2012 9:31AM

    Congrats--keep up the good work!!

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