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My two minutes of fame (hopefully 13 more minutes to go!)

Thursday, June 14, 2012

I volunteered at a local health expo back in March which was sponsored by the medical group that owns and operates the two hospitals in my area (plus a number of medical offices). Specifically, I manned the weight loss surgery booth, given that I have some experience and thankfully success with the procedure. Well, I guess I must have impressed them with my passion and of course my results, so they asked if I would be interested in appearing in some prints ads for them. I jumped at the opportunity with the hope that someone out there who was in my situation prior to surgery would see the ad and decide they needed to make the leap to a healthier lifestyle.

Anyway, the ad was published today in two of our local papers. Here is a link:

So, I'm calling this my two minutes of fame!


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IUHRYTR 6/15/2012 2:11PM

    Cool, neat, keen, rad and whatever else today means that's emoticon! -- Lou

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    Wow! That's great!

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SOFT_VAL67 6/14/2012 11:30PM

    whats next? the cover of rolling stone? haha, great work, hope all is well.

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ARCSPARKS 6/14/2012 12:57PM

    Very cool, Patrick! And keep running in stride!

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HEALTHIERKEN 6/14/2012 12:18PM

    Way to go, Patrick! Now you're role-modelling to the world at large, not just the millions of SparkPeople : )

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CHUBRUB3 6/14/2012 10:43AM

    This is awesome Patrick!
Great picture of you and you look fantastic.
Keep up the great work.

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The Big "70" (pounds lost!)

Saturday, June 09, 2012

At my last appointment with my Lapband PA (05/21), my weight loss on their scale has surpassed 70 pounds, but that was from my very first visit a year ago. Not quite there on home scale, which I started tracking the week I had my surgery last September.

But yesterday I did it! 70.6 pounds lost!! Did that feel and look good??

So every time I've hit one of these weight loss milestones, I've gone searching for a list of things that weight that much. Interestingly enough, one of our fellow SP bloggers (KEZRARAYNE) had put together such a list back in 2009 Here are a few of my favorites:

*A full helium tank
*An electric fireplace
*The world's biggest atlas
*187 Bananas
*A bushel of Corn
*The average sheet of drywall

I'll have to remember the next time I am at Lowe's (which will likely be this weekend!) to try to pick up and carry around a sheet of drywall (of course without breaking it!). No wonder my muscles and joints hurt so bad 70 pounds ago!! Can you imagine what some of my internal organs thought of it?? I bet if they could talk (and who knows -- remember the reference in Star Wars to midiclorians?) they were not saying nice things about me!

Well, that is in the past. 70 pounds gone. Next milestone -- 80 pounds!


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DBELLE39 6/12/2012 7:51AM

    emoticon emoticon Congrats on exceeding 70#s lost!

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CHUBRUB3 6/9/2012 5:45PM

    Fantastic Patrick!
I am close to my 80 lb goal too and can't wait.

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Day 250 since LB

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

My calendar reminded me that it today is 250 days since I had my Lapband surgery. I put that reminder on my calendar for a few reasons. The obvious one is to share with others. Of course there is the part of wanting to be proud of where I am!

The biggest deal for me right now is seeing the scale under 200 pounds for the first time in MANY (and I mean MANY!) years! But there are so many other subtle yet profound changes since that day back in September 2011:

- I run regularly now!
- Waist = 35!
- LOTS of energy! As an example, I have yet to bring the riding mower out of the garage this season, as I am using the self-propelled to do all of my mowing (and that is 1.3 acres of grass to mow!).
- Clothes: Besides the waist size I mentioned above, my oldest daughter asked me yesterday what shirt size I was wearing these days, and I proudly told her "large"! This from the same guy who a year ago was wondering if I was going to have to start wearing XXXL's!

Still more to accomplish, but I am so thrilled at the changes over the past 250 days!

Onward to day 300....

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MDGARDENGIRL 6/5/2012 11:13AM

    You make it all look so easy Patrick! Love your "Can Do" attitude!

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HEALTHIERKEN 6/5/2012 11:10AM

    Way to go, Patrick! You're definitely a Leader--with your accomplishments and with your sharing and your SparkTeam leadership style.

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GAYLE119 6/5/2012 9:50AM

    what a wonderful attitude you have! You'll go far....even to day 1000! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Front yard done...

Saturday, June 02, 2012

As I just posted out on FB, I tip my hats to the men and women who do landsacaping for a living. TOUGH WORK! We had 4 areas in our front yard to put down new landscaping fabric and mulch down, and it took all of last weekend and today (Saturday) to get them all done! But it looks good, and so much better than the weed-invested and ugly little red rock mess that was there!

Started on the back yard late today -- around 2 HUGE rose bushes, so got cut up pretty good, but the fabric is all tacked down! I'll plan to mulch that in the AM...

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PLMITCH 6/3/2012 5:15PM

    Thanks for the reminder to take some pics...

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JUSTLYLE 6/3/2012 8:42AM

    Congrats on getting the front yard done, hope to see some pictures soon. S#2 is a landscaper and used to when younger, to help him with all the wheelbarrow and diggen work. Would really wore me out.

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Back to work...and I'm actually pretty glad!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

After 3 days of landscape work outside in 80 and 90+ temps, I needed a work day to recover! But I have to say the landscape work my wife and I did really improved the looks of our front yard! The folks at Lowe's won't know what to do today if I don't show up, since I was there everyday for the past 4 days!

We have one more section out front to do. I think I have enough landscaping fabric to get it covered, but I used up all 50 bags of mulch I purchased last Friday so I will need to make another trip to Lowe's, just not today. I am going to the YMCA today -- I think it will be a strength training day as I am not sure my legs are up for a run. Plus, I plan to mow the back 40 this evening after the temps cool off some (it'll be close to 90F plus high dew point), and that will be more than enough leg work for today.

Well, OK, I guess I'd better actually do some work now....


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JUSTLYLE 5/30/2012 7:38AM

    Since my local S is a landscaper I see the results of his many beautiful works when finished. we you will get many years of joy out of the beauty. Really great exercise too.

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MDGARDENGIRL 5/29/2012 5:40PM

    It's rough when vacations are harder than work!!! It will all be worth it in the end!

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HEALTHIERKEN 5/29/2012 11:16AM

    Have a great rest day at work, Patrick ; )

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NWFL59 5/29/2012 10:48AM

    Man you stay busy! Glad you got your workout by doing so much gardening/landscaping and enjoying the outdoors albeit hot and humid. Keep hydrated. Have a great week. emoticon emoticon

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